“Making money online.”
In the early mid 90s, this phrase would have raised a few eyebrows. Aside from the handful of companies like Yahoo! and Amazon, online commerce wasn’t yet a “thing”.
Nowadays, it raises eyebrows still… but for a different reason.
There is now a sleazy undertone.
“Let me teach you how to make money online!” Sounds scamy, doesn’t it?
When I introduced Workorder to the world on HackerNews, a fellow community member rightly asked me: “What if you decide to scam me?”
He is absolutely right. In 2018, the internet is a much different place. It’s mature, yet unregulated.
Where are you going with all this?
Aside from my ink cartridge business in the early 2000s, I spent a number of years not making any money online. Making money online can be hard and intimidating, even to people who have done it before.
For those of us who aren’t comfortable with running half-truth ads, one of the best approaches I’ve found is to offer a skill — oftentimes a digital skill — and sell that as a service instead.
I remember going to Upwork (previously called oDesk) a few years back and doing freelance writing. It was a great way to “get my feet wet” and learn how to make a living online again.
Find clients everywhere
When you’re starting out, you’ll quickly realize how hard it is to find customers.
Don’t limit yourself to one marketplace or source.
Tell your friends about your services, create a listing on Craigslist, discuss with people on forums. Even create your own Workorder checkout page 😊.
The point is that you don’t know where your clients will appear and it’s good to spread the word to as far and wide as possible.
Good luck and don’t forget to set your prices appropriately. You’re not here to be the lowest bidder… but that’s for another discussion.