If you are considering starting an online business, you may well be asking yourself “Can I create a successful online business as an affiliate marketer?”
Valid question. It’s one that I asked myself when I started my own digital business. The answer is YES YOU CAN.
I have no idea regarding your reasons for considering starting an online business, but I do know why I did and why I chose affiliate marketing. Today I am happy to share my reasons with you and by sharing my ‘WHY’ it might just help you understand why I’m so willing to help anyone else wanting to do the same.
Here’s My 'Why'
I share with you, on my about us page, that I teamed up with my daughter because we both wanted to escape the confines of the traditional workforce. We owned and managed a busy coffee shop and we were on our feet 12 hours a day, seven days a week. With little life outside of work hours, we could see that we were going to wear out long before we got the chance to rust out! Worn out and with deteriorating health, we were on the lookout for a better way.
First of all, we got crystal clear about our goals:
- We wanted our own business,
- We wanted a sustainable and enjoyable work-life balance,
- Ideally, we were looking for something mobile that we could operate from anywhere,
- We wanted to earn a decent income, and
- We were on the lookout for something that didn't cost a bomb to get started.
It was about that time [the universe works in mysterious ways] that we came across a video introducing us to a system that looked like it ticked all our boxes - we were wary. We had heard a lot about people being sucked into internet scams and losing a lot of money. But yet our interest was sparked enough for us to investigate further. At that stage, we had limited clues as to how the internet worked and only a whisker or an idea how to make money from it.
This was our first introduction to affiliate marketing – [and we are now affiliates for that very same program!]
It is a very simple process - and note that I said ‘simple’, not ‘easy’. If it was that easy then everyone would be doing it. BUT being an affiliate marketer is a lot easier than it used to be simply because there are so many more resources and tools out our disposal today than there was 10 years ago - even 5 years ago. I remember the first computer I ever used, it was nothing more than a keyboard and a huge black and white tv screen. Windows……wait, what? YouTube…….not yet invented. Social Media……the newspaper and a monthly magazine.
However, with the internet, tools, and resources available today, ANYONE can become a very successful affiliate marketer, IF they have the desire to do so.
Why Did I Choose To Become An Affiliate Marketer?
Like I said, I’ve been in business before and I like being the boss. I really enjoy being in charge of my own destiny and also of my finances and I really like to do it in my own way. But no one can just keep giving every waking hour to a business and not have other parts of their life suffer because of it. There has to be balance.
Now I could have bought another brick and mortar business that didn’t involve me having to do such long hours or such hard yakka but I felt that that would just be buying myself another financial noose. No thanks. And I was definitely chasing the opportunity for a good work-life balance.
After watching the Bootcamp Video Series, that showed me how the whole affiliate marketing/online business thing worked and seeing that this was, in fact, a legitimate and viable business option, I decided that it was a bit of a no-brainer really - it had unlimited potential [scalability], low-cost and low-risk entry.
Thanks to the Internet, a global audience was at my fingertips and my business was where-ever I took my laptop and could get a decent internet connection. Big-fat-tick.
So, my daughter and I got to work and started building a full-time, income producing online business and initially, it was a lot of work, but we had alot of fun!
If anyone tells you otherwise I would say they are full of B*S*. We had to learn a lot of new skills and then we had to put them into practice and we both did this in the initial stages in our spare time - developing and implementing our newfound skills while still making money doing our ‘day’ jobs.
We fitted in our learning around our weekends, sometimes early in the morning, after work - just whenever we could. It wasn’t even like it was a chore, because we were so damned excited we could barely wait to learn more! It really didn’t matter when we could fit it in as the resources were available 24/7 - aahhhh the benefits of the internet!
One of the best things for us was the support we received along the way, not only from others who were at various stages of learning the same program we did and sharing their successes along the way but we had personal mentors who were already highly successful affiliate marketers and who were just so happy to help see us, succeed too. We found ourselves immersed in an entire culture of people who are all striving to be their best - not just as marketers, but as people. Everyone paying it forward to help the next newbie through to success. Hand on heart, I can say the support is phenomenal. How often do you get that in today’s world?
Here’s Why Should You Consider Becoming An Affiliate Marketer
Whatever your ‘why’ I would like to share with you 6 important reasons why I think the affiliate marketing model is trumps.
1) You Don't Need To Have Your Own Product
There are plenty of products and services available today that have already been created, tested and proven in the market and all you have to do is market that product or service and earn a commission.
No need to source your own products, buy in bulk, insure and store goods in your own garage and you don’t have to deal with sales or outdated and unsold stock.
Basically, you find a product or service that you love, trust or use yourself, build a website, drive traffic to it and start earning money.
