Health Oriented Affiliate Businesses

Affiliate networking weight loss and health businesses are on the rise and finding one that offers complete turnkey wraparound support for their affiliate business owners is the key to developing a successful affiliate networking home business. Individuals who are looking for an affiliate business opportunity are finding that it is one way in which to take their own personal passions and turn them into a business that results in substantial income.
 
Health issues and concerns are becoming prevalent in the United States and have been for at least the past two decades. The American lifestyle of being overly stressed, eating far too much processed food and not getting enough exercise has lead to an epidemic of obesity and associated health problems, like high blood pressure, diabetes and joint problems. For individuals who have decided to take control of their health, figuring out where to start and how to keep their motivation going can be difficult; this is where healthy lifestyle affiliate marketing comes into play.
 
Affiliate Marketing
 
There are several different ways in which to approach health-oriented affiliate programs and there are many, many different kinds of affiliate programs. You can choose an affiliate program that is entirely focused on selling nutritional supplements, healthy foods and other products over a website or in person, like selling Sun Rider or Puritans Pride. You can also choose a company that pays you commissions when individuals become a member of their organization, like Team Beachbody or 6PackSecret. Or you can open a franchise business, like Gold’s Gym, that promotes a healthy lifestyle and allows you to interact with customers in person. The one thing to remember is that you want to choose an affiliate program that provides you with as much support as possible by offering things like business mentoring and advice, website development, product marketing materials (website product content, brochures, catalogs, advertising, etc) and a virtual office.
 
One really great affiliate program that offers all of these support features is Team Beachbody. Becoming a Team Beachbody Coach is an affiliate marketer’s dream come true. If your passion is centered around health and helping people find their way to creating their own healthy lifestyle, then this is definitely an affiliate marketing opportunity worth investigation. Numerous people have found that the support, products and marketing opportunities make building a home based business easy to not only start, but also maintain.
 
Case Study
 
Beachbody is a affiliate marketing program that has been around for many years and they have perfected the marketing of their products with providing everything an affiliate member needs to generate income and build their business. Beachbody generates an enormous amount of customers by the multitude of infomercials that are currently airing on television. These infomercials include products such as P90X, Turbo Jam and Hip Hop Abs.  Every customer that calls in to order one of those programs is assigned to a Beachbody Coach (affiliate marketer).  The coaches are independent contractors and will help their customers succeed in their set goals. The Beachbody Coaches are there for informational and motivational support. By providing one on one personal motivation, Coaches are actually able to not only help their customers reach their own personal goals, but also have the opportunity to suggest products and program available and build their business through product sales. 

In addition to highly popular products and providing personal contact and support to customers, Beachbody also provides amazing support to their Coach/Marketers. They provide website development tools, marketing support, a virtual office and a constant flow of promotional materials and opportunities for every marketer to use as they build their business. They also provide highly successful opportunities for marketers to build their own down line system by promoting Team Beachbody as a business and assigning an upline Coach to every person who joins the program as a business member. As a result of this complete turnkey system, Beachbody has become one of the most successful and sought after affiliate marketing programs in the United States.
 
Summary
 
In today’s down economy, many people are turning to creating their own business opportunities rather than waiting to be offered a job when the economy starts to finally turn around. If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and have a passion for health, you should definitely consider an affiliate marketing home business. Quite a few individuals have done so well that they have left their former profession entirely and are devoted to helping others build a healthy lifestyle while building their own personal business. You could be one of these success stories too!

Planning for Your Business Future

Life can be unpredictable and does not always turn out as we planned. Being prepared for a catastrophic event is vital to the sustainability of every business. It is important to prepare for the worst case scenario, thus allowing you to relax and plan for the best. To help you create a plan that addresses the needs of your business, Below is information on the key components that are crucial to have in place to ensure the long term stability of your company.

Consult a Professional
Consulting with a professional will guarantee that you will understand the options available to meet the unique needs of your business. Therefore we recommend that you consult with the following professionals: an attorney, an accountant, and an insurance agent.

Insurance
In the unfortunate event of a death or disability, maintaining the financial stability of the business members is essential to the continuation of the business past the loss. We recommend requiring all members to have disability insurance, life insurance, and health insurance policies that are payable to the member’s families. This will provide financial security for the business members and their loved ones.

Every business should carry a life insurance policy on its owners. This will provide the partners/members/shareholders with the financial ability to purchase the business in the unfortunate circumstance of a death.

Prepare an Exit Strategy
It is important to have a plan in place that will allow the daily operations to continue if you are no longer able to participate in your business. The continuation of the company affects not only the owner’s family, but it also affects the job security of the employees. To protect your company, it is important to discuss possible third party options for ownership. Often times there are family members or employees that could step into your role in an emergency. Prepare that individual for this worst case scenario by speaking to them before an unplanned catastrophic event occurs.

In a partnership or corporation it is important to plan for the scenario that a partner/member/shareholder would want to leave the business. It is important to clearly define how the other owner(s) will buy out the individual and how the buyout will be financed. “Establishing the valuation process up front will avoid conflict at the time of the buyout” states Fred Meier.

Emergency Document
It is important to develop a document that lists your company’s combinations, log in information, passwords, daily systems, and other key information that is required for the daily operation of your business to continue. Keep this document in a safe place and communicate with employees what is to be done on a temporary and permanent basis if an emergency were to occur.

Hiring Relatives For Your Business – Should You?

Here are some of the pros and cons about adding your relatives to the workforce in your new business:

Members of your family take personal conversations, and business conversations as the same thing – all personally. It is very difficult for family members to separate the two. Emotionality comes into play quite a bit when working with family members that you ask, tell, or suggest to do something.

Workers you hire from your family expect that the work environment will be more relaxed than working for strangers. Some family members will expect special breaks, or a lot of leeway to complete tasks and projects. Can you afford to treat them differently than regular employees you didn’t know before you hired them?

Time off for vacation, sick time, vacations, flex-time, maternity leave, etc – is treated by family as very important and expected. You are part of that family and so you must know how important it is – right? It is best to make this issue very clear from the outset what the policy is – and how many days family members will receive off.

Salary. Regardless of their actual position in the company, family members may believe they should get more pay than others that are doing more than they are – or, in more critical positions. If you succumb to the temptation of doing this for family members, other employees will feel resentment because of it. Makes no difference to them that the person getting paid more is part of your family. There is a general sense of fairness in the workplace that doesn’t get overwritten when family works for family and you’re better off to pay what the person is worth, not more.

What if you are getting pressure from within the family to hire another member of the family? What should you do in that case?

As a business begins it is in a very fragile period where, if things start going wrong, the entire business could go bottoms up. Hiring family employees can be exhausting… no matter how much patience you think you might have. You may start to blame your family workers for not pulling their weight…freeloading! It could turn into a very ugly situation.

I would recommend you not initially hire anyone from your family until the business is firm on its feet and even if something goes wrong, it won’t be catastrophic.

Perhaps the best policy is not to have family members join your business at all if you can help it. It is one that I personally adhere to, and frequently share with other owners of small businesses that are considering what to do.

Instead, have a clear policy of choosing employees only based on what they can add to your business. Business startup is a crucial time where success or failure is often just a few days away. Why not eliminate this one issue by not hiring family? I think it would be a very wise choice in most cases.

These are a few of the issues that invariably raise their ugly head when family members are hired into your new business. Can you handle the extra emotional issues? The resentment from other employees? The sometimes bad attitudes?

These are things you need to seriously consider right now before you hire them because after you hire them, can you fire them?