Choosing Which Opportunity to Start With
Let’s say you’re interested in three opportunities …
Copywriting, writing a money-making website, and becoming an internet researcher.
You’ve got the programs, you’re committed to succeeding this year, but up pops the question: where should I start?
I get that question on a daily basis. AWAI members email me a list of the opportunities, and ask me which one I think they should start with.
And my response is usually along these lines …
Before deciding which path to choose, you need to decide why you’re doing it.
For example, are you looking to quit your job? If so, how much money do you need to make in order for that to happen?
If you need to replace your salary, then you’ll want to choose a path that’s proven to result higher than averages incomes, like copywriting, web writing, and even grant writing.
Ed Gandia was the single provider in his household, with a wife and new baby, when he decided to pursue living the writer’s life. But as a successful salesman, he needed to replace a hefty six-figure income before he could make that leap. So he made the decision to focus on B2B copywriting.
Krista Jones was in a similar situation. She was an environmental scientist making over $80K a year. But the daily commute was killing her. So she decided to become a copywriter too, but focus on a passion of hers: the self-help niche.
That’s why out of that list above, if you were to say you wanted to quit your job and replace – or improve – your salary, I’d say start with copywriting.
Are you looking to develop a passive income stream? Maybe you’re not looking to make the leap to a full-time, work-at-home professional. Or maybe you’re already working as a freelancer, and just want to create an additional revenue stream that doesn’t require a lot of extra time each week.
If that were the case, I’d recommend starting with money-making websites. Even though learning how to write copy will only benefit your website in the end, you can go ahead and build your website, and then once it’s up and running, start learning how to write copy that will bring traffic to it and generate more revenue.
Are you looking make a little extra cash on the side? Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom who’s only looking to work 10-20 hours a week. Or you’re recently retired, don’t feel like spending a ton of time developing a new skill, and just want some fun money. Or you have a thirst for life and just want to make enough to get by so you can spend the majority of your time playing and exploring the world.
Whatever the reason, if you’re just looking for an easy business you can launch and not spend much time developing your skills, then I’d say start with internet research.
See how that works?
The point is you have to start somewhere. And ideally that somewhere is the place that matches your current situation and needs.
Then once you’ve got that decision made, the next step is to FOCUS. And by FOCUS I’m referring to the acronym, Follow One Course Until Successful.
After struggling for her first 11 months as a copywriter, AWAI Member Rachel Karl experienced great success once she learned to FOCUS. You can read about her experience here.
Now keep in mind …
I’m not saying you can’t do more than one opportunity. In fact, I always recommend you create multiple revenue streams for yourself, rather than putting all of your eggs in one basket.
But you have to START doing one, before you can add on another.
Personally, I’m a marketer, copywriter, web writer, and I own a money-making website. But I started as a marketer, and then continued to turn my experiences and skills into new revenue streams for myself.
AWAI Advisory Board Member Julien Sharp may have started out as a resume writer … but she now also makes a great deal of money as a social media expert.
You can do it all. But you have to start somewhere.
Still stuck and need help deciding?
Post a comment below and let me know your situation and which opportunities you’re considering. I’ll help you choose a good starting place!
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