While affiliate marketing is a legitimate opportunity to start a profitable online business, you shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that your success is assured. Affiliate marketers fall into many categories, but some are people who have fallen prey to the kind of hype that makes them believe it's an effortless way to get rich. Those are the kinds of people who usually don't last long. The desire to make a fast buck can lead you to techniques that aren't in your long term best interest. Marketing methods that are basically shortcuts or blackhat in nature typically have short half-lives. You are far better off laying the foundation for an ethical business that you can build up over time.
The benefits are truly difficult to resist and you have lots of different products to choose from. This is probably something you haven't yet thought about. You can do affiliate marketing and make money, then later on you can dabble with product creation. Here are just a few of the available affiliate marketing benefits (among many).
When it comes to affiliate marketing, the biggest benefits are often held by the product creators. Typically there is no need for this, unless you want to create something that will augment a product you're already promoting. Typically you don't need to do this, lots of money is available without having to resort to this. This is usually why affiliate marketing is so appealing to newbies. One possible trade-off is you will have to know how to find the best products to promote. But you would need to do that to some extent if you made your own products. Everybody who gets involved with affiliate marketing is going to benefit in at least some form. The benefits can be huge for the vendor and the developer, if the product created is a good one. If the product is solid and good it's easy to attract affiliate marketers who will want to promote it. There have been so many instances in which the vendor's financial fortunes get turned around quite a bit. People are always looking for really good products to buy which means that marketers will be all over yours and will promote it like there is no tomorrow. So not all of the benefits of affiliate marketing are for the affiliates, only.
You've heard a large number of cliches about how valuable time is for every person. When you take up affiliate marketing, you become free to focus only on those things that are profitable for you. It's a different way to look at how much benefit there is to letting someone else be in charge of product creation.
Having more time is one of the side effects of not having to create your own products. Being able to test products and launch campaigns of your own (knowing how to, anyway) can save you lots of time. This means that no other form of marketing can beat this one.
Some advantages to affiliate marketing have more intrinsic power than others. There isn't anything unusual because not every belief is the same. Educate yourself about them as much as you can. You need to do this so that your decision can be an informed on when you know what you want to do.
Then when you know for sure that it's right for you, jump in with both feet and take action.