So you want to learn how to start a home based business online? That’s awesome, this article will show you how to do just that…
Starting a business from your home as never been easier, there are hundreds of tools, services, and products to turn your dream into a reality.
In this article, we will discuss some basic home based business ideas, and how to scale them into a profitable source of income.
Nowadays the internet is littered with promises of a home based business. I’m sure you have seen the advertisements with low quality graphics and comic-sans fonts that seem to pop up on every website that you visit.
“Make a thousand dollars a day!” they scream at you from all corners of the internet, hooking desperate people with promises of wealth while they take your cash and run.
It’s a nuisance and most of those links are scams. Too many scams and too much misinformation, is it really possible to start a home based business?
Of course it is!
I’m here to tell you that it is possible. I’ll even point you in the right direction. Once you’re done reading this article you will realize that it’s not as difficult as people make it seem to start a home based business.
In fact, it’s really quite easy!
First off, there are many different types of home based businesses. I can’t cover all of them, but we will talk about the basic home based business plan; make a website and make it profitable.
In this article you will learn about some potential home-based business ideas. You’ll learn how to set up a simple website, the basics of search engine optimization, and some tips on how to make your website profitable. You should be able to take it from there.
So if you are wondering how to start a home based business online then you came to the right place!
Turns out you can create a business online in just a few hours.
Step one: Create Your Website
There’s a lot of information about how to create a website online, so if you are confused, Google will have the answers you seek. In general, a website is easy to set up; all you need is a hosting account and a domain name.
But first you need to decide on the purpose of your business. What’s your idea? What’s your business plan? Is there a need for your services?
Most people start working online, dabble in a few projects, create a website or two, and then give-up because the traffic doesn’t show up and no sales are made. I know because it happened to me.
The first website that you create will likely not be successful, unless you base it on solid research.
It’s incredibly important to decide on the topic of your website before you start working on the actual website. Otherwise, all the articles that you publish will be random and it will be difficult to attract highly targeted traffic.
Forget about your passion, unless you’re an expert in a particular industry that you’re passionate about you should not create a website based on your passion. You should create a website that is based on a need in the marketplace.
Strangely enough, the online world is much like the offline world, businesses need to solve a problem or make something easier, it’s the same with websites. Most people don’t follow that rule and end up launching businesses that crash and burn a few months later and are left wondering what happened.
So once you have your website under control and in your hands, here are some business ideas that you can attach to it…
1. Write a Blog
A website gives you a platform to share your thoughts and experiences with the world, that’s one of the reasons blogging is such a popular activity; people want to be heard.
Similarly, most people want to read blogs that are entertaining and honestly reveal the thoughts and experiences of the author.
Blogs can be turned into highly profitable websites, if done correctly, read this article on how to turn a blog into a cash machine.
Blogging is one type of home based business that does not require much at all, all you have to do is write about a topic, over and over, until your website is full of well-written articles. The articles will bring in traffic and you can use the traffic to sell products.
(Maybe you don’t want to write articles, in that case, I can write articles for you)
So blogging is one home based business that can be setup in a matter of minutes. If you treat it like a business, it will grow like a business, don’t be casual about it.
Word-press is the easiest platform for bloggers, host your own blog and avoid sub-domains like Blog Spot.
Okay, so let’s say that you don’t want to create a business that is based on writing articles about a particular topic, that’s fine, there are still plenty of other options for you.
2. Be a Consultant
Do you have a particular skill or knowledge about a specific industry that can benefit other people?
One home based business idea would be to provide consultations. Business owners are always on the look-out for people who can benefit their business in one way or another, that person can be you.
You can create a simple website with a list of your services, rates, and other information, then it’s just a matter of contacting business owners and advertising your services. It’s not as complicated as you think.
Just make sure to provide a valuable service. You can setup a simple consultant website in a few minutes.
3. Create a Portfolio Website
Do you know how to create cool logos with Photoshop?
Can you write?
What about web-design?
What services can you provide to people?
Create a portfolio for your services. I know a few people who have websites for their services and clients often contact them directly through their websites.
Just throw up some samples of previous work and create a professional portfolio, complete with rates and detailed information about your services.
The next step is to market your website and try to bring in traffic, like, with a business blog (I can help you write articles)!
Portfolio websites are perfect for freelancers. You can even create a business card for your website and use it at networking events. I’m in the process of creating mine.
Below is a list of some freelance skills that you can offer people…
- Freelance Writing (Check out my article on how to pitch websites for work)
- Web Design
- Data Entry
- Virtual Assistant
- Social Media Management
- Online Marketing
Can’t do any of those with confidence?
That’s okay, here’s another idea…
4. Launch a Startup
Most of the most popular websites nowadays started as simple websites that nobody would have cared much about, but they filled a need, solved a problem, and slowly evolved into a powerhouse.
You can create a Startup on a much smaller budget than you think. Some people only invest money into an hosting account and a domain name and diligently work on their websites.
There are hundreds of differs services that you can offer people online. It just takes a bit of outside the box thinking and an unbreakable will to complete your project.
So there you have it, four ways to start a home business online, all of these ideas don’t require much initial investment at all.
Now you have a better idea of how to start a home based business online!
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