Learning how to start a work at home business is one of the best life decisions I’ve made.
Within my time in the online space, I’ve built multiple businesses that have been and still are highly profitable.
If you’ve landed on this post, chances are you’re searching for ways to start a work at home business.
If you said yes, then you’ve come to the right place.
Consequently, I’ve been building these types of businesses since early 2013.
Therefore, I’ve been around the block a few times and know what I’m doing.
After getting many requests from my loyal visitors to do a post on this, I sat down and got to work.
Furthermore, after doing research and adding my personal experience, I’ve compiled enough info to write a detailed post.
Within the following post, you’ll access a step by step guide on how to start a work at home business.
Also, I’ll be listing seven profitable ways to go about this.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make money online but failed miserably, you owe it to yourself to continue reading.
Additionally, you may have come to this post with a plethora of questions.
I hope to answer every one of these questions with this post.
However, if I fail to answer your question, please let me know within the comments below.
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P.S.: You may want to grab a pen and paper to take notes on this.
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How To Start A Work At Home Business
With technology continually evolving, the potential to build an online business quadruples every year.
However, due to the time it takes and the considerable learning curve, most people fail.
Many factors play a part in this, but these are the most common ones.
- They aren’t willing to learn a new skill.
- They aren’t willing to put in the time & hard work.
- They want to become an overnight millionaire.
- They fail to take this seriously and treat it like a business.
- They refuse to think outside the box and change their mindset.
- They put the cart before the horse.
Can you relate?
Perhaps you’re guilty of 1 or more of these things.
If so, that’s perfectly normal and expected.
I was guilty of all these things.
To this day, whenever I build another business, I still try to put the cart before the horse.
You’d think I would know better after all these years, right?
I am pretty stubborn and extremely impatient.
Therefore, like everyone else, I want to make money quickly without putting in the effort.
Now that I have got that out of the way let’s discover ten of the best ways to start a work at home business.
1) Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is the best way for anyone to start a work at home business.
Furthermore, it’s also the most cost-effective way for people from all walks of life to make money online.
Affiliate marketing is the process of selling other people’s products/ services on your website.
When someone clicks your affiliate link and makes a purchase guess what?
You just earned an affiliate commission😊😊😊!!!
I have been earning an income from this business model since early 2014.
Therefore, I know it works!
I’ve utilized this business model substantially over the years to earn a full time income + some.
Here are a few reasons why affiliate marketing remains my #1 trusted resource to make money online.
- Get started for pennies a day
- No technical skills required.
- Unlimited income potential
- Learn life-changing skills
There are mainly five requirements for you to get started in affiliate marketing.
They are as follows
- A passion, hobby, or Interest
- A Website
- Affiliate network (Amazon, Walmart, Target)
- Solid affiliate marketing training
- A Targeted audience
Once you’ve acquired the things listed above, you have conquered half the battle.
Let’s say you’re interested in video games and want to create a gaming site.
I’ll be covering this in the next section so you’ll want to pay close attention.
This way, you don’t miss out on any of this critical information.
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Let’s continue moving forward, shall we?
Affiliate Marketing Examples
Choosing which path you want to take is where most people get overwhelmed.
Furthermore, they usually end up quitting before they get started.
Trust me, I’ve been there and done that numerous times.
Therefore, I can relate to those of you that have attempted affiliate marketing and failed in the past.
To put things into perspective, here are a few affiliate marketing examples.
- 70’s Classic Vintage Games (Mini Niche Site)
- Personal gaming blog (Authority Site)
- Gaming reviews (Review site)
- News site (Gaming news and information)
Once you’ve decided on the route you’d like to take, let’s find out what you’ll need to do to get started with affiliate marketing.
- Find a brandable domain name (or use a free subdomain)
- Write content around your chosen topic.
- Link out to authority sites within this niche
- Join affiliate networks to promote products/ services
- Learn how to get ranked in Google
- Get traffic (Visitors) to your site.
- Earn revenue from your visitors
For a gaming site, you would need to stay updated on the latest video game news.
Furthermore, this would require you to keep your audience updated on the latest games to hit the market.
The easiest way to do this is by writing product reviews.
By doing so, you’ll be able to review the product in real-time.
Not only is this fun, but you’ll likely learn something you didn’t know about the product.
