I was at an internet marketing party for a client last week, and we were in a room full of people who were working on their online businesses.
I sat down next to a young woman in a dress and I was immediately struck by how well she was making a living online.
She was making an average of $1,300 a month, working as an affiliate marketing specialist for a company that specializes in selling premium products like jewelry and clothing.
When I told her I was interested in her business, she immediately began asking me questions.
“Where can I get the best price?” she asked.
“What should I spend on marketing?”
I thought about it for a second, and then realized that this was a woman who, despite her impressive work, didn’t really know how to sell her product online.
How can I sell something that doesn’t exist?
It was like a revelation.
She’d never thought about her online business before.
And she’d never heard of online marketing.
What if I just taught her how to?
I sat down to tell her how I used Google to find a company to sell a product online for $1 a month.
I didn’t even have a website.
She wasn’t even aware that she was an affiliate.
But after a few days of emailing and messaging her, she was hooked.
And I was.
I also spent the next few days helping her navigate the myriad of online options available to her, such as Shopify, Amazon, Etsy, and more.
She bought her first product from Amazon and her second from Etsy.
She found a partner and a business model.
And after several months, she’s a full-time consultant to an online marketing company that offers premium products.
Her story is a cautionary tale for anyone trying to sell their products online.
When a person sells something online, it’s important to make sure that they’re getting a good deal and are getting paid.
But a lot of people don’t know what to do if they don’t have a clear plan in place to sell online.
I had to convince her that this wasn’t an experiment.
And then, after two weeks of conversation, I told my story.
It wasn’t easy, but I made a lot out of it.
I learned a lot about how to find, develop, and sell your online business.
And, of course, I learned how to make money doing it.
This article was originally published in the July 2017 issue of The Huffington Press.
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