Making money online is not any different than making money anywhere else in a lot of ways. It takes an idea or concept, time to research the job market and potentials, decisions on what you really want to accomplish and then the initiative to go for it.
Before the internet, one had to sign with an employment agency or pound the pavement themselves and do interview after interview. You can still do that on the internet by reading online job markets and sending emails. If you wanted to go into business for yourself before the World Wide Web came into our lives, you had to search for a location, invest some capital into equipment, inventory and advertising and hang out a shingle. On the internet you need good software and a website.
If you were handy at crafts, and homemade items such as knitted sweaters or quilts, you had to find a store to consign them, work the fair and bazaar circuits, or advertise in the paper. Now you can sell off of your own website, after putting in some money for search engine optimization so customers can find you, or try the eBay route or other auctions.
Basically, finding work on the internet has just made life a little easier for entrepreneur types and creative souls. Now you can create, advertise, market and accept payment and ship all from the comfort of your own home. Freelancers too; writing, tutoring, voice over advertising, illustrations and computer consulting can all be handled online.
New opportunities and jobs specifically created for the internet open doors that one did not have before. Search Engine Optimization analyzing, reviewing and coding is new; domain name flipping (buying and selling domain names) is new; blogging and creating content for websites is new; and the concept of publishing eBooks and e-zines is a new business.
One can simply supplement income or go all out and do their entire business like plumbing, catering, and jewelry sales or sell flowers completely over the internet. By giving up the overhead costs of maintaining a building and rent and investing it into good computer software and website design, it becomes a more efficient and comfortable career.
Most people today, when they need a service, an item to purchase or information about something, check the internet first. You might as well be there ready to help.