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Interested in a Career Change or new Business Opportunity

Maybe you recently took a buyout from Ford Motor Company or finished your degree and are looking for a change.  Or maybe mid-life has got you thinking about working for yourself?  There are many opportunities for employment outside of the traditional 9-5 job.  Of course, online eCommerce oopportunities using drop ship programs are popular - but there are so many more opportunities. 

"Americans have more trust in small business than they do in the Supreme Court, the White House, or any other public institution, according to a Harris Interactive survey." 

Affiliate Marketing

The most popular and the fastest growing method of selling other people's products online is affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, in its simplest definition, is a relationship between an online merchant or retailer, who has products to sell, and his affiliates, who are willing to promote the merchant's product on their website.

There are many affiliate programs out there - and google adsense is also a great way to create residual income.

In a typical affiliate marketing set up, the merchant provides his affiliates with banners and text ads that links to his site. The affiliates will then get these ads posted on their website and they get paid whenever traffic or sales is directed to the merchant's website. Affiliates are often paid on commission basis, although other online merchants would opt to pay a fixed fee for the affiliate's compensation. Pet supplies is one of the fastest growing online verticals.

Start a Freelance Career

Today, millions of people worldwide have established highly-successful careers as freelance professionals.  This is highly attractive to Michigan workers currently because work can come from all over the United States and is not dependant on the Michigan economy. Writers, designers, computer programmers and many other home-based consultants have discovered that freelancing offers the perfect combination of freedom, creativity, flexibility and profitability.

The biggest challenge for new freelancers is finding enough work to justify giving up a day job. How can you be sure that you will keep yourself busy with lucrative work? 

There are a number of job sites dedicated to helping freelancers find work and stay busy. Freelance Work Exchange, for example, brings you hundreds of fresh freelance jobs like these:

  • Write for Discussion Boards: $1200 per week

  • Administer an eCommerce Web Business from Home: $4000 per month

  • Transcribe Author's Notes: approx: $80 per hour, flexible working

You can sign up for a trial subscription for just $2.95, and get instant access to all the projects in the jobs database. So if you would like to get started on the road to freelance success right now,

Entrepreneur Myths

  • Your friends’ constructive criticism is never out of jealousy 

  • Your college degree is all you need to secure the knowledge entrepreneurship requires 

  • Your lack of a college degree will ensure your business fails 

  • Anyone that has tried and failed automatically must be trusted because “they’ve done it”. 

  • If the majority of your peers call the idea silly, it probably is. 

  • You have to spend money to make money.

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