Once you have that problem or need nailed, the next step is to validate that idea and make sure you’ve actually got customers who will pay for it. This means building a minimum viable product, getting objective feedback from real customers, incorporating updates, testing the market for demand, and getting pricing feedback to ensure there’s enough of a margin between your costs and what consumers are willing to pay.

Best article I’ve read in a long time. I’m be traveling to Kiev on Monday so I’ll miss your webinar – but I’m sharing this with lots of folks who should listen in. Your point on technology is SO important. We learned way more than I ever thought we would on front-end, back-end and everything in between. There are so many people out there willing to build you a website – it’s important to know what you’re getting and what you own and that it’s original work. It’s amazing how many people don’t know how important these issues are. Thanks Jon for the inspiration this morning.


Thank you for writing this. I have been LURKING for years, never commenting, but enjoying and sharing the content. Everything you said is true, I have been writing, blogging, started a Youtube Channel (800 videos now), and Instagram. Funny thing if you share food, workout pictures and motivational stuff its crazy popular. Love the blog, believe more folks would be happier working for themselves if they can keep debt under control or expenses low. Energy levels super high now that I started green smoothies everyday and adding weights to my workouts.

Get your personal website up and running. Your domain must be representing your full name. People must find you through your personal website. Having a good portfolio and website build trust in customer eye for you and this makes the whole buying process easy for your customers. Your customers can also reach you easily if you have an updated website.
I think you need to update this post. Some websites are defunct, ShareMagnet sounds cool, I’ll check out the Gig Walk, but some seem iffy-especially if they don’t recognize my zip code? I think you should double check. I do use Swagbucks. Gazelle does NOT accept devices after a certain age or a certain “level” so sometimes, unless you are selling your 6 month old computer, ain’t worth it.
Ryan Deiss is the founder and CEO of Digital Marketer. Over the last 36 months Ryan and his team have: Invested over $15,000,000 on marketing tests Generated tens of millions of unique visitors Sent well over a BILLION emails, and Run approximately 3,000 split and multi-variant tests Ryan is also a highly sought after speaker and consultant whose work has impacted over 200,000 businesses in 68 different countries.
Equally, you can charge businesses to ‘claim’ their listing, a method used by many large directory sites like Google Business and Yelp. This involves companies paying to upgrade their listing and adding information such as their web address, social media links, images, and more. Other revenue streams include charging for ad space, adding affiliate links and even charging for services and products on your directory site.
There are free websites available but they do not look professional and I highly advise against them. Free websites and blogs can be built at blogger.com or wordpress.com but they will always have blogger, blogspot, or WordPress in the title. For example, if I had started BOLD & DETERMINED on a free platform the domain name would be boldanddetermined.wordpress.com and I would never, ever be able to change that until I purchased a real domain name. If your goal is to make a professional money making website you must purchase your own domain name(s).
If you have previous experience as a computer programmer, or have skills in this field, then there is plenty of work you can pick up as a freelancer. If lack of confidence is holding you back, then Free Code Camp is an excellent way to get your foot in the coding door. This organization provides free courses where you will build real-life apps and programs, giving you experience and plenty to add to your CV.
Any definition of internet marketing needs to come along with a definition of things associated with it such as affiliate marketing, network marketing, multi-level marketing and so on and so forth. Some of these are less legitimate than others. For example, affiliate marketing is a tough nut to crack unless you have a massive following or you understand how to build excellent squeeze pages and effective sales funnels.
Chris Lockwood is a graduate of BS Computer Science from University of Central Florida. No wonder how he ended up making money online. Many internet marketers came from being a student of computer science, working for some companies and then coming up with actual realizations that they are indeed capable of generating money at home. He had been a computer programmer for about 15 years before discovering the major change internet marketing will do to his life. He is a publisher and an internet marketer and currently works on his very own business called LockwoodLetter.com which is an advertising and marketing industry and many other sites. His field of expertise is online marketing which is somewhat connected on the course he graduated from. Some of his other specialties are writing, e-book publishing, blogging, affiliate marketing, niche marketing, and membership site creations. He had been a frequent speaker of many business summits, conferences, and seminars concerning membership sites for years already. Not only that, he coaches so many aspiring internet entrepreneurs and gives them quite a lot of useful information on how they can grow their business well and highly profitable.

Find an audience for your passion or hobby and you’re all set to make money online doing something you love via a niche website. That of course, is easier said than done. Creating a profitable niche website takes time and is not intended for the faint of heart. But, if you can hurdle the steep challenges and positively answer a few key questions on whether the website business idea you’re thinking about is profitable, then you can begin building it and eventually monetize through advertising, affiliates, or other relevant products.


