Before the explosive growth of Internet-based home business opportunities, the typical stay at home job involved the person providing a service to the local or regional community. Such a business still required many of the logistical functions of traditional businesses, like stocking inventory, mailing orders, making sales phone calls, etc. And for some, like a landscaping or delivery business, it also required owning vehicles, tools, and managing a workforce.
While those opportunities still exist today, the increasing use of the internet has also opened another business avenue, the Internet-based stay-at-home business, where the owner never really has to leave the house. Many of the traditional functions mentioned above are no longer required. Material like e-books and software can be delivered to the customer by the click of a mouse. And even “hard” products like bicycles, CDs, DVDs, and flowers can be delivered by drop-shippers or wholesalers, thus eliminating the need for stocking and shipping. Business can be conducted over the telephone or through emails and the opportunities seem to grow every day.
Anybody with a computer, or even just access to one, can own an Internet-based home business. Things like running a website, buying merchandise online from others who have a website, and re-selling it to others, has become extremely simple and automated. All these business functions take place online and the business owners never leave the house and neither do those who are doing all the buying. Working at home on the Internet has opened new doors, and opportunities for people who yearn to be a full-time entrepreneur, or just to make some extra money!
So what kinds of people are looking for work at home opportunities these days? Traditionally, work from home businesses were often started by an unhappy worker believing they were not getting paid what they were worth or, for one of many reasons, needed to have more time at home. Many people wanted better working hours or hated their boss. But now, more and more Internet entrepreneurs are looking to supplement their full-time income. For some, the Internet business will eventually become their full-time pursuit as that home-based income becomes more stable. Another group of people finding success with the Internet are people without a college degree or without any specific business training. Because of the turnkey and automated nature of many online businesses, functions that in the past required formal training or, at least, a rudimentary understanding of business, have become obsolete.
Today, many stay-at-home moms and dads are finding businesses that enable them to spend their day working as an affiliate for a larger company in an MLM or network marketing venture. They are working their own convenient hours, and still making enough money to pay the bills — and then some. Being able to stay at home to take care of the children or other family members and still feeling productive has made working at home on the Internet an ideal opportunity for many. For others, however, working from home has enabled them successfully satisfy that urge for self-employment that flows through the veins of more and more people, because of the huge success being attained by many Internet entrepreneurs!