Why I Started an Online Home Business

The main reason I started an online home business is that I was looking for an altogether fresh start that had nothing to do with the financial markets. Having worked in the financial services industry for the last 25 years I have seen all sides of people, good and bad. I have seen the lengths that people will go to make money and the levels of greed associated with it. I have seen money come and money go. I have seen many people make thousands and many people lose thousands.

Perhaps, considering my opening comments you might say that I had become jaded; well maybe that’s true! I was conditioned throughout my life to think that this was the only way that I could make a good, honest and legitimate income. It was one way, but certainly not the only way. I was involved for a short time in a Multi-Level Marketing program some 11 or 12 years ago; may I add with little success, as it relied heavily on recruiting people to join your “Downline” and getting them to repeat the process through recruiting their own “Downline”, and then everyone needed to buy products on a regular basis, at an inflated price, so everyone could make thousands upon thousands of dollars. All that I managed to do was alienate my friends and family.

With the growth of the Internet and with the development of sophisticated software and marketing programs I decided it was time for a fresh look at what was available, and to my surprise the world had changed! I thought to myself “Now, here’s a chance to make some good money for the right person”. “Am I the right person for this?”, I thought. Could I actually do this?, I thought. I mean, “I’d tried this before and it didn’t work out as I had planned”, I thought. I suppose the question came down to what I would need to do, who I would need to talk to, who could show me, or train me, who had the experience, or who could give me the tools that I would need to go about things the right way this time.

So the search began, and after looking at many different systems and programs that appeared promising, until further research and investigation crossed them off the list one by one, until I finally stumbled quite literally on to something that looked like it might actually work. By stumble, I mean that they found me through some program that finds people who have entered certain information into certain websites. Quite clever I thought. I’m sure if I was more of the generation of my teenage son I wouldn’t have been so impressed that they knew what I was looking for. Mind you; kids are born with some sort of electronic device attached to them these days; whereas my generation was lucky to have a box of old hand me down toys that had been through older brothers and sisters.

Anyway, I digress; back to the matter at hand. What I discovered is there is indeed legitimate ways of earning money through a home business on the Internet, and the best thing about it is that you don’t have to “sell stuff ” to everyone you know in order to “make a buck”. You just have to find the right online home business that suits you! And, remember that “Nothing worthwhile comes for free, and you might actually have to do some work to achieve what you want in life “, well sometimes.

5 Questions to Ask BEFORE Starting an Online Home Business

When I found myself at home without work and looking at job opportunities on the internet I was a bit overwhelmed. I had been self-employed most of my life or at the very least an independent contractor. Working by myself/for myself didn’t both me. Working in a new environment caused me some concern..

The internet is a big place with lots of ideas and some bad people. Tending to be more on the naive side I had to purpose to be a little skeptical and ask the hard questions. Also working against me was all the rabbit trails that begged me to follow. It is very easy to get distracted on the internet and lose focus of what you started to do.

That is why I had to stop, examine why I was doing what I was doing, how I was going to do it and when I was going to do it. I also had to ask most importantly with whom was I going to pursue an online opportunity.

Those are not the five questions though they are a mighty good starting place. The five questions you need to ask BEFORE starting an online Home Business are these:

1. Does this company over promise and under deliver or do they properly under promise and over deliver?

2. Are they realistic about income projections?

3. Are they prepared to walk with you the whole way because they have been where you are?

4. Do they have multiple streams of income instead of just one product or idea?

5. Does your “spidy sense” give you the OK?

I know that last question might seem silly to you but there is something to be said for gut instincts. Trust them. If you feel you are being lied to or misled or taken advantage of by a company who will want more FROM you than they are willing to give TO you then back away.

Find a company that is there to serve and by serving they make an income. Trust me, there are a few of those out there. I found one that does just that. You can plug in with me for this incredible online journey by going to: http://www.danspluginsite.com.

I look forward to figuring out this online stuff together.

Dan Thiessen
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5 Reasons Why Starting an Online Home Business Is the Best Alternative

It’s the dream of many people these days to start an online home business and be able to roll out of bed in the morning or whenever they feel like it, grab a cup of coffee and walk down the hall to their office. This is just one of the attractions of working from home and I’m sure you won’t have any trouble coming up with several of your own.

However, many Internet marketers will tell you that in order to succeed on the web with your Internet enterprise you’ll need a compelling reason why. Bearing this in mind, here are 5 persuasive arguments for starting your Internet career from your home:

1. Many Internet marketers say their number one motive for succeeding on the web is so they can spend more time with their family and this situation allows them to fulfill this need. When you begin making the money you need to quit your day job you’ll soon find that being your own boss allows you spend more time and do more things with your wife and kids.

2. Another undeniable perk of this situation is you can set your own hours so you can finally escape the 9 to 5 grind that your friends still have to endure on a daily basis. No more fighting the early morning freeway traffic, no more shoveling out your driveway at six in the morning and no more stressful situations with your boss. All of this can be a powerful incentive to work hard to achieve your goal of being able to stay home.

3. Most Internet marketing businesses, when set up properly, can run themselves and can basically work on auto pilot. This will free up all the time you need for the more important things in life such as family and friends and having fun.

4. Many successful home business owners online enjoy traveling the world. And when you get your Internet enterprise where you want it to be you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor by visiting places you’ve only heard about or you’ve only seen in books or on TV.

5. Finally, your income can, and should, reach heights you’ve never dreamed possible and this will allow you to financially help family and friends who may be experiencing tough times in this terrible economy.

If someone is sick and needs help with their medical bills or if someone has lost their job because of downsizing or for whatever reason you’ll be able to step up and do the right thing to see them through until things turn around.

We all have different reasons why we want our online home businesses to succeed; and while some may be more compelling and important than some others as long as they provide the motivation you need to accomplish your goals they will have fulfilled their role.

Is It Really Possible To Start An Online Home Business With Limited Computer Skills?

It is clear that if you are going to succeed with limited skills in the online home business world then you are going to have to do your homework. You will come up against numerous hurdles along the way, but all of which can be overcome with a little hard work and perseverance.

Firstly, there is the terminology. Research starting an online home business by reading blogs and content sites, these will often contain words and abbreviations you may not understand. You will need to research these to define them and understand what they mean. It may be a good idea to keep a word page or note book with definitions of these terms at first as having to keep going back and forth to find out what they are every time you forget can be time consuming.

Once you have understood what you need to do and have a business plan in place you will need to find a way to put your plan into action.

Putting together a website, SEO, social marketing etc, for whatever online home business you have chosen can be a minefield for beginners. What are domain names? What is web hosting? Do I need a content management site? How do I install applications? How do I actually use content management sites? What about e mail, and auto responders? What is SEO? What are backlinks?

It can be all too easy to give up when frustration kicks in because the computer will just not do what you want it to or you go two steps forward and four back. There are however, solutions to your problems so be patient and don’t give up. Some ways you can get help are to use forums to ask questions of people with more experience, web hosts and content management sites often have excellent FAQ pages and e mail support.

Whatever you decide for your online home business whether it be affiliate marketing or selling e books or DVD resell rights if you have no experience you will have to spend time learning. Alternatively you could outsource all your requirements but this could be costly.

It may also help to keep a book for notes and ideas about your business, choose an idea and stick with it, don’t be tempted to switch to new projects until you have fully explored, tested and refined the one you are working on.

So in answer to the original question of can someone with limited computer skills start an online business? The answer is of course yes, if you are prepared to spend time and learn with patience and determination then you could have your own online home business. Part of the fun is in seeing it take shape as you little by little put together your very own online business and you will have the added satisfaction that you did it yourself (unless of course you employ someone to do it for you).