I’ve been self employed since January 1, 2008 when I finally got the courage to quit my J.O.B. and start my own business. I had been searching for years for how to be self employed. I finally settled on an Ebay business, and I quit my 9-5 job. I did Ebay for several years and was fairly successful. I definitely liked having my own business, working at home, setting my own hours, and being my own boss.
But I soon found out that the bigger your Ebay business gets, the harder you have to work. I was working six and seven days a week, and it just wasn’t what I had in mind when I decided to be self employed.
How to Be Self Employed
In my opinion, being self employed shouldn’t mean working seven days a week. The whole reason I wanted to quit my job in the first place was so I could have more freedom. I hated being stuck in the same office eight hours a day, five days a week. I felt like my whole life was passing me by! But the Ebay thing wasn’t much better.
Instead of being tied to an office, I was tied to my home, stuck shipping packages all day every day, without ever having a day off. So I set out to find another way to be self employed and actually enjoy myself and have more freedom.
Affiliate marketing is where you have websites that make money – that’s the simplest way to describe it. It’s a way you can work at home online, have your own business, set your own hours and be your own boss WITHOUT working seven days a week! I started my training to be an affiliate marketer in 2015. I’m a full time affiliate marketer now – but I say that lightly, because full time in affiliate marketing is more like 20-25 hours a week (LOVE it!)
How to Start Self Employment
The way I started was signing up for the free starter program at Wealthy Affiliate. They taught me everything I needed to know to have my own business and work at home online. I now have two websites and two YouTube channels. I have hundreds of email subscribers and social media followers. I work at home in my pajamas – sitting on my couch with my laptop. And like I said, I rarely work more than 25 hours in a week. You can read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate HERE, or watch my video to hear about it in more detail:
Free Training to Be Self Employed
Wealthy Affiliate offers a free starter program that includes 20 free, step-by-step video classes. Their training revolves around these four steps to creating a website and making money with it:
- Choosing a niche (topic) for your website
- Building your website (they show you – it’s super easy)
- Getting traffic to your website
- Making MONEY
By the time you complete the free starter program, you’ll have a full understanding of what affiliate marketing is and how it works. You get one website FREE with your starter program.
Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership
If you do the free training and you decide (like I did!) that this is actually a job you would like, then you can upgrade to their Premium Membership and get tons more training. The Premium Membership includes 100+ more step-by-step video training classes, live training webinars, several classrooms, and one-on-one help from more experienced Wealthy Affiliate members.
The Premium Membership also includes free hosting for your website, along with 24/7 tech support. The Premium Membership is only $19 for your first month, then $49 per month thereafter. You can also save a lot if you purchase the membership annually. You can read my full overview of the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership HERE, or you can watch my video which describes the program in detail:
Best Way to Be Self Employed
In my opinion, doing affiliate marketing is one of the best self employed jobs because it’s easy to learn, and it can revolve around a topic you like and enjoy. When I started the free program with Wealthy Affiliate, I chose animals as my topic because I’m a huge animal lover. With the free training, I built a website to help animals. It’s beautiful, and I love it. I also built the website you’re on right now, and I absolutely love using this website to teach people how to do what I do – how to quit the jobs they hate, become self employed, and actually like their job.
I Hope This Helped!
I’m so glad you found this article so you won’t be scammed by companies that will charge you thousands of dollars to teach you how to be self employed with your own business. Wealthy Affiliate is the real deal – it’s real training that works. I personally will never go back to a 9-5 job again. I love my business and I’m so glad I had the courage to try it. I hope you will too! Debra