Make Money Online: Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul doesn’t hit bookstores until May 1 but retailers have been swamped trying to keep up with the demand. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com said, “Never before have we seen this level of interest for such a niche product. Reaching one million pre-orders a full month ahead of release is quite the accomplishment. A well-deserved kudos goes out to John Chow and Michael Kwan.” 

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.
You’ll also have to decide whether or not to make your ebook exclusive to Amazon Kindle through their KDP Select program. I’ve done it temporarily (you enroll for 90 days at a time), and there are some advantages, like special promotional and pricing opportunities. But eventually, you might like to offer your book through other channels (more on this below).
If you’re willing to take on some risk and have the heart of a true hustler, you can make extra money online doing commission-only sales for startups and other businesses. While you won’t be getting a regular salary, with the right sales strategies and skills as an inside sales rep, you can make decent money for each sale you bring in. And because you’ll most likely be working with startups, if you can negotiate a little equity you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds.
Counterfeit products are still rampant on the internet today and buying and selling counterfeit products can be very lucrative. It is also very illegal. Legitimate companies create goods that they want to sell and promote online. Then illegal companies or individuals in China and other locations create an imitation product to compete with this legitimate product. This creates a clear disadvantage for the original product owner, and they can sue for damages if you try this unscrupulous tactic. If you are an online seller, avoid this practice always. Always check out the authenticity of the product before selling or promoting it.
Use the KDP select program to give away your book for free. KDP gives you 5 days (every 90 days) in which you can give your book away for free and doing this helps get your book some initial traction. Books that do well on free promotion will “tell” Amazon that your book has a high likelihood of doing well in the paid charts and this will cause Amazon to promote your book for you.

PS Joel also throws up the whole coaching idea in this book, and whilst it’s not at all passive I just wanted to mention it, because this is one of the ways to create a six-figure business for yourself if you are a true expert in an arena.  ie you can use passive income info products (that generate say $30,000 a year) to pull in the customers for your 1-1 or mastermind style coaching service (that brings in say $100,000+ a year).
In 2017, there were almost 90 million pet dogs in the US. Which has opened up a huge opportunity to make money online as a dog watcher or sitter. Specialized sites like Rover or Care.com connect pet owners with pet walkers, sitters, and boarding houses to help look after their best friends when they’re at work or on a trip. If you’re an animal lover, you can make extra money and get to spend some quality time with a furry friend.

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Join a startup accelerator: Another great option is to apply to a startup accelerator like Y Combinator, 500 startups, or TechStars, where a group of investors will help coach you, connect you with potential partners, and provide startup cash in return for a small stake in your company. The competition is tough to get into these, so don’t rely on them as your only path forward.

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!).
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You can make money chatting online when you join a chat service that pays. Video-chat, video sharing, get-paid chat programs and forums are several ways that you can make money at home in your spare time. Video-chat websites allow you to choose either a one-way video chat or a cam-to-cam video chat with other members. Other types of chat services require you to create an account with them and post quality content on their websites.
Smashwords is a different kind of ebook platform. With proper formatting of your ebook you can have more-or-less automatic conversion into many formats, making it available as a PDF or an Apple iBook, for example. If you’re already published on Kindle or Nook, be sure that in your Smashwords settings you opt out of having them sell in those formats, because they take their cut in addition to the amount Amazon or Barnes and Noble keep from each sale.
Make Money Online: Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul doesn’t hit bookstores until May 1 but retailers have been swamped trying to keep up with the demand. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com said, “Never before have we seen this level of interest for such a niche product. Reaching one million pre-orders a full month ahead of release is quite the accomplishment. A well-deserved kudos goes out to John Chow and Michael Kwan.”
The fact is, most people have no idea how to pick a doctor or a financial advisor or any other related professional service practice. They don’t know anything about the skills necessary, what to look for, what to avoid, or how to think about the service. A book is a great way to establish your authority and show people what it would be like to work with you. Beyond that, it does a great job educating your clients on what they should expect, making your job easier.
I haven’t done so well with Smashwords, but I suspect it’s partly a matter of chance. I base this speculation on the fact that some of my ebooks do better on Nook and others on Kindle, even when I don’t promote them at all, so any particular ebook must get better or worse placement in the search results for each platform for reasons that won’t always be decipherable.
Another great example of this is Jeff Kavanaugh’s book, Consulting Essentials. Jeff is a partner at Infosys, a large consulting firm, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas, Dallas. He wrote this book to help his students understand what consultants did and how to do it, and it’s had the unintended consequence of attracting hundreds of very qualified applicants to his firm.
You can also repurpose a book that is in the public domain. This means the copyright has expired and anybody can take the content of those books, and publish them, either updated or reworked in some way or as is. Did you see that book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that came out a few years ago? That’s a great example of reworking a public domain book.
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