Online Business Ideas

Many Types of Online Businesses

just a few of MANY Online Business Ideas

Just a few of MANY Online Business Ideas

If you are considering getting into an online business, especially if you’ve got some years of experience under your belt, and you are not afraid to try new things, you might be wondering what exactly is the right type of online business for YOU.

Do a Google search; you will easily come up with at least two dozen types of online businesses. If none of those ring your bell, you could always create a new, original business idea of your own. The internet connects globally, meaning your market can be any segment of billions of people world-wide.

Let’s agree that the word, “business” implies the exchange of something you have for money from other people. The next question is, what do you have to offer? That will allow us to divide the options into products or services that you would sell.

Products can be things you have created and produced – ie, crafts, foods, information in books or other digital formats. You can also sell your skills and services, such as marketing products/services for others as an affiliate, recommending them from your blog or videos or an information website. You can obtain products from factories or wholesalers, and sell them from your own eCommerce site, even by dropshipping directly from the factory to your customers. (Thus avoiding any packing and shipping work).

If you have already learned certain business skills the hard, slow way, you can offer consulting and coaching services, or some training course, usually served up by video series, but some do one on one consulting via phone or other digital methods. If you have good speaking skills, you can set up a podcasting (audio) channel, or a YouTube (video) channel to share your knowledge. Yes, there are people charging handsome sums for their knowledge that way. Like a $1000 or more per person, per webinar! Of course, you have to know how to attract your audience to yourself, and convince them that your knowledge is worth what you want to charge.

Some people, including teens, have such a large following on their social media platform that they charge an “Influencer” fee just to mention someone and their business on their account. Often their large following will click the link and go visit and discover the advertiser’s site. Some of those Influencers charge thousands of dollars for the mere mention of a business or offer that has appeal.

There are those who feel they have enough information and mentoring skills that they can open up a membership site, and charge them a monthly fee. Of course, they need to keep putting out good content or training materials for those members or they will drift away.

Perhaps you have plenty of experience as a secretary or the new term, Administrative Assistant. Do you realize how many brand new business owners online have ZERO training or experience in running their business, and taking care of the nitty-gritty details such record-keeping, bookkeeping, dealing with customer support and correspondence – even from fans and wannabes? They don’t always realize it right away but sooner or later, if they want to keep their business running, they will need to hire a virtual assistant to look after those routine office duties for them. My cousin and his wife, both do this and each have several clients that they provide such service for – all from their own apartment. If such work appeals to you, and a “service job” kind of business suits you best, then you should have no problem keeping as busy as you would like to be.

There are others who have mastered the art of posting wisely on various social media platforms in a way that promotes a business. This may be an old figure, but I’ve heard that some charge $500/a month to do this on behalf of others, and because they know how to organize their time, they may have half a dozen clients. Of course they need to be trusted with the login information for the clients’ accounts, so they can post as if they are that business owner. They also need to be kept informed about each business and what the owners want the world to know about them, and what they offer.

One more service that I’m aware of but I don’t personally know anyone that is offering it, is to be a personal shopper for clients. This might mean shopping for groceries for shut-ins or the handicapped. It could also mean shopping online for people too busy to research and find the best deals. The rich might pay a staff person to do this, but there are others who would pay for this on an occasional basis, and if you armed yourself with discounts and online rebates, as well as a good record-keeping system, I think this could be a unique and viable service. (If you have satisfied clients they will tell their friends about you!)

So far we have seen that you can sell hard goods, digital goods, and also your knowledge and skills online. I should add that some skills that are much in demand are such as designing websites, graphics, videos, and even software or apps for smart phones. Photo collection sites pay fairly good money for sharp photos in all kind of categories.

Even multi-level marketing (MLM) has gone online. However, those who still go by the old methods of recruiting downline members find it hard – until they discover Attraction Marketing! Then they can sell products and sign up new people to work on their team with amazing results. I’ve heard some fantastic testimonials from people who were discouraged with the old, “approach everyone within 3 feet” and “keep going for No! until you get a Yes!” methods. MLSP has been running some thrilling 5 day challenges where people are taught to go for YES in their social media Attraction Marketing tactics, and they have tremendous breakthroughs in just hours and days!

Betting is still illegal, but I am aware of some places where it is treated like investing, which is legal, and those who rush in find that they are getting fantastic returns. (Like 20 -30 times their investment!) I’m rather nervous about that myself, but am keeping an eye on it.

