You got to have a dream
If you don’t have a dream
How you gonna have a dream
I started this series of posts by suggesting that most of us would appreciate making some money from the comfort of home or the flexibility of choosing our own hours while earning an income.
I did some thinking aloud about how one typically looks for an opportunity to generate income without a “regular” job or even with a regular job that can be done without a commute.
One can get lost for years in the available resources. Are there any shortcuts or maps?
Even the yellow brick road had a definite starting point. It was not until Dorothy was entering the forest that she had to make choices.
Know what interests you and what you care about.
Take a look at the tv shows you watch,
the magazines you read,
the Facebook pages you like.
Are you most interested in fashion or food or romance novels or money or criminal science?
What could you talk about all day every day and not be bored?
We’ve all heard “what would you do if you never had to worry about money?”
That’s not the point. We do want to focus on money as well as doing something we enjoy.
OK – another thought that is out of place here. One really great thing about researching an article like this is finding videos of presentations and lectures and motivational talks that I could never attend in person (money, time, distance) free online. I have to hold myself back from sharing them all at the time I find them.
Stick with me and I will share links to several in various posts on this subject.
Now back to the idea I should be talking about.
You want to make money doing something you enjoy and will stick with.
You’ve thought more about your own personal characteristics and interests.
You have identified WHY you want money and have given yourself a goal of a specific
dollar figure to shoot for.
You have an idea of how you’d like to achieve your dreams –
writing a blog or making things to sell or creating recipes for a cookbook or traveling and taking photographs or reviewing historic monuments or painting portraits of people’s pets from photos they mail to you or one or two related ways (related to each other) of generating an inflow of money.
HOW do you get started?
My first suggestion is to identify people who are already doing some of what you want to do,
or what you want to do some of.
You want to see what is being done and how so that you can put your own spin on your ideas.
You are not out to be a carbon copy.
You want to see what is already being done and learn how they began to do it so you can
learn from their journey and not make getting started any more difficult for yourself. Read their profiles and interviews they’ve done and many will have a “my story” tab or tagline on posts.
Start at the beginning of the yellow brick road and follow the proper way until you come to the
edge of the forest and need to choose from the divergent paths.
I know I’ve been covering the vague, basic things to consider so far, but in the next post I will show you steps I have taken and share things that are helping me.
In the comments please tell me who you think are the best at what they do online?
Who is a blogger we should all dream of emulating?
A photographer who is making money from a website?
An extreme couponer or a freebie sharer.
Can you share the names of the Ebay and Etsy marketing geniuses?
What is the most unusual way you know that someone is making a living?
I can do a post on that all by itself. Nancy Rica- Schiff compiled 2 books on the topic.
I have been reading success stories and interviews with creative types and the Etsy “Quit Your Day Job” series searching for common threads that transcend the how people are succeeding.
Ideas that will work for sewers and bakers and sculpters and singers and comedians and couponers.
Do you know any of your favorite blogs that also do interviews about how someone got started making an income online? Please share.