An Online Education
Laying The Foundations
So, you’ve decided you want to supplement your income by working online, or maybe you have bigger ambitions & want to work online full time? But what will you sell? What service will you provide? Where do you even start? These are all questions that take a lot of time & research & more often than not put people off pursuing their dreams. But wait, don’t give up just yet.
If you were to build a house, the first thing you’d need would be to lay the foundations, the same applies when you set up any kind of business, online or off.
When you set out to work online, you’re in effect going into business as you’re working for yourself or selling other peoples products/services as an affiliate.
To be able to do this you need an education/training, the same way you would if you were to pursue a career or vocation in the real world. You wouldn’t for example decide to become a plumber, then the next day purchase your tools & set to work as a plumber without any qualifications. The chances are you’ll get zero business without any qualifications or experience.
You’d go on an apprenticeship or perhaps a college course & this applies to pretty much any field you wish to pursue. Yet when it comes to working online many people seem to think they will become overnight millionaires without investing a penny or any study. You’ll also need to invest a lot of time.
The bonus side of training online is of course, you can learn as you build, so you can get started from day one pretty much.
Investing In Your Future
If you were to train for a vocation in the real world it would take years of study & would cost a small fortune, putting you into debt for many years to come. So paying a small monthly fee for an online system which is in effect training you for a future career is an investment. Plus the people offering the training are entitled to an income for their work, you wouldn’t work for free so why would you expect anyone else too? Especially when so much is on offer.
The amount of training within Wealthy Affiliate for example is immense. Ever aspect of online marketing is covered in depth, from setting up your very first website, keyword research, utilizing social media, Google Adsence, Click Bank, Amazon Affiliates etc. More on this will be covered in future articles.
Choosing A Path
Although it can help if you have an idea what area of business you’d like to focus on (a niche) you’ll get plenty of ideas from within Wealthy Affiliate, many simply sell the education & training as their product, which is one path that I myself have decided to pursue as I think it offers marvelous value for money. Plus the compensation package is great.
Anybody Can Do This!
The beauty of affiliate marketing is pretty much anybody can do it. The following list gives some examples of target audiences, but this is far from a complete list.
Stay At Home Mums (Or Dads)
Elderly or Retired with A Lot Of Spare Time
The Sick Or Disabled With Access To A Computer
Summer Job Seekers
People with Undesirable Jobs
Minimum Wage Workers / McJobs
And So On.