This type of knowledge will help you grow as an affiliate marketer.
Once you’ve conquered the basics, you can learn other ways to make money with your website.
My Experience With Affiliate Marketing
I like to be transparent in everything I do.
Therefore, I don’t recommend something I haven’t tried out for myself and been successful with it.
Do you feel me?
I’m trying to gain your trust and build a relationship with you.
By doing so, we can help each other learn, grow, and thrive within this industry.
Anyways, I’ve had my ups and downs over the past seven years, so things haven’t been the best.
Like I said earlier, I’ve been building businesses since 2013.
Here lately, I’ve earned nearly $800.00 in revenue in under two weeks from a new affiliate program I recently joined.
While these results are typical, this is a glimpse into the income potential with affiliate marketing.
However, nothing is guaranteed.
As you see above, I went for three days and made $0.
Thats the nature of this business and typical with any partnership.
On the bright side, you’ll notice I had not 1, not 2, but 3 $100+ days in those two weeks.
Pretty sweet if you ask me.
Wouldn’t you guys agree?
I earned this from 1 affiliate program.
For some people, $800 is more than they make at their J.O.B. in 2 weeks.
Also, this $800 is in addition to my other affiliate income that I earn from this website as well.
Affiliate marketing is worth it, but it comes with a HUGE learning curve.
It also requires lots of time and hard work.
Furthermore, this comes with some risk like anything in life.
However, as you see in the screenshot above, it’s worth every minute+ some.
2) Create A Product
Creating A Product is the ultimate way to start a work at home business.
However, you need to understand marketing strategies, leads, and sales before making money with your product.
If you aren’t familiar with marketing, you won’t have a clear understanding of how to sell these creations.
You need to learn before you evolve.
There are millions of potential products you could create.
Including but not limited to the following
- Digital info products
- Full-blown courses
- How-to guides
- Physical products
Perhaps you have beat one of your favorite video games of all time on insane difficulty.
Did you know other gamers would pay you good money for this valuable information?
By putting together a strategy guide on how you beat the boss at the end of God Of War 4 on insane difficulty.
There are gamers out there that would likely pay good money for this information.
You would need to decide how much this guide is worth and price it accordingly.
Keep in mind the time, work, and energy you put into this.
Creating any type of product will take some time.
However, the rewards are worth it in the long run.
Instead of getting paid a commission, you’ll get to keep 100% of the sale.
To me, that’s freaking awesome!!
Once you’re an official product creator, there are many advantages.
I’ll be going over these advantages along with the many benefits associated with them.
You’ll want to stick around and continue reading to avoid missing out on this valuable information.
Product Creation Advantages
Once you’ve made the right amount of sales, you’ll unlock a few advantages that will help you kick things into gear.
1) Have Affiliates Sell Your Product
Now that you have your product, you can have other affiliates do the selling for you.
Depending on how much you charge will determine how much you should pay your affiliates.
Could you imagine having 200 people on the internet promoting your product?
Just the thought of this gives me goosebumps.
What about you, guys?
2) Build Your Email List
Each person who buys from you will get added to your email list.
Therefore, you’ll be able to stay in touch and communicate with them on a daily or weekly basis.
If they’ve already bought from you once, they’re likely to buy from you again.
Building your list is one of the most significant advantages of the product creation process.
As an online marketer, your email list is your most valuable asset.
The sooner you start building a file, the better.
3) Utilize Upsells (O.T.O.’s)
Some people may not like upsells, but let’s face it. They’re everywhere.
Whenever you hit up a fast food joint, the upsells are everywhere.
Trust me; I’m working at a fast-food joint right now, and I ask people all day, would you like fries with that?
Upsells are one of the most profitable ways to make money with your product.
You would need to create an original product with limited features.
You could then offer upgrades to additional features at a premium price.
3) Start A Work At Home Business With E-bay
eBay is a well known leader in the online world.
I got my start with eBay back in 2010.
Although I didn’t make much back then, I did decent for what little I knew.
eBay has been around since 1995.
Therefore, they have established themselves as a worldwide leader.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with eBay, let me break it down for you.
eBay is the #1 online auction site in the world.
You can list products on eBay in an auction format or buy it now.
Available in over 100 countries and 23 international sites, it’s quite apparent why they’re a worldwide leader.
