I was let go of my last job in 2002. Though it had some to do internet marketing I was working for someone else and had a paycheck although a small one no health insurance.
I got married in 2003 and my total income was $7000 for the year. (Thankfully my wife worked at the time so brought in the money.) My income slowly moved higher in the coming years. My wife left her job after a couple years due to the fact we had our first baby in 2005.
We had a bunch of debt mostly $40k that I brought into the marriage. Mostly credit card stuff of trying the NEXT thing and funding it on credit cards.
Thankfully we got in at the right time of the housing bubble and sold out in 2006. Which wiped out the debt but didn't leave much (cushion).
I don't have the exact #'s off hand but I believe 2006 was $30k.
2007 was around $45k.
2008 was around $50k.
Now remember that is all gross income pre tax etc.. So I didn't take home all that money. Also in 2007 we added another child and being self employeed had to buy own health insurance etc..
After we sold our home in 2006 we rented for the next 3 years. (we moved to a different state)
So although my income did move up from $7k to $50k from 2003 to 2008 we were not doing "great" and the income was VERY spodictic. Most of it was based on launching products to my list and some affilate income etc.. So I might have a $7k month then not have any income for 2 months.
Then something clicked.........
2009 I did over $120,000. (Yes more then doubled my 2008 income)
The forex robot niche took off in late 2008 (didn't get paid until 2009) and what I did is I did REAL REVIEWS of the robots. One robot which was the top selling clickbank product for months I was the #1 affiliate for. (I won a contest for them) With the robots I actually setup the robots with a REAL trading account and traded the robots for the week. Then each saturday we would do a review video of how the robot did for the week. How much it was up or down for the week and its overall % etc... We did that for an ENTIRE YEAR!
My review video was COPIED numberous times. (by copied I mean its my video, my voice, just people then put a new link under the video) Those videos got 10's of thousands of hits. I built a list in just that one product to 5000+!
That 1 product made more over $100,000 that year. (I had to split some of those profits with a partner) This was ALL AFFLIATE INCOME!
2010 was over $100,000+ income
2011 was over $100,000+ income
2012 was over $100,000+ income
I was NOT an overnight success by any means. But God has provided every step of the way.
I say all this to help you in your business.
You can do the same thing. What about doing a weekly review of a certain product. Maybe an how to make money online product, weight loss product, trading product etc... Those are easy to do... Maybe you won't make $100k on 1 product but you would be giving your clients REAL information.
My first review product was just my thoughts on the product and showing people what they get when they buy and what it looks like after they buy that in itself is huge. (of course don't give away the guts of a product but you can show the modules or whatever and your thoughts on them) Then do weekly review if its weight loss do it yourself and have a weekly journal. Throw that on youtube with week 1, week 2, etc.. People LOVE that and are LOOKING for that. You will get FOLLOWERS AND PEOPLE THAT WILL FOLLOW YOU TO THE NEXT THING ETC...
As you can see it didn't happen quickly for me. Maybe it will be quicker for you I don't know.
A few things........
1. Know what you want to do.... IE if you don't have an interest in spending 80 hours in front of the computer then don't do a business where you need to do that.
2. Have realistic goals. My family lives in a cold state. My wife hates the cold so one of my goals is to take the family south for the winter. We try and spend 2 months in fl/az. We have only missed 1 year in the last 8 years. We make that a priority. We DON'T have the biggest house we purchased one in late 2009. Our interests aren't in having a huge house.
We have 2 cars (14 and 9 years old) but both are mini vans (we have 3 kids now) Would I LOVE a 1974 corvette YES. And maybe someday I will have one though I don't plan on keeping it long.
We love to travel. I like to take the family away for a night or two to a hotel or do a major league baseball trip and see the different stadiums. (Try and do 3 or so a year.) I don't get luxury box seats that isn't my goal.
Get a little TASTE of the life you don't need the luxury box or to fly in private jets. If that is you great that is fine but I am not going to be helpful to you. My goal is to help those wanting to make a nice income or some good part time income.
I DON'T have a goal for $1 MILLION a year or a new bentley etc.. Those aren't of interest to me. I want to spend time with my family and make a nice living and travel. Sure I leave money on the table but I don't want to work 50-60 hours a week either.
3. Be honest with yourself. Are you REALLY working? Just because you are in front the computer doesn't mean your working. Cause your reading WF doesn't mean your working. If you really DIVE IN for 1 solid no distractions HOUR you can do so MUCH! Put in the real work.
4. Have a plan which goes to knowing what you want. It really is important. Yes a lot like goals. But also it keeps you from distractions. If you are an affiliate for the trading niche you don't need to read an ebook on how to publish on kindle. If you have no plans on spending money on advertising don't read about it. HAVE A SPECIFIC PLAN OF ACTION. That way even if that plan fails you will fail FASTER and can move on to something else.
I have had a TON of failures. Products that I put to my clients where I thought it would be a homerun and it ends up being a dud. And others where I didn't put in 1/2 the effort and it knocks it out of the park. So you never know how successful it is going to be but you need to put in the work for the project. But know what the end goal is.
Well I hope this was helpful and motivating to you.
I wish you a profitable 2013.