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Applying to college can be an anxiety-inducing process. Help students-to-be make their education more affordable.

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Online Scholarship 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

Every year students vie for educational scholarships, and one of the most difficult challenges facing them is trying to keep track and up-to-date with the thousands of different scholarships that are offered each year.
 
Developing a website that features information about scholarships can serve two purposes. The first is that creating this type of site is a terrific way to develop your own home based business. The second purpose is obvious; parents and students would have access to a fantastic resource base to learn more about particular scholarships and the required criteria in terms of the awarding process.
 
This type of online business could earn revenue in a few ways, such as charging students and parents a yearly membership fee for access to the site or charging educational facilities and scholarship advisory boards a fee to post their scholarship information. Of course, advertising revenues could also be earned by renting banner ads once the site is established.

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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 Contractors Directory

Contractors are always in need. Help others find them with an online directory.

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Online Contractors 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

Not all contractors and renovation companieshave the time, budget, or skills required to create and maintain theirown Web site. Thus there is a fantastic opportunity awaiting thecybersavvy entrepreneur by launching a ‘contractors online directory.’The Web site can be indexed by the various construction or renovationservice featured, such as a painting section, flooring section, andsunroom section.

Ideally, the site would service one particularcommunity or city, thus allowing for future growth by franchising orlicensing the operating format to qualified webmasters across thecountry. People would simply log onto the site and view the service andproduct listings that were of interest to them. Each contractor couldreceive a listing in the index hyperlink to a pop-up page to describetheir business, or even link to their Web site if they have one.Charging clients a monthly fee of $100 including site maintenance andcoupon page options is not out of line. Providing you can secure 100clients, you will generate sales in excess of $100,000 annually.

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Online Art Prints

Sell art prints to customers anytime, anywhere with an online store.

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Online Art Prints

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

Caught up in the excitement of having printsproduced from their original artwork, many artists fail to consider howthey will market the prints. Herein lies a business opportunity.Develop a website that exclusively features art prints for sale.

Thesite can be indexed by print theme and artists from around the worldcan submit pictures of their prints to be posted. Upon sale of a printthe artist would ship it to the purchaser and would receive apercentage of the sales value. Ideally, marketing efforts would beaimed at individuals and organizations that routinely purchase artprints such as decorators, corporations, and property developers. Thistype of cyberventure is relatively easy to establish and could beoperated from home on a part-time basis.

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