Last Updated on February 10, 2019 by James McAllister

By: James McAllister

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They say if you’re a jack of all trades, you’re a master of none.

I’m sure you likely know that are tons of different ways to make money online today. Blogging. CPA. eBooks. eCommerce. Freelance. YouTube. The list goes on and on.

Today, we have more opportunities available to us than ever before. Today, we’re no longer limited with our options – anyone can start chasing any tactic they wish. This is both a blessing and a curse.

Today, we are facing an ongoing issue called information overload. We have so much information available to us, we don’t know what to do with it. Our attention spans and our ability to focus is declining at a rapid rate. This is bad enough already, but it gets significantly worse when we combine information overload with our emotions.

We humans are emotional creatures. We like to feel. We get excited when we hear about new prospects that can make us money. As a result, some people end up chasing these prospects relentlessly. When they don’t work, they jump at the next opportunity that is presented to them without giving it much thought. This is a huge issue. Every time I see someone post an article covering a ton of different ways to make money online, I cringe. It’s good to introduce people to multiple opportunities. It’s a huge mistake to encourage people to attempt all of them.

The fact of the matter is, no one opportunity is going to pay off quickly. It takes time, effort, and dedication to succeed with any money making method. If you’re unwilling to focus long enough, you’ll give up long before the method becomes profitable. You’ll try a bunch of different tactics, make no money, and then claim making money online is a scam (yes, I see people say this often!)

The key is to choose the one money making method that’s most interesting to you, so long as it is profitable and scalable. Once you choose it, stick with it. If others are making money from it, there’s nothing stopping you from doing the same. The people that are making money are the ones who stuck with it for the long term. Not the ones that threw a bunch of different opportunities at the wall in hopes that one of them would stick. It doesn’t work that way.

Perfecting Your Craft – Then Move On To Another One

Even when you drill down to a specific method, you’ll still naturally be better in some areas than others. Let’s take blogging for example. There are several core aspects that make a successful blog, several of which being writing, marketing, and selling. The unfortunate reality is that you have to be decent at all three of these aspects if you want to have a blog that makes money. That being said, you should focus on your strengths first and build around that.

I have never been the best writer. I’d love to write out a ton of posts each week, but that’s not where my skill lies. I’m improving each day, but writing isn’t my main focus. I make up for this by marketing the heck out of each and every post I write. I make up for my lack of posting by driving more traffic to the individual posts. I may rank better in search engines if I wrote more each week, but I make up for it with my marketing efforts. And it’s working for me!

Still, I wouldn’t have as great as a business without a blog, therefore it’s important I still work hard to ensure my writing doesn’t suck. Likewise, I make sure that my marketing efforts drive sales, and constantly aim to improve my ability to sell. This is after all, the reason I’m in business 🙂

Getting back to my original point, I can’t stress enough how important it is to stick with your work. While running an online business requires a multitude of skills, you can’t aim to be a jack of all trades. Online, it’s far better to be a master of one – that’s what’s going to separate you out from the fierce competition and end up providing your paycheck.

About the author 

James McAllister

James is the owner of JamesMcAllisterOnline.com. He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on JamesMcAllisterOnline.com, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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  1. I really like your thoughts and being inspired to pursue blogging. I totally relate with jack of all trades as I’m trying to jump from one skill to another without mastering it and thus leading me to nowhere. Thanks for your ideas and will be looking forward for more insights coming form you. I know there’s a lot of things that I need to know but looking forward to be a master of my craft sooner. Thanks again! More power to your site!. Highly recommendable 🙂

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    1. Hi Charlene, thank you so much for sharing!

      It definitely pays to focus in on a few skills only, before expanding. In the marketplace, true excellence is rewarded. The top people in any given area get paid the most – overpaid relative to skill, while everyone else often does much worse – competing on price only. It pays to be the exception, and that’s especially true today since the marketplace is so competitive.

      Wishing you the best and if there’s ever anything I can help with, let me know!

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