I Want To Make Money NOW (or I Quit!)

Last Update: June 15, 2019

I hear this a lot.

Many people I speak with, even within WA, want to make money online QUICKLY.

I get it.

I mean, who wants to wait to start making money?

I certainly didn't when I first started!

The reality is though- it does take time (and a solid amount of effort) to get results.

And if you're not willing to put that time and effort into your business, chances are you'll make very little (if any) money at all.

In fact, I would attribute the mindset of 'making money quickly' as one of the single biggest reasons people fail online.

As long as you are chasing this you will always be looking for the next 'shiny object'. You will always be looking for a shortcut. A 'system'. A 'loophole' that doesn't exist.

Which keeps you from taking real action on building a REAL business.

Anyways, that's enough of my rant lol. I just really wanted to be upfront with you about this. Because it matters. Your mindset has a HUGE impact on whether or not you will succeed at this. Specifically, how disciplined you are within your online business.

My true intention with this post is to give you some perspective...

What may feel like a long time to be working before you start cashing in the big bucks, is really a drop in the bucket. It's nothing in the grand scheme of things.

So I really want to give you some perspective today. This way, you will see that by a simple change in the way you look at your business, you can create a drastic change in the results you see. Both now and in the longterm.

Let me start by breifly outlining how long it took me to make money...

How Long It Took ME To Start Making Money

I was searching the internet on and off for years trying to make money. All I ever did was lose it to one program or another.

Once I found WA in October of 2015 however, I knew I'd found something real. So I went to work and after 3 FULL months of working my butt off- I made a grand total of $1.17 from Amazon!

I've told this to some of my freinds when they ask me what I do for a living.

They rarely 'get it' at first, but they think it's cool to be making money on the internet. And without fail they ask me "what's the catch?".

Like it sounds cool but there must be something I'm not telling them.

So I tell them the above story which immediately takes them from sceptical to "wow that's a lot of work to make next to no money- stuff that!".

Who wants to work for 3 months and make a dollar LOL.

Fair enough.

But (for me) the day I made that dollar, was one of the most exciting days of my life. For real.

Why? Because I knew that if I could make a dollar, I could make ten, a hundred, a thousand... and so on. I knew it was real so I knew I could do it.

And that's exactly what happened. By the 6 month mark I was making small, but regular commissions. Again, lots of time and effort, not a huge payout.

But I was practically doing backflips with excitement. Because I was BUILDING a business. Finally.

Fast forward a bit over a year and a half, and I began making a full-time income. Just from what I learned right here within WA.

So my point is....

As much as people WANT to be earning a full-time income online. As much as they want the freedom only this kind of business can bring---- few people can fathem working hard for 3-6 months before making much money.

And I think this is CRAZY.

A year and a half, heck even two years, even three years... is nothing.

I mean, I used to go to work and grind from 7am to 7pm most days, often 6 days a week. I strongly disliked what I did. It was boring, soul sucking, and left me extremely tired. I mean I was thankful for what I had. But I wasn't living. I was 'existing'.

So (for me) a couple years to completely turn this around was nothing.

Anyways, enough about me.

I just wanted to give you some insight into my story is all. So you know I am speaking from experience when I say it's worth putting the effort in.

As I said earlier, the real purpose of this post is to give you some perspective. So I thought the best way to do this is with a 'real world' comparison.

University vs Wealthy Affiliate (what would you prefer?)

Most people go to university in the hopes of getting a secure job with benefits. This is something we are raised to do. So it's very much the 'norm'.

Which is why I figured this was the perfect comparison to make here.


Before we proceed: I want to be clear that I am not against universty education. Not at all. It's a wonderful place to learn and qualify yourself for a given profession. Absolutely. And it goes without saying that some professions absolutely require this. My wife is a registered nurse for example, so she had to go to university or she simply wouldn't get a job. Now she's doing her Masters degree because this is seen as 'essential' in this day and age to get a good job. So I get why people within certain indstries further their education in college.


With that said, I am using this as an example because it helps put things into perspective. Especially for entrepreneurs who (in my opinion) do not need to go to traditional university.

University Degree

Obviously the ins and outs of this vary from college to college. It depends on what you study and what level you go to, among other things. So I'll base my comparison on some very general figures for example purposes.

What traditional university costs you:

  • Around 3-4 years to obtain an undergraduate degree
  • About $25-$50k on average, depending on what/ where you study

What universty gives you at the end of 3-4 years:

  • Good education and qualifications
  • Lots of debt
  • Hopefully, a 9-5 entry-level job (that you'll probably end up resenting)

In summary... you spend years of your time and a considerable amount of money, to 'maybe' get a job.

In many cases, the job you get is not one you enjoy either. You're stuck in a cubicle, being told what to do, by a boss who underappreciates you. And you're commuting long hours each and every day.

Of course many people enjoy what they do too. Cool. But there's just as many, if not more, people who can't stand their job in one way or another. I'm guessing since you're here, you are more likely in the latter.

Either way, you're stuck with debt for years to come. Whether you get a job or not, and whether you love or hate what you do. Chances are you've made little to no money at all during that time too. So you've also foregone the opportunity to earn money during this 3-4 year period of time. This is also worth considering.

Building an Online Business With WA

What people achieve this route varies greatly. So I'm just going to use my example and what I know others have been able to achieve here.

So let's round it up and assume it takes you full 3 years to get to the point of a full-time income. I personally think that (if you're putting in a solid effort for 3 years) this is VERY achievable.

