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Home Business 101 – Types of Home Businesses

Work from home opportunities can be categorized into three groups:Work from home “JOBS”Work from home BUSINESSWork from home BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIESWork from home “JOBS”Anything advertised as a “Work from home Job” is synonymous with the word “CAUTION”. There are indeed “jobs” which you can do from home. They are mostly of the telecommute type for local employers. Best source – ask your own employer – ask a friend if their employer has any telecommuting type jobs – check the local papers, or even a local employment agency (be very careful about paying any fee in advance). “Work from home jobs” advertised on the internet are often outright scams designed to get a small registration or certification fee or some kind of purchase from you without any real promise of a “job” in return. Here are a few offers to be especially careful of:*Envelope Stuffing*Assembly or Craft Work*Claim Processing*Medical Billing*Taking Surveys or Rebate ProcessingHere are some questions to ask if you are considering a work at home job:1. Exactly what will you have to do?2. How will you be paid – hourly, piece work or by commission?3. Who will pay you, and when will you get your first paycheck?4. Do you have to purchase equipment, goods or products to resell5. Is there an up-front cost to you like registration or training fee? (Very bad sign)Finally, when it comes to work from home jobs, my rule would be “Never pay money to get a job”. Like most rules, there are times to make an exception, but only with extreme caution.Work from Home BUSINESS Prospects are a little brighter here. Many people make a decent income pursuing a business from home.How? Selling a service you (or others under you) provide, or a product of your own you can sell. You can sell your service or product on-line (Internet Marketing, Ebay, Craig’s List, etc.) or off-line (Classifieds, Direct mail, Consignment, Networking, etc.).Don’t know what Service you could offer? What are your skills? Here is a short list of skills that lend themselves to working from home:*Consultant*Coach/Trainer (nutrition, life skills, financial, personal development, etc.)*Copywriter*Proof – reader*Virtual AssistantI could go on, but you get the point. Out-sourcing tasks to someone who has skills they need, or who can do it better and quicker, is a way of life for many small businesses or busy people. How do you market your services?1. Decide exactly what service you will provide and what you will charge (tip – type in that service into Google search and see what others are offering).2. Make up your “elevator speech” (a quick pitch you can deliver in 30 seconds when someone asks “what do you do”)3. Flesh out that “elevator speech” into a sales letter that sells the benefits of your service (not you or your service – benefits for your customer). Hire a copywriter to help in needed.4. Create a workspace in your home and make sure you have everything needed to deliver first class service at hand and ready.5. Before you spend any more money or energy, contact your local SCORE chapter and seek the (FREE) advice of an experienced Small Business Consultant who can help guide you to success.6. Get an internet platform (website or blog) with a capture page, a “contact me” page and information about yourself and your services (and testimonials if you can get some).7. Advertise in local classifieds – and in Craigslist (your town – I’d direct responses to your site as opposed to your telephone number).8. Get on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace and learn to market your services on social networks (search the net for FREE information on how to do it).9. Advertise in Google “Local Business” (don’t bother with phone book – nobody looks there anymore). Hold off further paid advertising until you’re making some money.10. Make a list of all local businesses (or friends or relatives) that might need your service.11. Get some business cards to go with your sales letter and get out and talk to people.Marketing and selling a Product is a little more complex. You are going to have to plan not only how to market and sell, but how to deliver the product and receive payment. And, depending how and where you sell the product, collecting and paying state & local sales tax.The 11 point list above is a pretty good start, but you will need to add shopping cart to your website and provisions for payment (I’d suggest PayPal). Many people market and sell on eBay. It’s pretty easy – get an eBay account and go to it. And, depending on the product, don’t overlook consignment at local stores and businesses.Work from home BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Work from home Business Opportunities generally come from two sources; Affiliate Marketing and Multi-Level Marketing (also known as Network Marketing). Later in this series I will devote an entire article to each of these subjects, but I will highlight some important points here.Affiliate Marketing – is thought to be one of the easiest ways for a beginner to get into Internet Marketing. You select someone else’s product to sell (check the ClickBank Market Place and you will see hundreds of offers), market it through Internet Marketing, Social Networks, or even off-line methods. You direct the prospects to your website capture page – or direct to the vendors site, where they take over the sales process. If a sale is made you get a commission. The trick is to select a product that is in demand by a lot of people, and is something you are knowledgeable about (passionate about would be better). This can be done by keyword search, but more on that in later articles.Multi-Level Marketing – is where you select a company (who participates in MLM) and apply to be an Independent Business Owner (that’s the usual term), licensed to sell their products. Most of these companies will provide a website where you can provide information about, and sell the product. Some provide some training and a marketing system.It is called Multi-level Marketing because you can recruit other people to sell for the company and you will receive a commission on their sales as well as your own.This fact (and some very complex compensation plans) has given Multi-Level Marketing in general a bad name which is – in many cases – well deserved. “Scam” and “Pyramid Scheme” are names that come to many people’s mind when Multi-Level Marketing is mentioned and this scares off many people from what can be a legitimate (and profitable) opportunity.The category (legitimate business or Pyramid Scheme or Scam) the company falls into can generally be determined by two things; the cost value of the product being sold, and more importantly the legal definition of a pyramid scheme which has to do with compensation received for recruiting efforts vs. for sale of Product. If you receive the vast majority of your compensation in the form of recruiting bonuses, you’re probably involved in a pyramid scheme.As with Affiliate Marketing, I will devote an entire article to Multi-level Marketing later in this series on Home Businesses.Look for the next article in the series;Home Business 101 – Why Do You Want To Be In Business? HOW BIG IS YOUR WHY?

