I'm currently a self-employed Web Developer. My main client is a small direct marketing company. We pay affiliates to drive traffic to our health supplement and small gadget sites. Doing my best to work my way up! But I love it!
A few years ago, I lost a job 3 months before my son was born, got another one and was let go within 2 months(2 weeks after my son was born). After that, landed a job that I absolutely hated. That year was rough, but it helped motivate me to not rely on other people(companies) to trust to provide my income. I need to do things now that will better my family's future. Currently, I'm doing what I love, flexible hours. So, part of my goal is achieved.... I made more time! [updated 6.10.17]
Prior to this I was a Web Developer working long hours through stressful conditions only to make my bosses money. I eventually felt like I lost my soul working on meaningless projects and features for whiny clients. I didn't ONLY want a few hours in the evenings and weekends for my wife and new son, my friends, my pets, my band and my hobbies/interests. Every night, I get home from work, go on an hour walk, eat dinner, watch ONE show, then it's time for bed. Sometimes I had tasks for my second at-home job or even a freelance project to work on. I'm ALWAYS trying to think of new internet ideas. I knew there had to be an easier way. There has to be a way I can enjoy LIFE. Work Smarter, not Harder!
I know how to build web sites, I know SEO. I know video production, graphic design, have written content for an arts/entertainment magazine, I just didn't know how to use my talents for my own financial gain in the capacity that I needed.
Ever since deciding to dive into Affiliate Marketing, my mind and soul has come alive!