Ask The Readers: What’s the Best Way For a Beginner to Get Started in Online Business?

Happy April, everyone. Instead of doing an April Fool’s post (I actually had one planned but backed out at the last minute – not sure I could pull off the satire), I’d like to introduce a new feature here at Free Pursuits.

“Ask the Readers” is where I ask for your advice and discussion in the comments on a particular question. Sometimes I’ll create the question, and other times I’ll ask a question on behalf of a reader. If you have something you’d like to ask the Free Pursuits audience, send me an email and I’ll ask it in an upcoming Ask the Readers post (2-4 times per month).

I’ll pick the best answer (best meaning in my subjective estimation it provided the most value to the conversation) and thank the author in the next Ask the Readers segment. (thanks to Skellie for the great segment idea)

So, to kick things off this week, I have been thinking a lot about the different ways someone can make money online. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how someone can best get started earning an income online.

Imagine someone who wants to start working online so that they can eventually become location independent or because they want the flexibility of working online to support a new lifestyle. There are no time requirements, but the goal is to make sure this person doesn’t get frustrated and give up before starting to earn a little.

How would you advise a beginner to get started working online?

I have my own ideas, but I’ll wait to answer in the comments later. There are a broad range of possibilities, from taking a specific course, to jumping into freelancing, starting a blog, affiliate marketing, writing articles for a fee, gambling, trading stocks or currencies and on and on.

I’m looking for more than just a one-word answer here. Share an especially insightful or valuable comment, and you might be crowned winner of this week’s Ask the Readers!

What’s the Best Way For a Beginner to Get Started in Online Business?

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