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[MIA] How to earn your first dollar?

2016-12-01 10:14:05

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“To earn $1/day you have to do the following: 1) Find a niche. 2) Find out what the niche wants to buy or how to monetize it otherwise. 3) Get your offer in front of targeted eyeballs. To earn $1,000/day you have to do the following: 1) Find a niche. 2) Find out what the niche wants to buy or how to monetize it otherwise. 3) Get your offer in front of targeted eyeballs.” Karol Gajda

“One fricking dollar?” you might be thinking to yourself. “You want me to set my sights that low? What kind of people are you?”

We’re not talking specifically about a dollar, but about earning any amount of small change – no matter how measly. Getting from an income of $0 to $1 can take way longer and be much tougher than going from $1 to $1,000. That’s because after a lifetime of everyone saying that you need a job to earn a living, you’ll have all kinds of doubts and mental barriers to overcome – and they can’t be erased overnight. 

We made our first money online through Fiverr.com while we still had full-time jobs. We posted a job offering to write press releases, and were totally amazed when we woke up the next day to find someone wanted us to write about a nail salon in Utah. A few days after our $5 bonanza, we had earned another $15 and become world-class experts on dehumidification solutions in Canada, carpet cleaning equipment in Colorado and children’s party planning in Australia.

The hourly rate of pay was shocking, but we’d made the mental leap: we could make an offer online, and people we’d never met would pay us to do it.

Everything we’ve done since then has been a series of mini-leaps. Here are some examples: We went from Fiverr to finding higher-paid work online. And we started a blog, and then we got our blog readers to opt in to receiving newsletters from us. And then we started our copywriting businesses, and we already had an audience of people (our blog/newsletter readers) to talk to about it. Then we became interested in real estate and started blogging/podcasting about that, and now we’re busy running our new real estate management company (in addition to the copywriting work).

In short, rather than shooting for the moon to start with, we’ve just edged forward step by step, dismantling our mental barriers and building new skills as we go.

Does that sound like an approach that might work for you, too? Do you like the idea of a way you can get started right now, even if you’re not sure what skills you’ve got that can make you money?

We’ve still got a few mental leaps to go, but believe us, it gets easier. So when – in those early post-job days – you’re sitting at home in your pyjamas wondering what the hell you’ve done, just remember that the hardest bit is over and everything from now on is far less of a mindf**k.

Quitting your job and taking complete control not quite enough of a challenge for you? Good – because next we’re going to tell you to leave the country (even if only for a short while)! We’ll tell you why, and give you our tips for doing it, in the next email. 

Bye for now, 

Mish & Rob