Welcome to my site about starting a home business. I’m firstly going to introduce myself here so you have a background to who you’re dealing with on this site, as the domain MyHome-eBusiness.com appears to have belonged to another affiliate marketer for some years. As the new owner, I’m building this all afresh. This is all going to be new for you if you have been to this domain before!
My name is Chris and I was born and raised in South Africa. I Live in the United Kingdom after coming over on a work secondment for 5 years as a minister of a Christian denomination. As life worked out we have been here for over 23 years at the time of writing this.
As a family, we first lived in England for eleven years. We then moved to Scotland, near Glasgow and for the past six years in the Scottish Borders.
I have recently “retired” My wife and now live on the North Ayrshire Coast of Scotland. We have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
For the past six years, our income has been supplemented by income from an affiliate site I developed in the travel niche.
MY STORY AND MY YEARS OF EXPLORING A HOME BUSINESS
After a few months in the U.K. culture shock set in and this was so for everyone in the family. Also, it became very apparent that the cost of living was higher than our income could support. My wife went out to work, children had to be taken out of school and homeschooled for some time. With needing to spend to set up home, we ended up even more stretched.
I began to look for alternative ways for making additional income. For that In turned to the internet to do research and discovered that the internet itself was the best possibility of setting that up to run on autopilot while we were both out working. The information was overwhelming over the following few months.
There were so many schemes, shiny objects and confusion. I fell for some promises, never spending large amounts of money because we simply didn’t have it. Then there were those that offered “supposed quality” training for a heavy price and had no conscience about calling to extract the money out of you by urging to use a credit card. Yes, there are scam artists out there. Lots of them.
Eventually I got some direction. Affiliate marketing was the answer. The safe way to go for low investment. I registered a domain and built a basic website in the Travel niche. I couldn’t afford courses so burnt the midnight oil reading tons of article, gleaning insights that I could implement. At times, I would take a free trial for SEO software and make use of the limited functions while I had the opportunity.
Eventually, I had my first commission – a whole $7.83! By complete accident, I had done something right. And that on a VERY UGLY website This was such a personal breakthrough and I adjusted and revised my whole site accordingly. The commissions increased every month and eventually went into double figures, then three figures. I have over the years re-built my site four or 5 times, learned much more about SEO and kept up to date with the do’s and don’ts of Google.
Most months my income is 4 figures and my work has been half time for the past 6 years. The other half has been from my website which only needed 2 to 3 hours of work per week. I could set it and forget it and even go on holiday for 3 weeks and the money would still roll in. We could even afford to pay for our time away.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE – FOR SUCCESS, NOT FAILURE
As you would have realized by reading my experience, setting my home e business was a success, but I had to do it the hard way and learned much more about from many mistakes and was almost ripped off many times. It was hard distinguishing between the genuine opportunities and the same and the quick trends that wouldn’t last. I have also been around the same Mulberry bush many times.
My reasoning is: I can save new entrepreneurs setting up a home business online a lot of trouble. I could save them a lot of time too, as they won’t need to do things the way I did.
So if you have landed here on this website, desperate to earn extra on the side for a start, or to replace your job, supplement your retirement, like I am, you have struck the real oil well here. You are not set up for failure, but for a successful online Home Business.
THE GOAL OF THIS SITE
So the purpose of this site is to help guide and train people to set up their own business with the goal to earn the income they need from a viable real Home e-Business that will grow for the future.
To do this I will introduce them to the tools they need. These will be reliable and proven over the years, so have stood the test of time and yet have kept up with developing requirements.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Chris van Staden