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As the Internet grows and continues to become an increasingly integral part of our lives, so does the opportunity to make money in this arena. Online spending reached nearly $80 billion not long ago and increased to approximately $103 billion within a year. An estimated 136 million people shopped online in recent months. These figures suggest that an online business is a worthwhile, lucrative investment. There is no reason to forgo this opportunity, particularly as this book will show you how to start an ...
As the Internet grows and continues to become an increasingly integral part of our lives, so does the opportunity to make money in this arena. Online spending reached nearly $80 billion not long ago and increased to approximately $103 billion within a year. An estimated 136 million people shopped online in recent months. These figures suggest that an online business is a worthwhile, lucrative investment. There is no reason to forgo this opportunity, particularly as this book will show you how to start an Internet-based business for less than one thousand dollars.
Many people choose to start an online business because they desire a more flexible schedule, hate commuting, and want the ability to work from anywhere. 199 Internet Based Businesses You Can Start with Less than One Thousand Dollars will provide you with a roadmap to success by detailing how other Internet businesses have found success. In addition, you will learn how to evaluate your levels or risk, how to promote your business, how to conduct research, how to find a target market, how to select a Web hosting service, how to attract and keep customers, and how to take advantage of tools like Amazon, Yahoo!, CafePress, and PayPal.
In this book, you will be provided with a list of 199 businesses based on the top concepts, which focus on such things as apartment location, art supplies, beauty products, books, coupons, dining guides, e-zines, graphic design, market research, online modeling agencies, photography, tutoring, and Web design. This book will help you identify the online business that is right for you.
Whether you are aiming to sell consumer products, professional services, your own expertise, or even your artwork, 199 Internet Based Business You Can Start with Less than One Thousand Dollars will show you how to create a successful online business surrounding that concept. This book is filled with tips and tricks from people who have made millions online; we have included these secrets in hopes that you will become successful, too.
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Introduction: The Arrival of the World Wide Web and E-Commerce 17
Online Shopping Models 19
Demands of the Sophisticated Virtual Shopper 22
Before We Begin 23
Chapter l Is E-Commerce Right For You? 27
Traits of a Successful Business Owner 27
Brick-and-Mortar versus Online Store 32
The Niche Reigns Supreme 34
Chapter 2 Benefits of an Online Business 39
There are Many Opportunities Available 40
E-Commerce is Inexpensive 41
E-commerce Continues to Expand42
Marketing and Advertising Online is Cost-Effective 42
Real-Time Customer Tracking with Analytics 43
The Ability to Follow Your Interests 46
Chapter 3 Organizing Your Office and Developing a Budget 49
Electronics and Software 51
Creating a Budget 57
Chapter 4 Business Plans, Licenses, and Taxes 61
Organization of a Business Plan 63
Chapter 5 Your Business's Name and Location 73
Defining Your Business's "Brand" New Name 74
Creating Your Company Logo 75
Choosing a Domain Name 78
Domain Registration 79
Choosing a Web Site Host 80
E-Commerce Solutions 82
Chapter 6 Creating an Effective Web Site 89
Creating an Attractive Web Site 92
Customer Connections Build Long-Term Relationships 95
Chapter 7 Generating Customer Traffic with the Written Word and SEO 99
Providing Content via Articles 100
Building Relationships with a Blog 101
Search Engine Optimization - Explained 108
Chapter 8 Expanding Your Business Network 113
Developing a Marketing Plan 114
Back to the Basics: Excellent Customer Service 115
Joining Forums 116
Customer Service via E-mail 117
Social Networking Sells Your Business 119
Offline Networking 123
SuccessfullyUsing Public Relations 124
