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3 Legitimate Small Businesses You Can Start from Home

3 Legitimate Small Businesses You Can Start from Home

• Updated: May 19, 2016

You’ve probably come across websites attempting to sell you on the idea of various “make money online” programs. Truthfully? Most of those either aren’t legit or will cost you an arm and a leg to be successful. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of legitimate ways to earn a good living from home without spending a fortune.
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If you’re interested in working from home, but are struggling to find a decent opportunity, this list will help immensely.

Join a Freelance Website

Freelance websites such as Elance (soon to be rebranded as Upwork), Taskrabbit, and Zirtual are cheap (approximately $20 per month for a membership, or less). You can find work in various fields such as writing, data entry, web design, and IT on these websites. Freelance websites are highly competitive, meaning you’ll need to put together a strong portfolio and be able to deal with the annoyance of getting outbid for jobs to those willing to work for peanuts. However, if you remain persistent and don’t succumb to the temptation to bid lower than what you’re worth, there’s good money to be made freelancing.

Direct Marketing Can Be a Lucrative Job Opportunity

A little hard work never hurt anyone. With direct marketing, hard work can pay off big time. Direct marketing opportunities such as Scentsy (fragrance sales), Avon (beauty products), and Herbalife (health products) have many high earning reps. Take a look at this list of top 100 global direct selling companies to find an opportunity that interests you. Direct marketing can be a full-time or side business, but hard work and strong networking skills are essential. 
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Start an eBay (or Amazon) Business

eBay and Amazon are extremely competitive markets. So before you decide to quit your day job for this opportunity, you should do some research on how to sell on eBay. Next, decide the types of products you want to sell, and then figure out how you’re going to obtain those products. You can search for wholesalers or, if you want to think outside the box, resell used products you buy at garage sales, Craigslist, etc. The goal is to find products that are easy to flip for a decent profit. Beauty products, sporting event and concert tickets, and pretty much anything with an Apple logo sell like hotcakes on eBay.

If you didn’t find something you like on this list, don’t worry. There are many other small businesses you can start from home. The key to running a successful business is to do something you enjoy. If you’re passionate about what you do, and you are willing to put in the time and effort required to be successful, you’ll do just fine. Good luck!
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