Throughout this post I will link you to my programs of choice for each of the two subject areas, Automated Income Vs Work Hard For Your Income.
Now I have noticed already just from seeing you read the title of this post your face is turning a little pale, a slight shade of grey. Maybe the words 'Automated Income' have sent a shock wave of fear through your body. You look and feel a little nauseous because you already know that the costs associated with paying for your success are tremendously high, and so riddled with risk that you want to run away as fast as you can, before your money gets sucked out of your piggy bank and wasted on something that you know will not work.
So while it is generally perceived that Automated Income programs are going to cost a fortune, and won't work anyway, I can discreetly inform you (in a hushed and gentle tone) that indeed while there are some ridiculous claims circling around the net and carrying exorbitant price tags, there are actually some superbly crafted and generally affordable Automated Income programs available, that are setup and run by decent and honest people who have your interests as much at the heart of their program as their own.
It is this type of program that will form the basis of this ultimate bloody battle to the death!
Now let's look at the competition, the Work Hard For Your Income scene. This is by far the more popular and prevalent of our two contenders, the prize fighter or the heavy-weight of the two you could say. It is currently the method of choice of millions of home business operatives worldwide! You want to be in control of your business, knowing that when you do something you will see the results, and that you can then work with those results, fine tune what you are doing, and therefore manage your business most effectively.
So what we have with our contenders is one that saves you time but costs you money, and the other that saves you money but costs you time. This really is a battle for the ages!
Automated Income, the good sort, the reliable and affordable sort (as in not the sort that pulls you in with promises of making you hundreds of thousands of dollars within a couple of months and asking you for hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars of your own money for the result) is actually quite popular, and here is why.
- People DON'T know how to run a profitable business from home.
- People DON'T have a lot of time on their hands to run their own business from home.
- People DON'T get good results in their home business.
- People DON'T normally stick to one business, because EVERY business out there looks better than the last, and current, and due to the other 3 reasons above they jump from business to business looking for 'the one that will FINALLY make money'.
So those marketers that are inexperienced and greedy and don't know how to do it properly will develop a flashy program that looks brilliant, promises so much, but is really just a personal cash grab. They set the price high, offer members no return policy, and promise you the world, but in the end they deliver you nothing. The results... well, you just got scammed, and they run, and you lose.
Not to despair however, because I did mention before that it is a MASSIVE niche. What that means is for those who are successful in creating a program that actually works for the people, in all ways, then there is a large responsive market out there just ready and waiting for you with their wallets out ready to go.
But how much is considered affordable when it comes to someone else creating YOUR financial independence? And how long should it take?
Well... is there an acceptable price to pay for financial freedom? Is there an acceptable price to pay for something that can be seriously life-changing?
The answer is easy... Yes there is.
In the current world of Internet Marketing all programs have an affiliate program or referral program. For someone in such a program to really prosper they are as much reliant on the team below them as they are on themselves. In saying that, the more people they can get referred to their program then the more money they will earn. For this they should offer a price that is affordable, but one that allows them (the program owners) room to advertise and market the businesses on a level that reflects the timescale they have provided for achieving the said result.
It is your job to assess the information well before you join such a program. How much I am going to be paying? How long do they say it is going to take to achieve how much? Can I afford this until it starts to make me money? Do they have a return policy? Can I trust this program?
Once you have done this, and let's say for the sake of this argument you join, you are probably going to be in a situation where you are being a flat monthly fee, and ALL you have to do to grow your business is pay your monthly fee. Nothing more. This saves you A LOT of time, and we all know that time is money!
If the program is a good one should be really quite affordable, like between $40 - $90 a month. Any program owner who has a whole bunch of these payments coming to them, to be used for promotional purposes, should be able to do quite a bit with that much. Anymore than that and you could be getting ripped off!
So that is Automated Income. Where a good program will charge you between $40 - $90 a month and do EVERYTHING, growing your business to magnificent success and financial reward.
While YOU.... sit on the beach and ENJOY your time!
Work Hard For Your Income is what most of us are doing now, so how does it compete against Automated Income? Where automated income provides an income for you at a cost, working hard for your income gets the same results but takes your time instead of your money.
So what is more important ... money or time?
Being in control of your business is paramount for most people. We want to know that we are doing things we want to do it, contacting people when, where and how we want, placing people throughout our downlines the way we want them to be placed , and so much more. Having your own business is quite a personal experience and we like to keep it that way.
Handing your business over to someone else, well, it's almost like having a child then sending it away to be brought up by someone else, in a hope to get better results.
But we need to disassociate ourselves from this attachment and start to treat business as a business. Releasing the emotional attachments we have to our businesses can be a very positive thing. By doing this we can start to look at the most effective way to run the business, instead of the way that we want to run our business, and sometimes the best way is to have someone else do it for you.
But we want to keep running our own business, not release it into someone elses hands. We are comfortable that we can do it, we have the time, we just need to adapt our business to become something that IS going to get results. We have to adapt to a business model that IS PROVEN to work. But how do we know what works and what doesn't?
We can either follow the model of a successful business, or we can find a business that has a success model built in, one that shows you what to do, when to do it, for how long to do it, and what results can be expected of followed exactly. A model that grows with the growth of our business, so in 2 months time when my business has grown I am not following the same model I did when i started.
In doing this you can expect to work a little more than the said required time, as most business checklists will reduce the time spent to a bare minimum to enhance the attractiveness of it.
Never fall for the 'Spend just 5 minutes a day with this system and within just a few weeks you will be making tens of thousands a month' spiel.
No Way! No business will ever become successful with 5 minutes of attention a day!
Expect to have to put in a good 45 minutes a day to your business. This will enable you to get quite a few things done, including customer contact. Any less than this and you are either not doing enough, or very effective at what you need to do.
Now the other thing is money. Yes running your own business is actually going to cost you money. However will that cost be less than having your business fully automated? Unfortunately not. The costs associated with having an Automated Business are sometimes LESS than that of doing it yourself. This is because when advertising and marketing is done in bulk, larger numbers, the cost decreases. As with most things in life, the more you purchase, the sweeter the deal. An Automated business can promote your business for less than it will cost you because they are promoting for many businesses and can therefore bundle all the advertising and marketing costs together to get some significant discounts, thereby charging the business owner less for their services.
So it seems that Working Hard For Your Income isn't all that great after all? Well for those of you who are, like me, eternal sufferers and emotional beings, the good part is that you are still running your own business , and there is a massive amount of satisfaction that comes from that. You can't get that same feeling anywhere else.
So to continue to work hard for your income, use a business that has a really tweaked to perfection system for growth, that allows you to do a set of tasks in a specified amount of time to get results, and that will grow with your business from level to level. Such a system will also be responsible to manage expenses, starting from scratch and building itself up from the profits of its previous marketing successes.
If you CAN find a business like this, then there is a very good chance that you will be able to run your own business from home happily and healthily, achieving a magnificent level of success while still retaining ALL the hair on top of your head!
But If You Can Find Both An Automated Income Program AND A Work Hard For Your Income business, that have the qualities of that which has been detailed in this post, my advice to you would be to join BOTH. That way you are spending a little of both time AND money, but your returns will be maximized and you will have all the happiness and satisfaction you need to be able to call yourself SUCCESSFUL!