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If idea of starting a low cost home business is appealing to you but direct sales is not, you might want to try selling products online. The Internet has made it possible for thousands of home-based entrepreneurs to earn a solid living from home -- with little investment and flexible hours.
Hundreds of large corporations pay hundreds of thousands of online entrepreneurs commissions to sell products from their websites. These 'affiliate programs' are easy to join and most are free:
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Be aware that many of headlines proclaiming lay-offs and poor stock performance have come out of technology sector. (The spectacular demise of eToys is an example!) The affiliate model is young and evolving. Many programs are being discontinued on a daily basis, so once again, research is essential.
You should also understand that your income potential with affiliate programs is directly in proportion to number of people you are able to reach online. If you explore this route, you will probably spend a lot of time learning about website promotion and ezine ad placement before you start earning a substantial income from affiliate programs. However, *it can be done* -- in your spare time -- and at very little cost.
The Service Option
Your third option for starting a low-cost home business is to offer a service that others will need. And once again, with so many people starting businesses on side, it should not be too difficult to fill this niche.
Even with tumult in Internet economy, having a website is becoming a necessity for everyone in business. Web design, site promotion, advertising copywriting and newsletter editing are all services you can offer to other home-based entrepreneurs. So are classic services like tax preparation, bookkeeping, errand running, bulk mailing, secretarial (virtual assisting), desktop publishing and more.
You'll find some great books to help you get started here:
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Like I said, it's a great time to start your home business... so what's keeping you?
Donna Schwartz Mills is the Editor/Webmaster of the NOBOSS ParentPreneur Club http://www.parentpreneurclub.com. Get the latest home business tips and tools by subscribing to ParentPreneur Weekly at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org . Donna also edits NOBOSS Online, the newsletter for home-based entrepreneurs doing business on the web. To subscribe, send a blank email to email@example.com.