A year ago…
I read an amazing book and I realised that I don’t want to work for someone else my whole life.
That I want to be my own boss.
That I want to have the money, time and freedom to travel around the world.
That I never want to feel stressed, panicked or depressed again because of something so stupid like money.
So I decided to start my own business.
And I write this post to tell you my story and to show you how to start an online business from home without experience. I won’t tell you that it’s easy. It’ll take time, patience and work. But it’ll be your own business and you’ll make money out of it as long as you don’t give up.
But let’s take things from the beginning. My name is Jenny and everything started a few years ago when a friend of mine told me about a Youtube channel she thought I’d like. I was starting to get interested in self-improvement and since this channel is about that, she was right. I loved it. (The channel is Charisma on Command, by the way, and it’s worth taking a look at it.)
Charlie, the guy who does most of the videos on this channel, mentioned a couple of times a favourite book of his, “The 4-hour workweek“. Well, I love reading books and I trust Charlie, so I thought to give it a shot.
Not only I loved the book, but it showed me a new mindset. It showed me that you can do anything you want in your life and that you don’t have to do what everyone else does, to be happy. And considering that most people aren’t satisfied with their life, that’s true.
In this point, it may be a good time to mention that I’ve heard/read a lot of different opinions about this book. Some people say that it’s the best book they’ve ever read and that it changed their life for the best. Some people say that it’s nonsense and they’ll never even finish it, let alone reread it.
Let me tell you what I think about it. First of all, I belong to the first group and when anyone asks me for a book recommendation, that’s the one I recommend to them. But I do understand why the second group has that opinion. You see, if you check the book cover, there’s a phrase that explains everything: “Don’t read this if you don’t want to change your life“.
And that’s it. That’s the reason I believe some people reject it. Because they don’t really want to change their life. Even if they don’t like their life, they don’t really hate it either and they’re not the kind of people that will try to change it. They’re the kind of people that will keep complaining about how life is unfair.
I’ll tell you now the same phrase. If you don’t want to change your life, don’t keep reading. Get out of here and go back to your life to enjoy it. What I’ll tell you, it’ll be interesting, but it’ll take time and work to succeed in it. If you’re not prepared for it, then don’t even try it. There’s no reason to start it if you don’t go all the way until you succeed.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, who really knows?), I didn’t read this book until a year ago. I don’t even remember why I waited for so long to get it. Anyway…
So, a year ago, I decided to start my own business. But how? I had no experience, not a lot of money and I was terrified that I’d be scammed. And I did what most people do. I Googled about it.
I knew that pretty much any offline business needs a lot of money to start and I didn’t want to get a loan, so I search for “legit ways to make money online” – or something along these lines. The first thing I found that seemed simple and didn’t require any experience or money was survey-taking. I’m sure that if you have searched, that’s the first thing you found, too.
And it’s not bad, but the problem is that it takes time, and you don’t get enough money for the time spent. Especially since a lot of time, you may complete half the survey and then they tell you that you’re not qualified for the survey.
So, while I was searching for reviews of survey-taking sites – some of them pay better than others, so I kept looking – the reviewer recommended affiliate marketing as an alternative way to make money online.
I had no idea what is affiliate marketing, but I didn’t have anything to lose – I was just reading articles online, anyway – so I checked out his review on it. In a few words, you build a site about something you know and love and you earn money by monetising the site.
Which for a person who has no experience, sounds just terrifying. Ok, how am I supposed to do this? Thankfully, he recommended some training, too.
And at this point, my paranoia started to whisper to my ears: “Scammer alert!“. To be fair, I hadn’t heard about any legit ways to make money online until then, let alone building your own business. So I was careful for a reason.
The reason I decided to give it a try is that not only it’s free to join, but also, they don’t ask for your credit card info. I didn’t even have a credit card, only a prepaid, but still, I didn’t want to give any personal information. After all, isn’t it supposed to be free? Why would I have to give my card details if they’re not going to charge it?
So I joined the platform and started the training. If you check it out, you’ll see there are so many features that you get confused a little in the beginning. The advice that other members give you is to focus on the training and you’ll have the time to learn the whole platform later. That’s the one I give to newcomers, too.
The other members are the most amazing feature of the platform. It’s a whole community of new and old members that want to help you! That was awesome because I was so lost when I got in at first.
The moment I got in, I started with the training as advised. About an hour in, I got a notification that I had a comment on my profile. I checked it out and I saw that it was from Kyle, one of the owners of the site and he was welcoming me. I have to say that it was the first time I was getting a message from the owner of a site. There are hundreds of thousands of members and he took the time to welcome me and answer my questions.
As I was staying longer and longer on the platform, I saw that this was a recurring phenomenon. Other members try to help you as much as they can and you feel like you want to help, too. For example, yesterday I was for two hours in the Live Chat to help someone. Yes, it took a while, but he was just starting and needed help. And, to be honest, it feels great to be helpful.
So that’s how I started my online business and that’s how you can start yours, too. You can read my full review of the training if you want to start it. This post will be too long if I write the review here. There’s a lot I have to say!
I hope I’ll see you there and if you have any questions, let me know below. 🙂