Chapter 9 Advertising 129
Advertising Network Service 129
Coupon Business 130
Banner Advertising Artist 132
Internet Keyword Advertising Specialist 133
Sideline Businesses 135
Magnetic Car Signs 136
Sideline Businesses 137
Chapter 10 Animals 139
Pet Sitting 139
Sideline Businesses 141
Pet Portraits 142
Old World Pet Portraits 144
Pet Supply Store 145
Sideline Businesses 147
Sideline Businesses 149
Pet Commerce Direct 150
Homemade Dog Bones 151
Sideline Businesses 153
Fly Tying 153
Sideline Businesses 155
Chapter 11 Artists 157
Web Site Designer 157
Calligraphy Services 158
Hand-Painted Tiles 160
Handmade Wedding Invitations 161
Painted Clothing 162
Sideline Businesses 163
Home Portraits 164
Sideline Businesses 165
Chapter 12 Business Services169
Virtual Assistant Service 169
Transcription Services 170
Translating and Interpreting Services 172
Business Broker 173
Long for Success 174
RTA Cabinet Store 176
Telephone Answering Service 177
Online Publicist/Public Relations 178
Sideline Businesses 180
Freelance Proofreader 180
Beyond the Pen 182
Chapter 13 Parents and Children 185
Disposable Diaper Service 185
Sideline Businesses 186
Baby Hands and Footprints 188
Handmade Children's Gifts 190
Handmade Children's Toys 191
Sideline Businesses 193
Handcrafted Children's Playhouse 193
Childcare Finder 194
Tutoring Services 196
College Planning Services 197
Chapter 14 Clothing 201
Clothing Store 201
Sideline Businesses 202
Sideline Businesses 207
Chapter 15 Collectibles 209
Used Books 212
Sideline Businesses 213
Chapter 16 Consulting 215
Feng Shui Consultant 215
Color Consultant 216
Disability Consultant 216
Government Contract Consultant 216
Graphologist or Handwriting Consultant 217
Health Insurance Consultant 217
Homeschooling Consultant 218
International Business Consultant 218
Nutrition Consultant 218
Online Fundraising Consultant 219
Web Site Consultant 219
Credit Counselor 219
Life Coach 220
Weight Loss Consultant 220
RX Meds Partner 221
Chapter 17 Crafts 223
Unusual Yams 223
Sideline Businesses 224
Handmade Candles 225
Sideline Businesses 226
New England Birdhouse 228
Chapter 18 Employment 231
Career Counselor/Coaching 231
Sideline Businesses 233
Employment Background Screening 234
Sideline Businesses 236
Chapter 19 Homemade Food 237
Homemade Food Store 237
Sideline Businesses 238
Homemade Candy 239
Sideline Businesses 240
Wedding Cakes 242
Sideline Businesses 244
Fortune Cookies 244
Sideline Businesses 245
Chapter 20 Going Green 247
Green Businesses 247
Sideline Businesses 248
Chapter 21 Health Care 251
Medical Transcription Services 251
Medical Billing and Coding Services 252
Sideline Businesses 254
Home Companions 255
Geriatric Consultant 256
Headset Bros 257
Chapter 22 Internet 259
Electronic Magazine Publishing 259
Harvard Perspectives Press 260
Search Engine Optimization Service 261
Virtual Tours 263
Worldwide Brands, inc 264
Chapter 23 Service Businesses 267
Private Investigator 267
Gift Baskets 268
Genealogy Service 269
Genealogy Photo Detective 271
House Sitting Service 272
Selling Used Car Parts 273
CHiP's V6 Specialties 274
Chapter 24 Photography 277
Sporting Events 278
School Activities 278
Aerial Photography 278
Architectural or Real Estate 279
Sideline Businesses 281
Chapter 25 Special Events 283
Diaper Cake Businesses 283
Bridal Shower and Wedding Favors 284
Sideline Businesses 285
Custom Bridal Veils/Hair Flowers 285
Reunion Organizer 287
Reminder Service 287
Chapter 26 Writer 291
Blog Writer 291
Freelance Writer 292
Sideline Businesses 293
Writing Family Histories 295
Sideline Businesses 296
Chapter 27 Relocation and Real Estate Services 299
Vacant House/Apartment Cleaning 299
Senior Relocation Services 300
Sideline Businesses 302
Apartment/House Locator for Renters 303
Chapter 28 Each Niche Stands Alone 305
Lucky Break Wishbone Corp 305
Sideline Businesses 307
Appendix: Sample Business Plan 311
Author Biography 327
Posted April 2, 2011
Being I own several online businesses I was interested in obtaining tips that could help me with them as well as possibly starting others. As I perused this book I was pleased to see that Sharon L. Cohen covered the basics concisely without being overwhelming for anyone that is new to online ventures or not internet savvy.
