The first few weeks after having a child are exciting and wonderful, filled with plenty of surprises and heartfelt moments. But shortly after bringing a new child home, parents must then consider how to balance work with raising a child. After all, it’s important to be around for the special moments but it’s vital to earn an income and support the family.
For parents struggling to find the middle ground between a busy, time-intensive job and a baby (as well as any other children they may already have), it’s nice to know what options exist that allow people to put family first. Affiliate marketing is possibly one of the best options out there—a viable route for extra income and, if done correctly, the possibility to earn money solely from those efforts. Why is affiliate marketing great for new parents who wish to spend more time with their loved ones?
Work At Home
Any job that allows you to work from home is obviously ideal for people who want to be with their spouse and child or children as much as possible. It means that you get to be around for special little moments that you might otherwise miss, like first steps and words, but you can still make money. It also allows you to save money in the childcare department, requiring a nanny or babysitter less often than a traditional job.
Affiliate marketing websites can be run from anywhere you have an internet connection, so there’s no need to commute to an office or spend eight hours or more a day away from home. It can be pretty tiring, though, spending too much time at home, and many people struggle as they make the transition to the work-from-home lifestyle. The key is keeping yourself engaged and happy in all aspects of your life, which will be much easier since you’ll have more time to do so—just see our next point.
Decide Your Hours
Work when the kids are napping. Work during t-ball practice. Work after their bedtime.
You get complete autonomy and get to decide not only where you want to work, but when. This is one of the other major conveniences of having an affiliate marketing website or business. Sure, you can jam-pack all of your work into an eight hour block of time in the morning, but there’s no real need to do this.
The benefits of this are twofold. First of all, by spreading out your work and fitting it in where it feels suitable for you, you’ll be faced with much less mental exhaustion. Think about how you feel after coming home from a long workday. You’re tired, you’re a little hungry, and you just want to veg out on the couch and watch television. But as a parent, you don’t have that luxury; instead, you need to be an involved parent and spend time with your child because although it’s cliche, it’s true—they grow up fast.
Second, you’ll also be around and available for whatever comes up. If the baby gets sick and needs to go to the doctor or you have to run out for an errand to grab some more baby wipes, there’s no boss or manager who will give you a hard time about it. You get to call the shots and put family before work while still making a living.
More Financial Security
When most people think of financial security, they imagine a salaried position at some company. But where’s the security in that? You could lose your job at any moment, and if it’s the only source of income for you and your family, the results could be devastating.
Truly succeeding as an affiliate marketer involves setting up multiple streams of income. This means you don’t just join one affiliate network or program or promote a single product or service; instead, you plan for a few different options that suit your niche and your audience and let them grow.
Let’s say you have an affiliate site dedicated to baking pastries for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free dieters. You might promote books from an online supplier (income stream number one) as well as baking supplies from a few different stores in one network (income stream number two). In doing this, you have set up two streams of income that have the potential to make you money.
Now, let’s say one month you barely sell any books through links. If this were your only source of income then yes, that would be a problem and you’d be faced with very little money that month. But since you’re also selling baking products, you’ll still have a payday to keep you secure. It might not be as large as it is normally, but it won’t be next to nothing.
Once It’s Established, It Can Require Less Work
People often imagine affiliate marketing as a get rich quick option that’s mostly a scam. The truth is, you’re not going to make a ton of money off of an affiliate marketing website your first few months. For people looking for an immediate paycheck, this is certainly not the answer but it is one of the best profession for stay-at-home parents.
But over time, affiliate marketing can pick up speed. When done correctly, a website and blog with links can continue to earn revenue even weeks or months after some new content is published. This means, essentially, that you’re making money in the moment for actually doing very little work in the moment.
Again: at first, affiliate marketing may only make you spare change, and it does require a time investment. So if you’re expecting or have a family and want to make a change, the best thing you can do is to start now with affiliate marketing and pathe the way to hopefully make it a more significant income source for you and your family in the future.