It feels like a supersized New Year, a new decade, a new start, a time for big new plans and goals. A time to build the future you always wanted.
You had the Idea.
Soooo, you’ve been planning this for a while. A few months, a year, a few years? Still doing the research?
Affiliate Marketing seems to fit the bill and ticks all the right boxes. Work from home or anywhere. Can be built into a good solid business. Can earn a living wage or much better.
You’ve been looking at blogs, come across many get rich schemes and systems ‘guaranteed’ to make you rich as well as ones that seem legitimate.
Black Friday was tempting, almost took the plunge but held back.
Does that sound like you?
It’s not easy is it, avoiding the sharks while seeing through the murky water they have stirred up? You want to take the plunge but also don’t want to be scammed.
Been there, done that!
Yes, I was there right where you are early 2019. I had done my homework, researched everything inside out. Seen all the videos touting the laptop lifestyle with views of palm trees on a beach or the fancy house with flash car.
Beach pictures can come from anywhere and apparently the house and car are often hired by the hour. Maybe not always but seems like it’s true much of the time. Next time you look at a video that done from the ‘big house’, look at the background. It looks very impersonal, no homely touches or anything remotely family like.
Plus you can never get to see what’s on offer until you pay and then its too late.
How to avoid wasting Your money
If you have good intuition, listen to it. If not, look at the clues, like those above.
Beware of any that tell you that you can earn a mega wage with 1 or 2 hour a week. That is not realistic at all. Avoid ones that say you can start earning the very next day and those that say 2 or 3 clicks to get a money making machine up and running, with earnings pouring in within hours.
Many also say:
So easy a total novice can do it.
No hours of video to watch.
Just copy and paste.
These and more come along with many systems purporting to lead you to earning hundreds of pounds or dollars in a day.
Yes they probably can earn you money eventually but they can be complicated to set up. With some it can take weeks to even get the log in email and days to get an answer from the support.
How to get started
If you want to build a good business that will last and continue to earn you money well into the future you need to learn how to do it properly.
So choose wisely and ensure that whichever one you choose has a good training programme that covers everything you need to know.
How do you find that out?
Choose one that lets you have access before you pay anything. A legitimate programme has nothing to fear and everything to gain from you seeing whats on offer.
Once you have access you will know whether its what you want or not. Its better to look and then decide before you pay any money.
After many months of research, then reading blogs, researching more and watching endless videos on various ‘Systems’, I had become very disillusioned. I was convinced there weren’t any legitimate programmes out there.
I gave up for a while then accidentally came across a reference to a company called Wealthy Affiliate. Hope once again reared it’s head and I went searching for more information.
Despite hearing only good things, I was sceptical. Why was this company so different? So I followed the trail right to the door. Yet I still held back convinced it wouldn’t be any good.
I discovered you could actually join for free, go in and have a look around. Second visit I actually joined, got in and looked around.
The free training alone was amazing.
In the first week I realised how little I knew, despite having run an online craft business for nearly 10 years. However, I was still sceptical and looking very carefully at everything.
I was offered a month of premium for less than half price, so I took it. I wanted to check out what the Premium training was like. Would it be any good, much the same or better than what was offered at the free level?
Within a few days of starting the Premium training I knew that this was the real deal and I intended to stay until I succeeded.
My early scepticism vanished and was replaced with a determination to succeed. I knew that I had the tools now to reach my goals and it was up to me how much time and effort I put in. Success or failure was also down to me.
It was hard work, learning so much alongside my usual life and it’s many commitments was not easy. In time it does get easier as you integrate the knowledge and everything begins to fall into place.
Was it worth it?
I still love it after 9 months and I still have much to learn.
Many who started at the same time are further ahead, which is fine. I do not have as many hours to spare as some, due to family and other business commitments.
Plus we all learn at a different pace. It is better not to rush through but to ensure we learn it all thoroughly to build the solid foundation a lasting business needs.
If you are looking to take that step forward to start building a business as you learn, Wealthy Affiliate is the place to do it.
Come and join me. Start this new decade the way you mean to go on, building a better future and living life the way you want to.
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