Making a Living Online
By Charles Hopkins
Published 04/20/2006 | Entrepreneur
Is it possible to make a part time or full time living on the Internet? Can you really make enough money to make your time worthwhile?
According to all the "gurus" you can easily make a LOT of money by buying their program and doing EXACTLY what they tell you to do.
Is all of this hype really true? The answer is yes and no. It really is true that a stay at home Mom or a student in need of extra income or a full time worker needing a part-time income can make money on the Internet. It is also true that a lot of people are making a full-time living and even becoming rich on the Internet.
The question is, "Can you do it too"? Again the answer is maybe yes and maybe no. It all depends on how much time you are willing to invest in studying the techniques and learn the methods you need for Internet Marketing (IM) success.
The fastest way to earn extra money online is to sell on Ebay. You can start right now, today, and in 3 days be paid online for items you sell. There are a lot of "get rich quick" tutorials for sale on how to make it on Ebay, but you don't need one. You can simply register at the Ebay site, read their tutorial and get started selling items you have around the house.
A lot of people make a few extra dollars to a few hundred extra dollars a month on Ebay. Others make a lot more. Ebay or any business you get into online or in a physical business location has the potential to make money. Lots of people succeed in business and a lot fail. Your success or failure will partially depend on how well you prepare, how much you study and how much energy you put into the project.
The great thing about online businesses compared to brick and mortar stores is it usually costs a lot less to get started. For instance, getting stared selling on Ebay doesn't cost anything. You only pay fees when you run an Ebay auction ad.
Once you have some money rolling in on Ebay, you can invest in one of the guru courses that you can find in any search engine by doing a search for, "Internet marketing".
Do you have to buy a course? No, you can find free information online to help you get started. The advantage of a course is that it is all in one place. A decent course starts at about 67 and runs up to about 197. There are other cheaper courses and more expensive ones. It is best to start learning with a moderately priced course.
Every course you find will offer you good advice. Some are better than others. It is hard to say which is best. Just like some people love Fords and hate Chevy's, it is the same with IM guru courses. The secret is to do a little online research, pick one and then follow it.
Internet Marketing can be as easy as creating a simple website and putting other company's ads on the site. You get paid when someone buys a product or even when someone clicks on an ad. You don't even need a product to sell; you only have other's ads on your web pages.
Ebay is a make money today proposition. For most people, Internet Marketing is a get rich slow process. Yes, some people make money within days or weeks of starting on online business. Most take a little longer to get established.
There are no hard and fast rules on how long it will take you to make money online or how much you can make. It all depends on how hard you are willing to work and how much time you are willing to devote to creating a new business.