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9 Ideas for Your Very Own Internet Home-Based Business

Mar 27, 2008
You know there's money to be made on the Internet. However, you haven't got a clue where exactly to start. To help you decide which Internet home-based business to choose, here are a few ideas to help you begin:

Product-based home businesses

If you have a product to sell, there's a huge market out there waiting to learn about it. With the Internet, you don't even have to be limited by your location. With the right type of exposure and business processes, you can sell virtually to anyone anywhere in the world. Some product ideas you can use include:

E-books, audio or video products

Infoproducts are some of the most lucrative home-based businesses you can operate through the Internet. You can either produce your own or be a retailer or distributor of someone else's work.

Ready-made websites and widgets

As more and more people use the Internet for business or personal goals, the demand for better-looking and functional websites has also increased. If you have the skills for building websites and webpages and creating innovative and highly useful widgets, you have a big market waiting out there for you.

Multi-level marketing businesses

If you have the experience, start one of your own. If not, join an established one. MLMs are one of the fastest ways to earn online and many people have made these business models their main source of income.

Service-based home businesses

Whether you start one on your own or buy a franchise, service-based Internet businesses can be an excellent outlet for your skills and learning. Some businesses you can start include:

Virtual assistance

Virtual assistants (also known as VAs) are the online equivalent of administrative assistants and secretaries. This is the perfect home-based business for you if you have the necessary equipment (computer, fax machine, phone line, broadband Internet) and background.

To qualify, you do have to have prior experience in a similar job and be adept in computer operation and know how to use the Internet. Once you've established yourself as a reliable source of service, expect regular work assignments.

Copywriting and design

If you're creative and have the gift for words, this is a good home business for you. You will spend a good amount of time in front of the computer and will work mostly with clients you meet online. You could join a group or venture out on your own.

In some cases, you will have to bid for jobs on freelancing websites. This is usually how you'll find your clients. However, as you gain more clients through word-of-mouth or reputation, you can begin enjoying steady work.

Food, flowers or gift basket deliveries

Although product-based, your home-based business provides a valuable service for harried moms, busybodies and forgetful spouses. To compete, choose a niche or deliver something extra. You could offer organic snacks or low-fat meals, for example. You could also offer mix-and-match gift baskets for special occasions or as giveaways for birthdays, weddings and parties.

Tours and cruises

Much of the business that involves large cruises are done by established companies. However, if you live in an area that has historical value or has locations that will be of interest to tourists, you can start a touring or small cruise service from home. You'll help organize the tours and book flights and accommodations. This is great if you want to get out of the house once in a while and meet new faces.

Consultancy

If you have the training or prior work experience in a specific field, you could parlay your expertise and offer your services as a consultant, coach or adviser. This is an excellent Internet home-based business idea if you like interacting with people and becoming a recognized force in your industry.
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