If you are thinking about working from home, the easiest way to get started is to get involved with affiliate programs that provide you with a ready-made sales web page and an affiliate ID. They do all the technical work and even accounting and customer service for you. Once you see what is necessary otherwise, then there are many different ways to create jobs you can work from home.
If it is necessary to start absolutely free, then one example of something you could do to introduce yourself to the concept of affiliate marketing programs would be to sell digital products for a site like ClickBank.com. You can just go there and sign up for a free affiliate account.
Once that is established, then you pick whatever products look good from the opportunities featured on the ClickBank site. Each program has a URL associated and by adding your Clickbank “nickname” (affiliate ID) to the URL, you create a ‘hoplink’. When someone clicks that link they ‘hop’ over to a web page that explains and either provides an order form or another ‘hoplink’ to one.
ClickBank is known to pay the highest commissions, which can be up to 75% of the cost of the product. By comparison you will see how high that is to the normal affiliate commission. Clickbank will process the sales transaction and provide customer service and send you a check!
There are many ways to advertise this hoplink online, many of them free. An example of a free way would be to create a free blog at blogger.com and write articles and post reviews about the product. Each post would include the hoplink which could be placed discreetly in either the body of the text (blog post) or in your signature or author bio box at the end of each message.
If you have not actually used the product or service yourself, you can still describe it in some detail (read the sales page and more or less rewrite it in your own words). You can detail the applications that you might use a product like the one you are promoting.
You can also approach this from another perspective and create an article about working from home in other mediums besides a blog – for example an article directory or ezine. You could describe your experience with being a ClickBank affiliate. Use the hoplink in your profile on the article directory as the link you want to associate with your account and articles.
In addition to blog and article marketing, you can submit your hoplink to link directories, search engines, classified ad bulletin boards, and use it at social networking sites and business forums. These can all be free. Of course you always have the option to use paid services as well such as list builders, PPC ads, traffic exchanges, etc., for a faster, easier ride.