Affiliate business is a proven business model that you can run from your own home, for on-going income 24 hours per day, every day of the year. As an affiliate business owner you have two ways to make money – sell products created by others, and have other sell your products. It sounds easy because it is easy to understand – you provide marketing or others provide marketing for you. The great thing about an affiliate business is that you can make money both ways – you’re not limited to sticking to only one approach. So how does it work?As mentioned earlier affiliate business either sell products, mostly information products, that others make, or have others sell your products (again, mostly information products). An affiliate business product creator might create an information product about dog training – the person that creates the product might have discovered an easy way to train his pet dogs and decided to write an ebook, make some videos, and package everything into a downloadable product. The problem is that the person who created the product isn’t good at marketing, so he’s offering you, and others like you, a percentage of each of his product that you sell.Your job is to market the product and get sales – often a third party is responsible for collecting payments from clients and distributing the funds – your commission and the product creator’s part of the sale. There are a lot of third party sites that make this business model work yet there are only a few that lead the overall industry.As a product creator, you can use the third party service to setup an affiliate program too. You create and package your product, host the site that has a sales page, and offer your product to affiliates. You may have to include some details about the product’s selling points, or describe how your product differs from other products in the same category as yours. The affiliate marketers can use any means they prefer to market your product and the third party service handles the details of distributing the commission and your part of the sale to ensure both receive the full benefit of the business model.Getting started in an affiliate business really requires only one trait – perseverance. It’s important to have a stick-to-it attitude and to avoid becoming discouraged too early in your business’ life cycle. Many affiliate business start and end within just one month! Your affiliate business can provide on-going income over a long period of time so you need to stick with it in the beginning – it makes a difference later.Depending how you go about marketing you may need a web site, which you can get and host for free using a variety of freely available providers. Your marketing efforts can include whatever you feel is appropriate – you can use only web-based marketing, use forum posts, write blog posts, or even take you marketing efforts into the offline world with ads in local newspapers, flyers, etc. Cross marketing is a proven strategy too – you could combine various affiliate products and repackage them into a larger set of related products and offer the package for sale as a complete business to both online and offline clients.Affiliate business offers a range of opportunities and is a perfect business to run right from your own home.