Furthermore, there are 167 million active users and over 25 million sellers.
Start-up costs would be very minimal as you would need to pay your store fees (If you sell upwards of 20 items or more monthly)
Now that you’ve got an idea of what eBay is let’s dig deep and create a strategy to get your eBay business up and running.
Let’s continue moving forward, shall we?
Helpful eBay Business Tips
There are various ways to go about this if you want to become a successful eBayer.
An old acquaintance of mine sells stuff on eBay and makes close to $3k a month profit.
How does he do it?
He follows people on Instagram and watches a ton of Youtube videos.
Furthermore, he also does a great deal of research on which brands are selling and which ones aren’t.
Also, he looks at the recently sold items to see which brands sold and for how much.
If you have the knack for this work, you could also make $3k/month as this mom does
As you see, there is a ton of research you’ll need to do to find which brands are selling.
You also would need to deal with shipping and having enough space to store your inventory.
With that said, here are a few ways to utilize eBay and learn how to profit from them.
Once you’ve done research on which brands are selling, it’s time to go thrifting.
There are several thrift stores in my area that sell new and used items for nearly 60% off or more.
I’ve gotten several high dollar dress shirts for $1.99 that generally sell for $100 and up in other retail stores.
The critical factor that could make you or break you in this business is the amount of research you do.
As I said earlier, you don’t want to go into this, not knowing which shirts, makeup, perfume, or pair of jeans are selling the most.
Do you feel me?
Watch Youtube videos and follow other thrifters.
This way, you’ll get to support them and see how they go about things.
Once you’ve studied their activity for 2 to 3 weeks, you’ll have a clearer understanding of how this business works.
Study Your Market
To find the top-selling clothing brands, you need to study the market.
Research the market to see which products are hot and selling the most.
I’ve learned many things from other thrifters that I’ve been studying for the past couple of months.
Therefore, I’m starting to learn the market and get a feel for how this type of business works IRL.
Furthermore, with the shape of the economy, you must have a keen sense of what brands are on fire and tearing it up.
Without this knowledge, you’re likely to be limited to mediocre results.
By studying your market, you’ll get into your niche and gain some hands-on experience.
This type of experience is critical and could be the deciding factor that determines how far you’ll go in this business.
Food for thought!!
4) Build Websites
Building websites is something I enjoy doing.
As you know, I’ve been in this industry since early 2013, so this is all second nature to me now.
If technology intrigues you and you’re always down to try something new, you owe it to yourself to at least check out this opportunity.
Are you a seasoned veteran marketer that has built several successful websites?
Are you pretty good with WordPress?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might want to consider selling pre-built websites.
Selling pre-built websites is an idea I’ve had for several years but never acted on it.
However, 2020 is the year I’m going to make it happen.
Depending on how well versed you are with web development tools like WordPress will determine how successful you are.
Here are a few packages you could offer to your customers
- Website+foundation pages +5 additional pre-written content posts.
- Website+ foundation pages +10additional pre-written content posts
- Website+ foundation pages+20 additional pre-written content posts
The website packages listed above are only an example of what you could offer.
Therefore, the pricing would be up to you to determine how valuable your time is.
Building websites can be very time consuming.
However, if you have the knowledge, time, and passion for building websites (like I do), this would be an excellent way to start a work at home business.
Wouldn’t you guys agree?
5) Start A Coaching Business
If you’re passionate about a topic and would like to help other people learn more about it, why not start a coaching business?
By offering one on one coaching sessions, you’ll get the opportunity to work directly with clients.
Therefore you would need influential people skills and know-how to communicate effectively.
Furthermore, you would need to speak and type English fluently.
There are a plethora of ways you could break this down as there are many types of coaching.
Whether you’re interested in making money online or need some help beating that final boss in God Of War 4, people are searching for answers.
You could charge up to $500 or more for a 60- 90 min coaching call.
Within that time, people will get to pick your brain and ask questions.
Furthermore, you’ll need to give advice, answer questions, and offer support.
Additionally, you’ll need to have scheduling and planning skills for this operation to run smoothly.
If you’re looking to create an online coaching course, you might want to check out Teachable.
With their step by step and user friendly interface, you’ll have the ability to develop coaching courses with ease.
Also, you can charge by the hour or create a coaching package with several payment options.
