1. Rey

    Hi KerryAnn, I’ve been working online for a few years now too. I agree with what you said about affiliate marketing being a great business model. It is very hard work in the beginning especially all the writing that you have to do but it’s worth it in the end when you start earning commissions passively. May I ask, what kind of physical products you plan to sell online?

    • kerry ann

      Hi Rey, I currently have an offline business and travel across Australia selling at markets and fairs. I sell electrical and camping equipment.
      One of my websites sells these products online and I have been sourcing manufacturers to make products through a different brand name to offer product choice. I have a website to show manufacturers, and a website to showcase these brands.
      Some of these products are not ideal for postage because they are delicate electronics, so I am moving toward finding other, easily transportable items.
      When this range is complete, I will sell these businesses and concentrate on my blog.

  2. Telma

    Hi KerryAnn, how are you? What a power house of information you have here for those that want to start a business home based. Very good article.  I always say: if you just started at Wealthy Affiliate, don’t be afraid to ask. There is no such thing as a wrong question, if we don’t know how to answer, we will tell you to go to Tecnico Support. We will never let you stay alone, empty, lost, confused, helpless, etc. There are lots people out there, who would like to be in our place with all this support from the big community that we have. Many people do not have an opportunity to start building a business for Free, then when they are ready for more they can go premium paying only $49.00 a month, or if they choose to pay annually, this comes down to less than $1 a day. So many people do not have the privilege to learn how to build their own website.

    I appreciate your articles, is very helpful.

    To your success,

    • kerry ann

      thank you Telma. I always advise people that the Wealthy Affiliate community is a wonderful group of helpers. Everyone helps each other on their journey to build an online business. We have to do the work ourselves, but the community will always offer help and advice when it is needed. Thank you for backing up my observations.

  3. Janelle

    There are a lot of ways to make money online, and your post has listed so many good ways to do it with great tips on how to market and find customers.  I started affiliate marketing about a year ago, and I host and get my training with Wealthy Affiliate.  It’s especially great for anyone who is inexperienced because it provides step by step instructions.  

  4. DerrAd

    That’s a very interesting article. To me a good business is one that allows me to make money passively, have time for my family and gives me more options in helping others who badly need a helping hand. In my quest for that I started searching the internet to find an opportunity to achieve it and I came across affiliate marketing and drop shipping. 

    However, affiliate marketing has been my one stop way of making money online and I like the earning potential it comes with because there are billions of products and programs to make money from. I enjoyed reading your article. Thanks 

    • kerry ann

      Thank you DerrAd. Happy to see you are reading my posts and I really appreciate you continuing to share your thoughts. It always makes me happy when I know that people are benefiting from my blog.

  5. Phil Lancaster

    Thanks for all that information, KerryAnn.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a broad spectrum of online business advice in the one place before.

    You seem to have covered everything, from the necessity of having a good business plan to finding product that can be fulfilled by Amazon to affiliate marketing, both from the viewpoint of being an affiliate and of having your own product that you can use other affiliates to sell for you.

    I particularly liked your understanding of what a good business was.

    That essentially it provided a passive or semi-passive (Just some occasional research) income, rather than being something that you had to put in never-ending hours of work. In other words, it mustn’t be just like having a job!

    Well done.

    • kerry ann

      Thank you Phil. I am glad that you found this information useful. I hope that you will share it with your social media friends.

  6. Britney


    This is some great information and you broke it down into manageable chunks for an easy read. I love that!

    I wanted to ask about the best way to build an email list. What companies can I go with? Is there anything I need to know to get started? Also, what do I write about in the emails?

    I look forward to your response and thanks for sharing!


    • kerry ann

      Hi Brittany, I failed email marketing. Basically, you need to build your own email list (using by promoting something to give away free in exchange). You need an auto-responder which will physically send out the emails. You need a product to sell to people, that your list is interested in. And you need to write emails that are a combination of help, offers of assistance, and sometimes recommend a product that hopefully, they will buy.
      I am currently doing a free 100-day email marketing course that is all about email marketing and I recommend that you join this. It will give you full training in affiliate and email marketing. Here is my affiliate link to this free site.

  7. Joe Handigr

    I’ve looked into this kind of stuff before. I would like nothing more then to have my own business and work from home.But I don’t think I could make a website on my own, it seems so complicated.

    All other work from home offers always sound so easy and too good to be true, which they usually are.I’ve got some ideas so this definitely gives me the sort of push to try it out.

    As much as I would really like to give this a try but I don’t think I could come up with an idea that is unique, there is just so much already done out there.What would you recommend that I should try?

    • kerry ann

      Hi Joe, I truly believe that you do not need to come up with an idea that is unique online, or offline. There are many businesses online selling products and information. You just need to build a business around a topic that you are passionate about. When you undertake the training in Wealthy Affiliate, which I mentioned in this post, you will be taught to build a business around a topic and research, learn and share information on this topic. You continue to grow and market your business and build a website that will be able to be found by others. You don’t have to sell to every person on the planet, you just need to target a small audience. There are something like 4 billion people online every day, you only need to target a very tiny percentage of them. Check out my post on Wealthy Affiliate, as this is a great way to learn how to get started. What is Wealthy Affiliate all about?

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