I teach people how they can bring in an income from the internet, and that’s something I’ve been doing successfully now for a couple of years. One of the most common questions I’m asked is “How can I afford to be a stay at home mom?”.
Now before I go ahead & answer that question I just want to explain a little bit about who I am & my journey so far. When I left school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life & I ended up going down the route of training to an electrician – I pretty much just went with the flow & didn’t really put a great deal of thought into it.
Around 2-3 years into my job I decided it really wasn’t for me. I used to work on the steelworks, it was dirty, cold, dangerous & meant I had to get up ridiculously early on a morning. Basically it just wasn’t what I wanted to do with the rest of my life so I decided I needed to make a change, that’s when I looked into making money online.
I didn’t really have a clue where to start – I was an electrician, not an internet guru & so with the help of Google I began researching different ways to make money.
Making money online turned to be an awful lot easier than I ever imagined – in fact I think the hardest part for me was trying not to over-think things. Seriously, I was actually thinking too hard about it & that was my main problem.
Let me show you why it turned out to be so easy…
Basically, picture the shopping centre in your local town. Lot’s of shops, but more importantly lot’s of people walking through looking for things to buy.
Well that’s basically how the internet works – the internet is like one GIANT shopping centre, except the difference is that on the internet there’s not hundreds, not thousands, but billions of people looking for things to buy.
All you need to do is channel a handful of these people over to your sales page each day in order to begin making money. Wait… what sales page?…
Don’t panic – I’m not going to try & teach you how to create a sales page or anything like that because I know that when I first started out that would have been way over my head. Thankfully there’s affiliate companies that already have everything in place so that all that’s left for you to do is get the traffic (the visitors).
Personally I use this system because it’s proven to convert & it pays residual commissions (I keep getting a commission every month for as long as the user says subscribed) which works out really well. In fact I’d go as far as to say residual commissions are a must if you’re going to succeed online. Why? Well basically if you happen to hit a dry spell of traffic then residual commissions provide a security net of income that’s going to come in until you manage to pick things up again. If you’re just relying on one time commissions then you could run into really big problems if you hit a dry spell.
Traffic is pretty easy to get as I’m about to show you so hopefully you shouldn’t have any issues with dry spells, but at least you’ve got a backup just in case.
Commissions with that system I use range from around $25 right up to $3,000 which is pretty crazy. I remember my first $3,000 sale, I was on a night out with my friends at the time and the email came through – I was over the moon and it was safe to say I got the next round of drinks in!
Personally this is what I managed to do with 3 months of starting my online business. I’m not showing you this to brag, but I’m proud of this photo & hopefully it will inspire you to do the same:
Obviously my results aren’t typical and yes I did put in a fair bit of hard work but as you can see it paid off. I don’t want you to think that this is something that will get you rich without lifting a finger because it’s not, but providing you put in the hard work just like I have then it’ll definitely be worthwhile.
So now I’m going to run through with you the steps to succeeding at making money online.
Step 1 – Mindset.
Basically the only thing that’s holding you back from whatever it is you want to achieve is your mindset.
Firstly you must set a goal, because if you don’t set a goal you’ll have nothing to aim for. Similarly you don’t want to set an unreasonable goal because it will damage your motivation if you don’t achieve it. Set smaller goals that you can achieve so that you can track your progress & know your heading in the right direction.
Ask yourself how much money you need to make in order to be able to become a stay at home mom. Don’t get this confused with how much money you want to make, because that will come later after you’ve achieved your goal of obtaining the amount you need.
Now that you have something to aim for you need to have the right attitude to achieve it. A great place to start is by removing any negativity from your life. An example of this is watching the news – the news tends to contain a lot of negativity and generally reports all the bad things happening in the world. By cutting this out of your life it can make a big difference to your overall mood. Similarly if you wake up in the morning & it’s cold or raining outside it will make you feel negative, but you’ve got to learn to overcome this & focus on the positives instead.
An very important factor is that your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure.
