The easiest way to start a home business online is to become an affiliate marketer. There are many opportunities and you can find them just by submitting a simple query to any search engine. You will probably just need the first couple pages but you will likely receive hundreds of ideas. Just type ‘start a home business online’ or ‘affiliate programs’, and you are on your way!
Once you do some research into the various programs to find out about their products or services, compensation plan, and their reputation, you can pick one or more and literally be up and running in a few hours tops. You can learn a lot just from visiting the link for their home page. Most have ‘FAQs’ (frequently asked questions) and various types of ‘Help’ that will assist you in your basic research.
You will find there are some affiliate programs you can join for free and this is a good idea so you can learn hands on from the inside. Just go through your member back office and click all the options to find out what is available to you and learn everything you can. Keep in mind that much of what you learn from one program is applicable to any program, particularly when it comes to how to promote it.
However once you have determined that the program is acceptable to you then you really should upgrade (pay). The reason for this is if you are really serious you want to make some money. While some programs do allow you to earn something at the free level, you should if at all possible make as much as you can and treat it as the real business it is.
You will find that you go through the same duties and tasks to promote a program where you make a few cents to a dollar commission, than one where you make a substantial amount. Seriously it is the same exact marketing and advertising you will need to do consistently so why not be paid for your time?
Most affiliate programs have very reasonable membership fees and no contracts. If you are honest you will realize what a great deal they are and how much you really gain from them that would justify a monthly membership fee.
For some examples, they give you a web page to use to advertise (how much would this cost you or how many years to learn how to?) Usually there are additional images and graphics you can use as a member free of charge. They provide customer service to your customers and do all the accounting for you. (again how much would this cost you to do yourself?) The best programs would also provide some level of training in Internet marketing. (stuff you need to know).
Armed with all you have acquired to this point, your job is only to promote your business by advertising and marketing. You will find there are many free and inexpensive things you can do, as well as more expensive paid services. Do all you can.