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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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About the Author Paul

My online journey started in 2008 when I was tired of working for somebody else. I searched the internet for years trying to find out how to make a living from home with an online business. In 2015 I finally found the information and support from a website just like this one

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