Let’s face it, home-based business is a hot topic. Because there are so many advantages to setting up shop right in your home, there is a huge demand from hundreds of thousands of people who want to make money online.
The dark side of this, however, is that there are a lot of scams and illegitimate work at home opportunities. In fact, I just recently I read an article how there were many more “scams” for making money at home than there were real opportunities.
The irony is that despite the proliferation of scams, it’s very easy to find solid opportunities. Just stay away from the “too good to be true” ones and you’ll avoid almost all of the bad apples.
One industry to look into if you want to make money online is affiliate marketing. This is a huge multi-billion dollar industry and growing rapidly.
Affiliate marketing is not the dreaded MLM (multi-level marketing, sometimes called network marketing) that makes you want to run away from people who pitch you on those opportunities.
Affiliate marketing is simply straight selling of products for companies that will track your sales and pay you a commission when you make a sale.
I personally have been able to work at home full time for over 7 years now because I am an affiliate marketer. And I’m not talking small time income, either. More than most doctors and lawyers make.
Unlike network marketing or MLM, signing up for affiliate marketing opportunities does not cost you a penny. If a company charges for you to join their affiliate program then, guess what, that’s not a legitimate affiliate program!
Now, of course, you’ll have certain unavoidable expenses if you want to work at home: you’ll need to set up a web site, pay for domain registration and hosting fees, and other things like training programs and courses that teach you how to market effectively.
But no program is going to actually charge you money for being able to promote their products. Why on earth would they? They benefit hugely by having you on their sales force and only pay you when you’ve made a sale.
It’s a can’t lose proposition for them!
Another thing I love about affiliate programs as a way to make money online is that there are programs in every conceivable niche you can think of. If you have a passion or a hobby, you can be sure there will be a program that caters to that market, allowing you a chance to make money.
However, that does not mean that all affiliate programs are created equal. Far from it! It also doesn’t mean you should necessarily promote one just because you have a personal interest in that niche.
It depends what your primary objectives are. If making a good, respectable income, as an example, is more important to you than promoting something just because you have a personal interest in it, then you should judge the affiliate programs you promote according to this type of criteria.
After years of working quietly from home, I decided to reach out and spread my knowledge and launched a training service that teaches others how to do what I do. Of course, mine isn’t the only training program on the block.
But mine training is unique in several ways, to be sure.
Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many ways to do affiliate marketing effectively.
And you have to find the method that appeals to you personally the greatest–and also fits within your budget. Some methods cost more than others. Some will cost less money but require more time, or sweat equity.
Ultimately, if you want to work at home, do some self-reflection but don’t sit around waiting forever. The time to make a decision is now. Sustained action is what creates results. Dream big dreams and pursue them. Y
ou really can make money online — and do it from the comfort of home, too.