Do none of the above trigger an Ah-ha! moment for you?

So much depends on what kind of person you are, the experiences and training you have, or the connections with the right contacts, but what about inventing your own original business idea?

Go look up the upcoming trends and technologies. Ask yourself what kind of shift in needs or vacuums such changes will bring. Do you have any ideas for meeting those changes, and filling the gaps those new things will create?

Is there something that bothers you a lot? What invention or new business service could turn that situation around, making it better, not only for you, but everyone else who is irked or disappointed in that matter?

Is there an industry that seems to be blind to something they should be providing? What would turn that industry on it’s ear and make it boom with growth and popularity? Could your provide that, or organize others to do so?

Is there some product or prescription drug that is awfully expensive; what if you could create or outsource the creation of a much cheaper version?

When people whine and complain about businesses or the services they get – why not stop and REALLY listen to them? Maybe they have a point, and you could think of a way to do that much better, or clear up the problem?

What if you discover a good product online, but it is not available in your country, or some other country (countries) that you care about? Is it in your power to arrange for the import or export of that product and sell it where it is needed?

That’s a lot of questions, but I hope they stir up your imagination and creativity to work out solutions that you can see yourself bringing into being. You are very likely to be rewarded with much good will from others, but also to profit and benefit financially from your careful thinking and planning your own ACTIONS.

Look for the “Big Picture” and how you can step into it!

Say, have you tried my Scavenger Hunt? It turns the exploring of some business ideas into a game with 4 quiz questions after each of 6 or 7 businesses you visit with a Guide who explains what you would do if you signed up to that business. If you meet all the requirements you win an e-book with “40 Online Business Ideas.”

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Can Baby Boomers Do Business Online?

Can Baby Boomers Do Business Online?

Can Baby Boomers Do Business Online?

That question indicates a lack of knowledge about Baby Boomers! Personally, I KNOW that Baby Boomers can do business online. I stand as my own testimonial.

Allow me to introduce them to you. Boomers were born between 1946 to 1964. They are now ages 56 to 74, and yes that also classifies them as senior citizens. Some of them have poor health, and some have even gone senile. But NOT ALL, by a long-shot! However, there are many different features that make them the most savvy, experienced, and wealthiest demographic on the face of the earth. You are much wiser not to ignore them or write them off. If you do, you will cut your nose off to spite your face.

Baby Boomer have lots of life

Baby Boomer have lots of life!(Rudy Anderson – Pixaby)

Baby Boomers are experienced in life, some are retired, (that is, they’ve given up on active living), but most of them are alert, and savvy online and often very busy in their second or third career. They are quite capable and willing to learn new skills, their minds are sharp and lots of them have taken on the online business world. In fact, if you take a closer look at the top business leaders online you will be surprised to see that most of them are seniors, or Baby Boomers. (They are not very fussy about claiming labels like that; they have business goals and press on as if they will never die). There are business leaders and tycoons who are Millennials – but not as many as there are Boomers!

So if you want learn from these Boomers or do business with them, what do you need to keep in mind?

Their values are important to them. Those values include;
Keep your promises. For they do.
Focus on customer service. They see that as vital to a good business.
Provide online resources. Boomers see that as a given for good business.
Encourage online purchasing. Once a boomer has caught on to online shopping – it is often only a matter of time until they are making online
sales!

So what are the best ways to connect with Boomers?

My Dad was afraid of computers and often told visitors that he never touched mine, yet people were always bringing him things to repair, whether shoes, hockey equipment, or motors that had quit. I watched him stare at a problem until he had an idea and he would figure out how to fix it. I never invited him to explore my computer for fear I wouldn’t be able to restore it afterward, but I’m pretty sure if I had given him a broken one he would have fussed and fiddled with it until he got it humming nicely.

In the 1990s I would hear older people who were grandparents crow that they had figured out emails and even how to open photos and attachments that their grandchildren sent them. Usually, they thought that was the most they could learn.

Now I have not heard that in more than a decade. But I meet Boomers on Facebook; I see online articles and blogs written by them, and some even have websites and are selling things online. They may be slower to take up new things, but once they see a good reason to do so, they will teach themselves computers and digital skills.

