Are you wondering how to make money online? If so, you’re at the right place. I’ve been making money online now for four years! I first got started freelance writing when my first daughter was born and have been doing it ever since. I don’t think a month has gone by that I haven’t made money online.
Right now, I make my money by blogging, which I’ll show you below how you can do that, too.
This post is for those of you who want to change your life. Whether you need a couple hundred extra each month or you want to quit your full-time job so you can stay home with your kids, you have to get started.
This guide will show you exactly how.
How to Make Money Online
Let me preface this by saying that making money online is easier now than it’s ever been, even though it’s more competitive. If you market yourself right, you’ll be making money online in no time. And once you start, your income will only grow if you keep doing the same things you did from the beginning.
There are two main ways to make money online, just like in the corporate world: You either work for yourself or you work for somebody else.
How to Make Money Online Working for Yourself
Now, I want to talk about my new favorite way of making money online: blogging. I started this blog in September 2014 and am just now starting to see a consistent income from it. I probably could have made money quicker if I knew what I know now, but that’s all just a part of the process. When you first start, there’s so much to learn. Unless you have 10 hours a day to devote to it, there’s going to be a slower curve when it comes to making money.
However, as a blogger, you are completely working for yourself. You can take a week off, accept sponsored posts and guest posts, decide the direction of your blog/business, work on your own schedule, decide how you make money, and more.
How to Get Started Blogging
I truly believe that everyone needs a blog, whether they want to earn an income from it or not. The world is now online and so many companies hire contract workers or let their employees work remotely from home. Your blog showcases your talent and acts as a resume, even if you’re not a writer.
However, if you want to make money blogging, that’s a whole new ball game. I know tons of women who started blogs when their kids were babies and are now making five figures a month! Keep in mind, though, that these women have all been blogging at least five years, most of them longer. Are you willing to put in years of work before you start seeing a decent income (an income, though, that could potentially allow both you AND your husband to quit your jobs)? If so, keep reading.
First, know that if you start a blog to make money, you have to give it at least one year before throwing in the towel. If you’re not making money in month six, that doesn’t mean you can quit. KEEP GOING!! You WILL make money eventually! So, before starting, make sure you are willing to stick with it for a bit 🙂
Once you’ve decided that blogging is for you, head over to my tutorial on how to start a profitable blog. My tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know from picking a domain name to choosing a hosting company to installing WordPress. Then, as a bonus, I’ll give you my beginner’s guide to blogging tutorial for FREE! This book will show you everything you need to do once you’ve installed WordPress. It will help you get your blog up and running and make it look pretty. That way, you can simply focus on BLOGGING!
By using my Bluehost link, you’ll receive an extra discount from Bluehost, a free domain name, and my book all at no extra cost to you 🙂
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How to Make Money Online Working for Someone Else
Freelance. Yes, freelancers do work for themselves considering they get to choose their clients and can usually set their rates. However, they must adhere to deadlines, be open to edits, possibly not have a say in their topic, and more. You have multiple bosses when you freelance write. And while yes, they are more flexible and not like a corporate boss, they still are your boss.
How to Get Started Freelancing
To be completely 100% honest, a lot of freelance writing is who you know. I’ve gotten a ton of jobs simply because I’m friends with so-and-so. However, that’s definitely not the only way I’ve gotten jobs. And, once you get started freelancing, you’ll start to meet people and more opportunities will open up.
So, what are you supposed to do if you don’t know anyone? Start networking with other freelancers. Hop on LinkedIn and search “freelance writers” and connect with others. Figure out what niche you want to be in and reach out to freelancers who write in that niche. Simply send a warm email saying you’re a fan of their work and are looking to break into freelance writing. Freelancers are all extremely friendly; I have made SO many friends through this side gig of mine 🙂
The next thing you’ll want to do is build a resume specifically geared toward writing. If you have never been published, that’s OK! State that your objective is to break into freelance writing to showcase your skills as a professional writer in X niche. When you’re sending out applications, feel free to let editors know you will work on a trial basis before moving to your full rate.
Even better than a resume is creating your own blog. Instead of a paper resume, you have a digital platform to showcase your work – whether that’s writing on your own blog or writing you’ve done for clients. To give your website a professional feel, check out sites like gospaces where you can create your own business logo for free, resize images, come up with a business name and slogan, and more! This site is fantastic in giving your new business the professional look and feel it needs to be successful!
Now, it’s time to actually find some jobs. I use Indeed, Craigslist, Contena, Freelance Writing Gigs, the Morning Coffee Newsletter (can be found on www.freelancewriting.com), and more. Find websites in your niche and pitch to the editors or site owners. I recommend applying for at least three jobs every single day when you’re just getting started. Slowly, you will get jobs and will you start making money. If your goal is to make $300/month, you’ll probably be there within a month or two. If you want to quit your full-time job, give yourself a solid year or two.
If you’re not confident you can do this on your own or want extra guidance, I highly recommend Holly Johnson’s course Earn More Writing. Holly will be invoicing more than $200,000 this year in freelance writing alone! She knows her stuff! And the cool thing is she started freelancing while working full-time and has two little girls. She was able to grow her “side business” into a legit business and quit her full-time job. Holly’s awesome; but I promise you this success can be replicated! And there is no one better to learn from than her!
What do you think?! Are you currently a blogger or a freelancer? Is this a dream career for you?! What questions do you have for me?