Have you ever thought of starting up an online business? It’s great for those who want to work from home, or those who want a side hustle to earn some extra cash, but it can also become a full time business with a full time income.
When I was doing a 3 hour daily commute to work I dreamt of being able to work from home, No more getting up before the crack of dawn, no more sitting in traffic for hours every day, and no more bosses to drive me nuts. Do you sometimes dream about what that could be like? I made it happen though, here’s how…
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I did a little digging to see how people made money online. There are hundreds of things you can do apparently, copy writing, VA, guest blogging, surveys, affiliate marketing and selling your own products through Amazon or some other ecommerce platform.
I read up on each one and had a go at most of them, but one in particular had me captivated. I was spellbound by affiliate marketing. Basically it means selling someone else’s product or service and being paid a commission for doing so.
Wow, I could make money from just recommending things to other people. That sounded like a great way to make money. I did some further research to see how I could get started.
Within a month I had become an affiliate marketer. If you want to know more about what affiliate marketing is I have written a whole post on it here. I was promoting products on Amazon by creating mini adverts that I posted online.
I was making money too! 🙂 Okay, to be honest yes I was making money but I was only making a few pence here and there as the commissions on Amazon are not great. But the point was, I could see that it worked in principle and this was all I needed to know at this point.
I then started to look around online for information about affiliate programmes to join that offered more than just a few pennies as a reward. To my utter astonishment I found that there were hundreds. I had no idea that this affiliate marketing was such a big thing.
So, now I was more determined than ever to get it working for me. I could actually see the potential in this business model and the day I could kiss my job goodbye was seeming ever closer.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to give you the impression that starting up an online business is easy, it’s not. There are lots of things you have to learn and master just like there are in any other business. But the process was much simpler than most other businesses as I only had a handful of things to get my head around before I could actually start making money from my online business.
Fast forward to today and where am I now? Well that’s a funny story. I do work from home now, whenever I want to, but I also built a whole new business around teaching others what I learnt about starting up an online business, and here I am sitting in my brand new office/training room that I moved into last week.
I still can’t believe where this journey has taken me and how much I am enjoying every day now. Thomas Jones Consultants is my limited company that I started about 5 years ago to help and support others who wanted to take the same journey as I did. I have helped hundreds of small business owners, bloggers and affiliate marketers to become profitable faster by knowing how to promote their products and services successfully online.
But I don’t tell you this to brag about my own achievements, I tell you this because I want you to know that there is nothing special about me, and if I can become an affiliate marketer, you can too. I also can’t take all the credit for my success. I owe lots of people credit for their advice, guidance, support and belief in me. I would not have been able to achieve all of this without their input.
A special thank you has to go out to Michelle Shroeder-Gardner for her amazing course “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing”. This course taught me how to market more strategically so that I reached more people and made more sales and also how to market legally, which is something you are going to want to learn. If you are thinking of starting up an online business in affiliate marketing and want some help with making it successful faster, you can sign up for her course right here and it’s a tiny investment too.
Another massive thank you goes out to Stuart Ross who’s free 7 day video course got me started on this whole journey. It was packed with vital information that you need to know if you are going to be starting up an online business as an affiliate marketer such as how to promote your links, how to build a list of potential customers and much more besides. If you would like to see the videos for yourself and learn all about affiliate marketing for free just click here.
So here I am just 5 years later. I have a successful affiliate marketing business, a successful training business and a successful blogging business. I would never have thought that all this could be possible when I first thought about starting up an online business. But look at me now, my own training room and a job I love doing.
I realise that you might not want an office, clients, hassles of running a people based business, and that’s fine. I just wanted you to know that anything is possible once you start on your journey of becoming an online business owner.
Never in a million years did I think I would be sitting here. I was, after all, dreaming about working in my PJ’s and not having to leave the house ever again. I just wanted a business that I could run from anywhere there is an internet connection so that I could work from anywhere in the world.
I still want this, and my online business gives me that option. But the truth is I missed being with people and I also wanted to share what I know with other like-minded people which makes me feel that I have done some good each day.
So, if you’re worried about starting up and online business, don’t be. I can help you. Whether you need a website, a way to build a list of potential customers, a way to attract leads and sales or just someone to help you with a workable strategy get in touch as I would love to hear from you and be able to help you on your way. Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “starting up an online business” in the subject so that I spot you right away.
I hope this post has inspired you to think about embarking on a whole new career and perhaps starting up an online business as an affiliate marketer. Just look what it did for me 🙂
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