How To Get Started Making Money Online: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

If you’re new to the online business world and wondering how to get started, you’re in the right place!

I’m Liz Tomey, an online business expert, and I’m here to help you navigate the exciting journey of making money online. Whether you want to build a full-time business or just earn some extra income on the side, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you.

Let me lay this out for you step-by-step. I highly recommend you get a notebook and pen and take notes or use whatever you use to take notes, but you’re going to want to take notes.

Let’s dive in…

Side Note: I have an online course called The Get An Online Business Workshop. This is a great place to get step-by-step training on starting an online business that’s perfect for you. I cover all of these steps and more inside. You can take a look at it by going to

Step 1: Identify Your Goals And Interests

The first step in starting your online business journey is to identify your goals and interests.

Ask yourself:

What are you passionate about?

What skills do you have?

How much time and money can you invest?

Your answers to these questions will help you choose the right online business model that aligns with your interests and resources.

Step 2: Explore Different Online Business Models

There are numerous ways to make money online.

Here are some popular models to consider:

Affiliate Marketing: Promote other people’s products and earn a commission for every sale made through your referral link.

Digital Product Creation: Create and sell digital products like eBooks, online courses, printables, or software.

Blogging: Start a blog around a niche you’re passionate about and monetize it through ads, sponsored posts, and affiliate marketing.

E-commerce: Sell physical products through an online store. This can be your own products or dropshipping.

Freelancing: Offer your skills and services (writing, graphic design, social media management, etc.) to clients online.

Online Coaching or Consulting: Share your expertise with others and help them achieve their goals through one-on-one or group coaching.

Side Note: Until you have an online business model picked out, there’s really nothing ANYONE can do to help you. YOU need to decide how you’re going to make money online… your business model. THEN you can get people to help you, but until you have this nailed down then there’s no moving forward.

I highly recommend you research what online business models are out there and start learning how they work. Then take your interests and skills and use them in the online business model you think will work for you.

Side Note: I have several workshops that cover several different online business models over at Check there and see if any of those online business models interest you and then you can learn any of them step-by-step from me.

Step 3: Choose Your Niche

Once you’ve decided on a business model, it’s time to choose a niche. A niche is a specific segment of a market that you will focus on. For example, if you’re interested in health and fitness, you could focus on a niche like weight loss for busy professionals or vegan meal planning.

Choosing a niche helps you target a specific audience and stand out in the crowded online marketplace. Make sure your niche is something you’re passionate about and has a demand in the market.

Side Note: Want to learn to find the PERFECT and most PROFITABLE niche? Then you need The Pick A Niche Learning System! Check it out at

Step 4: Build Your Online Presence

Now it’s time to set up your online presence. This involves creating a website, setting up social media profiles, and establishing a brand.

Here are a few of the key steps…

Create a Website: Your website is your online home base. Choose a domain name that reflects your brand and set up your site using a platform like WordPress.

Set Up Social Media Profiles: Choose the social media platforms where your target audience hangs out and create profiles there. Engage with your audience by sharing valuable content and building relationships.

Develop Your Brand: Your brand is how people perceive your business. Create a logo, choose brand colors, and develop a consistent voice and message.

Side Note: I cover building your online presence (I call it building your business foundation)in The Get An Online Business Workshop at

Step 5: Start Creating Content

Content is king in the online business world. Whether you’re blogging, creating videos, or posting on social media, valuable content helps you attract and engage your audience. Start creating content that addresses the needs and interests of your target audience. Provide solutions to their problems and position yourself as an authority in your niche.

You’ll use this content in many different ways to attract people into your online business, educate them, bond with them and it all leads them to spend money with you!

Step 6: Build and Grow Your Audience

To make money online, you need an audience. Focus on growing your email list and social media followers.

Offer a freebie (like an eBook, checklist, or mini-course) in exchange for their email address. Consistently provide value through your content and build trust with your audience.

There are so so so many ways to build your audience. It’s a lot of trial and error, but consistently working on it every day is the ONLY way to grow your audience.

Step 7: Keep Learning, Adapting, And Overcoming!

The online business world is constantly evolving, so it’s important to keep learning and adapting. Stay updated with the latest trends and strategies in your niche. Invest in courses, attend webinars, and network with other online entrepreneurs.

Also, there’s a lot of obstacles you’ll be hit with. Technology, know-how, etc. You’ve got to have a “no quit” attitude and overcome EVERYTHING that is thrown at you. Without this you will NEVER succeed with an online business.

Okay so that’s the 7 main steps. Of course, there is more and it depends on what business model you pick, your skills, how you will drive traffic into your business, etc. But like I said… Start with finding what business model you want to go with and move on from there.

Here’s the bottom line… Starting an online business can be both exciting and overwhelming, but with the right guidance and persistence, you can achieve your goals. Remember, success doesn’t happen overnight. Stay committed, keep learning, and don’t be afraid to take action.

If you have any questions or need further guidance, feel free to reach out. I’m here to help you succeed in your online business journey!

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