How to Run a Business From Home

Are you tired of commuting to and from your place of work?

Most people are becoming all too familiar with spending hours a day commuting to their work.

Then you have to deal with the idea that a good portion of your pay may be going towards the cost of transportation to get to work!

I know many people that buy high-end luxury vehicles to treat themselves…quantifying their purchase with the fact they are in their vehicle so many hours a day, they may as well have the best of the best.

Want to save hours a day?  Don’t want to spend a quarter of your pay getting to work?

Then start running a business from home.

The ideal business to run from home is an online business.

Here are 5 steps on how to run an online business from home

  1. Choose a niche
  2. Create your website
  3. Get free traffic to your website
  4. Help people find the right service or product
  5. Get paid for your referrals

The 5 steps to running your business from home explained

The steps listed above is also called affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is NOT a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) or Network Marketing type of business.

There are no up lines, no downlines, no pyramids and no need to buy expensive product packages.

1-Choose a Niche

Are you passionate about any type of subject?

Then you can use that subject as your niche.

The more specific the subject the better!

As an example, let’s say you like anything to do with cars. The topic of cars is too vague and very competitive. As an individual, you will need to focus on a specific part of the car to focus on a specific niche market. Think of what part of a car you have the most interest and knowledge. Then you will need to become the “Go To Person” for that subject. It can be car radios, car floor mats, car projector lights or car wax. The choices are endless but keep your niche narrow and as specific as possible.

I have an interest in hockey but again, that is too vague so I narrowed the field of interest and started a site about Hockey Goalie Masks.

I could have narrowed that down to be even more specific such as Street Hockey Goalie masks but decided to keep it as a general goalie mask site for now.

2-Create a Website

Create your website.

You will need  to host your website through a web-hosting site like Wix or GoDaddy but my preferred web-hosting site is Wealthy Affiliate

At Wealthy Affiliate, you not only get a web-hosting service but you also get all the tools, support and education you will ever need to build your online business.

I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate for close to 2 years and it has served me well.

You don’t have to take my word for it.

You can try it out for free by clicking here and see for yourself.

If you click the link above you will get step-by-step instructions on how to build your website, write content for your site and learn what you need to do to make your site successful.

3- Get Free Traffic to Your Website

A-Organic Traffic

Traffic obtained from search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. At Wealthy Affiliate, you will learn how to write content for your site that will rank on the first page of search engines.

B-Social Media

Create a following on any of your preferred social media platforms.  Facebook now has 2 billion users, if you can capture just a fraction of that volume then you can create a business that can be run from your home.

C-Video Media

Create video content and post on youtube with links to your website. The online trend is going more and more towards video content. Video content also proves to have higher conversion rates than any other online marketing tool.

4- Help People Find The Right Service or Product

You see this happening every day in the real world.

You walk into a big box store and you ask the sales representative what is the difference between two or three different brands available in their showroom.

The rep provides you with some pros and cons on features and price.

You decide which product best meets your needs and buy it.

The representative makes a commission on every sale he or she makes.

Whether it was brand A, B or C.

Some brands may have higher commissions but the rep knows that if they provide a good service, that customer may come back to make other purchases and the rep gains the opportunity to make further sales down the road.

That type of assistance is the type of help you can offer your website visitors.

You provide a good and honest service and those readers will keep coming back.

Every time you refer them to another service or product you gain a commission.

5- Get Paid For Your Referrals

So above you learned how to refer people to products or services but how do you get paid.

That is where you need to become an affiliate.

There are thousands of companies that offer what is called affiliate programs.

Most companies work with Affiliate Agencies to manage the day to day process of screening applicants and paying commissions.

Some companies manage affiliate programs directly.

You will see affiliate agencies like CJ and FlexOffers.

Amazon is a great example of a company that manages their own affiliate program.

Make sure you have a well-developed website with sufficient traffic before applying for an affiliate program otherwise they may decline your application.

You can learn more by reading the following blog “How Soon Should I Apply For An Affiliate Program?”

You need to take action now…if YOU don’t do it now, nobody else will.

The listed steps above will help you start an online business to earn a decent income and YOU CAN give up those hours of commuting to work.

It all starts by taking that first step.

Come visit us at Wealthy Affiliate.

Sign-up for a free membership and you will have access to training and support from thousands of members including me.

Click on the link below now!

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Have any questions or comments? Please leave them below we would love to hear from you



Paul from pbworkfromhome author


16 comments on “How to Run a Business From Home
  1. Harjit says:

    Great post. You have clearly explained how to make money online by breaking it down into simple steps. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication especially the part when you have to get traffic to your website but once you get enough traffic to earn money the hard work is well worth it. I am still trying to get my pages higher in Google but trying my best to achieve page 1!

    • Paul says:


      Starting an online business is certainly not a get rich quick business. It does take hard work and persistence in order for it to be successful.

      The suggested online business option is not for anyone looking for a get rich quick business opportunity.

      Signing up to Wealthy Affiliate is a legit online business opportunity that does require you to create or manage writers to provide good content to put on your website.

      Keep up the good work and wish you the best of success.



  2. Miroslav Petras says:

    Marvelous post about how to run a business from home!
    I am a Wealthy Affiliate member for nearly a year, and I must say it was the best decision I ever made.

