Make Money Online With Your Own Internet Business

The Make Money Farce

You have seen them and probably received thousands of them since you have begun internet marketing. They come out the wood works, don’t they? Opportunities promising that you too can make money online with little to no effort. You then invest your money into the opportunity only to find out there aren’t any pies in the sky… only the cold hard reality that you just spent some of your rent money on someone’s new car.

Yes, this is the reality many internet marketers face. I have been there. I started in this business with my father and let me tell you… we have seen every scam under the sun. Why? Because we were those people who had a dream and wanted to help other people through success only to find out there ain’t no free lunch in business. The cold hard truth is that “business is business”. Period. There are a million work from home opportunities contrived each year. There are many more gullible individuals who buy into the dream. In the end, they are left like me and my dad… a few thousand dollars shorter.

But, It’s Online And It Has To Be TRUE

Here is a revelation. People who scam lie. They don’t just lie a little, its more like lie a lot. They want you to trust them, and to believe their story. But when it comes to delivering… well. You know. You’ve been there a thousand and one times. You’ve spent your money on the magic potions of the internet only to realize that you are out of money and now have a rash (the legendary rash of discouragement).

I’m not here to sell you a pie in the sky. I am here to be your jolt of reality. Sleeper, it’s time to wake up! The internet is not some new invention that defies the laws of business. It is business on steroids. Imagine the business rules you know and then multiply them by the sheer volume of variables now introduced by the online component. The internet can allow you to become very wealthy or very broke.

So… Can I Make Money Online Or Not?!

You can young Jedi. I know some of the things I’ve said may be a little cheeky but I am serious. There is no money like “internet business” online money. The thing is you have to see it for what it is. Your internet business is just that… a business. Do not enter the online business field with any other mindset than “I am going to run MY business”.

There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying professionally then running your own business. And if ran right, your internet business can feed you and your family. You may be looking for quick ways to make money. Once you setup your business depending upon the model you use the money can come quick. It all comes down to you and your imagination. Add hustle, grind, and grit and you got something.

Top 10 Reasons to Have an Online Resume

1) Cost – The cost of postage keeps rising, and multiply that cost by the number of Cover Letters and Resumes you send out – it really adds up. An email with a formal introduction, and an attached word document, PDF, or link costs nothing each time you send since it’s already included in internet fees that you wouldn’t dare go without. Plus think of how many copies you’d have to make, which adds up at Kinkos or Pro-Copy.

2) Timeliness – Sending a resume through the U.S. postal service can take days to arrive. Sending an Online Resume out to a prospective employer or even twenty prospective employers – minutes.

3) More likely to Generate a Response – With a resume sent via postal mail, the recipient is going to have to call or email you if there’s interest. The recipient has every intention of calling you, but then he’s got two hours of paperwork he has to get to before he can even thinking of calling you, which will take anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, all he has to do is hit the ‘reply’ button, acknowledge that he received your resume, and poof, the lines of communication are open, and it saved you both time and hassle!

4) More Applicable to Networking – Ever go to an event, get a business card, and never hear back from someone again? Or, did you have every intent of emailing the person but didn’t know how to follow up? Hopefully you mentioned you’re looking for work, and hopefully you’ll heed this advice – attach your resume to your email or imbed a link to it in your email signature. Putting it in your signature is a very subtle way of making your resume accessible and available. And all your contact has to do is hit the “forward” button to put you in touch with his boss or a colleague.

5) Eco-friendly – Aside from the costs financially, resumes and resume portfolios can take up a lot of paper, especially when you send them out to twenty-plus companies. While the internet does use electricity, the impact is far greater on trees – replenishing the supply of trees globally can take years.

6) Instantly Accessibility – CareerBuilder and Monster, two of the mega-giants in job posting and Online Resume Posting allow you to post your resume online so virtually anyone can see it. If a company needs to hire someone fast, they probably won’t go through the trouble of posting an ad in the local paper. They also probably won’t waste much time waiting for resumes to pile in. Be the speedy-solution they’re looking for. And who knows, even if this job doesn’t pan out, another company may just find you.

7) Friends and Family-Friendly – As mentioned in number-four, networking is so valuable when looking for a job. By giving your friends and family copies of your resume, they can help you put the word out about your skill-set to people they know. Do you think Aunt Margie or your best friend Jerry is going to carry a copy of your resume with them to Starbucks? Probably not. But Aunt Margie does have a friend in Seattle who is looking through entry level resumes and student resumes in attempts to hire an intern. And Jerry may know of an opening at the school he works for. Email your resume or send a link, and let them help you.

