A home based business isn't right for everyone. It can be risky, unpredictable, and requires a lot of hard work and discipline if you're to make steady progress. It can also be lonely at times. On the other hand, the idea of being your own boss is something many people dream about.
This page is here to help you start a work at home business by deciding the best home based small business for you. There are many different types of businesses you can start from the comfort of your living room or office. You could start a consulting business or your own crafts business or freelance writing. The list goes on and on.
But, for now let's focus on online home businesses, since those can be some of the easiest — and cheapest — to get started.
But, first it must be said... there's no such thing as get rich quick! If it seems too good to be true... then it probably is. The only way to get ahead when you start a work at home business is to work hard. And it might take a few months to really get going too. But anything worth having is worth waiting for, right?
So, let's take a look at some of the best home based small business ideas online...
Earn Commissions as an Affiliate
This form of online business involves encouraging people to buy someone else's products, in return for a commission that may range from a very small percentage, such as 5% of the sales price on up to 75%. You can do this for physical products, services, and/or digital products.
Build a Niche Content Site
Another way to start a work at home business is to build a content website, built around a specific niche. Like this one, for example!
This form of online business doesn't really require any special skills, provided you have the right tools, but it does help if you enjoy writing, and if you're passionate about a topic, because you'll need to write about 30 to 50 pages minimum on a niche content site, in order to succeed in this model.Blogging for Money
Blogging is a sort of online journal, where people express their personal thoughts on a topic, journal a journey of some kind, or share a passion with the world through the web.
But today, there are a number of ways you can make money from blogging when you start a work at home business, including writing pure niche content, affiliate marketing, social networking, product reviews and promoting your own content, services and products.
You can also get paid for blogging, especially if you have special expertise in a topic. For example, I am paid well for blogging about asthma and allergies on a health website. Some sites, while they don't pay you directly, will let you share in revenue, such as AdSense clicks, that is earned at the site as a result of the content you've blogged.Buying & Selling on eBay
One of the best home based small business ideas for a lot of people has involved using eBay. There are some different models you might explore. You can sell your own stuff, sell drop-shipped products, sell ebooks and other digital products, or even open your own niche store on eBay.Selling Your Own Products or Services Online
You can also start a work at home business selling your own products or services online. It can be challenging, but a lot depends on what niche you're in...
If you have a digital product, like an eBook or software, getting set up to sell online is definitely do-able. But you do have to understand how to set up digital downloads, payment processing, and writing a sales page.
My BusinessBuffet website is the perfect example of this type of business model. I originally sold the products offline and expanded to an online business years later.
If you're just advertising your offline services, then it's more or less just a matter of setting up an online brochure type site, at least to get started.Network Marketing, AKA MultiLevel Marketing
Network marketing, also known as multilevel marketing, CAN be a legitimate idea for a business to start from home. You just have to choose wisely, because there ARE a lot of scams out there. You also have to be adept at building relationships. And you'll need to go beyond your own circle of family and friends. There's only so much stuff you're going to sell them. :-)
You'll need to develop skills of bonding with strangers and getting them to buy in to whatever opportunity you're part of. And... there has to be real value to the product or service, which is something sorely lacking in many network marketing ventures.
My HealthyChocolateSurprise.com website is an example of a legitimate network marketing company.
On this page, I've tried to give you a general list of ideas for to help you start a work at home business. Eventually, you'll be ready to decide which is the best home based small business idea for you.
And if a home business isn't really your cup of tea, perhaps you'd be more interested in starting a retail business of your own?
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