What Is The Easiest or Best Way To Make Money Online?

Here’s a question that I have been asked several times and needs to be addressed publicly… so in the spirit of getting back to blogging I figured it’s a good starting place and a topic that could definitely use some discussion so please provide your input once you have finished reading this.

I’ll be honest with you, I struggled with this very topic and more specifically the topic of choosing business models, I’ve tried so many different business models, some of them worked for me some of them didn’t.

At one time I had five different business models going at one time, all of them providing a varying degree of results. Now my business has evolved into providing marketing goods & services for mostly small offline based businesses, even partnering with them. My online business is based mostly on building communities (a list of some sort) and providing solutions. I also have some passive income from various things I’ve done in the past.

I’m telling you this because; this is what is working for ME right now.

So back to the question:

What Is The Easiest or Best Way To Make Money Online?

The answer is unfortunately… it depends!

It depends on your specific, skills, interest and determination level

What are you willing to do & what would you enjoy doing enough that you will stick with it enough to see results (hopefully good ones)?

What skills do you have that you can leverage, that give you an advantage?

You don’t already have to have a skill, you can develop a skill as you take action.

Are you good at direct selling? (1 to 1, face to face or on the phone)

Selling services to businesses might be the best business for you!

Are you good at writing persuasive short ads?

Building list and communities might be the best business model for you!

Are you just lazy, want something you can do off and on?

Creating small affiliate promotions, doing paid ad campaigns, free ad campaigns, website flipping… might be just for you.

The point is think about YOU 1st, Not the latest and greatest, Not what a friend of yours or your favorite guru tells you to do.

Once you have identified your skills, interest and determination levels then you can move on to following that business model that will work best for you… developing your skills in that area, buying what you need and getting the right help, training & tools…

Also understand that some things will never work, this may be shocking to you but some so called experts are lying to you… telling you to do something that doesn’t work so be careful. The best way to avoid this is to focus on a more main stream business model, what model are a lot of people doing or teaching?

Finally develop a plan to put into action based on your schedule and then put it into action, improve the plan as you go, keep working the plan & make it a priority before TV, before checking email, before doing things that don’t really matter…

That is how you win, that is how you figure out the easiest & best way to make money online For You.

Does this make sense? What’s your opinion? What business model would you like me to talk more about?

Leave your answer below

65 Responses to What Is The Easiest or Best Way To Make Money Online?

  • Very practical advice. Requires a lot of time and soul-searching. And total honesty, which is the most difficult part for most people. Including myself. But my own experience confirms it.

  • Hey Jeff,

    I completely agree with what you wrote & the hightlight of your article for ME was when you suggested getting into what is good for ME. You’re absolutely right!! Some things work best for different people, some …not so much.

    When I was first introduced to marketing on the internet it was through a friend and it was network marketing. What a nightmare!!! The guy in charge wanted everyone to sell just like him. He was uber-smooth and there were a handful of folks that were able to do it. The product was an info. product that we were asking $500 for. Unfortunately I didn’t have a silver tongue, which caused nervousness, massive amounts of sweating & to be honest… this was just making phone calls and directing prospects to a website!!! I had to stop because I didn’t have enough changes in clothing. :^) Obviously, not for me.

    Presently, I do have some local businesses I’m working with, the face to face is a LOT easier for me and especially because I’ve been able to help them, so THEY always have a big smile on. I’m not making big bucks yet, but the gratification of helping local businesses makes for an easy work day (not really work because I enjoy it) and my business is growing slowly.

    The main thing for me is that I’m not putting in grueling hours “under the thumb of the man”. The grueling hours are of my own volition. Anyway, great post Jeff …. as usual.

    • Thanks Ken, I always appreciate your comments.

      Yeah you bring up some great points, face to face selling is definitely easier especially when you have a product/service you believe in. Ken it’s definitely hard to push yourself to work harder, having a motivated business partner or paying someone to set appointments for you could help you out if you’re looking to grow your business faster.

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  • Very good, common sense post!

    I was another one of the 97% that jumped from
    shiny object to shiny object and had very little success.

    I was all over the place like most marketers starting out.
    First SEO, then You Tube, then Facebook, then Blogging…..

    What a mess! I recently changed my business model and
    started focusing on ONE thing and now my business is finally
    taking off. Nothing earth shattering, but very consistent growth.

    Enjoyed your post

    • Thanks Mitch, I’m sure your comment will help lead someone on the right path and realize the reality of the situation as it is for most.

  • Hi,
    I’m looking for an unexpensive way to make some money, and may be the “lazy way”, website flipping, could be the solution, I guess but I don’t know.
    I’m looking for something with low cost !

    • Website flipping is not free, you will have to buy domain & pay a Flippa listing fee. It can be hit or miss so do your research.

      Creating a Google+ community is a good option if you absolutely have no money to invest and want something you can do off and on. Just 1 idea, you can also do some YouTube videos, web 2 blogs… promote affiliate offers or CPA offers.

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  • Like Mitch, I have suffered from shiny object syndrome too. I still have the occasional relapse from time to time.
    I am still struggling in the online world; however, I am making progress by finally recognizing that I need help. I think that is part of the problem for quite a few people: thinking that they can do everything all by themselves.
    I haven’t met anyone yet who is good at everything. A jack-of-all-trades is usually Master-of-none.

    I haven’t seen a blog post update from you in a while, good to hear from you again.

    • Thanks Jimmy you are absolutely correct, I think everyone has the shiny object syndrome no matter how successful they are, when they are exposed to these new offers, some you just can’t resist lol.

  • Jeff you are truly a smart and genuine marketer, this is excellent information I appreciate the honesty.

    I may need your help a little bit in going in the right direction. I will contact you

    • Thanks Tim I appreciate the kind words, sure get in contact with me I can help you out.

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