Do you make money online? Huh?

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Hello fellow warriors,

My quest to make money online started on February/09 and I am now comfortable enough that I quit my job about a month ago.

But every time I tell someone that I make money online, mainly just selling information and not any physical product, people look at me with disbelief and get not grasp the concept...


Why do you think is so hard to make people believe that IM is profitable (Even people that I try to recruit to help me, does not believe me..)

In the other hand... less competition the better.
#huh #make #money #online
  • Profile picture of the author War_Guy
    Lucky ,

    Congrats to you!!

    Most people don't believe you since they think that making money online is equal to not working. They don't know that you must work at it and find the winning combination!!
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    • Profile picture of the author gravtex
      I tell people I'm a consultant. It's a more familiar concept to them than trying to explain how I sell information on the net.

      Gary
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      • Profile picture of the author Lucky500
        Originally Posted by gravtex View Post

        I tell people I'm a consultant. It's a more familiar concept to them than trying to explain how I sell information on the net.

        Gary
        I think consultant would be very classy....Internet Marketing consultant...there's a mouthful!
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      • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
        Originally Posted by gravtex View Post

        I tell people I'm a consultant. It's a more familiar concept to them than trying to explain how I sell information on the net.

        Gary
        That's a good idea, I'll probably say that as well.

        I'm still in a background where a 9-5/$11-hr/M-F is exalted, but I'm just getting to the point where my boyfriend/family don't really question what I'm doing online - they just know I'm making *some* money. When I bring in more noticeable figures though, THEN they'll start asking questions >
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucky500
    Hey Thanks War_Guy... is just too funny trying in explaining what I do to people...their mind just cannot grasp that one can make money solely with a computer...but still hard work!
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  • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
    Originally Posted by Lucky500 View Post

    Hello fellow warriors,

    My quest to make money online started on February/09 and I am now comfortable enough that I quit my job about a month ago.

    But every time I tell someone that I make money online, mainly just selling information and not any physical product, people look at me with disbelief and get not grasp the concept...


    Why do you think is so hard to make people believe that IM is profitable (Even people that I try to recruit to help me, does not believe me..)

    In the other hand... less competition the better.
    Lots of people have run across some type of online MLM crap or have a friend involved with MLM crap, that didn't make any money and that's what they think is online business.

    TL
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    I know what you mean. I've been telling people I work online for a while now, yet they still regularly ask me whether I've found a job yet. They don't seem to think working online is a job.

    There are also a lot of people who think that working online means scamming people. Of course there are scammers in any business, but I make money in completely legitimate ways.

    It's kind of annoying having to explain yourself, but at least we can be proud of ourselves in creating the kind of life we want to have
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  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    I take a line from Hitch, if they say they don't understand I say "That's why I get to charge so much money" and laugh it off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Theriot
    I tell people that I trick people into wanting to buy things they never heard of before. If they ask how, I say either "magic" or "it's my superpower". My business cards say "Persuasion Engineer" though.

    But what's funny is that at least for right now, I DON'T make money online. Offline people pay me to help THEM make money online. Unless you consider that I get paid via PayPal to be "making money online", lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthony J Namata
      Originally Posted by Colin Theriot View Post

      I tell people that I trick people into wanting to buy things they never heard of before. If they ask how, I say either "magic" or "it's my superpower". My business cards say "Persuasion Engineer" though.

      But what's funny is that at least for right now, I DON'T make money online. Offline people pay me to help THEM make money online. Unless you consider that I get paid via PayPal to be "making money online", lol.
      If you ask me, I think that's where the money is...having "offline people pay you to help THEM make money online."
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  • Profile picture of the author kingsley09
    wow, i am just a novice; so to say in all these stuffs. I have made small money online ie people i never knew pay money to my bank account for some products but i need enlightenment on making money online. If they don't beleive, i do so, teach/explain to me plsssssssssss. You guys are amaizing.
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  • Profile picture of the author manfred11
    The problem is not with the unbelieving people,they have heard stories of people being dupped on the net so when you say you make living through the net they look at you as one of those scam people.

    I actually have been trying to make living on the net too but have got my fingers burnt quite a number of times.If not for forums like this straight people are difficult to come by on the net.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoFool
    I usually tell people I "Work In Marketing"...then I change the subject.

    Sometimes I explain it to people using broad generalizations, but usually not.

    It's a lot easier these days. When I first started back in 1996 I had to explain to people WHAT THE INTERNET WAS.

    No really...

    At least I don't have to do that anymore!
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    It should be a crowning achievement that I was able to leave my job to work fulltime as an IM'er, but a part of my family just doesn't get it. They talk like I'm retired and don't do work. I work harder now than I did before! GRRRRRR!

