Start-Ups

Making Money with Articles: Becoming an Affiliate

If you can either write articles or have the promotion and marketing knowledge to publicize articles that others write, becoming an affiliate for several companies may be a great way for you to generate a good income right from your own home. You can do this by receiving part of the revenue off of sales that the company gets from people who “click through” from your website via the company’s links that are placed on your pages.

Since you will be promoting a product or service, you will need a killer sales pitch and website content to get your readers interested in the product, convince them that they cannot live without the product, and to keep them coming back to your website time and time again for more recommendations and for your useful content, which will get them clicking on your links once again. Although many affiliate companies only give you money off of the first sale you make from each customer, you have the option of promoting a good range of companies so that you can still make a profit off of your returning customers.

If you cannot write this kind of content of your own, there are many ways to pick up free or paid content to place on your affiliate website. There are many reasons why paying for such articles would be to your advantage. First, you will be able to tell the writer exactly what you want, what product you are trying to sell, and what direction they can go in to keep your readers interested and informed. On the other hand, when you search for free content, you are limited to what is already out there. Secondly, you will own the copyright to this content. That means that no one else can reuse it without your consent. If you opt for free content, you will be sharing that content with an unknown amount of other affiliate websites, plus the original author will be able to place their byline at the bottom of the article which could result in them stealing your traffic.

There are many products that have nice affiliate commission rates for those who know how to pre-sale their product and deliver click through customers who are ready to buy. As long as you choose to promote a product or service that can be very useful to a wide variety of people, then pre-selling your chosen company may not be that hard at all. The key in this situation may likely be getting those customers to your website so that they have a chance to see your recommendations and click on your affiliate links.

Small Business Startup Ideas

People are always inquiring about the process for starting a new small business.  Starting a business can be a scary thought, but it’s not as hard as you might think.  Below are a list of  businesses you can start with little to no startup costs. We have ideas for those that are computer savvy and some for those that aren’t.

For the Computer Savvy:

  1. Business Coach or Consulting Service
  2. Tax Preparer
  3. Online Retail Store
  4. Ebay Selling Assistant
  5. Virtual Assistant
  6. Online Printing Company
  7. Call Center
  8. Mobile Photography Company
  9. Real Estate Agent
  10. Marketing Company
  11. Web Design Company
  12. Bookkeeping Company
  13. Graphic Design
  14. Appointment Setting
  15. Online Ad Posting Company
  16. Answering Service Business
  17. In Home Mailing Service
  18. Online Radio or TV Show
  19. Freelance Writer
  20. Resume Writing Company
  21. Press Release Writer
  22. Typing Service
  23. Photo and Video Editing
  24. Ebay Seller
  25. Computer Technician
  26. Customer Scrapbook Company
  27. Career Coach
  28. Sales Lead Generator
  29. Logo Designer
  30. Online E-book Store
  31. Child Id Service
  32. Vacation Planner
  33. Online Pet Boutique
  34. Online Thrift Store

For Those Not So Savvy With Computers:

  1. Landscaping Company
  2. Life Coach
  3. Janitorial or Cleaning Service
  4. Hauling Company
  5. Pet Grooming
  6. Dog Walking Company
  7. Pet Sitting Company
  8. Car Wash
  9. House Sitting Company
  10. Interior Decorator
  11. Baking or Catering Company
  12. Event Planner
  13. Party Promoter
  14. Window Washing Company
  15. Local Delivery Service
  16. Babysitting Service
  17. Personal Shopper
  18. Security Service
  19. Professional Organizer
  20. Avon Independent Sales Representative
  21. Mary Kay Independent Sales Representative
  22. Tutoring Services
  23. Notary Public
  24. Makeup Artist
  25. Apartment Preparation Service
  26. Home Staging Company
  27. Laundry/Ironing Service
  28. Garage Sale Coordinator
  29. Gutter Cleaning Service
  30. Towing Service
  31. Candlemaker
  32. Quilting Business
  33. Tailoring Service
  34. Translator
  35. Painting Company
  36. Personal Chef
  37. Etiquette Trainer
  38. Elderly Care Company
  39. Car Valet Service
  40. Pool Company
  41. Barber
  42. Personal Trainer
  43. Home Inspection Company
  44. Crafts Business
  45. Gift Basket Service
  46. Home Repair Business
  47. Portrait Artist
  48. Image Consultant
  49. Private Investigator
  50. Notary Business
  51. Flier Distribution Company
  52. Massage Therapist
  53. Costume Designer
  54. After School Childcare Service
  55. Recycling Business
  56. Motivational Speaker
  57. Curtain Maker
  58. Bounty Hunter
  59. Mobile Deli
  60. Home Grown Produce
  61. Mediator
  62. First Aid Kit Supply Company
  63. Dog Training Company
  64. Hot Dog Cart
  65. Local Tour Guide

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