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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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The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

Are you on track for retirement?

If not, don’t worry, I’m not sure either. I save each month and hope for the best.

Fortunately, I’m at an age where most people don’t save so I’m ahead of the curve.

But, what if you aren’t in your 20s? What if you’re near retirement and are looking to gauge where you stand?

If so, keep reading. Here’s how to prepare for retirement and save wisely during the process.

What Does the Average American Have Saved for Retirement?

Saving for retirement is tricky.

Tell someone straight out of college to save $10k a year for retirement and it’ll be next to impossible.

Make the same request to someone decades older and they’d be more likely to be able to save this amount. But, a 20-year old college student can be “financially ahead” of someone saving more than them. Why?

Age matters in your financial journey. The younger you are, the more time you have to save and put compound interest to work. As you get older and have more saving power, you’d have less time to put compound interest to work.

Here are the average savings Americans hold by age bracket:

20’s – $16,000

During this stage, most people are paying loans and moving up the corporate ladder. Your best bet during this stage is to focus on eliminating debt and increasing your income. Don’t focus only on getting a high-paying job neither.

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Instead, focus on learning via Podcasts, reading books, and taking specialized courses. Doing this will make you more valuable and give you more career options.

30’s – $45,000

At this stage, you’ve hopefully escaped your entry-level salary and work at a career you enjoy. Your earning power has increased but you now have more obligations. For example, marriage, kids, and a mortgage.

Set a plan to pay off all your debt and focus on eliminating unnecessary expenses. Leverage financial tools like Personal Capital to ensure you’re on track for retirement.

40’s – $63,000

This is the stage where you’re at the prime of your career. Top financial institutions recommend you have at least 2 to 4 times your salary saved up. If you’re falling behind, start maxing out your 401K and Roth IRA accounts.

50’s – $115,000

During your fifties, you’re close to retirement but still, have time to save. You may be helping your kids pay college tuition and other expenses. Since you’re at the peak of your earning power, max out all your retirement accounts.

60’s – $172,000

By this point, you should have about eight times your salary saved up. If not, you’ll depend primarily on social security benefits averaging $1400 per month. Max out all your retirement options as much as possible before retiring.

Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

The sad reality is that most Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement.

Even high-earning power isn’t enough to secure one’s financial future. You need to have the discipline to save for retirement while time is in your favor. Don’t wait for you to have a high salary to save, start with having a small budget.

First, get a clear picture of where you stand. Write down a list of “needs” and “wants.” For example, Netflix and Amazon Prime are “wants” and a “cell-phone” is a need.

Use tools like Personal Capital to analyze your spending patterns. Personal Capital allows you to add all your financial data in one place–making it a powerful option to gauge where you stand.

Once you know all your expenses, organize them from highest to lowest expense. When you can’t cut more expenses, call your service providers to negotiate a lower price. If you’re not good at negotiating, use services like Trimm to lower your monthly expenses.

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How to Save Money Each Month

By this point, you know the average amount of money you should have saved for retirement based on your age.

But, breaking this down into monthly goals can be challenging. Here are some rule of thumbs to follow:

Aim to contribute 10%–15% of your salary each paycheck. Review your progress each week.

Why so often? The reality is that life gets in our way and you will have many financial setbacks. Your goal isn’t to be perfect but to get back on track instead.

Reviewing your finances weekly lets you know where you stand with your retirement. This doesn’t have to be a long process either. All it takes is login in Personal Capital to view your net worth and check how much you have saved for retirement.

Turn saving into a game and aim to save more each month. It will get challenging but you’ll get creative and find more ways to save.

Top Money Saving Challenge Tips

To prepare for your financial future and not be another statistic you need to be different.

How?

By adopting new habits that’ll help you become a saving machine. Here are some ways you can save more:

Automatically Contribute Towards Retirement

If you’re working for a company, you can automatically contribute towards your 401k. If you’re not currently contributing more than 10%, make this your goal. Contribute 1% more today and automatically increase this amount a year from now.

Odds are that you’re not going to be negatively affected by contributing 1% more. Many times we spend our money on things we don’t need. Contributing more towards retirement is a great way to secure your financial future.

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Use the Right Tools to Know Where You Stand

Once you’re contributing more towards your retirement accounts, gauge your progress. Make use of finance tracking apps to help you view the big picture of your retirement.

When I’d first signed up for the app Personal Capital, I didn’t know I had a negative net worth. Despite saving thousands of dollars, my debt brought my net worth to the negative. Knowing this motivated me to save more and spend less.

Now, I have a positive net worth. But, it was because I was able to view the big picture using the app. Find out what your net worth is using a finance tracking app and you may surprise yourself.

Bring in Experts to View Your Blind Spots

If you have too little or too much money saved, you should consider hiring financial experts.

Why?

You may need someone to hold you accountable to help you reach your financial goals. Or, you may need help managing your money as effective as possible.

Regardless of the reason, getting help may help improve your financial situation.

Before you hire an expert, find out which areas you need help the most. For example, if you’re constantly overspending, find a debt counselor. If you’re struggling with choosing the best investment options, hire a financial advisor.

Speed up Your Retirement Contribution

After learning how to manage your money well, the next best thing is to earn a higher income.

You’re capped at how much you can save but not much you can earn. Even if your employer isn’t giving you a promotion, you can still take charge of your financial future. How?

By starting a side-business.

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This will be something you’d work on after you’ve finished your day job. Once you start earning income from your side-business, you’ll be financially better off.

The best part is the more work you put into your side-business,[1] the more potential it has to earn more money.

So start a side-business in an area you’re familiar with. For example, if you enjoy writing, do freelance writing for small e-commerce businesses.

Once you’re earning a higher income, you can contribute more towards your retirement. Don’t wait for the right opportunity to secure your financial future, create one.

Reach Financial Freedom with Confidence

What if you were able to retire tomorrow with no problem, all because you’d have enough money saved up and little to no debt left to pay off? How would you feel?

My guess is that you’d feel happy and relieved.

Most Americans are falling behind their retirement goals for many reasons. They’re not prepared, they carry bad money-habits and are thinking short-term.

For you to retire successfully, you need to work backward and adopt better habits. Contribute more towards your 401K and focus on growing your income.

If you do, you’ll save money and pay debt faster.

Don’t beat yourself up if you’re behind your retirement goals. Take the first step today towards a brighter financial future. Isn’t retirement worth the hard work and sacrifice to be at peace?

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