However, those who are successful control their time while marketing a product they love and stand behind.  Success for me means replacing a “day job” income and being able to control my own time.  I’ve been considering this for some time with Visalus but I have my hand in too many pots right now to add something else to the mix.  I find that those successful in this arena are because they are really committed to the program because there is no other option for them.

Uneven distribution of engagement: As we already mentioned, uncertainty doesn’t only reflect on your salary but also stress level. In a period of time there may be many chances to earn extra cash and they can occur at the same time. Take online surveys for example. One week you may get screened for 1-2 surveys and then suddenly get 10 in one day and end up filling them out all day, while trying to comply with your other obligations.
MemberPress is a feature-rich plugin that will enable you to turn your WordPress blog into a fully functional membership site. Depending on how you want to run your membership site, you could have a mixture of free and premium membership plans. Premium plans could include no adverts, free downloads, access to extra content, membership forums, and much more. However, it is important to remember that if people are going to pay to view your content then it must be high quality. Otherwise your members won’t renew their subscriptions when the time comes.
Well, with all the opportunities it provides, it turns out that everyone can do it. You don’t need any specific skills to get that extra cash. Nevertheless, people who are professionals in a certain area have one more door open for them, but there’s room for everyone. If you don’t feel confident in your skills, you can always take other gigs such as taking paid online surveys- everyone can do it.
Teaching and tutoring English as a second language is a great way to make money online, not to mention open some doors for you to travel the world if you'd like. While full ESL (English as a Second Language) accreditation is recommended, as long as you’re a native speaker and have the ability to teach, there are people in countries such as Hong Kong or the UAE who are willing to pay upwards of $25/hr for you to tutor them English via Skype. Check out Indeed, Learn4Good and Remote.co for remote english tutoring jobs or sign up on a specialized site like VerbalPlanet or Chegg Tutors.
If you're looking to address some immediate financial needs, then the app economy is likely right for you. Thanks to the global sharing phenomenon, launched in part by our smartphones and ever-burgeoning global connectivity, you could easily opt for some quick active income by using well-known apps. From ride sharing to deliveries and even quick tasks, there's an app for that today, as the saying goes.  

If you are still doubting the legitimacy or think making a living online is  a shady deal, take a look at our guide. We have listed all the ups and downsides of making money online, in order to give you a realistic overview of how things work. If you are interested in earning an income online, you can see how to start and which are the best tools to get you that extra cash.

Writing an eBook and selling it on your blog can be a great money maker. Your eBook should be directly relevant to your blog’s content so you can sell your book to your existing audience. Creating a recipe eBook for a food blog or an eBook full of training plans to complement your fitness site are just a couple of examples that have the potential to sell.
Michael Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner, creates offline and online events and make money by putting a ticket price on them. This is another great money making opportunity, all you need to do is to create an event which is similar to him and earn through this strategy, but this method has a turn off and that is, you need to have a huge following or resource to get your message spread to wide people, otherwise you may not see much people paying to you. 

If you have a penchant for design or are familiar with blog/website set up, then this is a service that you can create and market to others.  This involves creating logos, social media icons, headers and other design elements of a website.  I like to refer to this as fairy blog mother services for newbie bloggers who don’t have a clue around how to set up a properly structured blog.  I’ve done this often for new bloggers wanting to set up a website but who have no clue about where to get started. 

Mike Filsaime is an Online Entrepreneur and has been described as the “Michael Jordan of Internet Marketing”because of the expertise and knowledge he has shared over the years as an educator of innovative and cutting edge strategies. Mike is also an author, software developer, renowned speaker, and business consultant and runs one of the best and largest Closed-Door MasterMinds in Internet Marketing. Mike has spoken on 5 Continents and has been to over 20 Countries speaking and networking about marketing. His travels and led him to stages in Singapore, Moscow, and Dubai as well as many of the top English speaking countries around the world.
If you are not convinced yet then let me tell you that Freelancing is an emerging money-making trend. It could be a job if you take it as a part-time job, and once you’re up for a challenge, you might accept it as a full-time living. According to an estimate, there are 53 million Americans are freelancers and it will likely to grow as it is 34% of the overall workforce, which is expected to reach 50% by 2020.
Become a super affiliate. Regular affiliate marketing is not as profitable as it used to be, but super affiliation (affiliates referring affiliates) is booming and people are getting rich from this thing. Make websites for affiliates, not for the regular customer. This is the ideal option for long term thinking people who would want to start their own affiliation blog or website.
Once you are all set up, Live Ops has an excellent online training program that teaches you how to handle calls from customers. You will be taking calls for many different companies. When you start working, your phone will ring and a script will pop up on your screen. You simply read the script word for word and input customer information as you go along. If customers have questions, there is a section on your screen with FAQ’s and you are also logged into a virtual chat room should you need to ask for support from a supervisor.
I think you nailed it here. Excellent post. I’ve found that once you get the puzzle pieces somewhat worked out, you still waste a lot of time reinventing the wheel. I’ve made it my life’s goal to get better at re-using scripts, re-using pages, and to develop other more repeatable processes. That’s one of the biggest challenges I have today. Once that’s solved, then it’s time for more traffic generation and relationship-building! Thanks for the great post.

