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    Can you really make a living on the net ?

    Hello - can one really make a living on the net ? Many "internet guru" make millions on the net ? But many website owners can barely make money to cover their website operation costs like promotion,advertising etc.
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    It's just like in the real world.

    Some businesses make money, others flounder.

    The difference is that the competition is much stiffer on the net because of the low cost of entry.

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    I wouldn't say millions, but it is possible, if you work really hard and have multiple (and I do mean MULTIPLE) income streams.

    Most likely if you wee to "make it" online, you'd probably be bringing in an income comparable to a salaried employee with a Masters degree, after taxes of course.

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    Yes but still its hard to trust the net.. Their are lots of scam of the net.

    Maybe the real good thing on the net is the outsourcing company...

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    There are a lot of people making a living on the net, however as others have pointed out it is no different from real life. It takes dedication and hard work to succeed but above all total belief in yourself and what you are doing. It's that extra hour; that extra phone call and of course a little bit of luck that makes the difference.
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    I think it is possible - Never give up

    Hi, i think it is possible if you put your mind to it. Of course it will not happen overnight ( well for most anyway). I have been working on my website for about 8 months now and i started without any idea of what i was doing. I mean i still have heaps to learn but i do know a hell of a lot more than when i started.
    I made have made $2 today and am so excited. I know it is not much but it is a start. I will not give up on this.
    I am a stay at home mum who is just trying to earn a little extra money to help pay the bills ect. I realize that it will not make me a millionaire but that is Ok because i am learning new things each and every day and that is what counts. I will let you know when i beat the $2 record.
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    Depends on how much money you need to make???
    It not easy, must work very hard. Above all else keep trying no matter what anyone else says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimt View Post
    Hi, i think it is possible if you put your mind to it. Of course it will not happen overnight ( well for most anyway). I have been working on my website for about 8 months now and i started without any idea of what i was doing. I mean i still have heaps to learn but i do know a hell of a lot more than when i started.
    I made have made $2 today and am so excited. I know it is not much but it is a start. I will not give up on this.
    I am a stay at home mum who is just trying to earn a little extra money to help pay the bills ect. I realize that it will not make me a millionaire but that is Ok because i am learning new things each and every day and that is what counts. I will let you know when i beat the $2 record.
    Well done you! Hang on in there. To make you feel more comfortable I am not ashamed to let you know that I generated the princely sum of 12 in my first four months of business; but it was that 12 that convinced me I was on the right road and that everything was in place for things to work.
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    From what I have seen there are two types of people who are making a living from the net.

    1. Marketing gurus who manage to make huge numbers of sales of whatever rubbish that they decide to sell using carefully crafted pages that con gullible people.

    2. People who put a huge amount of hard work into producing something that is really worthwhile and who over a number of years gradually build their net related business.

    People in the first category are the ones that get noticed the most. People in the second category are the ones who actually make the net work.
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    The problem with making money online is that some people think the money is going to make itself.
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    Asking if you can make money online is like asking if you can make money by having a permanent garage sale in your neighborhood. If you have a permanent garage sale yes, there will be clients and there will be sales but if you are a truly ambitious businessperson you'll have to take considerably more risk than building a slick e-commerce website and announcing you're running a business. Risk-that's the keyword in my humble opinion. Unless you've taken a risk, gotten a loan from a bank, hired people, the economy just doesn't like to reward limited risk enterprises. A majority of the net businesspeople that I know have full time careers with benefits and the online idea is just something after hours. An example is an anatomy teacher in junior college who has an online business selling wines and wine-related products. You can bet most of this income probably comes from teaching anatomy-as expected from his minimum risk business model. What you probably want is to develop and patent some revolutionary and completely new product or service-like the Taser personal defense gun that made its creator a rich man. Once you have that product or service going online will be the least of your problems. Look at the Apple iPod/iTunes enterprise and let them be your guide. You realize those people are making billions not because they have a pretty website. I've been an iPod user for years and looked at their website maybe a couple times...a total of few minutes of browsing. I couldn't care less about their website. It's not their website that makes them a great company I am loyal to.
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    Well I am really trying very hard to make money Online & now getting full time in SEO.
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    Yes , but the trade off is it's quite up and down , depend on many factors ..like stock market plus market that has a lot of competitors.

