Top 10 “Work From Home” Business ideas

  • Internet Business Idea #1: Affiliate Marketing

    What is it?
    Promote other company’s products and services on your website. When a sale is made, you get a commission.

    Most important skills needed
    PPC (Pay Per Click marketing), sales copywriting, web marketing

    Best learning resources
    Affiliate Classroom, ShoeMoney, Rosalind Gardner

    Recommended Book
    Make a Fortune Promoting Other People’s Stuff Online by Rosalind Gardner

  • Internet Home Business Idea #2: Blogging

    What is it?
    A chronologically based website filled with articles, reviews, or journal-style writing. You can sell advertising or incorporate affiliate marketing on a blog to earn money.

    Most important skills needed
    Copywriting, social networking, affiliate marketing, web marketing

    Best learning resources
    ProBlogger, Blogging for Dollars, Yaro Starak’s Blog Mastermind Program (highly recommended & he has a free report to download)

    Recommended Book
    ProBlogger, Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income by Darren Rowse & Chris Garrett

  • Web-Based Business Idea #3: eBay & Auction Selling

    What is it?
    Selling or reselling products via an online marketplace like Ebay, Amazon Auctions, or Craigslist. You can sell used goods, buy goods wholesale, or use a drop-shipping service.

    Most important skills needed
    Merchandising, sales copywriting, customer service

    Best learning resources
    Ebay Learning Center, SaleHoo Training Center, JennyHow

    Recommended Book
    eBay 101: Selling on eBay For Part-time or Full-time Income, Beginner to PowerSeller in 90 Days by Steve Weber

  • Idea #4 for Internet Home Based Businesses: E-Commerce

    What is it?
    Selling products or a technology-based service on your own website.

    Most important skills needed
    All of the above, below and then some!

    Best learning resources
    Entrepreneur.com’s Online Business Startup Guide

    Recommended Book
    The Complete E-Commerce Book: Design, Build and Maintain a Successful Web-Based Business  by Janice Reynolds

  • Internet Home Business Idea #5: Arts & Crafts

    What is it?
    Creating and manufacturing your own product lines and selling them online.

    Most important skills needed
    Creativity, sales, e-commerce

    Best learning resources
    Sparkplugging’s CraftBoom, About.com Craft Business 101 Series, Barbara Brabec

    Recommended Book
    The Crafts Business Answer Book: Starting, Managing, and Marketing a Homebased Arts, Crafts, or Design Business by Barbara Brabec

  • Home Business Idea for Web Workers #6: Internet Research Business

    What is it?
    Doing internet research for corporations, law firms and other small businesses.

    Most important skills needed
    Librarian-style research skills, customer service

    Best learning resources
    Entrepreneur.com’s Information Consultant Startup Guide

    Recommended Book
    Building & Running a Successful Research Business: A Guide for the Independent Information Professional by Mary Ellen Bates

  • Idea #7 for Working From Home on the Web: Freelance Services

    What is it?
    Providing professional services such as copywriting, design, photography, illustration, and programming usually billed on an hourly rate.

    Most important skills needed
    Sales, customer service, trade-specific knowledge

    Best learning resources
    Our Freelance Parent channel, FreelanceSwitch

    Recommended Book
    The Business Side of Creativity: The Complete Guide to Running a Small Graphic Design or Communications Business by Cameron S. Foote

  • Work At Home Web Business Idea #8: Recruiting

    What is it?
    Recruiting candidates for companies who pay a fee when a hire is made.

    Most important skills needed
    Sales, relationship building, networking

    Best learning resources
    RecruitersNetwork, HireAbility

    Recommended Book
    Start Your Own Executive Recruiting Business (Entrepreneur Magazine’s Start Up) by Entrepreneur Press

  • Internet Business Idea #9: Consulting

    What is it?
    Providing your specialized industry knowledge to corporations, entrepreneurs, investors or other businesses.

    Most important skills needed
    Trade-specific knowledge, sales, customer service

    Best learning resources
    Entrepreneur.com’s Consulting Business Startup Guide

    Recommended Book
    T
    he Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond (CD-ROM Included)by Elaine Biech

  • Web Business Idea #10: VA (Virtual Assistant)

    What is it?
    Providing administrative and business support to other business owners and small businesses.

    Most important skills needed
    Customer service, organization

    Best learning resources
    VirtualAssistantStartups, Entrepreneur.com’s Business Support Startup Guide, VirtualPABusiness

    Recommended Book
    The 2-Second Commute: Join the Exploding Ranks of Freelance Virtual Assistants by Christine Durst

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