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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!


Take Control Where You Can – Start a Business from Home

If you are still working at a job, hopefully you like what you are doing, are being paid fairly and will be able to keep the position. None of the above is a given. Sometimes we must do things we are not crazy about just to support ourselves, sometimes we are not paid what we are worth or as much as we need to live well; sometimes we find our job is gone through no fault of our own. That’s the way it is.


The idea is to be prepared for any eventuality. It is a really tough thing to be worried about it after the fact. For example it is Friday afternoon at work and you get a ‘pink slip’ out of the clear blue sky. If they have any decency at all (and are in a position to), they are giving you pay in lieu of notice or at least notice of 14 to 30-days. (Friday is the day industry recommends letting people go as this gives them the weekend to recover from the shock and they don’t have much time to sabotage anything before they clock out).

It comes down to finding out how you will survive until you find another job. You take stock of what you have in the way of your pay during the ‘notice’ period, any accrued vacation they may pay you for, any severance pay (which is sometimes like 1-2-weeks pay for every year of service). If you are being ‘laid off, you do qualify for unemployment insurance right off the bat. For other situations in losing your job (fired, etc) you need to consult with the EDD office in your state, but it is believed that only people who quit their jobs would not qualify for at least some benefits as they do take the money out of our paychecks to fund that.

Then you need to take stock of your savings, pension or 401k plans. Really terrible if you need to tap those but it is good to know that they stand between you and sleeping under the freeway if you can’t find a job any time soon. Don’t have a cavalier attitude about that because during job recessions even executives and professionals sometimes have a very hard time finding work, particularly if they are over 40 or so.

If you have been wise you will have already at least started a business from home part-time or even as a hobby, that given full-time attention could be another source of income for you. If not then it can be really tough to be looking for a job at the same time as you are trying to start a business. Being that it takes time and consistent effort for a new business to develop, you should try to find at least part-time work first, if you aren’t prepared for this crisis.


Why Do You Want to Start a Home Business?

Most people likely would just say they want to start a home business to make money. To what degree depends on the individual circumstances. It could be extra money to pay bills because the regular paycheck is not ‘stretching’ as far as necessary. It could be extra money for some special thing like a vacation or a new car for example. It could be extra money to create some savings or investments for retirement or a ‘safety net’.

Money could be needed more critically if someone has lost their job and has been unable to find another one, and need to replace their salary. This is the scenario where they would be better off if they had started something part-time that they could capitalize on where ‘spare time’ is all they have right now! It is important to plan for the unexpected just like we should do for earthquakes or hurricanes, etc. Once the emergency hits, it is a little late to prepare.

Although when we are doing well and don’t think we have any problems it is normal to not worry, if somebody reads the news for the past few decades they should realize that ‘only by the grace of God go I’ is a real, true statement. It could happen to anyone. Don’t get complacent because you know you do your best to do a good job, and often ‘go the extra mile’ to exceed expectations; however that is no insurance at all. When companies make decisions to eliminate jobs, it is positions that they are looking at, not people. Be prepared. Save your money, start building something on your own to increase your security. Do it now before it is critical.

There are blogs and other social network communications from people who call themselves the ‘used to haves’ – these are people who used to have good jobs and enjoyed a good salary and all the things you can buy; they are people who are educated and skilled. Yet they lost everything through no fault of their own. They lost their jobs and their salary because their company merely wanted to make more money and so they moved their operations ‘overseas’ where they do not have minimum wage laws or taxes. The ‘used to haves’ are now struggling to pay their bills, have no prospects for jobs and are every day becoming more and more depressed and deeper in the hole.

It is therefore surprising that more of them to do not arrive at the possibility of starting a business online from home. They do have for the most part education and skills – they must know how to do quite a few things that could be ways to earn money from home. Of course many are willing to make less money or work longer or just to do anything out of desperation. Another option they have is to apply at temporary agencies to get assignments that can just help to tide them over until they find permanent work.

Yes, for the most part wanting to start a business from home is mostly about money – but there is a lot more to it as far as feeling strong and feeling good about yourself because you are doing more than what is expected – because you always feel you can accomplish more, and because you are going to be prepared for the unexpected (and if it never comes you will find something to do with a nice chunk of money you have saved!)

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