Still looking to make your first dollar online? Provide a service...

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Here in the UK we leave school at 16. When this happens, teachers and career advisers push us in 1 of 2 directions, either continue in education or 'get a trade'.

The term 'get a trade' referred to obtaining some sort of manual laboring skill. Plumbing, Electrics, Plastering, Painting, Brick Laying and the like.

In a nutshell, any service that you could offer a friend to make a bit of spare cash at the weekend was regarded as a 'trade'.

Even though those that decided to continue with education were generally regarded as the more intelligent group. Those who decided to get a 'trade' were rarely short ever short of job opportunities (and cash).

How does this relate to making money online?

I constantly see posts from people who aren't making any money Online. You know the type of posts I'm talking about - 'I've made 5 review blogs and haven't seen a sale' or 'I created 10 Adsense sites and i'm not even making $1 per day'...

If you're in that position, my suggestion is simple - Get a trade...

I'm not talking about becoming a bricklayer. I'm talking about a skill that you can master while sitting at home in your pajamas.
  • HTML
  • PHP
  • Plugin Development
  • Application Development
  • Music Production
  • Music Mastering
  • Animation
  • Video Editing
  • The list goes on...
When you have mastered a skill like that you have a commodity that is in demand. There will be work for you because people who are making money need providers of these services.

And with that commodity you can make money from home.

Sure, it might not be your long term goal to trade time for money but at least you will be able to make money while sitting in your underwear.

As you begin working with successful entrepreneurs you can see inside their business and what really works in this industry.

After that you can switch your position.

So instead of twiddling your thumbs waiting for the next $0.02 Adsense click, get on Youtube and find some tutorials for a service that is in demand.

Best of luck,
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraLarkin
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    100% agree.

    Every newbie that is confused about affiliate marketing I say sell a service. Learn it first of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxfactor
    These sound like excellent points. No matter what you do you'll be trading time for money. But by providing a service you actually get money. Some other benefits of this approach are

    - you get cash to use as seed money later to grow your business e.g. for paid traffic
    - eventually if you decide to outsource some tasks you're suited to oversee the outsourcers, having done them yourself
    - after getting knowledge and experience in a high demand area you're qualified to create and sell your own product to teach others

    Of course, it's probably helpful to know up front what type of online business you want to go into, and then learn skills that are relevant to that type.
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    You can start on fiverr. Thats where I made my first money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    And to be fair - the "trade" doesn't have to be a service...

    It really boils down to "picking something" and putting up your flag and saying "This is what I do!"

    For me - my "trade" was list building. Once I made the decision to do ONLY ONE THING for at least 6 months I was able to find success. In fact, I was able to quit my job and go full time at the end of that 6 months...

    So - if you haven't made any money online then stop being a "jack of all trades" - pick one "trade" and stick to it until you find success. THEN you can go to the next trade (or in my case niche) and repeat.

    Nice tip!

    Cheers,
    Coby
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    • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
      Originally Posted by Coby View Post

      And to be fair - the "trade" doesn't have to be a service...

      It really boils down to "picking something" and putting up your flag and saying "This is what I do!"

      For me - my "trade" was list building. Once I made the decision to do ONLY ONE THING for at least 6 months I was able to find success. In fact, I was able to quit my job and go full time at the end of that 6 months...

      So - if you haven't made any money online then stop being a "jack of all trades" - pick one "trade" and stick to it until you find success. THEN you can go to the next trade (or in my case niche) and repeat.

      Nice tip!

      Cheers,
      Coby
      This.

      I see wayyyy too many people try and become a "jack of all trades" and what ends up happening is they become a "master of none".

      Focus on ONE method at a time, learn how to make money using ONLY that method, then once you've mastered that method, you can move on.

      Trying to blindly jump from one method to the next without any specific, measurable goal in mind is a surefire way to fail at making money online.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ofthingsmanmade
        Originally Posted by Malcolm Thomas View Post

        This.

        I see wayyyy too many people try and become a "jack of all trades" and what ends up happening is they become a "master of none".

        Focus on ONE method at a time, learn how to make money using ONLY that method, then once you've mastered that method, you can move on.

        Trying to blindly jump from one method to the next without any specific, measurable goal in mind is a surefire way to fail at making money online.
        This is me in a nutshell. I have like 6 things going on all the time. I really need to cut the list to one and find a way to stay enthusiastic about that one thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Suseela
      Originally Posted by Coby View Post

      And to be fair - the "trade" doesn't have to be a service...

      It really boils down to "picking something" and putting up your flag and saying "This is what I do!"

      For me - my "trade" was list building. Once I made the decision to do ONLY ONE THING for at least 6 months I was able to find success. In fact, I was able to quit my job and go full time at the end of that 6 months...

      So - if you haven't made any money online then stop being a "jack of all trades" - pick one "trade" and stick to it until you find success. THEN you can go to the next trade (or in my case niche) and repeat.

      Nice tip!

      Cheers,
      Coby
      This is great advice.
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      • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
        No doubt you told right. but I need some sequential tips. first second third fourth ...... then it will be easy to start on.
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        • Profile picture of the author 4DayWeekend
          Originally Posted by hsbinmarket View Post

          No doubt you told right. but I need some sequential tips. first second third fourth ...... then it will be easy to start on.
          STEP 1 Get yourself an affordable membership at lynda.com (No affiliate link) and selecting one of the many skills they teach that looks like something of interest.

          STEP 2 Whatever you decide. Follow the course and create some portfolio pieces.

          STEP 3 Create a sales page for your service. Highlight the benefits and show the portfolio pieces you've created in step 2. Add a paypal button.

          STEP 4 Drive traffic.

          STEP 5 Get Paid.

          STEP 6 Fulfill orders.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    Great idea on mastering a skill and provide services to the market to make money. Although it is not long term, I feel it is a good way to start making money and save some money so that you can start your own online business when you are ready. Consistent effort in looking for ways to give values to the market will ensure that there is no problem in making money. Just my 2 cents.
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