I Want To Work For Myself What Should I Do

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Some friends and I were recently sitting around discussing the best retirement income ideas. I don’t mean we’re a group of thirty year olds wondering about investments. We’re way past that! (You may have noticed that this blog is for seniors, and those who have to work at home.)

“I want to work for myself what should I do?”


was practically a chorus from us.

Let’s face it, if you’re looking at the necessity of making money after retirement, how are you going to:

  • Spend more time at home
  • Get in lots of time with the family
  • Travel often to see far away friends and family
  • Relax more and avoid stress even if you’re working
  • Work at your best time – which was never 9 to 5
  • Keep away from that freeway stress and smog
  • Take more time to enjoy your hobbies
  • Take better care of your health than office work allows

What would you add to that list? You have some specific dreams for retirement, don’t you?

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 Does Internet Marketing Give You An Edge Over Offline Jobs

Are you among the many seniors today who are eager to start their own business at home  – because you pretty well have to?

You have probably realized by now that it is not healthy to become inactive, regardless. – Plus, perhaps you can’t afford to completely retire.

If you’’re considering an offline job or starting your own business venture after retirement, think about the alternative scenario – the Internet and all the variety of work it offers. More seniors are turning to the Internet because it’’s ultimately profitable. You can set up your business at home and set your own hours.

That gives you the ability to have cash in your pocket for some luxuries rather than just the day to day necessities of your household. Again, for those advantages listed above, and whatever you thought of too.

The Internet doesn’’t discriminate against age as some offline employers do. You can even work in your pyjamas with your cat on your keyboard. There is actually a business on line called Pajama Affiliates, for marketers. You get the idea, this is no joke!

Best of all,– you can work in any niche (small part of a market) that appeals to you. You have already developed skills from the other jobs you have previously worked at. This can appeal to other marketers who may use you as a freelance writer, or researcher, to gather information about their niche.

People now purchase more products online than offline. It’’s the most convenient way to shop.  Advertising on the web will reach far more of the global population than the paper and media advertisements (that you pay a high premium for) can possibly reach.

Social media such as Facebook and Pinterest can be an awesome tool to drive traffic to your website. They are the cyber versions of setting up a booth at a trade-show or local swap meet, hoping that buyers will stop and make the long and foot-sore day a profitable one.

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It’s easier to monitor your online marketing efforts, versus offline methods. And you can change your ads or methods of getting your product known immediately and without great costs involved.

The use of emails to get the word out to your online customers is also a better and more profitable way to market. Some of this is automated.  There will be no paying for someone to take around flyers or other means of offline communication.  –Emails cost a reasonable monthly fee, including the automation and responses.

As you build your business or keep active by accepting online jobs, you’’ll learn more about how to make your efforts more profitable. Every day is a learning day on the ‘net.

Things change so fast that it i’s crucial to keep up with what’’s going on, –especially in your own niche.

And now I’m getting to the part where you learn how to lay out a plan. 

What Is The Internet Marketing Plan That Works?

So how does a person, you, show up? I am going to tell you exactly what to do.

First, start an account at Wealthy Affiliate for internet marketing training. No cost.

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Proceed with the first 10 classroom lessons about building an on line business. You will:

  • Decide what your business will be focused on (your information or product, or someone else’s)
  • Get a domain name (mybusiness dot…etc. etc.)
  • Follow a step by step guide and create your web site
  • Configure your web site to be found by the search engines that people use (all video, easy to do)
  • Add some legally necessary information about you, and the privacy while reading on your site (copy and paste, customizing of course)
  • Learn about writing blog posts – fleshing out your material in an easy to read format
  • Study how marketers make money promoting products or ideas on line
  • Learn to write reviews about products related to your niche

Seriously you can do all that in a weekend, with no prior experience. Just allocate the time.

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Bear in mind – you are still at the NO COST phase!

And you get 7 days for this! And there is lots more!

How To Write For A Web Page

First of all, your first web page, post/article isn’t going to be your best. You are going to write better and better with every one.

The set up within Wealthy Affiliate is called WordPress. As you get better at writing for a blog, you can always go back to earlier material and edit, or update it

Your video classrooms cover the correct formatting of a web page, in depth.

This is the beauty of creating a business from scratch, the right way. Because your business can grow for years if it is set up properly. It can continue to be improved with the latest information about the product or service you’re promoting.

Wealthy Affiliate stays current with required changes for business owners operating online. You will always be informed.

Within your first 7 day free trial, you may elect to start a membership, at just $19 USD for another month, to continue training.

Following that, you will pay $49 USD a month.

Here is more about that.

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Have any questions? I would love to help you further, so please leave your question below.


How Can Social Media Help A Business

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Let’s Find Out How Can Social Media Help A Business

Recently it became almost a mantra to “delete your facebook account“! A panic hit the general population after we learned that personal data was draining out of the social media site like a broken water main.

Yet now we can review, and restart the issue of, how can social media help a business.

That would seem self evident, but let’s talk about it for a minute. Businesses with big budgets buy advertising and their teams place all kinds of ads on say, facebook for one.

They have their teams Tweet messages about deals and special and daily discounts.

Large retailers and vendors also pay affiliates for marketing, which is a kind of advertising.

Those affiliates write about products on what in some cases are pretty small web sites. Compared to Amazon, WalMart, Home Depot, Target and others of that caliber, you might expect these tiny blogs to remain invisible.

I mean, why bother, if shoppers can just go directly to the big guys?

Because, they don’t.

Consumers shop on line by searching either for:

  • What they want now
  • What they might want if it comes in their size/color/model
  • What they want for a gift
  • What they want for free shipping and easy returns

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Small Blog Owners Know How To Use Social Media For Online Marketing

Example – facebook users can have personal pages. You probably have one. Although you may be scared to use it after the data breach fiasco, it’s too late to fix any of that.

Although, you can prevent further damage by going deep into your settings and deleting any apps you’re not using. It walks you through how to delete all kinds of “open doors” you may have forgotten opening while using facebook.

A small online business owner can (on the same account) create a business page, or a few. For one business blog, or for several.

Say this is you with a new blog for promoting something you really feel strongly about. Maybe home remedies for the family, just as an example.

