How to Work From Your Laptop and Build a Successful Business

How to Work From Your Laptop

Without a doubt, learning how to work from your laptop is a life-enhancing experience. After spending 40 plus years in a traditional cubicle/office setting, I find it liberating to be able to have the autonomy and flexibility to choose both my hours and my working environment.

The fact is that we live in this incredible era of interconnection that is positively teeming with opportunities. Billions of people search for information of all kinds on the Internet everyday. Clearly, someone has to write the informative articles we devour. Why not you and I?

To be sure, there are multiple ways to work from home using your laptop. Some of these include freelance writing, selling your own products, or perhaps offering your services as a virtual assistant. I wouldn’t necessarily discourage any of these approaches. But I do think there’s a better way.

As online shopping becomes the norm, this massive trend has fueled the growth of affiliate marketing as an industry. It’s not surprising that multitudes of vendors have embraced this advertising and business model. Merchants can build market share and consumer awareness about products in a cost-effective manner.

For many reasons, affiliate marketing is a brilliant approach to business and represents an exceptional opportunity for entrepreneurial-minded individuals.

So, please grab a cup of coffee and stick with me as I explain why affiliate marketing is the best way to create a sustainable income while working from a laptop,

How to Work From Your Laptop as An Affiliate

If you have a laptop and a reliable Internet connection, you can embark on a business venture that stirs your passions. Frankly, the best part is that you’re no longer tethered to other people’s agendas. We’re talking about a scenario where you’re the boss, and you call the shots.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Surprisingly, even with the prominence of affiliate marketing today, I find that the process is still poorly understood. Therefore, we need to change that which is a big piece of my mission today.

The simplest way to describe the role of an affiliate marketer is to say we help to connect people with the products or services they’re already looking for. Rather than developing products of their own, affiliates function as middlemen to promote the goods and services offered by other vendors in exchange for a fee.

Here’s an image depicting how it all works:

How to Work From Your Laptop as an Affiliate

For those affiliates who can generate traffic and turn high-quality traffic into sales, there are abundant rewards. In fact, if you have what it takes to scale your business, the income potential is unlimited

So, what does it take?

Working from your laptop to develop a successful online business is not conceptually difficult. Nor does it require any real technical skills. But that doesn’t mean it’s a slamdunk either. The biggest determinant of success is your level of drive and motivation. Or, what I like to think of as the three P’s: passion, persistence, and patience.

4 Basic Steps – Let’s Get Started

I want to introduce a blueprint that anyone can follow to launch an online business. Understanding and following these four steps will quickly have you on your way to living a laptop lifestyle where the ability to work and earn an income is location independent and just an Internet connection away.

The Affiliate Marketing Model

Choosing a Direction – The Passion Factor

What is it that makes you want to charge out of bed in the morning and get right to it? Okay, maybe you’re not a morning person 🙂 But once you recharge, there’s a topic or hobby that you find endlessly enthralling and fascinating. If you had your druthers, this is how you would spend your time.

Again, affiliate marketing is fundamentally about connecting people with stuff they’re already searching for. Successful connections are easiest if you have real insights into what it is that people need help finding. So, I recommend that you do some soul searching and hone in on something that you are always excited to converse about.

Focusing on something specific is essential. The idea is to build a following over time of like-minded individuals who share your passion. We refer to these kindred spirits as your target market or niche. You will be regularly researching and communicating with your target market by means of content marketing or blogging.

Take the time at the outset of your journey to develop a prospective customer persona. What are their top questions? What nuggets of information would they find most useful? How can you help them resolve their biggest and most painful issues? Can you provide comprehensive and insightful product reviews that will help your readers make more informed purchase decisions?

The vast majority of online retailers sponsor affiliate programs that are free to join. The practice makes perfect sense because advertisers get wide reach into narrow niches that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to serve otherwise. Consequently, it’s a good practice to investigate potential affiliate programs at this stage.

Creating an Online Presence With a Beautiful Website

Setting up your affiliate niche website is a quick and easy process. That said, there are a few early decisions and critical considerations we should talk about

Picking a Domain Name

Readers have to be able to find you on the Internet, which means you need a unique address or domain name. It’s best to keep things relatively short and simple. The goal is a name that’s brandable and memorable. Some people decide to use their own name while others search for an available domain that reflects the topic of their site.

