Firstly you need to ask yourself why are you interested in starting affiliate marketing, if it's because you want to get rich quick with only a little work then don't bother, but if you genuinely need a serious home based business it could be for you, maybe you are a housewife with young children who wants to work but you also want to be at home for your children, or perhaps you are in a dead end job with no future but you want to give your family a better life. Whatever your reasons are you have to ask yourself a few questions.
1. What are you prepared to put into your business
You need to be able to spend time building your business, you need at least a couple of hours a day to make affiliate marketing work. You also need to put some effort into this it is not as easy as some would have you believe. Do some research before starting, there are plenty of work at home forums that you can learn from and also check out some review sites.
2. Can you stay focused
Sometimes it can seem as if you are not getting anywhere, you need to stay focused on your goal and remember you can succeed, you will only fail if you give up at the first hurdle. Many affiliate marketers give up because they don't see instant results , the successful people are the ones who keep trying. You need patience and persistence.
3. Are you prepared to invest in yourself
This means you need to be teachable, are you prepared to spend a small amount on a good affiliate marketing training program to educate yourself on methods of marketing, there are many aspects to this you need to learn about article writing, keywords, blogging, copy writing and many other traffic generating strategies. Finally remember if you really want to make a success of affiliate marketing you can, the right mindset is very important, believe you will succeed.
I am a 39 year old housewife who after months of research found affiliate marketing to be the ideal home business for me. I find it fun, challenging and rewarding. If you want to learn more go to my blog at jan-workingathome.blogspot.com