Home Business Ideas: Several Enterprises You Can Start on a Limited Budget

Why are so many folks right now looking for home business ideas? It could be that many good hard-working people like yourself have turned to the Internet to find legitimate ways to either supplement their existing income or find ways to make a full-time income from home. Is this what you’re interested in doing?With a bad economy and people losing their jobs and careers, it’s no secret that you’re probably looking for a low-cost home business to provide a solution to your money problems. And if you have a family and a job, then in all likelihood you’ll need a home business that you can do part-time.When looking at home business ideas, taking the careful approach to a home business is a smart idea. A lot of people make the mistake of jumping into a home business (that they have not researched good enough) and then quickly quitting their job thereafter in hopes that the business will make them rich overnight.You may chuckle at the absurdity of that but it happens all the time. I’m sure you’re smart enough to realize that you can’t get rich overnight…it’s a process.In fact, keeping your job during the start-up period is often a very good decision. By keeping your job, you can maintain the health of your personal finances while allowing your home business to grow strong so it can start producing income for you.Fortunately, there are some home businesses ideas that you can do that require very little cash. Some businesses can even be maintained on a shoestring budget.If you get the right training and keep at your business on a consistent basis your business will be strong enough to support itself and produce revenue for you. The money you make from your business can be used to supplement your existing income or make enough money for you to live off of completely.Only when that time comes does it make sense for you to leave your job (if that’s what you want to do). You’ll then have more time to devote to your business so you can grow your business even bigger.What stops most people are the feelings of doubt and fear. You may have thoughts of:What if the business fails?What will my family and friends think of me if I fail at this?I’ve never had any success in life what makes me think I’ll have success in this business?Do you have any of those thoughts? Do you let your fears of failure keep you from reaching for your goals?If so, let me put your mind at ease and introduce you to a few home business ideas that you can start for less than $100 and that can be operated very profitably on a part-time basis.First of all, let me just let you know that you want a business model that will deliver steady and repeat business. If you want to market online, you’ve got to make sure that people are buying similar products and services you are selling online. Here are just a few home business ideas to get you going:
eBay / Drop-Shipping Business – Selling new or used items on auction sites like ebay. You can also find companies that will ship items to your customers on your behalf. All you got to do is the marketing/advertising.
eBooks – Selling information ebooks is hot right now. Since there is very little monetary costs involved you can profit many times over for information that you only have to write one time.
Virtual Assistant – Such needed services include word processing, typing, accounting, data entry, proofreading, transcription, and writing promotional letters. If you know anything about Internet marketing you can offer those services as well. All these tasks can be accomplished right from your own home office.
Affiliate Marketing / Network Marketing – In both cases you’re selling other people’s products/ services in exchange for commission. You’ll want to be sure that what you sell is in demand.
Those are just a handful of home business ideas you can do. Make sure you do your due diligence before you take on any kind of business… you can never get back wasted time or spent energy. A home business can produce outstanding income and give you the lifestyle you’ve always dreamt of if you know what you’re doing and if you pick the right business.