It may be fun to work hard and we are very lucky if we actually enjoy working. However if you are under constant stress of trying to ‘make ends meet’ this adds a whole unpleasant element to each day. If you are living on a salary that barely keeps up with the ever-rising cost of living, it may just be necessary to have a second or third income. A part-time business you can work from home may be necessary to overcome the deficit.
When the economy slows down, it means there are less sales for business. To make up for that, they may freeze wages, and even worse, ‘downsize’ the workforce. Consequently, although the unemployment problem seems to be getting a little better, still many are looking for jobs that are not being created.
In spite of the fact that people do need some time to relax and have a life apart from their job, if it is necessary to earn more money, that ‘free’ time can be used productively to develop another source of income to supplement your regular salary, or to bridge the gap from one job to another.
Having a second job is a little more tedious than starting a home business. The idea of running from job to job and the additional stress may become overwhelming. Much easier to come home after you leave your job, have a nice dinner with your family and then just turn on your computer instead of the TV.
In many online business models, affiliate marketing or distributorships, for example, the companies provide customer service and order fulfillment for you, so there is no pressure on you to be available during the hours you are working at your day job, with your family, or asleep. Once you have implemented your participation, your only real job is to market and advertise your work from home business product or service.
Affiliate programs also supply everything you need to promote your business. They give you a web page which has an address that includes your affiliate ID number so that you get credit for and can earn commissions from any sales you are able to generate. They also have many other tools that their members are welcome to use such as training, content and graphics. This saves you a huge amount of time and expense to get rolling. You can usually earn money by selling their products and services, as well as for referring others.
With online distributorship programs, although these may involve tangible products, you shouldn’t need any inventory as you can ‘drop-ship’ to your customers directly from the company’s warehouses. So your only job is to generate the sale and make the connection.