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Postby Alicia on Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:05 am

Hi everyone. I'm Alicia. I'm 22 married and a mother of 2. I'm currently home with the kids and want to start a business that doesn't cost. Things are kinda tight right now and I don't know if we could waste any more money on businesses. I've tried a few already and the next business I tell my husband about, I want him to not feel like...."Oh boy not another business." LoL!
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Postby Kit on Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:55 am

Hi Alicia,

Welcome aboard! Many of us can relate to the "not another business!" routine. I think the key for some of us was finding a business that isn't a scam, draws on our strengths, and is a good "fit" in general.

I know that people have looked at me like "here we go again" simply because they didn't realize that I had learned how to stay away from the "opportunities" that were not good for me. Remember a legitimate business requires hard work and time to turn a nice profit. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. ;)

One of the things that may help you with your hubby is researching your options very well before you commit to beginning a business. This can be difficult if you aren't sure what you're looking for.

Below are a couple of links to some great info to help you get started.

http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/biz_ideas.html
http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/new-internet-business/

Please let us know if you have any questions. Again, welcome to the forums!

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Postby Mila on Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:40 am

Hi Alicia,

Welcome to the site! :-)

Kit has given you some great advice. If you have a skill that can be turned into a service business that's by far the easiest and most affordable way to start.

On those pages listed above you'll find information about virtual assistance, transcription and other service businesses you can start from home. Direct sales is another option and many companies don't require too large an investment to start.

Here's our directory:

http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/direct-sales/

And here are some articles:

http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/direct-sales-articles/

I hope this helps.
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Postby Dale King on Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:39 am

Alicia wrote:

Hi everyone. I'm Alicia. I'm 22 married and a mother of 2. I'm currently home with the kids and want to start a business that doesn't cost. Things are kinda tight right now and I don't know if we could waste any more money on businesses. I've tried a few already and the next business I tell my husband about, I want him to not feel like...."Oh boy not another business." LoL!


Hello Alicia:

Unfortunately, you have to have some money to start any business. There's simply no getting around that fact. Even if you were to join a "FREE" affiliate program, you need money to market that program.

If you don't have the money to start a business, you need to find a way to get the money.

Just don't go robbing any banks! :lol:

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Postby Mara B on Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:01 am

You've been given some great advice, Alicia. And, welcome to the forum! I think you'll find some wonderful help and terrific people here.

I would say, coming from almost the same perspective, that you need to do some soul-searching.

First, think about the amount of time that you actually have to devote to actual work. Then, you'll be able to try to find things that will fit within that time frame. Will you only be able to work when the kids are napping or after they've gone to sleep for the night? When you can work may determine the type of work you can do.

Second, figure out what you are interested in doing. If you find something you "can" do, but it doesn't interest you, you're not going to work on it as hard as something that you're passionate about.

Third, research, research, research - then ask questions. :) If you're already struggling with finances, jumping into yet another "business" will only cause you problems. Take your time finding your niche, then you'll be doing what you enjoy rather than running after things that won't benefit you.

Finally, don't be afraid to say "I don't know." It is in realizing that you need to learn, that you may stumble upon your perfect opportunity.

There are no dumb questions and we're all here to help. Again, welcome!
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Postby lindastacy on Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:45 am

All great advice so far and I'll add one more suggestion.

Before you start another business, be sure you understand exactly why the others you tried were not successful. You can't be successful with any business if you don't know where you're made mistakes.

It could be that you were a victim of a scam or a scheme. If so, be sure to understand how to spot them so you aren't victimized again.

It could be that you found a legitimate business but couldn't make it a success because it wasn't a product that your target market buys, you didn't know how to market it, you just didn't give it enough time, or.....

If we learn from our mistakes then they aren't failures.
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Postby AvParties4u on Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:00 pm

Hello Alicia, :D

Welcome to the IBM forum. This is the place to be to get great advice and tips, as you may already tell for the previous posts. Everyone here has given you some awesome advice. Take your time, research, ask questions and enjoy the forum. Good luck to you.
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Exactly

Postby pplprincess on Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:16 pm

All of the above posters had great insight.

What do you like to do? What are you already good at? What have you already tried? How much money are you trying to make starting out? What would make it worth it to you?

All of these are important questions.

When your first starting out, you can do alot of marketing for free. But you will need to have some money to invest in your company just like Dale said. It just isnt possible with out any money at all.

You could try using Elance for now by selling your services. That might help you get up a decent amount of money to start up something you really feel passionate about.

I know it took me a while to get into the business I am in. Realize that if you take some time looking for the right company you will find it.

Liz

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Postby beachmom on Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:37 pm

Just wanted to say welcome. :)

There are a lot of good businesses right here on this board. I would definitely go through the links that were given above!

For me, I turned a passion into a business. It did take some money up front for equipment, but I have to say there are things I always need/want that I am always having to wait for. So, nothing comes too quickly, unfortunatly! lol

Good luck!!
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Thanks for the advice

Postby Alicia on Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:03 pm

Thanks for welcoming me and giving me good advice. I just have one more question. What businesses did you start and how long did it take to see the money come in?
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Postby dreamcatcher on Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:33 pm

Nothing more to add just welcome :)
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Re: Thanks for the advice

Postby pplprincess on Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:15 pm

Alicia wrote:Thanks for welcoming me and giving me good advice. I just have one more question. What businesses did you start and how long did it take to see the money come in?


I went into business with a company called Pre-PaidLegal.

I made my investment back in the first week. Profit has continued on since then.

Liz~

Let me know if you need anymore help.
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Postby brookiel on Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:00 am

Hi Alicia

After having my first child I too wanted to earn some extra income, and actually 'do' something else while my daughter was having her daytime naps.

I ended up getting hooked on affiliate marketing. It doesn't cost a lot to set up, people may try to sell you all these great affiliate tools but you really don't need them.

Just find something that you're really passionate about, join some affiliate programs and choose products/suppliers to promote, buy a domain name, build a website (easily and cheaply done these days) and choose a hosting company to host your website.

I didn't know anything about websites etc when I first started but now I'm earning money from it (although not $1,000's like some affiliates claim to make but enough to be happy doing it).

Best of luck with what you decide.
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Postby Vera on Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:42 pm

Hi Alicia,

Just wanted to add my two cents. I love the advice Linda gave you about looking at what you've tried and see why they went wrong.

Another thing is if you've tried a business pushed it a bit and then tried something else pushed it a bit and then nothing really got accomplished or off the ground.

So if you're going to start something new promise yourself you'll give it all you got for more than just a while. It helps if it's something you really enjoy doing too.
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Postby ChristineW on Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:57 pm

Hi Alicia,

I'm new to the site too! I was recently feeling the sameway. My husband DID say, "Oh no, here we go again!".......but this time he's actually liking the company I chose. He's liking the products and it's been fun too! It's important that both of you are on board together. I couldn't stress that enough.

I hope you've found something that fits your family and what you need.

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