You will see some tapping away on a cell phone, but I’ve met a number who, like me, prefer a computer with a large monitor.

Baby Boomers take their time when deciding to buy anything, including electronic devices. Don’t expect them to make impulsive decisions. They will research and ponder the pros and cons for a few days, then come back and make their purchase. Please respect them for that. You can help by providing plenty of information about the product you are offering. They want to understand it well, and feel that you have given them the truth.

A personal pet peeve of mine, which may apply to many Boomers, is when someone expects me to buy on impulse and that they don’t need to describe any features – just how rich and admired that product will make me feel (that’s conventional marketing philosophy and teaching). Perhaps a few do, but if you’re dealing with mature, wise Boomers – we want the facts, please!

Try to understand what makes us laugh. We are not giddy children. Remember, we are mature, experienced, and thinking people.

The best online marketing channel is search engines. Second is emails. When we want something we know how to look for it in the search engines. Frantic action ads do not appeal to us.

We don’t totally ignore social media. Sometimes we use it for our own purposes, but we also recognize a lot of fluff and feathers there, and it makes us tired. Sort of like wandering through a Fair, and having all kinds of hawkers screeching at us. We reach a point where we just want to go home to our peace and quiet.

However, avoid even hinting that we are “old” or “elderly”. Oh yes, some resign themselves and wear that label like a comfortable old cap or sweater, but most Boomers I know are quite nimble at playing tag and not letting “old” tag them and take them captive.

How long are Boomers going to live?
Their average life expectancy is 79 years, but many are going strong in their 80s and 90s. Ask any of them if they know or are related to someone over 100 and very often they will name one or two people in that category. That’s a growing group – but generally not online. My Dad got to be 91 and 4 days. His parents and many other relatives lived to their 90s, and his Uncle John lived to be 104. Right now his sister Jessie is 100 as of November. (I have osteoporosis and have had some bone fractures, but I feel healthy and clear of mind… so I may be around another 30 years or so! :))

There were 76 million Boomers in the USA alone, last year, in July 2019. Their average household net worth in 2016 was $100,800, but many are millionaires too. Remember, don’t call them old or elderly when selling to them. They bristle at that.

Personally, I believe more and more Boomers are going to come online to start a small business – even if they have never done this before. I’m ready to encourage and mentor them.

I was a live-in caregiver for my parents when I first read and heard about the internet. At first I feared I might not be able to do that because I’d never been to university. However, I’d been secretly writing a novel for 30 years, and when Mom died I decided to get a computer, and go online and LEARN whatever I need to learn to publish my book online.

I learned so many things, that before long I was building myself a website to market my novel, and then was asked to build one for a Tract Mission. In just a few years I was building websites for other missions and ministries, and as I got the big picture I saw that there were tremendous opportunities online. I had always thought of myself as just a creative type, and definitely not a business woman. But I began to pray and ask God to make me a business woman if that was His plan for me.

My learning curve has been slow and eclectic, but I now think of myself as a Christian Business woman online and able to encourage and guide others to that goal as well.

To that end, I’ve applied some creativity to work up a Scavenger Hunt game on one of my websites which allows visitors the fun of exploring some business ideas and researching them to see what would be involved if they were to go that direction. There is a short quiz after each tour of a business, and if you get at least half of those questions right, and if you can get together a few points, you can win as a prize, my e-book, “40 Online Business Ideas.” It’s written for Baby Boomers! You can research a whole range of options for online businesses! Go here to try this game – at your own pace; https://eAction.info (Scavenger Hunt).

Of course, subscribing to my eAction ezine or mailing list gives you access to a weekly flow of tips and links for tools, and trainings to help you along in your business. If you can’t understand something or run into a snag, feel free to write me and ask questions. I thrive on helping others to catch up and learn the things I’ve taught myself. Mostly for free.

If you sign up to try the Scavenger Hunt, you will end up on the eAction list, but if you want to zero in on that right away, here is the free subscribe form – with some free training videos tossed in – http://eAction.info/LIST-signup.shtml

If you are anything like me, you will find this adventure EXCITING and Fulfilling!

 

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6 Ways Creative People can Make Money Online

If you are not afraid of some work, and you are somewhat creative, there are ways you can make money for free online.

