How To Make Money Online in 2016 – Part 1: Mindset

So last week I got a question from a reader asking for some actionable advice on how to make the skrilla online…

This is something I’ve been considering writing more about for a while now, so over the next few days, I’m going to attempt to give you readers a big phat brain dump on everything I’ve learned from trying to make money online (seriously) for the last 3+ years.

Note: Most of that time I spent failing, and figuring out what doesn’t work, which in retrospect is every bit as important as figuring out what does, despite how frustrating and shitful it felt at the time.

Instead of jumping straight into the methods (which there are enough to keep in research land forever), today I want to talk about the mindset required to actually make money online.

It’s very easy to fall into the trap of being an insatiable “opportunity seeker” when first being exposed the endless promises of being able to make money from your laptop.

And if you let those expert marketers twist, torment and cajole your emotions with their various promises of easy cash on autopilot, and fail to practice the discipline of consistent focus over time, you’ll soon find yourself more broke than an underground indie band living off Spotify royalties…

… and the only thing you have to show for it is a shit load of content collecting dust on your hard drive and a big ol’ feeling of overwhelm.

So here’s the mindset that worked for myself, and everyone I know who makes any substantial money from the internet:

Pick a single area/sub-niche that has a decent monetarily value (demand), and focus on developing your SKILL in that area.

So instead of looking for a “way to make money”, focus on developing a skill that will always be monetarily valuable for you, even if you happen to lose everything…


Want to start a dropshipping store?

Focus on becoming an expert in ecommerce.

Affiliate marketer?

You’d best hone your email writing, market research and traffic generation chops.

Want to make a living from blogging?

You’d best commit yourself to being able to write words that your readers love reading, and be willing to write and publish as much as possible even when people aren’t paying attention.


Focus on developing the most important asset you can – YOURSELF.

With skills that are in demand, and that people are paying money for and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.

That’s my approach, this is what it looks like in action:

Over the last few months I have spent between 2 – 4 hours a day handwriting out content from the top copywriters/email marketers I want to emulate.

Do I make a cent from doing that particular activity?


On the surface, all I end up with is a sore-hand, square eyes and piles of notebooks filled with content I’m never going to read (my handwriting is atrocious)

But by developing and internalizing my ability to write words that compel people to action…

Well, I’m never gonna starve with that ability am I?

So that’s my mindset, develop your expertise in a single area, so that no matter where you find yourself down the track, you can easily hit restart and continue brining in enough cash to at least never work for “the man” again (you’ll probably end up making a fuck ton more though).

Anyway, that’s that.

Enough preachin’ for one day.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about some of the best ways/methods you freedom seekers can make enough dosh to escape the grip of thee man.

All the best,


Ryan “Get Your Head Right First” Kuchel



If I could go back to the start and tell myself this, I would have saved myself a fuck-ton of wasted time and money.

So don’t take this lightly, go back and give it another read.

It’s important yo.


EDIT: Click here for Part 2 – Three Lucrative Ways

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