OK, that might be a simplified version, but basically, that’s the nuts and bolts of it.
Not tech savvy? Not a problem, I wasn’t either when I started. I wanted to learn most of the skills I needed myself, but if that's not you, it is easy enough to outsource with ease. For example, if you didn’t want to learn how to build your own website, you can pay someone else to do it for you. There are many advanced website builders available today, and they are very cost competitive.
Alternatively, if you want to build your own site, it's actually quite easy. We used DBL, [Digital Business Lounge] because it was so easy, it has prebuilt templates and the support team is amazing. It was also part of our affiliate program, so no extra $ to sign up. It is, however, sold as a separate package if you are looking for a professional hosting site with all the bells and whistles, but don't necessarily want the education system.
2) Low Start-Up Costs
Compared to a brick and mortar business, the cost to get started as an affiliate marketer is very low. The program we affiliate to has various entry levels so you can get started at almost any budget level. The point is, to get started, you don’t have to risk a lot of money if you later find out it is not for you.
When I bought my cafe, I borrowed 100’s of thousands to do it - even mortgaged our home! The potential risk was huge and gave me night sweats! Even with a franchise, you are looking at minimum $50k to get started. Awesome if you have the money, but most people don’t. So low start-up costs are a huge plus with affiliate marketing.
3) You Can Work From Anywhere
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again because how awesome is it that you can take your work with you wherever you go! No commutes - no being stuck in traffic. No more ‘late for work’ - oh yeah that’s right, I work my own hours! How cool that you can go virtually anywhere in the world today and whip out the laptop to monetize that latest bright-spark idea that just popped into your head.
4) Create A Life You Love
This means having the time freedom to live life on your terms. Nobody to tell you when to work, and when you can have time off. You don’t have to miss those important family events because work is taking priority and you don’t have to reschedule your personal life to fit the needs of your boss. So you want to wear jandals and pajamas today? - awesome, go for it!
I love it that I no longer have to work away from my husband and my home and I am grateful every day for that opportunity.
5) Financial Freedom
With some affiliate marketing programs, their sales funnel is set up so that affiliates can also make second-tier commissions. What does that mean? That means for little or no extra work, you earn extra commissions for the sales that are generated from the customers you sold to. Up goes your bank balance! Also if your affiliate program has monthly membership fees, you will earn monthly commissions on an ongoing basis. Passive income and happy retirement - that's my goal!
If you’re really serious about taking financial control of your life you CAN build a successful affiliate marketing business.
Internet processes can be automated or scheduled to take effect at any time of any day. This is how your business can work for you, earning you a living, even while you are sleeping, on vacation or otherwise ‘away from your office’.
My Final Thoughts
I could give you so many reasons why I love affiliate marketing, but like I said the ability to work from anywhere, at any time and the enjoyment I get from being my own boss is
why I pursued affiliate marketing.
I love what I do with a passion and I find each day exciting because it is different, challenging and rewarding. Like my Poppa once said, “Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life”. I love knowing I can do what I want when I want - it’s an empowering feeling to have. In fact, after posting this post I’m going to go to take the dogs for a walk and then I’m going to the beach to take some photos - it is such a lovely day!
My work day is done after this post, and it’s only 11:30 in the morning. Today I worked on my business for 3 hours and I got everything I needed to get done, now my time is my own.
That’s what being your own boss and earning a full-time income online is all about – the freedom to have choices. Choices that a lot of other people don’t have. If you are finding your current choices are limited, you have the ability to change that and you can start right now.
To be perfectly honest, if you want to start an affiliate marketing business I am so happy to help you do that, but be warned, it will take 6-12 months to get up and running. That is, of course, presuming that you were like me and had no previous experience at all. But what a fulfilling journey - doing a little bit of learning and a little bit of implementing that learning every day, and then all of a sudden all the bricks are in the wall and the magic starts to happen.
Today is a lazy day, I am only going to work 3 hours, but other days aren’t like that. Some days I work up to 8 hours - it doesn’t seem like it because this is fun and inspiring work, but I definitely don’t work long hours all in a row. I start when I want - I find I am most productive in the mornings - work a few hours, go for a walk, come back work a few more hours, take a break .......... and then finish my day. It just depends on the day, but the fact of the matter is I get to decide, no one else.
So, if you’re serious about wanting to become an affiliate marketer I can help you. Last year I partnered with experts in a digital academy and together we can help you every step of the way when it comes to starting, building and growing a successful online affiliate marketing business.
I hope you found this information helpful. If so, feel free to share it and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.
And as always, if you need a hand with anything or you have any additional questions, you can email me anytime.
I believe in you, I hope you do to!