If you use facebook at all, you know how easy it is to search for a name. You can also search for topics.

Just imagine right now, 10 topics that are related to home remedies:

  • Grow your own ingredients
  • Storage containers
  • Indoor gardening supplies
  • Aquaponic/hydroponic supplies
  • Food dehydration equipment
  • Small/medium/large medicine bottles with droppers
  • Heat/ice packs or compresses
  • Greenhouses/containers for gardening
  • Grow lights
  • Herbal mixtures and tinctures
  • Liniments, pastes and creams


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How To Make Friends Online

The list of 10 topics above are possibly 10 new friends! You would next look at each searched topic and there may be many individuals, business pages or groups for each one.

Say there are 10 for each with whom you’d like to be friends.

You send each one a Friend Request with a friendly message.

Now you’ve got 100 new friends to connect with as consistently as you can.

You are going to post your material, as you write it, with some personal note about why you are interested in that particular aspect of things.

You’ll find your connections are doing the same.

The key to this benefiting your business, is that you will leave a comment on their web site article. And you’ll leave the required information.

Your name, your email address (it won’t be public) and the URL, or web address of the post you wrote and shared.

You can just ask them to please visit and leave a comment on your post.

You scratch their back and they scratch yours, right? A hundred back scratchers!

So now you see how you will be getting visitors to your blog. This increases the value of your site, and its visibility.

Shoppers who search for the item you’re promoting will find your blog more easily. When they buy, you will make an affiliate commission from the vendor.

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How To Start Your Own Website Business

Whoa! How did we get there? Affiliate? Commission?

Yes, that’s the earning income part. You will learn to do that.

Here’s where I learned how to make a website for affiliate marketing.

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You can actually get access to ten beginner classrooms that outline the bedrock and vital components of a blog that will become a real business.

It won’t be an overnight event, nor will it be years in the making. The good thing is, while you’re creating your little baby blog, you will already be promoting it with social media! (Remember those friends you’re going to make!)

What is even more amazing, you will also have a blog community to help you train faster and better.

More about this here:

How To Work At Home Online

Pinterest For Social Media Marketing

Pinterest is another very useful platform for social media marketing. If you already use it, you know it is a search engine and people look for things to buy on Pinterest, all day every day.

You will also be able to Pin blog posts there, and develop ‘friends’ although Pinterest calls them Followers. I won’t go into the mechanics of that medium right now, but here’s the good news.

Wealthy Affiliate training has entire sub-trainings on how to use facebook, Pinterest, Twitter et al, so that you can benefit from social media.

What Is the Importance Of Social Media For Business

It is invaluable. All on line businesses are using it. And many, for free. Without paying for ads (but you can!) you can gain a lot of exposure.

Your cost is time and diligence. Consistency of effort is crucial to the building of an online business. The pay off is wonderful.

No matter how long it takes, with the right training you can succeed.

I really cannot suggest anything better than for you to try out blog building, at no cost. You will have access to  the exact same lessons that are paid for if you don’t click on the button below – and for seven days you can see how this is done. The right way.

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Do you have any questions about working on line? Please leave them below, and I will be happy to answer them!


I Love My Work At Home Job

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If you would dare to dream about retiring and still making some income to make life more fun, read on!

I Love My Work At Home Job

I bet you’d love to wake up every day, walk to window, look out and stretch widely while thinking “oh man do I ever like this job!”

Wouldn’t you love to have that care free feeling every morning? Brew the coffee/tea while you:

  • Ignore the traffic reports
  • Ignore the weather reports
  • Don’t worry about the price of gas
  • Take the dog for a walk…Whenever
  • Enjoy the morning brew on the patio/balcony/backyard
  • Muse about your next blog post…

Oh! This has something to do with blog posts?

But wait – you’re not a writer? I’m not either. I’m just throwing some ideas out here, and, I can type.

Some daily bloggers I know use talk-to-text software. You still have to edit though.

Do you know how to live a stress free and happy life? My conclusion, after the research I’ve done for my senior and disabled readers here, is that many folks don’t.


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Why Don’t You Know How To Live  A Stress Free And Happy Life?

Ideally over the decades of your career/jobs, life should get easier. You work, you save, you invest.

You look forward to the wonderful feeling your mind, heart and body will experience the day you get up and you don’t have to go to the job!

No commute! No freeway, no subway, no bus! No crowds!

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Have you ever had a period in your life where you controlled your schedule? Where you didn’t have to jam all your daily chores into a weekend and some evenings?

Here is a little info from a lady, Alejandra, who is training to blog for income.

You can read all of what she says if you CLICK HERE. 

Snippets: “the first day I signed up to Wealthy Affiliate I’ve been learning all kind of skill to help me to build up my online business.”

…”It’s true when you love something it’s hard to quit doing it. So I kept

learning more here at WA about what to do to reach success with a
website and work from home.”

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…”Oh my! my quilt site in English went from 2 to 5 visits per day to over 100 visits!!! I couldn’t believe what I was seen!! So I went to check my quilt site in Spanish.

Ha ha-ha this site went also from 4 to 10 visits for day to more than 150 visits!!!”

…”I wanted to share this “feeling great” moment with all of you, and let you know that Wealthy Affiliate training works, all we all need to do
it’s to keep at it and work every day to build up our sites.”

Why is she so happy and feeling great? Because she is training to build a proper blog, gain visitors and create an extra income. And she sees it developing!

Can you imagine having that knowledge? To know how to write on a blog and make some money working at home?

Enough money to work from your house/cottage/campground/beach, in retirement?


You can click on that link above and soon see a website appear before your eyes. After a little while following a video, and you’ll have decided on a topic to write about and share its benefits, in a blog post.

If you truly think you can’t write, just pretend you’re:

  • Floating on your back on a pool raft with a friend talking about your topic XYZ
  • Sitting on the dock with a pal, describing the best features of XYZ
  • Walking the beach with the pal, waxing on and on about the benefits of XYZ

Or something else like that, and goodness, that would feel good, wouldn’t it? You’re hardly working :)!

So keeping that relaxed frame of mind just type away as if you’re talking to a pal. You can edit it when you’re done.

With some basic training, you can quickly learn how to put a  blog post together.