What Wealthy Affiliate costs you:

  • 3 years full-time learning and building your business
  • $1,200 if you buy 3 years of WA yearly, some domains and rounding it up for good measure (yes, Premium gives you ALL you need to build a full-time income online)

What you can achieve within 3 years:

  • Very possible to be earning some money within 3-6 months
  • You can realistically be making a full-time income (or very close to it) within 3 years
  • You will have ZERO debt from your expenses
  • You've got a thriving online business that generates passive income, allows you to travel and spend more time doing what you love. With the people you love.
  • You OWN an asset (website/s) that you can potentially sell (for more than you might think)

In summary.... you spend a few years learning the ropes, earning small amounts in your first 3-6 months. Heck, even in your first year. Let's be super modest. After 3 years, you can realistically be earning a full-time passive income online.

Even better, you now have more freedom, zero debt and you ove what you do.

The rewards of this approach FAR outweigh what any job can give you. In my humble opinion.

Conclusion

The main take home here is this--- creating a profitable online business does take time and effort, yes. And it will not happen within a few weeks or months.

However, when you look at things in the right context, the opportunity you have here within WA to build your business is WELL worth it.

So consider what I've shared with you here and use it to help put things into perspective.

Stop thinking about how quickly you can make money. Start thinking about what you can build within a *relatively* short period of time.

In the grand scheme of things, the time you put into your business before getting into profit is NOTHING. Especially when you consider that your time is going into building your future.

Hopefully, you can see the power of what we have here. What you can achieve by putting the work in and taking this seriously Treating it like a business. Which it is.

Now with that being said, I'm keen to hear your thoughts about this. Let me know how you feel about all of this in the comments below! Cheers

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bryanb007 Premium
What is the difference between taking 3 years to get an education and 3 years to learn and - build an online business, Paying 30K for a college education and - $1000 to learn to earn a full time income and lastly, having an education after three years which now enables you to look for an entry level job and - earning a full time income from your own business, doing what you love?

Heck, it's not rocket science. As you said, the one you end up with no income while learning for 3 years, massive debt and no job. The other, 3 years learning and building an online business with little to lots of income and finally no job,a full time business with a full time income doing what you love. Mmmmm, I am not sure which I should choose?

Luckily people still like the idea of a Job. We cannot all be online! Who would make the products we sell.

I have no problem with people choosing a job. I had a job for 43 years. I just don't appreciate the belittling when you tell people you are an affiliate marketer, especially when you are starting out. Some people just don't see the bigger picture. :-)

Good article. Thank you.

Bryanb
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Absolutely, when you break it down logically it's profound how simple the choice is for budding entrepreneurs. I think it comes down to a 'belief' in the process too, which is especially important in the beginning I've found.

I think when people try to belittle you, it's mostly a case of they don't understand affiliate marketing. Or they 'tried it' and it didn't work for them. But the reality is it does work if you do. So you're smart for not letting that sort of thing derail you. You absolutely can do this.
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Great attitude in drawing inspiration from the tiny steps Tim. That is the key, don't think about the money, just think about adding value to your readers and customers, and the money will come.

Continue to enjoy the learning process, which is constant when you are doing it right - and keep drawing inspiration from the tiny steps. Because those accumulated "tiny steps" can turn into a full-time income doing something you love over time!
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Thanks Kaju :) Yeah when I went from thinking about 'making money' to focussing on value above all, things changed dramatically for me. It's a simple but critical shift. Each step builds on the last as you say, so it's all worth it in the end.
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Joshua2765 Premium
Spot on post, Tim!

I was like you...just trying one "program" after another...looking for the holy grail of online income. Of course, I never found it, but I wasted tons of valuable time AND money...in the pursuit!

I recognize this (WA) opportunity for what it is. WORK! Lots of it! But, I also realize that the long-term benefits FAR outweigh the temporary struggle that it will take me to get there. Fortunately, I am reasonably patient and able to defer gratification.

Your post is a good reminder to me that I am doing the right thing by persevering.

Thanks.

Continued success,

Joshua
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Spot on Joshua. By keeping focussed on your goals and working to achieve them no matter what, you will get there. Cheers
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Jahnaisa30 Premium
All I can say is OMG you do have a very good point. I was on the way to quitting. I wasn't really understand what it takes. Now from seeing and hearing your experience got me excited. I want to see how this goes on down the line. I want to see if I really can do it. Even though I'm really spending money I don't have. I probably be just like you if I make my first 1 I would be so excited. Like that dollar is 100 dollars lol. Hopefully and I pray to God above if things can rule in my favor. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. A real live report on someone else life is very good for me. That was very genuine.
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Definitely. Once you make that first dollar you will see how real this is and you will know you can reach your goals. It may seem like small steps at first but everything you do now is all building towards your goals. Keep at it and looking forward to seeing you kick goals in 2018 and beyond! Cheers
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Anh Premium
Great story, Tim!

It took me a grand total of 6 months to make my first $12, and I totally see how some folks like your friends would backtrack on their opinion on online marketing/ making money online, ha ha. But as you said, those first dollars were so special because they show us the potential of this business. And I wouldn't have become a full time online marketer without those months of working my butt off for what many would consider a meager sum!

Thanks for sharing, mate. ;)

Cheers,
Anh
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TimMcKinlay Premium
So true, Anh. Love your site btw and thank you for commenting :) Cheers
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Anh Premium
Aww, thanks Tim! I'm a fan of your site for a long time now. Beautiful design, genuinely helpful content. ;) Good day to you.
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