Whether you are a stay at home mom who sends kids to school or you have chosen to homeschool, you may be looking for a way to earn some extra money without getting a typical 9-5 job. A job that you can do without interfering with your ever changing schedule.
If your situation is like mine, homeschooling and holding a regular job clashes. That’s where affiliate marketing for moms who home school and could use some extra cash comes into play.
Before we talk about what affiliate marketing is and how it can help you, let’s talk about why you need it.
Financial Challenges of Homeschooling
When we first started homeschooling in 2005, my husband’s paycheck was more than sufficient to not only cover our basic, everyday needs, it also gives us the freedom to have fun, go on adventures, and enjoy our homeschooling lifestyle. Over time, my husband’s paychecks didn’t keep up with inflation as his company resisted handing out raises, even the standard 3% raise that is supposed to help employees keep up with inflation and performance-based raises.
Before long, we were making it paycheck to paycheck and eventually fell short before the next paycheck came.
What I have found is that my family is not alone. Most families often have one income supporting the family and most need 2 incomes in order to survive.
Benefits of Homeschooling
I’m going to focus on homeschooling moms, because that’s what I do. I know that some of the same goals also apply to stay at home moms who send their kids to school.
First, the teacher to student ratio is bar-none the best. One parent and, in my case, 6 students is unlikely to happen in a school. The kids can excel at their own pace instead of being rushed to gain understanding to keep up with the class or waiting for the class to catch up once the concept is mastered.
Homeschooling families often have adventures (field trips, challenges with kids, light bulb moments) and the parents miss out on very little.
You can choose which curriculum you use based on the learning styles and needs of your children. In fact, you are often asked which curriculum you use, which books you suggest for each level and family reading, and why you home school.
Solving the Challenges by Providing Information about Homeschooling
This is my favorite part. The part where your expertise can make you some money.
As I mentioned before, people ask you questions about your home school. Guess what, people are Googling that information because they are looking for information about homeschooling.
Some things you could write about:
- What you do: field trips, philosophy behind the method you use (even if you don’t think you do, you have one), how you make time for yourself, how your family has fun, etc.
- The challenges: rough days with the kids, not motivated to do school, financial, etc.
- The successes: light bulb moments, finding out your way of teaching really works, etc.
- Recommendations about books, curriculum, and other home school supplies you can’t live without and/or think every home school family should have.
Companies like Amazon are looking for people just like you who write about your experiences, make recommendations, etc. When you link to their products using a code they give you, you could earn money for your next vacation, school supplies, groceries, and anything else to support your home school life.
What is an Affiliate Anyway?
I know you tell people about the sales you found, the new product you tried (bomb or success), the new restaurant or food you ordered online, etc. Most people do this all the time. Companies love you for it. Did you know that you could get something in return?
Someone who recommends products and refers others to a product in return for goods, services, or money is an affiliate.
Remember what you said when you told your friend about that new product? You could write in that same friendly tone, no English essay skills required, for others to read online. They may click the link and buy that product or another product from the company you’ve affiliated with. In return, you may get paid. Your friends and other readers may share your posts with others, some of whom will order products, too.
My cousin’s wife is a prime example of a stay at home mom (who started when her kids were young to attend school) who succeeded at affiliate marketing. She has a blog about food that has attracted a lot of attention. She takes pictures of the food she makes and writes about it after her kids go to bed. She has strategically placed ads and links to websites that people click on. From what I understand, she makes more than her husband (my cousin) who has graduate degree and has a well paying career.
Why do Companies Need You?
There are so many products for sale out there and it’s more cost-effective for them to pay you a small fee to let others know about the product and the company who sells it. Of course, you don’t have to stick to the topic of homeschooling. It’s very likely that you have other interests, which is great because there are over 100,000 companies with millions, possibly billions of products.
As I mentioned earlier, the techniques for writing to recommend products that are different than English classes. Effective articles won’t sound like a sales pitch. It will sound like you talking in your own voice, or style.
More importantly, there are ways to get noticed by Google and end up on the first page of search results, so people find your page, follow your recommendations so you get paid. This method will bring traffic to your website and posts for free.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go back to school to learn how to be an affilate marketer. You don’t have to have even the tiniest gene for being outgoing or good at sales. People from all walks of life make a living as affiliates, without adding to the consumer’s final price. People I’ve talked to who have succeeded: introverts and extroverts, people who are computer savvy and people with very little computer experience, teenagers through people who have already retired, people who stay at home and people with 9-5 jobs, etc. No matter who you are or what you do, you can succeed if you have the right training.
If there is anything I can do, such as answer questions or provide more details about affiliate marketing, I am here for you. I check my website email almost every weekday to see what I can do for my subscribers. You can leave a comment below (you may help more people that way) or you can send me an email.
As always, when I make a recommendation, it’s because I have found it to be useful for me and hope to pay it forward to help you, too. I’m Becky and I’m an affiliate marketer and I love it!