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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Be wary of any “system” that promises instant results (especially anything that sounds like a get-rich-quick scheme!)
- Knowing the basics of html, SEO (search engine optimization), social media marketing, website marketing and traditional marketing and sales are amust.
- 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.
- 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 neededPPC (Pay Per Click marketing), sales copywriting, web marketingBest learning resourcesAffiliate Classroom, ShoeMoney, Rosalind GardnerRecommended BookMake a Fortune Promoting Other People’s Stuff Online by Rosalind Gardner
- 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 neededCopywriting, social networking, affiliate marketing, web marketingBest learning resourcesProBlogger, Blogging for Dollars, Yaro Starak’s Blog Mastermind Program (highly recommended & he has a free report to download)Recommended BookProBlogger, Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income by Darren Rowse & Chris Garrett
- 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 neededMerchandising, sales copywriting, customer serviceBest learning resourcesEbay Learning Center, SaleHoo Training Center, JennyHowRecommended Book
eBay 101: Selling on eBay For Part-time or Full-time Income, Beginner to PowerSeller in 90 Days by Steve Weber
- What is it?Selling products or a technology-based service on your own website.Most important skills neededAll of the above, below and then some!Best learning resourcesEntrepreneur.com’s Online Business Startup GuideRecommended Book
The Complete E-Commerce Book: Design, Build and Maintain a Successful Web-Based Business by Janice Reynolds
- What is it?Creating and manufacturing your own product lines and selling them online.Most important skills neededCreativity, sales, e-commerceBest learning resourcesSparkplugging’s CraftBoom, About.com Craft Business 101 Series, Barbara BrabecRecommended Book
The Crafts Business Answer Book: Starting, Managing, and Marketing a Homebased Arts, Crafts, or Design Business by Barbara Brabec
- What is it?Doing internet research for corporations, law firms and other small businesses.Most important skills neededLibrarian-style research skills, customer serviceBest learning resourcesEntrepreneur.com’s Information Consultant Startup GuideRecommended Book
Building & Running a Successful Research Business: A Guide for the Independent Information Professional by Mary Ellen Bates
- What is it?Providing professional services such as copywriting, design, photography, illustration, and programming usually billed on an hourly rate.Most important skills neededSales, customer service, trade-specific knowledgeBest learning resourcesOur Freelance Parent channel, FreelanceSwitchRecommended Book
The Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide to Running a Small Graphic Design or Communications Business by Cameron S. Foote
- What is it?Recruiting candidates for companies who pay a fee when a hire is made.Most important skills neededSales, relationship building, networkingBest learning resourcesRecruitersNetwork, HireAbilityRecommended Book
Start Your Own Executive Recruiting Business (Entrepreneur Magazine’s Start Up) by Entrepreneur Press
- What is it?Providing your specialized industry knowledge to corporations, entrepreneurs, investors or other businesses.Most important skills neededTrade-specific knowledge, sales, customer serviceBest learning resourcesEntrepreneur.com’s Consulting Business Startup GuideRecommended Book
The Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond (CD-ROM Included) by Elaine Biech
- What is it?Providing administrative and business support to other business owners and small businesses.Most important skills neededCustomer service, organizationBest learning resourcesVirtualAssistantStartups, Entrepreneur.com’s Business Support Startup Guide, VirtualPABusinessRecommended Book
The 2-Second Commute: Join the Exploding Ranks of Freelance Virtual Assistants by Christine Durst