If you have any type of expertise in a particular topic, this should be near the top of your list of ways to start a work at home business.
6) Write A Book
Writing a book can take months or more to do.
In some cases, it can take people up to a year to complete this type of project.
However, this can be one of the most rewarding ways to start work at home business.
There are a few ways to go about this, and they are as follows.
Going The Traditional Route
Noways you don’t need to be a New York Times bestseller to write a book.
Furthermore, you don’t need a college education either.
You simply need an idea to write about and a writing style.
Once you’ve narrowed down what you’re writing about, it’s time to get to work.
With the wide variety of books available today (Digital and Print), you’re sure to find a topic that interests you.
Here are five steps you need to follow to publishing your first book
- Develop a writing style
- Choose a topic (What’s your book about?)
- Convey your story
- Get creative with the outline and first draft
- Edit and rewrite
If you follow these steps religiously and take action on them, you’ll see that anyone can become a successful author.
However, writing a book isn’t for everyone.
Writing a book requires a severe amount of patience, determination, and a great deal of hard work.
Furthermore, you should hire a professional proof-reader before submitting your final work to be published.
If you’re writing storybooks (i.e., science fiction, horror, romance, mystery) having a step by step guide is crucial to becoming a successful author.
As technology continues to evolve, people are switching to digital information.
Therefore, you’ll find a variety of digital companies specialize in this information.
After doing a fair amount of research, I found Audible (another Amazon company) to be the best audiobook company out there.
You can submit audiobooks to Audible and use their platform to make sales.
Take a look at the video below for more info!!
As you see, the process to upload an audiobook is pretty straight-forward.
Furthermore, if you have an audiobook collection, Audible could be the perfect place to get your career off the ground.
7) Start A Cannabis Business
I found this to be quite fitting as April is officially a Cannabis month.
Whether you realized it or not, the whole month of April is 420.
As more states continue to legalize cannabis, the opportunity to start a work at home business in the cannabis industry is overflowing with potential.
Statistics showed in 2019 (last year), the legal marijuana market to be worth nearly $18 billion.
That’s Billion with a B.
A similar report revealed by 2027, this number is expected to quadruple.
Pretty crazy statistics, right?
Marijuana is a massive niche by itself.
Therefore, to have any type of success, you’d need to narrow this down.
Here are my top 3 narrowed down ways to make money with cannabis
- Cannabis education
- Cannabis blogger
- Cannabis delivery service
Cannabis training university is an excellent place to get started in the world of cannabis.
Their extensively detailed training courses will take your knowledge of cannabis from novice to expert in NO time.
Once you’ve learned more about this exotic plant, you should put this information to good use.
By starting a blog of some sort, you’ll help people find this information efficiently.
Moreover, if you live in a legal state, you may want to look into starting a delivery service in your town.
Check local laws and the area for competition.
Starting a cannabis blog enables you to achieve these three things + so much more.
With food delivery services on the rise, there couldn’t be a better time to launch a weed delivery service than RIGHT NOW!!
8) Start A Local Marketing Work At Home Business
Did you know local businesses in your area need your help?
How can you help?
Any business, large or small, has one thing in common.
More customers, leads, and sales!!
As strange as this may seem, companies are still living in the stone age.
Therefore, they don’t know much about the internet.
Also, they aren’t aware of the sheer power of the world wide web.
Furthermore, they have no idea how many new customers they could gain each month.
At this point, you step into the picture and show them around.
Show them how much money they’re leaving on the table month after month.
If you have any knowledge of SEO, have ranked sites on page 1, and are passionate about helping business, you need to look into local marketing.
What is it?
Local marketing is the process of helping local businesses in your neighborhood to gain new customers.
Also, you would be assisting businesses to create an online presence.
If you’re good at SEO, this could be a highly profitable way for you to start a work at home business.
Once you’ve initially established your client’s presence online, you can charge a monthly maintenance fee.
This way, your client’s customers keep rolling in, and you continue to get paid every month.
It’s a win-win for everyone.
Here’s how it works
- Make a phone call explaining how you can help
- Schedule an appointment
- Show them what you can do for their biz
- Have them sign a contract
- Get to work
- Send them customers
- The company’s revenue goes up.
- You get paid
For example, Sally has been having severe back pain for the last two weeks.