Of course, you can still go get an ordinary physical job, put in the hours, and get paid, and if you can manage to make above your living expenses, you may have funds for those online businesses that require some investment up front. However, if you are impatient to be active online, learning eCommerce details, or whatever, there are websites online that do not charge you for the services that you can use to make a small to decent income.

1. Print-on-Demand Store

The first such idea is Print-on-Demand. If you have some artistic skills, or can create an image with vivid text, a number of sites will allow you to upload your graphic designs, decide whether you see those on t-shirts, caps, mugs, bags, and so on. In most cases, these sites allow you to set up a store-page to show off your designs, but if they are good designs, the host website will also recommend them to their general customer population. The website will take a portion of the price of each item to cover their expense for making them ‘on demand’ (that is, as soon as the order comes in). You get a commission or the rest of the price as your income!

purple T-shirt with hamburger "My Language @ lunch"If you make an effort to drive visitors to your store page, perhaps through social media posts, and if your designs become popular, you can make a decent income. If you ignore this effort, your income will be much less – maybe even discouraging.

I will name some of these sites here, but I recommend that you google and research them, and decide which ones offer the plan that works best for you. In all these cases, the production company also handles the shipping to your customers, so all you have to worry about is the artwork, and sending potential buyers to the site.

CafePress – was the first such service I heard about years ago. Mostly, those who already had a website or blog, would link to their Products page on CafePress, and that way drive customers to buy their products. A visit now, surprised me when I saw the broad range of their products, and that there are over 5 million offered on that site. That means it would be harder to stand out there. The prices seem high to me, but you get 5-10% of those prices for your merchandise. I would do some comparison shopping first.

RedBubble – is a new discovery to me, but seems to be the most popular. It was founded in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, and has offices in San Francisco, and Berlin. It is a global market place for print-on-demand products based on user-submitted artwork. Apparently, 700,000 creative folks around the world are selling on RedBubble! Their designs go on stickers, t-shirts, wall art, clothing and posters.

Zazzle – does the same thing, and has become more popular than CafePress. Probably because it allows you to set your own commission percentage, usually from 10% to 20% above the base price that Zazzle takes for making the products. (You have to be careful then not to price the items so high customers will not want to buy).

Printify – and Printful – are two more websites with a transparent print-on-demand platform, working with many print providers all around the world. It seems they even have apps to connect with Shopify or Amazon so you can sell your designs on products there.

Society6 – is yet another such a service site for graphic artists turning to eCommerce in an easy way.

TeeSpring – focuses on mainly t-shirts, but operates much the same as the ones above. Some brag that their niche t-shirts, bring them about $18,000/month. One gal on Youtube says that 5 t-shirts earned her $100,000!

Another idea which could be applied to all the above, is to open a free Merchant account on Amazon and/or eBay, listing your unique designed products with photos, and if you can get sales, go for a 50% markup! As soon as you make a sale there, you need to hurry over to your print-on-demand site and purchase that item, giving your customer’s name and address for where to ship it. Depending on how popular your designed products become, you could get to be quite busy completing these transactions. Or maybe not? Some say that you can get a t-shirt for $13, and sell it for $26.

By the way, I’ve found a blog article where the writer describes her adventures as she tried out five of these print-on-demand sites, and
the pros and cons she discovered. It would be helpful for you to read Ray’s Journey.

You are not impressed?

Well then, what other skills do you have? You may be so used to doing something, even for free when your friends ask, that you don’t recognize it as a marketable skill. Do you;

Easily solve computer problems or install programs?

Make crafts and can demonstrate the steps on a video?

Bake yummy desserts or wholesome crockpots full of food for a crowd?

Take great photos? Or know how to photoshop them?

Make funny videos with your dog or cat?

Handle secretarial office skills?

And so on and on…. You may need your family or friends to help you define what skills you have that come so easily to you, you usually take them for granted. Then go online and see where you can share them in a way that you get paid.

2. Teach your Skill in a Video (or powerpoint) Course

For instance, you can make a video to demonstrate and teach your skill and upload it to the Skill Share Video site, or on Udemy. Name your price for the mini-course, the sites will add on a markup for themselves and send you your commission when someone takes your mini-course.

3. Set up a YouTube Channel to share Videos

You could also open up a YouTube channel, (no charge), regularly share your videos, and if you allow ads on the videos, you can make commissions from those when viewers click on the ad.

