Make Money Online – Find Reasons to Do It
Lots of people find the idea of trying to make money online to be somewhat intimidating. Sure, being able to work online from home certainly sounds appealing, but if you’re the sort of person who has always had a regular job, with regular hours, and a regular paycheck, it can be a bit intimidating to take a leap into the unknown in your attempt to make money online. There are lots of “tire kickers” – people who spend time on marketing forums and who buy lots of ebooks and courses about how to make money online but who never take action.
There are various reasons why people stop when it comes time to actually get started in trying to make money online and the reasons are fairly common and predictable ones. That’s not to say that they’re without merit; there is always a risk when you venture into self-employment, and it is risky to walk away from a regular paycheck in an effort to generate your own income without a safety net. The rewards are worthwhile, however, and you need to find a way to overcome these common fears if you’re going to succeed in your effort to work online from home.
We’ll take a look at some of the more common fears that people have about trying to make money online.
1. Fear of failure – This is probably the single biggest obstacle that prevents people from trying to make money online. It’s understandable; we all like success, but failure can be demoralizing. On the other hand, success, even on a small level, goes a long way towards helping you overcome your fear of failure. The best way to do this, at least what works for me, is to set small goals. If I build a new Website with some sort of moneymaking objective, my first goals are modest ones that have nothing to do with making money online. These might include seeing the site get indexed in both Google’s and Bing’s search engine results pages. After that, I’ll look to see if my site is starting to see some traffic. Look for small steps first. If you can get your site indexed and start to get some traffic and keep the traffic up, the sales should eventually follow.
2. Lack of time – Trying to make money online can certainly be time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be a full time effort, at least not at first. You can set up a WordPress site in just a few minutes, and if you’re just doing basic blogging, you should be able to find a modest amount of time each day to spend on it. We don’t all type at the same speed, but I can usually knock out a blog post in about a half an hour. If you can find a way to focus, you can generally get started on a part time basis and work your way up to full time employment later, once you start to see some success.
3. Lack of money – That’s a big problem for a lot of people and if you have a family and a car payment and a mortgage, walking away from a job can be a daunting experience. Again, it makes sense to start small. You don’t want to quit your job and jump in to trying to make money online with no experience and no real goal. Start small, and start part time. Spend an hour or so each day coming up with some goals and decide what it is that you’re going to do to try to make money online. Then slowly work your way into it. Don’t quit your job (and give up your paycheck) until you’ve seen some success and are in a position to determine if affiliate marketing is going to work for you in the long term. While the ability to work online from home is terrific, it’s not for everyone. Be sure to find out if it’s for you before you quit your job.
4. You’ve tried before and failed – That can certainly be a big problem, and I can speak from experience. The nature of Internet marketing is always changing, and I’ve engaged in projects that never took off and others that worked for a while and suddenly dropped dead. There were times when I was wondering if I’d ever make any money again. The idea is to keep at it, and try to keep up with what’s going on in the Internet marketing world. Spend some time at some affiliate marketing forums and find out what others are doing. It’s a fast changing world, and even though you failed at something last year or the year before that, you might discover that some new products have appeared or some new methods are available that may make it easier for you to succeed. Remember – people are always going to be buying things over the Internet. That isn’t likely to change. What you need to do is find out what it is that you can do to help people find what it is they want to buy. Keep at it. It sometimes takes a while to find your niche, but it’s there – you just need to find it.
5. You don’t know where to start – This is a common problem. Affiliate marketing is a broad niche. You could be promoting sewing products or personal submarines that cost $2 million each. There’s not a lot of overlap there. There’s no set way to promote anything online – mailing lists, retail Websites, blogs, and more. If you don’t know the first thing about setting up a Website or even what affiliate marketing means, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the terminology and the sheer volume of things you need to learn in order to succeed. Your best bet, particularly if you’re completely new to trying to make money online and have no idea where to start, is to find a training course that can teach you the basics and do it in a way that’s not going to leave you confused, overwhelmed, or overly burdened with too much information. You also want to find a training course that isn’t going to cost you a fortune. Sure, you can buy one of those $5000 courses from Internet marketing gurus, but you can also learn how to make money online with a program like Wealthy Affiliate and you can join for free. Why not start there, learn a bit and see if trying to make money online is going to work for you?
It’s easy to be intimidated by the idea of trying to make money online. You shouldn’t allow your fears to control your life. Give it a try – on a part time basis, if need be, and see if it’s going to work for you. The rewards are great, and the success feels great. Be patient, find your niche and get started.