This post is sponsored by Jess & Jovon Digital Marketing
Today on the blog I have something a little bit different.
Sometimes I am asked how I make money from the blog, and the answer in my case is generally through advertising. There is another common way to make money through a website though and that is called “affiliate marketing”. This is something I’m keen to look at in more detail in the future so when Jess from Western Australia approached me to share how she makes an income online I was really keen to interview her. I think it is something many of you will find interesting, particularly if you’re considering working from home rather than returning to your previous job post kids.
Meet Jess from Jess & Jovon Digital Marketing
Here’s what we talked about…
Tell me a bit about you and your family
My name is Jess and I’m married to Jovon and we live in Western Australia. We have a two year old son Taymen and we are expecting another bub any week now, so life is pretty crazy!
What is your business and why did you start?
Our business is basically about helping others start a successful and profitable online business. One that can be flexible, and work around a family lifestyle. We provide information, training and resources to help people build a sustainable business on their own, just like we’ve done!
Ok, what is “affiliate marketing”?!
Basically, you’re are an internet middle man. You promote and recommend a product and get paid a commission when people purchase that product.
What’s so appealing about affiliate marketing, is that you don’t need to buy or create your own products or services to sell, meaning you don’t need to concern yourself with the cost and hassle of storage, handling or shipping issues.
With no product, shopfront or staff, the start up costs are ridiculously cheap compared to a traditional business, making it a lot quicker and easier to get started.
Can you actually make money from recommending products? How much?!
Yep! Once your website is set up, working well and you are generating a good amount of traffic (visitors), your income can be completely scaleable. What that means is there is no limit to how much you can earn.
Crazy right? We’re so used to getting paid by the hour or earning an annual salary, that the concept may seem strange. Like anything real, it will require work and you will need to learn how to do it the right way. This is not a get rich quick scheme, sorry!
If treated like a real business, and with the right approach you can definitely earn a full time income while only working part time hours.
How has your business changed things for you and your family?
This online business has really helped me keep my sanity as a stay at home mum. I get the best of both worlds; being able to ‘use my brain’ while still being at home all day with my son.
How do you stay organised juggling business and family?
I always work my business around my family, and never try and work while my sons awake. I like to spend a couple of hours each night working on the business and some weekends when I have a babysitter or my hubby takes the kids.
I started the business on my own, and then my hubby decided to join me. It’s great having a common interest and we both love the appeal of the laptop lifestyle.
What is your biggest challenge running a business and a household?
The biggest challenge is time! Of course, finding success in a business is going to take a little longer if you can’t spend all day working on it. I will also admit that some days I don’t get to do all of the house hold chores because I prioritise my family and my business… But hey, I can live with that!
If readers were interested in knowing more, how do they get started and is there a catch?
You don’t need any technical skills or business experience to get started. Much like anything these days, everything can be learnt online. A lot of your time in the beginning will just be spent learning the ropes, understanding how things work and how you turn your business into a success.
How fast you learn, understand and apply the principals of the business will determine how quickly you can see success. Everyone is different, but some people start earning money within months, some even in weeks.
The great thing about a business like this is that you can run it at your own pace. There are no time constraints, dead lines or huge start up costs to stress about.
Don’t get me wrong, starting an online business can be hard work in the initial stages, but with the right training, research & attitude… it is definitely possible to become successful & earn an income online.
The most important step is finding the right training to teach you how to do it the right way. The costs of this may vary depending on who you choose to go with, but its a worthwhile investment to avoid wasting money and spending too many long hours attempting to figure it out on your own.
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Thanks Jess for sharing your story. It’s certainly something I need to looking into more for the blog. I might just have to check out your training myself!