If you’re anything like me, you’re active duty and you’re an entrepreneur. Along with being both, you may have experienced some unique challenges as a result. Civilians experience similar challenges in building businesses as well. However, my perspective is that of an active-duty entrepreneur.
Over my thirteen-year career, I’ve had the pleasure to serve alongside with many entrepreneurs and business owners. There have been several Multi-level Marketing (MLM) business opportunities people have been involved with over the years. I’m sure you’ve heard several pitches or been invited out to some sale party or even hosted one in exchange for free products or discounts.
You may have been invited to someone’s home or a hotel conference room to listen to a business pitch. It most cases, once signed up, there’s a monthly fee of some sort to maintain a status and/or benefits. THEN, you must recruit. The range of success in these businesses varies tremendously.
The potential to earn a lot is there, however, I no longer participate in any network marketing businesses.
There are many active-duty personnel involved with real estate as a business in several ways. I’ve seen people purchase properties at each duty station and rent them out once they PCS.
They may purchase a multi-family unit with their VA loan, reside in one unit, and rent the others. I’ve also come across service members that were property managers.
Not in every case, it is solely the service member’s business, but a family member’s like a spouse or another dependent who has the business. Either way, it is still impacted by the active duty lifestyle.
I’ve seen spouses create signs, work online, sell products like candles, makeup, cookware, diet, and supplement products. The list goes on.
Been There Done That
My approach to business has changed and evolved over time as a result of my lifestyle. I got tired of losing clientele whenever I PCS’d. I was tired of storing and moving inventory that I wouldn’t use or sell. It was time and money consuming for me.
But, I learned from them.
I knew I had to be online. Period. So, a website and social media were necessary at the very least. Although I knew I had to make this shift in order to have any hope at growing a business, there were so many things I had to learn just to get to this point.
You don’t know how much time I spent exploring, being skeptical, researching. Trying free offers, subscribing to paid ones, spending, and losing.
It was all a learning experience. I ensured all risks were calculated.
Risk is essential. If you’re not willing to take a risk….. I don’t know what to tell you. Especially when the outcome could be more than you imagined. You have nothing to lose! What are you going to lose pursuing your goal?
It’s a Digital World
As the IT and cyber field grew, you could easily secure a job earning 100k a year with a hand full of certificates. Also, a lot of skilled workers are in high demand. I’ve seen friends come out of trade schools earning a decent salary as well. The facts only encouraged me to pursue skills learning skills that would position me to earn a large income at a fraction of the time and effort.
I tell everyone. I want to earn 100k a year and work ten hours a week. Even then I’m being modest because I wouldn’t be opposed to profiting 100k a month.
Many people’s response are interesting when I express that, but I’m OK with that. 😀
Ultimately, I determined the method that would allow me to do that is affiliate marketing. And to be completely honest and up front with you..
It costs absolutely nothing to get started and you can earn a lot. However, as with anything, you can do it all yourself and save. Or you can spend money and speed up the process in certain areas. But, you can do this by spending nothing! Absolutely nothing aside from registering for accounts to use different services.
And just know that it will require work. Affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme. It requires learning and putting in many hours of work and application, trial and error, and analysis. But the rewards of your efforts will be worth it!
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