Greetings and Salutations from Richmond, Kentucky!
Marlene Jones, Proud American, Entrepreneur & Netizen since 1994
What's a Entrepreneur?
Can you really make money online?
You can take your favorite hobby or topic of conversation and make a web site for it, join a few related affiliate programs, and make good money having fun. You can also make decent money running some online auctions, while at the same time cleaning out your attic, garage or basement of things you no longer want or need. As the old saying goes, one man's junk is another man's treasure.
If your mind works on things like the suggestions above, chances are you have an entrepreneurial spirit, and you might be the next Jeff Bezos. For some things, you do not even need a domain name or paid web hosting. You don't even have to know that much about web design to get started. Many free web hosts have what they call site builders, which are online WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors. There are also freeware and shareware versions of editors, and many free tutorials online on the topic of web design as well as other programming.
I believe there is a learning curve on the WWW and that a week of studying on here is equivalent to a month's learning, or more, by other means. Whether you are researching gardening or web marketing, web site design or politics; the WWW has web sites and information for almost any topic you could imagine.
How to get started?
Depending on what your abilities, likes and dislikes are, you'll want to make a list of goals you want to accomplish with your project. Figure out how much money you want to make and then write make a business plan that reflects your goals. You'll also want to figure out how much time and money you have to start your business or website.
Next, you'll want to learn all you can about the internet and look around to see if other people are already doing what you have planned. This phase is the research part of things and is very important. Chances are in your researching you will meet other webmasters and entrepreneurs. You will be building a network as well as a knowledge base, as your research goes on. Most Netizens and Entrepreneurs are very friendly people, and most like to share what they have learned, as well as point others to online resources.
Other Things to Consider
What if I have never had my own business?
You may not even want to start your own business, you may want to find freelance jobs instead. Or if you are not overly concerned with making a lot of money - you might want to volunteer in an online community, where you'll meet other people who can teach you what you need to know.
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