I quit my 9-5 job back in 2007 to create my own online business. I couldn’t stand it anymore…the daily grind, the office politics. Going to the same building every single day and wondering whether I’d be stuck in that room for the next 30 years. I hated that I was spending the bulk of my days working my ass of to make someone ELSE money. I hated that no matter how good an employee I was, no job is ever secure and I could be let go at any time.
Most of all, I despised the fact that I was spending 5 out of every 7 days doing something I absolutely hated. Seriously…I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I had spent three years researching and trying to find out how to create my own online business so I could quit my job.
I ended up selling on Ebay for 8 years and I was fairly successful at that. It gotme started at being my own boss, setting my own hours, managing my income taxes, having the self discipline to work for myself…all the stuff that comes with starting a business from home. But doing Ebay was hard. I was working way too many hours.
Then, in 2015, I got training to become an affiliate marketer and I’ve been doing that ever since. I now have several websites that earn money, I recently started two YouTube channels to go with those websites, and I’m absolutely loving what I do every day. I get to promote products and services having to do with topics I’m actually passionate about, and that makes my job fun. Yep, that’s what I said…my job is actually FUN.
So I’ve had a ton of training, created a lot of websites, started two YouTube channels, and I work at home online in my pajamas. So I think I’m qualified to give you good advice on how to start your own online business. 🙂
Starting a business at home is something you need training for, obviously. I got my training from a company called, Wealthy Affiliate. They teach people how to work at home online and make money.
They’re the ones who taught me, step-by-step how to build the websites I have, how to become an affiliate (rep) for products and services I wanted to sell, and how to get customers to my websites to buy those products and services.
That’s a pretty simplified explanation of what they do, but that’s it in a nutshell. Wealthy Affiliate bases their training on 4 simple steps to starting a business at home:
Step 1. Choose a topic (this should be something you like/LOVE).
Step 2. Create a website.
Step 3. Drive traffic to your website.
Step 4. Earn revenue/commissions.
It really is that simple. Their training consists of step-by-step videos that teach you how to accomplish these 4 steps.
Free Starter Membership: Wealthy Affiliate has a Free Starter Membership that includes:
10 free classes in Online Entrepreneur Certification (that’s a fancy phrase for “training for beginners!”)
10 free classes in Affiliate Bootcamp (this is where they teach you how to promote Wealthy Affiliate and earn really big commissions for doing it)
1 free website
50 training modules
2 training classrooms
24/7 help/support for the first 7 days
Trial membership for keyword research tools
1x commissions for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate
All you need is an email to sign up for the Free Starter Membership. This membership will help you check this out…see if you like it…and see if this is how you’d like to start your business from home.
Premium Membership: After that, you can choose to upgrade to their Premium Membership which includes:
50 classes in the Online Entrepreneur Certification
70 classes in the Affiliate Bootcamp
1,000+ training modules (yes, you read that right!)
400+ live training classes (they do new live trainings weekly)
13 training classrooms
Unlimited tech support for your websites
Free, unlimited membership in keyword research tools (I use this every day)
DOUBLE commission for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate
Monthly Premium Membership: $49 per month (they’ll give you your first month for $19)
Annual Premium Membership: $495 (works out to about two months free)
I chose the Annual Membership because it’s the cheapest. I became an Annual Premium Member back in 2015, and I renew my membership every year. There are a ton of reasons why I continue to be a Premium Member of Wealthy Affiliate, but I’ll quickly sum up the main reasons:
- They host all my websites for this ridiculously low price
- They provide 24/7 tech support for all of my websites
- They provide ongoing training
- They keep me up to date on the latest stuff
- They have the classrooms where I can type in a question and receive several answers within minutes.
- They pay me huge commissions for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate, which I’m happy to do because without Wealthy Affiliate, I’d still be stuck working a job I hate!
I Hope This Has Helped
Congratulations on having the brains and the courage to break out of the rat race and find out how to start a business from home. Seriously, most people won’t go to the trouble and remain stuck in jobs they hate for life. Wealthy Affiliate’s training is fun, easy to follow, and it’s effective. I’m so glad I found them! Debra 🙂