If you’ve ever thought that making money online is a waste of time, then you’re probably right.
Making money online is a waste of time.
For the majority of people out there.
The reality is, most people who try to make money online will fail.
Anyone can dream and fantasize about making money online, but when it comes to making the cold hard cash via online channels, only a few truly succeed.
In fact, if you ever get to the point where you start to think that trying to make money online isn’t worth the effort, then that might be a sign that you probably wouldn’t be able to make any money online.
That’s one of the signs that something isn’t clicking, and you have to find a way to start making it work.
But the good news is, almost everyone has gotten to that point. Some may cross it, while others don’t.
In fact, almost everyone you see making money online today, even the gurus, got to a point where they start to question their chances of making money online.
I remember at one point, when I hadn’t even made a dollar online, I started to think that probably this making money online thing is reserved for some special people.
But like most things in life, you have to go through the struggle, find what you are best at, and then find where you can offer that value in return for money.
I’ve found out that a few criteria separates those who struggle to make money online, and those cashing out on a steady basis.
In fact, if you’re struggling to make money online today, then you should follow the next steps to increase your chances of going from a complete noob to a guru making good money online.
It’s not pretty, but it works.
Having a Digital Skill
I’ll continue to say it, having a digital skill is half the requirement for making money online.
In my book, it’s a must.
You don’t want to be among the gullible crowd looking for nonexistent click-to-pay sites that waste your time.
You don’t want to walk the digital streets with only the hope that one day, somehow somewhere, you’ll pick up some money.
That’s a fool’s errand.
You need to acquire digital skills to minimize time-wasting while maximizing money-making.
Doing One Thing First
No guru started out doing everything.
They started from doing one thing first, maximizing their earnings, gaining some experience, and then moving on to other things.
If you find yourself in the online hustle culture, doing everything that comes your way but never making any profit, then that might be a sign that you’re doing it all wrong.
Find one thing and be good at it.
A good start is to start with a skill in a field you enjoy.
Just pick one thing and try to have fun doing it.
Keeping at It
At the start, most things would feel like a struggle, and that’s okay.
When you start out, you might not even make a dime in the first year.
That’s one of the reasons why you have to start with something you really enjoy doing.
When I launched Bizvestor, I didn’t try to make money for one whole year.
I was paying the hosting fees, and putting in the work to deliver high-quality content that reflects genuine information.
That’s a sign that I really enjoy this thing.
A good start is to find something you can do for one year without being paid, and stay dedicated to it.
Delivering Unique High-quality Value
If you want to start and continue making money online, then you have to play the long game.
And that means delivering unique high-quality value always.
My mantra is to always underpromise but overdeliver. I’d rather not get paid than have a client who is not satisfied with my work.
It’s not about making the money right now but building a reliable clientele who trust and swear by your service quality.
I’m proud to say that I’ve not had a single client who paid and used my service but never came back.
Not a single client.
The ones who didn’t enjoy my services didn’t have to pay for it. Because I don’t get paid to deliver a service. I get paid to have the customer satisfied.
And that’s the anchor on which great service businesses are built.
Hustle Mentality vs Brand Mentality
Lastly, if you want to stop wasting time online and start making money, then you have to quit being a hustler.
That doesn’t mean that you stop trying or testing things out. It’s actually a mindset shift.
While a hustle thinks of immediate gains, a brand looks at the big picture when creating a product or delivering a service.
While a hustler just wants to make his $10 today and damn the consequences, a brand wants to build the pipeline required to make that $10 every single day.
The people who make the most money online have realized that having repeat customers is more important and durable than just hopping from one opportunity to the next.
And that’s why they take their time to learn their craft, and take even more time to craft great products and services that truly satisfy their clients.
You should do the same if you want to make money online for a very long time.