We've talked before about making money from home, what the daily grind at home is like, and various opportunities, such as ClickBank and Wealthy Affiliate. So, we're not going over those things again today, but I will say that I still stand behind my write-ups on all of those pages. I should note that I am no longer a member of Wealthy Affiliate, not because I don't think their system works, but because I needed to host my sites elsewhere for technical reasons. For any beginner who wants to learn WordPress and how to make money blogging, it is a great place to start.
But maybe writing isn't your deal. Or maybe you're looking for something a little more hands-off, or at least the goal of that at some point in the future. That's pretty much where I'm at right now. I'm doing great with my web business but there's one key element that it requires a lot of, and that is my time. Now I'm hearkening back to the days of yore when I was involved in some direct sales companies, such as Amway, before the internet revolutionized the way we do practically everything.
Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at a company called Strong Future International, or SFI. This company was started in 1998 online and took advantage of not only a network marketing model but the power of the internet and affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, as you likely already know, is promoting and selling someone else's product online and getting a commission for it. Now, imagine if you added in the dupication and multi-level aspects of network marketing. Not only would you get paid a commission for your sales, but you would also get paid a % of your downline associates' sales as well. Ultimately, this can add up to big bucks, as well as that free time we were talking about.
Now, before you go off all half-cocked and spewing venom about the evils multi-level marketing, you should probably know that your insurance agent likely operates on the same type of business structure, as does your financial broker, real estate agent, and many other sales type jobs. They don't advertise the fact, to be sure, but there are levels of management, levels of sponsorship, and commission overrides for the same purpose as in multi-level marketing. According to the FTC, the bottom line is that as long as you have a real product to sell that can be sold to people outside of the business, then the company is probably legit.
The next objection is usually something about not wanting to hound family and friends to sign up to yet another business, lol. Believe me, I understand. Building the list was hard, but for me the hardest part was setting up appointments and "showing the plan." Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and burned it, ha! The best part of doing something like this online, in my opinion, is that you no longer have to prospect family and friends. You can if you want to, of course, but you don't need to in order to build a real, profitable business.
So, I signed up for SFI back in December, but never got around to doing anything with it until last week. I found that I had missed some bonuses and it sort of bummed me out until I put my head on straight and decided to really put some effort into this business and see what happens. I've already sponsored 13 personal affiliates through Bing Ads, moved up to Executive Affiliate rank, and received 2 new affiliates for me to co-sponsor. Most of them haven't shown any signs of life yet, but I do have one that is doing some reading and logging in, so I'm hopeful!
I'll come back in a few months and give you all an update on SFI, but in all sincerity, if you've been thinking about starting a business online and blogging isn't your thing, you should check out SFI. There is a limited time offer running right now where you can earn up to a $100 signing bonus. Yes, you read that right! Up to $100 signing bonus, and joining is FREE. How can you beat that?
PS - If you've ever thought about starting your own online business but didn't know where to start, what to do, where to advertise or what to sell ... SFI can help you out. Perhaps you think you don't have enough money? Well, I've already mentioned it's free. Beyond that, perhaps you're wanting to evaluate it against other business models, like franchising or direct sales ... so I'm including this handy dandy comparison chart below. SFI is truly a unique opportunity for anyone who is willing to put in the work.