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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.