Can I make money on the Internet?
“Question everything” – this is the translation of this Latin dictum, which belongs to the French philosopher and scientist of the 17th century Rene Descartes. In Soviet times, even schoolchildren knew these words, but not because the Descartes philosophy “passed” in the then school. It turns out that it was Marx’s favorite saying, and the beloved sayings of the leaders of the world proletariat were supposed to know. De omnibus dubitandum. Useful principle. Especially nowadays with his bloated reverence for the magic of “authoritative opinions.” It’s very useful to turn off these opinions, as they turn off annoying ads, and try to think with your own head. So now I’ll take up thoughts about earning opportunities on the World Wide Web. And my virtual acquaintance living in the Far East moved me to this. The woman is not talented and, most importantly, has long since left adolescence. Recently, the idea of making money using the Internet has taken hold of her. Her emails to me were full of links to various sites and offers to try such and such a technique and join such and such an “affiliate program”. She started a blog and began to regularly fill it with materials about online earnings. And the deeper this woman “entered the subject”, the weaker the feedback became. I just saw a gambling fifteen-year-old girl who believes that she is a stone’s throw from the “money bills”. A little more, a little more, and web wallets will be filled with the ringing of web mania. She dismissed my counterarguments, and then completely stopped writing. It was then that I decided to calmly and impartially discuss the possibilities (and impossibilities) of earning on the Internet. Do not get caught on different slogans like “Only the lazy earn on the Internet”, do not take the word to the creators of various “unique” methods of earning on the Web, but try to figure it out yourself. Thinking is not some kind of presentation, and crackling phrases like “The Internet provides you with hitherto unprecedented opportunities” are not the place. For that matter, the telegraph, the telephone, and the radio provided people with “unprecedented hitherto opportunities.” Of course, the speed (and convenience) of finding the right information on the Internet (at the moment) is unparalleled. In my translation practice, in a matter of minutes I find something that, in the old days, would have left me to sit in libraries or tug on specialists. The Internet has incomparably simplified communication between people. But the invisible web connects not paradise, but corners of the same sinful Earth. And the anonymity of the Internet in some cases is the greatest good, but in others it is the same accomplice as a dark night for a thief. Freelancing. Telework Theoretically, everything is very wonderful: you can be on one edge of the Earth, your employer – on the other, and it does not matter. You do the work, send it by e-mail, and he, accordingly, replenishes your electronic wallet with a well-deserved fee. And what beautiful term has appeared – “telework”. Much louder and more beautiful than its previous counterpart – “remote work”. The ambiguous adjective was so good at asking a vicious question: who removed? Where is the remote? And here, a job seeker is faced with the flip side of the anonymity of the Internet. In real life, a potential performer comes to a specific address and sees a specific person who gives him work. On the Internet, he often sees only an email address and a name (again, it can be fictitious). Telework job search and offer sites, like advertising newspapers, do not bear any responsibility for the accuracy of the information and the good faith of the employer. I try to write about what I myself came across, therefore, I won’t give examples of how they “threw” someone on telework (although I met a lot of them on the Web). I know that intermediary sites have begun to emerge. There, a contract is concluded between the customer and the employee, and the first one will never get the work done until he transfers the money to the second. So choose: either risk losing money altogether, or feed intermediaries. Freelancing has another not-too-nice feature – the need to constantly hunt for orders. It is more profitable for employers (suppose otherwise they are honest people) to give an order to someone who undertakes to fulfill it faster than the rest. This is what I came across in my practice. A couple of years ago I wanted to change the subject of translations somewhat, and I tried to establish contacts with a very famous publishing house located in a neighboring country and publishing esoteric literature. I wrote to them who I am and what I managed to do. I got five pages for trial (of course, without promises of payment, which I agreed to). Done. They answered me that I was quite suitable for them, that there was such and such a book, and a “tender” was announced for it. The book will go to the translator who undertakes to do it as soon as possible. At that moment, I was translating another book for a publishing house, with which I work to this day (at the level of ordinary communication between a translator and an editor).