Which Is the Best Home Business Opportunity?
By Steve Gillman
Of all the options out there (and there really are many),
which is the best of the many home business opportunities? For
myself, it has been publishing informational websites. Not only
can I make money sitting here in my pajamas at home, but I can
do it from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection.
In fact, my wife and I are leaving in forty minutes to get
on plane, and we will bring our little laptop with us. In the
meantime, my challenge to myself is to see if I can create this
page and have it live before we leave. That is one of the wonderful
things about this business - I can write all night, or just work
in small bits of time here and there. It is very flexible.
To make the business this flexible, you should avoid selling
a physical product that you have to ship. It is true that you
can make a lot of money doing that. It's also true that you can
eventually hire help to run things for you so you are free to
travel. But you will not feel nearly as comfortable being away
from home if you can;t bring the whole business with you.
We keep our income sources limited to pay-per-click advertising,
affiliate sales, and selling my ebooks. None of these require
us to be at home, but they all make it easy to work at home in
any case. I have known others who have piles of boxes and shipping
materials stretching from there basements to their kitchens.
I like this model better.
Another thing that makes this the best home business opportunity
for us is that we can neglect it. Okay, we try hard to keep up
on email when traveling, but we really don't need to check in
on things every day. The last time we went to Ecuador to visit
my wife's family, we were gone for about three weeks and perhaps
did a few hours work in that time. We didn't even bring our laptop.
The whole business can be carried on one flash drive that's two
inches long, and we can work from any internet cafe.
Here's the basic strategy: we make websites on various topics
ranging from backpacking to real estate to carpet cleaning (fortunately
I have a lot of interests). We have ads on the pages of those
sites, for which we get paid when visitors click. We advertise
affiliate products as well, for which we make a commission when
visitors buy them. We sell my ebooks through ClickBank, so I
don't have to be available to process the orders. It is largely
automatic once set up.
How do we get the traffic? Good content certainly helps, but
the primary method that we used to succeed was writing and distributing
articles through the various free article directories online.
Make pages, write articles and submit them to directories. People
read them and then visit our site using the link at the end of
each article. We do many other things as well, but that probably
accounts for more than half of the traffic we get.
I'm at 25 minutes, by the way, and it will take me another
five to spell-check the page and put it online. Time to go catch
that plane. Perhaps you can see why I think this is the best
home business opportunity around.
There are pages on this site that address various aspects
of doing business online and other home business opportunities.
Here are links to some of those:
Opportunities Online - Write and be your own boss.
A Residual Income
Opportunity - Making a website into a stream of cash.
Business Opportunities - Two basic types and the advantages.