How does one earn money online without having any special skills?

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Hello Warriors,

I have a friend who is interested in making money online, but, alas, he does not have any real skills. I told him about freelancing and advised him to look into some data entry work. Beside this advice, I don't really know what else to tell him.:confused:

So I as you tis question - how can he make money online considering that he doesn't know a lot about freelancing, marketing and that sort of things?
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  • Profile picture of the author richblogs
    Originally Posted by cimarketing View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    I have a friend who is interested in making money online, but, alas, he does not have any real skills. I told him about freelancing and advised him to look into some data entry work. Beside this advice, I don't really know what else to tell him.:confused:

    So I as you tis question - how can he make money online considering that he doesn't know a lot about freelancing, marketing and that sort of things?
    Pretty much if he has no special skills who are going to pay for them?

    If he wants to make money he's going to have to learn something, and learn it enough such that other people want to pay him to do it.

    Probably those activities with the least barrier to entry can be found on oDesk / Elance, e.g. data input, project management, personal assistant, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Fiverr.com is probably your best bet!

    Very easy to figure out and set up, and he could make up to $700 per month doing simple tasks anyone could do!

    Shane
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    Wow, how did I forget about Fiverr? Great idea, tagiscom!
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    I know a lot of people who earn money online without any special skills. Data entry jobs would be a good bet, although since they do not require any such expertise, there is a lot of competition and earning potentials are very low.

    If your friend is a good communicator, he or she could try becoming a virtual assistant. They are generally paid better, and they can learn lots of things on the job if they develop a good relationship with their employer.

    For recurrent income, once your friend earns a bit of money doing freelance work, he or she could setup a website and promote a Clickbank product. There is plenty of free information available on the web, particularly this forum, on how to do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    Think of what you want to do, run an ad for it, then learn the special skill by doing it for other people. Ive done this through my whole life, from starting businesses I had no idea how to run, to approaching women I never thought I could date. In both cases I had great success. Trust me, your capable of winging it until you become successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by cimarketing View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    I have a friend who is interested in making money online, but, alas, he does not have any real skills. I told him about freelancing and advised him to look into some data entry work. Beside this advice, I don't really know what else to tell him.:confused:

    So I as you tis question - how can he make money online considering that he doesn't know a lot about freelancing, marketing and that sort of things?
    In short, he can either buckle down and learn some skills or he can pour a bunch of money into outsourcing or he can just get a job.
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    • Profile picture of the author cimarketing
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      In short, he can either buckle down and learn some skills or he can pour a bunch of money into outsourcing or he can just get a job.
      To be honest, getting a job is near to impossible where we live and I'm trying to show him that he can do much better by working online (no one deserves to work for $200 a month -- the average salary -- when a good pair of jeans costs around $50 and don't even get me started about other expenses). I think that learning a skill is the best thing he can do at this point. Thanks for the suggestion.
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  • Profile picture of the author dark witness
    the question is not what real skills he has, but what real skills would he be willing to learn?

    I had to drop out of school and everything I have learned about IM I have done so through courses, youtube, webinars, ebooks and even then a lot of that information you can find for free if you know where to look.

    He should go with whatever he thinks he will be interested in and build on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    Doing any type of work, whether online of off, involves some kind of skill. Therefore, your friend probably does have skills that they have used for other things that can be applied to specific tasks.

    Mechanical Turk is easy to sign up with and requires doing simple tasks repeatedly...but earnings are small unless a person is really dedicated.

    Google: "customer service jobs at home" to find companies that hire people to talk on the phone with their customers from home.

    There are sites that need online tutors in a variety of subjects - etc.

    Hope this helps some.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZILLIONAIRE
    Just like anything else in life, you gain skills by learning skills. People aren't born experts.Let your friend learn something, focus on it until he becomes good at it and then charge money for it. Fiverr and Craigslist are good places to start.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jbarros
    I know what you mean but to earn good money you need to master several skills.

    Anyway there are several sites which seem easier to start such as ebay. But even so it's hard because if a customer is having a bad day they can nearly ban your account from giving you negative feedback. But it's easier because you can directly sell products without needing to know SEO, website build etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author asepkomara
    You can suggest him/her to the online network marketing. Especialy, the one that offers free internet marketing trainings or coaching. So he can makes money and in the same time his knowledge about internet marketing would be better from time to time.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandebdavid
    The driving force behind any success is a WILL. Your friend should first have the will to learn something about IM. He wants the dime, you can offer your help in form of advice but if he lacks that will to set off it will be really hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author jejakanoname
    one thing i can say, just wiki it what it is
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  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    I think this will give you an oppertunity to learn new skills. Remember there is no such thing as a magic pill or some magical "method" that will help you get rich quick because that is both irrational and unapplicable. The only way you can make money online in a consistant basis is to learn the right skills, which takes process and hard work. My advice is to start reading books to learn the right skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author letsmakemoney
    I am also interested in this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by cimarketing View Post

    How does one earn money online without having any special skills?
    By acquiring special skills.

