Online Opportunities

Diane Ziomek By Diane Ziomek, 22nd Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/e0qoq3kd/
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Information which only briefly touches on the subject of working online, as there are so many opportunities available.

Work Online

This article is in response to a comment made on my Home-Based Business...What To Do. In my previous article I mentioned several Home-based business opportunities, none of which were online opportunities. A fellow author was kind enough to bring that to my attention.

In our world of telecommuting and the vast array of opportunities presented to us via the internet, working from home is becoming more possible and common. Granted we still need employees in offices, retail outlets and the construction industry (to name a few) but companies have more flexibility now. It is not uncommon for someone to leave a full time office position and carry on the work from their home office. File sharing, the Internet and fax machines make it all possible.

Let us concentrate more on Online Opportunities which are not related to an existing position.

Freelance

The Internet has made it much easier for Freelancers to write and publish their work. This is not to say all Freelancers should stop submitting works to publishing houses, but it does get their name in the public eye. For anyone submitting articles to online sites I cannot stress enough to proofread your work and make sure the article is error free. I, along with many others I’m sure, have a hard time following an article which is written in broken English. There are several sites which pay writers for their works: some pay per article, some per word and others strictly give the author a portion of advertising revenue earned. It does take time to get established with any of these sites, so do not expect instant earnings. Some have a minimum payout threshold and hold your earnings until it is reached.

Keep in mind the Standards for printed works apply to online submissions as well. For example, if you submitted a manuscript which was full of errors and to a Publishing House it would be rejected immediately. If you are unsure of the standards, do some online research on "Writing Standards". There is a wealth of information out there...use it to your advantage.

Websites

Another way to take advantage of the online business world is to create a website marketing existing products or services you may offer. For example, a Crafter may list all products he or she makes and offer free shipping on any online orders over a certain dollar amount. Most people like the idea of free shipping, so may be more likely to order.

As mentioned in the comment on my other article, a farmer could use the Internet to market his animals. In this case, he would take pictures of the animals, post them and get interested parties to view his website. I have seen many Alpaca Farmers do this (we recently researched Alpacas for my daughter’s 4H speech). It is best to take the time to set up a professional looking site with no spelling errors and proper grammar. This relates back to the article submission guidelines in a previous paragraph. No one will buy animals or products from you if your website is not organized or appealing to the eye.

Guides

Another way to earn online income is to write How-To Guides. This is a good way to sideline a craft business or to earn extra income if you have a job outside the home. If there is something you can do really well, why not explain it Step-by-Step and market it? If marketed as an eBook, the price you charge can be minimal yet will still generate handsome profits for you. If you wish to have your guide printed, there are several On Demand Publishers, such as Lulu or CreateSpace. If you are focusing on only one item, an eBook may be the best option. If you are writing a guide for several items, such as different types of jewellery, a hardcopy manual may be best. Plus, there is always the option of offering both.

These are just a few ways to earn online. When searching for online opportunities, be wary of all the scams out there. As it has been said in several posts and articles I have read, “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is a scam”. The hardest part is sometimes sifting through all of the scams to find a legitimate opportunity. The best way is to make your own opportunity. That way, you know there are no strings attached, no hidden costs and no illegal activities.

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Work From Home, Work From Home Business, Work On The Internet, Work Online

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
I have always been interested in writing, but have only been publishing online since January 2010. I have many interests and write articles on several of them, such as crafts, writing, gardening etc.

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

Nicely written. Great info. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
22nd Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise! I look forward to contributing more here as well.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Diane, I am at this moment involved in a legal tassel to gain the use of the vacant part of the property we are renting from a church group. I have just this minute been informed that a very prestigious law firm is going to take on my "human rights" type case, "Pro Bono" so that I can start providing healthy, organic food to a starving community.

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Tranquilpen...I wish you all the best! I know your efforts will be appreciated by those who will benefit from what you are doing.

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