A good format involves headlines, short paragraphs, and some images.

Stay calm! There is exact instruction for that, and it costs nothing for beginners’ classes.

Classes with videos and a lot of Q & A to drill down the details.

And a partner owner of the decade plus web site Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle, repeats often –

“You don’t have to write literature”.

I think you could do that, don’t you? Sound like yourself!

People who search on the internet like to find someone with a natural, non-hype attitude giving good information about a product.

With a picture of you and an About Me page that reveals you as a real person, your blog will develop trust.

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Senior Retirement Jobs

I know seniors in retirement who have ended up working for older seniors. In a care taking capacity, doing others’ chores, shopping, laundry, and cleaning is pretty tiring if you’re doing your own too.

Yet, those jobs are easy to find so if there is no other way to keep up a bare-bones income, this is a good survival action.

And mostly it’s women doing this. Married, widowed, or single, only an ample pension will pull them out of this area of work.

So let’s focus back on feeling great and being optimistic. The leisurely morning brew and self-directed work schedule is what you really want, right?

It might take you one or two years to build up a couple of blogs that attract visitors who become buyers. Visitors who trust your material and recommendations and this results in you being paid commissions from vendors.

That is affiliate marketing. More about that here.

How would you like to start learning about blog writing? As you progress, you’ll see exactly how a well developed blog can attract visitors and begin making money.

A Good And Happy Life

Are you getting close to retirement? By ten years or less maybe?

Or by twenty years? Don’t have $1.5 million saved?

You’re in good company! Truly, most seniors don’t, or they had it and lost it.

It’s a good thing to wake up every day, and while you’re getting ready for your job/commute/bus/train/subway/eight hour day, look forward, remember your vision, your version of what I started this post with.

Take one minute while drinking coffee or packing your briefcase, to view your ideal wake-up-don’t need-to-go-to-work-anymore mental movie.

But right now –


And that’s your start to learning how to make a blog and build toward working at home in retirement.

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 Wondering about anything? Leave your question below and I’ll get back to you!


Blogging Sites – Why I Chose WordPress

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Blogging Sites – Why I Chose WordPress

There are several good choices you can make if you’re considering blogging sites as a way of organizing personal writing material. Blogs can be shared by groups. I used to read one that was for neighborhood gardeners, just as an example.

I used to read blogs by a group of on line marketers. They wrote code to make their sites look good. That was something I could not do! And still can’t.

I had made a few blogging sites a few years ago when I was thinking I could perhaps make some siginificant income. And I did, back when it was much easier to make some money with a blog.

Yet the internet became more sophisticated, regulated (for good reason!), and complicated.

Then I discovered WordPress. And it was free! I created Pookie’s Blog which is written in the voice of a tea cup poodle who loves fashion and ballet. It is found here: https://poodlebff.wordpress.com/

See how it says “.wordpress.com”? That means it is owned by WordPress, not by me. I can post all kinds of material on it, but I can’t use it to sell anything.

Because that would be unfair, wouldn’t it? I’m not paying anything for that “real estate” on the web, WordPress is.

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Even A Dog Can Have A Blog

However, there is another version of WordPress that you use when you buy hosting (a place on the web maintained by someone who knows how to make that all happen) and buy a domain name ( “mywebsite.com or .ca or all those dot suffixes) which is your address on the cyber real estate.

You own it and you can make money with it.

I’ll explain more about that but first I’ll talk a bit about another place you can make blogging sites.

Free Blogger Websites


Blogger websites are easy to use. I knew nothing when I first started using blogger. Yet somehow I just pointed and clicked my way through to the ‘voila – here’s your blog!’ point.

At that point in time, you wrote a long linear blog like a journal, that added post after post.

Now Blogger has different pages you can add which makes getting around your material a lot easier.

Blogger is perfect for family journals, vacation memoirs or whole life memoirs. It can load up with photos and videos and be really fun.

I want to mention a service related to blogs that is really cool. Blog2Print. You can have your blog printed like a book, and it’s not expensive.

I think that would make an incredible memento or gift, don’t you?

“Printing Blog Books Is What We Do

Blog2Print has been helping bloggers create beautiful printed
versions of their blogs since 2007. With more than one million blog
books printed so far, Blog2Print is the leading provider of
custom-printed blog books.”

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Blog2Print will print:

  • Blogger
  • WordPress
  • TypePad
  • Tumblr

How To Make A Website For Affiliate Marketing


When I got serious about making income that could become a real living income, one of the reasons I chose WordPress was because all the web sites that I admired were powered by WordPress.

In the beginning I had to contact a person I read about on a marketer’s blog called One Week Marketing. I paid him a very reasonable price to install WordPress on my hosting account and do a little set up for me.

Because I had no clue. Theme? A few plug-ins? Huh? I didn’t even ask.

I started writing and it still gets some visitors even though I rarely update it.

I plan to re-vamp the entire site with the blog training I found that I heartily recommend for affiliate marketing. I made my first professional style blog there for free.

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How To Make A Website For Free With WordPress


And you can too! If you want to skip the rest of the details here and start –


After doing a video class and reading, you will simply “click” and your site will install instantly.

You will “click” again on a Theme that looks appropriate for your topic. (And those themes can be changed!)

Then you will go on to the following training class to see what needs to be done next.

Under the training classes are long threads of discussion by new trainees and expert bloggers. Questions and answers grow there every day and tips and tricks abound!

A lot more detail will be gone through where you will continue to create your blog set up properly, using pre-installed tools or plugins, which get your site set up with Google, Bing, Yahoo and Pinterest so that your material is easily found by them.

If you miss something, you just scoot the video back and watch again, until you know what to do.

I guarantee starting from scratch the right way is easier than re-creating a site a few years later :).

I could explain a lot more technicalities here but I want you to experience the delight of seeing your web site appear!

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It Doesn’t Get Any Easier Than That

  • Free starter account
  • Seven days and ten classes while you create your free blog, (or two) step by step
  • Within those seven days you can choose to become a member for $19 USD and access the entire site
  • You will see your blog live on line!
  • You will experience having all aspects of your site (hosting/domain name) and training FAQ’s under one roof.