Aside from giving basics such as e-commerce, marketing/advertising, customer tracking, business essentials (plan, license, tax,) name/location, effective website design, generating traffic she also gives suggestions of what types of online businesses may be started. The list does include 199 suggestions and if the interest is there one may pursue further research. Each suggestion has a brief business overview, skills needed, tips, and where to find more information.
If you are expecting detailed information, it's not in this book; however, it does contain the basics to whet your interest enough to find out more. I believe this is a good book to get your mind wrapped around what it entails to run an internet based business and whether or not you have enough discipline and interest to run with it. In my opinion this is a good resource for a beginner.
Posted March 1, 2011
Author Sharon L. Cohen outlines the ins and outs of internet business success in her book, "199 Internet-Based Businesses You Can Start with Less Than One Thousand Dollars: Secrets, Techniques, and Strategies Ordinary People Use Every Day to Make Millions". While hoping to motivate and inspire, she offers sound advice on what it takes to start an online business while maintaining a realistic grasp on what that involves. Her business ideas were less than exciting but all in all, a decent reference book on the subject. More than ever, people are choosing to shop online instead of going to a traditional 'brick and mortar' store for a myriad of reasons. These reasons can range anywhere from not wanting to deal with parking lots and crowds to saving time and gas or just being bored. Whatever the reason, more and more entrepreneurs are looking to cyberspace to build their passion and income. And Sharon L. Cohen shows you how. "199 Internet-Based Businesses You Can Start with Less Than One Thousand Dollars" begins with a solid background on business and tackles such subjects as a business plan, marketing, customer service, and much more. Cohen continues by breaking down her 199 businesses into sections for easy navigation; the groupings around the same theme give her readers additional options that perhaps they hadn't previously considered. Further, some ideas have 'sideline businesses', closely related spinoffs that are only slightly different than the initial one. While I did find some of her suggestions good, I was a bit disappointed overall; some of the ideas offered seemed to be hardly worthy of her subtitle, "Secrets, Techniques, and Strategies Ordinary People Use Every Day to Make Millions" - such as an internet site for selling crickets (#26) or worms (#27) as fishing bait. I also found the subtitle to be misleading. Big, bold letters tell us that ordinary people use the contained techniques to make millions yet she says, "You will not make millions on your first attempt at starting an e-commerce store". Granted, she is trying to give her readers a realistic look at the difficulties of starting a business (which applies to traditional storefront or website) but this statement - 32 pages into the book - is not what the cover is implying. 199 Internet-Based Businesses You Can Start with Less Than One Thousand Dollars: Secrets, Techniques, and Strategies Ordinary People Use Every Day to Make Millions" is a good look at what it takes to start an internet business, complete with a sample business plan appendix. Targeted at those with intermediate computer skills, Cohen does include some lingo definitions and suggests supplemental training for those whose skills aren't up to par. A good 'business basics' book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2010
In an economy such as the one we're currently facing, the business basics that this book provides is as important and useful as the list of business ideas at the end. Before you hand out $1,000 of your money, this book gives you information and background on working in an e-commerce world, how to create a business plan and budget and how to advertise and market your new business.
Once you have the basics down, the book is split into areas of interest that can help you narrow down what type of business interests you and how to get that business off the ground.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It offers plenty of ideas covering a myriad of interests giving people from every walk of life possible ideas for starting their own business. That information alone makes this book a worthwhile read.
Posted March 13, 2010
Whether your hope is to bring your existing business to a new level or to start a new business online, "199 Internet-Based Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars" does a fantastic job detailing the world of e-commerce. This book begins by exploring the pros and cons of owning an online business versus a "brick and mortar" store, touches upon creating a business plan, and ends by offering 199 suggestions of specific business opportunities.
Starting a new business can be confusing, however this book offers a concise explanation of exactly how to begin the start up process. While explaining the cost benefits of owning an online business including: a home office space, and decreased marketing and advertising expenses, this book also details other important aspects of creating a business. The significance of search engine optimization (SEO), how to use google analytics for the best performance of your site, as well as a great list of websites that can be helpfull for start up businesses is also provided. Specific case studies featuring successful online business owners are presented throughout this book.
