It’s almost 2017 There are dozens upon hundreds of threads on making money online in wildly creative ways. No longer are people limited to the size of their bank account, location, education, or even their language ability to scratch together an income. There are options. For those of us in the United States and beyond, 2016, marked the year that anything is possible. From a television celebrity becoming the president to “overnight millionaires” popping up more and more, now is the time to act if you haven’t already. The wild west of the Internet is only becoming more expansive and there’s more money in the air than ever before. How do you get your baseline income so you can begin investing/building more? Your ability to be successful online hinges on a few key skillets that must be developed. For those that don’t have many resources, a large amount of time, or even the willpower to work, don’t stop now. That said, you will have a much harder time than anyone else. Your resources aren’t dependent on just your money or time or skill set. It’s dependent on you using whatever advantage you have available and making the most out of it. Willpower and creativity are more valuable than any niche idea, any amount of money, and those two can make anyone money 9 times out of 10. This brief guide will hit on a few important aspects of one of the simplest and excruciatingly straightforward methods of making money online. It won’t be your normal hand holding thread, I will be spouting information, ideas, and strategies. The biggest difference will be between who takes action and who doesn’t. It’s not as hard as it seems and doesn’t require as much as you’d expect. Writing for money is a great starting or continuing point for a few reasons. Ease Of Making Money: It takes very little to start, and more often than not, you can make a lot happen with nothing. That’s not to say if you have money you shouldn’t use it. There are great groups, forums, and products that will make establishing yourself and creating a consistent income easier. One, is writer’s den. It’s a community that is relatively cheap to join and has regular orders of writing work available put in. There are opportunities for webinars, samples of other writers, chances to get your work torn to pieces and rebuilt galore. Crafting Content: For any digital marketer or web business owner, content is king. It is how you build the bridge between your brand or product and your target audience. That’s why when I see niche sites or authority sites with shoddy content, I realize it's a reflection of the business owner not taking their source of income seriously. If Google updates have shown us anything, it’s that if your content isn’t great, your business won’t be sustainable. The better the content, the more recurring your traffic and even more importantly, the more your brand can be trusted. The skill set developed from both building and recognizing good content will lead to you being able to put together a site that is not only functional and gets traffic, but keeps traffic and makes more money. Great For Networking: Due to the nature of the service, you will be directly in contact with content managers, content marketers, web business owners and more. You will be able to more intimately learn how businesses are run and content is used to make money beyond you getting directly paid for it. There’s a general rule of thumb. Whatever they are paying you, they’re making much more from it. The business owners you connect with can turn into a network that can lead to more opportunities over time as long as you are a functional conversationalist. You’re helping build their business/income. If you do good work, they will help you build yours. Building A Brand: Writer’s brands are everything. It’s how they get more contracts. It’s how they get more orders. It’s how they interact with the digital world and depending on if you want to write long term, it’s a way for you to gradually make more and more off doing the same or similar work. It’s An Ever Increasingly Needed Service: As I mentioned before, content services are abundant for a reason. It has a high turnover rate. It requires sometimes long hours, constant creativity, constant strategy, and progressive development. Without it, you won’t make much. As great as Google is, it shouldn’t be your only source of traffic. That only leads to taking a beating in the long run when for some reason your site doesn’t rank like it used. As it becomes harder and harder to rank and harder to maintain traffic, great content is the reason why sites last. It’s not just a purchase, it’s an investment. Great Fast Money BUT Golden Handcuffs: After a bit, it becomes good money. It comes fast and constantly and it is the best for instant gratification and only gets better the more work and hours and content you write. The problem becomes when writers book up all their time and spend no time or money on development. They find themselves stagnating at a certain level and not being able to move beyond that. For some, it’s okay because of the amount of money that is coming in is a consistent income that handles their needs. Many get what’s called the golden handcuffs. It means that you trade time for money on the constant. You make more than is needed to cover the essentials, but then keep hustling for things you don’t need whereas your time could be spent better. This isn’t a smart way to operate, that ceiling ends up costing you money because of what you could have been making. So while it’s not all great, it isn’t all bad either. Competition initially can be fierce when trying to break in. Finding your niche or honing your ability takes time and your limits are only on how much you keep track of what are you are succeeding and failing at. You want to find an editor or someone that tears your writing apart and makes you better. You want to constantly keep improving your speed, your researching ability, your client base so that you can really go from a few thousand a month into the tens of thousands. The Next Section is going to be on: 1. Breaking Into Writing Online 2. Rules Of Thumb For Writing & Handling Clients 3. Building Your Portfolio 4. Two Important Tools 5. Conducting Research & Outlining 6. Building a Gameplan Feel free to ask me questions in the meantime.