Every day, thousands of people search for information on starting a free online business. They are looking at online business systems, searching for free online business opportunities, and basically looking for legitimate home business ideas so that they can work from home.
Well, that is how I make a living, I work online. That’s what I do, and I love it! I love being able to work anytime, anywhere! I just pack up my laptop, and work from anywhere!
Anyway- I had opportunity to meet with a lady that was searching for that information, and who happens to live in my town. She found me on Facebook, so we talked on there and then decided to meet for lunch and discuss what it takes to start an online business.
I’ll share the same details with you here that I shared with her over lunch, which were simple steps for starting a free online business. Hopefully this will provide useful information for you, if you are searching for internet business ideas yourself…
Home Business Ideas – Time to Brainstorm
There are so many home business opportunities and internet business ideas, that it can be a little overwhelming to figure out where you should start. We talked about a few of the different business models – from e-commerce sites that use wholesale drop-shipping, or using your own crafty hobby to offering a service or starting your own blog.
You can make money online in a variety of ways. Just a few examples include: sell your own product, offer services, sell advertising on your website or blog, or promote other people’s products and/or services.
In order to make money with your blog, you need to have people visiting it. That is where marketing comes in. To draw traffic you have to get the word out about your blog. Tell all of your friends and family members that you are online with your blog for a start. For example by putting a link to your blog on your Facebook page.
Any money-making venture will take place once you have built your blog with interesting posts. Then you can put into play a number of profitable sources to make money:
- Google AdSense
- Selling Advertising
- Affiliate Marketing
- Selling Amazon Products
- Pay Per Call
- Lead Generation
- and more!
The simplest one to pursue and start off with is Google AdSense. You use targeted advertisements to create revenue for your blog. You are paid per clicks on the ads. Every time someone visits your website and they click on one of your ads, you get paid! It’s that simple!
This is the internet business model that I focused on during our conversation over lunch yesterday. I actually use a variety of internet business models to make money online myself, but Niche sites with Google Adsense ads seemed to be a perfect match for my new friend.
What Are the Steps in Creating an Online Business?
Your first step is to decide what niche you will target. Meaning: what are you going to sell, or what topic is your website going to be about? What are some of your hobbies? Cooking? Weight training? Photography? You might start with the product, or you might start with the topic – it doesn’t really matter as long as you get that initial idea. It’s usually easier to start with something you like.
Once you decide what your website will be about, you’ll need two things: a domain name and a hosting account. The domain name is your website address (like www.LocalMarketingChic.com is mine) and the hosting account is the space online where you will put your website.
I use Namecheap.com to register my domain names. For hosting, I will only use Hosixy – they allow you to host multiple domains or sites on the one account (saving you money when you start duplicating!) and they have tons of cool features that save you time & money too.
The domain name will cost you less than $7-13 for the first year. The Hosixy account depends on how big of a server you want. And that’s all you really need upfront to get started – so start up cost is actually less than $9, and then $4-20/month. Not bad, huh?
So you’ve picked a topic for your website, you registered a domain name, you set up your hosting account… now you need to create a website. This is the hard part for most people. But luckily, you have me! I can help! I have some ‘ready to go’ websites or pre-made blogs to give you a head-start and get an idea of where to place ads and how to run your blog.
It might be tempting to just hire a web designer, and that’s certainly an option, but you really want to learn some things yourself if you are going to be running an internet business. Creating your own website will also save you a lot of money.
Another great method to monetize your website is called Affiliate Marketing. It’s basically commission-based sales, and I compare it to the offline model of selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. When you make sales, you make money. You can sign up as an affiliate for a company and they will give you an Affiliate Link. You promote that link, and anyone that goes through your link to make a purchase will be tracked – resulting in a commission to you for that sale. But we’ll get into that later on.
Some business models are active, while others are more passive. An active business model requires a more active role on your part. A membership site for example is high maintenance. If you offer services, then you need to interact with clients and take phone calls on a regular basis. I prefer passive income models, which allow you more freedom and flexibility.
That’s not to say that active business models cant be incredibly profitable and successful, just that something more passive seemed like a good fit once I got to know her a bit, or for someone just starting out.
Will I Become Rich in 2 Weeks?
To clarify, when I say passive income, I don’t mean that you won’t have to work at it. I think we’ve all kind of figured out by now that “get rich quick schemes” don’t really work. And we were discussing real, legitimate ways to make consistent income online. Not spotty one-off ways to make a few bucks here and there.
We discussed the realistic investment of time and money, and I confessed that I put a lot of time in upfront to get each of my internet business models up and running (some more than others). I explained that you could invest money to get sales rolling in quicker, or you could invest time (up to 6-12 months even) to get your sales up to a good level on a consistent basis. You’ll make money along the way of course, but getting that consistent $4k-$6k monthly income is the key.
Going that route, you can get started for less than $10. Yes, literally.
The passive part comes in after you have your Adsense website or affiliate website is up and running – once you’ve done that groundwork. With affiliate marketing the merchant is handling orders, shipping and customer service. All you have to do is send them traffic through your affiliate link.
Once your site is up and running, you’ve set up your systems (such as a newsletter, blog, or whatever fits your model), and you’re driving traffic to the site… most of the “work” from there can be automated, and maintained in very little time. For example, I can usually run a site like that in as little as 1-2 hours a week. That frees you up to create more just like it, and duplicate your income. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. Target different niches and make money!
After Blogging, Then What?
A lot of people create a blog and sit there and wait. They hope they get leads, shares, comments and things like that, but they’re not doing anything to get any of that. Understand that when you create a blog, your work isn’t done.
Now that you have a blog up and running, it’s time to put some ads on it. Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, and Pay Per Call are easy to deal with for new comers to internet marketing and web design. All you have to do with each of those services is sign up, and paste the ad code into your blog posts. With a little effort, you can get some ads in your posts that are directly relevant to the topic of the post, which makes those ads more likely to get clicked on.
It comes down to how you position yourself, and where you share your blogs, etc. When you create a blog post, you want to drive as much attention to it as possible. It is more than possible to make money blogging; it just comes down to you putting in work. Share your posts on Facebook, Tweet about them, invite Facebook friends to visit your blog, etc. It may seem very hard, but realistically it isn’t. I hope this has somewhat helped you or given you an idea on how to get started! Sign up to receive my monthly newsletter to get more ideas on how to make money online.
I mentioned above that you can get started for less than $10. I know that a lot of people are interested in starting a free online business, but this small investment is well worth it. Especially if you are serious about making a consistent income with a real online business.
You could actually spend a lot more than ten bucks, but if you take my advice you’ll save a lot of money – and still end up with a solid internet business model.
You’re going to run into questions along the way. But don’t let that stop you! The important thing is to get started. And then email me if you have any questions before you get started, I’ll be glad to help!
If you’re ready to start your online business, contact me today for a no-obligation consultation! Hope you got some great tips today.
Till Next Time! 🙂
Maribel Tobar is a full-time Internet Marketer, and WordPress website designer with many years of experience in managing profitable businesses online. Subscribe to her newsletter for creative money making ideas, and amazing freebies.