"199 Internet-Based Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars" by Sharon L. Cohen, does an excellent job of informing potential and current business owners of the benefit of internet-based businesses. And in a tough economy, this inspirational book is a valuable resource for anyone considering engaging in the "virtual business world".
Posted March 12, 2010
Everyone wants to find their "niche." And it can be found in the book 199 Internet-Based Businesses: You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars by Sharon L. Cohen. This book looks at helping you become the entrepreneur you have always dreamed of being. To start, it lists 199 businesses and ways to develop a "niche" in the marketplace you chose.
To start, Cohen explains what e-commerce is and how to use it to your advantage. What it takes to be a "virtual" business owner. Differences between a Virtual store and a Brick-and-Mortar store are explained. Benefits of an online business, and I could go on and on. In other words, it is a step-by-step plan to help you go "Internet" and succeed at starting a business on the World Wide Web.
From there the book walks you through knowing why branding your business, marketing and having a web site, and all it entails, is imperative to being successful. Understanding how to get started is well explained in the section on developing a really good business plan. Do you have a logo? Cohen tells you why you need one. Need to know how to expand your customer base? Cohen explains that too. How about advertising? Again Cohen explains that also. As I said, Cohen holds your hand and walks with you through developing your "Internet" business.
What else is good about the book? It introduces you to the lingo used on the Web. The lingo is simplified to give you a better understanding of word/acronym meanings and why they are important. For example, how many of you know what SEO means? How about IM? Do you know or have a Blog? Well, Cohen explains the commonly used terms on the Internet. Cohen also provides good samples of other people who have succeeded at Internet businesses. Each individual explains how they got started and what worked and what didn't.
Whatever your reasons or desire is for starting a business on the Internet; Cohen can help you with her book. 199 Internet-Based Businesses: You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars is the book for you. Lastly, in the book are listing for services like "Diaper Cakes" and a "RX Meds Partner." I don't know about you but, I had never heard of such businesses. So as you can see, it not only shows you what's available but how to par the business down to a "niche" that only you can fill successfully.
Posted February 26, 2010
Knowing whether eCommerce is right for you can be quite difficult to judge. We have all heard success stories in online business, but it's those accounts we hear of people who have failed and flailed which tend to leave a bitter taste in our mouths. But never fear! This book is the light in the often darkened spots of internet business and shines a light on the dos and don'ts of entering the virtual business world.
Exploring the benefits of online business and the possibilities for future expansion and development, Cohen delivers a book which will guide you gently into how to get yourself started in the modern world of eCommerce.
But, not only does this book provide significant support for those interested in started an internet based business, it also provides you with instructions on how to complete the foundation needed when you start your own business; from setting a budget, writing a business plan and setting up your home office.
As the title suggests, Cohen delivers 199 potential businesses which could work in the online environment. Whether it's graphic design, clothing, telecommunication services or life coaching, this book will give you a heads up on the businesses which will succeed as a 'virtual' business.
Look out for the handy sample business plan at the back of the book which will help any novice write a fantastic business brief to live by.
Posted February 25, 2010
With more and more people desperate to escape the rat race, the possibility of working from home is a powerful draw. The Internet has opened up a huge new vista of possibilities for home businesses and e-commerce, and 199 Internet-Based Businesses covers most of them. Not only does this book detail everything you need to know about starting an e-commerce business, it also lists 199 Internet businesses that you can start for under $1,000-very appealing in this economy.
The book starts out with an overall tutorial on e-commerce, including the pros and cons of online versus brick-and-mortar stores, what consumers are looking for, and what makes an e-business successful. It also covers the basics, such as setting up a home office, preparing a business plan, creating a business name, and developing a budget. It even offers savvy advice on advertising and marketing strategies. And, true to its name, this book lists 199 Internet businesses-everything from pet-sitting, scrapbooking, and freelance proofreading to freelance consulting and background screening. Anyone who is serious about starting their own online business should be able to find useful information-even a brilliant new idea-to help get them started.