I Come from a background of sales and marketing and this career lasted for around ten years. From my own experience, I can share with you just how “damaging” working in that environment was for my health and emotional well-being. The office environment, high levels of pressure to perform and go “above and beyond”, the tiredness, boredom and the long monotonous shift patterns, including some weekends. I mean the list goes on and on. This may not affect everyone the same way but for myself, I just felt imprisoned and stuck, which eventually led to depression. So what exactly are your options if you are experiencing career uncertainty... lets dig in!
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today ”
~ Steve Jobs
This is a growing space within the internet and one that will soon be, a more widely recognised profession. It is a process of advertising products or services and receiving a commision on products sold or visitors to the particular company. The efforts of the individuals marketing will determine the ability to earn moderate to life changing commissions. This is a great way of working around your own personal interests.....
If you are passionate about camping for example, you can advertise camping equipment … and when a purchase is made, after they click your advert, then you receive the commissions.
This is exactly the area that I am building within my own online business, due to the vast services and products out there. Billions are spent each year and with customers opting to purchase online due the the current economic climate, there is opportunity now more than ever. When the world came to a standstill, everyone went online! Its a digital world and has been for a while
Some of the top affiliate companies Amazon, Clickbank, Ebay, shopify and many more. Approximately 10% of amazon’s sales come from affiliate marketers and a whopping $5 billion in revenue was generated last year in the US by affiliate marketers.
There is huge potential to make extra money and even replace your income but, it requires putting the work in! All these, “get rich quick” schemes, promising you their formula to earn $40,000 within 90 days, is not the route to go! Marketing requires, learning the platforms to promote on, such as social media, pinterest or Instagram but also website knowledge and content writing.
Any business takes work and education, affiliate marketing is no different. What you put in, in terms of mastering your craft, the more you will gain and those can be plenty!
Pat Flynn is one of the top entrepreneurs online but it wasn't always that way. In 2008, he lost his job, during the financial crisis and began building a website to help him pass an exam in the architecture industry.
Forbes described how Pat Flynns site was recieving thousands of hits a day and his intention was not on making money, he stumbled upon digital entrepreneurship . His advice to anyone wanting to build an online business, is to PROVIDE VALUE TO THOSE WHO YOU SERVE ONLINE.
I have heard this countless times from successful entrepreneurs and is always something I have in my mind, whenever I am creating content. It does not matter if you are selling washing machines, or a toothbrush.... what problem needs solving for your potential customer and how are you going to solve it.... the sale is a byproduct.
You do not need a blog or website to become an affiliate marketer. Creating ads on Social media for instance can gain you sales but its important to follow that up with valuable posts. The pros of having your own website or blog is for exactly the same reason.... creating and providing valuable posts that will drive traffic to your website. On the site and individual posts you can display banner ads and links from different affiliate companies. Look at the website as your digital realestate as this is a place your control.
Its also a good idea to do some research on other successful entrepreneurs and affiliate companies. Spend some time writing down what you are interested in or passionate about. Writing posts several times a week will soon become dull if your heart is not in it.
Once you have an idea of your interests you can sign up for affiliate programs in that area. NOTE many affiliate companies like Amazon, will not consider you until your website has regular visitors, another pro for a website!
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This platform is one of the biggest out there, with millions of videos on any topic you could possibly imagine. During my education on the entrepreneurial journey, youtube has been my saving grace and without that source of quick knowledge by other tech experts, my computer would have been in real physical danger.
So how you you turn your videos ( choosing a topic of passion or expertise ) in to cash. Youtube have their own ad network or there is the sponsorship route, once you build a big enough following .
Some of the most ranked on youtube are newcomers and entertain their audience with funny stunts, children unwrapping toys and gamers. The highest earner is gamer Daniel Middleton who holds a mindblowing 17 million followers on his channel.
Daniel is a perfect example of turning a passion in to a business! Doing what Daniel loves has brought him fortune and he creates an environment that offers huge value and entertainment for his followers.
TECH ~ many use their smart phones to shoot their videos but to get high quality, you will nedd the equipment, such as a , tripod, video camera, editing software, lighting and a microphone. Also, take some time to gain experience and confidence with the process before jumping straight on to a channel. You can post for free on youtube which will provide the experience you may need.