A lot of people want to do “the internet business thing” , it sounds like a lot of fun to work online, on your computer and make money without going to a 9-5 job right? You don’t need to answer because I already know the answer is Yes! Who doesn’t want to work from home, sip some coke and watch money roll into their bank account! Its like the new thing now, you hear of people making money on the internet, doing legitimate businesses and living the 9-5 free lifestyle and you wish that was you, you wish you can do the same because you are tired of the job life or not even having a job at all. I can tell you for a fact that its a good life, not because I have read about it but because I live it. I have been self-employed working from my computer since I was 19, I am 24years old now. I have never had a 9-5 job till today except that one time I had to work with a company in London for about 31 days – they wanted me to re-brand their online presence and brand Identity and it was important that I was part of the team for a month so I could see how they work, understand their culture and use my assessment in creating a killer brand for them, even though I enjoyed the whole process – I saw first hand how crazy and stressful the job life can be and vowed never to get a full time job in my life.
Back to the matter at hand – making money on the internet! I want to give you a shocker, the whole making money on the internet, working from your house and sipping lemonade while money comes in with you doing little or no work is a myth! Matter of fact, its bullshit! I did an interview with the Under35CEO website the other day and they asked me “How did you make your first online income? How much time did it take to make money online?” when I saw the question, I knew this is the same question a lot of people have in their mind and want to know.
How did you or how do people make money online, is it a software? is it that if i buy a book about internet money I will learn the Secret and start making money on the internet as well? Is it a trick? What is it? How do I do it? I need to know. So instead of painting a beautiful picture like a lot of people have been pushed to believe, I decided to keep it real, tell the truth and break this myth of making money on the internet. In the next paragraph, I will break the myth and tell you what you need to know.
Making money on the internet or even making money generally involves one thing – PROVIDING VALUE! I know this is not what you would have expected to hear, but its the truth and I want you to stick with me because I am going somewhere and you will get tremendous value from this blogpost.
There is no secret, blueprint, software, programme, bootcamp, course, website or anything that will give you money and give you the lifestyle of sipping coke while earning thousands of pounds or dollars working from home without you actually providing some type of value. There are a lot of scam courses, ebooks, and people who promise to give you that one program or software that will change your life and give you the internet money you’ve been dreaming of. Its not just real.I will give you a quick and interesting story that will paint the picture of what am trying to explain better.
Other words for Value: Usefulness, Advantageous, Benefit, Gain, Profit, Service, Importance, Assistance.
Some weeks ago, a guy who attended the same university as me back in Nigeria (we weren’t really friends in school) told me about his money problems, family challenges and other horror stories he’s facing and said he saw my Online Course “The Puzzle Hustle” where I teach and mentor people around the world on how to become smart, highly skilled and well-paid website and graphics designers and I then show them how to use the skills gotten from the course to get clients within and outside their country, So – its a course that empowers you with raw and practical skills and then gives you the invaluable insights and blueprints to start making money working from your computer exploiting those skills and knowledge…
So he said he would be glad if I could give him access to the course for free due to his financial circumstances. Trust me, I get 100s of messages just like that from people around the world and it tells me a lot about a person.
(Quick Hustle Advice: DON’T ask people for free stuffs when you know you will be getting tremendous value from the stuff and its a disrespect to the person who has spent months or even years creating a product that has so much value, you telling him/her to give it to you for free is you saying his time and expertise is worth nothing and it shows you are not serious about change or hustle, if you really need something, you will find a way to get it and if you really can’t – try provide some type of value to the person first before you ask him/her for free sh*t)
Back to my school guy, I gave him access to the course for FREE since we attended the same school and I felt kinda sorry for him after reading about his situation. I gave him free access so he could get the skills, the knowledge and insight and start making some good money for himself.
I believe that giving someone knowledge and skill is far better than giving them money, money will always come and go but the knowledge and skill you’ve impacted in someone will remain forever – he/she can use it over and over again and make money with it over and over again! He thanked me and I felt good I could help. Just one week or less after, I got a message from him again saying “Daniel, please can you tell me an online business that I can do with little or no capital or risk that will start making me cool cash?”… from his question, I knew this guy is just like a lot of people, they are always looking for a quick way out, fast cash, get rich quick schemes and all these things are BS. They don’t exist, you need to actually provide some type of value and meet someone’s need in order to make good money on the internet or even offline in real life.
