The internet is a very useful tool. More than keeping people connected, it has given rise to a lot of home based jobs and businesses. Through the help of the internet, it is now possible to earn income within the confines of your own home starting with just three things: computer, reliable internet connection and a small capital money. There are many ways to start a web based business and here are the top 3 profitable choices available today:
1. Home Based Affiliate Business
Affiliate programs are on the road to getting bigger these days. Affiliate business is probably one of the best online business ideas because it doesn’t require so much technical skills or specific knowledge on IT or business.
Home based affiliate business is pretty much like internet advertising. These affiliate programs work by paying commissions as high as 75% to people who promote the products they offer. Websites such as ClickBank, PayDotCom and PaySpree are affiliate programs that are free and easy to join, without even having to start a website.
Look at it this way, say you have your own blog and you’d want to start your own business through it, all you have to do is sign up for an affiliate program, choose one of the products in the program and start talking about it in your blog. Each time someone purchases the product because of the link in your blog, you get a commission. Choose more products, blog more and you could be well on your way to one of the most successful internet businesses!
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2. Home Based MLM Business
As Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad puts it, “The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”
MLM or Multi-level marketing is also sometimes called Network Marketing. Whilst some may argue that this kind of entrepreneurship idea is a scam, the DSA or Direct Selling Association’s data would say otherwise. Out of DSA’s 200 members, 94.2% use multi-level marketing in 2009. Companies we know and trust such as Avon, Tupperware, Electrolux and Kirby are just a few examples of businesses making use of MLM.
Money is earned in MLM through direct selling, sales from other recruits and so on. MLM has taken a step forward by using the internet for networking and marketing the products they offer. In most cases, you might have to get training and attend several workshops to get started on this business venture. There are ample MLM business link exchange sites and web rings to help you get traffic and connections fast.
3. Home Based Travel Business
The travel industry has tapped the use of the web. To start a web based business with travel as a specific industry in mind requires passion for travel, alertness for legitimate offers and promos internationally and skills at relating to people.
Industry experts would suggest starting your own website along with the start of this business but free blogs would do. One of the best ways to build credibility is to start a blog on your personal travel stories, post pictures and reviews. After all, people will want to ask your help for finding the best travel deals once they see how you enjoyed seeing the world yourself, don’t you think?
Once you have established the necessary credibility, you may start offering tour packages to certain places and tie up with tour guides, vehicle rentals, hotels and inns, etc. It’s all about combining what you know about traveling with what is available in the market and convincing others to go travel too!