So, I put together a free master course for you to take that spreads out all of the work involved in starting a blog, into a series of action-packed lessons. My free course breaks the entire process of starting a blog down into an incredibly simple 7-day process for going from 0 to publishing (and promoting) your first blog post in just 1 week. I can't recommend it enough.
UPDATE: After following all the information in the book, my website is built! However, that's where I leave the book behind. Some of the plugins recommended are way out of date now, so I'm doing some research on which new ones are the best. So, all in all, the book is a good starting point for your website, but once the groundwork is done, move on to something more up to date.
Walk around your neighborhood or town and I’m sure you’ll see tons of great local businesses with terrible design. However, with increasingly easy-to-use tools like Adobe Illustrator, Venngage, Stencil, and Visme, just about anyone with a creative mindset and a good amount of motivation can start making money online by being a graphic designer for local companies.
Create a killer course experience: With your course validated and in the works, you need to figure out how people will take it. Most course creators choose to host their courses from their own websites. This way, they get all the value of bringing customers back to their site on a regular basis. I host my own courses from a subdomain on my own site so I can easily add more. The course experience is incredibly important as well. And after trying most of the solutions, I highly recommend Teachable—an online platform designed specifically for courses.
Tied into this point, I like how Scott discourages big dreaming from the point of view that when you try to solve too big a problem, you’ll normally fail since you don’t have the resources to tackle it – eg don’t reinvent say ecommerce platforms with complex software, instead create an online video-driven course on how to build online stores using WordPress (as an example!).
Take surveys, answer questions and product testing are other ways that you can make money from chatting online. KnowBrainers.com, SurveryCompare.net, CashCrate.com and SwagBucks.com are various types of chat services that you can consider using to make some extra cash. You can also earn free items like electronics, video games, gift cards and all kinds of prizes too.
Once you have that problem or need nailed, the next step is to validate that idea and make sure you’ve actually got customers who will pay for it. This means building a minimum viable product, getting objective feedback from real customers, incorporating updates, testing the market for demand, and getting pricing feedback to ensure there’s enough of a margin between your costs and what consumers are willing to pay.
The signup was pretty simple the last time we checked. Fill in the blank forms, do a quick video for Cambly’s internal use, and verify your email address. There will be some questions about any certifications or teaching experience you might have, but it’s just fact-gathering – neither one is necessary. Then they’ll review your application and get back to you with a yes or no.
The women, Maitresse Madeline and Mistress Lorelei Lee, made names for themselves as actresses in adult films, but they also indulge in the sexual art of “financial domination,” or “fin dom,” a craft that sounds like a cross between S&M and a big-store con (albeit, with extremely compliant marks, dubbed “pay pigs”). It fills their bank accounts while satisfying the carnal needs of guys who get off on giving money to demanding women.
However, I think that while the book has a walk-through for pretty much anything you need to set up your business sites, it would have benefited from real life examples. This would have made it easier for those of us who are still learning the process. The videos from the Resources section of the website the book has links to do help somewhat with that though.
Take a few dollars and a pair of scissors into your local copy shop (many big box office supply stores will do this for you as well. If you don’t have scissors, just borrow them from the store shelf. Just be sure to leave them in the store so they don’t accuse you of shoplifting). Give the clerk at least 4 two dollar bills (it’s more efficient that way because you can get multiple copies on one sheet) Ask for double sided color copies. Should they give you any grief just say it’s just play money for your kid. They’ll probably think it’s fake money anyways since it’s a two dollar bill.
Build up a following on your Instagram account and you could quickly be making extra money online. Major brands, gear companies, and even startups are willing to shell out $500-$5,000+ per post to get in front of your audience. While it’s getting harder and harder to build a massive Instagram audience, if you already have a solid niche and are posting quality content regularly, with a few small tweaks you can make yourself an influencer. Check out this awesome article from Shopify on how to build and grow your Instagram following to get started.
This book is a definite must read, and in the top 5 out of this list. My favorite use for this book is to help people decide what business model to pursue – for a start anyway. ie info product v membership site v affiliate marketing. Since Joel compares them all and shows you the major challenges for each (along with how-to guides), the task becomes a lot easier.
So, where are we supposed to turn to make money the legitimate way online? This isn't just about generating passive income; this is also about finding ways and means to create an active income through the conveniences afforded to us by the internet that will not only help us with our debt obligations, but also empower us to save, invest and get really rich in the future.
Holding contests online is a great way to get attention for your brand or products. Giving away free products is perfectly fine. But if you hold a contest involving money for a prize, you are entering into what is considered “sweepstakes” territory. There are particular regulations in various states regarding such contests, and you must make sure you follow these to the letter or face criminal charges. If in doubt, leave it out!