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What's the Best Way to Start an Online Business?

There's no one way, but you have plenty of options

by Wendy Piersall :: eMom  |  11883 views  |  5 comments  |        Rate this now! 

I’d like to qualify this advice with the following caveat: If you are already an experienced professional in any industry, you would likely have the easiest time making money at home by finding your own clients and getting hired for freelance work. Sometimes non-compete employment agreements will prohibit you from going this route, but in my experience, this is the fastest way to bring in revenue and get established as an entrepreneur. Then, as your business grows, you can add additional revenue streams such as affiliate marketing, blogging, email marketing, or launching your own eProducts.

Additionally, working on any of these things will require basic html knowledge, that you are internet savvy, and that you set up a web site.

So, to answer the initial question in a nutshell, here’s the best way to start a home business online:

Leverage your current skills and contacts into freelance work opportunities.

Leverage your current marketing knowledge into your first marketing projects.

Learn as much as you can about affiliate marketing, because everything you learn about it will help you to be successful in every online marketing endeavor.

About the Author

Wendy Piersall is the CEO and Founder of eMoms at Home, the home business magazine for moms and dads at

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5 comments so far...

  • Thanks, I started an online business with my sister recently and it's been hard getting people to the site...we hear that over and over. But it's fun to learn this with my sister and the business is starting to grow. If you have any suggestions on where we can learn more about driving traffic to a site, I'd love to get your advice.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by bPattee on 23rd June 2008

  • Great article... I've been in this business for a few months and it was rough in the beginning but now I'm learning and things are starting to get a little more easier... still alot to go though.. There's always something new to learn

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Gabriel on 6th June 2008

  • I love to hear other women use terms like SEO, PPC and Affiliate Marketing. It is about time!

    I enjoyed the article very much. Visited the blog as well...will be frequenting it often. thank you for the value.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Patricia Kagwiria Makhulo on 27th April 2008

  • There is a local success story in my town of Flower Mound, TX, in Monta Fleming--founder of

    In 2004 she began her online business and it is growing strong today.

    What would you say is the biggest drawback to having an online business?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Monta Fleming on 23rd April 2008

  • Thank you! I started a website last year, and I'm still learning, you gave me some great things to check into!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 25th March 2008