Can You Start A Business for Free?

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Is it possible? YES, it is quite possible to Start a Business For Free! But it isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. Instead of paying for advertisements, you need to learn how to get Google and the other Search Engines to list your business at the top of their results. There is a skill to that, but you CAN get started without paying a dime.

Excellent free training on this exists, and it comes with a free website and everything you need to make a success of your business. You can try as long as you like and then upgrade to the paid program with the whistles and bells once you see the value of what is being offered.

The company has been in business for over a decade and is the largest network of its kind in the world. Many people have made fortunes this way, and the company founder shows you how in detailed lessons that teach you one idea at a time.

lisa-batesAnother really neat thing is that the company culture is completely based on the principle of “Pay it Forward,” so there is an amazing support system between the members of the network. They help and encourage each other on a daily basis.

I personally find it fun to be a part of it. Yes, I am a part of this network. I started this website for free. That’s my photo to the left and I give this organization my personal stamp of approval. Using the training offered for free, this website was indexed by Google when it was only four days old! Now I am working to improve its ranking in the search results and to have more people visit my website for free.

So what type of business is am I talking about?

It’s Called Affiliate Marketing

What the heck is that?

Starting a Business Online Without Cash -- Happy SeniorAffiliate marketing is really quite simple. You reach out over the internet to find worthwhile products and services in an area you are interested in, and let people know about them.

When they go and buy or sign up for them you get a small commission from the company. As your website gets more popular, these commissions add up and pretty soon you have a regular income coming in.

It is what I am doing with this website. I picked a topic that I am interested in (there are millions and millions of topics — you define your own interest) and then I started to fill it with useful information. The organization I belong to offers a free website and free training on how to get to the top of the Google search results.  I locate worthwhile companies that are offering commissions if I send people their way (the opportunities are endless) and I put links to them on my website.

When people click on the links on my website, the companies track it and send me my commission automatically. The best part is that it doesn’t cost my readers anything extra to go to the companies through my site! 

What Are the Advantages of Affiliate Marketing?

Well, besides being able to start for free, there is very little overhead. You set up your website as part of the free trial. There’s no pressure to get a premium membership until you are ready and can see the benefit. All you really need is a computer and the internet. You don’t have to handle any inventory or customer service. The companies you send people to are the ones who do that. You do need an EIN from the IRS which you can get online for FREE during business hours. The IRS warns you against people who try to charge you for this free service. The EIN is needed to sign up with the companies you want to represent because they use this number like a social security number when they pay you your commissions.

Personally, I spent a few dollars and set up a corporation so that my earnings can stay in the company until I am ready to take out a regular income. This is because I am on disability and I don’t need stray dollars coming in while I get established and messing up my benefits. Once my income is regular and enough to live on I will pay myself a salary and go off of disability forever. Starting a corporation is optional though. You can get an EIN without one. In the State of Utah where I live it is really simple to open a corporation. I did it myself according to the instructions on the State website and it cost me less than $100.

What are the Disadvantages of Affiliate Marketing?

When you run a Google search, every advertisement you see was paid for by someone. It’s the same on Facebook and other platforms. If you are going to get the word out for free instead, you need to take the time to learn how to work with the Google system and become rated as a top search result for people who are looking for the things you are presenting. That takes work and dedication, but it is not out of reach. It happens every day, and somebody has to be on the first page. Why not you? The spots go to the people who know Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. It is a skill you need to learn.

SEO is not rocket science, but you need to put in the time to learn it and then to utilize it on your website. Not everyone wants to create a website. But the program I belong to at Wealthy Affiliate teaches you everything you need to know, and the premium membership is about half the price of other similar programs I have seen.

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So, What is the Name of the Company that Offers All This?

The company is called Wealthy Affiliate, and it is run by a couple of affiliate

marketers in Canada who are passionate about teaching what they know. They help people just like you and me from all over the world. Last night, I participated in a live training event with people from all the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and even Asia.

Can You Start A Business for Free - Wealthy Affiliate BannerThe man who does the training has been doing it for Wealthy Affiliate for over a decade, and he broke the material down into easily understood sections. Then he demonstrated on an actual website, and then answered all of the questions being asked by the participants in an ongoing chat line.

I am obviously enthusiastic about this opportunity. You can see that because  I have chosen to follow it myself. So, if you have any questions about affiliate marketing or Wealthy Affiliate in particular, please don’t hesitate to ask in the questions below. If it’s something you decide to try, I will be aware of your progress in the Wealthy Affiliate network and I will be your Personal Coach to help you along the way.

I’ve never seen such a valuable opportunity where you can try it out for free. There literally is nothing to lose. Why not give it a try?


Lisa Bates


  1. Hey Lisa. Thanks for your post! I feel that people often think they can’t start a business because it will cost them too much money. However, you have presented an option that eliminates that problem! I personally love Wealthy Affiliate and would recommend it to anyone as well. I’m still in the process of learning how to most effectively use SEO. Do you have any tips that have worked well for you?

    • Hi Steve, 

      The biggest tip I have is to dive into the training with both feet! It is really superior training. DO every task you are given in each lesson before checking them off and moving on. Kyle really has your best interests at heart and has set up an amazing sequence of lessons to bring you through everything you need to know to be successful. I have also attended two of the live webinars now and they were wonderful too. If everything seems overwhelming at first (it did to me — I even sent my personal coach a message about that when I was new) just focus on the TRAINING lesson you are on and let everything else roll off your back. One thing at a time. And GO for it!

      Good Luck! Lisa

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