The Truth About Making Money Online: 3 Things Every Beginner SHOULD Know
“Ninety percent of America gets up and drives to a job they hate.” Dana White
That’s a sad truth. But it’s awesome to see that more and more people are using the internet to change this reality. Making money online is gaining popularity by the minute.
If you’re just starting on your journey and you don’t know what to expect, the 3 things I’m going to share with you will help you put things in perspective so you can make wise choices moving forward.
1. There’s No One Stop Shop, Magical Solution, Or Quick Fix
There’s not a single program, book, or course that’s going to be your complete guide, no one and done solution. No matter how expensive or reputable the product may be.
That’s not to say that the learning programs are scams. They do help. I know. I’ve invested my share in online education. This how I learned to self-publish books, make videos, create websites, etc.
However, none of those resources were a one-stop shop. They all had their own little nuggets of wisdom. It was up to me to take the strategies in these courses and mold them to my needs.
We all have different talents, strengths, mindsets, beliefs, goals, and interests. What works for others may not work for you.
Just like there are many different combinations of numbers you can add to get to a sum of a hundred, there are many different ways to successfully make money online. You have to find your way through trial and error.
Look at courses and books as guides. Their purpose is to lead you to your genius zone. They’ll point you in the right direction, but eventually, you have to let go and find your own way.
2. You’ll Have to 10x Your Work Ethic
As I mentioned a couple posts back, you can start making money online without money or experience. But the one thing you can’t get started without is consistent hard work, day in and day out. You’re going to have to work your buns off.
In the beginning stages, you’ll be wearing all the hats in your business. You’ll be the content creator, marketer, social media manager, accountant, and web developer. If you make YouTube videos, you’ll also be the scriptwriter, videographer, and editor.
I don’t do this because it’s easy. I do this because:
A) I genuinely enjoy what I do.
B) I have full creative control of my content and time.
C) Every single hour I put in is helping me achieve my dreams and goals, not someone else’s.
3.Profits Are Slim
Unless you’re working for an online company, making money online is not like a typical job where you put in 8 hours and you get paid for 8 hours.
In the beginning stages, things won’t add up. When you do the math, it may turn out that you’re only making a couple of dollars for your time invested.
Look at making money online as asset-building activities. You put in the work now so that down the road you can continue to get paid.
It’s a similar process to growing an apple tree. You do the work of digging the soil and planting your seed now. For optimal results, you continue to water and tend to your seed every single day.
Slowly but surely, the tree starts to grow. If you continue to put in the work of maintaining and caring for the tree, eventually it starts to bear fruits. Until one day it’s big enough to provide you with shade for a lifetime.
The lesson: You have to put in tons of hours with very little pay before you start to see noticeable results.
At the outset of starting an online venture, you may find it’s actually easier to have a 9-to-5. It takes far less effort to show up at your job, do what they say, and get paid. And that’s why “ninety percent of America gets up and drives to a job they hate.”
Now do you see why the cliché “you have to love what you do” is actually true? You’ll never stick with something that isn’t giving you anything in return if you don’t enjoy it.
If you don’t know what your passion is, check out my book, Online Business Success: 6 Fundamentals of Making Money Online Doing What You Love. It’s full of resources to help you tap into your purpose.