At some point in almost every adult's life we dream of being our own boss. For some people it is the lure of writing our own paycheck. For others it may be the flexibility that comes with working for yourself. The problem and the end of most people's dream is that they do not have the start up capital. Or if they do they are afraid to invest it in something they are not sure will work.
The solution to this problem could be starting a business at home. Depending on the business you are looking to get into, you can start with little to no money if you plan correctly.
What kind of business can you start with no money?
Well if you have a computer with a connection to the internet you can start a business today.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to get started in your own business. You sell other people's products and do not deal with any of the customer service issues, like billing, returns, support etc.
Once you have made the decision, you need to evaluate your skills. What services can you offer and what skills can you bring. Many people will go to search engines to search for affiliate marketing programs, which is fine, but how do you choose? There are literally hundreds of them out there.
Where should you start?
My recommendation is to start with a company called ClickBank. They are the leading affiliate marketing marketplace for downloadable products. That means products with no shipping and handling. Products that the person can get and use immediately after purchase.
This is a good place to start because these products tap into the instant gratification impulse in people. They want something and they want it now. All you have to do is show them where to get it.
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Another thing you can do is check out eBay's or Amazon.com's affiliate programs. They are huge sites that are obviously very good at converting shoppers into buyers. All you need to do is send people over to their site and you get a commission when they buy. Both programs offer ways to increase revenues through links and blogs. These are free and definitely worth checking out. Remember, the more you make the more they make.
So do not think that you need a lot of money to get started working for yourself. If you have a computer you can start today, without quitting your current job. Then as your business grows you can make the decision to devote more time to it.
Many people hold on to a job they hate for reasons of "security". They feel that their job is giving them security. Well just look around at all the stories of people who worked for years at a job, only to be downsized, or laid off, or have the company go out of business. Where is the security when you are working for someone else?
If you are working for yourself then you truly have security.