Having reflected on the year from hell that was 2017 in my last post, I wanted to dive a little deeper in to what I believe the absolute GIFT that the affiliate marketing business model is.
It’s one thing to share with you the income and results I have had personally (almost $80k in 6months doing very little) but I’m not alone in having experienced this life saving income stream when the unexpected happened and things got tough.
Marie Santos was and still is one of the LEGENDS of our online community! When I first got started, this ‘stay at home’ mum of two, was absolutely smashing this business and had truly mastered the art of connecting with people online – to the tune of a multiple 6figure income. She was also responsible for kicking my a*se in to gear and making the decision to quit my job after I started getting results myself.
When the sh*t hits the fan…
Sound familiar?! Yeah – it’s kind of become a bit of a motivational phrase to coin to myself of late. Mainly out of sheer gratitude for having got involved with this business and having met people like Marie, BEFORE the sh*t started to fly in my own life.
Just as I was getting some momentum, Marie – for want of a better expression – disappeared in to the wilderness due to her own life challenges happening. I reconnected with her when I returned to Australia and realised how much we were both facing the same mindset and confidence challenges around getting ‘back in the game’, so to speak…
I decided to record our conversation about the highs and lows of having an online business but specifically, how grateful we both are that we got started when life was actually pretty good! The income, support and – most importantly – the lessons learned from how it looked after us when we needed it most, have been priceless.
Watch the full recording of our chat below which is too good not to share with you!
(Kind of a must watch for EVERYONE in my book…)
Key points covered in this conversation:
✅ Overcoming fears of not being good enough – irrespective of already having a multiple 6-figure business
✅ Why the affiliate marketing model relieves you of the responsibilities attached to being a standard business owner
✅ Marketing insight genius – whether you have results yet or not
✅ Acknowledging that this product may not be perfect but still 100% a BLESSING to be a part of
✅ Knowing when to admit that maybe you’re not cut out for entrepreneurship…
I bloody love this girl so much – welcome home Marie! ❤️
You don’t need to look far when reading about millionaires and billionaires who have a ‘rags to riches’ story behind them.
I respect that stuff but am starting to feel increasingly passionate about the number of people in the world who are far too comfortable not to simply make more of their lives!
Why is it that so many of us need a giant life crisis or wake-up call before we start realising that our time here is limited?!
Since I quit my job in 2015, there have been several situations where I was so grateful to have ALREADY gained the freedom and flexibility to deal with. Family members being in hospital and needing extra help being the main one.
Sadly I’m often hearing from people in circumstances that are already pretty desperate.
Starting an online business could absolutely be the thing to change their life at that point but they can’t see it as such because of their emotional state. Or they quit within weeks of getting started – again because their mindset and emotional state are already weakened.
Mastering a success mindset is hard enough… let alone trying to do it on top of major life challenges. So DO NOT WAIT until you have those!
Why I’m so glad I got started in 2013…
I’ve spent the last few months hopping around between time out on my own in Thailand and hanging out with various friends in Australia and Bali.
I’m taking my mum on a Business Class trip to New York when I get back to the UK.
When I spend time at home in London, I’ll often go and work from my parents’ house to look after my elderly grandmother to give my mum a break from it.
All of this stuff was a pipe dream a few of years ago.
I have no intention of being one of these ‘rags to riches’ or sob stories to frame success in this business as some kind of super-human achievement.
Because it’s not. ANYONE CAN DO THIS!
I was pretty comfortable when I got started online as a total newbie in 2013. Half decent job/salary, living in my own property, not under too much pressure.
But I hated not having true FREEDOM!
If you’re procrastinating about deciding to start an online business – there is one thing that is perfectly clear to me now…
The ONLY bad time to start is LATER!
Success in anything it not going to be an overnight thing. There’s plenty of learning and grafting involved even when you get some momentum.
But that’s all a hell of a lot easier to handle and persist with from a place of stability and gratitude if you’re currently relatively comfortable!
Are you ready to start playing a MUCH bigger game?!
There is nothing I love more than getting emails from people who are so fired up to take massive action to change their lives.
BUT… let’s have a quick reality check…
As an online entrepreneur, you will need to be prepared to master some stuff that may not fire you up as much as the goal itself, in order to reach the goal!
I remember being up at 3am (on a ‘school night’ in 2014) slumped over a very small laptop (couldn’t afford to upgrade it), neck ache, itchy-scratchy eyeballs, Pringles and dip for dinner again before getting up at 7am for work…
I know I’m not alone in having been in the above scenario!
I think was figuring out how to put a Facebook conversion tracking pixel on my first ever (rather shit looking) website for the first time.
I keep hearing/seeing people online who clearly fancy themselves as the next Oprah or Tony Robbins or Ellen. Which is great. The world needs more of all of those.
But let’s back it up a sec…
Have you found anyone willing to pay attention to YOU over all of the noise of the online world?
Are you strategically learning any skillsets to incentivise anyone to listen to and like you, let alone give your their money?!
Not yet? Ok, cool.
So, let’s amongst it and get some skills to pay the bills!
Understand that your money producing activities may well NOT be the ‘fun or fulfilment producing’ activities.
It’s great that you have this burning desire to write a book, be creative, work for a higher purpose, live your passion and change the world – never lose that.
Especially if you have total clarity on what that looks like for YOU.
How much easier do you think all of that will be to achieve if you’ve got a stable and healthy income behind you?
Please, understand you will need to grind your way through a learning curve first to earn the privilege of doing more of what you love.
Understand that making cold, hard cash may take longer than you think and parts of it may not be your idea of fun at all!
I discuss this more in this video… [click to play]
Your #1 Money Producing Activity: BUILDING AN AUDIENCE
Without first having some kind of following – meaning people who may one day indeed be loyal, PAYING customers – you’re a bit like those guys who stand in the street endlessly preaching random bible passages with people throwing their pitiful pocket change in to a bucket out of sympathy to get them to shut up.
Is that what you want?! Nope, me neither.
THIS is why it’s so important to understand what skills you need to focus your attention on learning in order to have the biggest financial impact on a business in the online world.
Let’s face it – it’s a LOT easier to build a business and your vision with your bills and expenses taken care of, right?!