Choosing Your Online Small Business Model
You are seriously thinking about doing some kind of online business work to earn some money, or
perhaps to do some Christian ministry. But what options exactly are out there? What do you need to
know and do to make a living online, or to help others?
I can give you a broad picture of the choices and the stages you need to move through to set
yourself up as a business you can run from your computer at home.
A few years ago, I heard and read of some individuals who bragged that they did all their business
by email. Things change a lot on the net every few months, and I don't hear that any more. It is
generally accepted now that you NEED a web site to have an online business. Email is still useful,
but hamstrung by spammers.
Yes, that means you will need a web site.
You don't absolutely have to know the technical nitty gritty to
build a web business!
Still, I'll always be grateful that I taught myself basic web master skills. I think of it akin to
being able to drive car myself instead of taking a taxi or being chauffeured everywhere I want to
go. It adds freedom!
In fact, I recommend learning the basics of web design as you go;
1. to protect yourself, and
2. for that independence.
So you are thinking, "Don't scare me with all that 'web-master' jargon. Keep it simple. I'm
normally bright and catch on quickly, but I'm totally new to this online business stuff, and don't
know where to start, or what I should try first."
Great! I'm glad to hear that! You're going to do well then. Being willing to learn and to commit
time in front of the computer screen are your first crucial requirements. Everything else you can learn!
It's the doggedly, persevering types that succeed. Those in too great a hurry will get burned and
I've explored and dabbled in a few programs, and then backed out of some flaky ones, even one that
was just way more work than I could handle.. There are many business opportunities that ask
you to sign up, they give you a number or user name, and a password and a replication of their site
with your number or user name in the URL link. The point of your business then is to promote that
URL, and when any sales are made from the visitors you send them, you are to get a commission.
The weakness here is that unless you have lots of experience and know how to drum up those
visitors by the thousands and persuade them to buy from that web site, you won't go any where. Some
will give you some directions and show you how to plaster all kinds of advertising banners or links
to that URL, but like a door-to-door salesman, you'll find few doors opening to your spiel.
Especially since hundreds of thousands of others are doing the same online; it's a game of chance to
see who is going to click on YOUR coded link, and be naive or rash enough to lay out money to
strangers. What has discouraged me about this model is that I don't feel right about trapping
unsuspecting foolish and ignorant people into spending money. Even if it's for a fairly decent
The clever owners of those Opportunity models are making the money! They keep coming up with
new angles too, although lots of them border on the illegal, if they are not already that.
Some blatantly announce that you JUST have to pay $39.95 a month (--or whatever small
regular fee), and they'll do all the marketing. You won't have to lift a finger to make money.
I warn you; human nature is NOT so generous! Give those Opportunities a wide berth! Learn to
research any and EVERY deal before you sign up. There are sites that act as watch dogs on them.
Upon investigation, they may turn out to be gifting clubs, pyramids, and ponzie schemes, which are
illegal in most states and provinces. Governments are cracking down on them, and you could get
charged and fined or put in prison for taking part. (Doug Williams wrote an eye-opener on this in
his training ezine, which I've quoted on this page with his
Personally, I like best the
SiteSell model of business online, but I watched MoneyLegs (3STEP) for a number of years, and
used his traffic exchanges as well, because I keep learning from Doug, and realize that he runs his
programs as fairly as possible. One can join on the free level or on a paying level. The free level
is a perfect way to get acquainted with any business owner/manager, without losing skin off your
However, in 2005 Doug became much more agressive in his approach; he began to crack the whip on
members to follow his plan closely. Much as I see the value of a good plan and following it, I had
to face the fact that I already had other commitments that were more important to me. I had to
make a choice - and I bowed out of that one.
I do recognize that the real income is only generated with Doug's programs, as one is willing to
invest, and follow his instructions closely. I know there are people for whom learning those steps
and doing them methodically, is probably the best business model.
While, six, even seven-figure incomes are possible with 3STEP/MoneyLegs,IF you stick doggedly
with the 10 hour a week work plan, and give it even more! ---
the SiteBuildIt suite at SiteSell, allows
you to build an online business out of whatever is your own passion, by turning it into a web
business from a very rich, creme de la creme web site that you create with their software.
More on the SiteSell model
The Most Important Requirements
Discover YOUR Passion (brainstorming)
The SiteSell models
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