In a survey I conducted, a reader wrote:
Thanks for your support!
I have lost my job (after 20 years) and I don't want to go back to corporate America to become a slave again.
Do you know if I could make a decent living working with affiliate programs?"
You're most welcome.
I'm sorry to hear that you lost your job of twenty years, and I can certainly understand your not wanting to go back to a similar situation.
First of all, before I answer your question, for those who don't know, let me briefly explain what an affiliate program is. An affiliate program is essentially a program run by a business that pays you a commission or referral fee for sending sales or visitors to their website. Amazon Associates and ClickBank are two of the better known and more popular programs, but there are many more out there.
Can you make a decent living working with them?
Of course you can! You can make a decent living doing just about anything.
However, in my experience, there are two things, three actually, that you need to make real money with affiliate programs:
1. A large following (and by large here I mean many, many thousands or tens of thousands) of people who trust you in some particular area of expertise.
2. The willingness to personally buy at full price and use the products or services you're recommending to your followers.
3. Most important, you like what you're doing!
On the subject of business, in his Wealth Science Course, Wallace D. Wattles wrote that in order to acquire wealth:
"... you must know what you want to do. First, choose your business. Choose the one that seems most in line with your tastes, and which will require the use of your strongest faculties. Select for your life work the thing you most WANT to do. Do not become possessed by the idea that you must be fixed by circumstances in some business or profession which you do not like, and barred out from the one which you WOULD like. Even though you are making money, you are not successful so long as you are doing something you do not like to do, and not doing the thing you want to do. The man who feels that he is misplaced is neither wealthy nor successful. Perhaps the most essential part of wealth-culture consists in finding the place where you will be happy in your work. If you are not happy in your work, you are a slave."
It's not where you work or who you work for that makes you a slave, it's doing what you don't like to do. Somehow, and I could be wrong here, but I don't think so, I highly doubt you woke up one morning and decided that the thing you most like to do in life is work with affiliate programs. Odds are, instead, you heard somewhere there was good money to be made in working with affiliate programs, probably from someone selling a book or course in how to make good money working with affiliate programs.
Let me share something with you. Anytime in my life I ever did anything purely for the money, regardless of how much it was, I was miserable, absolutely miserable. The truth of the matter is unless you like what you're doing, you can be just as much a slave working with affiliate programs as you can working in "corporate America" or corporate anywhere else for that matter.
1. Determine what it is you most like to do.
2. Figure out a way to make money doing it, whether it be working for yourself or someone else.
3. Begin moving in that direction, even if you have to do something else in the meantime.
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By the way, while we're at it, as my answer to it doesn't justify an entire post unto itself, there's one more question I want to address today that, in one form or another, I'm asked from time to time, though I'm not quite sure why. Here it is:
"Are you owning a church where you are? I'm an employed young man and have little time to check my inbox emails."
No, I don't. I'm not sure why you ask, but I certainly appreciate your doing so.