It happens all the time. You think you have found the perfect online business opportunity and you quickly join up, with visions of finally making money online. The hurt of losing either money from your pocket, or not getting paid the money you earned can be devastating. What is happening here is a loss of trust and and of money. I am going to share a few tips on how you can survive this type of online scam.Surviving any online scam that cost you money may cripple your ability to either do business online or offline in the future. We all survive and live through our abilities to trade. In doing our jobs, we trade time for money. Online, we trade our time and expertise for money. If you are going to continue making money online, you really have no choice but to survive a scam that is perpetrated on you. Let us see how it is done.First, my story. I joined an affiliate program with a very popular guy in the Internet Marketing circles some years ago. This was around 2002. He had a number of popular products, and I found out that with little effort, I was able to earn around $400.00 in affiliate commission quickly. But the wait for his commission quickly turned from gleeful anticipation to jarring disappointment. He was not paying. Pretty soon I found out that he had ‘locked shop’ and disappeared with all the commissions owed to me and most of his other affiliates. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.Here is the best tip to survive an online scam like this. Don’t trust individuals with no proven history, to manage your money for you. Whether as an affiliate owner or investor, people can go bad quickly. Actually they were crooks all along, you just did not know it at the time. Instead of relying on affiliate programmes managers I don’t know, I now work with proven companies that have a solid history, such as ClickBank LinkShare, and Commission junction.Another lesson you can take away from an online scam, and still be brave enough to make money online, is to learn the lesson quickly and move on. I can honestly say that I have forgiven this fellow and I’m so over it. But I am no longer crippled by this. I am a better marketer and a better person in all of this. Even when you work hard for your money, you can still fall victim to crooked characters online.Limit your exposure by simply not dealing with someone without recourse. Using payment processors like PayPal and Credit cards can limit your exposures. Sending money by money-transfer services to strangers is just plain silly.
Making money online, online jobs allow you to work from the comfort of your own home. However, many folks fear that the cost of online business is prohibitive. You can earn money online without spending a lot of money to start. Switch on your computer and get to work.Google the terms “freelance writer” or “freelance article” and you will get over 14 million sites to start researching.You will find sites where you can bid on jobs to get paid for writing articles, sites where you can learn how to write article, sites that publish your articles for free. You decide how you want to proceed, you will not have to have a website to write and sell articles just you and your computer and no money is needed to get started, only time and determination.Tip: If you are not motivated then you will not succeed at anything so get it in your mind to succeed no mater what the cost in terms of learning and writing. Learning how to make money online will require some effort.Google “sell stuff online” and get 69 million resources.
You can find places that have items for you to sell, places that will take care of the shipping of the products. You can find places to sell your own stuff and places that will sell your stuff if you have access to products.Tip: In today’s market their are a lot of stores with extra inventory that they need to get rid off they don’t want to through it away but they can’t seem to sell it and it takes up space. I was successful calling and asking for the manager of stores and saying “I was wondering if you had any merchandise you needed to get rid of, I could pay up to fifteen cents on the dollar” then waiting to hear what they said. I got some very good deals some I paid more money for, but you get the idea. One guy found a place to get baseball bats like that and now has a multi-million dollar business online selling overstocked sports equipment.Google “affiliate marketing” and get 41 million resources. Sell other peoples stuff online and get a commission its straight forward and easy to get started for little or no money. You need a website so go to Google and type in “free Website” for 296 million resources.
Anyone thinking about starting an online business needs to begin by asking questions to learn about what he or she is getting into before diving into cyber-world. Unfortunately, one of the first questions asked almost always involves speculation about making money online – “Can I really make money?” and “How much money can I make?” It’s a necessary concern but just not the first consideration that the prospective new online business owner should be thinking about. There are a couple reasons for saying that. First, the money question is too general and doesn’t lend itself to a meaningful answer. There are just too many online income choices available to single out any one as a typical example. Second, concentrating on money at the very start of a business venture tends to divert the prospective business owner from giving the business endeavor and his/her role in it an honest evaluation as to fit and feasibility. Yet, it’s easy to understand why money tends to be the first factor considered by the prospective online business owner when so many online income opportunities are touted for the quick money that can be obtained from them with little or no effort.There are so many ways to make money online. The possibilities are limitless or at the least limited by what can be imagined. The first three questions that anyone interested in making money online should ask are, in this order, “what am I passionate about doing?”, “is there a need for what I’m passionate about doing?” and “will people pay for what I’m passionate about doing?” These three questions will give you a good start at finding the online business that’s the right fit for you.Obviously, being passionate about the type of online business one chooses to go into is a very important factor; maybe even the most important factor needed for increasing the probability of a successful start. Despite what so many online “gurus” say, there’s nothing easy or quick about making money online. It takes a lot of hard work. The new business owner who starts a business that he or she is passionate about, starts from a position of strength. Passion will help get the beginner through the rough times. And, there will be a few of those. Whereas, a purely monetary motivation for starting an online business will only be effective if the money rewards come fast and in copious quantities which rarely happens as quickly as promised.Any business should start with a business plan. This is absolutely mandatory if the business owner is going to seek funding via loans, grants or investors. Then the business plan should be formally written and follow a conventionally accepted format. The format and content of a business plan is beyond the scope of this article but a couple of the standard categories addressed in a formal business plan should not be ignored by the prospective online business owner even if the new business owner has no intention of seeking outside funding sources. The two categories are: existing competition and marketing strategy and both will affect how much revenue can be generated by the new online business.Obviously, starting an online business in an area that is heavily saturated with similar businesses is going to affect the ability to grab some of the market share but it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor in whether or not one more online business is added to the mix. A lot depends on the next consideration and that’s a marketing plan. Network marketing is a whole different concept than traditional brick and mortar marketing and it’s here where many new online business owners fall short. Again, it’s beyond the scope of this article to get into the details of network marketing but the one thing that new online business owners find hard to grasp is that they are marketing a relationship and not a product. Online traffic is the lifeblood of any online business and getting people to come to your website or follow you on your blog will be because they see you as someone they can trust. If they trust you, they’re more apt to buy what you’re selling.So, going back to the original question, “Can you make money online?” The answer is yes if you get into the business for the right reason and have a plan for seeing that reason through to successful completion.