8) More Applicable to Social Networking – If you haven’t joined at least one professional social networking site such as LinkedIn, shame on you! You can meet like-minded professionals who can review your resume and you can view theirs. Perhaps you’ll get an idea of ways you can better market yourself, you may meet someone you can start a new company with, and you’ll receive notifications on industry-related workshops and socials. People will start identifying you as “Joe, the IT professional,” rather than just “Joe.”

9) Keeps Content Fresh – You just sent out your sales resume to a leading medical equipment sales company in your area. You then received notice that a two-week long medical equipment sales workshop is coming to your area, which you attended. This additional training makes you more knowledgeable and more qualified for a job with this company, but you already submitted your resume. By posting an online update, and notifying the company of the update via email, you’re keeping the lines of communication open and expressing a desire to better yourself whenever the opportunity arises.

10) Potential for Freelance Opportunities – Most companies can use a temp or freelancer from time to time, but don’t want to spend money advertising for a position that may only last two weeks to two months. If you’re unemployed or looking for extra experience, temp work is a perfect way to keep yourself in the game, hone new skills, and make contacts within a company. Posting your resume online instantly opens up this avenue, which many job candidates often don’t consider. The key with this, and all elements of job hunting, is to be one, two, and even three steps ahead of the game.

If you’re interested in posting an online resume but don’t know where to begin, it can be helpful to refer to an online resume site with Free Resume Samples and Free Resume Examples. You’ll get tutorials on how to create a resume and ideas from effective resumes that have proven to work.

Internet Marketing–Various Online Business Models

There are many different methods of making an online income. In reality, they are all very similar to the business models you see in the offline world. You can sell goods and services, you can produce products for wholesale distribution, you can sell information, you can sell tools to help people in their own business model, you can sell advertising, or you can provide consulting services.

Do you see a common theme in all of these models? That’s right—to have a viable business, you have to literally provide some kind of a good or service that adds value to someone or something, either online or offline.

I think that when people think about going into business offline, they look for a need in their community and try to fill it. Online, they tend to think, OK, what can I do to make a lot of money? There is a huge difference between the two. Online, I think people really believe that if they put up a web site and sell something, the money will just come in. It is simply not an accurate thought, but I think that just about everybody has thought it at one time or another.

So to create an income online, you must meet a need, just like you would in the offline world. You meet that need by producing, developing, distributing, or brokering a product or service. That is just about it. You will never earn long-term viable income from schemes and scams, no more than a bank robber will earn a long-term viable income robbing banks.

Here are some of the basic business models you can find on the web:

1) Production model. This is a company that produces value by transforming one good into another for online consumption. An offline equivalent would be a shoemaker or a gold mining firm. The online equivalent might be the development of new software or search technology, or the development of online technology that aids in the execution of some of the other online business models.

2) Merchant model. This is a company that specializes in the sales and organizes the delivery of goods and services to an online market. This can be compared to the offline equivalent of a merchant. Some examples online are bookstores, food stores, catalog web sites and other goods and services sales organizations.

3) Advertising model. This is a company that specializes in providing the service of advertising or promotion to other online firms, for example, those firms that operate using the production or merchant model. This model charges these companies a fee to advertise the goods and services provided by the other online business models.

4) Affiliate model. This is a model that resembles the advertising model, but is different in that it focuses on recruiting many individual companies or individuals to do the advertising in a systematic and piecemeal way. Whereas in the advertising model, the advertiser is paid based on the amount of advertising distributed, the affiliate model pays the affiliate marketer when a sale or step in a sales process is completed. This step may be an online visit, a request for more information, or the actual sale itself.

5) Brokerage model. This model is one that compensates the broker for bringing together buyer and seller, usually in the form of a personal, one-on-one introduction. An example of this might be an online auction or a processor of online payments.

6) Information model. The information business model is one in which the company provides information to a specific field or niche market. This information would typically instruct another company or individual on an easier or more efficient method of performing a task, or actually teach the task or the implementation of the task.

7) Subscription model. This is an overlay model, one which is generally incorporated into one of the other models. This model would provide a good or service over a protracted period of time, and provide a guaranteed and generally consistent level of that good or service for a period of time, for example over the course of several months. Two products that fit into this subscription model might be that of online monthly video rentals or services like food or medicines which are delivered on a regular basis by commitment.

8) Utility model. This model operates in much the same way as an offline utility might operate, offering a product that has, through its use, become a necessity and is often tightly controlled. An example of an online utility model would be that of internet access or telephone service via an online network.

9) Community model. This is a business model that focuses on bringing together individuals or companies of similar interest for the purpose of developing relationships and sharing information. Two examples of the community web phenomenon are the recently created Myspace and the older online forum.

When deciding to go into business online, it is important to determine which of these business models most interest you. To which of these models are you best suited? In which of these models are you most likely to be considered an expert, or in which would you have the willingness to become an expert?