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    21 December 2012

    Is Making Money Online Possible When You’re Just Starting Out?

    You’ve seen the ads. Make Easy Money Online! Fill Out Surveys For Quick Cash! Make Hundreds Of Dollars A Day By Clicking Your Mouse! Okay, forget the hysteria for a moment. Most of these types of ads won’t work. Yes, you may be able to make a few dollars here or there, but in most of these cases, your time is not worth the effort. They are similar to work-at-home opportunities like stuffing envelopes. But don’t despair. The truth is, there is plenty of money to be made online. And you don’t need to be a techie or business wizard to make some yourself. You just need to have a skill, a strategy, and be willing to work hard.

    Become a Freelancer

    There are millions of people starting online businesses. A lot of these people and companies need additional help and outsource work on websites that connect employers with freelancers. What kind of service can you offer? Do you know anything about web design? Are you a competent writer? How about a graphic artist? Whatever your skill, as long as it can be performed remotely, there is a market for it online. You say you don’t have a marketable skill? Well, you may just lack a bit of confidence. Educate yourself and try it out. After you get paid the first time, even just a little, your confidence will skyrocket and you’ll start seeking higher paid gigs. Check out sites like Freelancer, Guru, and Elance for a variety of gigs. If you’re a writer, check out Texbroker and iWriter. Craigslist also has plenty of opportunities, though you will have to navigate through some weird postings to find the gems. Join several freelancing sites, create a compelling profile and start finding jobs. On some of these sites, you’ll have to bid for a position. Start small, get some positive feedback, and then raise your rates to what you feel is appropriate.

    Fiverr

    Another website that connects freelancers with buyers, Fiverr is particularly interesting because of the sheer variety of services and products you can find for sale. It has spawned countless imitators but it remains the most popular, with plenty of users online all the time. Basically, you offer a product or service for five dollars (the website takes a dollar) and wait for people to contact you. What you offer here is only limited by your imagination. There are people making money doing voiceover work, writing, graphic design, handing out flyers, doing imitations, and hundreds of other creative ideas. If you can do something strange that grabs people’s attention, somebody may want to utilize you for marketing purposes. The trick here is to find something you can complete quickly. After all, you’re only getting a fiver. After you’ve established yourself, you can offer extras for additional pay.

    Start a Blog

    Anyone can start a blog. Use WordPress and find a niche you’re passionate about. If you have a successful blog that generates a lot of traffic, you can monetize it directly with advertising. However, you can also use your blog as a springboard for starting your own business. If you’d like to be a writer, a blog is an excellent place to showcase your skills. Make it professional and include several samples of different styles and subject matters. Include your contact information and wait for some offers. If you’re a graphic artist, blog about your passion and include some samples of your work. Whatever service you’re selling, a blog can act as a catalyst to reach out to your potential clients and consumers.

    Sell, Sell, Sell

    If you’d rather sell other people’s products, the Web is rife with opportunities for that as well. Check out Clickbank or Comission Junction. If you’re creative and dedicated, you can make a hefty commission for selling eBooks or other products. Amazon also has a lucrative affiliate program. Work these links into a successful niche blog and check your paypal account for profits. If you like to sell physical products, you can always try your hand at reselling Craigslist or eBay items. Basically, look for items that are inexpensive that you feel you can sell at a higher price. Craigslist even has a free section. You can find some valuable items if you’re local and have the time to pick them up. Market these products to an audience that is willing to pay higher prices and you’ll be active in the age-old business of arbitrage.

    Adam Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Matthew. Adam is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.

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    14 Responses to Is Making Money Online Possible When You’re Just Starting Out?

    1. nikita December 26, 2012 at 3:02 am #

      Hey, great site

    2. Jeremiah Say December 28, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Totally agree. Today the internet is filled with full of gimmicks. I would recommend one to start their blog/website because you will have control over it.

      Never go for paid-surveys, 1 click software etc. Those are obviously gimmicks and propagandas.

    3. Andrew December 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      I have just started a blog but I don’t expect to start making any money for at least 6 months.

      • Matthew T December 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

        @Andrew What is the name of your blog? What do you anticipate your main revenue model is for your blog after 6 months of operation? Thank you for posting! Cheers!

    4. Steve Schellert January 8, 2013 at 1:20 am #

      I have to agree most of the work home by clicking on your mouse, stuffing envelopes do not pan out to any real money. I started blogging and selling the best products I could find and have started to get sales. Also I use all the free social media I can find to help keep costs down. What is frustrating in the begining is until you get enough followers or people that read your content, it can be tough for the first couple months. Time, learning and diligence eventually turn into a paycheck. You obtain a paycheck.

      I also buy a lot off Fiver as I can often get things done for $5 or slightly more. Just a tip for those starting out. You do not need to do everything yourself.

    5. randy hollingsworth January 8, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      I’ve tried selling on ebay and still do from time to time, but I’ve found that I enjoy blogging a lot better. I think a person can try several different businesses before finding exactly what their cut out for. Thanks for the post.

    6. Haydar AL Rikabi January 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      You won’t get customers if they don’t know that you exist.
      So, you need to tell the world about it.
      Use every single avenue to advertise your business.

      Some of the techniques we use to spread the word about our customers:

      1- add a listing to every free business directory that you can find online;

      2- start a blog about services that you do without referring directly to your business.
      Show that you are a professional in your field.

      3- join LinkedIn groups that are related to your potential customers.
      Then, invite your group members to follow your blog.
      Be careful, if you try to connect with people that you don’t know, or don’t belong to the same group, then you risk being deprived from further invitations for 30 days on LinkedIn.

      4- copy each post from your blog to your Google+ page.
      Remember Google treats active Google+ members by providing better visibility of their websites on the search engine platform.

      5- participate in discussions on forums, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

      There are more to e-marketing, but you need to remember that you need to be active and give it time.

      • Matthew T January 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

        @Haydar Thank you very much for taking the time to post these excellent tips for our readers. We look forward to hearing more advice from you on other posts.
        Thank you again and cheers!

    7. Dhiraj January 28, 2013 at 5:26 am #

      These are some great ideas, really useful

    8. Small Business Loans January 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      If you are just starting out, making money online might just be your only way. Keep your cost down, can do it part-time and can make mistakes without killing your business. Make sure you study the ‘Lean Startup’ movement before you start. It will show how you can focus on your customers while reducing your need for a business loan.

    9. Paul Allan February 18, 2013 at 4:04 am #

      yes – I totally agree with you. This is a very informative article

    10. Sizegentics-Review July 23, 2013 at 4:18 am #

      Yes, I agree but by Just signing up as a Freelancer is 10% battle own , You need to showcase your skill to win 100% battle . As lots of Freelance are already in Race

    11. Robin Williams July 26, 2013 at 12:42 am #

      Some great ideas shared! Very useful blog!

    12. David Oriol January 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      This is some very powerful information you sharing here Thanks :)

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