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Top 10 Internet Business Ideas You Can Start and Run in Your Underwear


Can Anyone Make Money Online Working From Home?


Of course. Many thousands of people do. You might have friends or family members who make a living with a home-based Internet business already. The problem is that not everyone WILL make money online, because making money on the internet takes a long time to learn, and most people give up because it can be extremely frustrating. With over 300,000 “Internet Home Business” related searches on the internet every month, it’s safe to say that there is a lot of demand for information on how to make money on the internet. Sadly, this also means that there are a lot of shady characters preying on this group of people. I knew someone who fell for one of these scams once – they taught him how to make money online, and then all he did was sell seminars – on how to make money online. The fact that he had never actually made any money online was beside the point… I guess. Not surprisingly, I’m not a big supporter of his business.

When Can You Quit Your Day Job to Work Online From Home?


Perhaps the most important piece of advice for starting an internet home business is this: Don’t expect to replace your day job’s income for 365 days (or so!). Although I will add that service-based businesses tend to bring in revenue faster, I would still allow for a full year to replace your outside-the-home salary.

The Good News About the Home Based Business Industry


As long as you are willing to put in the hours (days… weeks…. months….. ) to learn the ropes, you can bootstrap your business with extremely little money, generally speaking. Remember that some businesses take more to start than others. I’ve probably directly invested less than $3000 getting this blog up and running, and now revenue is increasing at about a 125-140% pace every month after being in business for 16 months. So, where do you start from here? Here are some general rules of thumb.


Internet-Based Business: Startup Rules


1.Pre-packaged programs only work as much as you can customize it and make it unique and your own. Even then, techniques that work for one niche won’t work in all niches. 2.Be wary of any “system” that promises instant results (especially anything that sounds like a get-rich-quick scheme!) 3.Knowing the basics of html, SEO (search engine optimization), social media marketing, website marketing and traditional marketing and sales are a must. 4.Every business is made stronger by specializing in a tight niche. Know your audience and stick to it.


Unless you have a brilliant tech idea that makes venture capitalists drool (which means you don’t need this list), you need to determine where your strengths are and which business model you plan on following. I have run three home-based businesses in my life, all of which leveraged my current skill set as the foundation for building the business. Look over the following list and single out the ones in which you have at least some experience. You probably won’t have all of the skills necessary, so don’t let that stop you! All you have to do is work hard and be willing to learn.

1.Internet Business Idea #1: Affiliate Marketing


What is it? Promote other company’s products and services on your website. When a sale is made, you get a commission. Most important skills needed PPC (Pay Per Click marketing), sales copywriting, web marketing Best learning resources Affiliate Classroom, ShoeMoney

2.Internet Home Business Idea #2: Blogging


What is it? A chronologically based website filled with articles, reviews, or journal-style writing. You can sell advertising or incorporate affiliate marketing on a blog to earn money. Most important skills needed Copywriting, social networking, affiliate marketing, web marketing


3.Web-Based Business Idea #3: eBay & Auction Selling


What is it? Selling or reselling products via an online marketplace like Ebay, Amazon Auctions, or Craigslist. You can sell used goods, buy goods wholesale, or use a drop-shipping service. Most important skills needed Merchandising, sales copywriting, customer service Best learning resources Ebay Learning Center

4.Idea #4 for Internet Home Based Businesses: E-Commerce


What is it? Selling products or a technology-based service on your own website. Most important skills needed All of the above, below and then some! Best learning resources Entrepreneur.com’s Online Business Startup Guide

5.Internet Home Business Idea #5: Arts & Crafts


What is it? Creating and manufacturing your own product lines and selling them online. Most important skills needed Creativity, sales, e-commerce Best learning resources Sparkplugging’s CraftBoom, About.com Craft Business 101 Series

6.Home Business Idea for Web Workers #6: Internet Research Business


What is it? Doing internet research for corporations, law firms and other small businesses. Most important skills needed Librarian-style research skills, customer service Best learning resources Entrepreneur.com’s Information Consultant Startup Guide

7.Idea #7 for Working From Home on the Web: Freelance Services


What is it? Providing professional services such as copywriting, design, photography, illustration, and programming usually billed on an hourly rate. Most important skills needed Sales, customer service, trade-specific knowledge

8.Work At Home Web Business Idea #8: Recruiting


What is it? Recruiting candidates for companies who pay a fee when a hire is made. Most important skills needed Sales, relationship building, networking Recommended Book Start Your Own Executive Recruiting Business (Entrepreneur Magazine’s Start Up) by Entrepreneur Press

9.Internet Business Idea #9: Consulting


What is it? Providing your specialized industry knowledge to corporations, entrepreneurs, investors or other businesses. Most important skills needed Trade-specific knowledge, sales, customer service Best learning resources Entrepreneur.com’s Consulting Business Startup Guide

10.Web Business Idea #10: VA (Virtual Assistant)


What is it? Providing administrative and business support to other business owners and small businesses. Most important skills needed Customer service, organization Best learning resources VirtualAssistantStartups, Entrepreneur.com’s Business Support Startup Guide, VirtualPABusiness