4. Sell your Photos on a Photography Supply Site

If take great photos, you can enter them on sites like Shutterstock (and many others!) and be paid whenever someone decided to download and use your photo.

5. Freelance your Skills and Services

Other sites like Fivver.com, Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour.com, Guru.com, TopTal.com, Codeable.io, Outsourcely.com, and Truelancer.com, allow you to post a resume of your skills, and when someone needs that kind of contract work, they may contact you and pay you to do “your thing” for them.

This is getting to be a long article, right?

Let me name just one more and then we’ll say it is enough to keep you busy making money for a while.

6. Rent out Ad space as an Instagram Influencer

You can be an Instagram Influencer at no cost, and it is possible to make $26,000. How? Set up your own Instagram account and start posting interesting images, and comments that will appeal to a large niche of like-minded people. Once you become quite popular, others who are trying to have their website or business noticed will contact you and ask what you charge to mention their business or website on your Instagram account. Name your price. (You may want to research first to see what is fair and reasonable). Make the deal, get paid, and put out the post. See? As an Influencer you have just helped someone with a favour (mini-ad) and brought them to the attention of your host of followers.

A creative person doesn’t have to have business degree to make money online. Not even to be so great at bookkeeping. If you look around to see what others are doing, think honestly about your skills, and are willing to add a few more, you can make some easy money online.

Thousands of others do; why not you?

 

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Did You Ever Go on a Scavenger Hunt?

Did You Ever Go on a Scavenger Hunt?

Did you ever go on a Scavenger Hunt at a party, or as a teen in a youth group? (They don’t seem to happen so often any more). Do you remember being divided into small teams with a list of things to collect? The team that came back with the most items won, and would get the extra treat. Some times the list would be themed to the nearest holiday, and sometimes it would just contain a crazy list of miscellaneous items that might be really tricky to find. It was wild fun, wasn’t it?

Elsa Maxwell made Scavenger Hunts a party game

Elsa Maxwell

Apparently, scavenger hunts originated in folklore games, but they were popularized by gossip columnist, Elsa Maxwell, in the 1930s when she threw parties in New York. She sent guests out on the street to find strange items.

Some American universities have played them over the years. More recently, Internet scavenger hunts invite participants to visit different websites to find clues and solve puzzles, sometimes for a prize. The first internet hunt was developed in 1992 by Rick Gates to encourage people to explore the resources available online. Several feature films and television series have used online scavenger hunts as viral marketing.

I did not know about all that, when I first came online in 1999, and began to learn about creating websites, and doing some affiliate marketing. The idea came to me to do something interactive with visitors to my site, along the lines of a scavenger hunt. Only I didn’t know how to make it happen. Now I have figured out a way!

My version has individuals (or couples and small groups if they want to work together), follow a tour Guide who takes them to visit certain sites, and explains how that business would work if you were to take it up. You are allowed to explore all over the site and gather as much information as you like. Then you would answer 4 questions about that business before moving on to the next one.

I’ve toyed with the idea of insisting on perfect scores on the quizzes, but have decided to make it easy on the participants. They only need to get 2 questions answered correctly for each business visited, and they need to sign up for one business idea and one tool to make it work. Each one who meets those qualifications wins the prize.

That prize is my new e-book, “40 Online Business Ideas for You.” (A $39.95 value).

For the sake of those who don’t have time to play the Scavenger Hunt game, or who think such frivolity and fun is beneath them – I will allow them to purchase the e-book and waste no time in reading it.

I’ll be honest with you, I am aware that many people buy an e-book and never even open it. I’m hoping those who play the Scavenger Hunt game will find themselves draw into the tour of online business ideas and the possibility that they could in fact make one work and become profitable through it. So I hold out higher hopes for the scavenger participants to be more successful in the long run. But… we’ll see.

To start you just need to sign up with your name and email address. The email address needs to be confirmed, and then you can begin. That signup adds you to my mailing list where you will get regular emails teaching he basics of running an online business. It is a mini-course, all for free. Of course, if you change your mind or lose interest you can always unsubscribe with a single click, which is found at the bottom of every email message.

On the other hand, if you choose to purchase the e-book – well, then you are contributing to my advertising budget, so I will be grateful. You will get a series of emails from me with helps for deciding which business idea(s) is/are best for you. If you choose one of those businesses you will also get the free eAction mini-course by email.