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    can one really make a living on the net ?
    That is possible,i know many people make a living by operating porn sites

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    Making a living on the internet is just as easy (or hard) as it is in the brick and mortar world. It takes sacrifice, discipline, and knowledge. If you're taking a more entrepreneurial route, it'll require even more creativity, initiative and persistence. If you have no idea what you want to do, the best advice I can give you is to keep your head up and read as many books as you can regarding what business or web site you are wanting to start. I tend to read one book a week personally, and know some people who actually read two or three.

    If anything though, remember this. All it takes is one good idea to hit it big, and if you think long enough, you're bound to come up with something.

    The real key here is to not give up, which I believe is the core secret behind the scam largely known as the "Law of Attraction."

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    Of course you can make a living on the net. I make $100 every month on google adsense alone on part time basis without trying very hard. I'm sure there are other sources of income. The trick is persistence and focus. Do not attempt to do many things at the same time. Focus on one type of online business at a time AND BECOME AN EXPERT IN IT. Then you can sell your own product based on your expertise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    I wouldn't say millions, but it is possible, if you work really hard and have multiple (and I do mean MULTIPLE) income streams.
    Making millions isn't what it used to be. If we're talking revenues, I've technically made millions. Not that that means squat.

    Yes, it's possible to make a LOT of money online. But it takes EXACTLY what it does in the offline world -- smart business management, a sound marketing plan, and a lot of hard work. A little chance doesn't hurt either (or luck, if you believe in the stuff).

    The point is, it's possible to make Billions (with a "B") but it's going to be hard work... and not everybody is going to make it. Heck, just talking about you... you're going to fail. More than once. I have, and most people I know who are successful have failed a LOT.

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    I think it is harder to make a living on the net because you have to motivate yourself more. If you work for someone else you get up and go to work if you work at home or own company you still must motivate yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcj662 View Post
    I think it is harder to make a living on the net because you have to motivate yourself more. If you work for someone else you get up and go to work if you work at home or own company you still must motivate yourself.
    I run an Internet business that has a retail presence and is very much a real business, just like any other. If you treat your business as a business and not a hobby, then it shouldn't be a problem or issue.

    If you have no motivation, then maybe you should really think about the field you've gotten in... would you be happier working in another industry?

    I get up every day excited to go to work... I love what I do. I get motivated just thinking about the projects I am working on.

    It's true that work is not always fun, but that's just life. It takes discipline to get through tough days (or projects), and if you don't have that a job won't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beley View Post
    Making millions isn't what it used to be. If we're talking revenues, I've technically made millions. Not that that means squat.
    If you "make" 20 million dollars but $19,935,000 of that is (non-salary) expenses, did you technically make $20mln? Yes. But did you really? No. All you got to take home was $65,000. And then there's the taxes to consider (that is unless you like the government giving you three hots and a cot for the next 20-30 years, of course).

    Quote Originally Posted by beley View Post
    Yes, it's possible to make a LOT of money online. But it takes EXACTLY what it does in the offline world -- smart business management, a sound marketing plan, and a lot of hard work. A little chance doesn't hurt either (or luck, if you believe in the stuff).
    Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by beley View Post
    The point is, it's possible to make Billions (with a "B") but it's going to be hard work... and not everybody is going to make it. Heck, just talking about you... you're going to fail. More than once. I have, and most people I know who are successful have failed a LOT.

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    My entire life has been one big failure after another. And I'm always learning, always adapting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    If you "make" 20 million dollars but $19,935,000 of that is (non-salary) expenses, did you technically make $20mln? Yes. But did you really? No. All you got to take home was $65,000. And then there's the taxes to consider (that is unless you like the government giving you three hots and a cot for the next 20-30 years, of course).
    Well, I've done better than 0.3% net profit, but you do make a point...

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    No, you can't make a living on the internet. All those sites you see out there, big ones like Google, Yahoo! and MSN and also relatively small ones like Sitepoint are all losing money. Once their money supply runs out, the internet will crash. Mark my words!

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    Ichweb, if that was the case, I'd be out on the street. Literally. As would just about every other Web designer/developer/"SEO expert" and so on.

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    Hello - can one really make a living on the net ?
    If I was dedicating 50 hours a weeks on my site for six months straight, the answer is yes. Unfortunately gotta work the 9 to 5 for the next 3 years to pay off debts, that day will come, in the meanwhile the website does pay itself and a little more.


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