Either of these naming conventions can work well. But I do strongly recommend that you choose a dot com extension. If your purpose in creating the site is business-oriented rather than personal, I think a dot com extension sends that message most clearly as it’s what people have come to expect.

My domain name costs me $13.99/year, so it’s not an expenditure that will break the budget.

A Self-Hosted vs. Free Website

Free websites created through sites like Wix or Blogger are great if you want a social communication tool. But no matter how tempting that price tag sounds, a free blog is not going to cut it if you’re looking to establish an online business. You absolutely need your own piece of Internet real estate which means going the self-hosted route.

You’ll need to secure a web hosting package. But your site won’t be stored on a subdomain, and you won’t have numerous limitations and restrictions that come with free websites and limit your ability to make money.

Which Website Builder Should You Use?WordPress

You absolutely want to build your website using WordPress, which is far and away the most popular builder and content management system. Most of the free blogging platforms have proprietary website builders that seem great on the surface because they’re very easy to use.

But there are huge disadvantages to the proprietary approach. The biggest obstacle being the lack of portability. You will not have the option to move your blog elsewhere if you discover you need more in the way of hosting services. Conversely, I have the ability to move my WordPress website to any number of reputable hosting providers.

Selecting a Theme

When you install WordPress, one of the first things you must do is select a theme or overall design for your website. This is another area where WordPress really shines because there are thousands of free themes to choose from, and many premium themes also.

Make sure you choose a theme that’s clean, responsive, and SEO-friendly. Most themes are highly customizable, and you can make it your own by customizing many aspects such as color palettes and font styles. I use and love HitMag. Generate Press is another super choice.

Installing Some Basic Plugins

Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress. There are hundreds of free plugins available, but I don’t suggest getting too carried away. Too many plugins can slow your site down, which is the last thing you want. I do strongly recommend an SEO plugin (I use Yoast). Lazy Load is also beneficial for speeding up page loading times.

Check out the video on my Build a Website page to observe a site being created in real time in less than a minute.

Attract Visitors With Your Stellar Content

You’re now ready to start cultivating a readership by crafting informative blog posts that address the burning issues of interest to your target market. Brainstorm relevant topics and expand your list by joining forums like Quora and checking out competing websites.

Answer the Public is another free resource you may want to explore. Find insightful content ideas presented as search clouds based on actual queries that your prospective readers are typing into Google. What an excellent way to get to know your audience better.

When you uncover interesting queries (also known as keywords), you can plug the data into a keyword search tool to find useful stats like the average number of times the keyword is searched in a month and how many competing websites are already targeting that keyword.

Content marketers are always in search of low competition keywords that receive a reasonable volume of searches. We often refer to such keywords as low-hanging fruit because it can be relatively easy to rank for these keywords in Google and other search engines.

How to Get SEO Traffic

A website that gets regular traffic will make money. Hence, the free traffic that the search engines send to your website is highly desirable. Finding juicy keywords is a huge piece of getting SEO (search engine optimization) traffic.

Does keyword search work? Absolutely. I find Jaaxy to be an invaluable tool for researching and analyzing the best keywords. And I always employ a checklist to keep me on track with SEO techniques.

It will take some time to establish yourself and gain credibility with both the search engines and visitors to your site. You must perform your research and develop a body of useful and related content. Keeping your head down and working through this is where the persistence and patience factors come into play.

Earning Revenue – The Reward for Your Efforts and Patience

Picture this: Your website is taking shape after months of diligent work, and you feel enormous pride in your creation. You have a substantial body of informative, quality content, and both the search engines and readers are taking notice.

Your rankings are shooting up, and Google Analytics reports that your traffic is growing. And, then it happens. You wake up, check your accounts, and discover commissions in your PayPal account. The process works! Your website, which is open for business 24/7 was hard at work while you slept.

You now realize that your laptop is a money-making machine, and you can scale this business venture to any level you choose. Let me assure you, the excitement is palpable!

