Answers to the question of “how to make money online” are readily available across the web, but how many of these offers are actually worthwhile? For years I had been looking to leave the rat-race and like many others I started exploring online business opportunities. With more than 1.97 Billion websites promising solutions to make money in an unfathomable number of different ways it is vital to choose wisely. If you are looking to make supplemental or substantial money online here is a guide to filtering out the scams and finding the perfect opportunity.
At the age of twenty-five I had already spent more than a decade searching for the right online business. I had invested more than $50,000 of my own money and years of my life before I finally cracked the code. I discovered that all businesses (yes, every single one of them) had a few key factors that predetermined their fate. These variables, while seemingly insignificant, were consistently playing a massive role in fostering the success or downfall of online businesses. I learned to read these signals like road signs and when I did my opportunity hit me like a sack of bricks. In this no-pitch guide I will not only show you how to find the perfect online business, but also how to make money online. Let’s get started!
Avoid Scams & Make Money
Avoiding more than 90% of the scams, pyramid schemes, and other highway robbery across the web is actually quite simple. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. In order to make money online you will need to invest time, money, or both – nothing worthwhile happens easily. The biggest scams in the world are the lies people will tell themselves to believe that life has an “easy button”. There are many legitimate ways to make money online by investing money and no time, but those are investments – not businesses. This article is about how you can make money online without a large financial investment and instead find low cost business to then inject it with your blood, sweat, and tears (yes tears, I’m man enough to admit that I cried several times before I was able to make six-figures.)
If you are looking for an investment, this article is NOT for you.
If you are looking for a get rich quick scheme, this article is NOT for you.
If you are looking for an easy way to make money online, this article is NOT for you.
If any of the above describe you, feel free to go watch this cat in a shark costume as it chases a baby duck while riding a roomba. That might be more to your speed.
Now that all the lazy people are gone I can start sharing the secrets to success. You don’t need to be smart, connected, or experienced in order to make money online. You only need to be tenacious. To be tenacious is to persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired. This single, learnable characteristic will take you further in life than any degree or formal training.
If you want to make a million dollars, all you need is you.
I’m not saying it will be easy, I’m saying it will be worth it.
If you are looking to challenge your personal limits, this article IS for you.
If you are looking for a simple way to make money online, this article IS for you.
If you are looking to work and get paid what you’re worth, this article IS for you.
There are thousands of legitimate businesses that will enable you to make money online and like any other business you will have to make an investment to start. If you are willing to put forth the effort, don’t let this scare you away. I have seen countless people go from bankrupt, homeless, and otherwise destitute to making millions in a matter of years with little to no prior experience. While there are plenty of legitimate opportunities available online, there are a plethora of scams – so here are some super simple rules to follow to weed out 90% of those false-opportunities.
Consider The Source – If you discovered the business via email from someone you don’t know, or from a list you do not subscribe to, don’t waste your time. If people are “buying leads” to blast emails then it’s a huge red flag that they can’t get enough people interested through traditional means. Additionally, if it’s from Nigeria and written in broken English offering millions of dollars – ignore it.
Talk To Real People – If you took the initiative and went out look for an opportunity you will likely be in uncharted territory. If you think you have discovered your opportunity make sure to have a conversation with a real person before taking action. Calling to find a disconnected number, unprofessional voicemail, or similar attitude from a live person should raise suspicion and warrant extensive research (recommended regardless) before moving forward. If you run into a wall don’t be afraid to ask for help, but make sure you are asking for advice from someone who has already built success in a similar industry. You’re more than welcome to ask me any questions in the comments below .
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If you want to be successful, get around successful people. Asking a broke person how to get rich has never furnished valuable advice. Remember that if you buy someone’s opinion, you buy their lifestyle.
Ignore False Promises – If you are being promised untold riches without any mention of hard work, walk away. If they tell you that this business will be “bigger than Facebook” you are free to laugh in their faces. In the last few years I have seen a total of three businesses claim to be on their way to that level of success and end up in bankruptcy just months later. Lawyers (and Wikipedia) call this puffery.
Follow The Money – It is normal and generally expected that there will be a need to open your wallet in the process of starting your business. As the saying goes, “you have to spend money to make money” and the same is true for online endeavors. While you will likely need to spend money, consider what you are purchasing. Purchasing tools, products, and other tangible things are usually safer bets than paying for memberships, written guides, or exclusive information.
