There are a lot of people looking to start an online business but don't know where to start or which business to get into, or how to make their already existing business a success. Well there are a couple of things I would like to discuss which I hope helps anyone in any of these predicaments. Now I just want to let everyone know that the online business I'm going to be referring to is Affiliate Marketing. I think Affiliate Marketing is an excellent business for anyone who is looking for freedom, both in finances and also freedom of time, as having a successful Affiliate Marketing business will undoubtedly free you from working a 9 to 5. So, here is the first tip that I guarantee will help anyone looking for success online. You have to understand the importance of bringing VALUE to the lives of your potential customers. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU CAN HAVE AS A BUSINESS OWNER!!! Having a successful business means that you first have to show your potential customers why they should even bother spending their money on you in the first place. People will spend their money only on things that they believe will improve their current existence. Whether that's a cheeseburger, a new dress, a video game, or an online product or service; you have to get it through your potential customers head why it's important for them to purchase what you're selling; and you do this by NOT ASKING FOR MONEY UP FRONT. Give something away, like an eBook or a 3 part video series that provides plenty of information on whatever the subject matter is of the product or service that you are selling. I've seen Affiliate Marketers, including myself, give away complete eBooks that are so detailed, it makes you wonder why the person would even bother buying what they were selling. But here's the catch, they WILL buy. Simply because (A) you have proven to them that you are an honest business person, so honest in fact that you've just given them a product that carries so much value that they could simply walk away and be happy; and (B) you've now struck a cord with their curiosity. They are now wondering what your product or service has that the eBook didn't. You've now planted a seed in their mind that makes them more comfortable with pulling out those wallets and paying for whatever you are selling simply because you provided value FIRST before you asked for any money. Your job is to provide value, and to serve the customer. So if you want to make more money online, all you have to do is serve more people.