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  • Profile picture of the author jimmyab
    I reckon its mindset! People cant grasp what they dont understand...and thats fine too. I also get the blank stare...what do you mean by that ...sort of look, but most of the time they just dont see how you can actually make money, they cant grasp the concept...and they nod off to sleep if you try to explain...so hey, let them go to the 9-5 each day...

    To me its the best darn way Ive ever seen of making a living...lovin' it!
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    • Profile picture of the author ktmurf
      I make some decent coin from the intrawebs, though I'm sad (not really sad) to say that the biggest chunk of my profits go back out the door in the form of donations to non-profits.

      Back-story:
      A buddy and I made a bet about a year ago that if either one of us ever got to the point where we could "quit our day jobs" that we'd donate 75% of our first years profits to a worthwhile cause. Kinda as a "thank you" to the Karma Gods for blessing us.

      I've had my hand in several sites since, some profitable, some not so much. The best luck I've had to date is my current main project and we've only been generating decent flow for about a month and a half. We're finally over what it'd take to quit my day job (Clerk) assuming that our numbers hold but alas, I cannot. As I have promised my portion to others for the next several long months heh.

      It's worth it though. We're seeing alot of good things going on and spreading alot of good vibes. Even having a little bit of fun in the process!
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  • Profile picture of the author trippynet
    I just say I'm an affiliate marketer, sure most people have no idea what that means but it sounds cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author techseol
    Back in 2005, When I got my first cheque from Paypal (now I withdraw direct 2 bank), I found it difficult 2 make others understand "how money can be transacted via an e-mail". People even asked "am i doing sth illegal" !! But now after 3 years, most of my friends and family are convinced that "making money online" is a possible stuff and they asked "How to" so they too can! and am happy that some of them are really succesful in it!
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I would try and get away from people like that, because they will only do harm
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony J Namata
    Originally Posted by Lucky500 View Post

    Hello fellow warriors,

    My quest to make money online started on February/09 and I am now comfortable enough that I quit my job about a month ago.

    But every time I tell someone that I make money online, mainly just selling information and not any physical product, people look at me with disbelief and get not grasp the concept...


    Why do you think is so hard to make people believe that IM is profitable (Even people that I try to recruit to help me, does not believe me..)

    In the other hand... less competition the better.
    Congratulations on your success. Let sleeping dogs lie. That's what I always say. And I wouldn't be too sure about the "less competition the better" bit you just mentioned. Competition IS stiff. Just look around you. That said, not everyone is making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Chung
    It's kind of discouraging when people don't have any faith in you and tell you that you're wasting your time or to 'get a real job', but I guess you just have to push on and do what you need to do to prove them wrong. :s
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by david2885 View Post

      It's kind of discouraging when people don't have any faith in you and tell you that you're wasting your time or to 'get a real job', but I guess you just have to push on and do what you need to do to prove them wrong. :s
      The only important person who needs to believe in you is you.
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  • Profile picture of the author majidmaskat
    that is exactly what i get from people when i try to bring forward the concept of internet marketing and how i make money online they take me for a joke, but hey who is the joke on though??
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  • Profile picture of the author seanyd
    Oh god never thought about that this is as bad as my last job
    I am a steelfixer try explaining that to a woman in a bar without them falling asleep lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Branlan17
    Hey there,

    Sent you a PM if you could hit me up when you get a chance ; ) I know you're busy so no worries if you don't get to it immediately but I do look forward to hearing from you
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    • Profile picture of the author Lucky500
      Originally Posted by Branlan17 View Post

      Hey there,

      Sent you a PM if you could hit me up when you get a chance ; ) I know you're busy so no worries if you don't get to it immediately but I do look forward to hearing from you
      Got your PM Branlan...will get to it as soon as possible.

      Regards,

      Lucky
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  • Profile picture of the author Brama
    I will start by what you mean in the other hand is less competion;
    As Henry Ford said : "A market is never saturated whit a good product, but it is very quickly saturated whit a bad one." this is something you may consider when you are doing business and then don't worry much as long as satisfy your clients. As to mae them beleive you,they should since they see that you left your job,if they don't who lose????

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Most people have a mindset that,

    "If it's too good to be true, it is"

    and that's why it is so difficult to make people believe that you make money online doing minimal work (in their eyes).
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  • Profile picture of the author legatinho
    It it hard to believe money can be made at first, I'm just starting now, we'll see what happens
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Pambos
    Congratulations Lucky500!

    It's amazing to see someone who quit the day job the same year they started internet marketing.

    You know, I get the same response when I tell people that I'm an information marketer, they look at me funny and then they also can't grasp the concept and don't realize how the internet is changing lives for those who have the determination to make a difference every single day.

    In the end it doesn't bother me because I know that I'm living the lifestyle that I desire while everyone else is stuck in the rat race for life.
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  • Profile picture of the author dieketo
    yeah you can make money online ..... just work hard ...
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  • Profile picture of the author jukeboxhero
    I tell people I'm an author...that way I can avoid the dreaded look on their faces when they suddenly start thinking I'm in MLM
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    • Profile picture of the author Lady_T
      I get the same reaction, and it used to irk me
      but now I just shrug it off.