If you decide it’s not for you you still have your blogs, always!

And that’s how you get started with blogging sites!

Have you tried blogging already? How did it go? Please do tell your story, or ask any questions below.

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How Can I Start Up A Business Of My Own

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How Can I Start Up A Business Of My Own

A lot of people ask me that, and quite often. Whether they want to work on line or off line, they want to know “how can I start up a business of my own”?

I’m going to answer that question, at length in fact, but let me digress for a just a little.

This is a true story and this is the kind of experience that drives a person to want to work for him or herself.

This person, female, is over 50. She’d like to get out of a huge city that is becoming less and less enjoyable to live in. She has searched the home rentals in a small town.

Basically twice the square footage rents for less than what you pay in the city.

So, maybe she doesn’t even have to match the pay she’d getting now. A little less would make it.  She periodically reads all the job sites to see what is available. It’s a small town.

It’s got a K Mart, a Starbucks, a Home Depot, a Walgreens and a Rite Aid. They need cashiers, and people on the floor.

And every single job listing includes “must be able to lift up to 50 lbs”!

Kidding me? Is that really true? Or is that to deter older people from applying. Just thinking out loud here.

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Age Discrimination In Jobs

First, you may have come to this blog to find out how to learn affiliate marketing at home. In that case –


Age discrimination in jobs takes many forms. One I saw happen in front of my eyes recently.

A mid-forties person was laid off after nineteen years with a corporation.

We all know how that works, right? They will hire a younger person to do her job at half the pay.

Her supervisor called and asked her “what was your job? No one knows what to do.”

She had basically created her job as she went along. All her managers and supervisors didn’t know how she put it all together and no one could replace her.

Many people who have been employed (in the US) and who are around their mid forties, are not looking for a start up business of their own.

Sadly, unlike workers in more advanced nations, they need a job so they can get health insurance for themselves and their family.

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But how might it work for over 50 people or over 60 people who have insurance through a severance plan, Medicare or company pension?

How Can Affiliate Marketing Work For Seniors And Retirees?

Getting back to how to start up an affiliate marketing business – and people inquire about this for many reasons:

  • Boredom
  • To avoid depression after being laid off
  • Financial need
  • Rising prices
  • Health costs concerns
  • A love for social interaction and helping people
  • A sense of adventure and drive to create a new career
  • A reach for freedom and independence
  • Explore talents that are not related to their professional work

For most people, the easiest start up is an online business. You can begin with literally zero cost.

Here are things you need that you already have:

  • A roof over your head
  • A computer
  • Internet connection

That’s all you need to start.

With no money to commence, you can CLICK HERE TO BUILD A WEB SITE FOR FREE.

What about money? Well, this is business we’re talking about here.

A business that will grow (if you learn it the right way) and you will incur some costs as you go along. Under $50 USD a month, with a couple of exceptions here and there.

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Is Affiliate Marketing Difficult

I don’t think affiliate marketing is difficult given the right know-how.

Plus, you will save a lot of time learning to do it properly. From the basic of building a correct marketing blog, to learning how to get noticed on the world wide web, and going on to send buyers to the best place to purchase what they want and – here’s the Voila!

You get paid a commission by the vendor or retailer.

This is a real work from home job. From your home office. Your kitchen table? Your patio? Your RV, as you travel?

Just recently I read a couple of blog posts from a Wealthy Affiliate marketer who was on a cruise ship. He was earning as he cruised!

I’m not going to go into the step-by-step starting a web site here, because if you sign up for a free account, that’s all covered for you. In every detail.

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So How Do I Sell Stuff Online?

Keeping it simple, you’re going to start a blog. Your blog is the foundation of your business.

You will learn how to enhance every aspect of your blog to attract visitors. To compete well, you will learn all about keywords, or SEO. That stands for Search Engine Optimization.

You will pick a topic, or niche to promote.

This works best if it is something you love and like to talk about. Or, just one item or component of something you can talk a lot about.

Here is the affiliate part.

Many vendors and retailers pay bloggers to promote their products. You become an affiliate with one, or a few, and they pay you commissions when a buyer arrives at their store following an affiliate link from your web site.

Amazon may be the prime example of this. This is because of the range of products it offers. But Amazon isn’t doing this all by itself! Oh no.

Many Amazon “stores” are owned by independent sellers who use Amazon as an outlet. If you send a buyer their way Amazon handles the transaction and you get a commission. You don’t have to deal with that other vendor at all.

When you shop on line and search for products you could end up landing at Target, Walgreens, Home Depot, in fact, any number of stores you’re familiar with.

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You will buy if it is a retailer known for generally good return policies, quality products relative to price, and fair or free shipping charges. Because you do that often already, right?

In many cases, someone is getting a commission from your purchase. That doesn’t change your price.

Do you want to try this out right now? You can follow professional instruction for seven days without paying.

If you do nothing further you can keep the web site or two anyway. It will always be yours.


If anyone asks you “how can I start up a business of my own?” just send them to this article right here.

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Empty Properties Sale – Is It An Epidemic?

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Empty Properties Sale – Is It An Epidemic?

Retail commercial property sale like Penny’s, Kohls, KMart, Toys R US, Michael’s, and other legacy type neighborhood landmarks seem to be everywhere now. The empty properties sale market is like dead wood.

How will all that real estate be used, transformed, or demolished?

And yet, that glut on the market of unused real estate is exactly what is driving the online marketing opportunities.

An online forum commenter who uses Once Born as a handle, said today:

“The shopping area in the city centre where I live has undergone massive changes in the last few years as the tipping point in the balance between bricks and mortar retailing and the Internet has been reached.

Three or four major chains of retailers have gone bust just this year. Empty premises are being filled with student accommodation for the nearby university, and places to serve the students, which has given the area something of a reprieve.

However, there is hardly anything left except for things that can’t be done online (opticians, fast food, coffee shops and restaurants – everything else is not at immediate risk).”

Emphasis mine.

“Definition of tipping point

: the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often
unstoppable effect or change takes place” – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tipping point

A family urgent care center might show up in the corner drugstore, just so the chain can stay open. Because all those notions and sundries we used to buy at the corner store or pharmacy are sold online.