I just gave this guy a course for FREE that took me close to 7 months to create where I share EVERYTHING I KNOW, things I knew when I started, things I wish I knew when I started, things I stumbled upon along the way that if I had known from the beginning would have made me more money, my exact skills, advice and blueprint, over 73 videos of me showing step by step how to go from ZERO knowledge to becoming someone who can comfortably design high quality websites and do graphic designs.
He can use the skills to get a creative designer job or follow my path and be a freelancer who works from home and gets his own clients and I didn’t stop at giving just the skills alone, I show exactly how I made thousands of dollars and pounds back in Nigeria that made me so much money that I decided to move to one of the most expensive cities in the world to sponsor myself in getting a Masters and also living here and I give my exact blueprint/proposal I use for my design agency in London to get clients.
That’s not all, you get a fully threaded path, you don’t need to cut your own grass or clear the bush or make the mistakes I made, you simply follow a trusted and tested path. Gosh!!! I wish I had that when I started! But just like a lot of people in the world, he thinks getting skills or spending time learning something is a waste of time, instead he asked me if I could tell him an “online business that he can do with little or no capital or risk to start making cool cash???” He’s looking for a get rich quick scheme and this is why so many people get scammed on the internet.
You know what the problem is? Most people just want to get rich quick without doing any work, f*ck all the stories you’ve read online about easy internet businesses, internet money or being a rich entrepreneur overnight. When its all said and done – you have to do some type of work to become rich. You have to provide value! You want to be a blogger and make internet money? You have to write GOOD and ENGAGING blogposts consistently that gets people stuck on your blog and share the heck out of it, then you will make money from ads that are being viewed and clicked on your website – that’s how all these bloggers you’ve read about who make thousands of dollars per month from their blog do it and guess what? It doesn’t happen overnight, it took them time and a learning curve to get there.
Oh, maybe you’ve read about Amazon’s founder or any founder of a famous online marketplace website that are now billionaires, they provided value first and got rich from it. They created an online marketplace that allows people to buy what they want from their house and the marketplace grew into a successful one after so many years of behind-the-scenes hardwork. Okay, lets move away from internet money makers, lets say “Footballers” who you think are making easy money! The are not, they have to provide value first as well! They have to perfect their skills, train like a beast and hustle till the point where a scout picks them up and signs them with a club and even when signed – its not over, they still have to train and add value to the team. Or maybe you want to be a freelancer that designs websites and graphics and you’ve read my blogposts about how I made and still make thousands of dollars and pounds doing this – you first have to get the skills, learn how to get clients and when you do get the clients, you have to provide value first!!!! You have to actually design the website for them and they have to love it and then you will be paid handsomely.
Last example again from my hustle, even though I work with businesses and individuals around the world providing them with my creative design skills and business management consultation, I have eBooks and online Courses that people pay for. I make money from that on the side and that’s good and real internet money, I don’t have to do anything again once the eBook or course is done and its online, it generates money itself. (ofcourse I have to answer customer questions and queries but that’s interesting for me, i love doing it) But before my eBooks or Courses can generate auto-pilot internet money, I have to actually provide value first, I have to spend months creating the content so that it achieves the aim of me writing or creating it in the first place – it gives people actionable insights, knowledge and skills that they can use to make money as well.
So, people then pay to get the knowledge that I provide. They are not paying because they have so much money to waste but because they know the value that they will get from the eBook or Course and how it will enhance their lives. And i create tons of free videos and blogposts just to add additional value at no cost! You see, there is no such thing as easy internet money. You can keep searching everywhere and get scammed over and over again but until you understand the main principle which is – To make money online or offline, you need to have some type of value that you will provide, you need to solve a problem for someone and when you do – you will be compensated with money and if you play your game right – you will be compensated with a lot of it. So my advice is – Learn something that can be monetized, get a skill or knowledge and use what you’ve learnt to add value to people and businesses and charge for it.
If you are good at something, never do it for free! [sometimes you can though 🙂
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