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7 Lies They Told You About Making Money Online

7 Lies They Told You About Making Money Online

We hear a lot of things about the Internet in today’s world. Whether it’s your friend or sibling showing you a funny video or your uncle telling you about “that new MySpace thing”, the majority of people are connected to the Internet on a daily basis. Even though people are on the Internet more and more, it’s still very new to us as a society. The concept of buying items and doing business online is still foreign to a lot of people.

One thing that seems especially ridiculous is when you hear about people making tons of money online. It almost seems fake that people can make a living using the Internet while you’re using it to look at cat pictures while your homework piles up. How do they do it?

This article will help clear up some misconceptions about the Internet and give you some pointers about making money online.

Myth #1: The Internet is a dark scary place where people scam each other.

In 2016, the Internet is no long the obscure uncertainty that it once was. Almost everyone in today’s society is online in some way. When it comes to the money-making community, this means there are more and more people with the same level of experience as you.

Are there bad people online? Yes of course. There are people who will do whatever it takes to get their way, even if it means stealing from people. Due diligence and patience will help you sniff out a lot of potential bad situations.

Some tips to stay safe when handling money online:

  • Use a reputable service like Escrow to hold the money until the transaction is complete.
  • Only proceed with a deal if you’re 100% comfortable.
  • When buying something know exactly what you want and ask questions to assess the validity and knowledge of a seller.
  • When selling, keep a documented record of everything. Have set polices that you obey by when dealing with customers. Your return policy should be clear and fair.
  • “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Myth #2 : The Internet is great for business because you can quickly and easily make a ton of cash.

Anything worth doing takes hard work! Just because the Internet makes certain aspects of business easier or faster doesn’t mean the money will just start flowing in.

Depending on how you structure your online business, there is definitely the potential for a huge influx of cash. But if you ask most successful online entrepreneurs, they will tell you about a time in their life they spent struggling trying to figure out how to best use the internet for their business.

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The Internet is a big toolbox, you need to search each website for the right tool for the job. One site may have a virtual assistant who writes articles for you, another that has a graphic designer that you work with and another that you sell certain products on. Your mission is to figure out how to effectively use your tools and take advantage of how lucrative the Internet is.

Myth #3: That any product or eBook will tell you all you need to know.

There’s no collection of information that will tell you everything you need to know in order to be successful online. No matter how much it seems like an eBook or manual might help you, it won’t give you the full picture.

Part of being able to generate income online is combining tactics that have already worked for other people and applying your own creative twist to it. EBooks, manuals, and guides can definitely be useful and help you get started but trial and error will be your best friend. Once you figure out what works for you personally, you can increase your efforts and your profits.

Myth #4 : If you figure out a secret set of steps, you can make a ton of money working four hours a week.

Part of the genius of working online is the ability to create passive income sources for yourself. Passive income means once you finish the work, you continue to receive profits from it down the road. For example, imagine that it takes you 30 hours to write an eBook. Imagine you spend 1200 hours writing over a few years and end up with 40 books.

You take all 40 of your books and take advantage of Amazon’s kindle program, where they promote your book for you. If your book is good you’ll start to see some sales. Possibly a lot of sales if people like one of your books and decide to buy your other ones.

With a setup like this it’s definitely possible to only work four hours a week as your business grows over time. But as you can see the work it takes to get there definitely isn’t easy or fast.

Myth #5: It’s all a scam! No one is making money online.
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    This couldn’t be further from the truth! Plenty of entrepreneurs have figured out how to market their services online and work from home.

    Even more and more offline businesses have figured out how to translate from traditional business models to developing an online presence.

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    The only scam is when people tell you that you can start making money overnight. Or that if you give them a certain amount they’ll flip it into more for you. Just like with offline ventures, you need to put in work and be of value to people to make money.

    Myth #6: You can start with no investment.

    No matter what type of project you decide to work online you will need to invest one of two things; time or money. Ideally you want to invest both, but only if you know what you’re doing. When you’re first starting out you’ll be spending more time than money learning and figuring out how to best make use of your skills.

    Making money online is basically being an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur you have to have a strong belief in yourself. This belief needs to show itself by a constant desire to learn and try new things. Knowledge is power in this realm.

    Myth #7: You need to be an expert to make money.

    Just like in the “real world”, people buy online based on a need that they have. If you can fulfill a need people have or target people who have a specific need, then you can generate income.

    One of the most important things about working in an evolving arena like the Internet is to always stay learning. You may start out with no knowledge but as you progress you’ll slowly becomes extremely knowledgeable. You don’t need to be an expert to start out but knowledge is definitely what will help you move forward.