How to Make Money Working From Your Laptop

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re sitting at home, enjoying your favorite coffee shop, or traveling to destinations on your bucket list, it’s rather magical to open your laptop and get to work. The experience is so different from traditional workforce trappings. For this reason. I can’t say enough good things about learning how to work from your laptop.

Roughly three years ago. I discovered an online platform called Wealthy Affiliate, where I found all the resources, training, and support I needed to launch my affiliate marketing website. For me, it’s been an amazing journey with life-changing ramifications.

If nothing else, I truly believe you owe it to yourself to at least experience the thrill of creating your own website with a risk-free Starter membership at WA. See what all the fuss is about. And, please drop me a line on my profile page to share your thoughts.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you well!

Over to You

Do you have questions about working from your laptop that I’ve failed to answer? If so, please give me another chance and drop your questions in the comment section below. It will be my pleasure to answer!

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18 Comments on “How to Work From Your Laptop and Build a Successful Business”

  1. What’s amazing about affiliate marketing is that everybody can and should be doing this. Affiliate marketing allows us to build our own websites and content while marketing our passions. Who wouldn’t want to do that? For those that have a creative mind and an entrepreneurial personality, this is a super opportunity for you and you should definitely jump on it. The best part is that we all have our own passions and we can dive into, or even create, our own niche market unique to us. Thanks for the informative read!

    1. Hi Todd,

      I have to agree that just about anyone has the ability to pursue affiliate marketing because it really does not require a technical or specialized skill set. As with most new things we encounter in life, some training and direction are very helpful. For me, the discovery of WA was almost magical because suddenly a roadmap was laid right out for me.

      The most difficult aspect of affiliate marketing comes down to the degree of patience required to establish credibility and develop a following. Pursuing something you’re passionate about definitely helps. Success is very much about having the right mindset.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  2. There is one thing that immediately came to my mind after reading this; Travelling and working at the same time. I picture myself traveling and it being my work. For instance, blogging about my travels and earning income from it. Sounds crazy, but hey…it could happen. I would love to have income like you do once I retire in the years (many many in the future) to come. 

    1. Hi Linda,

      Traveling and blogging about your travels doesn’t sound the least bit crazy. There are many successful travel blogs. Start building a site now, and there’s no reason why you can’t continue to generate income in retirement and also retire much earlier than you otherwise anticipated.

      As discussed above, it does take time to grow a successful website and establish trust with readers, but it can be done as a side hustle while you’re still working. The ability to travel, open your laptop wherever you are, and start working is something I’ve experienced and love.

      Don’t give up on your dreams!

  3. Excellent article!

    I happily picked up a new website tool to check out from your article, Answer the Public.  I’m going to check it out, thanks for the valuable information.  I’m always looking for tips for working from my laptop and this was a fantastic article. I’m happy to see a fellow Yoast SEO user too!  I just switched and haven’t decided yet, but I think I’ll stick with it if it’s working for you. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Selenity,

      Yes, I love using Yoast to monitor SEO. I used All-In-One SEO for a while but it just wasn’t interactive enough for me. Yoast reminds me to set my focus keyword and then monitors the usage. It tells me that I need a meta description or that I’ve forgotten to enter Alt text attributes.

      Another thing Yoast does is to analyze the readability of your post and also provide actionable suggestions on how to improve. Things like more subheadings or adding additional transition words can raise your readability score to better levels.

      Answer the Public is also a highly useful tool for brainstorming post ideas. I’ve had a lot of success finding juicy long-tail keywords. You may want to check out my resources page for some additional blogging tools that can make your life easier or more organized.

      Glad I could help and I wish you well!

  4. Hi Linda,

    This is a great website! Working form a laptop is great, as you can do it from home or anywhere in the world. This is why I started an affiliate marketing business. However, I was wondering if you have any tips for working at home? Sometimes I find it difficult to stay focused when I am on my own.

    1. Hey Tom,

      I can’t disagree that staying on track as a blogger and adhering to your publishing schedule is sometimes a challenge. In fact, I wrote a post about 7 Blogging Truths where I got into some of the difficulties encountered and what we might try doing about it.

      For example, It turns out that writer’s block really is a thing, and sometimes the words simply won’t flow. At those times, I try to avoid staring at a blank screen. My approach is to change things up. I’ll turn my attention to creating graphics or switch gears a bit and respond to comments rather than trying to force a post. 

