How I Make $5,000 A Month Working From Home

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written byW. E. Ford
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This article is about how I make $5,000 a month working from home.

When I first started working online, I would often hear others say that you can’t make much money working from home or you’ll never make enough to quit your day job. While there are plenty of examples of people who are too over-zealous and make these sorts of claims, the truth is that you can actually make an above average income working online—I do it all the time! Here are some tips I have learned to help you start making an above average income working online as well.

Create a Successful Business

The beauty of working from home is that it puts you in control. You set your own hours and you can even build a business on your own terms. It's never been easier to launch a successful home-based business.

Set Goals

One of your biggest goals shouldn’t be to make more money; it should be to work less. Whether you aim for a six-figure salary or just want to scale back a bit and move on from your current job, it’s best not to approach earning extra cash from a place of greed. Instead, think about why you want to earn more—and what you’ll do with that money—as well as how much time and energy it will take before you get there. Are you willing to trade in free evenings and weekends? What other activities might need to fall by the wayside? Be honest: Will an income boost bring more happiness, or simply allow you to buy nicer things?

Start Small

If you’re considering working online and think it could be your golden ticket to escape 9-to-5 life for good, start small. Consider starting a small business or website and try to gradually build that up. It can be as simple as creating an Etsy store, writing content for a personal website or eCommerce shop or driving traffic to an Amazon affiliate site. You don’t have to quit your day job just yet!

Grow Your Audience

The first step to making money online is to grow your audience. In order to generate income online you need a steady stream of traffic that’s interested in what you have to offer. The easiest way to do that is by creating a website and posting valuable content that people will want to read on a regular basis. That’s how an audience forms. It’s easier than you think. If it sounds overwhelming – don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be! Below are some ways to get started.

Promote Yourself

You don’t have to be a superstar to make money online. Here are four low-cost or free ways to market yourself and build an audience—which you can later monetize through sponsorships, affiliate sales, or paid speaking engagements. Also, keep track of new blogging tools that take zero technical know-how but will help boost your audience engagement. If you really want to earn online, however, it pays to hone your skills until they’re something special. Keep reading; here are two shortcuts: one if you want to start a business...the other if you just want cash now.

Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

Surround yourself with people who are focused on your long-term goals. Don’t get sucked into negativity and people that don’t support you. The energy you put out is what comes back to you, so work hard and surround yourself with people that encourage and support your endeavors.

Network Effectively

In order to make a living with your online business, you need customers. The best way to get them is by building relationships with other people in your niche. While there are plenty of services out there to help you build connections—from Twitter to Linkedin—I’ve found that nothing beats face-to-face interaction. Start meeting people at industry events and conferences and connect with them on social media.

Gain New Skills

If you want to make money with your computer in your living room—from anywhere in the world—you need to develop a set of specialized skills that are desirable and in-demand. If you’re not particularly tech-savvy, it’s never too late to learn!

Spend Time on Things That Matter

This includes doing your job. If you get into a routine and learn how to do it well, you’ll do much better than others who rush through their work just to get it done. It also means seeking out new opportunities that can make you money—and save time for important things like taking care of yourself and spending quality time with family and friends. We don’t have all day after all!