What Is Needed to Run a Home Business?

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Really? Your own home business, for FREE? Come on! That’s not possible!

Think again. You probably already own a desktop or laptop, and if you do, you probably have a printer. And I’ll bet you have an Internet connection, too. Most folks have a phone, either a land line or a smartphone, too. So, you already own the hardware to run a home business and that makes your startup cost, at least for hardware, basically FREE!

What else is needed? Well, you CAN get into money-making opportunities that don’t require that you own your own website. But, most people who want to be independent of a company dictating how they use their time and resources, opt to get at least one website. To do that, one needs to buy a domain name that is relevant to the type of products to be sold on the website using that domain name. There are many web hosting companies who will be happy to add you as one of their hosting customers, where the actual files for your new website are “hosted” on a server. Your local computer then uploads files to that server, to be found when visitors come to the domain name you bought, represented by a URL (Uniform Resource Locator).

Once you have your equipment set up, preferably in an area of your house where distractions are minimal, and you have your website set up, at least a “bare-bones” site, how do you get products to sell, and how do you design your website to sell them?

By now, you’re probably doubting that your new home business is “for FREE”. Well, let’s just say that, for the cost of a Friday-night dinner for two, you can have all the above elements of your new home business, assuming you already own the hardware. So, sacrifice a bit, and voila…you are in business!

Now, most municipalities want to have you get a Home Business License. In many cities, where the only customers are going to be online, a Home Business License for the city may only cost you $40 per year. It’s important to get one, to be legitimate.

Now that you’re a new home business owner, and those nagging questions still loom: how do you get products to sell, and how do you design your website to sell them?

Tune in next time to find out more, so you won’t be nagged by it anymore…

 

The Only Way to Work

Work-From-HomeWith all the technology that is rampant in today’s world, the only way to work is from your home. Even major corporations have caved to demands from their employees to work from home, at least part of the time. The old-school model of being “supervised” by a manager, to see that you are actually working, is increasingly unpopular these days.

So, what are the options to work from home? Well, as mentioned, you can keep your full-time “employer with employees” type of job, and hope they will let you do your work from your home, giving you more time, and at least a presence, with your family. Or, you can fill up the extra hours that may have come from your being “down-sized” to a part-time worker, with work that pays you when you work at home.

Most work-from-home opportunities are still working for a large company, where they hire you as a “contractor”, without withholding any taxes. This arrangement works for many “home business opportunities”, sometimes called “home biz opps”.

But, there IS a way to utilize a high-speed Internet connection, a state-of-the art desktop or laptop computer, and a phone, in a part of one’s house that is at least semi-private, to avoid too many distractions. This type of home business relies on selling products over the Internet, either information products or in an arrangement, called drop-shipping, where the home business owner finds the buyer and notifies the seller, who then ships the product to the buyer directly. Most of the folks who work this type of home business are paid a commission by the provider of the product as an “affiliate marketer”, so this is called affiliate marketing.