Ready? Start the Scavenger Hunt here!

Yes, the game is all FREE.

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Best Online Businesses for Your Personality Type

Best Online Businesses for Your Personality Type

Best Online Businesses for Your Personality Type

What would be the best online businesses for your personality type? We all know that different people approach a challenge, an assignment, or even a whole new business differently. So much depends on our personality types. It does not mean that you can’t take on a business that you feel a passion for, but if you are smart you’ll look for one that will get your personality all excited and eager to get to it.

Since 1999 I have explored a lot of business ideas and opportunities. I’ve tried to look at them objectively to see what it would take to succeed at each one, and who would thrive most in each setting.

So when I set up my Scavenger Hunt game to introduce various online business ideas to you, I dreamed up some guides with specific personalities that would shine through as they guide you through the first 7 ideas, so that you might intuitively pick up which businesses will capture and hold the attention of certain types of people best.

To demonstrate my theory I’ll tell you about each guide and show you which business they favour most. I may write another article to go into much more detail. I don’t want to overwhelm you here at this starting point.

The Busy Type with Many Interests

Busy Billie Jo

Busy BillieJo

Are You a Busy BillieJo? She has a very busy life, with her children, and a husband to support and encourage. But when she hears of a business opportunity or even a need for a volunteer, she is curious enough to ask some questions – and soon she has decided that she can fit this new activity into her life.

It doesn’t take long until she is volunteering at her kids’ school, and teaches a women’s class at church, and then takes on a home business which requires her to visit her friends and persuade them to host product demonstration parties for her. That means she has to stay up late to finish up the orders that came in from the first party, and deliver them personally. Then a couple of women want to learn to do what she does so they can earn money, and BillieJo cheerfully arranges to visit and mentor each one in the steps they must learn to do.

Does it make you tired just to visualize her whirling around from one thing to another?

That’s what my friends called me when they saw me holding down an office job, and also running several Childrens’ Clubs and ministries in the church. (And they didn’t even know that I was secretly writing a novel too). I guess some of us just have bright, active imaginations, and when we see a good cause, we want to be a part of it. Since we are used to multi-tasking we assume we can just fold this new task into the mix.

That may work fine at first, but in a few years we reach a point where it isn’t that easy, and we have to make some decisions. Or change our approach.

What type of online business would be best for this personality type?

One where she (or he) can be in charge, and adjust their schedule as they see fit. They don’t need someone to watch the clock for them. Leave them alone and they’ll figure out how to get it all done by over-lapping tasks.

In fact, I would warn her to stay away from networking or the MLM businesses; they eat up far too much of her time. She would find it easier to join a company where she only needs to do maybe an hour or so of placing ads, and answering emails from people she has referred who still can’t make up their minds. Then she can turn back to her busy family life.

However, if you are such a BillieJo, let me urge you to plan blocks of time into your day and week when you can just recharge your batteries, and evaluate all you are doing. Otherwise it will all collapse like a house of cards.

 

The Friendly Type Who Makes New Friends Easily

Friendly Frieda

Friendy Frieda

Perhaps you are like Friendly Frieda. She is so out-going and easily makes friends with anyone. Managing an online business is not terribly important, aside from the fact that she does need more income. What she does best though, is to connect with others, and find out what their needs are and then try to find a way to help them.

Here Frieda has discovered that she does best with the networking or MLM businesses. Why? Because it is very much a people orientated business. Once she understands how to present the opportunity, she does that cheerfully and enthusiastically, especially to women whom she already knows to be in financial need. It doesn’t take long and they respond to her warmth and caring and are glad to sign up.

Frieda has come to see that her weak spots are in keeping her records up to date, and in making separate, weekly appointments with six women in her downline whom she wants to help to see the products well. Fortunately, she’s just learned about webinars and has decided that she will offer group training sessions to her downline ladies, until she can afford to pay for the webinar deal. (Though she worries about losing that personal touch).

 

Giving Gilda Just Loves to be Generous

Giving Gilda

Giving Gilda

Do you know someone who is generous to a fault? They want to serve you food. When they give gifts, they give several at once, because they all seemed just right for you. When someone has a tragedy in the community, Giving Gilda is the first to organize a fund-raiser to help them meet expenses. If she hears of an earthquake in Haiti, she wants to fly out there to help in any way – whatever she can do.

