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

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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 ...

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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 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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This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 336 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781601382559
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,079,382
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Artisan & Proprietor, New England Birdhouse, www.NewEnglandBirdhouse.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword 13

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

Marketing 91

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

Doghouses 148

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

Scrapbooking 166

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

Micah&Co 189

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

Greekgear 205

Sideline Businesses 207

Chapter 15 Collectibles 209

Antiques 209

Auctions 210

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

Screensavers 265

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

Weddings 277

Portraits 278

Sporting Events 278

School Activities 278

Aerial Photography 278

Architectural or Real Estate 279

Documentary 279

Forensic 279

Nature 279

Panoramic 280

Travel 280

Astrophotography 280

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

Conclusion 309

Appendix: Sample Business Plan 311

Bibliography 325

Author Biography 327

Index 329

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Good basic information

    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.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Good business basics but disappointing ideas

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2010

    Very informative

    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.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    A motivating must read!

    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".

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    199 Busineses You Can Create From the Web

    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.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    Thousand Dollars - Secrets, Techniques and Strategies Ordinary People Use Every Day to Make Millions - By Sharon L. Cohen

    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.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Great for self-starters

    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.

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