    However, in my experience, when it comes to creating a website, Wix is very complicated. I do not recommend Wix to anyone because I tried to build a website with Wix and failed miserably.

    Luckily there is WordPress. Probably the best website platform builder ever made.

    Thanks for this valuable post about building an online business.

    • Paul says:

      WordPress is a solid platform to build a website. Wealthy Affiliate (WA) do an incredible job at providing step by step tutorials on how to build your website on WordPress. If you get stuck WA has video classes, thousands of blogs and training related to any subject in regards to building your website. If you are still stuck… then you can ask the question and you will get a response usually within minutes from one or many of the WA dedicated members like you.

      I’m sure we will be crossing paths at Wa at some point in the future.



  3. Emeolu says:

    Wealthy Affiliate is bet option if you want to run a business from home. This is one of the best, if not THE best affiliate program out there. All you have to do is sign up for free to try it out. If you like what you see you can pay the membership fee of $19 first month, and $49 months later. As soon as you sign up, you are provided with a wide variety of tools that will aid you in running your online business. One piece of advice is to always ask questions whenever you don’t understand any of the materials.

    • Paul says:

      Asking questions is very important. I made the mistake of fast tracking through the training and then having to redo a number of things as I missed some information going through the training. 

      Having the capacity to ask questions when you need help is an amazing feature Wealthy Affiliate provides to its members. I have never seen this type of web-hosting site anywhere else online and keep kicking myself for not finding their site 10 years ago.



  4. Sharon says:

    Time and effort are much needed to start off with. There is no instant success. Patience is another virtue. Do not give up easily.
    Working from home needs discipline. Make sure to clock in the set amount of time and do not be easily distracted.
    And yes! – We need to take action ourselves, Else, we won’t be going anywhere.
    Thanks for sharing this article. I am sure anyone who wanted to work from home will find this helpful to start with.

    • Paul says:

      It certainly is only a start. It’s all nice to want success with an online business but you need to take action. The marvelous thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that they get you going. Their site answers yours questions and removes your doubt about creating a website using WrodPress and they provide the means to use that website to earn a possible income.



  5. Admin says:

    I like your post because it is clear all the steps that must be followed to achieve financial freedom and it is motivating to know that there are communities like WA that give the training and the tools to start your own business. Also, you have the technical support of Word Press To build your own website.
    Great post!…

  6. Warren says:

    Hi, Paul and Brenda. You guys really hit a home run with your explanation of getting out of the commuting 9-5 trap and into a business of your own in the place you are most comfortable…..your home. Your 5 step program is simple and complete and never once do you mention Get Rich Quick. I like that the emphasis is on helping people find a solution online. That’s what we’re here for. Nice info. Well done.

    • Paul says:

      Any business that is able to last the test of time is usually those that offer good product and service. 

      That is what we are trying to do with the teaching that we get from Wealthy Affiliate. 

      You are right in the fact we don’t talk about getting rich quick.

      Are there ways to get rich quick?  

      Probably…but we never had the great fortune of becoming rich overnight…I suppose there is a tiny chance that could happen if we were to buy some lottery tickets.

      Joking aside, affiliate marketing is a method to work from home or anywhere with an internet connection. 

      Following the 5 steps towards running a business from home will provide you what is needed to get started.

      I mentioned in a few of my blogs how I wish that found Wealthy Affiliate web-hosting/online university sooner. My online search for a legit work from home opportunity would have saved me hundreds if not thousands of hours of internet surfing.

      If you haven’t checked out Wealthy Affiliate yet…why wait! 

      It’s free to join, no credit card information required…stay as a member for as long as you like.

      Click HERE now to sign up for your membership.



  7. Sepali Nalika Rajapakse says:

    I’m a teacher in Sri Lanka and wish to do online earning. What knowledge do I need to have to do it successfully? your explanations are very clear but please give further assistance. Thank you.

    • Paul says:

      Anybody can accomplish success online with no technical or online business experience required. It is not quick and easy though. It does take work. I spent years trying to find an honest site or platform to help me create an online business. It wasn’t until I found Wealthy Affiliate that I knew I found an honest web hosting platform that provided not only a web hosting service at a competitive price but also a platform that provides training, tools, and support from a huge online business community.I can go on to explain how to earn money online but the folks at Wealthy Affiliate have 12 years of experience and training that is unmatched and it is free to sign up to use their start-up training.
      Click here to sign up today ==> Wealthy Affiliate Free Training

  8. Thank you for all this information. I have heard of Amazon’s affiliate program but did not realize that you can start an online business with so many other companies.

    • Paul says:

      You’re Welcome!
      Yes, there are thousands if not millions of companies that offer affiliate programs. That is if you refer people to their companies site or get people to buy their product you can earn a commission. That is only one way of making an income online. There are many more methods to earn an income online and they are all cumulative. In other words, you can have a website that earns commission from affiliate programs, then you may have your own ebook that people will buy. You may even pay commission to other bloggers for selling your book. That is only the tip of the iceberg as they say. Be sure to sign up to my #1 Recommended site or by clicking ==> Here to learn more

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Paul And Brenda from PBworkfromhomeHello from Paul and Brenda

Combined, we have over 14 years of experience working in home based jobs and businesses. Our site will provide you with many work-from-home options. You will learn what is needed to start a home-based job or business, including how to build a website like this one.

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