Gilda would do far more if she only had money. She’s always broke (you can guess why, right?) But now she’s learned that it is possible to earn money with an online business. She’s ready and eager to find out if she could do that!

Which online business would be perfect for Giving Gilda? Or you, if you see yourself in her shoes?

Since everything in her heart and mind revolves around giving, rather than the detail work that a complicated business would require, I think that the UnBox business would work for her, as the main marketing idea is to give away gift cards. When the recipients use them for shopping in UnBox, she would make money, and if they spread the word, and others come to UnBox, Gilda makes more money. If she can give away at least three gift cards every month, by about the 9th month she will be making 5 to 6 figures a month. That will give her a generous fund from which she can keep giving as she is naturally inclined to do.

If she should first sign up with Rise Network, and join the Inner Circle there, Gilda would get some training in pay per click advertising, and if she wanted she could join the Market Place Coop, where she pays the owners to advertise for her. That brings a great return on the investment.

If that is an option that appeals to you, I highly recommend that you join Rise Network first, take advantage of the coupon code that gives you 50% off on your signup fee at UnBox, where you should use exactly the same signup information, so Rise can follow your success and increase your income some more.

Healthy Vera – promotes clean living & better health and wellness

Healthy Vera

Healthy Vera

Did you know that the most popular online business is in the health and wellness field? Everyone seems to need and want better health, and if they can escape paying big medical bills, they’ll gladly pay for a box full of supplements. Of course, there is much information out there, and some of us spend a lot of time hunting such information down.

Healthy Vera lives as healthy as she knows how, and likes to encourage others to do the same. So there are many options for an online business that she could get enthused about.

Certain MLMs that sell health and wellness products come to mind, such as Forever Living and VoxxLife. If Vera doesn’t want all the physical work that is involved in showing her products and explaining them over and over again, and then ordering and delivering orders, and training her downline members to do well too, then she could take another tactic.

Many interesting health and wellness products are sold as affiliate products. You do not need to keep any stock on hand, or demonstrate the items at home parties, or in hotel meetings. You can build a website about some health and wellness topic and insert coded links to the affiliate product on the owner’s website, where there is a nice long sales page to convince people to buy. When they do, you – as the referring affiliate – get a commission. The coded link from your website tells the owner of the product in question, who sent that paying customer.

Some people who don’t want to bother with website building just pay for ads to the affiliate link – perhaps on Google or Bing, or other places where you are allowed to place such ads. This may sound super easy. But there is fierce competition between affiliates, and so you may need to study up on the best approaches.

How do you find such affiliate products? Well, there are a number of Ad Networks that provide your coded links and images. Most are free to join, but there are pros and cons. It pays to do some research, or ask those who are more experienced. Personally, I believe that building a good niche information site about a wellness topic and adding your affiliate link is the least expensive and the best method in the end.

Of course, it helps if you are a writer at heart. 🙂

 

Idle Ida is Lazy and Wants Short-cuts

Idle IdaMae

Idle IdaMae

It’s a temptation to say Idle Ida embarrasses me, and to leave her out. But you may identify with her and wonder if there is any online business idea that would work for you. Well… okay, there are some that so simple there is almost nothing for you to do – but sign up and pay.

The problem is most of them are scams. If they are so easy, and they promise to do ALL the work for you, there is usually a catch. I have signed up for a few thinking, “If this is legit, it would be great for a certain handicapped friend!” However, it usually turns out that they want you to do a lot of advertising (on your dime of course!) If they promise to do all your advertising for you, there is a huge fee to pay to join.

I would recommend extreme caution if you sign up with such an “offer” and keep alert in case you lose your skin. But if you have lots of money, you might just find one that does pay you back well.

Really, I’d rather you join a safer business and be prepared to do some work.

Mind you, when you choose a guide to show you the seven online businesses – you might want to choose Idle Ida, because when you see how she chatters and gives away how lazy she is, you will find it funny enough to show you how foolish that is.

 

Money Millie Knows & Craves Money!

Money Millie

Money Millie

If you are like Money Millie, you have handled and thought about money so much that your life revolves around it, and you are hooked. You crave money, even if you have trouble keeping it. Maybe you know more about money and ways to get it than seven other people put together.

I long to talk to you first about priorities and getting a pure heart. But maybe we need to do that in person.