Be Suspicious of Income Claims – If they tell you that “you will make” any amount of money within a short time period, they’re grossly exaggerating. People don’t “get lucky” they make their own luck, good or bad, through their actions. Your income in any opportunity will be directly proportional to how hard you work and how long you stick with it. For this reason, your suspicions should rise equal to the amount of money they promise you in relation to the shortness of time with which they say you will obtain it. I have seen people make thousands of dollars over a few weeks in a new business, but they worked harder than a spaceship trying to escape a black hole – not everyone is capable of that from the start.
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. For this reason making money online is a marathon, not a sprint. Plan to commit three to five years building a business that will pay dividends for decades.
Solve A Global Problem
The most lucrative businesses in existence were started to solve a problem. The larger the problem, the more money you can make by solving it or partnering with someone who has. You will have better luck selling air to scuba divers and astronauts that people walking around your city. Look for problems and utilize that information to research a solution. Once you have found the solution you can partner with the company as a distributor, affiliate, or outside sales person in order to generate a hefty profit. Make sure to do your due diligence by researching (in depth) the company, products, competition, and even talking to other distributors.
Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and countless other billionaires recommend finding a good multi-level marketing business. With thousands of opportunities to choose from you can find a perfect fit with a company that offers a valued product/service, combined with a solid distributor training system, and experienced corporate leadership. Multi-level marketing (MLM), also called network marketing, businesses of any kind enable you to offer a solution to one of the largest global issues – unemployment. Offering a means for people to make extra money in their part-time while also protecting themselves, and their families, from the impacts of unemployment is a highly lucrative business.
If you are looking for a help in finding the right multi-level marketing business you can read through ‘Finding The Best Internet Business For You‘ or review our recommended multi-level marketing companies on our mlm business opportunities page. If you are leaning towards something like affiliate marketing we highly recommend checking out affiliate networks like VigLink, Commission Junction, and ClickBank. For advice or help when considering other opportunities, leave a comment below as the CatalystMLM team has a wide variety of experience.
Build Relationships Not Sales
Relationships are arguably the most valuable commodity in existence. Developing strong, positive relationships with those around you will be an asset to any endeavor your tackle. In my short quarter century of experience my relationships have been instrumental in securing me everything million dollar sales and powerful business partners to free food and my beautiful girlfriend. When you begin to build your online business you will make exponentially more money by focusing on building relationships, not sales. The most successful companies have learned how to make money online by understanding the value of enchanting anyone they touch.
In his book ‘Midas Touch‘, Robert Kiyoski tells a story of how doing the right thing (even when extremely difficult) will always be more profitable in the end. Robert’s business partners stole from the company and skipped town leaving him in millions of dollars of debt to the company’s investors. Rather than declare bankruptcy he spent the better part of a decade working jobs and building other businesses in order to pay them back. He did not need to do this, but he did because he valued the relationship and it was the right thing to do. These investors came back into his life decades later and were instrumental in funding his later ventures. Robert stresses that you will always make more money by valuing relationships with people than you will focusing on the numbers at the end of the month.
The Little Things
Do What You Love – As the saying goes, “do what you love and you will find those that love as you do.” I’m assuming that if you have read this far that you are motivated to learn how to make money online because you do not enjoy what you do now. The same applies when starting your new online business, if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life. People often accuse me of being crazy for “working” 60-80 hours a week, but I only do that 4 hours a year – and that’s when I have to do my taxes. Find an opportunity that makes you jump out of bed in the morning and hate going to bed at night – be that excited for what’s to come.
Be Loud And Proud – When you have a business that you love it can be extremely invigorating to share it with others. This energy will propel you forward often inspire you with some brilliant ideas. There will be people that just don’t understand and try to bring you down, don’t let them. Successful people don’t sell, they sort. Share your enthusiasm widely and sort people based on their reactions. If someone isn’t interested then don’t attempt to make them interested. Let those people be those people or you will waste time and ignore those who are truly excited to help you grow your online business.
Be Consistent – If try to grow your your business “when you have time” you will never make money online. You must set a schedule for yourself and be obsessively consistent. If you need to, start small and add more to that schedule as you get comfortable. Committing to work ‘from 6pm to 7pm every money’ will help you to be exponentially more productive and help to facilitate your success in the long run.
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Let’s Get Started
Do not wait, do not hesitate, and do not falter. Set your goals and get started today because true faith is taking the first step when you can’t see the rest of the staircase. If you need help, ask for advice from those who have already been successful. If you think that starting a multi-level marketing business might be right for you then take a look at our recommended opportunities. By reading this article you now know how to make money online so take the next steps and find your perfect business opportunity. I would be overjoyed to be a part of your success so leave any questions in the comments below and I will answer them.
HOPE is not a strategy,
LUCK is not a factor,
FEAR is not an option.