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These 7 Things Can Ruin Your Efforts of Making Money Online

These 7 Things Can Ruin Your Efforts of Making Money Online

We all know that many people are making good, great and even tremendous livings, all from behind their computer screens. For that reason alone, most of us should be past the whole “making money online is a scam” frame of mind. This ideology should be long gone and pushed as far out of our brain as possible. There is absolutely no excuse for this way of thinking unless perhaps you happen to be one of those old timers that had to walk 20 miles every morning to school in the snow. Ever heard that story before?

We can give them a pass. Anyway, in all seriousness, I wanted to write this for myself, the people just getting started, and even the people that are well on their way in their internet marketing/blogging/online venture of any kind. The hardest part about earning an income online is how much bad information there is on the web. Which is why I’ve created a free guide to increasing your income online, for people just starting out that want to know their options. The truth is, the people that are usually spewing this information are typically just trying to sell you something, and they don’t care if you make money or not. Here is my list of 7 Ways to Screw up Making Money Online.

1. Lack of Direction

Maybe you’re a newbie and just found out that you can make money online, and you’re lost as to how to do it. You may be researching on Google and YouTube, watching different videos of people telling you that this is the way, or that’s the way, etc. The amount of time that you can spin around in circles like this when looking for information is endless. The first step to getting rid of this problem is to get these ‘get rich quick’ schemes out of your head. I’m not saying that there aren’t ways to make large amounts of money online fast because there are many. But it’s much better to focus on developing and building a marketable skill online and become a master of that one thing. That’s the fastest way you are going to reach your goals. Period.

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2. Too Many Directions

There are so many different strategies to make money online, and you try to learn every skill instead of just mastering one. This one is dangerous and will continue to stunt your growth online for as long as you allow it. You need to do some soul searching and research.

What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Do you like writing? Consider starting a blog or offering freelance services as a writer on websites like iWriter. Do you know web design or want to learn? Watch all the YouTube videos you can on learning basic HTML and building a site on WordPress. Once you’ve developed your skills, you can offer website design and development services to local businesses or freelance on sites to get your name out there and build a client base. The important thing is to get started and gain some traction, or you’ll lose your enthusiasm.

3. Following the Wrong Leader

I was blessed, when I first started my journey online to have a good mentor and coach. Make sure that you use your better judgment on this one. Do your homework on someone, and make sure they know what they are talking about before you put your business and your future in their hands. Make sure that what they’re saying resonates with you, and they’re not just trying to sell you something.

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4. Lack of Focus

Have I mentioned that you need to focus on one thing? This is the silent killer when it comes to online entrepreneurs, it is extremely hard to have a laser focus on one particular thing when you have so many emails, videos and ads being shown to you offering the latest and greatest product or strategy to become a billionaire overnight.

Remember in heading two we talked about too many directions? You need to audit regularly where you are spending your time. If you are trying to build up your reviews on iWriter and develop a good name and reputation for yourself, you might not want to spend hours a day learning about opening up an Amazon store, see where I’m going here? Half of getting what you want means knowing what you’re going to have to sacrifice or give up to get it, then making that sacrifice over and over.

5. Lack of Money

There might not be many people out there who are actually telling you this, but you are going to need some money to get started. The amount is really minuscule though compared to the barrier of entry of basically all other business models out there. In a recent article, I talk about how I quit my job and moved to Denmark with no money but by this time I had already spent time learning and mastering my trade and had established a client base for myself.

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What I recommend for everyone just starting out is to keep your day (or night) job, and if you don’t have a job then get one! Even though the costs are low compared to other businesses, you still need to invest in yourself and your learning.

6. You’re Not Working Hard Enough

You’re going to have to work at this just as hard or harder than anything else that you’ve ever wanted in your whole life. Do you want a location independent business that you can run from anywhere? Make money while you sleep? Travel the world and work from your laptop? Ok, then you’ve got to ask yourself what you’re willing to give up to get yourself there.

When I first got started, I was working two jobs and going to college full-time, and I was tired. You know what the problem with that excuse is? The universe doesn’t care if you’re tired. It doesn’t care if you’re sick, hungry, upset or whatever other excuses you might have up your sleeve. As the great late Jim Rohn says, “You get paid for bringing value to the marketplace”. So what did I do? I found time. I basically didn’t leave my house for a whole year (as far as whatever free time I had). I studied and watched everything that I could get my hands on my chosen subject, while simultaneously applying it. That last part is key so read it again, so you don’t miss it!