Over the counter drugs are sold in big box stores. Those warehouse stores have pharmacies too.

What’s more, a  few years ago a realtor friend, Michele, told me that after the housing crash we would see real estate collapse in shopping centers and other large commercial properties. I sure see it now.

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That is tragic!

How Do You Sell Online

Now that the point has tipped, tens of thousands  of previously well employed individuals have had to settle for far lower paying jobs. And many of those have wondered,  “how do you sell online?”

If that’s you, you could get a job at any retailer which is still open, for paltry pay and unpredictable schedules.

Or, you could get (or keep) the not so great job you have and start learning how to sell online.

And now, what will you sell? No ideas?

Go to Amazon:

  • Browse through your favorite things
  • Browse through some really expensive things (that maybe you can’t afford right now)
  • Browse through stuff you need for your home (house, garden, tiny house, small space apartment)
  • Check the pet items (love those Rhinestone collars!)
  • Look at outdoor patio furniture
  • Search indoor gardening supplies
  • Get a load of the best rated drones!That’s how you start, just getting ideas.
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Everything starts with ideas!

What Are The First Steps To Starting An Online Business

You already did the first step! That’s if, you did the steps above.

Maybe you didn’t go to Amazon but you went to Ebay because you shop there more.

Probably all the retailers you have shopped at are now online. And when your favorite neighborhood stores close, that’s where you go – online!

And, doing an instant mental run through what was your favorite item? For more exploring:

  • What is the favorite item you gave your fiance(e) when you were engaged?
  • What is your favorite item you saved from the first place you lived in (as an adult)
  • What would you recommend as a 25th Anniversary gift for parents?

There is so much to sell! And it’s all on line!

Grab a, or open Notepad and jot/type this stuff down. Believe me, you’re going to use it all.

Create My Own Blog Site – Where? How?

Retail property rent on line is called “hosting”. You need your own web site, or blog, to use as a store. The web site needs to be located somewhere in cyberspace, and those businesses that provide this usually charge a monthly fee.

And I know a place where you can get this for many web sites, for free. I’ll elaborate a little further down.

As to how you create your own blog(s), the place I recommend is the same place where you can get the hosting for free!

If you’re starting a business online (especially one you haven’t done before) I think it’s super convenient to have all the aspects in one place, don’t you?

And wouldn’t you love to have all the professional training in that one place too?

How about a community of both fellow students and pro marketing bloggers also? A community that is awake and alive twenty four hours seven days a  week?

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Join in and learn!

Wealthy Affiliate is the one-eighty reversal of the empty properties sale recession phenomenon. It is a hub of blog building activity.

Blogs about thousands of popular topics. Imagine about a million members with a few blogs apiece.

That is a lot of web sites all selling on line!

Some folks sell their own products, but many affiliate with retailers like Amazon or Ebay, earning commissions from products they promote.

What IS Affiliate Marketing Online – And What It Isn’t

Picture the old days of network marketing or MLM.

You joined up and paid a couple of hundred dollars for training materials and some product. You also agreed to henceforth spend a chunk of cash monthly, or you were out!

You paid to work for them. You drove out to weekly sales trainings that resembled spiritual revival meetings.

You drove to prospective buyers, or people who might also join up. In which case you sold them the training package.

Lots of time and effort on your part, no time at home.

Then came affiliate marketing, among the best work at home jobs. Well, the best, judging by the millions of people who  do it.

You start with an idea, like I talked about above.

You affiliate with an online vendor who sells the item or service related to the idea you’re enthusiastic about.

You learn to build a blog, the right way, the fastest way, at the Wealthy Affiliate community.

You keep building your blog until you reach your tipping point of effort over to successful results (income creation).

You have now transitioned from the world of the empty properties sale tradegies into the world of affiliate marketing.

Work from home, or your RV or your cruise trip.

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Have you thought about working online? Have you built a web site? Do tell your story! Or ask any questions, in the box below.


Can I Help My Parents Make Money


Can I Help My Parents Make Money

This web site is focused on seniors, the disabled, or other people who want to stay home to work. Because of that I get asked a lot, can I help my parents make money

If their parents were not high earners, or if they made some bad financial decisions in the last ten years or so, they could be heading for retirement years without enough income.

They maybe should be retired but can’t stop working.

One or both of them may have developed a medical condition that makes working the 9 to 5 a grinding challenge. And that would simply increase medical costs and create high stress.

This is especially dire if a parent, or both, was laid off and forcibly retired early, before they could qualify for a pension from their company. There ‘oughta be a law’, right?

Seriously, why is that even legal? There are various ways a company can run a fund for employees yet it seems this doesn’t turn out too well sometimes.

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Retirement Jobs At Home


Some unwilling retirees can get into lucrative consulting jobs. Yet, this can require travel, and being away from their spouse on a frequent and sporadic basis is an exhausting and emotionally unrewarding lifestyle.

A single person does no better this way. It is a lot of work just to work.

Naturally people will start thinking about how to create retirement jobs at home. I dealt with some ideas about that in my article (click on the title to read it) What Is A Good Side Hustle.

Here are some specific ideas you might mention to your parent/grandparent/step parent/relative:

  • Make things with your woodworking skills and sell on Amazon or Ebay
  • Find a good ebook about woodworking that you can promote and sell for a good commission
  • Make youtube videos about a skill or craft you excel at (more below about that)
  • Make lists/notes about everything you love about your favorite hobby (to use laster)

If you click here to see the ClickBank marketing opportunities you will learn how to find hundreds of digital products that can be sold as an affiliate, for a good commission.

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Good Affiliate Program Commission

I personally think that it is a great way to start working retirement jobs from home. It may be the fastest way to bring in income online, if you have set up a proper blog for that purpose.

What Is A Legitimate Work From Home Business

Anything that is legal in your area!

Anything that interests you enough to blog about every day. In the beginning, anyway.

I was talking to an older couple about this recently. They both came up blank when I asked them did they have a hobby they could promote on line.

Including, writing or attending to the written material of theirs in some way, every day.

He shook his head and she blurted out “C’mon honey you can’t stop talking about fly fishing when the guys are over!”

He acknowledged that to be true. He said “You mean just because I like it I might be able to blog about it and make some money?”

