Working From Home: Making Money Online

Today’s guest post looks at ways to make money working online….

When you work from home, you get to pick what you pursue and what career opportunities are best for you.  That’s the dream that everyone expects from working at home.  But, you have to make some good choices to get that in reality.  Starting any business requires investment of time and money.  The best options lean more toward requiring time investment than investing money.  Start your research by cataloging your interests and talents.  Also, consider partnering with an existing website or business.

What Can You Make?

If you can create something, you can control the costs required to make products as well as the price you sell at.  Handmade crafts and art are items people treasure.  They make great gifts and are good money-makers.  If you already know how to make crafts, paint, sew, or repurpose existing items into artworks, you’re ahead of the game. 

If you’ve always wanted to learn, here’s your incentive.  Creativity is your biggest asset in this kind of business.  Talk to other crafters and artisans about how they got their start.  Go to local craft fairs or shows and pay attention to what is popular.  If you can work in that medium or learn how to, you’ve got an idea that deserves development.  Use the materials and skills you have first.  Research your ideas carefully to expand what you can offer and check the market carefully.  Always build up a stock of what you plan to sell before you begin listing products and that way you can keep ahead of demand.

What Can You Sell?

Selling online requires product, obviously.  You can begin by working to re-sell products. You could  Sell books online wither new or second hand or you could buy high quantities of inexpensive items and resell them via a website you create or partner with someone to find reasonably priced merchandise that collectors seek out. 

Also, explore the potential market for craftsmen.  You can do this by teaming up with a crafter or artisan and help them market and sell what they create.  It’s best to have a range of products, especially at the beginning.  When you have a good client base, you can begin focusing your trade on the most popular items you carry.  Keep a good eye on market trends and products that are selling well in retail stores.  But, don’t be afraid to pursue a newer item that you have a good feeling about.  Your instincts are valuable and deserve to be listened to. 

Success at making money online takes a good product and the skill to showcase it.  The most lucrative ideas are the ones that play to your strengths.  If you craft or create art, take a chance and see what you can do to market yourself.  If you’re more of a seller than a creator, start small and consider partnering with craftspeople or artisans for products that can fill a niche or that are unique items.  Look for something that hasn’t already overrun the existing marketplace but that has potential.  Most of all, trust your instincts and do your research.

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  1. April 15, 2013 / 9:54 am

    Working from home is great I have been for over three years now.

    It does have its pitfalls, but if you are disciplined you can take full advantage of having a balanced lifestyle, although some working days are longer than normal!

    Interesting to see your focus on making products to sell, being creative. With the internet now there are many ways that you can use this to your advantage, increasing awareness quickly.

    re-selling products also is lucrative, provided you have a passion for your nice market.

    I find researching magazines are aslo a great way to identify a niche.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Sean
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  2. April 15, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    Oh and me!

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