Archive for January, 2011

Ideas to work at home in 2011

Working at home isn’t new. Many artists and writers have been working at home for decades, perhaps centuries. Agriculture, the primary occupation for millennia until the industrial revolution, was primarily done on the property of the worker. Historically craftsmen lived in the same buildings as their small shops. Working at home is a time honored tradition, which was temporarily forgotten due to industrialization, but today many people are rediscovering the principle of working at home. In modern times the internet has facilitated a rapid increase both in demand and in those rising to meet that demand.

Many people say it can’t be done, while others insist it is the only way to gain significant wealth. The fact is that both theories are correct. People who do not believe they can make money on line will not be able to. They believe that every offer for making money on the internet is a scam, and that those who make money are always just waiting to be fleeced. Yet they do have a point, there are those out there who are getting rich by fleecing others. They are the main ones who tout the get rich quick schemes. In general get rich quick schemes work well for the people who invent them, and those smart enough to hitch their wagons to a rising star, before it rises.

In fact the money to be made online comes in many forms. It isn’t just one plan or another. The savvy internet entrepreneur is constantly tweaking and diversifying their plans… and yes most of them have many plans. There are many ways to make money on line, and it is best to dabble in as many of them as possible, till you find your niche.

There are many fields to consider. One is to sell products. There are two ways to do this. One can set up an online store, or services such as Amazon, E-Bay, and Etsy. Obviously one can do both, and this is the most logical. Selling products online, like everything else is a matter of getting hits, and that is what everyone wants.

Another way to make money on line is content writing. One will not get rich writing content, but in time one can build a self perpetuating salary, of residuals. In the mean time one can ghost write and make a few quick dollars every day. It’s not a get rich quick scheme but it is a very nice survival plan. Others hire ghost writers to produce content to put on their blogs. It is a potentially profitable plan because of pay per click.

One of the latest developments in the writing scheme doesn’t involve writing at all. The new Auto Blog software promises to enable a lot of people to throw up a lot of blogs, with borrowed content, automatically posted. It depends on pay per click for income. It will make money, due to sheer volume, at least till these sites proliferate to infinity and no one gets enough hits.


Home Based Business 2011 Tips

Home-based businesses are on the rise because of the number of people who are not working in the mainstream right now. That sounds like the ideal way to supplement your income and stay afloat until you find another job or make your fortune on the internet. Unfortunately it is not quite as easy as it sounds.

The primary problems with starting your own business are sometimes the simple ones that are overlooked. Your have a great idea, a perfect product, a kick-butt website and you are on your way. Not quite!

First and foremost, how committed are you to this business? Do you really love what you are about to be involved in? Good businesses often take years to develop into a truly profitable enterprise. Overnight success is a myth. You must be willing to do your homework before you start and bend and change to the demands of your particular enterprise. It will require an investment of some money and a lot of time. Are you able to maintain your lifestyle and be flexible?

Secondly, and just as important, are you a self-starter? Are you willing to put the time and effort into this business on a daily basis? Can your schedule of every day life give you the time to cram business in between taking the kids to school, ballet lessons, soccer games, and shopping for food? When you get up in the morning are you ready to go to work or do you have to watch the Today Show first? Arranging time is truly one of the hardest parts of working from home. You must be able to schedule the required number of hours needed to run and develop the business consistently. That is a breeze when you are excited and pumped about what you are doing, but will you be just as consistent three months from now, six months or even a year from now? This reality check is absolutely necessary before you invest your time and money.

Many of the home-based enterprises don’t realize that there are county or state regulations or licenses involved in their operation. Physical or online businesses can both be subject to regulation. Some states now require sales tax be collected for online sales. A thorough check of your Board of Equalization will help to determine what is required. Better to deal with it first rather than have your business shut down or fined because you didn’t know.

There is no substitute for preparation. A thriving and successful business is worth the effort.


Home Business Online-Facts about Virtual Products

Some Facts About Affiliate Marketing Of Virtual Products

More and more people are looking to become affiliated with online sites as a new source of income, particularly because of the current economic climate. There are many industries not affected to the extreme by times of recession, and yes, it is possible to create a revenue stream by “joining in” on the world of online affiliate marketing. One popular notion is that virtual products are easiest to advertise and sell, because they require no shipping time and profits build more rapidly. These products or services are often touted as having a lower refund rate, and so indeed sound like a good opportunity to explore. But before starting out, there are a few facts to be considered.

Virtual products are downloads that may be a book or tutorial guide, a gaming system, an online class, or just about anything having to do with health, fitness, or training. The most popular way to promote these products and services is with sponsored or “pay per click” advertising. Many of the large online payout companies invite individuals to join up and then pick one of the many companies that use their services. By creating a hoplink and using it as a destination URL, an affiliate is credited with any sale that results from a consumer clicking on his/her sponsored ad, and receives the agreed-upon commission.

Now for the problems associated with this form of affiliate marketing. Because of some recent changes to the way both Google and Microsoft structure their PPC programs, it has become increasingly difficult to find a niche that is profitable. Many successful affiliates have basically locked in their top positions with the most relevant keywords and key phrases, and over the past 6-12 months, the average bid on most keywords chosen by beginners has skyrocketed. No matter how carefully a new affiliate constructs advertisements, whether text or image type, the reality is that an initial trial investment is no longer in the $10-$20 range.

This does not mean that the large search engine providers are trying to “weed out” the little man or woman, and deal only with those prepared with a $100,000+ advertising budget. But it does reflect the impracticality of what once a easy, simple way to start from the bottom in affiliate advertising and work slowly up the ladder. Very recent SEO tools have made it easy for a top performer to retain a favorable rating with Google or other major search providers, and now the quest has begun for the newcomer to invest in these tools as well, therefore creating a larger startup cost than ever before.

Niches in many industries still can be found, but the recent trend is to try to find something fresh on the market before the competition does. It is important to note that many companies that offer assistance in keyword strategy are constantly scouring the marketplace and zeroing in on new technological applications that may be of interest to the consumer.