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WAHM  > How to Start an Internet Business > Choosing an Online Business

Choosing an Online Business

Let's simplify the process of choosing an online business and say there are basically four ways to start an online business -- and really, there's no reason you can't do all three.

However, you may want to choose one and focus on that first. 

1. Start an Online Business from Scratch:

You can "start from scratch" and develop your own product or service to sell


For example, if you are an artist or crafter you might make your own products and offer them for sale or you can offer a service such as career counselling or matchmaking.

You could even enter the lucrative market of creating information products. The internet business ideas are endless.

2. Start an Online Business with Affiliate Programs:

If you don't have your own product or service to sell, you can market someone else's products through affiliate programs. With an affiliate program, you are paid a percentage of sales that are made when you refer someone to a company's website.

 Usually the buyer must click on your affiliate link and make the purchase immediately. Some affiliate programs will track visitors from your link and pay a commission for within a period of time, such as within 3 months of the visit.

3. Start an Online Business with Direct Sales:

Finally, if you feel you need more structure and support, you can join a Direct Sales Company and market their products. There are hundreds of direct sales companies available offering everything from cosmetics and skin care to kitchenware, home décor, craft products, and dietary supplements.

Usually independent representatives sign on under another representative or sponsor who will provide information and support to get you started.

4. Start an Online Business by Reselling Products You Buy at Wholesale:

If you don't want to develop your own products, you can resell other people's products. You can buy them at wholesale and ship them out from your home. Or you may prefer the ease of having somebody dropship the products for you.

This means the company from which you buy wholesale does all the shipping for you. You just take the orders.

By the Way......Job or business?

Many people, particularly moms, start out looking for an online job.

Moms want to work from home so they can care for their children while continuing to contribute to the household finances.

They quickly learn that online jobs are few and far between and far too often pay money for promises of work that never materialize.

Often, people who have great work at home jobs brought those jobs home from an office.

They started out employed in an outside job and later convinced their employer that it was beneficial to the company to allow them to work from home.

There are some contractual opportunities available online if you have specific, highly marketable skills. If you are looking for such opportunities, take a look at our work at home section.

You should not have to pay a fee to get a job (just as you wouldn't pay the local grocery store a fee to be hired), but most businesses require some sort of investment to get started.

Next in our tutorial: --> Legal and Financial Considerations Before Starting

Another Resource: ---> Choosing a Child Friendly Business

Entrepreneurship for Your Children this Summer - Are you tired of your children saying, "There's nothing to do," or "What should we do, Mom?" all summer-long?

Does it Pass the Test - Every day, thousands of people turn to the internet to find a source of income that will allow them to work from their homes.


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