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Top Picks for 2019!
Below you will find my TOP 10 tried and tested legitimate home business opportunities and ideas for 2019. The majority of the business ideas on this page are suitable for complete beginners and people who already have experience.
What makes these home business opportunities legitimate and scam free?
I have thoroughly reviewed every affiliate program and business opportunity listed on this page
I update this page on a regular basis, so if something changes, for example a business opportunity stops paying commissions or is no longer viable I will remove it from this page. Unlike many online marketers I don’t believe in recommending products that I have never tried before, regardless of how big a commission they are paying!
You will find that the majority of the legitimate home business opportunities & ideas listed below are international, so you can join whether you live in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Africa or elsewhere in the world.
If you have any questions about anything listed below you are very welcome to contact me. I will be happy to help you!
My Top 10 Home Based Business Ideas and Opportunities for 2019
I’ve been reviewing home business ideas and opportunities since 2004 and the following are my current top 10 home based business opportunities and ideas for 2019. Everything listed below involves a small fee to get started (for example website hosting), from as little as $10 per month. If you would prefer a 100% free business idea please look at my free home business ideas page instead.
Top Pick! #1 – Your Own Niche Affiliate Website
What is it? Affiliate marketing means that you are promoting another company’s or another person’s product and receiving a commission for it. Niche means that you are picking a specialized sub market rather than a wide general market.
This commission is very dependent on the type of product that you sell. For example if you are selling a physical product a typical commission will be around 4-7%. Digital downloadable products such as EBooks, software and membership sites usually pay a much higher commission of 50%, or even 75% in some cases.
One of the main benefits of affiliate marketing is that you do not have to deal with customer service, processing of payments or stocking any products. If this interests you I recommend joining My Affiliate Power Site. This is a site created by my business partner Ken Troyer and I, with the aim of teaching people how to easily set up a niche affiliate marketing website.
My Affiliate Power Site is free to join and will teach you how to build your own niche affiliate website from scratch using WordPress. All free members get access to 7 days of step by step training explaining how to find a niche, how to register a domain, install WordPress, choose affiliate products and make posts to your blog. If you are a visual person look out for the special offer for a Silver membership, which allows you to watch a video of Ken building a website from scratch.
Costs – You can join as a free member and upgrades start from $27 (one time fee). The running costs for your website include domain name registration (around $10 per year) and website hosting (around $10 per month).
Potential Earnings: the earning potential is huge, especially with so many companies offering 50-75% commissions.
Sign up link – My Affiliate Power Site
Reviews – A Review of My Affiliate Power Site
Other Resources – I also highly recommend the Super Affiliate Handbook. This is the first guide to affiliate marketing that I read and it is updated regularly. It will teach you everything you need to know to get started. You can read a Review of the Super Affiliate Handbook here.
Top Pick! #2 – Create Your Own Digital Product
If this is something that you are remotely interested in, I highly recommend taking a look at Lee McIntyre’s Instant Internet Lifestyle video course. This is possibly my #1 internet marketing product, out of everything I have ever purchased online. I can’t recommend it enough!
Potential Earnings: The earning potential for product creation is huge, particularly if you start an affiliate program and get other people to promote for you.
Costs – a one time fee of $19.95 will give you full access to a 2 day video seminar that teaches you how to easily create your own digital product and make a lot of money online. After completing the course, the cost of creating your product is very low if you do it yourself, but you will need a domain name (around $10 per year) and website hosting (around $10 per month). .
Sign up link – Instant Internet Lifestyle
Review – Instant Internet Lifestyle Review
#3 – Freelancing
What is it? Freelancing is an excellent way to get started earning money from home in a short time, especially if you don’t want to create a website or get involved in a business opportunity. Freelancing just means that you are doing work for other people from your own home. The type of work includes writing, admin, graphics design, transcription, translation, being a virtual assistant, website link building, data entry and more.
Potential Earnings – This is dependent on your experience, but it is possible to earn hundreds of dollars per day from freelancing.
More Information: If you want to try this for free you can sign up for Elance or ODesk right now and respond to job postings. Visit Ghostwriting Cash to find out how you can make money by Ghostwriting for people.
Costs – Freelancing is free, but training courses and books will incur a fee.
Review – Ghost Writing Cash Review and Bonus
NEW! #4 – Publishing on Kindle
What is it? Kindle is Amazon’s revolutionary EBook reader and it is extremely popular and growing fast. Amazon Kindle allows you to publish your own EBooks on Kindle. If you want to get started with this you can create your EBook using MS Word, or Open office and then convert it to Kindle format. I use a tool called Kinstant Formatter to do this. Just be sure that your book is of a high standard and you own the copyright for the book. You definitely cannot get away with publishing PLR EBooks.
Potential Earnings – This is dependent on your skill and how many books you publish, but you will receive a 35% royalty for books priced below $2.99 and a 70% royalty for books priced above $2.99.
