If you're reading this then you probably want to learn how to make money online.
The good news is that there are many different ways to make money online. The bad news is that none of them will make you rich overnight. However the even better news is that, if you find an online business that you are comfortable with, you can create an online business that will keep making you money – even while you sleep.
Venturing into the world of online business and making money online is exciting, challenging, rewarding and can be a lot of fun. There is no end to what you can do if you allow your creativity and sense of innovation free to experiment.
You can begin your journey into online business with almost zero capital. You can start out as an online business owner without spending a cent. Depending upon the business model you choose, you can grow your business from zero to hero simply by a combination of saving your earnings and then re-investing some of those earnings back into your business.
Several of the world leading online business owners started with nothing more than a free blog and have grown their businesses into six figure annual turnover without reaching for a cent of startup capital.
So where do you begin ? How do you become an online entrepreneur ? What should you do first ?
The answer to all of these questions is to first read through this series of articles, step by step. If you're unsure of anything then ask questions in the comments below each article. If you need further help then I will outline a number of valuable free resources where you can expand the knowledge you pick up in this series.
This is the First Article in this Series.
The Beginners Guide to Online Marketing
In the photograph above you see an idyllic scene of a private yacht moored at the jetty of an exclusive private island. The picture is one that many people would see as a defining measure of success. However let's get back to reality. You won't be getting on that yacht any time soon.
Making money online does not happen overnight. It is not as easy as pointing, clicking and seeing cash come rolling in. Making money online takes hard work, patience, determination and a willingness to fail.
Prepare to Fail
Why a willingness to fail ? The simple answer is that you will fail, probably more than once, sometimes several times. Nothing about making money online or online business always works right the first time you try it. However every time you fail you have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and become wiser for the experience.
There are thousands of people just like you trying to start an online business. There are tens of thousands of people like you trying their hand at Online or Internet Marketing. If you look at the overall online business landscape it seems like only a few percent of everyone you see actually makes a great income. There is a good reason for this. The few percent who are making bank are the ones who failed, then persevered and then applied what they learned the next time they started a project.
All of the worlds top online business people have been through failure, sometimes many failures. What sets the top two or three percent apart from everyone else is that they stayed focussed and kept going after a failure. If you possess the ability to try something, work really hard at it and then fail but stay focussed on the long term game then you are someone who could be successful in making money online and running a successful online business.
Prepare for Hard Work
When you reach a certain level of success in online business you will find that making money online becomes fairly easy. However to get to that point requires a lot of hard work and a dedication to learning. You will also need the ability to filter information with a critical point of view.
The early days of starting an online business require dedication and hard work. Depending upon your skill set you may have to skill up in areas such as website design, blogging, writing, using online services and so on. You may also need to learn how to outsource things that you don't have the skill set for. Starting on this journey will require a learning curve.
The good news in all of this is that as you go on from day to day everything becomes a little easier. The more you read, the more podcasts you listen to, the more you practice on your skill set the easier things will seem. This is where you need that critical filter. It's important to understand that there are people who will promise you the world and not deliver. There are people that will flood you with get rich quick ideas that seem plausible at first glance but when you scratch beneath the surface you're not looking at much more than a shiny object.
Avoid Shiny Objects
A ‘shiny object' a phrase coined to refer to the huge number of offers that will be made to you that promise to take all the hard work out of online business. Shiny objects can be eBooks, Software, Systems and Business Models, Secret Formulas and the Hidden Keys to Success. When you see superlatives like these you need to apply your critical filter.
The best way to develop and apply your critical filter is to gain the trust of or become friends with a successful online business person who is not seeking to sell something to you. Someone who you share interests with and who you can bounce ideas off without receiving offers of things to buy to supposedly make things easier.
One of the key things successful online money makers have in common is that they know not to become distracted by shiny objects.
Where to From Here ?
I have decided to keep each section of this series down to around 1000 words. Something bite sized that can be consumed at leisure without becoming exhausting. You have just reached the end of part one. I don't know, at the time of writing this, how many parts this series will become. However expect part two in a couple of days.
Until then, stay away from shiny objects!