Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Venture

I am going to go way off my usual jewelry-crafting venue here and talk about something I recently stumbled on to that I wanted to share with you. And right up front, I am going to tell you that, yes, if you follow the link I give, you will be helping to build my team. So no surprises there.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but with the way things have gone with the economy, we have struggled to make ends meet. Our gas and groceries are now more per month than most of our bills put together. This puts a crimp on making things to sell because I no longer have the extra money to put into the materials. Other than getting a second job, I really didn’t know what to do.

During my vacation around the Thanksgiving holiday, I was up late one night, restless and unable to sleep. Nothing was on TV so I decided to check my emails and see if I could get a little writing done. I had decided to start writing again but I was getting discouraged at the paying opportunities out there. Most places want you to write pro gratis or for very little, many times only about five dollars for an article. I was considering going into copy writing since the money for article writing is very small. However, this would mean a slight learning curve since I only dabbled in copy writing through my work.

As I was searching for ways to make copy writing pay, I ran across an affiliate marketing site known as SFI. Normally I would just close out of a website like this because many of them are scams and I didn’t want to waste money trying them out. Right before I clicked on the home button, something caught my eye; no cost to become an affiliate. Okay, maybe I will take a look. I am sure there is a catch I mean really, no one lets you into these types of programs free. So there I sat until 2:00 in the morning researching this company. Much to my surprise, I liked what I read. I have always wanted to work online but never could find anything that sounded even remotely legitimate. But, there it was, right in front of me, SFI.

After researching and reading reviews for the next couple of weeks, I finally decided to join. I wasn’t going to know if this would work unless I tried. Plus, it was free to join; no $69.95 to learn about the company, then another $99 to use a coaching system just to understand the offer. So, I entered my information and I was off to investigate a little more deeply.

While there are a lot of rip-offs and scams out there, what I found during my investigation is that SFI “is” a legitimate company with lots to offer. Their training program is great and there is a lot of help for all of their affiliates. Even if you have no internet marketing experience, with all the success tools SFI offers, you can do this.

This is not a get rich quick plan. If you want to make a lot of money in the first few months, this is not the way to do it. In fact, I don’t know of any plan that will do that unless rich Uncle Fred left you money in his will or you do something not so legitimate. What SFI does offer is tons of support for their affiliates and a base of thousands of products through their online stores and their penny auctions.

Some people join and sit back and wait for something to happen without putting in any effort. Some take a few weak stabs at selling some products or signing up distributors then give up because they didn’t make $500 in the first week.

The bottom line is, growth of any business, whether it’s selling Tupperware or timeshares in Mexico, will depend on the time and effort put into it. And yes, as in any business, you can’t expect to not invest some money and be successful. To make money, you really do have to spend money.

SFI makes it very affordable to get started and become successful. I have never seen an affiliate marketing program that offers so many cost efficient means to build your business. Even if you choose not to invest any money, you can still earn by leading people to one of their professionally designed websites. After that, SFI takes over. Should they make a purchase, they are automatically assigned as your customer. SFI will process the payment, deliver the product or if necessary issue refunds. The affiliate receives a commission for the sale. No getting out in the ice or snow to deliver the Tupperware product someone ordered.

For all of us jewelry designers and other crafty people, SFI offers an added bonus. You can list your jewelry, supplies or anything else. The cost is minimal and they have a better listing fee structure than Ebay.

Now, here’s my pitch; at least sign up and research it. And yes I want you to sign up through me!

It won’t cost you a thing to just sign up. I do ask that you do start out by going through the To-Do list on your main affiliate page. This is excellent training, plus you gain valuable points that help to boost your business.

The SFI affiliate program is a great place for a beginning internet marketer to get started. Plus, it has added perks for those of us already trying to get our own items out there.

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