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Looking for a Way Out? Working from Home Part-time May be an Answer

It may be fun to work hard and we are very lucky if we actually enjoy working. However if you are under constant stress of trying to ‘make ends meet’ this adds a whole unpleasant element to each day. If you are living on a salary that barely keeps up with the ever-rising cost of living, it may just be necessary to have a second or third income. A part-time business you can work from home may be necessary to overcome the deficit.


When the economy slows down, it means there are less sales for business. To make up for that, they may freeze wages, and even worse, ‘downsize’ the workforce. Consequently, although the unemployment problem seems to be getting a little better, still many are looking for jobs that are not being created.

In spite of the fact that people do need some time to relax and have a life apart from their job, if it is necessary to earn more money, that ‘free’ time can be used productively to develop another source of income to supplement your regular salary, or to bridge the gap from one job to another.

Having a second job is a little more tedious than starting a home business. The idea of running from job to job and the additional stress may become overwhelming. Much easier to come home after you leave your job, have a nice dinner with your family and then just turn on your computer instead of the TV.

In many online business models, affiliate marketing or distributorships, for example, the companies provide customer service and order fulfillment for you, so there is no pressure on you to be available during the hours you are working at your day job, with your family, or asleep. Once you have implemented your participation, your only real job is to market and advertise your work from home business product or service.

Affiliate programs also supply everything you need to promote your business. They give you a web page which has an address that includes your affiliate ID number so that you get credit for and can earn commissions from any sales you are able to generate. They also have many other tools that their members are welcome to use such as training, content and graphics. This saves you a huge amount of time and expense to get rolling. You can usually earn money by selling their products and services, as well as for referring others.

With online distributorship programs, although these may involve tangible products, you shouldn’t need any inventory as you can ‘drop-ship’ to your customers directly from the company’s warehouses. So your only job is to generate the sale and make the connection.


Work at Home to Supplement Your Income

It sure seems that wages don’t keep up with the cost of living as it soars year after year. Not to mention how it will become more difficult to live on social security and retirement savings as the cost of living continues to rise. So whether you are still working or have retired, the need for more money is an ever-present reality.

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If you are receiving social security earlier than full retirement age, you can still earn money and only beyond a certain amount would it require a deduction in your benefits. If you have reached full retirement age, it won’t be deducted at all. Beyond what you would need to use to supplement your living expenses, etc., you could start saving whatever you don’t need to use.

If you are still working at a day job and just barely scraping by – or at the least have nothing left over to save after your living expenses, then working at home to build another income is a very wise thing to do. Having a second job is a little more tedious in that you are spending a lot of time traveling from home to job one and then from job one to job two. All that commute time is really unpaid labor. It is stressful and dangerous — one commute is bad enough, not to mention so much time away from home.

When you have a home business you can just come home from work and relax, have dinner and visit with your family. Then instead of ‘the boob tube’ you can go to your computer and start working in a relaxed and friendly environment. This is relevant because many times the work environment is not friendly and in fact is hostile, which is more stress.

If you have a business in your home there are certain tax advantages in that you can claim a percentage of your maintenance costs as business expense – whether your home business is full or part-time. For example you can claim some of your rent or mortgage, utilities, equipment, security, communications, etc. Additionally anything directly spent on your business is deductible as well, such as advertising, technical support, etc.

Consult your Federal and State tax websites to get forms and schedules that include instructions on what is a legitimate deduction and how to claim it. Be sure to have documentation for every deduction you take and keep it for at least 7-years in case of an audit. The regulations change so be sure each year to check the rules.

There are a number of things you can do to earn ‘passive’ and residual income more or less on ‘autopilot’ once you have it all set up and running. The easiest thing to do to start a business is to join one or more affiliate programs. This is because they will provide almost everything you need to start earning money if you will just do the work consistently.


Why Affiliate Marketing on the Internet Makes the Perfect Home Business

There are many reasons why affiliate marketing may be the number one way to start a business from home. Just to name a few obvious things, the program will provide you with a web page to use to advertise. There are no technical skills required.

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While this is usually not a website where you can change and customize it, it is a lean, mean advertisement with a link address that is ready to use from day one. No wasting time and being in ‘pre-launch’ forever while you are debugging and etc. Having this one major tool is a huge step up that allows you to focus on promoting your business to earn commissions.

While this is a great benefit and ‘leg up’, even more critical is having a product to sell without years of development and market research. With affiliate programs, they may have tangible or digital products you can earn money with and even use for your own business. In addition you can earn money for referring others to the business opportunity.

With both of these issues covered instantly, not only are you saving time, but a huge amount of money in start-up costs that you would otherwise need to spend to develop a business. It is assumed you have a computer and Internet connectivity and this configuration more or less defines your business. Beyond that necessary equipment, your expense as well as effort will be largely focused on advertising and marketing.

It is a fair exchange between the affiliate program and the member. The member receives the right to earn money from the program’s intellectual property and to use various resources that they may provide toward that end. In return the member advertises the business to sell the products and refer others to the company. For the company this means they will spend less in the advertising the affiliates will need to do if they want to earn commissions.

An additional benefit of being in business on the Internet is the cost of doing business. Anything that you can do in the virtual world is 10 times less expensive than doing basically the same operation offline. For example you are reaching millions of people by advertising on the Internet and via email marketing which goes hand-in-hand with any online business. If you were to pay for enough paper, printing and postage to reach even half that many people, it would cost you a small fortune.

It’s just the way the world is that things are easier done with money and although you can do many things to promote your business online absolutely free, it will require less effort and time if you are able to afford some help, for example to build your list of prospects. Of course there is nothing to say that someday you can’t start your own affiliate program and your members will help you advertise your business!

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