Affiliate Marketing - Ten Great Reasons
To Do It
by Elaine Currie
There are many opportunities to make money working on
the Internet. Becoming an affiliate marketer is a great
way of having your own online business. Here are ten excellent
reasons why you should choose affiliate marketing for
your home based business.
1. Be Your Own Boss - What a magical ring that phrase
has to it! This is my absolute favourite reason for being
an affiliate marketer. Actually, it is my top reason for
having any home based business.
2. Low cost set-up - Most affiliate programmes are free
to join, so all you need to start your business is an
Internet-connected computer and word-processing software.
You can work from absolutely anywhere in the world and
it makes no difference whether you have a cosy office
or work from a corner of your kitchen table.
3. No shipping costs - You don't need to worry about paying
for postage or buying packing stuff such as boxes, wrapping
paper, parcel tape, labels and so on. You never have to
struggle with carrying heavy packages to the post office.
The cost and bother of packing and shipping products to
customers belongs to the merchant, not the affiliate.
4. Choice of thousands of products and services - All
you have to do is decide what you want to sell (and, of
course, what you think people will want to buy), just
about everything is available online. With affiliate directories
like Clickbank it's easy to find products to sell.
5. No merchant account or invoicing software required
- You can forget the problems associated with invoicing,
collecting payments and processing credit cards. The merchant
handles all payment processing; as an affiliate, you never
have to worry about chargebacks, fraud or losing your
6. On sale everywhere - Your sales area has no geographic
limits but you don't have to leave home. You can promote
your web site worldwide, every Internet user in the whole
world is potentially your customer (and you call this
a small business!).
7. High income potential -With your own affiliate business
your income level is limited only by your desire and effort
- not by corporate salary scale structure or the whim
of your boss.
8. No inventory to carry - You can sell any item, large
or small without having to worry about storage space.
You could sell trucks from a one-bedroom apartment! You
don't have to the worry or expense of insuring stock or
having extra security to protect it.
9. Low running costs - Apart from a modest budget for
advertising and a small amount to pay for your internet
connection, you have nothing much in the way of overheads.
You work from home, so the big expense of renting premises
is avoided and it is possible to get income tax reductions
to cover some things such as part of your electricity
and phone bills.
10.Always open for business - As an affiliate, your business
keeps running and pulling in profits for you 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, even on Bank Holidays. You are open
for business even while you are asleep. You don't have
to worry about business hours or delivery deadlines, all
that proceeds on autopilot. You don't have to worry about
scheduling staff holidays: you don't even need any staff!
About the Author
This is one of a series of articles published by the author,
Elaine Currie, BA(Hons) at
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