    But not by buying products/services advertised as "no skills required": that's more often a way to lose money, than to make it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Keith Boisvert
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      By acquiring special skills.

      But not by buying products/services advertised as "no skills required": that's more often a way to lose money, than to make it.


      So true. No "special" skills = little to no consistent income. Yeah, you can get a couple gigs on fiverr, but once other "non skilled" people realize he is getting gigs, they will overcrowd that same non skilled task.

      So in essence, having some sort of skill should kind of be a prerequisite for doing any kind of work for $$.

      Have your friend find what he enjoys doing and help him figure out how you can apply that to making some online income. Anything is possible and maybe he will acquire some skills along the way.

      keith
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  • Profile picture of the author vivi62
    Hi he could buy number of plr products on subjects people are searching for on fiverr then offer them to those people are training manuals for $5 a pop.
    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author The Copy Warriors
    How much does he want to make?

    If he's happy with less than a grand a month, pretty much anything.

    If he wants a real income, tell him not to bother. This economy is competitive; like Seth Godin says, if you don't have any above-average skills at this point, you're screwed. The days of eating well while doing mindless tasks are over.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
      Originally Posted by Andy Button View Post

      How much does he want to make?

      If he's happy with less than a grand a month, pretty much anything.

      If he wants a real income, tell him not to bother. This economy is competitive; like Seth Godin says, if you don't have any above-average skills at this point, you're screwed. The days of eating well while doing mindless tasks are over.
      PROFOUND advice, that is...

      [mehopes everyone will detect the sarcasm in the above remark]
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      • Profile picture of the author wordofmouthmagic
        Rather than saying he doesn't have any skills - he could be asking either...

        1. What value do I have to offer others?
        2. What are others wanting that they are willing to pay for?

        For example, fiverr is a good idea, but rather than get paid $5 for a gig even better would be to find people who want what fiverr offers and charge them a mark-up on the services. The mark-up is for managing getting the job done, and knowing where to find it. An entirely helpful arbitrage.
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      • Profile picture of the author The Copy Warriors
        Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

        PROFOUND advice, that is...

        [mehopes everyone will detect the sarcasm in the above remark]
        it might not be profound but it's true.
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  • Profile picture of the author Guru_Marketing
    Originally Posted by cimarketing View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    I have a friend who is interested in making money online, but, alas, he does not have any real skills. I told him about freelancing and advised him to look into some data entry work. Beside this advice, I don't really know what else to tell him.:confused:

    So I as you tis question - how can he make money online considering that he doesn't know a lot about freelancing, marketing and that sort of things?
    Something is telling me this friend of yours is YOU, and you are just speaking as a third person :-) but that's just a theory.

    The most important thing about making money online is to learn marketing - without it - you can't get the word out and get people to come to you. Freelancing is owning a job, not a business.

    Study marketing and selling, they'll teach you how to raise capital (aka earning passive income).
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    How does one earn money online without having any special skills?



    Develop one.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Originally Posted by cimarketing View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    [...]
    So I as[k] you t[h]is question - how can he make money online considering that he doesn't know a lot about freelancing, marketing and that sort of things?
    He could do like the rest of us have - learn about them.

    It is one of my sincerely held beliefs that an expert in marketing isn't born with that knowledge...
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  • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
    As you see from the posts here in the WF there are tons of ways for this person to make money. I think it depends on what this person likes to do and him learning new skills at the same time.

    For example, if they hate to write or have bad English I would not suggest they take up ghostwriting or start a PLR site. However, if they work out everyday in the gym and love to write perhaps a line of fitness PLR could earn them a boat load of money.

    I am not saying they have to love everything they try but they must do something for money as they learn new skills in internet marketing. Short steps lead to long term results. I hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
    Another thing to think about is that we often think we don't have anything special to offer but it's because we forget how it's like when we first started to learn something. This is the curse of knowledge. Once you know something inside and out, it becomes difficult to put yourself into the shoes of a newbie. As an example, how many of you here knew anything about acronyms like PPC, SEO when you got into internet marketing? But now all these terms sound like old hat and you can't imagine how anyone could not know what they mean.
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