Is Everyone But You Earning $5,000 a Month?Written by Lisa Lake
Seventy years of age used to mean old. Now it can mean Miata- driving, mall-walking, decaffeinated momentum. That's my dad. Meet another spirited septuagenarian, Phyllis Eakins. "I just feel good!" she exclaimed from her home in Michigan. At 71, she is alert, healthy, and hip. Faster than her husband Roy can bake another loaf of bread, Phyllis is referring a new member to online company she represents. And she's delighted with few hundred dollars a month that puts into her bank account.
"Are you on phone again?" Phyllis says her husband teases her. "He won't be moaning when we're sitting poolside in sunny south!" said Phyllis.
Having traveled for 8 years in a motor home with Roy, Eakins are experienced and ravenous travelers. After saving a little more of her referral bonuses, she and Roy will be singing "On Road Again" with Willie.
Will Tim and Marcia Krahn retire in Tahiti? Maybe not, but after 25 years of marriage, they're very happy. The Krahns had recently earned $277 one month and $236 next from Tim's part time efforts selling low cost long distance and Internet service.
"My last check paid for new glasses," said Tim Krahn. Working part time from his home allows two to stay close to their home and land. The Krahns grow blue, red, and black rasberries, plus 3 kinds of apples, pears, and cherries! "I wouldn't say we're health food nuts," said Marcia, "but we live in prairie country here in Illinois where soil is good. Plus we have 5 children!"
How much money do you need to start an online businessWritten by Milana Nastetskaya
While online business start up costs are nothing compared to brick-and-mortar businesses, you still need to make some minimum investment to launch a web business.
When you hear people say, "start a business on a shoe-string budget", remember this: a shoestring also costs something. And what for some people "small investment" means $1,000, for others it might mean $50 or less.
So, how much exactly do you need to have available to start an online company? Let's review costs.
*Please, note: I am assuming that you already have a computer and Internet access - otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this article :-) I am also assuming that you are starting a basic online business - not an e-commerce web site with advanced shopping cart system selling hundreds of items, which would require a bigger investment.
1. Domain Name
If you are serious about your business, you want to choose and register a domain name - www.yourdomain.com. You can purchase it for as low as $16.00 a year. Some web sites offer it for less, you just need to do some searching. Give a lot of thought to your domain name - after all, it will represent your company. I kept thinking about my domain for longest time. I wanted something unique, memorable and with humor. That's how my HelpingFoot.com was born.
2. Web Site Hosting
Hosting is an absolutely necessary component to any web business. Your web site has to reside on a web server, and hosting companies provide you with space on their servers for which you have to pay for. Of course you can choose a free hosting company at first (such as Geocities.com and Angelfire.com) but for reliability try to switch to a paid one. I use Pair.com and my hosting fee is just $5.95 a month. I also had to pay a one-time $28.00 set up fee.
3. Web Site Design
Now, biggest stone in web business set up - web design. You can choose to do it yourself by picking up a book for beginners, going through free online tutorials, or purchasingquality training materials to learn how to set up your own web site. Or you can hire a professional designer. Because web design is a relatively simple task for any computer-literate person, just about anyone can call themselves a web designer today. That's why fees vary greatly from $10 to $200 an hour for web design. You can probably hire a college student to do an entire web site for you for $200.