The lure of starting a home based business is not anything new. However, as the economy continues to struggle and layoffs become more and more commonplace, individuals are looking for alternative methods of earning money, with working for oneself chief amongst them. Do you want to establish an easy home based business? You can and you should.

In order to create a successful home based business, whether the goal is to earn passive income, active income or both, there are three steps that you need to be sure to follow.

1. Choose An Effective Affiliate/MLM Program: This is perhaps the most important step. If you don’t get this part right, you are simply wasting their time and the other two steps will prove useless and ineffective. There are a number of ways to go about this. Some good ones are to visit popular internet marketing forums and marketplaces such as the Warrior Forum and ClickBank. Another way to go about it is to use Google. Type in “affiliate programs” and see what comes up.

2. Find Cost Effective Ways To Advertise: Online marketing requires more than a “build it and they will come” mentality. However, it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many very effective, inexpensive and even free ways to advertise a product or service. Some very good ones include article marketing, video marketing, Craigslist and forum commenting.

3. Rinse And Repeat: Once you have found a system that works, you need to repeat it. It’s really as simple as that. Find a new product or program, and start promoting it.

Creating a home business can be very rewarding. Once you have had some success and made some money, its time to make life a little bit easier by outsourcing some of the more mundane tasks, e. g. SEO. Making money online is possible. It’s just a matter of finding a system that works, and then working that system!

Author's Bio: 

Tim Pond is an author, coach and Internet marketer. To find out more about effective online marketing opportunities, and claim your free special report on easy home based business, go to