How To Make Money Online: Selling Services Online

This post was written by Internet Marketing John on July 9, 2010
Posted Under: How To Make Money Online

makemoneyolineSelling services online is another great way to make money online if you don’t mind dedicating the time and effort required to make it work.

The definition of selling services online, is just that. The satisfactory performance of some service that your client requires from you.  Basically, it is freelance work that your employer or client requires you to perform.

Some examples of services include graphic designing, programming, consulting, web site building, copy writing, ghost writing anything from press releases to ebooks, and even building backlinks for SEO.

A lot of money can be made by selling services online, which is precisely why so many people are doing it.

It’s not unusual for good copywriters to get $40,000 or more for writing one letter, and for marketing consultants who only meet once a month or so, to get paid $10,000 or more per month to discuss marketing strategies with their clients.

If you are a professional in your field, it’s not out of the realm for you to earn a six or seven figure income selling services online.

Unlike selling physical or digital products; the nice thing about selling services online, in addition to the fact that you can rake in a hefty income, is that you get paid up front before doing any real work.

Selling physical or digital products usually requires an initial investment to prepare your product for sale, which is not needed when selling services online.

However, there are downsides to selling services online that you need to know.

  • The main con is that you must approach selling services online like you would a 9 to 5 job.

You’re trading your time and expertise for dollars.  This means you give up the flexibility and freedom that you have when selling physical or digital products online.

Because your clients expect you to provide results within a promised date and time frame, and in order to maintain your credibility and good standing; you must give up the freedom that other online business models provide.

You can’t set selling services online on autopilot, like you can do with digital or physical products.

  • Another con to selling services online, is the occasionally “hard to please” client.

Although most of your clients will probably be totally satisfied with the quality of your work, you will occasionally come across clients that are “difficult” and “impossible to please”.

Not only can these clients can make your life miserable, they make it not worth the time you invested for the amount of money you received for doing the job.

You can circumvent dealing directly with unhappy clients, by hiring staff to deal with them.

  • This is a great way to remove yourself from the picture, however then you become the “boss” and must deal with additional problems that a business “office” environment entails.

You have to pay your staff, deal with all the government small business bureaucracies, and become the business office manager.

If losing some flexibility and freedom doesn’t present a problem for you and if your personality and goals are directed towards this type business model; then selling services online is for you.

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