Expectations of Online Income

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The road to Success

Did you try to make money online before but didn’t get success?

Welcome to the club. But before feelings of disappointment, frustration and hopelessness take over you just wait a minute. Lets take a break and think things through. Outside the online world (you know in the real world) people work 8 hours a day, 5 days per week (if they are lucky) and they hope for a raise in some years. If you own a business or ever tried to start one offline i am sure you didn’t expect profits and a steady income from the first months and i am also sure you worked countless hours in order to make your business successful. Right now there is a big elephant in the room in the form of a question.

Why do you expect things to be so different in the online world?

Making money online

I know or i think i know why. Because everything is so much faster in the online world and people assume that making money and building successful businesses can also happen in a few days and hundreds of dollars will appear in your bank account every week. That’s the basis all the scammers use in the Internet claiming they can make you rich in a few days and you only have to work a couple hours per week. They give online money making a bad name. Of course the Internet is the biggest market in the world with 3 billion people constantly shopping, looking for information and interacting with each other but that also means there is a lot of competition. So, now we know that the road to riches and success requires hard work, determination, a lot of time, the will to succeed and the mentality of an entrepreneur who is able to set realistic goals.

Working from home isn’t easy because it’s not supposed to be. You have to make things work for you and always keep in mind that marketing is a slow process. The only person worth expecting from is yourself. There are legitimate ways to make money online but they require dedication before seeing a return on your time and serious work. But if you take it seriously and you are really willing to make money online you can totally do it. You will not become a millionaire in a couple of months but you will accomplish your dream working from home in your pajamas and being able to spend more time with your family and friends.

So the first thing you have to do if you want to achieve success online is to stop imagining and start planning and doing. Stop imagining you can earn a full steady income in a month. Stop imagining you can build a successful business working 3 hours per week. Be realistic about your expectations and be professional about the way you approach your work.

Don’t Burn your Money

Don’t waste your time, your energy and your money with companies claiming instant success and riches. Don’t believe and don’t follow people showing you pictures of fancy cars or holding in their hands $100 bills and telling you how fast they earned them and how you will also be able to do it in a few days. In order to create a nice online passive income you have to do the hard work up front. The key to achieve that is not a magic program or some products you will sell bothering your family and spamming your friends but simply many hours of hard work. Exactly the same as in the real world.

Online income

There are thousands if not millions of scams all over the Internet and that makes it hard to find a real way to make money online. Affiliate marketing or eCommerce are just two of the legit and well known business models you can try and be sure that after some time depending on your work you will make money. There are dozens of ways to make money online some more profitable than others. From taking surveys or selling your stuff on eBay but i am not going to list them here now (perhaps in an other post) because that’s not the purpose of this article.The purpose is to inspire you not to give up and remind you that whatever you choose to do to make some extra money online you shouldn’t expect to be that easy. No matter how simple it sounds. 

Also don’t forget that failure is part of success not the end of it. No matter how basic the idea sounds like starting a blog and making money through affiliate marketing the process of creating a successful business will always remain steep and difficult.


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12 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Great post, before I embarked on the online world, I had no idea of the amount of mlm’s and programs that are around. I thought it was maybe a handful. I also had to google Pyramid scheme, literally to check I knew what it was, thankfully I did. I also googled or wikipedia-ed Ponzi scheme as I’d heard of it before but had no idea what it meant, so in the 6 months since I’ve been properly engaged with online marketing, I’m well aware of what’s a scheme and what isn’t – the most important thing that anyone needs to do before joining anything, is to do RESEARCH – leave no stone unturned or you will end up burning your money like in the image here

    • Nikos says:

      I totally agree with you about the importance of researching before joining anything because there are so many frauds out there. People are wasting their money and their time with get rich quick schemes without realizing that it takes time and a lot of work to succeed online.

  2. GiuliaB says:

    I could not agree more Nikos, as unfortunately it is scammers that give online business a bad reputation, ever for genuine platforms like Wealthy Affiliate. It is through the creation of an illusion that scammers make that money, the ‘copy my passive income formula now, pay for the privilege, and you’ll make money within a month by doing nothing’ scam. Let’s admit it, I’ve been there, probably many more affiliate marketers too. But that is why we can safely say that, having learnt through experience, Wealthy Affiliate does not fall within that category.
    Thanks for a most interesting post Nikos!
    Giulia

  3. Andrew says:

    Hi Nikos, thanks for the great post! I like it very much and it seems everything very logically. Why do you recommend Wealthy Affiliate? What do they have? Can I create my internet incomes there? Thanks for your answer in advance
    Best wishes
    Andrew

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Andrew,
      You can definitely start your online business in Wealthy Affiliate and be sure you will earn money if you follow the training and the courses. The training is the best in the business (Online Marketing) and you can join for free.

  4. Richard Supo says:

    Hello Andrew. Thanks for the reality check. Making money online is not as easy as it sounds and you can definitely lose it to fraudsters if you are not carefull.

  5. Hi, Nikos. This is some great advice about what to expect starting an online business. Just like in the “brick and mortar” world, building a business takes time. There are so many fraudsters out there, it’s easy to be taken in. It’s good to find someone honest, like the folks at Wealthy Affiliate, to help you achieve success.

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Andy,
      First of all thank you for your comment and i totally agree about what you said for Wealthy Affiliate. If you want to start an online business i don’t think there is a better place to do so out there.

  6. Vini says:

    Hey, Nikos.
    Great post. It is motivating.
    I have been working on my website for about 6 months now and no signs of money yet. I went in to start this website with the intentions of making money fast. But I soon realized within a month that was far from reality. Yet, that hasn’t stopped me. My intentions and goals have matured enough to keep me going even if I don’t see any $$$$ yet. I am sure that is a test for everyone trying this out. But many won’t stay.
    Thanks for sharing and good luck to you!

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Vini,
      Thank you for your comment. It does take time to create an online business the same way it takes time to build an offline business. The secret is to keep going, don’t give up and educate yourself constantly. If it was easy everybody would be able to do it but the reality is not many have the right mindset and the persistence to succeed online.

  7. Mariam says:

    That is what the lazy person does not want to hear. I wonder why people like so much the fancy ads claiming to give them money at the clip of the mouse?
    That is far from the truth, here is the truth that you have shown us. I want to thank you for encouraging me.
    I know it takes time but as it is a road to success you may find harps, slopes along the journey and you need one’s hand to move on and finish what you started.
    Wish you the best.

    • Nikos says:

      Hello Mariam,
      A successful online business requires hard work and a lot of your time. Many people believe that online success is easy and that you can make money easy and fast, but that is just not true. An online business is similar to an offline business.

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