Many visitors to my blog have asked me for advice on how to work online. I’m flattered, but to be honest with you, I’m also frustrated by the misconceptions out there about working online. It’s time we cleared some dust on this subject.
First of all, let me be clear on this – I’m not a guru of any kind. I’m just someone who happens to run a language business online.
I share my experience, good and bad with my readers. I’ve had my share of failure and struggles, but I’m enjoying the first dose of success right now. I don’t get all my income from online sources, but it’s been growing steadily. So if I may, here’s my thoughts on how to work online:
1- It takes time to see result
Here are several ways to make money online: becoming a paid blogger for an established website; selling ad space on your own site; selling affiliate products or selling your own products.
I don’t care how many people claim to have made $500 overnight. The truth is – most people will not be able to achieve that. Not in such short time anyways.
Unless you are working for an established website and getting a salary, you are going to have to build online traffic first. It is not uncommon for a new site to take years and years to reach a desirable traffic number. Many sites simply can’t make it no matter how many years they have.
If you want to just zap in and make quick cash, you should just stop right there before wasting any time and money. It’s not going to happen.
2-vDon’t give up at the first sight of trouble
Building a website is relatively simple. Whether you choose to start a free blog or pay thousands of dollars to have a site custom made (see how to start a website), the real challenge is to attract a good number of visitors to it.
Building traffic is a long and tedious process. It can be frustrating and confusing as well. You have to have a combination of a good niche, in-demand keywords, great content and plenty knowledge of SEO. In fact marketing a site is the most difficult part when it comes to how to work online.
You also have to be ready for ups and downs along the way. There’s always a reason why your online endeavor is not working out. And there’s almost always a solution to that problem. Fix the problem instead of giving up.
3- Invest in your biz and yourself
When people ask me how to work online, they also want to know how to do it with little or no cost. Well, I hate to break this to you, but you may not get anywhere if you are not ready and willing to invest in your online business. You have to spend money to make money.
When I started my website I was not willing to pay anything extra other than the annual hosting fee for my site. I worked extremely hard, but the results were abysmal. I knew that something’s gotta give. I hired a coach helping me sort out some issues. Within the same month, my traffic doubled and my income also grew significantly.
From that point on, I’ve spent a fair chunk of money to promote my site. I hire freelance help on a regular basis. As a result, I have more time to focus on important tasks and still be able to grow my business.
4- Don’t hide behind your computer
The last but not the least advice I’d like to give you on how to work online is to schedule time away from your computer. Make it a habit to get out there in a big way.
You need to be connecting with your target market. Talk to your potential clients on the phone. Try to show up at as many relevant events as possible so people will remember you and recognize you.
And that is more important than any how to work online tip you’ll ever get.