The comfort of a 9-5 is nice but the comfort of becoming financially free online and owning your own time is even nicer.
Every single day, more and more people are taking advantage of the internet to become wealthy and free.
Why aren’t you?
You might feel it’s unrealistic. You might think you can’t do it, or believe it's too late to exploit the internet to make money.
Don't be one of those people who believe this, as they are wrong.
Making an income online is getting bigger and simpler every single year.
There are people who are less intelligent, less talented, and less disciplined than you that are killing it in online business. They decided to put their egos aside to take a chance and get started.
All that said, here's a simple framework to get started online.
Choosing a killer offer people would line up in droves to purchase
Choosing your killer offer is the first thing you need to do to set up your online income stream.
Pick something to start with and focus on.
Here's a list of things you can do:
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling a service
- Selling an info product
But how do you choose what to sell or market?
Think about your skillset, the things you like, your goals, and the personal preferences you may lean towards.
The best way to decide is to start with what you know and work backward.
Think about your current job, degree, side hustle, or career field, and how well it translates into one of the methods of making money online listed above.
What are you expert-enough on? Sell that.
Exploiting And Abusing Social Media
After you’ve chosen what to sell you want to start exploiting social media.
You do so by focusing on providing value, positioning yourself as an expert, and networking.
Social media may seem hard at first.
You might even experience self-doubts about it but let those fears ago if you want to truly make it.
But that's ok.
Every new endeavor comes with its own set of challenges.
Challenging or not, social media is a huge hack when it comes to marketing and selling because your reach can be amplified exponentially.
Choose the platforms that your followers are most likely to be on.
For example, business content tends to do better on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as Facebook and Instagram.
Retail and e-commerce content tends to do better on Instagram and Facebook, as well as Twitter and Pinterest.
Focus on one or two platforms to be consistently active on and remember these 3 main pillars which we’ll explore:
- Providing value
- Being an expert
Providing Massive Value To Establish Yourself As An Expert
Providing value on social media is important for establishing subject matter knowledge and building a following.
People consume content for one of three reasons.
- To be educated
- To be entertained
- To be inspired.
Ideally, try to hit all three.
A great way to provide value is to teach people how to do things.
You can do so through social media posts, emails, or videos.
Give people “How To” information, share lessons from your own experiences, identify common mistakes that are made and give good advice.
If you’re learning a new topic, you can share details on how it’s going for you so other people can join you on the journey.
There are lots of creative ways to share information and provide value to people.
Just remember to be authentic and informative.
Hacks To Positioning Yourself As An Expert
Positioning yourself as an expert will help you make truly big bucks online.
An expert is someone who has two things. Authority and trust.
By providing value and not being afraid to promote yourself as someone who can help people solve a problem, you’re positioning yourself as an expert.
Experts get paid.
One of the best things about the internet is the freedom to create and share content with no barrier to entry.
You can position yourself as an expert and you don’t need a degree, a certification, or a job title.
You can display your expertise and your commitment to a subject simply by talking about it and teaching it.
Networking by connecting with your peers, the people you learn from, and the people who learn from you is a smart way to use social media.
The most obvious way to make an extra income is by selling your offers to people in your network. A lot of times you can have a more personal discussion with someone in their direct messages and it can give you an opportunity to sell.
Another great part about networking is you can get people to share your content.
Even if you have a smaller audience, you can reach massive amounts of people if enough people share your content or a large enough account shares it.
Don’t underestimate the power of the network effect.
You can learn from the people ahead of you, teach and sell to the people behind you, and collaborate with your peers.
Discipline and consistency
Success with online marketing is a byproduct of maintaining discipline and consistency in your efforts.
Every day you should be posting online, sending direct messages, writing emails, or creating content.
Discipline and consistency are the main aspects that will separate you from the rest and help you build a stronger brand faster.
It takes time and repeated attempts to make money. You’ll probably deal with rejection or make mistakes along the way.
Just make sure to stick with your strategy and keep doing the right things tactically.
Shift your mindset from an employee mindset to a business owner/sales-oriented mindset.
So you’ve finally got started with your online money efforts and you’ve been active on social media and trying to sell your offer.
As you work, you’ll need to make adjustments.
You should always be looking to improve and make better use of your time.
As you start to be more active online and gain experience, you can analyze what things you need to change.
Maybe you notice videos or live streams work particularly well for your audience.
Perhaps you found that you got all your clients from direct messages.
You might notice a particular email that did well compared to others.
Maybe a tweet or article you shared went viral.
Look at what’s working and what isn’t working for you.
If something’s working for you? Double down on it!
If a particular strategy is winning your customers, clients, or making you money, do more of it.
If something’s not working for you? Make some changes or get rid of it.
Don’t waste time on a failing strategy.
Do what needs to be done to make it work or put your time into things that will help you make money.
In business, you have to be adaptable.
Many people think that a life of success and freedom is only a dream or something only other people who are “lucky” get to enjoy.
Making money online is simple.
Not necessarily easy but not necessarily difficult either if you follow the right steps:
- Choose your killer offer
- Exploit social media
- Provide value
- Position yourself an expert
- Use your network
- Be disciplined and consistent
- Make adjustments as you go
No one can stop you from making money online and living the life you want as long as you put in the work.