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7. Giving up Before The Miracle

Internet marketers pockets are lined full of money from people who bought their product or course and never even opened it! I remember when I heard the statistic that it was something like 60-70% of people that buy a course never even actually open it up!

Think about how crazy that is for a moment.

You need to sit back and realize that there are TONS of people online really doing it! That have created a lifestyle business for themselves and you can too. You are no different from them besides the hours of work that they have put in mastering their skill. It’s all about setting goals for yourself and then working like hell until you achieve them. I wish there were some magic formula because I would be using it myself. But there isn’t. What there is, is good old fashioned hard work and discipline. My question to you is, are you going to be the 60-70% of people that resign to do something and never follow through OR will you be the other 30% that is living their dreams? The choice is yours.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

Debt can feel crushing, like a weight that is always weighing you down. Looking at those numbers, it can feel as if you’ll never get out from under it. However, if you really want to learn how to get out of debt, it is possible with a great deal of focus and self-control.

Getting out of debt isn’t impossible. Like any big goal, all that it takes is an action plan to identify where you are and creating a plan to zero out your debt.

Identifying All of Your Debts

The first part of paying off your debt is getting a complete picture of what you owe. When you have everything written out in front of you, it makes it much easier to create an action plan. Depending on how much you owe, it might also help you realize it’s not as bad you might have originally thought.

Here’s how you can get started identifying your debts:

1. Own Your Debt

Before you start identifying all of your debts, take a moment to process that you have debt but want to get out of it.

Forgive yourself for any past mistakes, missed payments, or overspending. It might be painful to accept how much debt you have at first, but you must own it.

2. Make a Debt Tracker

It’s astonishing how few people ever created a tracker to understand their total debts. Most likely, it comes from not wanting to accept the guilt of having debt, but, if avoided, it can make it nearly impossible to get out of debt.

Open up a new Google or Microsoft Excel sheet and list out all of your debts. Start with the name of the creditor, interest rates, total balance, loan term length (if any), and the minimum amount due each payment. This will include student loans, credit cards, and any other type of debt owed.

3. Get Your Debt Number

Once you’ve made your debt tracker and taken the other steps, identify your total payoff number. This is crucial, as you will have a starting point and a clear goal that you are trying to achieve.

Prioritizing Your Debts

All debt is not created equal. It’s imperative to understand that there are different types of debt.

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1. Understand Bad and Good Debts

Bad debts are usually paying for things you want instead of always need. While there might be some emergencies that max out your credit cards, often times it’s excessive spending[1].

There are three main types of bad debt:

  • Credit Card Debt: The average American household owes over $16,000 in credit card debt!
  • Auto Loan Debt: According to CNBC , the average auto loan in the US is $30,032!
  • Consumer Loan Debt: Consumer loan debt isn’t as common as credit card and auto loan debt, but it’s still considered bad as interest rates are usually between 10-28%.

Good debt is identified as investments in your future. Here are three common types of good debt:

  • Student Loan Debt
  • Mortgage Loan
  • Business Loans

2. Decide Which Debt to Pay off First

Once you know each type of debt and their interest rates, you can begin to pay off debt quickly.

Focus on paying off bad debt first, regardless of if it is a credit card or auto loan. Start by paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first.

If you have several credit cards with different interest rates, you want to focus on the one with a higher APR. You will actually save more money by eliminating the card with the highest interest rate.

3. Don’t Pay the Minimum Amount

Paying the minimum amount digs you into a hole as interest rates will offset your payment. Even a small amount more than the minimum can help you pay off debt much faster.

Removing Obstacles to Pay off Debt Quickly

Creating a debt tracker and prioritizing a plan is simple, but avoiding temptation can be difficult.

1. Set a Reminder to Track Your Debt

“If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker

It’s so important to track your debt to ensure that you get it paid off quickly. Similar to working out and measuring your results, you need to track your debt constantly. Start with a weekly reminder, where you sign on and log your updated number. Did you increase, decrease, or stay the same?

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Regularly tracking your student loan balance can be incredibly motivating, as well. You will get a huge confidence boost each time you see your total debt amount decreases.

Set weekly and monthly goals so you can have short term wins and keep the momentum going.

2. Hide Your Credit Cards

If your biggest debt is credit cards, you need to eliminate temptation and remove them from your wallet.

