Being short of money isn’t fun at all and yes it sucks. It especially isn’t fun when you want to find a way to get free of your job by starting a home-based business with affiliate marketing. It’s frustrating because creating a business the right way takes both time and effort. It takes time to begin to make consistent money. It’s a fact that affiliate marketing isn’t about “get rich quick”. But is it worth the effort? Absolutely! The important thing is if you stick with you, down the road the money can be phenomenal.
As I have mentioned many times the program that I believe in is Wealthy Affiliate. There is no better training anywhere on the internet for affiliate marketing. However, since it takes time to make money, some folks find it hard to pay for the monthly fee. And even though it is a ridiculously small fee, for many people who are on a tight budget coming up with the money can be hard. I was there.
I joined Wealthy Affiliate over 8 years ago and I will be a member for life! I promise you it is amazing and if you follow the training you will get awesome results. The affiliate marketing training given at Wealthy Affiliate is amazing.
But when I started, I was going through a really tough time. My ex-husband was unemployed and I was working 60 hours a week just to try and make enough money to pay the bills. So I was working on my business in the wee small hours of the morning or late at night. My point is, we were dead broke. I had no money at all to do anything. And the few credit cards I had were maxed out and behind.
Can you relate?
Here is what I did to get extra money to pay for my monthly membership…
What I did to generate cash flow 8 years ago, was I cut coupons and I shopped around for deals. I had a specific budget for groceries. And I would try to save enough with coupons and sales that I could pocket an extra $10 a week. This gave me enough money to pay for my monthly fee easily. But mind you, I only needed to do this temporarily as I started generating mailbox money (money through affiliate marketing) within a couple of months.
It sounds like such a small thing to do but it worked. It gave me the extra money I needed to make my dreams a reality. Now I pay my membership yearly because It is a much cheaper way to go and I don’t even need to think about it. I have several websites and I generate residual income daily. It really is pretty amazing.
I think if I was starting from scratch and needed an idea of what to do, I would consider doing surveys with Amazon Mechanical Turk.
MTurk isn’t about getting rich or making enough money to quit your job. That isn’t what it is meant for. Although with effort a person could make a decent amount of extra cash flow. I usually do about an hour max and generate between $5 and $10 an hour. Which isn’t much but I really enjoy doing it. I find MTurk a really fun way to pass the time. My thoughts are that it adds up to an extra $200 a month of cash flow. But doing hits could give you the cash flow you need to help pay for the training at Wealthy Affiliate.
It doesn’t matter who you are when everyone starts you start with hits that have a smaller value. Meaning you may only be paid 20 cents to do a hit. But what happens as you complete hits accurately, you build up trust with the requesters. So it is important to do good work. The higher your hit rate is the better. I like to keep mine, no lower than 97%. My point is, as you do hits, you will get more hits that pay more. Now, most of the hits I do pay anywhere from 50 cents to $10. So it can quickly add up.
Find and an Odd Job
There are always ways to create extra cash for your home-based business. You could work overtime at your day job. You could babysit or housesit. Perhaps you could mow a few lawns or help out an elderly neighbor.
Sell your Stuff
Do you have any old clothes, toys or books that someone else may enjoy? Why not have a yard sale or go on eBay and sell your stuff. I once made over $400 by selling a bunch of stuff that was collecting dust in the closet!
The most important thing I want you to take with you today is knowing that your success online is totally in your own hands. Don’t let excuses keep you from growing and creating a better life for yourself. And certainly, don’t let a small thing like lack of funds hold you back. You can create your own success!