Simple Business Ideas From Home – Let’s Be Real!

So maybe you are a stay-at-home mom? Perhaps you have been laid off, placed on disability, or are just having a difficult time making ends meet? Or maybe you are simply just tired of your job? Whatever the case may be, you are sitting in front of your computer reading articles and doing research on how to start making money from home. You have the desire but you still don’t quite have all of the answers you need and, hey, let’s be honest here, it is a scary decision. There are plenty of simple business ideas from home out there, but can you really earn significant income? Let’s talk about a few of the more popular options.

Start Your Own Website

I’m sure you have already thought about this. You can become an affiliate for other companies, you can find suppliers that will dropship for you, and you can sell items on your site that you never have to keep in inventory. Definitely sounds simple enough. In fact, one of my companies supplies items for hundreds of websites worldwide so I am VERY familiar with this way of doing business. It is effective and you can make some money if you have the proper marketing plan to drive traffic to your site. Unfortunately, I watch way too many people start up this type of business without a solid marketing plan. They spend tons of money and time getting a site up and running only to find out that they don’t get any orders. A fancy website with no traffic is really nothing more than an elaborate brochure. Looks nice, but it does not pay the bills.

Network Marketing (MLM)

A very viable option and definitely a valid way of doing business and you can generate significant income. The industry tends to get a bad rap because so many people fail. Why? Usually because most MLM companies will teach you to start by making a list of all your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc… You’ll spend the first month talking to them and if you’re lucky, some will join you. But if they don’t, people often get discouraged and if you do not have a “Plan B” for attracting good, qualified leads then you will find yourself quickly out of business.

Data Entry Jobs

This type of work is easily done from home and is great if you are already tied into a source that can give you work. If not, it could take quite a while for you to build up a clientele. Again, it comes down to your marketing efforts.

Notary Public

Easy enough to pass this test and be able to notarize wills, loan documents, Power of Attorneys, etc… Once again, this is perfect if you already have a source for business. But, if you do not, you better plan on getting out there and marketing yourself heavily because there is a lot of competition out there.

eBay

Did I mention competition? You won’t find more competition than on eBay. You can succeed at having an eBay store, but to do so, you better find a way of making yourself stand out against hundreds of other competitors.

Maybe you are starting to see a common theme here. There are MANY simple business ideas from home that you can start, even on a low budget, but the basic premise is the same as it always has been- it all comes down to marketing and you better have a solid plan in place otherwise you could find yourself spinning your wheels. I really can not stress this enough. In the past year, I watched as about 70% of the online stores that do business with my company had to shut down. After talking with some of them, I realized that their biggest mistake was that they did not have a real marketing plan. Yes, some of them paid thousands of dollars to companies promising to get them to page one of Google or Yahoo, but when that didn’t work they were quickly out of business.

So here’s the light at the end of the tunnel, or the “silver lining” if you prefer… Since it is clear that every business (old or new, online or traditional) MUST have a solid marketing plan, why not sell the marketing plan? Did you even know that you could do that? “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!” You can actually learn a marketing plan and sell that plan at the same time that you are using that plan to develop your own business. When and if you really grasp this concept, it will be one of those “light-bulb” moments for you. This is exactly what I did to not only give my businesses the boost they needed, but to also develop another income stream. I am living proof that it works. My online business now appears at the top of Google and Yahoo for very popular keyword searches within my industry, and it is NOT because of pay-per-click or shelling out thousands to a company filled with empty promises.

My friends, you CAN succeed with simple business ideas from home. But don’t just take my word for it! I will share my system with you and you can decide for yourself. Feel free to contact me at any time.