What Are Your Options
You can sell things via EBay, Craigslist, your own website or by using drop shipping. Selling products on behalf of others as an affiliate is another option.
Alternatively, you can sell your own products. These products can be anything from homemade jewellery to helpful e-books that you can sell on various platforms, including Kindle.
There are also many agencies out there looking for skilled workers. If you are reliable, you can make a reasonable amount of money and may even be able to set up your own agency. People pay well for good help-desk personnel, PAs, secretaries and data entry workers, all of whom can work from home. Working as a researcher is another option.
For those who have good grammar skills, writing and proofreading are other services you can earn a very good income from. The SEO industry is always looking for people to write articles, blogs, press releases and e-books.
If you know a bit about designing and building websites, you can also make a good living. Another alternative is providing basic SEO services. There is always a lot of demand for back-link builders.
Decide What to Do
In fact, there is almost too much choice. If you are not careful, you can end up trying your hand at too many things at once. This approach is a recipe for disaster. You need to narrow down your options and focus on one business idea at a time. So, make yourself a list of everything you could do and choose one from that list. You can always keep the list and set up a second business once you have your first business up and running.
The criteria you use to make your choice is up to you. If you need to earn money quickly, you may want to set yourself up as a sole trader and start looking for work on agency sites like Freelancer or oDesk. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a passive income, becoming an affiliate may be a better choice despite the fact it could take several months before you make much money. Which business idea is right for you depends to a great extent on your priorities. The important thing is to do something. If you do nothing you are guaranteed to make nothing.
A good approach is to start a business that uses the skills you already have. Because you do not have a steep learning curve, you considerably improve your chances of succeeding and doing so quickly.
Check the Business is Economically Viable
A step many people forget is to work out if their business idea is economically viable. You need to list out your set up costs including the cost of any software or services (like hosting) you will need. Now look at what you will be able to charge for your products and services and work out what your turnover would need to be before you turn a profit.
Make a Plan and Stick to It
Next list out what needs to be done to get your business up and running. Use the list you used to work out your overheads as a foundation for this list. Begin to action your list as soon as possible. Be careful to do everything on it. Start as you mean to go on; pay attention to the details and make sure the tasks you do not enjoy or find difficult are still done. If you really cannot do them yourself, pay someone else. Your business needs to be built on a firm foundation.
From the start, keep good accounts. You should register with the tax office as self employed. Once you are sure your business will be a success, you can set yourself up as a limited company. You will need your accounts to fill out your tax return, so keep them up to date.
Once you start selling, use your accounts to establish if your business is successful or not. It is also a good idea to keep a basic time sheet that outlines how much time per day you spend on each task. By pulling these two pieces of information together, you will be able to see where you are making money and which tasks you should outsource as your company grows.
Very few businesses are an instant success, but those people who consistently work hard can make a very good income when they start up a web-based business from home. The key to making good money on the web is good planning, consistent action and reviewing progress on a regular basis.