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Home based business ideas?

Discussion in 'Marketing' started by Safe Skies, May 10, 2011.

  1. Safe Skies

    Safe Skies Member

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    Hi all

    I was talking to a friend over the weekend and they are looking to start a home based business due to illness. I came up with a few ideas but wondered what you all thought?

    Do you have any ideas, what works for a home based business and what does not?

    Any feedback would be great as they are doing it tough right now.

    Have a good week

    G
  2. AgentMail

    AgentMail Well-Known Member

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    I think it really depends on their skill set. When you think about it, there are a vast range of professions which can work well from home;

    Web designer
    copywriter
    SEO specialist
    Computer technician
    Data Entry

    The list can go on forever.

    If there are no previous skill sets that can be drawn on (and everyone has skills in some area), some people make very good living by buying and selling on Ebay and the like. If they can find some options to buy goods at auctions in bulk then resell individually on Ebay, this might be an option.

    Perhaps you can (without being too personal) give a little more background on your friends situation/experience, so that FS members can provide a more detailed response?
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  3. Spider

    Spider Member

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    I would eBay.
    Very low start up cost and low risk, but potential is unlimited.
    If you can find a good product sourcer, it's hard to lose.

    Worked for us, turned 12k into 3 mil in about 5 years.
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  4. Netboost SEO

    Netboost SEO Active Member

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    wtf were you selling? My gf tried selling rugs on ebay and had little success - it was so crowded...
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  5. Spider

    Spider Member

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    Was selling pool tables at first.
    Cost $300 and were selling for about $1200 at the time.
    Was making about $5000/week after only a couple of weeks after importing them.
    Was only expecting to make hopefully $200-$300 extra per week to supplement my average wages at the time, but the market was good to us.
    Quit my job right away and took off from there.

    You can't just pick any product and expect to get lucky.
    Need to do some market research first and test the market before buying big time stock.
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  6. Sinsational

    Sinsational New Member

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    Spider thats so cool!! we have just started an adult toy business so to think oneday we could be doing really well is exciting. although sex toys are not pool tables lol. i love hearing success stories.. oh im going to start another thread about it lol
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  7. AgentMail

    AgentMail Well-Known Member

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    Spider, that is a great success story indeed, do you recommend any of the courses, ebooks etc. about selling on Ebay? just wondered if in your experience they are worthwhile, as I have seen some courses for like $1,500 per day, and wondered if there was really that much content about how to list on Ebay.

    I would have thought the key was to find a good product, try and arrange direct delivery to avoid the need to hold stock, and have clear and concise listings.
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    bluepenguin Well-Known Member

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    There's a fortune to be made selling "How to sell stuff on Ebay" ebooks on Ebay. :rolleyes:
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  9. Spider

    Spider Member

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    I would not bother with eBay courses.
    You only need to lean the basics and you learn as you go.
    You can pick up alot of info from the free eBay forums when starting.
    Good photo's and clear simple description is all that's needed.
    Put photo's within the listing so you don't have to pay extra for them and they can be large too.

    Best to have an extra website to try and divert potential sales there (staying within the rules of eBay).
    Also best to try and get potential customers to contact you directly.

    These methods boost sales a long way.


    Sinsational,

    Good luck with your venture, I've always thought about getting into that industry.
    At least you can do some thorough product testing for the products you sell.
    It's a great and massive online market you have for these items.
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  10. T j Turner

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    There is another auction site and it is an Australian one called quicksales as i sell some items on this auction site when it was called Oztion. The fees on there is quite cheap and it is free to join up

    Tanja
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    Keeta Nova Active Member

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    I am sorry, I have to ask.... can pool tables be sex toys?
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  12. tonyk

    tonyk Well-Known Member

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    They should first figure out what they are passionate about and then try to convert that into a business.
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    Thanks samrashid for letting us of Snowbean.com.au

    We have tried to sell on Oztion (currently called as quicksales). The response was nearly none. Nothing can beat Ebay.
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    Burgo Well-Known Member

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    Use your immagination.

    I suppose you could even classify Booz as sextoys........hahahahahahaha

    I think you really need immagination with that one..........hmmmm
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    Breevree73 Active Member

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    My first thought is CAUTION! If they are out of work due to illness, how many hours are they going to be able to spend getting a business off the ground? How will their illness limit their abilities?

    It takes lots of physically and mentally exhausting hours to run your own business, with the added stresses that come with providing your own income instead of relying on someone else.

    If the person's illness isn't going to preclude them from the long hours and the physical toll, then by all means! Look further into it.

    Go with their skillset. What do they do? What do they like to do? What are their hobbies? Do they currently do anything that could be converted into a business? Do they have capital to join a franchise?

    There can be no definitive list of business options, because they are as far as your imagination can take you!
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