“Yep” I said. “Where do you get your fishing supplies?”

With a grand gesture she opened a closet door behind her. It was floor to ceiling Amazon boxes. I laughed.

“You won’t have any trouble at all” I told him. “If you can blog about the benefits of all that stuff and recommend it in the right way, you’ll make some money!”

In the stack of boxes, I saw one for a Heavy Duty Sportsman Cooler and if you CLICK HERE you’ll see the one I mean.

I saw one for a Springbar Highline 8 person tent – you can CLICK HERE to see that canvas villa!  (I’ll explain why I’m showing those links a little further down.)

He blushed a little when he saw my eying that box. “The guys and I went in together for that one” he explained. “I could never afford something like that myself.”

So then I explained how he could promote all kinds of things that he could never afford for himself. He still knows about them, has looked at them, and can recommend them (the right way).

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Then I turned to her and she had such a sad look on her face. I almost didn’t want to ask. And I didn’t have to. She plunged into her story.

“All the years I worked at the firm I could shop at Macy’s and even more expensive stores. Now I’m an expert at bargain hunting the Walmart and Target sales”.

Point is, I told her, you’re an expert. (And what householder isn’t?)

Then I started telling them about what I love to talk about, and write about.

How Can Affiliate Marketing Work


So if my fishing enthusiast friend wanted to promote all those fishing/camping goodies he could become an Amazon affiliate.

First, he would create a blog with some interesting content, so that Amazon could see that he’s ready.

She could create a blog about many of her favorite things (including the expensive one) and be an affiliate with several retailers.

And how can affiliate marketing work?

It works because people both need to and love to shop, and they shop a lot online!

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Now I am going to talk about those links above, which, if you clicked, you saw that you end up on amazon.

Let’s pretend for a moment that you logged in and bought that $700 tent.

I get a commission. And maybe a few people a week go to amazon from my links and purchase that item or something entirely different.

And let’s pretend my fishing equipment blog has 100 pages on it that readers click from a few times a week each (or more!).

They are shopping and I’m getting affiliate commissions.

And, to be fair and legitimate, I put this notice at the top of all my promotional posts:

This page contains affiliate marketing links. We may get paid a commission on the sale of a product or service recommended here.

You know how in high end stores where shoppers have a person find everything for them and bring all the different sizes and color versions they want to them?

And that in store shopper gets a commission from the customer’s purchases? That’s what you’re doing, online.

And you don’t have to do all that running around the place for them.

Your work all happens before they get to the store (from your link).

Your work (or your parents’ or friend’s) is building a web site the right way, that will help you create an income.

  • From home
  • On your terms
  • On your schedule
  • Maybe while traveling (that sounds cool, doesn’t it?)

How Can I Create My Own Website For Free

I’m willing to put money down on most people asking you that. Yes, I’ve heard it that much.

And it is a totally sensible question. Because this can be a real business and a lot of energy will go into it.

So what will it cost and how do I know I can really do this?

I have found a place called Wealthy Affiliate where serious marketers train. The coolest thing is that you can build not one, but two websites for free.

You can do ten classrooms for free in a seven day period. That’s a lot!

Instead of having me go into the details of how this all transpires, do this:


There’s no better revelation than just doing it. Seeing your website appear and start growing.

I hope you can show this article to your parents so that they know there is potential to create retirement jobs at home. And of course you can do this too!

Have you ever started a blog? Have your parents? Please share your story, or any questions in the box below.


Skills Needed For Online Business

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Skills Needed For Online Business

If you want to do business online, there is a skillset you can learn to accomplish this. It would be ideal to learn all the skills needed for online business in one place.

It would also be handy to have a community of people learning how to build a business on line to get feedback from as you go. That would help a lot, don’t you think?

It has been my experience that learning goes a lot faster and better progress is made, with daily help. Live chat and a huge list of hundreds of FAQs are great aids.

That’s one reason why I am happy to recommend the Wealthy Affiliate online business training for you to get the skills you need to gain a presence online.

A presence that will lead to earning an income.

You could break this down into four steps:

1. Sharing an interest on a blog by writing about it.

2. Getting traffic to your blog from readers who have the same interest

3. Giving referrals to your readers for products or services that enhance their interest

4. Earning commissions from vendors who supply items for that interest, or “niche”

These four steps describe affiliate marketing. Selling other people’s products.

You can also sell your own, be it a product or service.


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How To Be Your Own Boss From Home

There is a tried and true way to study how to be your own boss from home. That is what I an going to outline in this post, for you.

That is the typical goal of many bloggers. To eventually retire from their day job and have enough income coming in from their marketing on line.

And this is truly possible. It takes study and planning just like any business plan. However, the trail has been blazed already.

You don’t have to be an explorer or pioneer. That’s the good news!

You do need to have consistency both in studying, and executing the skills you acquire. This is how you will see the results you want.

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How To Be Your Own Boss In 12 Months

Do you think you can learn how to be your own boss in 12 months? Do you even know what you need to know to do that?

I sure didn’t when I started out. I used a free Blogger blog (owned by Google) that was easy to use.

I was very consistent. I wrote a post five days a week and posted each one to about thirty article marketing sites.

Article marketing isn’t done so much anymore, but it got me a lot of readers then. I promoted a ClickBank digital book and made enough money to keep me interested.

You can CLICK HERE to read my article about ClickBank.

However, I became aware that I needed my own Dot Com, my own site.

Number 1. from above. I hit a wall. I had the interest. But no one could tell me how to make a web site!


And think about a passionate interest you have.

  • An activity
  • An area of study or philosophy
  • A genre of useful products, or just one item you could recommend to people

Keeping that in mind, click on the link just above, get your free account, and you can start making a blog.

You have already targeted your readership by choosing the focus of your site.

See how easy that is? You can do this!

Within the training in this expert community there are suggestions for writing schedules, how to use free tools on line like Google Analytics to track your progress, and how to continually improve your sites.

It seems realistic that you’ll be seeing income in 12 months. If you’re a beginner. Perhaps as much as a thousand dollars a month.

I can’t promise you that because it’s your hard work (or not) which will create your results.

