More and more people are turning to online marketing in order to supplement their regular income or to earn a full-time income. Compared to any offline business, the start-up costs are minimal, and once up and running, passive income can be earned without the need to leave the house at all, except to cash in and out of the bank. Getting started can be challenging. It can take hours of hard work to configure a website and write out automated emails in such a way as to generate an online income, and it may take several attempts to succeed. However, once the setting up process is finished, the rewards for success can be highly lucrative.
For the adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, who may be preoccupied by their own specialist interests, and may to struggle with the social aspects of employment, earning a living through online marketing in a chosen niche could be the ideal full-time occupation.
The Basics of Online Marketing
Online marketing involves promoting either your own products for sale or another person’s products as an affiliate. An affiliate will earn a commission for every sale made through their affiliate links. In order to achieve online marketing success, it is imperative that the internet marketer finds a profitable niche, builds up a mailing list by offering information that is of value to people interested in that niche, and then refers these potential customers to products or services that may be of interest to them. Profitable niches can include anything from weight loss, to gardening, to learning to fly.
Why Internet Marketing May Suit Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome
Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome tend to gravitate towards deep and specialist interests, as opposed to having a broad range of interests, and can often find their minds to be totally driven by their obsessions, constantly seeking out new information and accumulating a wealth of unusual or specialist knowledge. As the job of an online marketer involves offering useful information to potential customers, the internet marketer with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to channel their own specialist interest into a profitable niche could potentially become hugely successful, because they would naturally be discovering more knowledge and information to pass on to their followers. Their income would effectively be earned by them spending their time talking online about the things that interest them most.
At the same time, internet marketing by nature is a job that involves working independently. This would suit many adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, as it would remove any anxieties about the social aspects of employment, and give them control of any issues that may otherwise cause stress.
However, there are challenges and risks associated with online marketing. The three biggest challenges to the aspiring Asperger’s internet marketer are most likely to be the following:
- Information Overload
- Channeling a Specialist Interest into a Profitable Niche
- Preparing for Change
These challenges should not be a barrier to the aspiring Asperger’s online marketer. They are simply issues that require awareness and preparation.
The biggest hurdle to face in the online marketing world can be knowing how to get started. Clear and easy to understand information for the beginner can be hard to find, as so much of the information available online comes from established marketers promoting their own products, often promising totally unrealistic outcomes. Distinguishing between valuable content and online scams may prove to be a hard and hazardous task for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Channeling a Specialist Interest Into A Profitable Niche
Just because a person has a specialist interest and an area of expertise does not automatically mean that their interest will translate into a profitable niche. The information an online marketer offers to their followers has to be something that enough people consider to be of value and for which they are prepared to pay. Someone obsessed with cars, trains, or a particular TV series will need to give considerable thought and research into how they can make the knowledge they have valuable to other individuals, who most likely will not have Asperger’s Syndrome. For instance, few people will be enticed by a website offering a list of car specifications, but they may well be drawn to information that shows them how they can save money on their cars. It is down to the online marketer to understand what questions people are asking within their niche and communicate the answers to their followers.
The Online Marketer Needs to be Prepared for Change
Another such risk is that online earnings are likely to vary from month to month and become unpredictable. While it is true that a successful online business will generate passive income for the online marketer, the Asperger’s marketer will need to be prepared for change, in both keeping up-to-date with the most sought-after information in their niche, and in technology. An approach that may prove hugely profitable for a period of time may suddenly become outdated and the income may suddenly dry up. The Asperger’s marketer therefore needs to be aware of potential changes that may affect their business, and know where they can seek the necessary help and information required to keep their business model up-to-date and profitable.
Christopher Martin Woodward