Some people are turned-off with the idea of providing a service as a business on the web. Maybe it's because they think IM should be about getting something for nothing. If you are set on finding a way to earn money online, though, starting a career as a service provider is a good way to do that. There are many benefits in addition to merely making money. One of the benefits is that you will get to meet people from every corner of the globe. It's possible to build a loyal network of business associates and you just never know where that network will take you.