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Create professional, beautiful and functional websites for your clients.

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Web Design

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

Business Overview

If you’re in business today, a website is as important as an ad in the Yellow Pages. With a Web presence, you’ve got access to millions of potential customers around the world–it’s like rolling out a major advertising supplement, marketing brochure and mail order catalog in one easily updated package. And all without printing, postage or phone costs!
The problem is that for most people, designing a website is on a par with building your own TV set–a major mystery best left unexplored. But if you can unlock the secrets of HTML and you’ve got a flair for graphics and copywriting, then Website design could be the business for you. The advantages to this business are that it’s creative, you can start part-time on a minimal budget, and even if you don’t already know HTML, it’s not difficult to learn once you set your mind to it. And you can deal with clients in any geographic region without leaving your computer.
You should have a good rapport with your computer and have mastered the basic skills to get around in cyberspace. You’ll also need a talent for graphics and copywriting because your goal for each client will be not only to get the website up and running but to design one that’s easy to navigate through, visually appealing, and clearly yet cleverly worded. Get started by designing a few sample sites to showcase your talents, and be sure to mix up your sample work to include e-commerce, information portal, and so on.

The Market

Your clients will be businesses–you can target everything from SOHOs to nonprofit organizations to professional associations to government agencies. Choose a geographic or specialty area to start with–say, small businesses in your community or real estate agencies–then send direct-mail pieces explaining the values of a website and your services. Put up your own website both to attract business and to serve as a sample of your work, and establish links with other internet sites so potential clients can find you through as many paths as possible.

Needed Equipment

As a Website designer, your most important tool will be, of course, your computer; make sure yours has a fast internet connection. You’ll also need a scanner (inexpensive is OK), Web page creation software, and a graphic design package. If your Web page software doesn’t have the oomph to upload files to the internet service provider, you’ll want a program to carry out this task.

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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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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 Children’s Camps

Help parents find the right camp for their kids with an online directory.

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Online Children’s Camps

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

Business Overview

Worldwide, parents have thousands of options in terms of what type and what style of camp they can choose to send their children to. However, due to the fact that there are thousands of choices, most parents will only learn about a very small percentage of these camps, thus potentially missing out on an opportunity to send their children to a camp that would be beneficial in terms of development. Herein lies the business opportunity.
 
Create a website that operates as a directory for children’s camps located around the globe. The site could be indexed by the style of camp and geographic area. This would enable parents or kids to locate camps that are of interest to them within close proximity to their community.You could literally employ sales consultants in every state, or even country for that matter, to contact camps in their area and solicit the camps to become members featured on the website. Given the fact that there are thousands of various camps worldwide it would only require that a small percentage of these camps pay a minimal yearly listing fee to be featured on the site for this online venture to become profitable.

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