If you are starting out writing online, and you are writing online to make money, then I would like to give you one piece of advice that will make you successful. Get ready, here it is:
Writing Online is a JOB
Yep, that is my biggest piece of advice. Treat writing online as a job and you will succeed.
For everyone who succeeds making money online, whether it is a part time income or a full time income, you will find as you get to know them, that they spend hours each day, week after week, earning that money. Writing online to make money is most easily compared to a sales job in the outside world. It is a job built on referrals, networking, and commissions. This type of income takes time to build, and the ones who make the big money work at it long enough to “get lucky” finding the big scores. In truth, what many might see as luck comes from diligent hard work, day in and day out, doing their research, finding people who might need their services, and marketing to that clientele until they find the right fit between what is being sold, and what the buyer needs.
If you did a survey of the successful online writers, you would find that we all have a different system for doing this job. Many of us write online in between and amongst other jobs, family time, and school. Many of us turned to the internet as a potential income source due to hard times financially in the traditional job market. Working online is not a scam in any way, unless you are a scammer, and more and more businesses are getting a portion of their income from online websites and stores.
Writing online is not the only way to earn money online. You can do website work, retail sales, wholesale sales, and as the technology improves, we will be able to have our hands in many other types of online work.
However, if you want to succeed in any of these, you will have to work it like a real job, because it is a real job.
I have been making money online now for 4 years. In those years, I have learned that the people who have built an income from any kind of online work, including writing, have done it by building a career, step by step, through sweat equity, and lots of work. What is most exciting for me, is that with the right attitude, literally anyone who is willing to put in the time, practice, and learn what works for them will build an income that can support them. Because the internet is literally anywhere, you can live in a rural community, or a small town, and not need the business to come from your neighbors. But if you earn money, you can help support your local community by continuing to live and shop there.
Among people that I know personally that have succeeded, are stay at home moms looking for a second income, homeschoolers, recently divorced, disabled people, and retired people. For many of these people, life has left them without enough income to live the lifestyle they want to live, to pay the bills, or feel comfortable in their way of life. Working online has brought them the security and income that they need. But they have had to work for it.
Writing Online is a real job, one that takes dedication and hard work. If this is how you want to make a living, you can. But only if you are willing to work hard, over time, and stick with it until you succeed.