Never to be scared to fail, failure is nothing but a hurdle in the journey to success. Everybody fails in life but the difference between those who succeed & those who don’t is how they deal with their failure. Some people give up, some people carry on. Don’t be a quitter, look at why you failed & what you can do to improve & make sure it doesn’t happen the next time.
Finally you mustn’t be scared to be different. People see the norm in life to be to go to school, go to college & get a job but despite what people think that’s certainly not the only path in life. By becoming a stay at home mom and learning how to work from home you’re going to be breaking free from the rat-race, but don’t let it scare you – it’s an exciting journey and one you’ll most likely never look back from. The hardest part is saying OK, I’m going to do it.
Step 2 – Starting an online business.
There are various benefits to starting a business online such as:
- Low start up costs
- Billions of potential customers
- Easy to reach out to new customers
- Easy to manage
- Easy to set up
The best way to start up an online business is to use a franchise style system that’s already proven to work. If you attempt to set up your own website, own products & own sales page then it’s most likely going to result in failure. Why? Well because unless you’re a professional it’s going to require a lot of trial & error which is going to cost a lot of time & money.
Let me explain more about what I mean when I say franchise style system by giving you a real world example…
Basically take a company like McDonalds – it’s a proven company, and we both know it makes a whole load of money. Yet McDonalds give you the opportunity to setup your own franchise & take some of that money for yourself. As I mentioned it’s a proven business so you know it’s going to work, all you have to do is open the doors & let people in.
The problem with this example is that whilst pretty much everybody would love to own their own McDonalds it would cost a fortune to set it up.
Now take an online franchise style system – you’re pretty much doing exactly the same as that but since it’s online the set up costs are much, much lower. You’re basically taking a proven online business & getting the opportunity to begin earning from it yourself, and just like in the McDonalds example all you need to do is get people through those doors. With billions of people on the internet, getting people “through the doors” isn’t very difficult at all – especially not with social media.
Back when I was an electrician I didn’t have a clue about starting an online business and I myself went down the route of using a franchise style system. That way it took all the difficult bits out such as creating a website & products and just left me to focus solely on getting traffic to the sales page. It’s definitely the opportunity I’d recommend to anybody that’s looking to start out making an income online.
Using a system like that you’ve got nothing else to worry about other than getting visitors to your page, a page that’s proven to convert visitors into sales & make you money.
Step 3 – Reaching out to your customers.
Once you’ve got your business set up it’s just a case of reaching out to people & attracting new customers. Since there’s billions of people on the internet this is a pretty easy task & there’s hundreds of different ways you could approach it.
One of the easiest & quickest ways to reach out to new people is via social media. Billions of people use Facebook & Twitter alone, so by making your business known on those platforms you can quickly & easily gather an audience.
Further to that just like I’ve done you can create a blog & rank in search engines to generate a stream of organic traffic through to your business. The benefit of this is that it’s an everlasting source of traffic. For example I could spend an hour or two publishing a blog post today and it might only get 1 visitor per day, however over the period of a year that’s 365 visitors. Similarly if I’d published 10 posts to my blog and they each got the same that would be 3,650 people per year coming through to see what I have on offer.
Step 4 – Routine.
Every night set yourself tasks that you need to complete the next day, such as:
- Write a blog post
- Attract 5 new customers from social media
- Publish a video on YouTube
Obviously those are just examples, but change those to whatever is relevant to your own business. If you get into a routine of doing it then you’ll find your business will grow very quickly.
Step 5 – Enjoy your new lifestyle.
It’s not just about the money, it’s about the lifestyle of being able to work less & actually enjoy life.
Your now a stay at home mom, you’re making an income from home & you’ve got the time to look after your kids. Then once they’ve grown up you’ve still got your online business and it will allow you to actually take the time out to go ahead & enjoy life. I’ve never looked back!
Alternatively, if you don’t want to go at it wholehearted & start up an online business you could always check out my list of 72 ways that you can make money from home to help you simply boost your income.