Friday, April 8, 2011
And you have nightmares about it.
Everyone wants money. It's like a human instinct. We see money and we immediately want it to be ours. For instance: You're standing in line at the grocery store and see the cashier making change for the customer. The cash register is sitting wide open - 5s, 10s, 20s are all stacked neatly inside and you think: Gosh, if all of that money belonged to me... Fill in the blank.
It could be that you really want that new Nintendo everyone's been talking about. Or maybe you're saving up for something bigger. Maybe your 16th birthday is arriving and you've had your eye on a shiny red Mustang convertible.
Hey - a kid can dream, right?
Then there are those that put others' wants and needs before their own. Charity is a good example. There are many kids that dream of being able to donate large sums of money to the ASPCA or the Salvation Army.
Whatever your reason for wanting cash, there are plenty of ways to earn it. The frustrating part is finding the right way for you to earn it. Running a blog that accumulates thousands of monthly subscribers is going to be easier for some, while making money online just won't be the answer for others.
Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire on the planet for creating FaceBook, the #2 site on the Internet (right after Google - ranked on Alexa). And he's only 27 years old. While it's not likely that you'll be creating the next FaceBook (hey - who really knows?), you can still earn yourself a steady income stream whether it's with the Internet or not. It probably won't be easy, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.
So, how do I start earning money now?
Something you'll want to know before even thinking about getting started: earning money requires patience and tenacity*. As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day (and FaceBook wasn't built overnight!). Unless you own a daycare center, you aren't going to make thousands of dollars babysitting. Expecting overnight success will almost always lead to failure and disappointment.
Before you decide how you want to earn money, think about what you enjoy doing. If writing is fun for you, you might want to look into starting a blog. Can you fluently play a certain instrument? Maybe teaching music is your passion. There's a nice saying that goes like this: Do what you love and the money will follow. Would you rather make money doing something you hate? Your pocket may be full in the end, but you probably won't feel as satisfied as you would otherwise. Think about it for a while and see what you can come up with.
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