Having run successful businesses over the years, now semi-retired, and wanting to enjoy my retired life more, the question for me was, how to start an internet business from home.

I had always been on the lookout for new opportunities, so why not try my hands online?

Why online?  How to start an Internet Business from Home

The landscape of the business world as we know it has changed dramatically over the past twenty years, and now we are truly living in the digital age.

When I first started in business over thirty years ago, the new revolution was the facsimile machine.  We still used snail mail and paid for most things by cheque.

Business was drummed up by hard work, advertising in the local papers and a lot of phone calls and door knocking.

Wow!  How things have changed, with all the resources available to us, starting a business has never been easier. Many hard knocks from bad decisions became lessons learned and eventually my business grew to be a success. But what a
journey, a very hard journey. If I had all the tools and resources, that are available today my journey would have been so much easier.

Still with a passion for business, I wanted a way to be involved, but in a more relaxed way.

With over 2 billion users online and growing rapidly, I began to look closely at the internet.  Going online has given me the opportunity to have a business that ticks all the boxes.

I was looking for something different.  I wanted something I could do in my own time and in the comfort of my home, or
anywhere I might be at a given time. The most important thing for me was that I wanted to create a passive income stream that would continue in the background 24/7.

But how?

The next question for me was how to build a website? I had used websites for promoting businesses in the past, but this had to be different.

From my understanding building a website, required skills in coding and both writing and reading of that code.  As for codes I am at a loss; I can type, create spreadsheets and that’s about it. Others were doing it why can’t I?  Surely it isn’t that difficult is it?

After a lot of research I found there were a number, of simple website building platforms available, with WordPress being the most popular. All of these included templates that you can easily build on.  I decided to look closer at WordPress.

WordPress offered a way I could build a beautiful site, but a site wasn’t enough. I needed a product to sell or promote. I needed information to provide to my readers, I needed followers and also, most importantly I needed a way to monetize my site. The main purpose was to earn money, and I didn’t have a clue.

Further research online and I came across endless so called internet Gurus offering to make my life easy and show me how to make millions overnight. Yeah right, all they wanted was my cash, and yes I did waste money, trying their so called “secret methods”. I quickly learned that would never work.

Back to Google, I decided to look into some of these Gurus a little more closely, and Wow! what an eye opener.  In my research, I happened to stumble across a website entitled Ways to avoid scams online run by a guy named Kyle.

Kyle had a great article about a so-called genuine site he recommended.

What was being offered at Wealthy Affiliate captured my interest.  I decided to take a closer look, what was being offered seem real, I couldn’t find a catch.  So you might be wondering what is Wealthy Affiliate all about?

How to Start an Internet Business from Home

Read Kyle’s full article here: Wealthy Affiliate Review, My Unique Take

What do you get?

How to, step by step Video Training;

The training covers all aspects that you could ever think of, it includes

how to build a website, how to get followers and the bit I was after – how to make money.

All the tools to create a WordPress website;

including, all the how to’s

Secure Web Hosting;

You can use your own, but I have found the support from Wealthy Affiliate  to be amazing.

24/7 Community Support

A community of like-minded people from all walks of life, from industry experts, business millionaires, retirees and housewives, to name a few.

With all these members there for the same reason, they are there to help and support you on your journey.

The great thing is you can do all this for free!

Wealthy Affiliate Starter Membership

I have found no better place to give me what I need to learn how to start an internet business from home.

Following the training course step by step, I now have a website that is growing with over 6000 views each month and growing. With the most important thing and the reason, I did this which is to make money online. Now with the help of
Wealthy Affiliate I am well on my way to making a good passive income online.

This article was contributed by Darren Wilkins, a successful entrepreneur.

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About Darren Wilkins

Darren is a serial entrepreneur who runs a number, of successful businesses both online and offline. With over 30 years experience in management and as a management consultant Darren has a can-do attitude and offers real practical advice that can be used for any business no matter the size.
Semi-retired Darren is still very passionate about business and is motivated to assist new entrepreneurs, He operates a website sharing his experience, giving how-to advice on starting and running a business. You can visit Darren’s site here www.arcos-creator.com

I hope that you have been inspired by it.

I would love to hear from you!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below:

Sue Tay


18 thoughts on “How To Start An Internet Business From Home”

  1. Hi Sue, thank you for this informative article. As a member of the wealthy affiliate community, I can say that you are spot on. The biggest issue with many affiliate marketers is that they have no support or training, no one to turn to. They can find answers using the internet, but sometimes you need somebody there to turn to when something goes wrong. Somebody with personal experience, that is one of the biggest assets to the wealthy affiliate community.

