How to make money online

It’s not long now until Business Plus Baby’s fourth birthday. In the last four years I’ve seen a LOT of business opportunities and I’m still being approached by people who want to recruit me to theirs.

“I’ve just found this amazing new opportunity and it blew my mind. Here, take a look..”

No thanks.

(By the way, if you want to avoid getting ripped off or taken for a ride take a look at why aspiring work at home mums are vulnerable.)

It’s not that I’m being obnoxious, I really do admire anyone who has the get-up-and-go to start any new venture. It’s just that wanting to make money online (or anywhere else for that matter) is completely the wrong place to start.

There is no quick or easy way to make money online. You have to do it the old-fashioned way, which is…

  1. Work out what people want
  2. Provide it at price they are happy to pay
  3. Promote it so lots of people know about it

Yep, find something of value and ask people to pay you for it. And if they don’t want to pay you, keep changing your offer until they do.

Don’t be put off by all the doom and gloom of the ‘current economic climate’, if you’ve got something that people want they will pay you. If they aren’t paying you then you’re offering the wrong thing, so change it.

I know that all sounds simple, and it is. But it’s certainly not easy – ‘simple’ and ‘easy’ are two different things. I’ve tied myself up in knots many times trying to find something that works. No, I don’t know how something so simple can be so bloody difficult to do either. :-)

So whenever you hear those words ‘how to make money online’ remember that you’re starting from the wrong place. Instead ask yourself “what can I offer that people want to exchange money for?”

Nobody cares that you want to make money online. They want to know what you can do for them.

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Comments

  1. So true. I may promote my business online, but it doesn’t matter what I say if I don’t provide something that people want and are willing to pay for, as you say. I originally thought being a virtual assistant would mean I would be a jack of all trades too, but I’ve learned that it’s much better to be in a niche that specific people are looking for as well! :-)

    • I agree, virtual assistants cover a huge range of skills and services so it’s definitely a good idea to have a specialism. Thanks for commenting!

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