Many people have ideas for starting a home business but very few take it further than that. Those that do decide to do something about it and try and make a change to their life often fail for one reason or another. It is not easy starting up a business, advertising budgets, stock, taxes, accounts, and what seems like an endless supply of things that need money. All that may be true for some ideas about what a home business should be, but you do not need money to work from the comfort of your house, at least no more than $100 at most.
There are a lot of things you can do to earn money, whether it is to put a few additional dollars in your pocket or to give you a full wage to live on each week, but you do need to do some research first. It is no good jumping in and doing something just because it is your hobby without knowing if anyone will be interested in paying for what you are selling. So the first thing you have to do is work out exactly what you are looking to sell by checking out the market and competition for it.
Once you have worked out what you are going to sell you then need to decide how and where you are going to sell it. Here are a few ideas:
? Locally: Newspapers, fliers and shop windows.
? Via a web site.
? Postal mailshots.
? Solo ads.
? Classifieds (online and off).
? Forum signatures.
If you are going to launch your own web site then you need to purchase a domain name, do not use a free service as your visitors will have to put up with ads that have nothing to do with you, and never use a free email account as your business email either, use your domain name, this makes you look much more professional. If you are only going to sell a handful of products or you are going into affiliate marketing, then you only need to use a blog script, other wise to sell a lot of products use an ecommerce script.
If you are looking to sell items that you would need to purchase stock then consider drop shipping. This is where another company holds all the stock, but you sell it via your own site or on auction sites, once you receive an order, you then place an order with the drop shipper and they send it to your customer with your own paperwork. This is an easy business model to run as long as you can get people to purchase the items in the first place.
Another great idea for a home business that costs very little is selling other peoples eBooks, and in most cases you will get a 50% split of the cash, or write your own and get 100%.If you are unable to write then employ a writer to do it, there are plenty of sites where you can get around 500-1000 word articles for $5.