Affiliate Marketing - Ten Great Reasons
To Do It
By Elaine Currie
Wednesday, March 23, 2005; 6:15pm EST
There are many opportunities to make money working on the
Internet. Becoming an affiliate marketer is a great way of having
your own online business. Here are ten excellent reasons why you
should choose affiliate marketing for your home based business.
1. Be Your Own Boss - What a magical ring that phrase has to it!
This is my absolute favourite reason for being an affiliate
marketer. Actually, it is my top reason for having any home based
2. Low cost set-up - Most affiliate programmes are free to join, so
all you need to start your business is an Internet-connected
computer and word-processing software. You can work from absolutely
anywhere in the world and it makes no difference whether you have a
cosy office or work from a corner of your kitchen table.
3. No shipping costs - You don't need to worry about paying for
postage or buying packing stuff such as boxes, wrapping paper,
parcel tape, labels and so on. You never have to struggle with
carrying heavy packages to the post office. The cost and bother of
packing and shipping products to customers belongs to the merchant,
not the affiliate.
4. Choice of thousands of products and services - All you have to do
is decide what you want to sell (and, of course, what you think
people will want to buy), just about everything is available online.
With affiliate directories like Clickbank it's easy to find products
5. No merchant account or invoicing software required - You can
forget the problems associated with invoicing, collecting payments
and processing credit cards. The merchant handles all payment
processing; as an affiliate, you never have to worry about
chargebacks, fraud or losing your merchant account.
6. On sale everywhere - Your sales area has no geographic limits but
you don't have to leave home. You can promote your web site
worldwide, every Internet user in the whole world is potentially
your customer (and you call this a small business!).
7. High income potential -With your own affiliate business your
income level is limited only by your desire and effort - not by
corporate salary scale structure or the whim of your boss.
8. No inventory to carry - You can sell any item, large or small
without having to worry about storage space. You could sell trucks
from a one-bedroom apartment! You don't have to the worry or expense
of insuring stock or having extra security to protect it.
9. Low running costs - Apart from a modest budget for advertising
and a small amount to pay for your internet connection, you have
nothing much in the way of overheads. You work from home, so the big
expense of renting premises is avoided and it is possible to get
income tax reductions to cover some things such as part of your
electricity and phone bills.
10.Always open for business - As an affiliate, your business keeps
running and pulling in profits for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, even on Bank Holidays. You are open for business even while
you are asleep. You don't have to worry about business hours or
delivery deadlines, all that proceeds on autopilot. You don't have
to worry about scheduling staff holidays: you don't even need any
About the Author
This is one of a series of articles published by
the author, Elaine Currie, BA(Hons) at
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