    The golden rule

    When it comes to creating opportunities for yourself online or trying to close a deal with someone via Skype always remember the golden rule: if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. Patience and common sense will save you a ton of headaches during your online journey.

    Don’t be so desperate to make money that you ignore obvious warning signs. Take your time and process each deal by taking close look at details. You should have a good feeling about the person you’re dealing with, the parameters of the deal and the agreed upon payment method. If you’re always critical about the different situations you get into online, you’ll come out on top more often than not. Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you’re satisfied.

    So what are some alternatives to explore that will help you make money online?

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      Making money online is all about finding people you can be of value to

      Making money is similar to the life of a farmer. If the farmer can’t provide the ground with value by planting, watering, and caring for it properly, the ground will not reward him with crops that he can use to make a living. No matter what you’re offering, the Internet just makes it easier to reach people who may be interested. If you put value and helping people first in any strategy, you will be successful.

      Once you know what you want to do, explore all the avenues available for you to find potential buyers. Niche forums, blogs, social networks, and video sites are all places where you can let people know what it is you offer and to be of value to them.

      Upwork.com, Freelancer.com etc.

      Job board sites like Upwork and Freelancer.com are good options for people starting their freelancing journey. You can get clients fairly easily, build a portfolio while getting paid and get reviews that you can refer to for future projects.

      Local freelancing

      Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and give people in your community a call. As said before, you want to find ways to be of use to people. If you learned a specific skill online, try and find some people locally that you can be of value to.  

      Craigslist/Kijiji

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      Classified sites are great ways to make some extra cash while cleaning out your garage or attic. This is a quick and easy way to use the Internet to get in contact with people who have a need that you can fulfill. You can sell items you no longer want or check the wanted section and see if people are looking for something you may have.

      Try and think about an item that would be popular in your area. If you can find it at a low price on a different site, you can import it and make a profit on the margins.

      Turning your hobbies into money

      As always, making money is about being of value to people. Think about what you enjoy and what people like you would find useful. You can create a product or service within your niche and be of value to people.

      Doing things like setting up a website, making YouTube videos, or sharing what you’re doing via social networks are great ways to draw attention from other people. You can use these tactics to build an audience, generate interest, and eventually start to sell whatever product or service you come up with.

      When it comes to making money online be prepared to put in a lot of hours of work. Having a clear plan of action is a big help but a consistent desire to learn new things will be your best friend during your online journey. This article has addressed some common misconceptions that should help change how look at working with the Internet. If you’re willing to put in the work, there’s no telling where you’ll end up!

      Featured photo credit: How Your Favorite Internet Companies Make Money via mashable.com

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      Published on November 14, 2018

      Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

      Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

      With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

      For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

      In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

      Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

      Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

      It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

      For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

      Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

      Symptoms of Fatigue

      Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

      • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
      • mental blocks
      • lack of motivation
      • headache
      • dizziness
      • muscle weakness
      • slowed reflexes and responses
      • impaired decision-making and judgement
      • moodiness, such as irritability
      • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
      • reduced immune system function
      • blurry vision
      • short-term memory problems
      • poor concentration
      • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

      Causes of Fatigue

      The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

      • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
      • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
      • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
      • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

      Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

      Medical Causes of Fatigue

      If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

      Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

      Anemia

      Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

      Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

      There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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      This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

      Diabetes

      Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

      Sleep Apnea

      Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

      Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

      Thyroid disease

      An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

      Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

      • Lack of sleep
      • Too much sleep 
      • Alcohol and drugs 
      • Sleep disturbances 
      • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
      • Poor diet 

      Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

      • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
      • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
      • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
      • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

      Psychological Causes of Fatigue

      Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

      • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
      • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
      • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

      How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

      Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

      1. Tell The Truth

      Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

      To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

      Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

      The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

      One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

      • How you feel
      • What time of day it is
      • What may have contributed to your fatigue
      • How your mind and body reacts

      This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

      2. Reduce Your Commitments

      When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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      If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

      When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

      Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

      3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

      If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

      Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

      If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

      Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

      Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

      4. Express More Gratitude

      Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

      It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

      Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

      5. Focus On Yourself

      Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

      There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

      But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

      We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

      6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

      Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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      Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

      The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

      Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

      7. Take a Power Nap

      When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

      Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

      This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

      8. Take More Exercise

      The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

      Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

      The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

      You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

      9. Get More Quality Sleep

      To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

      Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

      My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

      10. Improve Your Diet

      Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

      Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

      On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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      To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

      Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

      Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

      11. Manage Your Stress Levels

      Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

      When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

      Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

      My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

      12. Get Hydrated

      Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

      Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

      If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

      The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

      The Bottom Line

      These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

      If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

      Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
      [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
      [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
      [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
      [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
      [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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