Everyone wants to have a taste of the good life. This is the reason some work beyond the working hours, log up overtime work and work two jobs. And for the others who want to have their own way and be their own boss, starting a business is the best ticket to the good life. Every option works as long as you put your mind and effort to it. But the way things are shaping up; it seems that starting a business seems to be the most preferred way of many.This choice was clear during the height of the economic crisis where jobs are cut, outsourced or completely eliminated. And among the many ways to start a business, one that gained ground is starting an online business. Having one’s own online business is attractive. Just imagine, running your own business in your pajamas from the comfort of your own home! This is the appeal of starting an internet business- you have the time in your hands and you can work from your home or anywhere you see fit.But just because thousands of people have embraced their own online business doesn’t mean that this is best for you as well. Before you jump into a business venture online, you need to make sure that this kind of arrangement is best for you. Learn to check the signs that you are indeed fit for this kind of arrangement.To get you started, here are some signs that will tell you that an online business is best fit for your needs and personality. Try to assess yourself before dipping your fingers in an online business venture.• You are tired of the usual 8-to-5 routine and business is your passion. If this is the case, then the best move for you is to start your own business.• You are in control of the situation and can make decisions in a snap. Given a set of problems, you know what to do and what to rank. Having a good decision-making ability and a good grasp of the situation are important in running a business. And if you enjoy planning and undertaking the plan, then having your own business is a good idea.• In your current job, you feel that your boss is not giving you the opportunity to take the initiative and you are not given the flexibility you need to get the job done. You think that you have the focus and the self-motivation to do the job and you don’t pay much attention to the other rewards whether monetary or in kind.• You want to take advantage of the growing industry online and the growing number of freelancers and online entrepreneurs.• The chance of earning your own money, in your own time excites you. You are excited and feel inspired about the stories of start-ups that become BIG companies. From Apple to eBay, you followed their stories on how they start small and became two of the biggest names online. You also like the idea that you can make your own money that is yours and will not be pooled to become part of the company’s earnings for the year.• You want to do interesting things your way. This is the beauty with starting an internet business. You have the option to only do the things that don’t bore. For all other aspects of an online business that don’t appeal to you, you can always delegate these tasks or outsource these jobs.• You want flexibility not just in the hours worked but in the place where you actually work. When starting an online business, you free yourself from the usual 8-to-5 routine and you are no longer tied to the desk and office chair. You can work from your study, from a coffee shop or even while waiting for the bagel to be served!Learn to pay attention to these common signs before you jump into the bandwagon. Sure there are tons of success stories out there, but keep in mind that all these happened because they are fit for the task. Test yourself if you are up to the task; learn to figure out the signs before starting an internet business.Dany Cooper
If you’re an avid reader, you might zip through two or three books a week (maybe more!). Maybe you even write book reviews and post them at Amazon or other online venues. Have you ever thought of maintaining your own blog, posting the reviews there, and making money from your efforts?I’m not promising that you could make a hundred thousand dollars a year doing this (though I suppose it’s possible), but I make several hundred bucks a month through the Amazon affiliate program, and there’s no reason you couldn’t make some extra cash too.While it does take time and effort to build up a blog, it’s something you can do in your spare time, and if you’re a story-lover then it’ll be a breeze to review the books you read, so it won’t seem like work (thus making it easier to stick to it!).Here’s how to get started:1. Pick a nicheWhile you can build up a blog that reviews all sorts of books, it’s easiest to draw an audience (and start “ranking” in the search engines) if you become known as a reviewer of certain types of books. For example, I enjoy reading fantasy stories and business books, so either one of those might make a good niche for me to cover.Your goal is to attract readers to your blog, and if they love whatever genre or non-fiction niche you regular review, they’ll be more likely to come back again and again. If you review a mystery novel one day, a cookbook the next, and a history book the day after that, your readers might not come back as often (since they’re only interested in some of the books you review). It’s best to become the go-to person in a certain niche.2. Start your blogYou can start a blog without spending a dime if you sign up at Blogger or another site that offers everything you need for free. If you get serious and start making some money, you can always register a domain name and pay for your own web hosting later on.In the beginning, the most important thing is to just get started. Since you’ve probably already read scores of books in your niche, it shouldn’t be hard to whip out those first few book reviews. Once you’ve posted five or ten reviews, you can find an affiliate program to sign up for.3. Sign up to be an affiliateBeing an affiliate is essentially working on commission. You get special links to put on your site (i.e. if you reviewed a Harry Potter book, you’d want to link to that specific book at the bookstore), and you make money when a reader buys that book through your link. Typical earnings are around 5%-6% for books, which isn’t a lot, but it adds up over time. The more reviews you write (and books you link to), the more money you can end up making. Every review you write will stay on your blog indefinitely, which means that three years from now you could still be earning commissions on reviews you write today.As far as which affiliate program to join, all of the major booksellers have them. I like Amazon because they sell so much more than books. It’s not at all uncommon for someone to click on the book link I mentioned and end up buying other things while they’re there. Once, I made $70 in one sale when someone bought a plasma TV (something I’d never written about).4. Bring readers to your blogThere are whole books out there on building traffic to your site, so I’ll just touch on this briefly, but you need to do more than write reviews. The big money starts coming when lots and lots of people are finding your reviews (either through the search engines or through links from other sites).The main way to become more “findable” is to get lots and lots of links pointing to your blog. You can start out asking friends and family members to link to you. Then you might go out and find related blogs and see if they’ll let you “guest post” in exchange for a link to your site. You can also look up “article marketing” for more ideas on how to get links.That’s all I have time to mention in this article, but I hope I’ve inspired you to make some money from your reading habit. If nothing else, you could end up making enough to pay for a few new books every month!