For those of you who have experience with working on line already, or who have a full time study schedule, you will be able to learn how to be your own boss in 12 months.

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Join One Of The Top Online Writing Courses

Wealthy Affiliate University is considered one of the top online writing courses.

This is not academic, technical or creative writing, but the mode of communicating that is required for # 2 above.

Getting traffic. Getting visitors to your blog with a natural, conversational style of writing.

And the magic ingredient – keywords. Words to integrate into your conversation, words that people type into a search field to find you.

For more about that, you can click over to my article Learn To Find Keywords

And right here is another reason I recommend Wealthy Affiliate for a training and support community.

A keyword tool that you would otherwise have to pay for is included in the membership.

(It is called Jaaxy and you can CLICK HERE to look at it.)

Along with training on how to get the most benefits out of its use. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?

Another incredible feature of membership is that your interaction with other members is designed to add to your blog’s traffic and value.

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I Want One Of Those Free Online Business Writing Courses

Would that be you? If so hang in here because I have great news.

For a seven day period, you can do 10 classrooms for free, no cost at all.

To see those 10 classes outlined, click here.

Even more, you can build two websites during that training. Isn’t that amazing?

Can I Avoid The Cost Of Making A Website

Let me recap so you can see the benefits here:

  • You can create a free starter account
  • You can view 10 classes with video, text instructions and lengthy discussion about details
  • You can build two sites which can become professional sites when you’re ready
  • You’ll have detailed training on # 3 above, recommending your item with the correct links
  • # 4 will follow, with your consistent application

So yes, initially, while you put this altogether (in your free trial period) you don’t have to deal with the cost of making a website. Or two!

Read my overview of the Wealthy Affiliate benefits HERE.

I hope I’ve helped you see how easily you can learn the skills needed for online business.

Can’t wait to try it out?



How To Work At Home Online

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How To Work At Home Online

Almost 3000 people a day ask that question and search for the answer about how to work at home online. I certainly would like to, wouldn’t you?

Well I do, but only part time. Wouldn’t many of us love to kiss that commute goodbye!

I am still working on that goal, with fantastic support and training from an online community.


That link just above is called an affiliate link. If you were to become a member after your free trial at building a web site, I would get a commission from your fee.

This in no way affects the amount you pay. But it does help me maintain myself on line! (And thanks btw!)

That is why this site is called Wealthy Affiliate.

It shows you all the ways you can become an affiliate with many companies, and make commissions when your readers at your blog follow your suggestions, and purchase something.

But to back up a little, first its training will teach you step by step, how to build a blog that readers will find informative and helpful.

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Ways To Work At Home Online

There are different ways to work at home online. Once you start the Wealthy Affiliate classes and follow the blog building steps, you’ll start to get a picture of what you can do (if you don’t have one already). Here is a chart that shows the membership options:

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If you’re a complete beginner at posting to a blog or site of any kind, here are the steps you’ll go through first, whether you’re a free or paid premium member.

What I outline below is all available for zero cost!

1.Introduction by Kyle, one of the owners of the site. Kyle gives a brief outline of the initial training and a video to walk you through the areas of the site.

2. This lesson covers how you will monetize your site, or set it up to make money. It explains what affiliate marketing is. There is another video to illustrate this.

“There are 3.75 BILLION people online as of 2018 (YOUR audience) and these people are searching for things all the time.” -Kyle

3. “Niches” explained. Another video, to remove any intimidation you may be feeling about the defining moment of choosing a target audience.

4. Now it gets pretty exciting. You will actually build your first website, courtesy of Wealthy Affiliate. The walk-through makes it easy! You’ll choose a website name and a domain name. “Mynewsite.siterubix.com”. Site Rubix is the platform on which you construct your free blogs (up to 25 with paid membership).

“The powerful hosting you have access to you here is unparalleled in the

Managed WordPress hosting industry. We truly specialize here in
providing a secure, robust and FAST platform for you to run your
website.” – Kyle

You are going to now follow the steps outlined and create your first site! It will take about 30 seconds or so.

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Yes I Want To Work At Home Online!

So to continue…

5.  There are a few steps to learn that will make your site function easily for you. These are all covered one by one, and you will repeat this when you set up any new site you might build later. Once you log in to your dashboard, everything you need to write and publish is there. You will complete the initial configuration of the site.

6. Next is a step that could be complicated if you were to try to learn and configure the use of SEO or Search Engine Optimization (getting your site found by people searching for things on line). Yet at Wealthy Affiliate there is yet another simple walk-through to set up your site with what is called a Plugin.

A plugin makes your site code accessible to Google, Bing, and Pinterest so you can be found easily.

And there is no code that you need to know. Whew, right?

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Training To Work From Home

Is training to work from home sounding like something you can learn? I am going to tell you some more about the free beginner classrooms, or you can just go and start!


7. “Site Content offers you some unbelievable features that are going to make your life as a “blogger” much more efficient.” – Kyle

What is Site Content?

First, I’ll just say that content is all the information on your site.

It’s the reviews, articles, and pages that can be viewed and enjoyed by your readers.

Site Content is truly la creme de la creme of writing aids.

It is a place where you write, format, spell check, grammar check, and add images to your blog post.

You can then directly publish your material onto your site.

Site Content will allow you to create templates for your posts. This alone will save you so much time!

You will be able to keep track of your word counts.

You can organize your posts into categories or “buckets” in Site Content.

And of course there is a video to walk you through its features so that you don’t miss any of the advantages of this incredible writing tool!

In step 7, you will also create two specific pages that all websites have.

And you’re going to PUBLISH them. Yep, visible on the internet. You.

Can you see now, that doing this all as you learn ensures you won’t get lost? Every step is completed before you move on. That’s cool, isn’t it?

8. This step is about Menus. Menus are the titles, or buttons, usually along the top of a web page, that you click on to access topics that the site covers. They can be on the side or bottom area, but most will be along the top.

This helps establish the ease of your readers navigating around your site.

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9. All about Keywords. When you go to Google or Bing or Pinterest you enter words at the top, right? Words that describe what you’re looking for. Those are keywords.

You will learn to find keywords to help your readers find you, among all the other web sites that cover the same or similar material. Wealthy Affiliate has a tool for finding keywords called Jaaxy.