Well, with all the opportunities it provides, it turns out that everyone can do it. You don’t need any specific skills to get that extra cash. Nevertheless, people who are professionals in a certain area have one more door open for them, but there’s room for everyone. If you don’t feel confident in your skills, you can always take other gigs such as taking paid online surveys- everyone can do it.


If you’re a skilled worker in a specific niche, like marketing, design, or software development, there are specialty marketplaces that cater just to you. These are amazing places to make money online as you know that the people visiting them are looking specifically for the skills you have. Check out places like 99Designs or Dribbble for designers, Cloudpeeps for marketing and SEO professionals, and TopTal, Crew, or Gigster for high-level software developers. Once you've built up your development skills, you can begin building a brand for yourself as a higher-value consultant and start charging brands for larger projects like implementing an entire WordPress security overhaul or migrating a website from http to https.

Okay. I know. This isn’t an easy one to implement. Creating a successful smartphone app today, in a field littered with apps, is monumentally difficult. But it’s not just the app creation that’s hard itself, it’s the marketing of that app. With so many apps vying for peoples attention, and so much money to be made by the sheer volume of the industry, it’s no wonder why competition is tremendous.


Creating a jobs board website can be another profitable venture. The ‘jobs’ field can be quite saturated, so it is important to find a niche that is still crying out for a jobs board website. Monetize this type of site by charging businesses to list their jobs on your site. Those searching for jobs could also be charged a fee to access the higher paying job adverts.
So we have to ask, why are these women really using the site? The money's important — and they do make quite a bit. It's hard to pin down average figures because people work different hours on the site, but one user has said she made up to $55,000 in a year. NaughtyJo even tells me someone bought her a new phone after she broke her last one. And men are paying these sums for friendship at least as much as they are titillation: perhaps more so.
This is an interesting list Mel. I’ve been running my own side hustle for 5 years now (website marketing service). It’s been a very rewarding ride with both up’s and down’s. Learning how to build and run a business is an awesome experience…and doing it on the side is even better because you don’t have the same pressures as if it were your sole source of income!

Hi Nabila, Lots of Affiliates are based in the US and only pay in US dollars. But no one seems to care as long as you push products. I have a small Amazon US webstore which brings in a very modest trickle of income and Amazon US happily sends checks to a UK address for me even though I live in Australia now. Other companies may pay you by bank transfer, HSBC is a great bank for the mobile Internet Marketer.
I thought you only support males. I used to admire you more than anyone else. I never had any male figure from whom I can learn so much. But I feel you are also pleasing women to gain more subscribers now. It’s your life but I am feeling betrayed that you are writing about women’s. In my office all the lower level jobs are with males( Cleaning, serving coffee, Security Guards,Etc) and females are in upper management( HR head, Admin head, Training manager etc). I am hurt after reading this article. Feminist are better atleast they change.
That being said though, if you’re willing to step outside of your comfort zone, create value and work hard, there will always be a place for those type of people to succeed online. It’s often the people who want to make money online that approach it from a position of strength that ultimately succeed, trying to start a business out of a position of weakness and desperation is where I think a lot of people fail unfortunately.
Ebates is my personal favorite way to make money buying things online that I already planned on buying. Here’s how it works: Shop online at your favorite stores through Ebates, check out, and receive a Big Fat Check in the mail. You can earn up to 6% back at your favorite stores including Kohls, Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Shutterfly, eBay and more.
Dating sites and apps are extremely popular and have become more and more niche as the industry develops. They can also be very profitable, as there are many ways to monetize them. You can charge a joining fee, provide premium subscriptions, or make money from advertising on your site. White Label Dating provides a pre-built dating platform for your project. You simply choose the niche and branding for your new dating site. Once your website goes live, you just need to promote it, manage the users, and collect the earnings.
As with any other job, working from home and online takes a lot of effort. Whatever you decide doing, you should be patient and commit to it to start earning. No job, whether online or not, will start you off making a huge amount of money. So have in mind that everything comes with time and online earning isn’t an immediate trick to becoming a millionaire.
"I also use MyGirlFund to help out my financial situation — I know that going to university will be expensive and MyGirlFund is going to enable me to actually go to uni and live a bit more comfortably whilst I'm there. ... I am totally myself on MyGirlFund, although possibly more flirty than I would be in real life, because the site and the compliments enable me to feel more confident about myself."
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