I have struggled with the Alternative Income concept for over 7 years now, thinking I just wanted to give people information, but failing to find the spark to grow it into my passion. The goal of Alternative Income kept falling through the cracks and I couldn't find a way to hold onto it long enough to grow it into something bigger. Until this week. Until I remembered why it all began.
Alternative Income is about showing people the different ways they have of making extra money, but it is much more than that. It is about freedom. It is about choices. It is about taking responsibility for our lives and not having to be dependent on others to help us.
Our mission is the promotion of alternative forms of income for those who are unable to enter the regular workforce. This includes, but is not limited to, mothers staying at home with their children, people with disabilities, those in remote areas, long-term unemployed, unskilled etc.
The platform will function on a freemium model, so users can search all the entries for free and get the details to research the opportunities themselves. There will also be a paid version to get more support including coaching, setting up of websites etc.
Seven years ago I registered the domain AlternativeIncomeReport.com. I wanted to write about working from home because as an expat in Spain, with two young children, living miles from anywhere, work was hard to find.
At the time, the internet still had a lot of get rich quick scams, or information that was way overpriced for the information it offered. Real jobs online or online business opportunities were hard to find if you weren´t a shark.
When you have two young kids to look after and you are busy earning a few pennies here and there, writing crap articles for peanuts, it is difficult to find the time or the energy to get all gung-ho about a new business.
When you need to put food on the table and pay the mortgage, you are fighting fires the whole time instead of building a future. Some people manage it, and generally make the rest of us feel insecure about it.
It took me a long, long, time to stop beating myself up about what I wasn´t doing, and start focusing on what I was doing.
Alternative Income can include telecommute jobs, freelancing, investment, entrepreneurship. We need alternatives to regular jobs for those who are struggling to find work, live in an area with few jobs, can't work because of family commitments or lack experience. We also need real options for those of use who are not top salesmen or marketing magicians, who just need enough extra to pay the mortgage, pay for some extras, and ease our way into being self-employed.
Have a look at the latest opportunities we have found for you: