A Simple Guide To Making Money
There’s tons of courses, guides and seminars that promise to show you an elusive method to line your pockets with cold hard cash.
99% of the time the only person that’s getting their pockets lined with cash is the creator of the course, guide or seminar!
There’s a gold rush and they’re selling shovels.
This book is quite the opposite.
It isn’t marketed as a get rich quick scheme because it isn’t one.
Whether you’re looking to quit the 9 to 5 jive or you’re just looking to create some income on the side to fund your expensive hobbies this is the #1 way to get started.
“But SJ, I thought e-commerce or drop-shipping were meant to be the best ways to get started making money online?”
They’re both great methods, but this in my opinion is not only an easier option, but far cheaper too!
3 Reasons Why You Should Write And Sell Simple Information For Fun And Profit
Setting up an online store requires the purchase of a domain name, hosting and not to mention… stock.
Getting started as a how to writer, well that only requires a computer and word processing software, hell – you can likely start writing information for fun and profit on the device you’re reading this on.
You Already Have A Content Goldmine
We all have different skills, interests and experience.
It’s highly likely you’ve already got a goldmine of content inside your head! Instead of attempting to find a niche to sell products in I can easily create my own how to content in an area I have a high level of interest, knowledge & experience, a few examples in my case include:
- Building muscle for skinny guys
- How to lower your body fat & get shredded
- How to learn the basics of boxing
- The 101 things you need to know before traveling Indonesia
There’s no advanced programming or crazy skills required to write & publish content.
What You’ll Learn From How To Write And Sell Simple Information For Fun And Profit
How To Perform A Self Audit & Find Your Niche
Find the goldmine of content inside your head with a self audit by asking questions such as:
- what do I like?
- What am I good at?
- What do I have years of experience with?
- What are my biggest accomplishments?
Form a niche and drill down into micro-niches based off your answers.
The 4 Step Writing Process
Before you begin you must have a plan, you cannot write a ‘how to’ article, e-book or course without a plan.
- Step 1 – Research and knowledge acquisition
- Step 2 – Organise your content
- Step 3 – Teach your subject to the reader
- Step 4 – Polish your prose
The 7 Most Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing ‘How To’ Content
In every endeavor there are a number of mistakes or factors that separate the good from the great… when it comes to ‘how to’ writing you must avoid the following 7 mistakes in order to be great.
Not start or finishing an e-book or article is the biggest killer of the freelance writer.
If you decide you’re going to pursue this side hustle then do it, you must overcome your laziness and resistance and get it done.
Don’t tell users to ‘visit this site’
Giving the reader links to other resources or a list of information for them to research themselves after reading your content is a big no-no.
Avoid inserting links, provide them the information they need – they’ve paid for your content, not for directions on where to find it.
Don’t make logical contradictions
Read your work aloud, does it make sense? Are you contradicting information in one paragraph several pages later?
Your content must remain consistent.
I want straight to the point, actionable content.
Readers want straight to the point, actionable content.
You must create straight to the point, actionable content.
Realize that words have meaning
To empower and motivate your readers you must use empowering, motivating words.
Don’t write dull and bland content.
Your content must be informative but it must also engage and hook the reader!
Your writing must say something
Once again, speak to the reader – be personable.
Your content should not read like the ‘method’ from an old recipe book.
Running out of steam
You must have the same quality of content and enthusiasm in your writing in the final chapters as you did in the introduction.
I’ve read far too many e-books that start off as a goldmine of well written, actionable information that then dwindle away into a rushed, unenthusiastic mess come the half-way mark.
The #1 Thing You NEED To Do After Reading This Book
Get started and pivot as necessary.
The people that don’t find success try one thing once and give up when they don’t see colossal results!
The biggest mistake I see guys make when chasing their big goals, whether these be in the gym or in their publishing business is how rigid they are.
Yes, once you set your goal see it through to the end – don’t alter your goal because of how hard it is or how long it’s going to take.
You MUST be willing to change your game plan to get attain your goal.
There’s an old English saying that illustrates this mentality….
“By any means necessary to accomplish the purpose; one way or another.”
Do whatever it takes.
If you get stuck in a rut use one of my 7 quick methods to build momentum and progress once again:
- Go for a run
- Use a float pod for an hour
- Perform power poses
- Record all of your ‘open loops’
- Read great books
- Set micro goals and crush them
- Take a cold shower