It is true that there are hundreds – even thousands of ways to make money online, but I hope that for all your excellent focus and singleness of purpose, you will guard your heart from rash decisions. Check with others before you leap, because they may see cautions that you don’t, and can save you from falling for a dreadful trap.

If your mind and heart is sanctified, you may find that your ability to focus on earning money makes you very effective. Have compassion and teach others the steps to earn a good income. Especially those who seem to be fumbling hopelessly.

 

Writing Rita Discovers the Internet to be a Writer’s Paradise!

Writing Rita

Writing Rita

The Scavenger Hunt Guide, Writing Rita, has discovered what I learned soon after I went online – my first goal being to find out how I could publish my novel that had been 30 years in process. Before long I learned that for almost everything, writing skills were in huge demand. Websites needed good writers to create the content pages and email list owners needed someone craft their emails; advertisers

needed good copy writers to write their ads for them (paying thousands of dollars for 20 minutes of work on one sales letter!)

I began to see the internet as a writer’s paradise! Now I could see why God had made me so unique! I confess that I was probably slowed down because I was eager to try out too many things at once. But whew! Have I ever picked up a lot of knowledge over these 20 years online! The more I write the more I marvel at God’s design for my life as there was that long period as my parents’ caregiver when I burned to write and there seemed to be no way to get published.

So, while I identify with Giving Gilda for my motives, I find my fulfillment in writing, as Rita does. (And she’s just starting out 🙂 )

If you need to write – the way you need to breathe, I tell you, if you can get organized time-wise and in your business methods, you will find more opportunities than you can or want to take on! Don’t just reach for the quick and easy cash, but take on the challenge of writing an excellent web business site. Or two or three… Your articles, your ad-copy, your emails will make you friends and customers just about every way you turn!

 

Project Porcia Knows Things Happen When You Work Your Plan

Project Porcia

Project Porcia

Are you the person who knows that nothing of any value happens unless you make a plan – and work that plan?

Then you will understand why Project Porcia succeeds at her online business efforts. She tries to grasp the basic principles of the business idea, and what it will take to make it turn a profit. Next she plots how she will operate her version of the business and what steps she must take, and make room for in her life. If there is a gap where she has no experience, she hunts down the how-to information, and starts doing iPreview Changes (opens in a new tab)t, working her plan methodically.

Some online business ideas call for a certain amount of creativity, but most of them are largely doing routine steps on a regular basis without fail. Even creative ideas will come to you regularly if you tell your mind that it must produce them on demand. So a self-disciplined person who is able to be a strong self-boss (that can be accomplished with a light and cheerful spirit, you know) – that person is going to succeed sooner or later. It is inevitable.

So which businesses does Porcia run?

She thrives at promoting MLSP info and training products, and she has taken on UnBox, using Rise Network’s Inner Circle for more training, and she is watching for friends with the right creative skills in video work. When she finds some good partners, she wants to try running some TV channels through LiveCast365. I can hardly wait to see what she puts together there!

How are you are creating plan for getting your goals accomplish and then sticking at your plan with firm resolve and faithfulness? If you do that well, I can pretty well guarantee that you will succeed at any online business you take up. Even several at once! You may choose your online business based on your emotional interests, but if you are focused and disciplined about making a plan and working it, you may even try others and find you have the touch that turns a profit with them too.

There. You have just met the eight guides who stand ready to guide you through the Scavenger Hunt to find out more about 7 online businesses and see what it would take if you were to take that business on. Of course, you have to choose a guide before you begin, but if you find that one disappointing, you can always come back and go through the Scavenger Hunt game again with a different guide.

While you are at the page for a certain business, you may get to see a video that explains how it works, or you may get to explore the whole site. Take your time to do so. Because when you are finished there are 4 questions to answer about that business. If you have paid attention you will know those answers

If you get at least half – that’s 2 questions answered correctly after each business, They only need to get 2 questions answered correctly for each business visited, and they need to sign up for one business idea and one tool to make it work. Each one who meets those qualifications wins the prize. You will qualify for a free download of the prize e-book, “40 Online Business Ideas.” That will give you many more ideas to consider. You may do more research on them online in your own way and on your own time. That way, before you go sign up anywhere, you will have a clear idea of what to expect and what you must do to succeed in that business.

Ready? Start the Scavenger Hunt here!

Yes, the game is all FREE.

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