How Can I Make Money Online?
A quick Google search of this sub-heading will bring up hundreds of blogs with people telling you hundreds of ways you can make money online. From filling out surveys to selling domain names to selling your services on platforms such as Fiverr and Peopleperhour.
These are all legitimate ways of making money online and they may be a great way to earn a side income whilst you are getting started online (providing you have the time to do this).
However, what I am mainly talking about in this blog is affiliate marketing and creating your own online business. Primarily through writing useful content and providing links to other peoples products or services through “affiliate links” (click here to read more about how to use affiliate links). The goal is to eventually create your own products or services and set up an online business that provides an income without you having trade your time for money.
Why Isn’t Everyone Doing This?
It is not taught in schools
Our current education system teaches very little about starting businesses. There is pretty much zero good financial education within our schools.
However, the internet has really changed the business game. Teenagers can start an online business due to it requiring such little funds. You don’t have to be an expert in anything, anyone can write/ record whatever they like and publish it online.
The challenge is getting visitors to look at your work. This is a big reason why so many people try to “become famous” or use TV shows to “put their face on the map” (those people that go on Love Island [a British reality TV show in case you didn’t know] each year are not as stupid as you may think!!)
Most people don’t know it’s possible
Most people finish their education without knowing what they really want to do. The vast majority of these people are completely unaware that they have permission to create a business let alone actually try to create one.
Making money online is still seen as a “strange thing to do”. Older generations generally have no idea this is even possible so why would they want their children or grandchildren to pass up on their education or “secure job” to spend time on something they do not understand?
It’s easy to get disheartened
The results are not instant. There are programs offering amazing results overnight. They will promote their success stories of someone who earnt $10,000 in their first month of an online business. What they won’t tell you is that this person already had 100,000 active followers on Twitter, a bank full of money to advertise and they worked on it for 14 hours a day solid for a month.
So when the normal working mum with 3 kids puts in an hour a day for a month without paying for any adverts and doesn’t earn a penny she thinks, “Why should I bother!?”
Actually, an hour a day for a month is 30 hours, which is not even one full working week. Yet people expect to replace their full-time income straight away. To be in this game we need realistic expectations.
The main reason people do not make money online is simply that we are never taught! Imagine spending your whole time at school learning about different ways of making money online…
Do you still think everyone would be trying to find a job, by going to university to get some paper to get a job to pay for their degree?
Logically this makes no sense when there are other ways to earn an income now. Yet this is something that is still not taught, and people will see it as a waste of time or money to learn it when they don’t need to.
I do not want anyone to believe making money online is easy… because it’s not, no matter what some internet Guru tells you. But I do want everyone to make an educated decision if it is right for them.
Keep changing for the better,
If you would like to see how I started my online business and what training I am currently using to grow it click here.