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Internet Trainer

Use your web savvy to help others get online.

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Internet Trainer

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Believe it or not, there are still lots of folks’including many seniorcitizens and retirees–who don’t have a clue how to access the internetor where to go once they’re on it. If you’re a tech whiz and you likenothing better than tinkering online–then you can these individualslearn how to navigate the information superhighway with ease as aninternet trainer.

You’ll give seminars, workshops, day-long courses orprovide one-on-one assistance at senior centers and in individuals’homes. And you can teach the basics or tailor your programs to thespecific types of internet use your clients want to know. Theadvantages to this business are that–assuming you already have acomputer–you can start on a shoestring, and while the internet’s beenaround for a while, not everyone is internet-savvy, so there’s plentyof room for growth.

Plus, you get to play on the internet every day! Asan internet trainer, you’ll naturally need a solid background innavigating the internet, including aspects like internet marketing andresearch. You’ll need the patience to guide computer-phobic typesthrough their paces, even when it seems to you that they should havepicked it up a dozen mouse clicks back. And you should have themarketing skills to both land new clients and take advantage of repeatbusiness.

The Market

Your clients can be individual seniors or senior centers. Give seminarsand workshops at local colleges and community centers–this identifiesyou as an expert and is a good way to garner business and individualclients. Establish relationships with computer stores and ask them torefer you to customers.

Needed Equipment

All you really need to get started are your computer and a few onlineservices so you can research clients’ specific needs and how to solvethem before you arrive on-site. You should have a laser or inkjetprinter for banging out cheat sheets and guides, and if you’ll begiving seminars, you’ll want a desktop projector and a laser pointer sothe whole group can see what you’re doing.

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Online Recycled Renovation Products

You know what they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

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Online Recycled Renovation Products

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Here is a unique business start-up for the savvy webmaster. Thousands of homes are demolished annually in the United States to make way for new houses and buildings. Many of these same homes have items like hardwood flooring, bathroom fixtures, and doors and windows that are of value and can be recycled.
 
You can profit by developing a Web site where these valuable items can be listed for sale. The site should be indexed by product with a section for hardwood flooring, a section for windows, etc. This would enable visitors to easily navigate the site and find what they are looking for quickly. In terms of making money, there are a few options.The first is to charge contractors and homeowners a fee for listing the recycled building products on the site. The second option is to let customers list the items for free and retain a commission upon successful sale. Another option would be to make the site free to use for both visitors and people wishing to list items for sale and sell or rent banner advertising space to merchants and service providers seeking exposure to your Web site users.

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Online Spokesperson Directory

Create a database of people who can help businesses with their PR efforts.

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Online Spokesperson Directory

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Product endorsements and testimonials are a very important marketing tool for many businesses. Thus starting a website featuring spokespersons for hire has the potential to make you rich.
 
Professionals, industry experts, and celebrities alike from every corner of the globe could post an advertisement on the site that gives detailed information about their qualifications to promote certain products or services and the type of endorsement contracts they are seeking. Corporations and organizations that are looking for a professional spokesperson to endorse or promote their products and service would simply log onto the site and begin to search the listings featured. Sources of revenue for this type of cyberenterprise include charging spokespersons a listing fee as well as selling advertising space on the site.

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Online Researcher

Have your nose in the net all day? Monetize your research time.

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Online Researcher

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

If you find yourself spending a lot of time surfing the web, and if you’re looking to start your own business, consider an internet research service so you can get paid for the time you spend surfing. This business opportunity was once called information brokering, but, with the introduction of the internet, the name has changed.
The business remains the same, however, as the information that was once researched and compiled from newspapers, trade magazines, and business and industry journals may now be found online. An internet research service operates in two ways.
The first is to collect data and facts relevant to a specific topic or topics, and then sell the compiled data to individuals and businesses that require this information. Business owners also enlist the services of an internet researcher to source specific data and facts relevant to their particular business, industry, or market. In both cases, clients pay for information they are seeking. Billing rates for the services vary, depending on how much research time is required to compile the data; however, many internet research services have base billing rates of $25 to $35 per hour.

Needed Equipment

A computer with high-speed Internet access.

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