Making money online seems like a job for online gurus and experts who have long experience in working on the internet.
But, in reality, the situation is quite different.
The good news is that anyone can learn a skill or drive their passion to make money online.
You don’t have to be an online guru to make money online. That’s for sure.
So, you would wonder, how can it be possible?
You’d also think: if you don’t have to be a guru to make money, then how come millions of social media users around us can’t make money online?
The answer is that they don’t have the right information that provides them access to the tools, resources, and knowledge to make money online.
If you keep reading this article, you’ll get to know what you need to make money even if you are not an online guru.
Before we dig deeper into this, let me tell you something.
How do bloggers and digital marketers make money?
Your answer might be one of the following ways:
- Ad Networks
- Making Money with Affiliate Marketing
- Courses and Webinars
- Digital Products
Is that right?
But what most of you would miss out is that they make money based on their “awareness.”
They choose between PPC ads or affiliate ads because know what is suitable for their websites.
They also know how to deliver value to followers on social media to bring more followers.
So you need to extract their code of success and apply in starting your online career, even if you don’t know anything about working online.
Four Steps to Make Money Online If you are not an Online Guru
Here are four steps you need to take to make money if you are not an online guru:
Find Your Superpower to Work Online
Superpower? What does that mean? You might wonder. Let me explain it. A superpower in this context means something you are good at either you know or you don’t. If you don’t know, it may take a little longer to get started cashing in on it, but in case, you know, things could come faster.
So finding your superpower is figuring out what you’re passionate about or whatever comes naturally to you. Maybe, you like drawing sketches on the paper and you do it for fun or you are good at growing an Instagram account by figuring out what the niche, content nature, and audience type.
Anything and everything that puts you on a pedestal is your superpower. The problem with most people is that they don’t identify their superpower. They keep dwelling that they don’t have any passion or skill to work online. What they really don’t have is the “awareness” which I’m trying to give you through this article.
Equip/Polish Yourself With the Right Skills
The second most important thing you should do is either polish your current skill or equip yourself with new skills. The more stuff you know, the more opportunities you’ll come across. So don’t feel awkward if you have to ask questions to someone or you have to raise your hand at a conference. Make sure you capitalize on your chance to learn something valuable.
Hanging out with the professionals and mentors does help, but if you keep on following them and don’t convert the knowledge into practical work, then it’s not worth it.
Udemy is the go-to platform that I use and refer to my students who want to learn new skills. Try signing up for a free account on Udemy, and you could find many free courses. Don’t hesitate to pay for the right courses that could help you take your skill to the next level. Moreover, you could read a previous article about enrolling in an online course.
The purpose of enrolling in an online course is to learn a thing or two about your field or polish your skill. You can do that too by watching educational YouTube videos or joining in the conversations in the relevant Facebook groups. All you need is a will to learn and become a successful professional in any niche on the internet.
Build a Brand that Stands Out
Building a brand is essentially something that you would focus on at some point. Everyone who starts to succeed or start to make a little money gets to the point where they think about building a brand. You can focus on building a personal brand right from the beginning. You’d eventually figure it out at some point. But the difference would be that you would have wasted a lot of time.
Let me clarify this: building a brand doesn’t mean you have to specifically focus on a personal brand or registering a single-member company. What building a brand means that you must define the primary strength that you differentiates you from the rest of the market.
For example, you can be a freelance graphic designer that just designs amazing logos and works on Fiverr. This could be your brand. You can build a digital marketing agency that focuses on bridal clothing lines, and mostly serves bridal dress designers. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus on other clients or services, but if something is working for you, you must drill down and put more energy into it to become an authority in that specific area.
Over-deliver in the Beginning
Over-delivering means you give more than you ask for. It may sound surreal if you are just starting out, but it works for everyone. For instance, if you’re starting as a freelance writer, and you are getting paid an X amount for a 1,000 words article, but you end up writing a 1,250 words article just because it makes it better. This way, you’d be over-delivering, which could go in your favor.
So don’t hesitate to over-deliver to your clients even if it doesn’t bring any monetary value in the beginning. I’m telling you that it makes a lot of difference along the way.
So I shared four steps for beginners who want to get started with earning online and want to make money online but don’t know where to begin from or what to do exactly.
Guys, finding your thing or equipping yourself with skill would give you things that any other thing won’t.
So don’t just choose something because it’s working for others. Instead, find something you’re good at or yo love to do. You’d eventually learn the art of monetizing your skill even if you won’t be able to monetize that exact thing. It’s the process that teaches us, and people stick to the process by doing what they love or good at. So find that thing and keep crushing it.
All the best.