Are you tired of your office job? Ready for the chance to be your own boss? Or perhaps you want to find a way to work from home so you can spend more time with your family. Home-based businesses are the way to go. More and more people are discovering the freedom, enjoyment and monetary rewards of working from home.However, it can be tricky to determine which home based business opportunities are legitimate as well as which industries are right for your skill set and interests. It can be overwhelming to sift through information online to find what you are seeking. Whether your objective is to track down a list of home based businesses or you just want to learn how to make your dream business a reality, it makes sense to consider a few important things before you embark on your home business journey.As with any business opportunity, there are people out there who prey on individuals who want to start their own businesses. Some of these not-so-truthful companies or people will make promises of big money without the work, or ask for large sums of money to help you start your business.The truth is while no work big pay is an attractive thought, it is just not reality. These are red flag situations to avoid, or at least should lead you to research the business thoroughly prior to handing over your hard-earned money.The Better Business Bureau Online (bbbonline.org) provides information helping you to find out if a particular company has received complaints. The online site also offers a list of home based businesses meeting BBB Online standards, so you can hop on the site and determine which businesses are worthy of your trust.Searching online can also help you to determine what particular industry is right for your home business. You can learn more about the business that are working for other people like you as well as which businesses utilize the skills and knowledge you possess. A simple online search can reveal top home business ideas or the most popular or lucrative home businesses. Such research makes it easier to identify legitimate work at home opportunities.You may find that you need support and guidance once you have narrowed down your search to a particular business industry. Seek out online communities, message boards, and forum groups to join. These are places online where people with similar business interests and goals come together to network and learn from each other. Here, you’ll find people who are in the same boat as you, as well as professionals and even experts who know the ropes and can offer you valuable advice.Another important are to research involves affiliate opportunities and marketing programs, which can help you to make the most of your business efforts and increase your chances for making money. The existing opportunities are seemingly endless. In order to avoid becoming a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, start small. Identify a couple of opportunities and give your focus and time to them. Soon you will begin to feel comfortable and reap the rewards, and then you can move on to try different opportunities to build your business.Above all else, remember to stick with it and don’t give up. It may sound cliché, but you really can learn valuable lessons from your failures, and even some of the most well-known success stories began with a person who was at the bottom of the pack and rose to greatness. Continue to educate yourself through online tools and sites related to your niche, and stay connected with online communities. In these ways, you can find the support you need to remain encouraged and reaching for your goals.
Are you a victim of corporate downsizing? Have you been fired? Have you been unsuccessful with your job search? On a brighter note, are you employed but looking for additional income? Or maybe even retired and just need something to do? Well all of these scenarios would warrant having your own business. Good idea right? I think so but a lot of people may not feel as I do or see things as I see them. Many people feel that in order to have your own business, you have to invest a lot of money. This is not necessarily true. A successful business will need more of your time than your money. Starting a business from the ground up or operating a franchise can be costly but if you can not afford it you can still have your own business for minimal costs by providing a service you are good at, joining a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company or starting a Home Internet Marketing Business.Assuming the first two options are no-brainers, allow me to go into more detail about the Home Internet Marketing Business. For some reason, when people see or hear this term, they immediately think “Network Marketing”. It is, but it isn’t. Sure, networking is a fundamental part of the Home Internet Marketing Business but it involves other entities as well. The “Home…Business” part of the word implies working for yourself, at home, etc. “Internet Marketing”; the core part of the phrase is nothing more than marketing on the Internet. Okay, you’re probably saying “well what does that mean?” “How is that a business?”Internet Marketing is about marketing something via the internet. That something could be anything. It could be your MLM products, your services, the opening of your restaurant, old clothes & shoes, etc. The list can go on and on. Eventually, if you are marketing the right way, it will lead to sales. And quite honestly, if you don’t have a product or are not a part of a MLM, you can offer your services to “Internet Market” someone else’s business/products