Top 10 Internet Home Business Ideas You Can Start and Run in Your Underwear

Can Anyone Make Money Online Working From Home?

Of course. Many thousands of people do. You might have friends or family members who make a living with a home-based Internet business already. The problem is that not everyone WILL make money online, because making money on the internet takes a long time to learn, and most people give up because it can be extremely frustrating.


With over 300,000 “Internet Home Business” related searches on the internet every month, it’s safe to say that there is a lot of demand for information on how to make money on the internet. Sadly, this also means that there are a lot of shady characters preying on this group of people.

I knew someone who fell for one of these scams once – they taught him how to make money online, and then all he did was sell seminars – on how to make money online. The fact that he had never actually made any money online was beside the point… I guess. Not surprisingly, I’m not a big supporter of his business. :)

Internet Business Idea #1: Affiliate Marketing

What is it?
Promote other company’s products and services on your website. When a sale is made, you get a commission.

Most important skills needed
Sales copywriting, web marketing, list building, PPC (Pay Per Click marketing)

Best learning resources

  • Introduction: Affiliate Business Online: The Basics and Super Affiliate Handbook (Rosalind Gardner).
  • Deeper Learning: Wealthy Affiliate – which offers both paid and free memberships on a very organized educational platform with all the necessary tools to build an affiliate marketing business.  NAMS Insider Club – offers thorough and extensive training on setting up your affiliate based business. It’s not a step-by-step system like the Wealthy Affiliate program but the community there is great and welcoming!

Recommended Books

  • Make a Fortune Promoting Other People’s Stuff Online by Rosalind Gardner
  • Huge Profits with Affiliate Marketing by Connie Ragen Green

Free Webinar Replay:

  • Become an Earning Affiliate Marketer

Internet Home Business Idea #2: Blogging

What is it?
A chronologically based website filled with articles, reviews, or journal-style writing. You can sell advertising or incorporate affiliate marketing on a blog to earn money.

Most important skills needed
Writing, social networking, affiliate marketing, web marketing

Best learning resources

  • Introduction: The Stages of Blogging: The Best and Easiest Online Home Based Business Opportunity.
  • Niche Success Blueprint is a step-by-step course that can get your online businesses up and running from start to finish.
  • Social Marketing Results is a social media course where you learn how to market your blog without spending a dime on ads.

Recommended Interviews

Recommended Books

  • Expert Briefs: Blogging for Profit: The Stripped-Down Naked Truth from 26 Rockin’ Online Business Owners
  • ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
  • Mom Blogging For Dummies

Web-Based Business Idea #3: Sell Information Products

What is it?
Selling your expertise in various forms from bite sized reports to full fledged membership sites, people need what know and are willing to pay for it.

Most important skills needed
Copywriting, area of expertise, web marketing, customer service

Introduction: Learn how to set yourself up for success: Steps for Setting Up an InfoProduct Home-based Business Online

Go Deeper: Earn 1k A Day Insiders Club: Offers training, coaching, an interactive community and over 1000 information products you can promote and sell in the meantime while you build your own line of products.

Idea #4 for Internet Home Based Businesses: Selling on Amazon (Fulfilled By Amazon)

This is exciting new ecommerce option that has opened wide over this last year.  You can sell products on Amazon and they’ll even house and ship the products for you. Check out these books for an introduction:

  • Amazing Amazon Genie: Exactly how to earn full-time profit starting with $0.
  • Selling on Amazon’s FBA Program – Earn $2-5K Per Month Shipping Boxes of Books to Amazon
  • Making a GREAT Living with Fulfillment by Amazon: Specific Answers to 30 Questions Every Newbie Asks

Internet Home Business Idea #5: Sell Your Creative Arts, Crafts & Indie Products

What is it? Creating and manufacturing your own product lines and selling them online.  A favorite website for marketing your crafts is Etsy. Most important skills needed Creativity, sales, e-commerce Best learning resources:

Recommended Books

Idea #6 for Working From Home on the Web: Freelance Writing

What is it? Providing your writing skills to others, including ghostwriting. Most important skills needed Writing skills, customer service, time management Best learning Resources:

Recommended Interviews

  • Find and Secure Freelance Blogging Work with Tom Ewer

Recommended Books

Work At Home Web Business Idea #7: WordPress Consulting & Design

What is it?
WordPress is a Content Management System best known as a ‘Blog’ and the need for WordPress management and design is great.

Most important skills needed
WordPress expertise, graphic design skills, Photoshop, etc.

  • Don’t know how to set up a website for your new business? Click here to watch a free tutorial.

Internet Business Idea #8: Coaching/Consulting

What is it?
Providing your specialized knowledge to those who need it.

Most important skills needed
Trade-specific knowledge, sales, customer service

Best learning resources

Recommended Interviews:

Web Business Idea #9: VA (Virtual Assistant)

What is it?
Providing administrative and business support to other business owners and small businesses.

Most important skills needed
Customer service, organization, social media

Best learning resources

Recommended Book


Internet Business Idea #10:   Offline Marketing Consulting

What is it?  
Take your online marketing skills out to your local community, serving small business owners by building websites, setting up social media and helping to drive traffic.

Most important skills needed
Customer service, social media, search engine knowledge

Best learning resources:

When Can You Quit Your Day Job to Work Online From Home?

Perhaps the most important piece of advice for starting an internet home business is this: Don’t expect to replace your day job’s income for 365 days (or so!). Although I will add that service-based businesses tend to bring in revenue faster, I would still allow for a full year to replace your outside-the-home salary.

The Good News About the Home Based Business Industry

As long as you are willing to put in the hours (days… weeks…. months….. ) to learn the ropes, you can bootstrap your business with extremely little money, generally speaking. Remember that some businesses take more to start than others. I’ve probably directly invested less than $3000 getting this blog up and running, and now revenue is increasing at about a 125-140% pace every month after being in business for 16 months. So, where do you start from here? Here are some general rules of thumb.

Internet-Based Business: Startup Rules

  1. Pre-packaged programs only work as much as you can customize it and make it unique and your own. Even then, techniques that work for one niche won’t work in all niches.
  2. Be wary of any “system” that promises instant results (especially anything that sounds like a get-rich-quick scheme!)
  3. Knowing the basics of html, SEO (search engine optimization), social media marketing, website marketing and traditional marketing and sales are a must.
  4. Every business is made stronger by specializing in a tight niche. Know your audience and stick to it.

Unless you have a brilliant tech idea that makes venture capitalists drool (which means you don’t need this list), you need to determine where your strengths are and which business model you plan on following. I have run three home-based businesses in my life, all of which leveraged my current skill set as the foundation for building the business. Look over the following list and single out the ones in which you have at least some experience. You probably won’t have all of the skills necessary, so don’t let that stop you! All you have to do is work hard and be willing to learn.

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