Get a Real Job? Here's Why Successful Web Affiliates Are Great for the Local Economy

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Affiliates can have a difficult time 'fitting in' where they live. I'll explain why our job is better for the local economy than most others.
As your average affiliate, I enjoy certain freedoms that are not common for most of the working class. I can choose my own hours. I can work where I want to. I can set up an office at home and not have to commute to my workplace.

For some of those who don't enjoy such freedoms, it's too good to be true. Why do I get to work like this and they don't? It's not fair. I should "get a real job" and join the herd. I'm not a good example for the community.

In a way, they're right. If everyone in the community tried to become affiliates, well, it wouldn't be much of a community. There would be no public services. There would be no new infrastructure. There would be no industry. There would be no retail stores. Well, not physical ones anyway.

Fortunately, not everyone wants to be an affiliate. Most don't have the patience or skills for it anyway. It's not really an issue, so should we just ignore these haters and move on? Perhaps, but today let's offer them a little dose of reality instead. If I'm so bad for the community, are they really so great for it?

In an economic sense, I can see 4 types of jobs in the workforce. There are those that take money away from the community, those that take from and bring to the community, those that don't take from or bring to the community, and those that only bring money to the community. (I use the word community a lot in this article. It can apply to any locale, such as your city, region, or country.)

In my first category are the jobs that take money away from the community. Among these are any jobs in the public sector. Many teachers, health service workers, and civic jobs fall into this category. They are paid their wages out of tax dollars. If there is no money being brought into the community, they can't be paid. While they are certainly valued, and for good reason, from a purely economic standpoint they are a liability to the local economy.

In my second category are the jobs that bring money into the community, but also take money away from it. Jobs in industry and agriculture, such as mining, logging, and farming, would fall into this category. In order to bring money into the community, they need to trade their product outside of it and make a profit. The resources they consume to operate, their environmental impact, and any subsidies they receive, make up the money they are taking out of the community. They should be a benefit to the local economy, most of the time.

In my third category are the jobs that neither give nor take money from the community. This category makes up most of the private sector. Anyone from professionals such as lawyers, retail personnel, entertainment workers, and some of those in the trades will fit in here. The products and services they provide improve quality of life, but if their customers are mostly members of the community, they aren't really bringing any money into it. As the same time, they usually don't operate on tax dollars or subsidies, so they aren't taking money out of it either. In terms of their benefits to the local economy, I see these jobs as neutral.

Finally, in my fourth category are the jobs that only bring money into the community. Those who work abroad or at local hotels and tourist attractions belong in this category. They bring money into the community without taking anything out of it, as their clients and customers come from other areas. For the most part, they are beneficial for the local economy.

Affiliates like myself also belong in the fourth category. We refer people from all over the world to services all over the world. We then get a percentage of the sales, and bring that money into the community where we are living. That money would have otherwise have gone elsewhere, or never even been spent in the first place. We're not paid by tax dollars, nor are we reliant on money from others within the community. Last but not least, we should have a very minimal environmental impact. We're great for the local economy!

So, the next time you are scrutinized by someone in your community who tells you to "get a real job" or something along those lines, stand your ground and remember this article. If you're a successful affiliate, you're an asset wherever you go. Find somewhere you're appreciated and thrive there.

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