There are HUGE perks to promoting affiliate programs as your own home-based Internet business. Have you ever looked into it? If you’re like most it probably sounded too risky or even scammy. Yeah, that might be a new word. But you get the picture. So come along with me to look at 15 of the most exciting reasons to run from or join affiliate programs.
1. No Production Costs
The cost to develop and produce a new product is beyond prohibitive for almost anyone who wants to start a home-based business. So with affiliate programs, production costs aren’t even an issue. The product has been developed and proven – all on the merchant’s nickel. Is that speaking to your bank account?
2. Low Cost Set-up
Compared with building a brick and mortar store, starting a home-based business on the Internet is relatively cheap. You probably already have a desk, Internet-connected computer and word-processing software. This is all the equipment you really need to get going to make some easy money with affiliate programs.
3. No Fees or Licenses
I often compare doing business as an affiliate, with distributing a line of products in the real world. There are two big differences. One, a distributor must often pay for a license to distribute hard goods within a limited geographic region. Two, affiliate programs, on the other hand, are usually free to join. The biggest difference is they tend to be digital. A geographic market reach is limited only by your ability to promote your website. More, digital products are ready for immediate delivery!
4. Sell Almost Anything
What isn’t sold online? That list must be shorter than the one describing all that IS sold online. There are thousands and thousands of affiliate programs selling everything under the sun. That makes it easy to find products related to your current or planned web site. Just consider what you ordered last year for Christmas?
5. No Sales Experience Required
When I started my affiliate business, I had absolutely no online sales experience. That really wasn’t a problem. Most of the companies I affiliated with provided really great marketing material. So using their sales copy, I was able to get my first affiliate site up in less than a day. This is stuff they make available to affiliates. How easy does that sound?
6. No Employees
Got a project you want to hire out? It’s easy to find freelancers in every computer-related field to work for you from the comfort of THEIR own homes. They do amazing things at prices you wouldn’t believe. You pay only for the project. That means never having to worry about ongoing employee-related benefits or deductions.
7. No Merchant Accounts
Setting up a merchant account takes money and time. But it’s not necessary for affiliate marketers! Merchants foot the bills for payment processing. An affiliate doesn’t have to lose sleep over chargebacks, fraud or losing your merchant account.
8. No Inventory
As an affiliate marketer, whether you sell large items or just digital there are no storage concerns. You never stock anything!
9. No Order-Processing
Forget the problems associated with collecting and storing names, addresses, credit card numbers, etc. The merchant does all that, or your autoresponder.
10. No Shipping
The cost and hassle to prepare and ship products to customers worldwide could be staggering. Affiliates never have to worry about packaging supplies or postal rates.
11. No Customer Service
Do you hate the prospect of dealing with nasty people or customer complaints? Don’t worry about it! The merchant handles the snivelers.
12. Make Money While You Sleep
What other business allows you as a sole proprietor to keep your doors open with money rolling in 24/7/365? Can you name one? Even when you’re on vacation or sound asleep.
13. Worldwide Marketplace
The Internet is the world’s largest marketplace. You can drive more visitors to your online site in a day, than a small-town merchant will see in his or her brick and mortar business in a year. Maybe a lifetime.
14. Minimal Risk
If the product you chose isn’t making money? Dump it. Take down your links and promote another! It’s that easy. There are no long-term contracts binding you to products that don’t sell. You know that quote decades old. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
15. High Income Potential
In a typical job, you’re told how much you’re worth and what you’re going to be paid. With your own affiliate business on the Internet your income potential is unlimited. You earn based on your desire, effort and imagination. No other business is so inexpensive to start. Yet offers such high profit potential without investing years of labor or money.
Affiliate programs enable you to work from almost anywhere in the World! But there’s noplace like home! So there’s 15 reasons. Ready to run…or join?