Do you need some extra money? Would you like to know how to make money on the Internet? Are you a stay at home Mom and would like to make extra money for your family without having to leave the house? Has the high gas prices and resulting inflation of the cost of food and other necessities affected your lifestyle and way of life? Are you retired and on a fixed income that just does not cover all of your expenses? Do you need some extra money to take a needed vacation or to travel to see relatives? Is there something that you would really like to buy, but you just do not have the money for it?
I am sure you are like most people and can certainly relate to at least one of the above questions. Many people are turning to the Internet to find ways to make money. I am sure you have heard some claims of other Internet Marketers. “Work from the beach.” “Work in your pajamas.” “Work only 4 hours a week.” “Make millions of dollars and not sell anything.” “Take vacations when ever you want.” “I make (Some Number) million dollars a year.” “I have made (Some Number) million dollars online.” The claims go on and on.
There is some truth to these claims, but the sad part is that they do not tell the whole story. How many years did it take to make millions of dollars? How much of that money went to other people for Joint Ventures or Affiliate Payments? How many years did it take before they could work from the beach, or only work 4 hours a week, or take vacations when ever they wanted? How much work did it take to get to that point?
Let me tell you some profound truths. You will not make millions of dollars overnight doing anything legitimate. If you break the law, then you may get caught and have to do some jail time. It takes a lot of work to make money online. It takes some time to get your business going and to start making money online. Your success in your business ventures will depend heavily on how much effort you put into it. If you create a website, then they may not come to it. You need to promote your website and your products or services to get people to buy anything from you. You can not make money unless you are selling some product or service. Just sitting back wishing and hoping for the cash avalanche will not bring this to you.
You can make money online. There are legitimate home based Internet business opportunities, but there are also some scammers and scams a plenty. You need to beware of claims that seem to good to be true, because in most cases these do not make money for you. These kind of schemes only make money for the one pitching them.
Home Based Internet Business Opportunities
The first thing you need to consider is what to sell. You can make things to sell online through your own website, an auction website such as eBay, or through online classified ads. You could find a wholesale supplier or a drop shipper that you can buy products from and then sell the products for a mark up through your own website, an auction website such as eBay, or through other online methods. You could promote products for other people through an Affiliate Program and then get paid a commission based on the sales that you helped to generate. You could sell digital products through your own website, an auction website such as eBay, or through other online methods.
The things that you can make are limited by your own imagination and the skills that you have or can learn. There are certain legal concerns with selling food items online, so make sure you understand the laws concerning selling food products and follow these laws. Select a product to make that does not require a lot of time to make and does not cost a lot of money to make. Another consideration is how accessible are the materials to make the product and if the materials are seasonal or only available during certain times.
Buying items wholesale will usually require you to buy a certain number of products or a minimum purchase price. Unless you have the space to store the products and the money to buy in bulk, then this may not be an option for you. Another option is to find a drop shipper that will keep the inventory of products and will ship the products to your customer for you. Make sure they ship the products without their company name on the label or on the packing slip. Some companies will put your company name and logo on the packing slip and shipping label. If your customer finds out your supplier, then they may just go to your supplier and you will lose their future purchases.
You can find suppliers by doing a Google search for “wholesale” or “drop ship”. You could also narrow the search to the product you are searching for plus the “wholesale” or “drop ship”. Watch out for scammers and their scams. Before you use a supplier make sure you look them up on the Better Business Bureau website. Check out the information on the Federal Citizen Information Center concerning scams. Check out the Federal Trade Commission website to find a list of current Internet scams. Do a general search on the company name and on the product to see if there are any reports of fraud or illegal activities. You may not find any information about this company or their product, so it may come down to your own judgment. You may consider calling the company or sending an email to request more information about the company and their products. Make sure you ask for referrals or testimonials. Make sure you ask how long they have been in business and if they were known by any other names. Make an informed decision, never make a spur of the moment decision.
You can find legitimate home based Internet business opportunities and you can be successful with these opportunities. Remember that it will take time, effort and may cost you money to get started, but if you put forth the effort it can be worth it.
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