or you can brand yourself and “Internet Market” the products you have created.Notice, I mentioned earlier that there is a right way to market, implying that there is also a wrong way. If you didn’t know there are tons of ways to market on the internet but that’s not important because what you need to realize is that whatever strategy you use, you don’t want to abuse it. What I mean by “abuse” is gaining popularity by pitching your business but offering no value. This may not be a good analogy but to me that is just like someone approaching you at the mall about their business when you are there to shop. People like to pitch their business in the stores/malls because they figure that you are already in the mind frame to buy, so why not buy what they are selling. The same type of activity occurs on the Internet. People know that there are many shoppers and Internet Marketers on the internet just like themselves hoping to eventually make sales so everything they post is begging people to purchase their product. It’s annoying and people get turned off by it. This would be considered the wrong way to market. The right way is simply to offer valuable comments, gifts and advice all over the internet. You want to become established in the Internet Marketing industry as an expert and a leader; someone who others can trust and rely on. This approach will lead to sales and lasting relationships amongst your peers.Now some of you are now saying “that sounds great and all but how much does it cost to get started?” Well, let me start of by saying that there are not too many businesses that you can start without investing any money. The main focus of any business is Return On Investment (ROI). You want to have some sort of idea going into any business what the chances are for getting a good ROI or just an ROI period. In other words, if you invested $500 into your business, you should want to make your $500 back (within reasonable amount of time) to at least break even or $500+ for profit and/or reinvestment. That’s why it is important that you research any business industry you are trying to be a part of. Reading is essential and talking to people in the industry is a plus.Let’s get back to how much it would cost to start a Home Internet Marketing Business. As I stated there are tons of internet sites available that you can use to market yourself or your business and some of the well known ones are Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. These happen to be free sites that allow you to network and market. There are many more to choose from that can aid with the strategies you will choose. If you choose making videos as one of your strategies, YouTube is free however if you want to have your videos broadcast to other video sites all at the same time, there are internet sites that will allow you to do this for a FEE. If you choose to write articles as one of your strategies, you can write and submit your articles to one article site at a time or you can use an internet site that will allow you to submit your articles to many article sites at one time; for a FEE. Then in addition to this, Internet Marketers are highly encouraged to use specific types of tools in order to do well. Some of those tools consist of listbuilders, autoresponders, website domains, etc. These are considered essential. What Internet Marketer wouldn’t have these? For some of these tools, you can pay monthly or yearly. We’re talking like $20/month at the most for some of these tools. Tools such as article and video submitters may be more costly but depending on which service you choose, it is most likely unlimited usage for a year.So unless you know what tools are required and what they are for, you will feel like you are spending too much money. But once again, you have to look at it like you are investing into YOUR business. Remember, I said earlier that you will invest more time than money. Imagine, spending minutes to hours writing articles, posting articles, making videos, posting videos, updating your blog, participating in forums, bookmarking, etc. I just named a few other strategies that are involved with Internet Marketing and that’s not even half of what you can do. Of course you do not have to use the same strategies everyday but even with rotation, it can be time consuming and honestly frustrating when you are just getting started. But you should not let this stop you from starting a Home Internet Marketing Business.There are so many tools and resources available that would allow you to outsource for the things that you do not know how to do or want to do. You can pay to have someone build your website, write your articles, submit your videos, etc. When it comes to outsourcing, it is just like hiring a contractor; you take a few quotes and choose the best for the job based on their credentials and of course their fee may be a factor. Now would I recommend this? Well, to be quite honest, most successful Internet Marketers get to a point where they outsource but just starting off, I recommend picking a few strategies and use them manually (no automation, i.e. article submitters) and on your own (rather than outsourcing). Do this for a couple of months so that you can become familiar with certain websites and maybe if you set a solid work plan and get into a groove, you wouldn’t need either an automated service site or a contractor. This will help you to get your business up and running while saving some investment costs. If at some time after that you are able to afford the automation and/or contractors by all means, it will be well worth it.