If your situation is one where money is a pressing matter (it’s not always that way for some who just have an interest in working from home), then services are the fastest route to making money.
The premise of offering services is this:
Others make enough to survive on and are trying to grow their business, but simply can’t without a bit of extra help to free up some of their time. So you step in to alleviate their time management woes.
You’re going to either be doing things they don’t have time for – OR, taking over tasks they don’t know HOW to do (like some people can’t write).
I have some warnings for you with services that you need to heed:
They will feed off of your desperation – so keep it under wraps. If you post a bid on a project or approach a prospective client BEGGING for work, they’ll get you to charge the very least amount possible, knowing you’ll take it.
You can’t be afraid to stand up for yourself just because they know more than you about the online marketplace. For example – let’s say you get hired to ghostwrite (write original content) an eBook.
You write it, but before you get paid, the marketer tells you that he doesn’t want you to deliver it in Word or TXT but in HTML – so that his entire site is fully formatted for him and ready to upload.
This isn’t a ghostwriting gig – it’s writing paired with website creation! Tell him either “No, I only deliver the content,” or, “Sure – but the website creation aspect will cost you an additional $____.”
The sad thing is, some shady marketers actually teach others how to rip off service providers, so stand firm. It will NOT impact your earnings.
They ALL need their content (deliverables) yesterday. Every marketer will try to rush you. This is because most service providers are notoriously late. So they feel like if they rush you, then maybe they’ll get their stuff on time. Let them know a delivery date up front and if they can’t accept that, let them find someone else.
We’ll be looking at a few services that you can offer to fellow Internet marketers. You could have a site offering just one service, or mix and match a few offers. Check out oDesk.
If you want to, you can grow your own service business by bringing on a few other trusted service providers. You take in the money and keep a small percentage and then pay them the remainder.
Check out this blog post for companies where you can check out how to earn while you learn: Earn While You Learn Internet Marketing
Stay tuned for more information on ghostwriting and how you can specifically create an income from writing.