Whether or not your current job is something you can or want to do from home, you can decide to work from home permanently. This is a decision I made over a decade ago. I worked in offices for 22 years, then, in 2008, I quit my J.O.B. and started my own online business. I’ve been working from home ever since, and I personally love it. Let me tell you some of the reasons why – and then I’ll tell you how I did it.
Reasons I Love Working from Home
I could probably list more than a 100 reasons, right off the top of my head, why I love working from home. But the biggest reasons are these:
- I’m my own boss
- I set my own hours
- My income earning potential has no limit
- I get to work on something I love
- The tax benefits are huge
- I love working at home in my pajamas
- I don’t have to set an alarm
- I don’t have a commute to work
- I sit on the couch, overlooking my gorgeous patio, with my laptop
- I don’t have to put up with any crap from a boss or co-workers LOL
How I Started Working from Home
My first venture to work from home online was an Ebay business I started in 2008. I did Ebay for several years, and was fairly successful at it. But after a while, as my business grew, the workload became too much. I was doing shipping six days a week, seven days a week during the holiday season. I could never take a day off and I was often still working well into the evenings.
So I got online to find other ways I could make money from home and I discovered affiliate marketing. Unfortunately, I ended up getting scammed by an affiliate marketing course that didn’t pan out at all, so I actually gave up my first time out. But then, in 2015, I started thinking about affiliate marketing again. The Ebay thing was really getting old, yet I really wanted to continue working from home online. So I searched again for an affiliate marketing training course. This time, thankfully, I found a company called Wealthy Affiliate.
How I Learned to Do Affiliate Marketing
Wealthy Affiliate is a company who teaches people, in step-by-step videos, how to do affiliate marketing. If you don’t know what affiliate marketing is, it’s basically a business where you have websites that make money.
You choose a topic, create a website, create content (articles, blog posts or videos) all about that topic. And you sign up to be an affiliate for products and services having to do with that topic and promote those products and services within your content and get a commission whenever anyone purchases the product. That’s a super simplistic explanation, so let me suggest this video for a more thorough explanation.
Wealthy Affiliate’s Free Starter Membership
The Free Starter Membership includes 20 free classes, 24/7 support, one free website, 50+ training modules, and 2 training classrooms, plus the ability to earn commissions for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate. You can read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate (includes video) HERE. Here’s a list of the first 10 free classes in the Free Starter Membership:
Lesson 1: Getting Rolling!
Lesson 2: Understanding How to Make Money Online
Lesson 3: Choosing a Niche
Lesson 4: Building Your Own Niche Website
Lesson 5: Setting Up Your Website
Lesson 6: Getting Your Website Ready for Search Engines
Lesson 7: Creating Your Initial Website Content
Lesson 8: Creating Custom Menus on Your Website
Lesson 9: Understanding Keywords – the Start of Your Business
Lesson 10: Congratulations and Your Next Steps
Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Membership
If you complete the classes in the Free Starter Membership and decide you like affiliate marketing and would like to make it your full time job, you can upgrade to the Premium Membership to continue your training and get the million-and-one other benefits that come in with the Premium Membership.
The Premium Membership includes 100+ additional classes, unlimited support, weekly live training webinars, 1000+ training modules, up to 10 websites (including your own domains), 13 training classrooms, free access to Jaaxy (a keyword research tool that normally costs $49 per month), plus double commissions for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate – $19 for the first month, then $49 per month thereafter.
Or you can save money by purchasing a full year’s membership for $495 (results in about two months free). You can read my full overview (video included) of the Premium Membership HERE.
Working from Home Permanently
If this idea appeals to you, and you’d like to have a way to work from home permanently, learning affiliate marketing is definitely a way you can do that. As a direct result of the training I received at Wealthy Affiliate, I now have two websites I work on every week. The one you’re on right now, where I promote Wealthy Affiliate and teach people how to work at home online, and a second website all about animals.
I write articles and blog posts for both websites, and I now have a YouTube channel for each website. And the best part is, I only work about 20-25 hours per week. Affiliate marketing doesn’t require a lot of hours to make a full time income.
If you’re interested in seeing exactly what this looks like, you can read my article, Affiliate Marketing Job Description – What I Do Every Day as an Affiliate Marketer, or watch this video to see exactly what I do for my job every day:
I Hope This Helped!
I’ve been working from home for more than a decade now, and I love it. I’ll never go back to a 9-5 job. My online business is continuing to thrive, and I thoroughly enjoy the work I do each day. If you’d like to work at home permanently, I strongly recommend trying the free training at Wealthy Affiliate.
It’s a good way to check out affiliate marketing and see if having your own online business is something you’d enjoy. If you decide to sign up for the free training, you’ll see me inside Wealthy Affiliate – I’ll be the first to welcome you, and I’ll be available to you there whenever you have questions or need help.
If you’d like more information about working from home permanently, read my article, How to Work at Home and Love It (includes video). Thanks so much for visiting, and good luck with your quest to work from home permanently! Debra 🙂