On Monday I posted a call for stories from readers about what brought you to search for ways to make money online. I wanted to share one of the responses with you because I think it articulates nicely what motivates many readers:
I was self-employed for eight years, and did very well. Last fall, my only client canceled my contract. Unfortunately, this was right after I had moved into my newly-purchased house. I went searching online for opportunities, because I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned, and I was having difficulty getting bricks-and-mortar work. The results have been mediocre, although I have signed up with a company that hires call-center consultants. I would like actual real-world advice for getting online work. I don’t want to get rich; I just want to be able to pay my mortgage, ski a bit, and travel. I don’t want to buy someone’s “how to get rich with adwords” book, because everyone seems to have one out right now, nor do I want to hear about someone’s close friend, who made 50K last month in passive income – if it were that easy, we’d all be doing it.
A brand new house and suddenly out of work. Ouch. I’m sure there are hundreds of other stories like it, many probably more painful. This person is going to be fine, though. It might get tight, but she’ll pull through, and won’t lose money to scams in the process. I believe that because of the smarts and attitude she reveals in her note.
“I don’t want to get rich,” she said (and then used a semicolon correctly! Be still my heart!) “I just want to be able to pay my mortgage, ski a bit, and travel.” By aiming at a realistic income, she inoculates herself against the Angela Penbrooks of the world who are ready to emote all over her with promises of freedom from suffering and the fulfillment of all her dreams.
She also said, “I would like actual real-world advice for getting online work.” You can’t ask for something more solid than that. No gimmicks, no programs, no e-books. Just real-world advice. So here is my best attempt to provide it in 100 words or less.
Find Jobs at Craigslist
I have found real jobs that pay well at craigslist.org. For example, here are a couple I would apply for today if I had time and needed the money:
Our ebook teaches you how to search Craigslist efficiently and weed out the scams.
You have to have specific, advanced skills to find telecommuting work through Craigslist, and the competition is stiff. But, like I said, I have found several jobs this way.
Create Your Own Work
This idea appeals to the independent and entrepreneurial part of me. In Your PJs, an ebook we promote in this post, teaches you how to create an income by starting a business that meets an existing need.
The book and its online resources are idea generators, not magic pills. They’ll help you think of ways to get out there and make your own income happen by doing what businesses in your area are willing to pay someone to do.
In Your PJs costs about $30 today (the price fluctuates). Worth every penny, in my opinion.
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life
One of the online businesspeeps I most trust is Yaro Starak, founder of Blog Mastermind. I recommend his post about doing a little mental surgery as you work toward your goal of online income. And follow the link at the bottom of the post to subscribe to his blog. You’ll get a free report out of the deal, “How To Start An Internet Business & Make Your First $1,000 Online.”
Keep those stories coming. They’re inspiring to read.