I was once broke, literally.
I was struggling in early 2001 but I persisted as I always have hope. Hope keeps me alive and positive. Hope makes me take continuous actions and bit by bit I built up my online business till today. With less than one dollar a day back then, I clearly sympathy with you out there who want to make a different but are dead broke. If you are in that position, read on.
But I dont have money
The good news is that you still can make money online, legally. Here, your main focus shall be exchanging your knowledge or labour for a fee. You see, I started out exactly in that position back in 2003 when I used my knowledge in Flash programming to do freelancing Job. So yes, if you are struggling to make money online, start selling your services in one of the websites below:
If you have a passion for writing, start with blogging, and start using Adsense to monetize your writing. Once your blog starts to have some traction with some commendable traffic, then start selling advertising space on it. I find this strategy works pretty well while you are gathering your passive income. Ultimately, you will and should focus on affiliate marketing which is one of my top earner method.
On the other hand, if you hate writing, choose Fiverr or Upwork where you are selling your expertise to a fee. If you are a graphic designer, you could do banner ads for 5 dollar, for example. As a matter of fact, I have paid a Fiverr 5$ for designing a cover page for my giveaway ebook on how to increase email optin rates to 58% overnight. So yea, you could legally earn 5$ if you take action!
My recommendation for newbie is to stick to ONE method only. Stay focus is the key, keep taking action each and everyday. Remember, the only way you fail is when you quit! So stay focus and continue to fine tune your skill and you will be successful.
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