Admit it. You became a reader of this blog because you’re interested in making money online in Nigeria.
And your aim is to either become a full-time online entrepreneur or just earn some side income from online business.
Whatever your goal is, you really can achieve it. Yes, you too can make a decent income from any online business model you plunge into — provided online business is for you (more on this later).
This is the first post in a series of few posts aimed at enlightening you more about online business and what making money online entails.
By the time you’re done reading the whole series (or even this post), I’m sure you would have been able to figure out whether online business is for you or not.
Let’s face it. Online business isn’t for everyone. You might not have heard or read this before now, but it’s the plain truth.
Online business requires hard work and dedication. It takes time to succeed at. It usually requires good writing skills. And it might even require some minimal cash investment.
Most others won’t tell you this because all they want is your hard-earned cash. Many desperate “e-hustlers” are out there painting a rosy picture of the whole thing, claiming that ANYONE who buys their bullshit e-books or other information products WILL make money online.
They start by telling you a grass-to-grace story (usually a false or exaggerated one), detailing how they have now become millionaires after being damn broke and living as paupers for years.
Then you feel touched. And you want to know how they made it because you want to become a millionaire, too.
You read on and they suck you in with the fact that you don’t even have to work for more than 30 minutes per day. They tell you that all you need to do is to “set it up and forget it.” And that after a few days, your bank account will explode because it’s receiving more cash than it can handle.
They even tell you that you’ll make money continuously even in your sleep. Then you’re sold! Who doesn’t like to make money in his or her sleep?
To make you believe their story, they show you screenshots of their earnings. But since you didn’t know that most of these earnings reports are ‘photoshopped’, you believe them.
In addition, they add testimonials of people who are already making money after reading their e-book. But since you didn’t know that most of these testimonials are fake, you believe them, once again.
With the desire burning in you to start making money on autopilot, you scroll down further the long sales page because you’re curious to know what to do next. Then you’ll find the price down there… N3,000 or N5,000 or thereabout.
And to make you believe you’re getting more value than you’re paying for, they entice you with bonuses — additional bullshit e-books you’ll gain nothing from.
They tell you the price you’re paying is actually a giveaway price because the product is usually worth ten times the selling price. And that you have a short period to pay that price, or the product will go back to its original price.
But in reality, that deadline will never come. They only use that tactic to prompt you to drop your cash quickly before you can realize they’re scammers.
To convince you further that you will start making money after reading the e-book, they add a money-back guarantee, promising to refund your money if you’re not satisfied with what you bought.
But after buying and reading the e-book, you’ll be asking yourself thousands of questions. And you’d be more confused than enlightened.
It’s either you find some rubbish about online surveys, or some unrealistic ways to make money on Facebook, or some old-school affiliate marketing strategies, or some other junk content.
And the next thing that comes to your mind is to contact the seller for some clarification or for a refund of your money. Send an email, and you’ll wait till eternity for a response. Call the culprit, and it he won’t answer your calls.
My friend, that’s scam for you. It comes in varying forms, but that’s the commonest strategy adopted by those self-proclaimed millionaires who in reality are more broke than you are.
What you didn’t know is that…those desperadoes are also trying to make money online — just like you. And they hardly know more than you do. But they succeed in making a few sales because their “customers” usually throw common sense to the dogs once they see enticing screenshots of income reports.
In reality most of the e-books sold by these crooks were acquired either free or for a very cheap price. And since the e-books come with private label rights, they can change the author’s name to theirs, so it appears as if they wrote the e-book.
Ask such sellers questions about the content of the e-books and they won’t respond. It’s because they don’t know the answer themselves.
Now, enough said about the scammers who have successfully painted online business in Nigeria in bad light.
Let’s face reality once again…
As I stated earlier, NO online business can fetch you money without you investing effort, time, and even money. And NO online business will start fetching you six figures within a few weeks.
Another harsh reality about online business is that what works for someone else might not work for you. So, if someone else succeeded as an affiliate marketer, you might be better off as an information marketer or freelancer. And that’s why there are many options for you to choose from.
So, if you’ve read lots of those sales pages that assure you of fetching millions overnight, clear that get-rich-quick mindset off your mind RIGHT NOW!
Online business is just like offline business. It requires adequate planning and a gradual build-up to success. The only difference is that you can run an online business from the comfort of your home.
Once again, online business is not easy. It requires a lot of hard work. I’m repeating this point because I want you to have it ingrained on your mind.
Linda Ikeji started making money from her blog after four years of consistent blogging. Darren Rowse started making money online after about 6 years of consistent blogging. I started earning a decent income from my freelance writing business after about one year of hard work and trail-and-error. So, don’t expect any quick money.
Though you don’t have to spend many years before achieving success in online business. You can start making it within a year or less IF you’re ready to work hard like crazy or invest heavily (cash, I mean). If you’re not ready, then don’t waste your time starting. Get a day job instead!
Now, I hope you’ve gotten the right mindset about online business. Right? OK, we can move on from there.
How can you make money online as a Nigerian? The first thing you should do is to stop searching Google for things like, “how to make money online in Nigeria” and “how can I make money online in Nigeria”. Why did I say that? Because you will land on those bullshit pages that were built to steal money from you and waste your time.
So, what should you do instead? Simply follow this new series of emails, and I’ll share with you all you need to know about making money online in Nigeria.
In the next post, I’ll be revealing more about the basics of online business. Stay glued to this blog (and your email), so you don’t miss it.
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