Some people have gone to extreme measures by freezing their credit cards. Why? This would create an ice block around your card, which would require you to chip away at it slowly. This will give you time to think if it’s the best idea to buy that thing you’re about to buy.

3. Automate Everything

Willpower can be a huge downfall to paying off your debt. By automating your bills each month, you will ensure that willpower isn’t involved.

4. Plan Ahead

Getting out of debt will require some sacrifices, but with enough planning, you can make it work.

For example, if you know that you have a friend’s birthday or family dinner coming up, plan ahead for the costs. Whether you need to cut back on spending the week before, pick up a side job, or meet them after dinner, do what is needed.

5. Live Cheaply

The only way to get out of debt is to make some sacrifices on your spending habits. Find ways to save money each month so you can apply that amount to your outstanding debts. Here are some ways to save money each month:

  • Live with roommates
  • Cook dinners and prepare lunches for work instead of eating out
  • Cut cable and choose Netflix or Amazon Prime
  • Take public transit or bike to work

Finding the Lowest Interest Rates

The higher your interest rates, the harder (and longer) it will take you to pay off any debt.

If possible, you want to find ways to lower your interest rates to help get out of debt quickly. Here’s how you can get started:

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1. Maintain a High Credit Score

Your credit score will have a large impact on your ability to refinance your loans and receive a lower interest rate. If you have a low credit score, it’s unlikely you will be able to refinance your loans. Use these credit tips to increase and maintain an excellent score:

  • Never miss a payment
  • Don’t exceed 30% of your credit limit
  • Don’t sign up for more than one card at once
  • Limit hard inquires, like auto-loans and new credit cards
  • Monitor frequently with free credit-tracking software

2. Find Balance Transfer Offers

Start by opening a free account on credit.com. Credit.com offers you the chance to open a free account and see what type of balance transfer offers you can receive. Some of your existing credit cards might already have 0% or lower APR balance transfer offers available.

Contact each of your credit card providers to ask about lowering your rate for a one-time balance transfer offer[2].

If you do take advantage of this option, make sure that you use a balance transfer and not a cash advance. Cash advances have a ton of high interest fees (15-25%, depending on your credit card) and will only compound your debt problem.

How to Get Rid of Debt Forever

Setting up a plan, removing temptations, and getting the lowest interest rates is the first step to get out of debt.

1. Keep Monitoring and Adjusting

Once you have a plan, don’t get comfortable. Track your debt payoff plan and make the necessary adjustments when needed.

Monitor your credit scores with a free site like CreditKarma. The higher your credit score climbs, the more likely you will be to secure a new, lower-interest loan.

2. Earn More Money

There are only so many ways to save money. Instead of clipping another coupon or making sacrifices for your morning coffee, find ways to earn more money!

Think about it…it is much easier to find ways to earn an extra $1,000 per month than find $1,000 to cut from your budget.

Here are some examples of ways to earn more money:

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Talk to Your Boss

Have a conversation with your boss about current salary and/or commission rates. If you’re not satisfied or want a change, don’t be afraid to look around at other positions. Some of them might even have a student loan debt reimbursement plan!

Start a Side Hustle

This could be coaching students on the weekends, driving for Uber, or taking paid online surveys. There are tons of ways to make money outside your 9-5. Now that you have a clear plan to pay off your debts, you’ll be more motivated than ever to figure out creative new ways to earn money.

Build an Online Business

There are so many websites and blogs that earn money from ads, affiliates, and other online products. Find your niche and get started.

3. Celebrate Your Wins

As you progress in your debt payoff journey, don’t forget to celebrate your wins. You need to always reward yourself for the hard work and discipline that is required to get out of debt.

While you shouldn’t celebrate so big that it increases debt, make sure to factor in little rewards to keep you motivated.

4. Set New Financial Goals

Eventually, with a plan and these steps, you can rid yourself of your debt. Once you do, make sure to celebrate your monumental achievement, but don’t stop there.

Now, you can focus on acquiring wealth and increasing your net worth. Set new financial goals so you have a new target to aim toward. Here’s how to set financial goals and actually meet them.

These could be anything now that you are debt free! Think about where you want to travel, buying your first home, or saving for your future retirement. Just like before, make sure that your goals are specific, measurable, and achievable.

Conclusion

Congrats, you can now set a plan in motion to finally pay off your debt quickly (and hopefully forever)!

Remember, if you want to get out of debt quickly, it’s not always easy. Just like any big goal, there will be sacrifices, challenges, and problems to overcome.

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