Quick Start Ideas for a Home Business

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The Internet has made home business ventures possible for many people. Today, even businesses that operate outside the home use the Internet for advertising, sales, ordering and customer service. Running a business from home presents a few challenges. Time and dedication are still needed. Fortunately, there are some quick-start home business ventures that a person can begin with virtually no start-up costs.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing means promoting an existing line of products through a website or blog. In exchange for this, the website owner receives a commission on items sold. It is not necessary for you to create or manufacture products; someone else has already done that for you. Affiliate marketing offers the advantage of nearly no start-up costs. In some cases, being an affiliate may require a small fee or the purchase of a few products which are then sold for profit.

Auction Selling

Selling items at auction is an excellent way to make extra money. It can also be turned into a full-time business venture with time and perseverance. There are many popular auction sites that make it quite simple and easy to get started. The fees are low and usually commission-based, meaning auction sites take a percentage of the price of any item sold. There are several auction sites available and the challenge is finding out which ones are reliable.

There are many reliable techniques for getting items to sell through online auctions. Some start with clearing out unwanted CD's, DVD's and various other pieces. Others purchase bulk items from wholesalers and list them on the various sites. Some will make their own items to sell, and others will buy inventory directly from manufacturers.

Internet Research

The Internet has a wealth of information available, but not everything is available online. An easy, quick start home based business idea is to work as an Internet researcher. Doing Internet research might involve work for law firms and other types of businesses. An Internet researcher will explore files online but also items in books, magazines, library archives and public records. Internet research involves relatively low start-up costs, but researchers will need a reliable computer and high-speed Internet access. Researchers can also get paid a fairly decent hourly wage depending on the client and the type of research performed.

About the Author

Regina Hamilton has been writing off and on since leaving college in 1992. Her experience includes content writing for a legal Web site but has recently moved on into other areas including eHow, Garden Guides and Answerbag. Hamilton has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Ohio State University.

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