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Not long ago, I had a meeting for which I drove 2 hours in Los Angeles traffic to meet with a woman for a 5-figure conversation. It was a long drive, a long meeting and then a long drive home in killer traffic. While the meeting was a good opportunity for me, per say, I was drained. I was not thrilled as I expected myself to be from that otherwise good conversation.
I have multiple income streams, multiple clients and actively work to systemize every bit of my time. I am intentional where I put my time and energy.
And I am intentional with WHO I put my time and energy with.
I have to be this way. I have kids and a family. I have drop off and pick up. I have a house to manage, girls to raise, a community to build and a husband to take care of. AND I have a business I have to service, grow and manage. I have a team to nurture, a process to systemize and clients to deliver on.
I say NO far more often than I say YES. You can see why.
And when a meeting that consumes my entire day doesn’t end with a result that thrills me, well that just rocks me.
Now, I don’t hold onto anything too long.
I don’t let much of anything ruin my day.
But I remember moments and how they made me feel.
I take cues from those events and work to intentionally make changes.
You tell me if it was a sign or what - but on my drive home I received a notification that PayPal had deposited $78.80 into my account for a referral that I made.
Money was entering my account??
For a genuine referral that I had made??
Woo! Free money!
I am not even kidding here! I was thrilled!
Oh yeah and I was in the middle of another project trying to nickel and dime me and it was just terrible!!
Here I was working so hard trying to do the right thing and it was killing me!
What was I racing around for??
That $78.80 was truly the bright spot in my day. Free money!
I genuinely love and recommended the product and someone else is now benefiting from the referral!
I did this through a process called Affiliate Marketing.
Here is the crazy missing piece I see from many, many businesses, entrepreneurs, and even solopreneurs.
Traditionally, in business, we do one thing.
We sold carpet like my dad did.
Or we were a doctor. We were stay-at-home moms or we worked.
Actually, I still get the question - “do you work?”
Yes, I am a full-time-working stay-at-home mom.
That means, I run and grow my business, I service my clients and I do all the drop-offs, all the pick-ups, all the cheering on at various after school activities AND about one play date a week.
Here’s the thing:
We don’t “just” do one thing anymore.
In fact, tomorrow we head to the mountains skiing with my family.
What allows me to do that is that I don’t do “just” one thing anymore.
My revenue streams are multiple.
They allow for balance.
And freedom too.
Affiliate marketing. It’s one of the biggest open secrets out there.
What are the products and services you simply love?? The products and services you share with your friends? Clients? Collègues?
You don’t have to have a giant following, you simply signup for an affiliate program of your favorite products and start making your recommendations.
$78.80 may not be a big deal to you, but it was to me.
It was a genuine recommendation for a product I truly appreciate, for a business owner I genuinely admire
Now, this process, I have incorporated in with my client work and everyone wins.
Let me repeat, everybody wins.
You should know...
I learned this process of Affiliate Marketing from the best. Michelle Schroeder Gardner is the woman who is crushing it in affiliate marketing and the person to learn from. A few months ago she did a guest post for me “How to Be 20-Something and Make $70,000 a Month”. YES! That’s was her earning in one month!
Now she's making well over $100,000 a month and her primary revenue stream IS affiliate marketing.
She’s the one who wrote the book on it, err, the course on it.
Since taking this class I have consistently received notifications from PayPal telling me they are depositing money into my account.
My clients get additional income this way.
And affiliate marketing is becoming a significant part of their revenue streams.
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Here’s the Cliff Notes version of what you need to know!
- The Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Shroeder Gardner is an in-depth online course to show you exactly how and where you can add additional income to your business.
- I have taken it and now I get receive regular PayPal notifications of deposits.
My clients have started using this exact process and have a new income stream.
It teaches you, step by step, EVERYTHING you need to know, learn and implement so you can earn income from the genuine recommendations you want to already make.
I recommend this course in a flash and without reservation to anyone who has a website sends emails to their customers or has a social media following (even if you consider it a small one.)
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It online with lots of examples.
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Last but not least.
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Quick side note from Ashleigh. Here are my most favorite tools ever.
- For audio motivation - Relentless by Tim Grover. I listen to him as I was in the mornings. My walk always becomes a power walk after listening.
- To focus during the day I love to focus@will. They say music helps you focus and for me it surely does. I blare the classical music. I am not sure how many people my age choose that over techno but either way I love it.
- Rosemarie Groner (from the Busy Budgeter) is a friend and I just LOVE how much she gives everything away. She tells you and anyone she can her detailed way to making money! Start with her Pinterest Strategy Guide that is worth every penny. Not. going. to. lie.