Monday, September 1, 2008

Top Home Businesses: More Advantages of Joining an Affiliate Marketing Business

Top Home Businesses: More Advantages of Joining an Affiliate Marketing Business
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There's a great deal written about the subject of Affiliate Marketing, but the essence is that it is probably the simplest and the easiest option available for the beginner in internet marketing to make some money. That said it doesn't mean that it's a ticket to instant riches either! Like any business it will take a great deal of hard work, commitment and a reasonable investment to make money.

The disadvantage of most conventional home businesses is that the success of the business is dependent on the amount of time available to manufacture products for sale. The only way to make more money is to work longer hours, in order to produce more articles for sale. Another alternative may be to employ more people to assist in the manufacturing process, but the volume of products is still directly in proportion to the number of hours worked. It may be logistically difficult to contain even a small manufacturing business in a home environment, due to space constraints. There may also be legislative restrictions on running this type of business from a home, for municipal zoning or other reasons.

What this means is that there are significant factors to inhibit the growth of a conventional type business from home, for the reasons above. Even an online business from home such as bookkeeping or data collection is still directly dependent on the amount of time one has available to spend working on accounts or collating data. This is not a major problem, but is a factor that must be considered carefully when making those critical decisions.

Affiliate marketing is simply a business where an individual agrees to promote a supplier's products or services on a website, on a commission basis. Most affiliate marketing opportunities provide a free website, to advertise the products or services offered. There is always a fee for registering and hosting a domain, but this is not a large amount to be paid monthly.

There are plenty of shady offers available, and it is essential to do some research up front to verify the authenticity of the supplier and the products, before agreeing to represent them. The first thing is to have a close look at the products or services you will be promoting - are they real and credible? It is essential that you are happy with their veracity, and that you are prepared to promote them with confidence. Do you associate with them personally, and are you happy to endorse their quality and value?

Beware of pyramid schemes, where you are expected merely to recruit more people who pay to join the scheme, but where no products or services are exchanged in return. The individuals at the top of the pyramid merely rake in the cash, until the pyramid collapses, because there is nothing to sustain the growth. These schemes are illegal in most countries, and must be avoided at all costs - the originators of the scheme disappear, only to resurface somewhere else, until the law eventually catches up with them.

In our next article we'll examine more details about affiliate marketing, with more guidelines about making informed choices.

About the author: Mike Muir owns

He goal is to share his personal experiences with you, in the hope that this may assist you in making your own choices in setting up your own version of the top home businesses out there.

You are welcome to visit his blog at: for more articles of interest.

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