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I’m a frustrated photographer

When we think about making money online the first thing that comes into mind is selling products—clothes, bags, accessories, and shoes—at least for me. And for people who think the same and who don’t have the skills or patience in sales talk but who want to have additional income (like me again), online business is not for them.

But this isn’t the only way to earn some cash online. What else is there?

Well, blogging is one—for those who have the passion and the knack in writing. Write about anything that interests you, cooking for example. And to gain readers, keep commenting and show your interest on other blog posts that are similar to your topic. You can earn some money while enjoying, learning, and entertaining.

Moreover, you can maximize the benefits of your blog by selling ad space on it. You can sell your ad space for up to hundreds of dollars if you have enough (many) readers already.

Second, marketing your hobbies—for those who do not like (or love) their jobs. If you’re a nurse by profession for example but wanted to be a photographer, photo storage sites like Flickr is there to help you create your resume as a photographer—build a reputation.

Contributing to websites is also an option. Google pays people who contribute to making GoogleMaps. EHow also pays those who write “how-to-dos” of anything under the sun.  If you have a green thumb, The Growing Edge pays small wages once you contribute.

Indeed there are a lot of open doors online that you can choose to enter. It depends on what you have and what you like.

Now putting yourself and your products or ideas online is easy. But making people see you as the best and having them as loyal customers or audience is the challenging part. One should be creative enough to get the attention of people you would like to target. And if someone asks you for information, you should respond quickly. For those who sell clothes, accessories, etc., if you say in your website that this certain product is in this condition it must be exactly like that when the customer gets it. Also, adding a personal touch or giving out freebies helps in creating loyal customers.

Creating good relationships with your customers is definitely important, especially online. Customers always want to feel safe when buying products online, that’s why they want to still feel as if their talking to you personally, not to a pre-programmed machine.

I would also like to say that this generation is lucky because we have a way of making turning our dreams into reality. The internet is helping us. If the real world makes it hard for you to become what you want to be, the internet does the opposite. In just a short span of time, you can tell thousands and thousands of people about you have (talents or skills) and at the same time earning from it.

It may be hard to stand out in this world because the best people of every industry are there. You really have to plan everything—when and what to say, where and what to upload—to tell people that your product is unique or better than the others. Nevertheless, the opportunity is there.

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5 responses

  1. making money while enjoying
    gaining people’s attention and promoting yourself
    competing with millions of rivals and making your dreams a reality

    these are combinations hard to put together, but striking the balance is still the key. In conversations, both parties get heard, both get the benefit. And in the era of New Social Media, that is what businesses should be: conversations. It’s not just about the noisy advertiser or just about the consumer. It’s about them both. 🙂

    August 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

  2. starrylines

    Indeed, the internet is helping us achieve our dreams along with others who also utilize it for the same reason. Just like what you said, Sands, NSM is opening a lot of doors. And much as it is in the same world, our success online would also depend on other people (customers, readers, fans, etc.) thus, the need to always have good performance. It would not just be about us reporting or showing how good we are in our craft online but really being good at it. And it’s such a good news we could also earn by being really good at something, isn’t it? 🙂

    August 9, 2010 at 6:07 am

  3. We live in a very competitive environment. The popular, the experts, they all exist in the same place. Because of that, many of us get intimidated and think that there is no chance to stand out, to be noticed by others. Even in the virtual world, though we say that everyone is equal, we can see that the challenge of being noticed, of having followers or supporters, still exists and sometimes, we may find ourselves intimidated (like me with regard to our comm blog). However, the difference between these two worlds is that we have better chances in the virtual realm. It is easier to establish ourselves online and promote ourselves, our brands. It is easier to make connections, and cheaper as well.
    anyway, if you really want to be a photographer, then go for it! i know you have what it takes to be one, sands! 🙂

    August 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm

  4. The internet is one practical portal to unleash your potential and earn at the same time. What’s good about it is that it doesn’t only make you known to people but it also helps you project the kind of image that you want once transactions are done the online way. Blogs can be edited at once, pictures uploaded could always be the best ones in your albums, and the like. It makes your name sound good. But on the other end, you are right in stating that it’s a matter of gaining loyalty from your consumers. It’s a matter now of sustaining and better yet, being able to improve on whatever reputation and image you have as a netizen who goes to business. 🙂

    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 am

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