Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Good Business Ideas For The Home Business Entrepreneur

The idea of making an income from home is very appealing, especially if you have the drive and ambition to start your own business. However small or large your entrepreneurial dreams, there are plenty of good business ideas to be explored.

Forget the "Get Rich Quick" schemes or the promises of steady income for very little time commitment and "all you have to do" is invest in an upfront program (when something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is), and focus on creating your own business doing something you love. While there are good business ideas that have made money for some you need to find a business that excites and energises you. With the right motivation and a sound business idea you'll have the tools for success, and the ability to persist with your business over the long term.

Good business ideas for home business entrepreneurs fall into three broad categories:

1. Virtual Services

With the massive increase in outsourcing of certain tasks or jobs, there are many opportunities to offer your services virtually. This means you can work at home and provide services such as admin, writing, marketing, design, information technology or social media to companies. Either on a project basis or as their virtual PA (personal assistant), marketing officer or social media expert.

As a virtual PA you will handle all the tasks a PA would, logging expenses into a spreadsheet, booking trips, organising calendars, booking training, preparing materials for presentations and events, but based at your own home.

With systems and tools such as Google Docs, Dropbox and other online sharing tools, you can easily share information and provide documents, spreadsheets and reports remotely for your clients.

As a freelance writer you can offer to write articles, reports, edit content, post blog comments, handle forum marketing, provide blogging, tweeting or HubPages content, the options are limitless.

If you have knowledge of SEO (search engine optimisation) you can provide a service building backlinks for your clients' websites and blogs.

Find clients by promoting your services on a Facebook fan page and by contributing to relevant discussions on Facebook, blogs and forums. Or you can find freelance work through sites such as Elance, Guru or PeoplePerHour.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to Start Your Home Business

The use of internet marketing to start a home online-based business

Squidoo is an affiliate site which has many functions in it and hence can be used to make money online. All you need to do is sign up for an account with Squidoo. This may however be very technical to many as the site deals with developing of web pages and hence requires some skill and experience. If however you are in the qualifying category, you can make some substantial amount of income from the site. Squidoo will allow you to create many web pages which will give you so much money in the long run.

It is a well established site and the payments are guaranteed unlike other scam companies. This is however not the only way you can make money in Squidoo. You can alternatively refer a friend to Squidoo. Each time the friend earns some money from the web pages, you will be given a certain percentile.

Despite that building a website directory can be quite tasking, it is one of the most profitable ways to make money online. Website directory in this case simply refers to having a single website which gives an outline of other websites. It is more of a search engine though it generally deals with websites. A website directory usually categorizes websites depending on their particular functionalities to ensure that the user can easily access whatever he or she wants to. This therefore means that there can be millions of users each time visiting your website directory. It is however hard to come up with one since it requires large capital to purchase the servers and pay off other costs. Once started however, it is one of the most efficient ways since you can be guaranteed of many visitors in your site each hour, meaning that you will make money each hour.