Why Online Business?Starting an online business or making money online has been quite a trending topic over the past few years and the leading choice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Why? Simple… online income (passive income) is virtually bullet proof. It cannot be adversely affected by a recession, a sluggish economy and it offers job security. Note: The learning curve for how to become self employed in online business can be pretty steep if you are the all or nothing type. But learning the basics of building and operating a small scale operation on the internet is an easy task.An online business is much easier to get started because of the low cost of getting things rolling. Many successful online marketers have even built their businesses with practically no investment at the expense of only their time, a lot of time! Not exactly the route I would recommend. But it is very possible if you have a $0 budget.GoalsYour ultimate goal in online business or any business is to make sales. In order to succeed and generate profits from your business, you have to promote your products or services to a targeted audience. A successful online business follows a strategic plan of action. No doubt, great ideas will rise to the surface often when working your online business and this will get you side tracked. I call it IMADD (Internet Marketers Attention Deficit Disorder). This is where you need to exercise discipline. Instead of chasing every thought that comes to mind, just put all your awesome ideas on a note pad and store them for future projects.. This will make things a lot smoother and you will stay on track without any distractions. This is a common practice among seasoned marketers.Getting starting with affiliate marketing in online business is probably the easiest method for generating income online. There are hundreds of affiliate programs that you could join, like “ClickBank or Commission Junction” and start making money right away promoting other peoples products or services. Again, this is one of the best and fastest ways of how to become self employed in online business.How Does It Work?As an affiliate, it is your job to line people up with what they are looking for. Help them to solve their problems. And when a purchase is made YOU MAKE COMMISSIONS!!! All from other people’s products or services… How cool is that? However, before you begin any online marketing campaigns there are a few things to consider.Start Up Cost I’m sure you’ve heard the expression; “It takes money to make money” “Right?” Well that is an overstatement when it comes to starting an online business. You will need to go to a domain registry like Go daddy and purchase a domain name (around $10). The forwarding feature within Go daddy is pretty simple to use. Try not to over complicate things when choosing a domain name, but it should be relevant to the product or service that you plan on promoting as an affiliate.Once the domain has been forwarded and pointing to your chosen product sales page, you are ready to “ROCK” and earn commissions. Promote your new web address on relevant forums and article directories. And to really get things moving and go viral, use classified ads such as Craigslist and Social Media like Face book… You don’t have to worry about the processing of payments or shipping. This is all done by the Product Owner… This is just one of the many ways of how to earn income in online business.