Ways to Start an Online Business With NO Money

Ways to Start an Online Business With NO Money

Are there any legitimate ways to start an online business with no money?

Surely most of these internet marketing training courses are after one thing – your money!

That was certainly the mindset I had way back in 2012 when I was looking for internet marketing training to boost my blogging skills, and get some sort of regular traffic to my first ever website.

Okay, looking back…it probably wasn’t the best website in the world…far from it really!

But I was looking for a place where I could learn EVERYTHING I needed to know about building out a successful website – I didn’t want the regurgitated internet marketing training that 99.9% of the so-called gurus were offering…I wanted something safe, a place where I could learn at my own pace.

After months of searching, I discovered the Wealthy Affiliate community


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(Okay – so the ‘Hallelujah’ and the bright lights, might have been a little over the top…)

I first joined Wealthy Affiliate in the summer of 2013, mostly to just see what it was all about. At the time they didn’t offer a free starter account so I had to bite the bullet and pay a month’s fee to get my foot in through the door (and I had VERY little money at the time!).

So I’ve been a member there now for over five years…and I’ve decided it’s time to write this Wealthy Affiliate article with my (experienced) findings, on whether this is a good program to sign up with or not.

Don’t worry – this isn’t going to be yet another digital sales pitch that disguises itself as a Wealthy Affiliate review – there’s enough of those out there, and most of them are very one-sided…even biased to a point!

No, this article is simply introducing you to the (now FREE) option I took as a newbie to build a successful online career – you can do with it what you want! 🙂



The entire reason I created this site is because I was sick and tired of the sheer amount of sh#t I encountered from day to day, in the work online world.

Seriously – I’d go as far as saying that over 80% of the work online options out there…are carefully crafted scams – the landscape is a complete minefield!

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But I make money from this site – it’s very successful…and it’s not the ONLY successful website I own…

Seriously, I’m a geek at heart – check them out for yourself…

So I’m in it for the money – like everyone else out there that has built a website (regardless of what they say!).

With that said, I want to fully disclose that I am indeed an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate. If you click on any of my affiliate links, like this one, I get credit in the event you sign up for a paid membership option – simple.

But wait a minute here – doesn’t being an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate make me no better than one of those slimy marketers who is being biased…and just trying to make some cash out of you?

Yeah it does…but at least I’m not trying to blow smoke up your ass – I’m up front about it!



At the time, I had spotted the Wealthy Affiliate brand popping up in numerous search results – I was desperate to find a solid education and I was doing A LOT of research!

Truth be told – I overlooked them for a few weeks.


Well…I didn’t like their name!

Seriously – their name sounded a little dubious to me, and to be brutally honest with you…it still does!

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But as soon as I got my foot through the door, it was very apparent that Wealthy Affiliate does things differently. The community, recorded training, live ongoing weekly training sessions, live chat and support options, and business-like approach for beginners to pros alike really blew my mind.

I felt like I had HELP straight away – not once did I feel like I’d be stumbling around in the dark, trying to learn topics that were way above my head.

Well, I certainly made use of this community of help…to be honest…I probably pissed a few people off with my consistent questioning…but everyone was polite…and they got me over the finish line (and for that I’m eternally grateful!).



I know that most of you reading this, have your heads screwed on the right way…so what does FREE mean when it comes to the Wealthy Affiliate?

Well, the best way to answer that, is to list what you get with the ‘freemium’ (I love that word!) version of the WA…

  • Live Help – First 7 Days
  • 2 Websites
  • Website Backup
  • Beginner Training Course
  • Personal Affiliate Blog
  • Affiliate Bootcamp Training – Phase 1 Only
  • Video Walk-Throughs
  • Keyword Research Tool – 30 Searches
  • Training Classrooms – 2
  • Affiliate Program
  • 1-on-1 Coaching – First 7 Days

Now, I’ll be brutally honest with you here – A LOT of people sign up for the free account and learn all that they can, as fast as they can…

Then they disappear into the sunset and start setting up their online businesses.

Do I frown upon that?


Not everybody has the money to pay a monthly subscription to these sorts of things.

Do the Wealthy Affiliate frown upon that?

Probably…but what can they do about it?


What I’m trying to say here, is that you have nothing to lose – the worst that could happen by opening a free account, is you eventually leaving with a solid internet marketing education under your belt!

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I know, I know, the title of this article reads ‘Ways to Start an Online Business With NO Money’ – why am I including the premium setup?

Well, to be blunt – this would be a pretty crap article if I didn’t at least touch upon the paid membership…wouldn’t it?