More Information: If you are a newbie to Kindle EBook writing I recommend looking at a course called Kindling to help you get started. I used this course to learn all the basics and published my first EBook on Kindle at the beginning of April 2012. So far I’ve sold over 50 copies, which isn’t too bad for my first book! If you don’t like writing an alternative is to outsource the writing of your Kindle EBook. Take a look at this Kindle outsourcing course to learn more about how to do this.
Costs – Mostly free, but there is a fee for most training courses and software ($27+)
Review – coming soon!
What is it? Strong Future International (SFI), is a free to join affiliate and network marketing program that allows you to earn commissions on magazines, vitamins, cleaning products, pet products, membership sites and more. They have an extensive training area on their website and you can use this for free to help grow your online business. They also offer the potential to earn residual commissions on any new affiliates you sign up.
Costs – FREE
Commission Percentage – Varies depending on product
Sign up link – SFI
Review – SFI Review
More Information: Top Ten Reasons for joining SFI.
| What is it? Google Adsense is a Google program that pays you whenever a visitor to your website or blog clicks on on of your adverts. You may have noticed that Google displays ads whenever you search for something. The ads are usually displayed on the right hand side and at the top of the page. Website or Blog owners can display similar ads by copying and pasting a bit of Google Adsense code onto their website. This will automatically display ads related to the content of your site.|
Google Adsense is free to join, but you must have a website to apply for an Adsense account. If you want to learn how to make a lot of money from Google Adsense I highly recommend downloading the Google Adsense 100K Blueprint
Costs – A domain name is around $10 per year and a hosting account around $10 per month. Google Adsense is free to join. The Google Adense 1K Blueprint is $47 (one time).
Potential Earnings – This is really dependent on how many visitors you receive to your website or blog and it can range from a few cents to a few dollars per click. If you want to earn a lot from Adsense I recommend reading the Adsense 100K Blueprint
What is it? – Global Domains International (GDI) provides you with your own .ws domain name, hosting, an online website builder and professional website templates. They also pay recurring monthly commissions for everyone that you refer and everyone that people in your downline refer. It costs only $10 a month and that includes everything I’ve mentioned above, so it is a good choice if you want a website and an opportunity to promote, but you are on a budget. I used my .ws domain name to create a site about myself – SuzanneMorrison.ws
Costs – FREE for a 7 day trial then $10 per month
Potential Earnings $1 per personal signup, $1 for all non personal signups 10 levels deep + weekly bonuses of $100 per 5 signups
Sign up link – Global Domains International
#8 – Drop Shipping
What is it? Drop shipping involves sourcing physical products from special companies (known as drop shipping companies) and selling them at a higher price. In this particular business model you are responsible for selling the products and the drop shipping company is responsible for stocking and shipping the product. You just need to pay for the products from the drop shipping company and sell them at a profit.
The ideal place to sell your products is by opening an EBay account. EBay gets a huge amount of traffic so is the perfect place to see whether or not your chosen products will sell well and make a profit. If they do you could also consider selling them via your own website or on other auction sites as well.
Cost – Cost of products and listing them on auction sites such as EBay (this can vary depending on the product)
Potential Earnings – Unlimited and dependend on the products you sell and how much you sell!
Sign up link – If you are considering drop shipping I highly recommend taking a look at the Drop Shipping 4 Idiots guide.
Review – Drop Shipping 4 Idiots Review
#9 – Paid Surveys
What is it? Paid Surveys are surveys that you complete in return for a cash payment. This is not something that you are likely to get rich from, but it is a nice, easy and low stress way to supplement your income. If you are serious about making money from surveys I recommend a membership to Maximum Paid Surveys, which is a high quality, premium database of paid survey opportunities and includes over 700 paid survey companies.
Cost – One time fee of $39.95.
Potential Earnings – $5-75 for Surveys, $20-$250 for Group Surveys, $10-$50 for Shopping Surveys
Sign up link – Maximum Paid Surveys
Review – Maximum Paid Surveys Review
#10 – Data Entry
What is it? Data entry means filling in forms and entering data and getting paid for it. I recommend taking out a free membership with Elance or ODesk initially and having a look around in the Admin/Support section to find data entry jobs or similar admin jobs. All of these are independent jobs that can be done from home. If you are unable to find a job you may also want to try Global Data Entry as this outlines a method to do data entry regardless of which country you are in.
Cost – Free – $50 (one time) depending on method used.
Potential Earnings – Variable depending on the types of jobs taken and how much work you complete.
Review – My Data Team Review
Do remember that it is unrealistic to expect to make money overnight with these business opportunities and ideas. If you are starting your own website it can take a few weeks or months to build up traffic (visitors) and start making sales. I recommend that you use some of the methods described in my Beginner’s Guide to Internet Marketing get visitors and signups.
If you signup to any of the above programs through my link I will be very happy to provide you with email support and help you out.
If you have any questions about any of the affiliate programs, legitimate home business opportunities or books that I recommend please feel free to contact me. Remember that I only only recommend business ideas that are legitimate and have actually worked for me so you can be sure that I will be able to give you an educated and honest response to any questions you may have.
If none of these legitimate home business opportunities and ideas are for you, then use the menu at the top of this page to find something that suits you.
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