    1. Hi Jacob, thank you for commenting on my site.

      I’m happy to know that you agree that the support we receive from the community at Wealthy Affiliate is great and it is what makes being a Premium member at Wealthy Affiliate so awesome. The sharing of knowledge by the members whether new or experienced is something that is encouraged right from Day One of joining Wealthy Affiliate and the ranking system in the community gives recognition and motivation to members to continue being an interactive member of the community.

      I have made many friends at Wealthy Affiliate and we continue to lend each other support throughout the years during our online journey.  Looking forward to seeing you around in the Wealthy Affiliate platform.

      ~ Sue

  2. starting a home base business has never been so easy with the business model that wealthy affiliate has, That is why many people are turning to and becoming a part of this wonderful community. the people are awesome, the tools are great and the training is great also. with training and a community like wealthy affiliate you can not lose your success is sure. thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello Norman, thank you for your comment on this post. I’m pleased to hear that you agree that it’s easy to start an internet business from home following Wealthy Affiliate’s business model. Yes, the tools, training and the support from community at Wealthy Affiliate all contribute to a successful online business.

      ~ Sue

  3. I have to be honest, I always thought that setting this sort of business up on the internet took some sort of genius or computer geek – I had no idea there were these sort of resources available to us!
    So all this membership starts off as free option right – there are no nasty surprises after you sign up?
    How long have you been working at this and how hard have you found the journey thus far?

    1. Thank you for your comment and questions, Chris.

      When we actually start looking on the internet, all sorts of things can be found! 🙂 But we just need to be aware that there are many scams out there too. So, it’s very important to do some research and read the reviews written about any programs, products or services that you are considering to spend money and/or time on.

      I was very fortunate that when I found Wealthy Affiliate, I immediately signed up for the free Starter Membership to have a look around. During the 7 day trial, I was convinced that the Premium membership was worth paying for. Even for someone who needs a longer time to decide, the first month discounted fee of USD19 is still very affordable and value for money. To get the most out of your buck, make the most out of it by getting valuable tips from helpful WA members. For example, I would recommend reading this blog:


      I have been a member at WA since April 2015, signing up as a Premium member immediately after my Starter membership expired. However, I totally left off my training and site building for an entire year due to other demands on my time and attention.

      As a non-computer, non-IT savvy person, I have had some challenging times, so being able to ask for help has been a lifeline to my staying power, personal growth and website development. Although this website was the first one I built when I joined WA, I have not focused on it much as I have been building several other websites.

      I would say that the only nasty surprise you might get is when you realise the amount of hard work involved and perseverance is required. But just like building any business of any potential will not be an easy feat, it’s something that you need to prepare yourself mentally for and to be able to commit to the time to it.

      I hope that I have been able to answer your questions here but feel free to check in again anytime here!

      ~ Sue

  4. Hi Sue, excellent guest post by Darren Wilkins, thanks. So awesome to hear from someone who is further down the track than we are – 6000 views a month sounds awesome! Something to look forward to! I’ve been learning from Wealthy Affiliate and it’s members since November last year (first as a free member and as a Premium Member from mid February), and I can now see things are starting to happen for me. It’s not a get-rich-quick-scheme by any means, but the real deal in terms of building a serious long term online business. I’m so glad I found my way to WA!

    1. Hi Lauren, thank you for your comment.

      I’m happy for you that you found your way to Wealthy Affiliate! 🙂

      It has my number one vote form the best free training for website building and affiliate marketing.

      Building an online business is challenging and does take time. So having the on-going support available to us as Premium members of Wealthy Affiliate is so important.

      Feel free to connect with me on Suetay’s Profile at Wealthy Affiliate if you haven’t done so.

      Wishing you all the best!

      ~ Sue

  5. Great tips on starting an online business. In my opinion using wealthy affiliate is the most beneficial online money making tool available. As a member of wealthy affiliate, I know how hard it could be not giving up as it takes a lot of patience and persistence and is overwhelming to any beginner with the amount of information. It is one of the best platforms to make money from with the least initial investment. Great review. Cheers

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m happy for you that you are already a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate as it has my #1 vote for the best free affiliate marketing training for beginners!

