How to Make Money Online

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Making money online should be an ongoing, deliberate process, rather than an attempt to get rich quick. Getting rich quick is generally a “pipe dream” with little or no basis in reality.

While the idea of creating passive income streams is a realistic goal, you have to be ready and willing to put in the time to create an online presence and effectively market products or services for which there’s a demand.

Easier said than done, right?

Although I wouldn’t say that making money online is easy, it can be relatively simple — depending, of course, on what type of online business you pursue. In many cases, the first key to success is getting started. It can also be an insurmountable hurdle if you perceive it that way. A lot of would-be entrepreneurs don’t even take that all-important first step because they’re afraid of making mistakes, failing, or losing money.

There’s no question that starting an online business — or any business, for that matter — involves an element of risk. But if you adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and resolve to persist until you succeed, your chances of creating a viable business are immensely increased.


Developing a marketing plan is one of the cornerstones of a well thought-out, viable online business. It’s extremely helpful, if not essential, to determine the composition of your target market and give some thought to why they’d want to buy products or services from you, rather than from the competition.

Sometimes the key to getting your business idea off the ground is to gather information, become familiar with business models other entrepreneurs have created or refined, and learn what specific steps you need to take to successfully sell products and services online.

Here are some free guides and articles from Shopify* that can help you take the plunge into a profitable online business of your own:

Success in an online business requires a personal commitment to gather relevant information, create a viable plan, and then implement that plan as if failure wasn’t an option.

Stay tuned to this blog for more small business ideas, marketing tips, and motivational strategies.

May the year 2019 be a prosperous one for you!

Freelance writer, entrepreneur, marketing strategist


*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of Shopify and other online products and services mentioned in this blog.

List of 50 Good Businesses to Start

When it comes to the topic of making money and being self sufficient, there are two types of mentalities that people cultivate:

  • a scarcity mentality
  • an abundance mentality

Both are self-fulfilling prophesies. Whatever your dominant thoughts are, that’s what tends to manifest in your life.

If you’re not into all that spiritual “mumbo jumbo” about the Law of Attraction (as I am), don’t worry. That’s not the topic of this blog post!

However, I would like to point out that there is a tremendous amount of economic opportunity in this world. All you need is personal initiative, a strong desire to succeed, a sufficient amount of self confidence, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a money-making idea that’s compatible with your personality, your interests, and your skills.

So, if you have an abundance of motivation, but a deficit of good business ideas, the following list of self employment options will hopefully inspire you to get started!

  1. Residential cleaning/housekeeping service
  2. Photography
  3. Consulting
  4. Landscaping
  5. Catering
  6. Lawn care/lawn mowing
  7. Dog walking/Pet sitting
  8. Real estate
  9. T-shirt company
  10. Event planning/Party planning/Wedding planning
  11. Vending machine business
  12. Tutoring
  13. Food truck
  14. eBay business
  15. Trucking
  16. Jewelry
  17. Retail
  18. Painting
  19. Transportation, such as a taxi business
  20. Home health care
  21. Cupcake business
  22. Import/export business
  23. Recycling
  24. Property preservation
  25. Handyman business
  26. Credit repair service
  27. Carpet cleaning
  28. Craft business
  29. Bookkeeping services
  30. Web design business
  31. Computer repair
  32. eCommerce Business
  33. Pressure washing
  34. Office cleaning/Janitorial service/Commercial cleaning
  35. Courier service
  36. Cell phone business
  37. Window cleaning
  38. Wholesale business
  39. Tax preparation services
  40. Restaurant, coffee shop, bakery
  41. Pest Control services
  42. Daycare
  43. Interior design
  44. Rental business
  45. Recruiting services
  46. Photo booth rentals
  47. Home staging service
  48. Manufacturing
  49. Hair salon
  50. Fitness: Gym business and/or personal training services

This is just a small sampling of the many entrepreneurial possibilities that are worth considering. Subscribe to my free newsletter for an ongoing supply of business startup ideas that can help put you on the road to gainful self employment. An extensive list of  250 self employment ideas is also available elsewhere on this blog.

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Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel S
Affiliate marketer*, freelance writer, ghost blogger


*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the digital products, eCommerce solutions, ebooks, business training material, software,  and web-based services featured on this blog