You can make things as difficult as you want them to be starting out, or you can take an easier path.
For example, coming online with zero previous business experience and saying you want to earn a million dollars your first year is likely to be a very tough road. Instead, why not make a commitment to earn your first $1 online. Then after this $1, you can go for $100. Build it into $100 a day, and now you have an income online.
For example, one of the easiest ways to start making money in the beginning is by doing work for others. You develop a skill others are willing to pay for (writing, seo, customer service, video production, etc.).
All the below methods are thinking about generating your first $1 and then building upon that simple foundation…
Method #1: Fiverr
Create a simple service that you can charge $5 for. Fiverr keeps $1 and you get the other $4. You can find useful, funny, and outright crazy jobs people are willing to do for $5 there. Check it out at http://www.fiverr.com
Method #2: eLance
What talent do you already have? Hire yourself out for writing, website design, virtual assistance, seo, accounting, legal, marketing, etc. You won’t be getting paid as much here as if you were generating your own clients, but it is a place to get started and get your first few low cost clients. Generate the testimonials and proof you need for higher paying work later on.
Method #3: eBay
Sell some of the junk from around your house. Offer to sell other people’s stuff on eBay for a share of the commissions. This will give you the initial experience in selling products online. You can expand out into other collecting interests you may have and build a business from here or use it as a launching pad for your own ecommerce business.
Method #4: Photography
Love taking photos? Apply your skills and interest and take photos for use by businesses. Sell your photos on the royalty free websites for a share of the profits. You can easily tap into this market through sites such as:
Method #5: Reviews
You have an opinion, right? Well practice writing reviews for popular physical products on sites such as Epinions. They’ll pay you $1 to write a review on a product in their database. That’s not much, but remember you’ll be earning money WHILE you practice your writing skills. And a skill in writing reviews will come in handy when you start promoting affiliate products.
Method #6: Affiliate Marketing
This one takes a little more work because you’ll need to find an affiliate program to promote. Get started with http://www.clickbank.com/marketplace or http://www.cj.com. Sign up at one of the free blog sites such as http://www.blogger.com or http://www.wordpress.com. Focus on writing good reviews for these products using 3 or 4 word keyword phrases.
This one becomes more in depth as you have to find out what people are searching for (use the Google Keyword Tool for free to get started). You write posts about it. And you will need to start with a little link building to your site as well. But this is also the beginning of a more in depth business where you get your own domain and own site eventually to continue and grow the process.
Method #7: Kindle
Kindle ebooks are kicking butt. A lot of internet marketers got upset when Amazon cracked down on using private label rights products as Kindle ebooks, but that just leaves more room for real products to be sold here. Shut yourself off for the weekend and produce an ebook.
Get it up and selling on Kindle. They take the orders and share the profits with you. Price it low such as $2.99 or $4.99 to get maximum orders. Then create additional products. Remember, these require zero customer service on your part and can generate long-term customers for you if you insert a free offer in the ebook itself.