      Not only is the annual Premium membership fee affordable but also a low initial investment. It is worth every dollar spent given the amount of training resources and community support available to its members 24/7.

      Please do follow me on Wealthy Affiliate so we can keep in contact. Should you need any inspiration or encouragement, check out my Be Inspired blogposts.

      Best wishes for your success!

      ~ Sue

  6. I didn’t know that you can start a business using the internet. I always wanted to have my own business at home but I can’t find any legit program. I have tried some in the past but it appears that they wont work. So is it really possible to have my own business? Can I join in it even if I have no prior experience?

    1. Hello John, thank you for your comment and questions. I’m glad that you have come to the right place as I can confidently tell you that Wealthy Affiliate is a 100% legit program that will teach you how to build your own websites so that you can start your own business using the internet. You can sign up for the Starter membership for a free trial here.

      You may also be interested to read my review about Wealthy Affiliate, which I highly recommend as the best free affiliate marketing training for beginners. I had no prior experience before I joined Wealthy Affiliate, and I have learned so much, So do not hesitate to take this opportunity to learn and find out more.

      ~ Sue

  7. Hi Suetay,
    I visited the post how to start an internet business from home? I was very impressed by how simple your explanation of starting a business sounds. I too remember the old days before the internet, and the way we did things. Hadn’t thought about that in years. 🙂 Did not realize there are 2 billion users online and growing. Who knows, maybe this will be the only business factor in years to come? I also built my business websites with Wealthy Affiliate, and I am so glad I did. I have never found a more reliable platform anywhere. My favorite part about WA is the community, so helpful and available 24/7. Thank you for an informative post! Best of Luck! Linda

    1. Hi Linda, thank you for reading my post and for your kind comment. It’s wonderful to know that you are also building your business websites with Wealthy Affiliate. I totally agree with your comments about their reliability and the amazing community within Wealthy Affiliate. With the help and support from the community members I have not only learnt so much but thoroughly enjoyed the process of building my internet business.

      ~ Sue

  8. Hello Sue.

    I learned a lot of great information by reading your article on how to start an internet business from home. There is so much information out on the internet about online businesses that it is hard to sift through it all. Then there are the scams that you have to look out for. You are right about if you come across a site saying you can make millions of dollars in one day is a scam site that is just trying to get your money. It sounds like the Wealthy Affiliate opportunity is a great place to start. I like the sound of having a supportive community. I have found that a supportive community can help encourage you when you get discouraged or have a business problem. Do you find the training at Wealthy Affiliate helpful? Is all of the training pre-recorded videos or is there any opportunities for live training? Once again, thanks for sharing such an informative article.

    1. Hello Val, you’re welcome and I thank you for reading this article and for your comments. Yes. I’ve heard of many people who had been scammed before. But you can be assured that Wealthy Affiliate is a legitimate online business opportunity that provides all the training and support that you will need to be successful. You are so right in saying that support is very important for a successful online business. The community at Wealthy Affiliate is extremely helpful and one of the best things about it. The training is also excellent as it is very detailed and current. Besides videos, there are also Tutorials and weekly webinars which are uploaded and can be replayed. You can read my review An Honest Review of Wealthy Affiliate for more information.

      ~ Sue

  9. Would you recommend to people who want to be successful online but haver no previous experience online?

    Ive used clickbank before but after reading the information on your site I’m looking into trying this site as an alternative with the possibility of becoming my primary source of making money online.

    1. Hi Deane, thank you for your questions.

      When I first joined Wealthy Affiliate, I did not have any previous experience online. And I also know many other members at Wealthy Affiliate who were new to internet marketing. In fact I find the training at Wealthy Affiliate is very good as everything is explained step by step in the videos and tutorials. And there is also Live Chat and Discussions for you to ask questions any time you need. The community at Wealthy Affiliate is very helpful and you can even directly contact Kyle and Carson, the co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate for advice. That is why I actually recommend it as the best free affiliate marketing training for beginners.

      As a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, you can build up to 25 websites (including hosting) with a domain name that you own. And if you have any existing websites, you can transfer them to Wealthy Affiliate for hosting.

      So you could still continue as an affiliate with Clickbank and join the Affiliate Bootcamp Course to learn how to promote Wealthy Affiliate. It has good potential for making money online as the commissions are very good.

      To sign up you just need to create a free starter membership account by clicking on the Sign Up Now button.

      ~ Sue

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