      Those are also the days when I might take advantage of my laptop lifestyle and head off to Starbucks or a local restaurant to work. Sometimes it’s comforting to have people around. But I also recommend setting up a home office where distractions are minimized. I’ll get up and get exercise regularly. But when I’m in my office, I try to get in the zone.

      I suggest trying different approaches in search of things that work for you and take note of the ways that work best.

      Good luck with your business!

  5. Some people are working from their laptop, but have no clue what they can do at their fingertips. I have a laptop and I never knew what to do with it until I met an online business site where I could make money, just like this one!

    Affiliate Marketing is the honest way to go when wanting to Make money, but also helping people. Once you reach or have a taste of success, It should be shared to others, to help them achieve what you’ve achieved. 

    I love that you wrote this article. I am in the business of helping people as well.

    Thank you for the read, and all the best.

    Aabidah

    1. Hi Aabidah,

      You are absolutely correct that affiliate marketing has a central focus of helping the people who are in your niche market. If you look at the needs of your target market and do your best to answer their questions, revenue generation will naturally follow. 

      What I love most about affiliate marketing is that everyone involved benefits. Customers find the information they need to make better purchase decisions, vendors sell more merchandise, and affiliates earn a share of the profits. It’s a brilliant model, and it’s not difficult to understand why the industry is booming and why most online purchases involve an affiliate.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. When it comes to working, I prefer a laptop for convenience and ease of use.  I’m still working a traditional job. But, I’ve also started an online business on the side. My laptop has access to the internet so it’s not a problem for me to research something and work on my website from time to time.

    A laptop is a necessary tool both for my day job and my online business. It’s a great help in managing my tasks because of the apps I installed, and I have the freedom to do some of my Wealthy Affiliate tasks during breaks. Thanks for sharing this insightful article.  

    1. It’s true that a laptop is a very flexible tool and it’s great to be able to work from anywhere. Starting an online business as a side hustle while still working elsewhere is an excellent strategy. You can build your website gradually over time while you still have income coming in. Many people get started part-time and ultimately grow a full-time income that can replace their job.

      Good luck with your site and thanks for commenting!

  7. This sounds like a really exciting way to earn some money online – I’ve been working as hard as I can recently doing mini tasks online, but of course, the pay is not exactly great at the end of the day. 

    I’m wondering how long this affiliate marketing route takes to learn – how easy is the education and how long before you start to see the money come rolling in?

    1. Hi Chris,

      I’ve also tried the microtask route on various GPT sites. It can be a nice way to make a few extra bucks for a nice dinner out or another treat of that nature, But the rate of pay is indeed meager which means you can’t earn enough to have a significant impact on your lifestyle. 

      That’s not true of affiliate marketing at all. You see, you’re not exchanging time for money when you create an affiliate niche blog. Once you write a blog post and publish it, it’s available on the Internet 24/7 to be read by anyone with interest in the subject.

      Passive income opportunities exist because you can generate revenue from the same blog post hundreds or even thousands of times. I have page one ranking posts that I wrote more than a year ago that continue to draw in readers. Making money while you sleep is thrilling!

      If you have access to the right materials and mentorship, affiliate marketing is easy to learn. My top recommended training platform (which is free to try), offers hands-on, task-based lessons complete with videos that anyone can follow.

      As with many things, you can fine tune things and continue to learn as your business grows. But it’s very possible to launch your website and publish your first pages and posts within a week or so. Of course, the sooner you take action and get yourself out there, the better.

      That said, this is not some crazy get-rich-quick scheme. Affiliate marketing is a legitimate business, and like other business ventures, it takes time to attract customers and establish trust. The time period necessary for the money to start rolling in will vary greatly from affiliate to affiliate.

      Truthfully, you’re the unknown factor in this equation, Chris. How much do you want it and how hard are you willing to work? Focus on being helpful and don’t worry about the money at first. Be persistent and keep adding more content until you start the see results.

