So you’d like to earn easy money online?
While earning money online sure as heck can beat shoveling horse manure for a living or roofing, there is still a certain amount of effort that goes into making money online.
As a consultant, and business coach, I’ve run into this “easy money syndrome” time and time again.
Let me tell a story from a speech I gave back in 2006. I was invited to speak at a seminar and I decided to reveal my strategy for building profitable websites. I managed to cram as much into the hour I was allotted and a lot of people were taking furious notes to try to keep up.
After I finished my presentation, one guy came up and wanted me to clarify a few points in my presentation because he thought he misunderstood what I was saying when I said there was actually manual labor and work that went into doing this.
He wanted an automated solution to do all the work for him. I told him it was a bad idea and it wasn’t sustainable. He gave me this perplexed look, then decided what I was saying was just too much work and pursued a fully automated solution.
I ran into him 18 months later… he had to go back and get a job because he found he couldn’t make enough money with his “easy money” method. My strategies were still working and continue to work to this day.
While there is such a thing as “easy money” on the internet, I’ll tell you the problem with it. Everybody is looking for it and when it’s found, it’s just like a gold rush back in the 1800s. The first few people who get there make a fortune. Another few make a fortune selling shovels. Everyone else loses.
I don’t look for easy methods anymore because there’s no long term future there. I look for opportunities that use the skills I have, can acquire, or can buy (hire), that other people don’t or simply won’t do.
Find areas where you have an advantage you can maintain vs trying to find something easy that everyone can do. If it truly would work for everybody, it’s a bad business because they will and you’ll quickly find yourself undercut by people willing to work harder for less pay.
If you want to have a business that will be around a few years from now, focus on the aspects that require a little thought and effort to implement.