I never really liked to take orders from people. From an early age, I knew I was different in that I hated working for other people.
All my 9–5 jobs were unfulfilling, the hours were terrible, and the money ranged from terrible to okay, but I never really felt like I had any control over my career. I was always dependent on someone else for advancement.
In 2010 I decided to start my freelance writing career and never looked back. The only problem with being a freelance writer was that I was still trading time for money. If I didn’t write, I didn’t make money. It was as simple as that.
At that point, I was still working for someone else (the client) but instead of having one boss, I had several. Each one wanted something different.
I knew I had to make a change.
That’s when I started affiliate marketing. It wasn’t easy in the beginning but over the last few years, I have gotten better.
Being An Introvert Helps
One thing I have come to accept is that I am an introvert. And as I get older I am becoming more introverted.
I spent most of my adult life in sales and I used to be able to call people on the phone and sell face to face. But that is no longer the case. I really dislike dealing with clients now. With affiliate marketing, I can simply create content and ad copy in the comfort of my home office (the spare bedroom that is really too small to be a proper bedroom) and never have to deal with customers.
I can run my entire business by myself without having to rely on anyone else. That is a great comfort to me.
Sales Skills Come In Handy
Having been in sales for over 20 years, I have picked up some very solid persuasion skills that translate well to affiliate marketing. But if you do not have a sales background you can still learn digital marketing skills that will make your online business a success.
I have combined my writing and sales skills together and have become a pretty successful email marketer. I use email and content marketing to generate qualified leads for my business and that has greatly reduced the amount of money I have to spend on paid ads.