Prepare For Financial Freedom
(This section details some steps that you will take after you have chosen an income strategy/method but it is information you need to know right now.)
Before you jump, pack a parachute!
Earning money online is like skydiving; it can be exciting and scary as hell, but there are steps to take. Skipping a step or stopping at any point will break the process and most likely result in a sudden and very uncomfortable interruption and possibly an end to your online career.
If you want your online career to be profitable and last well into the future, you need to plan for it, you need to take the appropriate steps to insure success that lasts. You need to be willing to put in the time to get it right and keep working the process.
Later in this guide we will discuss detailed strategies/methods for earning money online but before you jump into it, I want you to plan and prepare for the long road. Sure you can start making money in a day, but I don't want you to end up as a one hit wonder cliché, so we need to plan for the future and build a foundation that will last.
Educate Yourself Everyday
You may be out of school but your education is just getting started.
If you really want to earn your living online, then no matter how many degrees you might have, you still have plenty to learn.
Know The Golden 4 IFs
IFs are the cornerstones of every project I work on.
IFs is short for Influencing Factors and the Golden 4 are: Interesting, Entertaining, Educational, and Profitable.
I highly recommend learning as much as you can about Influencing Factors. IFs come in a variety of forms but they all do the same thing, they influence outcome. IFs are the reason "why" things are the way they are and the reason we make the decisions we do, such as buy certain products or vote a certain way.
Influencing Factors play a major role in our lives and most people don't even know they exist.
The Profitable IF is the genesis of nearly every other IF and for good reason.
Most of us think of money and financial gain when we hear the word profitable but it is much more than that.
Profitable is best described as: beneficial, useful, advantageous, valuable, productive, and worthwhile.
This is why the Profitable IF is the king of all Influencing Factors.
Why You Need to Know About the IFs
IFs are not just used to directly influence action such as making a sale or signing up a new member, Influencing Factors are used in every aspect of the online experience.
If a website or piece of content is not one or more of the Golden 4, most people will not give it much thought. When something is interesting, entertaining, educational, or profitable, people pay attention and take action.
Creating an article or ad campaign with a variety of complimentary IFs will add value to the content.
The Golden 4 IFs are the four most popular reasons people make a decision. Nearly every other motivator can be linked directly to one or more of the Golden 4. People generally make decisions based on what is to be gained by this choice or that action. By learning and understanding the IFs, you can better serve your customers and create an online career that others will envy.
Consider the general idea of influence and the reasons people make decisions. Using the Golden 4 IFs: Interesting, Entertaining, Educational, and Profitable as a measuring stick for your actions and the desired results from them. Providing a product or service to others that is one or more of the Golden 4 will result in a profitable outcome for you.
Master Your Craft
If you don't know what your doing, your potential customers are going to notice and your reputation as well as your career will suffer for it.
There is an incredible amount of free information online to help you master your craft and hone your skills. You don't need to be the foremost expert in your subject (it helps though), but you do need to know what you are doing and be able to answer questions from clients and potential customers.
Make a budget for your time and schedule a few minutes everyday for improving your knowledge and skills. Making money online is often about variety, learning a few complementary skills will be beneficial.
Things You Should Know
- Basic writing and posting on Wordpress or another website platform
- Forum posting and etiquette
- Twitter, facebook, and other social media usage
- Domain registration and website hosting (Not for everyone but it is a good idea to get familiar with it because eventually you are going to want/need your own website or two.)
- Google (Search engines are your friends)
Your education should never stop.
The Internet is in a state of constant flux; it is always changing with technology, news, politics, and the opening and closing of thousands of websites everyday. You need to keep up or you will be left behind. Make a daily effort to always improve your knowledge and skills and financial freedom will go from a possibility to a probability.
Next section: Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses