If you’ve never made a dime online, I mean where do you even begin? If you’re wondering how to make money online literally the world is your oyster.
However for beginners to the online landscape, some choices are better than others. And as someone who has made their living online for over the past decade, here is my advice for would be beginner online entrepreneurs.
If You Need Money ASAP Start A Service
The fastest way to make money online is by providing some sort of service. What sort of skills do you have? Hopefully you’re at least decently proficient in something that you can parlay into cash.
Can you do some graphic design? Do you know how to edit videos? Are you willing to learn some repetitive task or do something like data entry? If so you can sell that and start earning money online.
At the very least you can work as an article writer, and depending on how well you write you can make anywhere from $10-40 per 500 word article which you should be able to bang out in an hour or less.
Websites like Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr are great places to post your service and earn your first paycheck online. These places will let you list your service for a piece of the action and is a quick way that you can start making money online ASAP.
Start A Blog For Long Term Gains
If you don’t need money right away, then definitely consider building a blog. A blog or other sort of website takes a while to get going, so it’s not recommended if you’re in a hurry for some cash.
To be honest it’ll probably take you at least 6-12 months of solid content creation and promotion before your website starts generating any sort of revenue, however in the long run this will be the most profitable option.
So if you don’t mind waiting a bit for your first paycheck, head on over to GoDaddy to buy your domain name, pick up some web hosting, and start blogging today.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job
I think a huge mistake beginners make when trying to make their first paycheck online is quitting whatever job they have and diving in head first. Now this may sound passionate and cool, but it’s a completely idiotic move.
The fact is as a newbie to the online world, it’ll probably take anywhere from 6-12 months of hard work to make any sort of living where you can support yourself fully based off your online efforts. So in the meantime just continue working your day job until you can finally make the transition over.
Chances are when you first start out online you won’t be that busy, so there’s no reason to quit the job you have, especially if you have a lot of bills to pay for (ie kids, rent, spouse etc)
Also by having money coming in from a regular job, you’ll be able to fund some of your online endeavors. Depending on which route you choose to take, working online does come with costs as well.
Whether it be software subscriptions, advertising fees, or even educational materials, having a little bit of cash to invest from a normal job can accelerate your move to working online full time that much faster.
Stay Away From Gimmicks
If you want to make money online in the long haul, there’s really only a few legitimate ways to do it. You either provide a service, own a website, or sell products. Everything else is BS.
Don’t get caught up in the “Make $846.23/day while working 20 minutes from the beach” type promises, those always end up in disappointment. Unfortunately the internet is full of charlatans that are ready to take advantage of unsuspecting newbs.
So that’s my advice, and yes it seems pretty boring, but it is solid advice. If you’re working a normal job, keep working until you can support yourself with your online endeavors.
Don’t fall for gimmicky “make money online” scams, and treat your online work as an actual job, because it is. Good luck.