      Somewhere around 6 months, you may begin to see your first earnings, although, for others, it can be closer to a year. If you stick with it and exercise patience, you’ll eventually see a snowballing impact that results from lots of content and higher rankings in Google. And, you’re right that it’s exciting! 🙂

      Good luck and thanks for adding to the conversation!

  8. I have seen a ton of these ” work from your laptop” posts and have always read the first or lines and noticed that it was going to cost me money, but not with this, I read it all the way through and you have given me a lot to think about

    You seem to know what you are talking about and made affiliate marketing look easier than I thought it was as I have tried working as an affiliate before but failed every time

    it’s the keywords I don’t really understand, how do you choose between 2 similar keywords that have totally different volume and traffic?

    1. Hi Matthew,
      Many of us struggle a bit with keywords when we’re new to affiliate marketing. When I evaluate similar keywords, there are several factors I keep in mind. Keywords are queries that prospective readers are typing into the search engines. So, first and foremost, I want to choose one that is highly relevant for my target audience.

      I then want to make sure that I choose a phrase that makes complete human sense. It should be grammatically correct, and I don’t want anything that sounds awkward because I have to use the exact keyword in several places within my post, and I want my writing to sound natural.

      Finally, I use what I call the 50+/50- rule to make my final selection. Ideally, I want a keyword that sees a volume of at least 50 queries per month, and that has less than 50 competing websites. Think of these keywords as low-hanging fruit that can be easy to rank for in Google.

      I do want to clarify something. Working from your laptop as an affiliate marketer is a business venture. You can’t achieve success in any business without spending some money. So, ultimately there will be a cost if you choose to pursue this venture. The barriers to entry are very low, and my costs have been quite minimal but I do pay a fee as a WA premium member. That said, anyone who is brand new to affiliate marketing should not be thinking about investing anything until they’ve had an opportunity to thoroughly explore this option. That opportunity is available through Wealthy Affiliate and I strongly recommend taking advantage of the free membership,

      I hope this helped and I appreciate your comments!

  9. Hello Linda,

    I’m very interested in working from my laptop, in making money online, in affiliate marketing, and I’m coming to know more and more about Wealthy Affiliate, and I’m interested in that too!

    However, I have a big stumbling block, and when I read about your part one, finding the niche, this is where I really get stuck. I have many hobbies and interests, but there is not that one thing I could write endlessly about as you put it. I know I can write well, and I’d be happy to write a bit about this and about that, but there is no way I could just focus on one topic. So what am I going to do? I’m still very keen on being an online entrepreneur, just seeing that there are major roadblocks in the way of success.

    1. Hi Phil,

      I think many people who are new to affiliate marketing allow themselves to get completely hung up and stressed out by choosing a niche. But, the reality is that pretty much any pursuit or hobby that you enjoy can make an excellent choice. Start looking at this from the perspective of all the other people who enjoy the same activity that you do and then start compiling a list of all the questions they may have or products they may be seeking.

      With a bit of brainstorming, I think you’ll quickly discover that most topics can be dissected and approached from many different perspectives. Every audience will have a multitude of questions around a topic that you can address. In other words, your posts will all be related, but they won’t all be the same. I recommend finding categories and then populating the categories.

      Just as an example, let’s assume I wanted to focus on beginning golfers or perhaps senior golfers. There are a ton of highly relevant informational posts that I could write. Within the equipment area, we obviously have golf clubs. But I can break that down and talk about shafts, the best drivers, putters, sand wedges, and so on.

      The golf accessories area is vast and would include things like clothing, shoes, hats, sunglasses, and GPS tools.  Then there are all the golf practice and instructional aids that beginning golfers are bound to seek. So many possible sub-topics exist that are directed at a group of people with similar needs.

      I don’t want to gloss over the fact that content creation and the related research requires effort. Whenever the topic of how to work from your laptop comes up, too many people want to take the word “work” out of the phase. Make no mistake; it is work. But it’s also very satisfying and rewarding work.

      Why not at least spend some time as a Wealthy Affiliate starter member? It won’t cost you a dime or obligate you to do anything. But you can create a website, enjoy 10 free lessons, and rub elbows with some very successful online entrepreneurs within the community. I think you’ll find that your niche concerns are unfounded. 

      Success can be yours for the taking, Phil. Good luck and thanks for commenting!

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