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Supplement Your Income Part-Time From Home

May 30, 2008
Supplementing your income from home has become a viable alternative to finding a part-time job outside of the home. More and more people are discovering that they can supplement their income without having to leave the comfort of their homes. They no longer struggle high gas prices, babysitting, uniforms, wear and tear on the car, and time away from the family.

But where does one start when considering a home business? Many jump on the internet and search terms such as home based businesses, work from home, or make money. They will soon learn that there are MILLIONS of websites all claiming to have the best, the cheapest, the most lucrative work from home opportunity.

How do you know which home based business opportunities are legitimate? How do you know if the websites about work at home opportunities are outright scams? The answer is that, at first glance, you can not know.

Some websites appear to be comparing products, services, and home based opportunities, when if fact, their purpose promote one opportunity over another. With the anonymity of the internet, one has no way of knowing who created a website.

Before spending countless hours trying to investigate online businesses, and before spending any money, it would be wise to evaluate your work-at-home options. You most likely will want to use the internet in your business, but there are plenty of options besides online marketing and network marketing. And rarely will you find an actual employer online.

Do you have a talent that could be used to start a business from out of your home? Using your own unique talents and interests, you could provide a product or service such as typing services, child care, pet sitting, making gift baskets, building doghouses, making soap, making jewelry, etc. Take some time to think about your talents and interests and see if you can develop them into a business where local customers come to you. Be sure to check with your local and state governments to be sure you are in compliance with all requirements.

You might want to use the internet as a vehicle to sell your products. For example, you may start selling unwanted items out of your attic on an online auction. Once you are comfortable with selling online, you could find ways to market a particular product or line of products that are of interest to you.

If you have a special interest or hobby, you might want to consider creating a website about your particular interest. For example, if you have a favorite travel destination, or something that you collect, you could start a website about that interest. Once you get your website built and traffic is coming to your site, you can start making an income from links you put on your page.

There are many direct selling opportunities available. Most of us are familiar with some of the party plan companies. Many of us have seen catalogs at work for a variety of products (cookware, cosmetics, clothing, jewelry, candles, etc.). You might want to contact a local representative if there is a product that is a favorite of yours. Or you might want to investigate other products that can be sold through direct sales (travel packages, water softeners, health and fitness products, etc.)

Take the time to consider your unique interests and talents if you are considering starting a home based business to supplement your income. Then see if you can create a business utilizing these interests and talents. At that point you may want to investigate how to use the internet to grow your business.
About the Author
Marcia Arnett is a retired RN working from her home in northwest Connecticut. For information about how to supplement your income sign up for her free Supplement Your Income Newsletter to receive six free books about making money from home.
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