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Friday, August 17, 2012

5 Smart Ways to Work From Home for FREE: Small Business Success Opportunities

By Cynthia Garrett

If you want to be boss-free, there are a variety of ways you can get started without buying an opportunity. There's no need to invest a lot of cash - and if you think outside the box, you don't have to spend any.

The trade off to starting a business for free is that normally more time and effort is involved when you get started.

1. Blogging Business

Blogging doesn't demand any type of special training, per se. This at-home business just calls for your thoughts, energy and writing. You don't need to be an expert to write a blog. In fact, many of the most visited blogs are well-liked because they are funny and fascinating to look at.

You will find free blogging software programs such as Wordpress or Blogger that make it easy to create a blog for no money. On top of that, if you don't have your own computer, many times your neighborhood library supplies computer use and web access free.

What's awesome about blogging is that you don't have to turn into a salesperson to make a profit. Many advertisers search for blogs on which to advertise, and one of the easiest ways to identify these sources of ad income is via ad networks like Google Adsense. These are all free to join.

2. Start a Dog Walking Business

If you don't want to be stuck in your home all day in front of computer screen, dog walking can be a free way to start a business that delivers plenty of benefits; one of which being physical exercise. What's nice about walking dogs is connecting with pet owners who can hire you for other pet-related jobs.

No supplies are required since dog owners typically have whatever their pets need. Network with people you know for cheap and easy advertising. In addition, you can leave a business card or flyer (with references) at local pet supply stores.

If you are good with animals, consider walking several dogs simultaneously, this of course means you can get paid more for your time.

3. Start an Errand Running Business

Nowadays, many people don't have a lot of free time and are looking for some help. In addition, many small businesses want to minimize expenses by hiring out general tasks rather than hiring extra employees.

There are a variety of services that errand runners can provide, for example pick-up and deliveries, gift buying, meal preparation, booking reservations, helping plan events, meeting planning, pet care etc.. Those who do a variety of jobs are usually able to earn more than those who don't.

4. Start a Micro Jobs Business

Micro Jobs are typically tasks you agree to do for about five dollars. Ideally, you'd take on a task that's easy and quick for you to do, but that somebody else can't do themselves - or doesn't like doing (for instance computer programming, graphic design, writing).

Generally, there is no fee to add a listing on micro job websites. Instead these sites deduct some of the money you get paid, so you don't need to pay any money up front. Again, you can use computers at your public library if necessary.

5. Selling Crafts

There is no fee to start this business. However, craft supplies need to be purchased for the items you intend to create. That said, for people who already make crafts as a hobby, this is an expense you already incur.

Even though you will need materials, marketing your products doesn't have to cost you anything either. There are a growing number of websites that let you sell your merchandise for free If you want to start free, do a search on Google for "free online marketplaces".

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