I remember having issues at my last job. I had just found out about working online, and I knew that was what I wanted to do.
I kept reading people's success stories, and they blew my mind. People were making amounts of money that I made at my day job annually in a month, and it had less drama.
There was only one problem.
Most of these people were not very specific about how much work it takes to make the dollars that they were. In my head, I would resign, take a writing course and start making a lot of money in a month or two.
And why wouldn’t I? I mean, I am a decent writer.
Unfortunately, that did not happen.
I experienced several setbacks, and I almost gave up.
But I also got a few lessons, and I am going to share them with you so that you, may have more accurate expectations than I did.
1. You have to be willing to learn
The thing with the internet is that what is trending today will be forgotten tomorrow. It is for this reason that you should always be learning about what’s in and what’s out.
You will have to invest time in watching videos and reading blogs and journals. It doesn't matter what you are doing online; there is money to be made but only for those who are willing to go the extra mile.
2. You have to change your mindset
If you have been employed and are looking to go into online work, you will have to ditch your employee mentality.
You have to adopt the business owner mentality.
But what does this mean?
In online work, there is no minimum wage. You, therefore, have to have an income goal and how much work you should do to attain it.
You are going to be your own boss, and you need to present yourself as such.
You need to build your confidence and vigorously put your work out there.
3. There is a lot of work involved
It doesn’t matter how good you are at what you are doing online. If you cannot over deliver and meet deadlines, working online may pose a challenge involved.
Sometimes people have the picture of working from a beach while sipping pina coladas.
Can that happen?
Definitely. But not in your first month.
You have to do a lot of groundwork.
Start, learn, sharpen your craft, prospect for clients, repeat severally.
4. There is no one size fits all method of doing things
There are very many ways of doing things online, and many people will disagree. Everyone will beat the drums of what works for them and rubbish everything else.
Do not believe them.
For example, in my research I found many people demonizing Upwork and calling it a slave driver.
But as I continued with my research, I found out that there is a guy who has earned thousands of dollars from Upwork.
So what should you do?
Try as many methods as you can and come up with your happy medium.
Who knows, you may even find a new method and make a fortune popularizing it.
Working online is a great way to supplement your income when you are strapped for cash. It also a great way to finally rid yourself of your employer and become your own boss.
However, as you embark on this journey, you should also come prepared to work. Make sure you do something that you love because if you do not, it will wear it out.
This is your chance to do things on your own terms finally.
Do you have anything else you would like to share about working online that people should know?
Do not hesitate. Let us know what you think.
She is also a contributing writer at Sivana East blog and an Accountant for profession.
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