It is a quick way to target the right words for building your blog posts around.

You will learn exactly what to look for in choosing keywords. No mystery, no wasted time.

One keyword or phrase can be the anchor idea for a blog post. Twenty keywords are potentially twenty posts.

You’ll never lack for anything to write about!

It truly can’t get any easier than this. Or any less expensive since it’s free lol!

Do you already have a blog and need a keyword tool?

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Click to get Jaaxy!

So do you think blogging and going through the training is for you?

It’s not for everyone, but here is a list of the people who can benefit from proper training about how to build a blog:

  • You are unemployed or under employed and you’d like to start your own business on line
  • You are expecting to retire in a few years and you want to explore a way to work at home
  • Do you need to work from home? Get away from the 9 to 5 rat race? Disability?
  • You are a mom who wants to stay home and bring in some income too
  • You need to take care of an elder but keep some revenue coming in
  • You are a student who would rather work on line than than spend time going to a job
  • You need a blog to promote your brick and mortar business

​10. Congraulate yourself! You have done so much in just a few hours or days!

At this point, you can become a premium member and keep building your web site!

There are many reasons to want to work from home. Whatever your reason may be, you must learn to blog the right way.


Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below. I’d love to hear from you!


How To Turn A Hobby Into Business

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Notice the resourcefulness of seniors you know. Today I was thinking of my mother, and how hard she worked when I was young. She didn’t go to work every day, but worked at home. With sheer determination, she learned how to turn a hobby into business income.

How To Start A Home Business With No Money


There are no “no money” opportunities, so don’t fall for that. You are already paying for an internet connection, you have a computer, tablet or phone, and you’ve paid for those.


Many decades before the internet, my mom had to learn everything about her home business – dog breeding – by writing away for information.


She needed to learn about:

  • The Kennel Club and breed certifications
  • Dogs known for producing good pups
  • Veterinarian costs for litters/health and nutrition needs
  • How close in terms of miles were appropriate studs (i.e., show champions)
  • How much did the breeding cost
  • The portion of the home needed for housing litters/yard needs
  • Business legalities and record keeping


She started with mailing costs, materials and a lot of waiting time.


If her hobby had been sewing – which she was skilled in – or knitting – also a skill of hers – the steps would have been the same.


What the web saves us from now, is time consumption.

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Don’t Waste Time!


If you are a senior or disabled person who needs to augment your income from home, you really don’t want to waste time, do you?


And I can help you with that!

How To Learn Internet Marketing Online


Fast forward to modern day small home business behavior…If your hobby is producing physical products like:

  • Wood carvings
  • Paintings/prints/wall decor/metal works
  • Sewn/knit/crochet products
  • Books or non-physical e-books
  • Collectibles like books, antiques, china sets, crystal sets, flatware sets no longer in production
  • Puppies
  • Self-help books or techniques
  • Recipe videos


You can find an outlet like your own Amazon store, where amazon will place your products on its site, and also place them in their warehouses and take care of the orders and shipping.

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How To Market Your Beautiful Products



A website like Etsy will also show your products and give you a web page with a shopping cart, to take orders. You do the shipping and state your terms as you like.


You can create your own Youtube channel with videos that promote your own or others’ products, and make money from advertisers.

Start Your Own Blog Free Online



You will need your own blog. You want the world of consumers to know that your products, or referrals to products, are available, and how to get them


What do I mean by your referrals?


This blog is all about affiliate marketing, or referral marketing. My referral to you, about how to learn to make a blog for business, is Wealthy Affiliate training.


I also am an affiliate with Amazon, a vitamin company, and Clickbank.


Here is my article explaining Clickbank, a digital marketplace where vendors place their products and you can refer them, and make commissions from sales.


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Good Affiliate Program Commission

Clickbank Affiliate Marketing System


If you shop on amazon and find a product on someone’s blog recommending it, they get a commission. That does not change your price, so it is a win-win situation.

My article about one example of amazon recommendations is Amazon For Wedding Gifts



Gift Sets At Amazon


My vitamin and supplements blog is here.


For blog writing, I will share with you my heartily recommended choice, where I finally found the correct information about building a business site.


I found this incredible membership community after many attempts with blogging and marketing courses, all of which gave me only part of the picture.


To fulfill your dreams of turning a hobby, or perhaps your expertise from a wage job/career into a home business, I don’t want you to waste years and money pouring your heart into a blog that isn’t designed for marketing.


There is a place on line that offers you the big picture of marketing online and allows you to create two blogs online, published, with no up front cost whatsoever.


This offer is for a seven day period, as much as you can do.


You will have a community to engage with as you go. You will create as you go, and see the growing web site with every step.


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That’s pretty exciting isn’t it?


You’ll learn some important tips for making your blog visible to people who are searching for your hobby products, or your informational products about the hobby items.


That is called blog traffic.

How To Get More Traffic With Your Blog


Your ideal traffic is from people ready to buy whatever you are writing about.


Yet you can also draw readers who are searching for information. You can provide articles discussing the different specs or varieties of the product topic.


This why the first steps of designing your blog are so important. If you get those tracks laid properly, it will be easier to progress with your site building.


The general plan is to write a lot of content, up to at least one hundred articles. This is not going to be a problem, because you have chosen a topic you can go on and on about, right? A real passion!



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Start Writing Here


The specific plan is to form a site with some built-in advantages that allow you to track your progress with help from Google and other search engines.


My favorite teaching site provides this, including your two free blogs.


Click here for my article Learn To Find Keywords about finding key search words to enhance your content.


Are You Ready To Make Two Blogs For Free


Whether your mom had a home business, or your inspiration or need comes from where you have ended up in your life, this is do-able!


You can build a home business with online marketing.


It is not overnight.


It could be six months to a year before you start seeing significant income.


It may cost you $300 – $400 USD over your first year.


You will get about a 50% discount on domain name purchases (the www.yourblogname.com).


You will get your blogs placed on their servers, or hosted, for free.


Or pay $12.00 per month, per blog, elsewhere.


If you want to start now to find out what you can do, and how much is possible,




Have you started blogging already? What was your inspiration? Please share your adventure with us! Use the comment box below.


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