Y’all. There is a BIG BIG problem in the online world and I can’t keep my mouth shut about it
If you are wanting to start a blog because you love to write, are passionate about a topic, and just want to share your ideas with the world for FREE, then you’re excused from the rest of this post. Go on, you’ll be fine!
If, however, you are anything like me, and the point of starting a blog is to actually make some money, you’ll want to stick around.
Start With A Plan
The first thing you HAVE to understand is that if you have any hope of making money online, you need a well-thought-out plan. Not to say you can’t change your mind about it later, but when you get a few months in you are going to want that plan to help you remember what it is you’re trying to do in the first place!
The first part of your plan needs to clearly identify HOW you’re planning to make money. This will greatly impact some of the decisions you make later, and shouldn’t be skipped.
Here’s the deal: if your goal is to make money online, then what you’re really doing is starting a business. If you are planning to make your money from a blog, that’s fine. But it still needs to be approached like any other business or it will turn into a really expensive hobby really quickly!
If you already have an online business and are starting a blog as part of your content marketing strategy, kudos to you! That’s a great idea, and a very effective way to increase your reach and your credibility.
But if you’re starting from square zero, if you sit in your cubicle or on your couch and daydream about dollar signs making their way into your bank account… you’ve got some planning to do!
Here Are Some Ideas For How Online Businesses Make Money:
- Ad Revenue from Blog
- Affiliate Income
- Sponsored Posts
- Selling Your Own Physical Products
- Selling Digital Goods such as Courses or EBooks
- Selling Services
Decide On A Timeline
If you decide that you want to earn income directly from your blog through ad revenue, sponsored posts, or even through your own physical or digital products, keep in mind that you will need to build an audience and drive traffic (in the case of ads, LOTS of traffic) to your site before you will start seeing dollar signs. This is NOT a get rich quick method by any means and will require a dedicated effort on your part to learning the ins and outs of the business of blogging in order to make it work.
If you need money sooner rather than later, I won’t tell you NOT to start a blog, because I truly love mine and believe it is complementary to most online businesses in that it allows you another way to reach customers. BUT. OK, REALLY BIG BUT… please consider other means of earning an income online before you pour yourself into your blog for 80 hours a week and beg and plead with it to JUST DO SOMETHING.
I’ve been there, I have friends who have been there, and it’s just. not. pretty.
If you need money like yesterday, are looking to leave your soul-crushing job, want some money for a vacation, whatever, then take a look at the skills you ALREADY have. My bet is that, like me, you have some real-life skills that are marketable online.
Maybe it’s not that you care one way or another about starting a blog. Maybe you just want to find a way to work online and go from there. If that’s you, then I highly suggest taking a look at Upwork and other freelance sites to get an idea of what people are hiring for that you happen to be good at. I’m an HR professional and was able to find a number of paying clients once I finally started looking! I bet you can, too.
Just Get Started
If you’ve decided that what you really want to be after all is a blogger, great! There are TONS of amazing resources available to help you in your pursuit. Just don’t forget to make a plan before you get shiny object syndrome 😉
If you’ve realized that you might not want a blog right now, but really want to make money online, I have an easy way for you to get started. And, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Or anything, actually.
Steps To Start A Service Business Online
- Decide on what services you would like to offer that you already know how to do
- Go to Facebook and create a Page for the services you plan to offer (this gives you a “home base” while you are working to validate your choice of offerings
- Bonus points if you also set up your LinkedIn profile to reflect your skillset
- Go to And.Co and get a free account to use to track your time, to-dos, and invoice your clients
- Set up a free PayPal account so that you can get paid
- Visit sites like Upwork and People Per Hour to scour the postings and apply to those of interest
- Join Facebook Groups where people who may be in need of your services tend to hang out
Running an online business is a lot like any other type of business – you have to get the word out before anyone knows you’re open for business. But if you’re really looking to make money online, this is a great way to get started with a lot less commitment!
I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