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Is It Possible to Earn an Honest Income on the Internet?

Aug 17, 2007
Each day, hundreds or even thousands of people start searching for a way to earn some extra money from home. From the moment when they first type "how to make money from home" into a search engine, they are bombarded with an incredible volume of information, business opportunities, shady deals, and outright scams. How does one sift through all the hype and shrill sales pitches to find a legitimate online business? Does an honest income program even exist?

Everywhere you turn, you see statistics that claim 95% or more of those who try to start an Internet business will fail. Why? Why does such a large percentage never see success? One possible reason is that they are so overwhelmed with all the claims and information that they just give up. Maybe they try one or two programs, lose money, or even worse, are seriously scammed, so they decide everything online is a ripoff. Their very limited experience leads them to believe that the only people making money online are borderline criminals. This, of course, is not true, and one needs to consider that the sheer number of programs online makes it impossible to judge them all based on one or two.

Another factor which contributes to the high failure rate would have to be inaccurate expectations. Too many people start looking for a means to earn some money online while expecting to suddenly earn thousands of dollars in their first week or month. They have somehow come to believe that instant Internet riches are there for the taking, with no requirements of any investment or effort on their part. Then when they are not rich in a week, they just give up.

Some people seem to think that just signing up as a free affiliate should guarantee them a massive income. They seem to expect the company producing the product or service to give them sales. There is a lack of understanding about how to advertise online, or how to drive traffic to a website, or even that any effort is required to do so. Money must come from somewhere; in order to earn something, money must change hands at some point - someone must buy something from someone else.

Where does this leave us? Anyone who would like to earn money from home through an Internet business needs to understand the key word there is "business." The means to working for yourself is to start and build your own business. No business ever builds itself. There will be time and effort required. And the effort required which most people fail to recognize is the need to educate yourself about the Internet and how to market a business online. This educational process will be different for each person who attempts it. It is difficult to know who to trust and what information is reliable without spending some time (and money) on testing.

One of the most important things to educate yourself about is what is legal and what is not. There are so many websites thrown up which will promise you riches overnight, but which are in reality a scam to make the originator some quick cash. It is mandatory that one spends some time researching, from independent sources, what laws apply to whatever business is being considered.

There are definitely many different ways to earn an honest income online. If you can find a successful entrepreneur, who is focused on legitimate income opportunities, and who can prove their success, you would do well to listen to their advice. Anyone who is trying to build an online business needs to be patient, as building any business takes time, but also to be very careful of the minefield to be found on the Internet.
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