So I’m not going to bang on about it – let’s just cover some of the things that are included with the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership…

  • Live Help – Unlimited
  • Private Messaging – Unlimited
  • 50 Websites
  • Website Security Package
  • Website Backup
  • Beginner Training Course – Full Access
  • Personal Affiliate Blog
  • Affiliate Bootcamp Training – All Phases (7)
  • Live Video Classes
  • Video Walk-Throughs
  • Keyword Research Tool – Unlimited Searches
  • Training Classrooms
  • Affiliate Program – 2x Higher Payout
  • Earn While You Learn
  • 1-on-1 Coaching – Unlimited
  • Private Access to Webinars
  • 24/7/365 Website Support
  • Website Feedback Platform
  • Website Comment Platform
  • Website Analysis

In a nutshell – it’s EVERYTHING you will need to build a lucrative online business…and keep it evolving!

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I realize my bias is already showing through, so it’s best I get to the dark side of this article (no Star Wars pun intended!).

What are the things I DON’T like about the Wealthy Affiliate community?

Well, first off the bat is the Live Chat area of the community – an EXCELLENT resource for newcomers to internet marketing and blogging…but a grind to someone like me!


Well, 99.9% of the members on this Live Chat are VERY ‘clued up’ in the internet marketing world – you ask them a question and you will get a brilliant answer every time…but…

There is always going to be the tiny percentage of members who like to chat…and also like appear as if they are successful in their field…when they are not!

Maybe it’s just me – maybe I’m a miserable personality? (I know how my girlfriend would answer that question!)

I just can’t be done with these chatty types who spread misinformation.

Please don’t be put off – they are few and far between (but they are there!).

That’s it!

Seriously, that’s the only gripe I have with the setup at the Wealthy Affiliate.



The bottom line is, the Wealthy Affiliate is the absolute best place I have ever seen to get the training and all the tools you’ll ever need in one place.

At the very least, you should consider signing up for the FREE membership first just to see what you think. If you’re serious about growing an online business, my guess is you’ll be more than satisfied.

If you have any questions on this subject – please feel free to ask them in the comment section below (or contact me directly from this website’s Contact Page).


10 comments on “Ways to Start an Online Business With NO Money

  1. There’s definitely A LOT of information to be had for free within WA and you can definitely START for free, but eventually, like any other business, it takes money to make money.

    So it’s good that you have included information on what the Premium Membership offers here, so we can see the difference.

    I have to agree with you, about the Live Chat, but I have had a very good experience so far. There always seems to be someone knowledgeable that is on the Live Chat though, to correct anybody else who may LOOK like they’re knowledgeable but actually aren’t.

    What I like about WA though, is that there truly are success stories and people are realizing their dreams using the training there. I have talked to some people who have quit their jobs and are doing this full-time. This is definitely my long term goal, as I keep working on m website and the training.

    6 years feels like a long time, but I know it goes by so fast. I have been on WA for 8 months now and that seemed to have flown by. SO far, nothing but positive experiences.

    1. This is great to hear Reyhana – 8 months in and you seem to be making all the right moves when it comes to building out your own online business. 

      Yeah there are a lot of members who work online full time now, including myself – put the hard work in initially and relax for years to come! 🙂

      Great to meet you and great to hear that the WA is working out for you! (give me a shout in the community)

  2. I have to totally agree with you about the majority of online marketing programs being nothing but scams. Some started out legitimate but are so out of date now that they can actually do more harm than good if taken seriously. The market for online education is booming, which means more people are trying to get their product out to make money. When money is the primary motivating factor, quality almost always suffers. There are still some good programs and courses out there, but we all have to read reviews and take the time to research before we put our money out.

    Question about Wealthy Affiliate: Can you use it to create websites that aren’t strictly for affiliate marketing? For instance, I need to create an author website to market my small writing business. I will use it mainly to attract and inform clients rather than trying to sell affiliate products. Do you think the system could still work for something like that? I’m interested in the community aspect even if I don’t have affiliate links on the site.

    1. Of course you can can Theresa!

      I use the WA’s hosting for my band’s website, i.e. I only showcase music there. I’m not selling anything from it etc. As long as you’re not doing something shady with your site (like porn), they really don’t care what website you construct with them. 🙂

  3. I love how you disclosed that you’re in business to make money but that you have some great information to share with people about online affiliate work.  As a fellow WA member, I can say that the benefits you describe are true.  I’m glad you put the information out there for people who may never have heard of WA or even the concept of affiliate marketing.  It’s a great opportunity for people who are willing to work at it.  Best of luck to you!

  4. Thanks for sharing your story. I’m sure it resonates with lots of people–it did with me! You’re down to earth about having been skeptical and how we all have to be sure we’re getting the real deal online. WA is the real deal. You lay out all the benefits, and I can vouch they’re legit. I wish you great success!

  5. The ‘no money’ is what attracted me to wealthy Affiliate, I started reading about everything they offer and got more curious. There’s no way someone will give you all that for free. How do they get paid? It made a lot of sense trying it out for 7 days and being able to make an informed decision.

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