It is hard to think about spending $5,000 just to get started with a business when you have nothing but an idea. However, an idea won’t grow into a real business without some investment and marketing. That is not fair, it MIGHT, but it will take you a lot longer than just saving up a bit more and then jumping in with a real budget to make sure your first sale happens sooner than you go completely broke.
If you have nothing of value to sell from home then retail arbitrage might be a better option for you. Many people partake in arbitrage to earn a little extra money, and for some it has even become their full-time job. Retail arbitrage is the buying of goods at a low price and then selling them on a different platform at a higher price. Sales in shops provide ideal opportunities to pick up products for next to nothing. These can then be sold on eBay or Amazon for higher amounts, making you a nice profit.
Etsy. Are you crafty? This is one of those websites where, once again, it helps if you have a real skill. If you're artistic and are the type of person who can make custom jewelry or refrigerator magnets with the best of them, Etsy is the place to sell it. For the rest of us, we must find another website to go to, so we can earn money to buy things from the crafty people at Etsy.
Selling digital products can be just as successful as selling physical products. Graphics, software, eBooks, design elements, sound effects, songs and videos are just a few types of digital products that are in popular demand. So if you can turn your hand to creating digital products, let’s have a look at how you can make money online from this skill…
Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.
Once you have that problem or need nailed, the next step is to validate that idea and make sure you’ve actually got customers who will pay for it. This means building a minimum viable product, getting objective feedback from real customers, incorporating updates, testing the market for demand, and getting pricing feedback to ensure there’s enough of a margin between your costs and what consumers are willing to pay.
There are several ways to turn a profit on domains purchased as an investment. Here are several ways ranked in order from lowest investment in time/money to highest investment in time/money. Contact potential buyers directly about a specific domain to see if they are interested in buying it from you, for domains that have natural direct traffic you could put ads on the site to earn advertising income off of the traffic the site is getting, put ads on the site and drive traffic to it (same as previous but with this method you are actively driving traffic to the site), fully develop the site (there are a lot of people who will buy a fully developed website if it is getting a good volume of traffic, especially if it has an established income stream).
Weebly's app center offers free and premium options aimed at boosting site traffic. You also can add apps that make your site more engaging by enabling testimonials or other visitor comments. Build an email list to expand your audience. In fact, writer Jon Morrow says on the SmartBlogger site that developing an email list is vital to making money on your blog, and suggests offering a freebie in exchange for addresses.
And as for advertising on behalf of others, via any of the multiple previously discussed methods. Always ask yourself “Would I buy this service/product that I am recommending if I have the same requirements as my readers?”. It’s far easier to convince someone else to purchase something if you are convinced about the quality of product you are recommending.
Here’s a good example of how lead sales can work in real life: My second website, Life Insurance by Jeff, brings in a ton of traffic from people who are searching the web to find answers to life insurance questions. While I used to have the website set up so I could sell these people life insurance myself, it was a lot of work to process all the different requests and clients. As a result, I started selling the leads I gathered instead.