For as long as I can remember, I've been asking the question. Is it possible to earn a living doing something you enjoy?
Yes... it is.
I became interested in the idea of "lifestyle design" because, to be honest... I was unhappy. Somewhere along the way, I decided to let life "just happen" rather than create the life I wanted.
I also realized I wasn't alone. It turns out there are a lot of people who are frustrated and stuck, living a life they're not happy with. We only live once and our days are numbered.
It seems like such a bad idea to spend it unhappy and building someone else's dream. That's all I knew at the time though.
I'll start with just a quick background and the reasons I started an online business. My name is Jay and I live in Canada with my wife and two daughters. As I mentioned above, like many people, I just followed the path in front of me and ended up in a place where I didn't want to be. Do you know what I mean?
I was working a job I did NOT like, 12-hour days and it was taking me out of town (away from my family) more than 20 days every month. Something had to change.
No time for family, no time to be healthy, no time to get away and appreciate living. But it was my own fault. I got caught up in making money and trying to find satisfaction by buying "stuff". And then, I had to make more money to buy more stuff.
It didn't take long to realize that strategy wasn't going to work.
And then our booming economy crumbled. As an electrician working in construction, it was not a good situation. There was still work, but wages were being cut and the time off between jobs was getting longer. I started to worry about all that "stuff". Everything I had (or so I thought) was dependent on an economy I had no control over.
Maybe you've been in a similar situation.
But then something unexpected happened. With longer waits between jobs, I had more time. I soon realized that I enjoyed my time far more than I enjoyed my "stuff". Don't get me wrong... I still like (and want) things. I just don't want them at the expense of my time. I started looking for a way to have both.
I had searched for ways to make money online a few times over the years, each time with frustration. There are just so many scams out there, I didn't know where to start. I created my own blog a few years ago, but had no idea what to do with it or how to make money online.
And then, when it was clear that our economy wasn't going to recover any time soon, building an online business went from something I wanted to do, to something I NEEDED to do.
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You're probably aware that there are people who earn a significant living online. What you may not be aware of though, is that most of these people do not produce, sell, or ship anything.
They do NOT have their own products, and they're not making money simply by advertising.
The internet has become the home to thousands of new entrepreneurs called affiliate marketers.
You may be surprised to know that there are legitimate businesses that will pay us a commissions to work with them online.
And I'm not talking about some underground business that no one has heard of (although those exist as well). I'm talking about companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Bestbuy.
Did you know that Amazon, Apple, and even the NFL will pay YOU a commission for recommending products that they sell?
Did you ever wonder why people review just about any product you can think of, and then write about it on blogs, create YouTube videos about it and social media pages?
They do it because they get paid a commission whenever someone makes an online purchase by following one of the links they provide.
I still remember the first time someone told me this, and I thought, you've got to be kidding. Immediately the wheels in my head started turning. That single revelation has changed my life forever.
One thing that drives me crazy about most make-money-online programs, is that they pretend to have some big secret. There are advanced tactics and strategies, but it's not a secret.
Making money online is pretty simple actually. I'll explain more below, but here is a video that does a good job describing the affiliate marketing process.
This is the exact strategy I use to build my own online businesses.
To be clear though... it's not a get-rich-quick scheme, or a scam that has you posting links all over the web. I expose scams (not endorse them) and I despise empty promises. I've been burned before, and I hate seeing it happen to others.
In fact, I had become so sick of the bullshit people were selling that I almost gave up on earning an income online (more on that in moment).
But, if you want to build a real online business that YOU OWN, you're in the right place.
Just for a simple overview, how thousands of entrepreneurs are making money online is explained again in the following graphic.
That's the big secret.
It's not the only way people are making money online, but it's the most common (particularly to get started).
This type of business is popular because the only real investment is your time. Other advantages are,
Having said that, there are no guarantees either. It's still a business that requires some time and effort.
I can help you get started, but the rest is up to you. I'll also never ask you for money. If you choose to invest in your business down the road, that's entirely your decision. It's your business after all.
As mentioned earlier, I had pretty much given up.
Due to our shaky economy and NEEDING to escape a life I wasn't happy with, I started searching again. I spent every free minute searching blogs, forums and social media for a legitimate way to start an online business.
To make a long story short, I finally stumbled onto a website similar to this. I almost hit the back button and continued on with my day. Thankfully I kept reading.
I'll tell you... it's pretty hard to imagine living the normal Mon-Fri lifestyle again, once you learn how to leverage your time using the internet.
The first commission I ever made was for $1.00.
The thing is, I became aware of this $1.00 commission from an email that was sent while I was sleeping.
I woke up one morning, and learned I had earned $1.00 overnight. I know, one dollar doesn't sound like much, but that moment you earn money online (even $1), there's a monumental shift in your thinking. If you can earn one dollar online, you can earn two dollars, and two hundred and so on...
The system I was introduced to is called Wealthy Affiliate. I thought I had looked at everything out there, but this was different.
First... unlike most programs, this one made no promises.
Second, it was 100% free to get started.
When I say free, I mean NO credit card, and NO commitments of any kind.
I've spent many years online looking for the right opportunity. Now, I review make-money-online products quite often and I've yet to find a program like Wealthy Affiliate.
The tools, the training and especially the community are absolutely unmatched in the industry.
Most importantly, the owners know that the web is full of scams. So Wealthy Affiliate isn't just asking for your trust. They're out to earn it.
They do that by providing you with 2 FREE websites and FREE step-by-step training to get started, Wealthy Affiliate gives you inside access and SHOWS you (not just tells you about) their program.
While the free account has some limitations, your video walkthroughs and websites are your's for as long as Wealthy Affiliate exists (and they've been in business since 2005 so they're not going anywhere).
Building an online business has become my passion (I started a website about it :-D ) and I'll always be available for personal coaching and help when you need it.
Wealthy Affiliate also has premium memberships for those who want access to advanced tools, and to take their business to the next level. But they are not required. What you see here below is what you get.
There are NO hidden up-sells or spam. Those tactics have been ruining this industry and the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle and Carson, take pride in running a legitimate business.
If you're serious about getting started, and willing to take real action... what I'm about to share with you will change your life.
As Lao Tzu famously said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". The only person standing in the way of your success is YOU.
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