The trouble with regular 9-5 jobs is that there are only so many hours per day. You make X amount of dollars per hour and you can only stuff so many work hours into a 24 hour period. And when your job doesn't offer any overtime hours, lots of people turn to a 2nd job to try to increase their monthly income.
Before you that 2nd part time job in the evenings, I'd like to show you what I do, and how you can learn to do it too. It's not for everyone, but I absolutely love my work and wanted to see if I could save some folks from totally stressing themselves out working 16 hours a day.
Build Websites? I don't know Code!
Let's get this out of the way – building websites is easy. In fact, you can build one right now, in about 2 minutes. Go ahead. Try it.
The building website part is just the beginning, and it's not actually how you get paid. You do not need to know any code to make a website any more. The days of traditional HTML hand coded sites are over, and as you just saw above, using something like WordPress (above) means you can get the framework set up with no skill at all.
Let's Talk About Money
This is not a traditional line of work in the sense that you get paid by the hour. No one is hiring you. This is not a “job”. This is the one major downside to doing the kind of work I do. When you get started, you make $0 per hour. How much you make later will depend on a few factors we'll discuss below, but be prepared to work for a couple of months with zero extra pay.
But the money does come eventually.
The way I earn a living online is called affiliate marketing. Many popular products, services, and brands have what's called an “affiliate program”. Essentially, they allow freelance marketers and advertisers to feature products and services on their website. If your website makes a sale, you get a commission.
So you put in the work to make the site, write content for the site, get traffic to the site, and when you start making sales, the money starts coming in.
Let's talk about some challenges before you get too excited. I love my work, and am luck that I can do it full time. But it's not without some disadvantages.
1) It takes time to build. The #1 reason people fail at this is impatience. You will not be making money when you start out, but you will be putting in a lot of work. Most people are not used to this type of work. They want to put in the hours and get paid. If you were to get a regular “second job”, then you'd be getting your first paycheck next month.
2) It's confusing at first. For some reason there is this mystical aura around anything tech and internet. People throw up their hands and say, “Nope, I'm tech-stupid. I can't learn that”. But like anything else, for example learning to play an instrument, or learning a new language, if you put in the time, you can learn it.
There are some new things you will have to learn, and you may have to fail a few times or break a few sites before you get your groove. Any other type of evening or night work would probably involve you working a cash register, or taking people's order, which is pretty simple stuff.
3) Distractions. You will be sitting at the computer typing a lot of articles. The internet is just a click away: Netflix, email, YouTube, Google…they are so distracting. I started this article at 9AM today, and it's about 1PM now. I checked my email about 1/2 way though and got sucked into the black hole of the internet. It happens. But if you spend your time watching cat videos instead of working, you won't make a dime.
But this is the best job in the world, and if you put in some time in the beginning, you will look back and be thankful you did.
Success in exponential. In the beginning you will have small successes like getting a few visitors to your site, or getting an awesome comment from someone. Then you'll make your first $1 online. Then you'll start making regular sales, a few grand per month, and pretty soon you'll be able to quit your job. The successes just keep getting better and more amazing.
Freedom of working from home. No more commuting, which mean you cut back on gas, eating out, and other expenses. Working a 2nd job sucks, but if you can do it from a comfy office chair in your own home, it isn't so bad.
You create your schedule. Do the kids have a school program tonight? Do you have a cold and just need a break? Take the night off. The internet doesn't sleep, and your website will still be live. Work in your 1/2 hour lunch break, or at 2am on Friday night. It doesn't matter when the work gets done, as long as it gets done.
Making money 24/7/365. I wake up with money in my account. I go on vacation and sales are being made. This is not a magic trick. My website is up 24/7/365, and people surf the net all over the world, at all times of the day. Developing an online business this way means you can squeeze more money making time into the day.
With a regular job, you have just 8 hours to make money. If you make $10 per hour, that's $80 per day. Using a website, if you make $10 per hour, that's $240 per day, no? As I said above, you aren't working hourly, so this isn't a perfect example, but I just mean to say that even a couple sales per day can add up to good money.
Unique income possibilities. I have one website that makes about $1 per sale. But the person is charged every month (it's a subscription). Though I started with tiny paychecks, it's not a decent chunk of income for me. If I make just one sale per day, that's $30 for the first month, $60 for the 2nd month, $90 for the next month, and so on. After 3 years of doing this, I make about $800 per month just from this one website and one affiliate program.
First, I want to say that if you absolutely need money by the end of the month, then this is not for you. There are some fees associated with the training need to learn how to do this, and you will not be making money by the end of the month.
But if you are in an OK situation now, want to improve the quality of life for you and your family, and see the long term potential of this type of work, let's get started. The best way to get started at this point is going to be to join my 5 Day Affiliate Marketing Introduction Course. It's free, and will give you some more detailed ideas of what kind of website to start, how to build your first, and what type of writing you will be doing in order to make sales.
Questions are always welcome – that's what the comments are for!