One of the really cool things about starting your very own internet business is that it can be done rather quickly and inexpensively. In fact some of the most profitable internet businesses started with little and in some cases no money at all. The truth is, anyone with the willingness to learn and take action can start and operate their own profitable internet business. In this article I am going to show you how starting a legit online business can be done for little or no cost at all.
One of the reasons I love using the internet to make money is the fact that it can be done with little startup cost. Unlike many offline businesses that can cost in the thousands to get off the ground, an online business can be up and running for no more then $25. Listed below is a completely free way to start your business and a very cheap way to get your business off the ground.
Complete Free Way – We are going to be using affiliate marketing as our business model for both of these examples. We are going to become affiliates of products that we have researched and feel comfortable promoting. So how do we start this absolutely free? It’s simple. Whenever you sign up as an affiliate of a product you are usually given an affiliate link. This link is a tracking link that links you to the sells that you make. The problem with these links are that they are often times very unattractive looking. They need to be disguised so that when people see them they are not turned off by all of the mumbo jumbo displayed in an affiliate link. There are several free link shortening websites out there that will give you the ability to make your link look a lot more appealing and clickable to web browsers. To find one of these link sharing sites all you need to do is go to Google and do a search for “link shorten sites”, you should find plenty to choose. Choose one, shorten your link and get marketing.
There are tons of free ways that you can promote your affiliate products. Some of the most popular ways to do this is by using article marketing, video marketing and free classified sites. You can make a good amount of income online without spending one dime of your money.
Very Cheap Method – This method cost a little bit of money to get setup but is in my opinion a little more effective. What we are going to do here is make our affiliate link look really good. What we are going to be doing is called “domain masking”. This is where we will purchase a real domain name for the product that we are promoting. I personally like using.com domains. They usually will cost you anywhere from $9-$11. Make sure that you get your domain from a company that offers domain masking. Most of the main hosting sites do. After you get your domain you will then forward your ugly looking affiliate link to you nice new very professional looking domain name. If you are really on a tight budget you can get a.info domain for around $2. Either domain that you use whether it be a.com or.info will look nice on business cards, flyers, postcards or any other marketing tool that you can think of.
I hope now that you see that starting an online business can be done for free or for very little upfront cash. The decision is yours.