One word of caution: some (not all, by any means) of the jobs posted on the freelance sites offer relatively low fees for the work and expertise they’re seeking, which can be an immediate turnoff — for example, a project that will pay a few hundred dollars for something that perhaps is really worth a few thousand dollars.
Think of these sites as a way to get your foot in the door with a potential client. If they like your work, they’ll hire you for more — and over time, you’ll be paid what you’re worth. This is a very viable option for making hundreds — and even thousands of dollars — every month depending on the time you have to devote.
Find money around your house! An eBay/Nielsen survey found that the average U.S. household has 52 unused items lying around worth $3,100. It’s a mix of clothing and accessories, toys and electronics, sporting goods and other stuff. It’s one of the easiest ways to make money from home, and it’s certainly savvy recycling because 83 percent of people believe that selling used items is a form of recycling.
If you don’t have the time or tools to post your goodies online, there are official eBay eBay trading assistance stores in your area.
You can also email us if you’d like me to come to your home to help you find hidden treasures in your home to help you make money at home.
Need a computer? For just about all work at home opportunities, you must have an up-to-date computer, which has been an obstacle for some viewers who’ve written to us. Click here for resources to help you identify organizations that provide free or low-cost computers to people based on financial need.
One of the best ways to find home business ideas is to observe other successful businesses. Many people will offer to teach you how to make money online if you read (buy) their ebooks and products but you can often learn more from watching how they sell this service to you.
Even better, visit a site where websites are bought and sold to see the exact ways that the owners are making money from these sites. It is hard to get an idea of the money making potential of a website just by looking at it, but someone who is selling you the site will tell you exactly how much money it makes and how.
You can see profitable websites and real online business being sold at places like the Sitepoint Marketplace and Digital Point Forums. Look at the premium and established sites for sale and click through to the details. The owners will often provide detailed reports, screenshots, and PDF downloads of how they make money from the website.
You will see at these marketplaces that there are a massive variety of existing online businesses available to buy. Even if you want to build your own website instead of buying an existing one, visiting the site selling markets will give you a ton of home business ideas. Make sure you write them down so you don’t forget all the details of these profitable internet businesses after the sites are sold.
I will finish by saying that it’s not easy to build a real internet business that brings you in significant profits on a consistent basis. You will have to spend a lot of time learning, researching, working, and implementing new ideas and techniques. Don’t expect to make money online fast and don’t be fooled into thinking you can join some business opportunity then sit back and wait for the money to roll in. That’s not going to happen!