Therefore, she has been searching for the best chiropractor in the Phoenix Arizona area.
From a simple Google search, “Best Chiropractors In Phoenix,” this could potentially relieve Sally’s pain.
Furthermore, this could also help a chiropractor in the local area gain a new customer.
Building a customer base of loyal clients that pay a monthly recurring fee could take some time.
However, once established, you could earn upwards of $10k a month in no time.
9) Start A Daycare Business
If you love kids, why not start a work at home business watching other people’s kids.
Instead of enduring the high costs attached to a traditional daycare business, you’ll drastically cut costs and make a profit.
With single parents having to take up 2 or 3 jobs to survive, finding quality daycare is in high demand.
Therefore, finding someone, they can trust to watch their kids while working means the world to them.
However, before getting started, there are a few things you need to know.
- Check the local area +local laws.
- Do plenty of research.
- Be aware of the expenses.
- Have a curriculum ready
- Passing inspection
The things listed above are only a few of the many things you’ll need to know.
Running a daycare business can be challenging, as you’ll need to have the following skills.
- Communication (verbal and written)
Also, if you rent, you may want to check with your landlord for rules and regulations regarding this.
Some states allow this as others don’t.
Again, check your local laws before attempting any of this.
10) Domain Flipping
Did you know there are a plethora of domain names that are worth thousands of dollars?
Statistics show that over 360 million domain names registered at the close of 2019.
A 5% increase from the year before.
Therefore the market to start a work at home business in the domain name industry is piping hot.
How does it work?
I like to think of domain names as virtual online real estate.
Like traditional real estate, domain names increase in value as they age and as you continue to write rich content.
Unless it’s a premium name, most domain names are very inexpensive.
Under $15 a year.
However, when searching for relevant domain names here are a few things to consider
- Short & Sweet- 15 characters or less
- Catchy & Thought Provoking
- .Com’s Are The Best
What makes a domain name valuable?
Many key factors play a role in domain name values.
However, the most critical one is 3 or 4 letter names.
These domains are no longer available for registration.
Therefore when something is no longer available, the price ALWAYS goes up.
Additionally, this also serves as exact match names for companies.
We are making them even more valuable.
Also, domains that have aged over the years and have gained authority are quite valuable as well.
How much are domain names worth?
After doing some hefty research, I discovered that Cars.com sold for a whopping 872 Million dollars.
Yes, you read that correctly, $872,000,000.00.
The foremost vital factor you need to utilize in this business is to buy low and sell high.
For more big selling domain names, check out this comprehensive list from Godaddy.
Benefits Of Starting A Work At Home Business
Once you decide too, which business idea from the list above would fit you best, it’s time to get to work.
However, before getting started, let’s discuss the benefits of starting a work at home business.
As a home-based business owner, there are many tax deductions that you’ll qualify to receive.
After doing a hefty amount of research, I discovered the following things that are tax-deductible
- Rent/ Mortgage payment
- Homeowners association fees
- The square footage that you use for business
- Any tools or software you’ve bought for your business
- Any monthly/ yearly membership fees you pay
- Utility payments including phone and internet charges
Pretty much anything you use for business can be used as a tax deduction
From your computer to your smartphone.
If you use it for business, it can be a tax writeoff.
I qualified for a $3,000 tax deduction from my 2019 taxes from the things I listed above.
However, things may differ where you live.
I’m merely sharing my experience when I filed taxes recently for 2019.
Always check your local laws for rules and regulations.
Other WAHB Benefits
Other than receiving a generous tax deduction, there are many other benefits to look forward to once you get started building your business.
- Create your schedule (work when you want)
- Get paid to do something you love
- Experience life on your terms
- Spend more time with family
- Save on daycare fees
- Work in your pj’s lol
- Learn a new life-changing skill
My Closing Thoughts
Deciding to start a work at home business can be one of the best experiences of your life.
Personally, for me, it has been one of the best decisions of my life.
Seven years later, and I feel I haven’t scratched the surface of the opportunity that awaits me and anyone else interested.
However, please keep in mind this type of work isn’t for everyone.
If you have the brains and collective knowledge of how the internet works, you can learn how to do this and figure things out.
When I started seven years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much help available as there is today.
Therefore, I had to figure most of this stuff out on my own with no help.
After years of struggling and failing several times, I finally got it right.
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