Are you the type of person who relishes every chance to gather around for social interaction?

If so, then home business ownership may not be the right choice for you.

Instead, if you feel that you can be quite content sitting alone at your desk; dealing only to customers and really minding your own home business, then you should have what it takes to succeed as a home business entrepreneur.

If you feel at ease with your own company and don`t need a dozen co-workers milling around your desk, then you, too, could savor the freedoms that will allow you and your family, to live the lifestyle you want.


Self-motivation is the key to success when you start a home-based business. You need to possess the ability to push yourself ahead without any external driving. Your own drive and determination will be reinforced with every new sale.

The level of success that you will achieve greatly depends on the time and effort you are willing to commit into your new home business. Your organization, planning and marketing skills, will all be put into practice (or gained) when you embark on your new venture from being employed, to being your own boss. In fact, you will be the wearer of many hats and gain a wealth of business experience along the way, when you finally make that commitment to work at home.

Many people choose to make a gradually switch from being employed to self employed.  It is something that is entirely your choice and at own pace.



How Affiliate Schemes Work

You sign up with someone such as Amazon
You sign up and are assigned a unique identification number so that the seller (vendor) can recognise you. Whenever linking to products or services that seller will give you the computer code (syntax) to form the link.

You create your affiliate links using the provided syntax and ID
For example  This means that the seller knows it's you who referred me (when some one clicks on your link).  These site links may be shortened by using a utility such as

How will they know it was me?
Initially they know this purely from the internet site address (www. etc) that the user entered their site on. They'll know that the user with affiliate ID 123456789 sent me to their site.  However, a lot of affiliate schemes use 30 or 60 day cookies - as a way of tracking future 'sales'.

30/60 day cookies
When I've clicked on your affiliate link and been sent through to, they set something known as a "cookie" to my computer.  This is a file that sits on my computer with your affiliate ID stored. This means that any other times I visit (within 30/ 60 days), they'll still know that I found the site through you originally and therefore you're still eligable for some commission money.

How do I get money?
Following on from the above - if I buy a product from with your affiliate code still in place then they'll give you a small percentage of the profit or commission. Why? Without you I wouldn't have gone to their site so giving you a commission and them making some money is better than not making any money at all.

And that's about it.  Affiliate schemes - nice and simple.

The Downside

Getting your affiliate link noticed.  There are 'programs' that the providers state they will increase or accelerate your link up the search engine rankings.  Beware - some of the 'service' they provide is already free from the search engine providers.

Finding a 'niche' product or market.  This really is not a problem.  Don't be tempted to find an 'exclusive' market.  Find what is selling at the time and affiliate to it.  If the income stream starts to significantly reduce try modifying the product link to re-establish interest.  Or just leave it and move on to other popular 'niche' products.

The Upside

Good affiliates have done their research and found that there are marketing tools already for your use.  Some you may have to pay for.

Good sellers will provide you with promotional banners and other tools to get you started.  You may find that some of the sellers are actually just affiliates themselves.  This is known as the two tier system (actaully these can go on multiple tier).  Small amounts of commissions can be made but some money is better than no money.   

Why not try this?



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