Legitimate Work From Home Opportunities: Do They Really Exist?Author: Ivina Harborough
Many people today are consistently looking for legitimate work from home opportunities in an effort to help supplement their existing income, and in today's economy, it's really not surprising.
With millions of people currently living paycheck-to-paycheck or unemployed and living on government assistance, the trend is rising for those who are looking for legitimate work from home income.
However, the problem many of them are facing is in determining which of the many opportunities they're presented with are in fact actually going to make them money and not scam them out of their hard earned money!
The last thing you want to do is invest any spare money you may have at your disposal on any opportunity that doesn't deliver on its claim of allowing you to easily generate a sustainable, let alone long-term income.
As a single mother who found herself laid off from her job several years ago, and raising two young boys, I can assure you I know the feeling you're probably faced with right now!
I can't recall how many late nights I spent online researching the various claims of work from home and make money opportunities I came across, or which hit my in-box on a daily basis.
Then one night, by total accident, I came across the very business I now run on a full time basis by sheer and utter luck! It all started because my youngest son's birthday was approaching and he really wanted the latest game for his gaming console, so I went online to Amazon and started looking around. I love Amazon and buy almost everything I own through them, much like a lot of people I know do as well!
While trying to find the lowest price on the particular game he wanted, I noticed something at the bottom of the check-out page that referred to something called the Amazon Associates program, which really is nothing more then being an affiliate for the company.
What's affiliate marketing?
In simple terms, it's just selling someone else's product or service and then being paid a commission once a sale has been made. This was great because I knew Amazon was a legitimate company and I couldn't fathom such a successful company aligning themselves with something illegal or deemed a pyramid scheme.
After further research, I also discovered that Amazon was one of the original companies to launch an affiliate program back when the "net" took off…think early to mid 90's!
Once I completed the online transaction for my son's new game, I immediately started browsing their website for as much information as I could find about their associates program and spent the better part of that night glued to my computer!
To make a long story short, I was able to use the Amazon Associates Program as the foundation for starting my own work from home business and through the forum dedicated to just associates, I was able to ask questions regarding getting started and was always glad when someone gave information!
Within a week I had my business up and running and while getting started in affiliate marketing through the Amazon Associates program can be done with no start-up cash, I decided if I was going to do this and do it right, I needed just a little bit of money, so I sold a few of my personal belongings online and within a few days had over $100 dollars.
Looking back over that one specific night, all I can say is someone must have been looking out for me because I still can't believe I saw that link, but boy, am I glad I did!