      Their loss.

      I've got a friend who works all and half the
      night - probably gets around 4 hours of sleep.

      I work 4-5 hours throughout the day and get
      a good 8 hours of and sometimes a nap
      if I feel like it.

      People don't think I do anything all day, but
      if they would step in my shoes...

      It took a lot of work to get that passive
      I now enjoy!!
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        • Profile picture of the author romanojames
          You may be just talking to none-internet kind of people... if we meet and talk, we'll spend the whole day to discuss all about it because my wife and I also work in internet business
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  • Profile picture of the author jaiganeshv.com
    "make money online"
    I always try to avoid these terms cause it may pose that I'm so greedy in earning more money.
    I would say now that I'm a consultant with few of my clients taking part in their business.

    Thank you.
    Jai
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Trainor
    I remember trying to explain what drop shipping was to someone. Their response was they thought "I had a nice little scam going."
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  • Profile picture of the author JonTuckerUSA
    "making money online" sounds crazy to most of the people that don't know how it's done. For example, I had a conversation two days ago with a couple I met while on the beach in Bali...they dug deeper when I told them I'm an internet marketer and I talked about basic strategies with them (keyword research, SEO, etc.). They seemed pretty impressed.

    They started to get the idea of this whole "make money online" thing, but I think the convo only went this far along because I mentioned that IM was financing my travels...a convo like this back home would have gone something like "what do you do?", "I'm make money on the internet", "sounds cool...".

    Keep at it.



    Originally Posted by Lucky500 View Post

    Hello fellow warriors,

    My quest to make money online started on February/09 and I am now comfortable enough that I quit my job about a month ago.

    But every time I tell someone that I make money online, mainly just selling information and not any physical product, people look at me with disbelief and get not grasp the concept...


    Why do you think is so hard to make people believe that IM is profitable (Even people that I try to recruit to help me, does not believe me..)

    In the other hand... less competition the better.
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  • Profile picture of the author SellDGuide
    A few years back when I got into IM, it took me days to explain to my friends what I was doing. It wasn't easy for people around me to understand how money can be made online. But, I am glad, eventually, they began to understand it.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMRookie1
    Originally Posted by Lucky500 View Post

    Hello fellow warriors,

    My quest to make money online started on February/09 and I am now comfortable enough that I quit my job about a month ago.

    But every time I tell someone that I make money online, mainly just selling information and not any physical product, people look at me with disbelief and get not grasp the concept...


    Why do you think is so hard to make people believe that IM is profitable (Even people that I try to recruit to help me, does not believe me..)

    In the other hand... less competition the better.
    I'd love to be in your position someday. I don't make a lot yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    To OP... I just tell people I sell Porn. My wife really loves it when I tell 'em that too :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author DarioMontesdeOca
      I usually get a similar response...

      The other day I was at California Pizza Kitchen talking to an older gentlemen who worked in construction, I told him I make money online marketing information and I'm working to double the sales I currently receive over the next several months.

      His reply: I've heard stories of people making tons of money online...

      We talked a little more and he bid me a 'good luck with that'.

      I feel many people are aware of the power of the Internet to create extra cash but most don't see it as a way to: Freedom.

      Which many Warriors here on this forum have obtained or are aiming to obtain.

      If they knew how easy it was (after the hard work) to do it I think many more people would actually take the time to learn and implement the strategies out there for making cash online. And create a lifestyle around it.

      But like the old saying goes: You can't sell steak to a vegetarian. You can't tell people how easy it is to make money online and expect them to jump in enthusiastically.

      Competition I'm not worried about and never will.
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  • Profile picture of the author greff
    I don't talk too much about what I do online. I think some of my friends think I am into porn. Oh well.

    I like "consultant" too. Figure if it works for the IRS, I can live with that term.
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  • Profile picture of the author AceHazel
    Yes, I do make money online and I don't care if others won't believe, I just prove to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ellen Violette
    Another way to go is to show them your results. When it's in front of them it's more real.
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    • Profile picture of the author Niche
      Absolutely love this thread!

      I remember when I first went into affiliate marketing about 3 years ago and told some friends in my 'day job' about it, they also could not see how this could be a business

      But as time went on they noticed, I think, that the living from pay check to pay check desperation that goes with any job was not there with me anymore. And I started to enjoy my day job more because I was and am not dependent on it for an income

      Now these same people ask me about affiliate marketing and two have started their own niche sites

      I love my day job so have no intention of giving it up but it's nice to be financially independent of it

      I suppose what I am trying to say is that when people see the difference having a successful affiliate marketing business makes in your life, you really do not need to convince them that it works
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