Home based business ideas are all over the internet. Many of them claim that you can make thousands of dollars your first month with very little work. These are the “business opportunities” to avoid. A legitimate business will require time and work.
Instead, start a solid, long-term business that suits you – one that you will enjoy building and growing. The more you enjoy running your business, the more likely you will succeed with it.
The business options that I have included are not get-rich-quick ideas. These are real, legitimate businesses that you can build from home.
So, where do you begin?
Start by narrowing your choices. There are 4 main categories of home based businesses:
- Product Sales
- Expand your current business online
- Offline business
Check out your options below and choose a home based business idea that fits you and your lifestyle. Click on the links to find out more about each idea.
Do not let the “sales” word scare you! You can sell products online without ever talking to anyone. Use the power of the internet to help you sell.
You can sell other people’s products or your own products with these home based business ideas.
- Affiliate Programs: With affiliate programs, you sell other people’s products by using referrals and links in your web pages and emails. Your web pages might include blogs, web site, or sales pages.
- eBay: eBay is a very competitive auction/sales site. You sell used or new items through auctions or as “Buy It Now” for a set price. You may want to start out with other auction sites with less competition.
. Ecommerce: Own your own store without having to deal with rent and employees. With ecommerce, you build an online store and advertise. This is somewhat like an affiliate program because you will be selling other people’s merchandise, but you will do it as a store. You can also sell your own products.
- Website: Build your business about something that you love! Earn money with a website about your favorite sport, gardening, painting, party planning, kid’s toys, pet care… You name it, you can build it.
- MLM: This sales business is so different from the rest that it has its own section.
All of these, except MLM, can be run at any time of the day or night.
You can make money from home with a service business. Since services involve talking with people, you will need to be available during normal business hours and possibly some evening hours.
Home based business ideas for services include:
- Consulting – Put your knowledge to good use by teaching others and making money at the same time.
- Accounting – Start your own accounting business instead of working for someone else. You will need some experience first.
I highly recommend that you promote your service with online advertising and with a web site and/or blog.
EXPAND BUSINESS ONLINE
Explode your current business – whether it is a brick-and-mortar business or a work from home business – by taking advantage of online traffic.
Build a website or blog to draw traffic to you. Then, supplement with free and paid online advertising to draw even more potential customers to you.
You know what hours are required of you for your current business. The hours required to expand your business online are very flexible. You can work on websites, blogs, and advertising any time of the day or night.
Build an offline business from home. This post on SureJob is geared toward online home business ideas, but these business ideas can utilize a lot of information on expanding your business online.
Some home based business ideas include:
- Concierge Service
- Crafts/Homemade Products
The hours required for your offline business will vary depending upon the business you choose.
I highly suggest that you also promote your business online. See “Expand Business Online with some ideas” above.
These business ideas are not get-rich-quick schemes. To make your business successful, you must work at it. Keep these tips in mind:
- Start your business off right by choosing a business that interests you.
- Do your research on how to get started and then do something. You cannot succeed with your business until you take that first step.
- Check out the other business tabs to the left above. Protect yourself and your business by following the business and tax laws.
- No matter which category your business falls under, always protect yourself from scams by doing your research.
Building your own business is not easy but the benefits of being your own boss are well worth it. Most of these business ideas have low start-up costs compared to a traditional brick-and-mortar business and some are almost free. So, no more excuses.
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