Approximately ten months ago I was sitting in a hospital room having been rushed to the hospital with chest pains. I knew I had to do something different for a living. While I was out of work on short-term disability I discovered I could make a living working from home so I began a website. My goals were to make enough money to continue my modest lifestyle and possibility afford things to help me relax, like vacations, an occasional massage, etc…
Well, I have been living off my websites since February 28th of this year. Now I have the time, freedom, and the money to do everything I wanted to but the ironic part about it, I don’t need any of those things now. My level of stress is nothing compared to what it was working for a major corporation. A vacation is always something I could use but I don’t really need a massage. When you work for the big company you need more vacation time, you need ways to relieve stress, you need to find ways to spend more time with the family, etc…
My friend, who has 2 kids, has been working 12-14 hour days for the last couple of months. He works for Fidelity Investments. I don’t know why he has been so busy lately but he has seen his daughter 15 minutes in the last 3 days. His other daughter has been in the hospital since she was born in March. (I am writing this in June) He can’t even find time to see his daughter that is home, never mind the one in the hospital. I never wanted to live like that and hearing his stories gives me motivation to continue developing my online business.
What a lot of people do not realize is that they could do it too. You do not need a business degree to start an online business. You do not need to have thousands and thousands of dollars to finance the start up. You can start your own work-from-home business for little to no money. I know, it seems too good to be true. It is beginning to sound a lot like a “get rich quick scheme” isn’t it? Well, it is not. I am not going to promise you that you will make $100,000 in your first month, or some other ridiculous number I have come across. I am not even going to push a specific program on you. All I am doing is telling you it is possible.
So, how do you do it, right? You can either begin a website designed around some affiliate programs. An affiliate program is simply a relationship between you, the affiliate, and a merchant, the retailer. You promote their website or product at your cost and if a sale is made by clicking through your site you receive a commission. If a program is legitimate it is free to join. So, technically, you can begin your online business of affiliate marketing for whatever it costs for web hosting. If you chose to do more to promote the site you can but it is not required. In other words, you can control whatever you spend on your new online business.
If you are not technical and do not feel you can run a website, which of course you can, but you are good with numbers you can become a FOREX trader. FOREX is the largest investment market in the world. It consists of trading foreign currencies for profit. You can do this with a computer and not need to depend on other things like you would with a website. You are in complete control of your future. You can start a FOREX account for as little as $200-$300.
Regardless of what you chose to do for your online business the same rule applies. The more you put into it the more you get out. If you are a workaholic but would rather do the work for yourself now instead of a billion dollar corporation you will most likely make a lot more money. If you just want to make enough to cover the bills and would want to spend more time with the family you can get by with 1-2 hours a day.
Take it from me, just 3 months after I began my website I was home full-time caring for my little girl. Take control of your life before you look back at your retirement party and realize you missed it.