Business Ideas For Online Surfers – Use Your Free Time to Earn Income Online!

Sometimes when sitting online and not knowing what to do, people do not realize that they could be using that time to make money. How often have you found yourself just browsing the internet with no real purpose in mind? Yes, we all do that at least for a few hours each day! However, now I will show you how you can turn this wasted time into cold hard cash, and the best part about it is that you only do what you like doing.

How Can You Make Money Online With No Experience?

Obviously the fact that you are reading this means you know how to type, and you have some basic research skills. That is all you really need to begin your journey. You can go to any search engine to begin your search, and start searching for home business ideas. Once you look at the results page you will find sources like blogs, forums, and even business websites.

When you start going from site to site, you will find that the requirements will change. Some allow you access to their resources for free, some provide a small introduction kit for free, and ask you to sign up. The ones you really have to keep an eye out for are the ones that want payments before they even allow you a small ounce of access.

On your searches you will be able to read up on various money making strategies, business ideas, business plans, and even the ways people have to get money quickly online. These ideas can come from professionals, or from people just like yourself that could be in it for a variety of reasons.

What Kind of People Look For Online Income and Why?

All kinds of people look to the internet for a source of income. Second sources of income for stay at home parents, or even for people who have been caught in the economic downturn and recently lost a job. The internet is one of the biggest gatherings of people and information you will ever have access to. People looking through and sifting through the web for business ideas will find that sometimes the best ones come from research. You may look over someone else’s ideas and come up with something completely unique or even a twist on a popular model. The beauty of online business is that you can mould it to fit not only your needs, but to fit your vision.

The beauty of online business is you will be able to access it worldwide using just a computer and an internet connection. The business even though it is located online, will not be hampered by location and can cater to a worldwide audience, already increasing your chances of success.

How Are You Filling Your Idea Pipeline?

I’ve just been reading a terrific new book called High-Profit Prospecting by my friend and colleague Mark Hunter. Mark is a consummate sales professional, and his book is about how to keep your sales pipeline full so that you never run out of valuable prospects.

I’m not a sales professional, but I am an idea professional. And, just like I think it’s vital for people in the sales business to keep their sales pipelines full, I think it’s equally vital for people in the idea business to keep their idea pipelines full.

By the way, as a leader, you are in the idea business.

In his book, Mark talks about the importance of not leaving prospecting to chance, not just waiting (and hoping) for prospects to fall into the pipeline. He says that a true sales professional should have weekly (preferably daily) dedicated prospecting time scheduled on the calendar. Because keeping the pipeline full is that important.

Likewise, leaders should schedule time weekly (preferably daily) to fill their idea pipeline. Because it’s that important.

So, how do you do this? Through four primary sources.

1. What you read.

There’s a reason why Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Elon Musk read voraciously. They understand the value of keeping their mental pipeline full of new ideas.

“But I’m too busy to read, Bill.”

Really? Busier than Bill Gates? Because he’s pretty busy. And pretty rich. And he reads 50 books a year. I don’t think these are unrelated. So, I’m sorry-what’s your excuse again?

Schedule time to read. Every day, if possible. (And it is possible.) I’m not talking about Grisham and Patterson. They’re fine for the beach. Read about ideas. Read about things you don’t already know.

2. What you listen to.

To those of you who have horrendous commutes, congratulations! You’ve got a great opportunity to fill your idea pipeline! Instead of listening to the news (depressing), or the generic pop music station (mindless), why not try out one of the literally hundreds of great podcasts available? My guess is that there are at least a few podcasts out there for your particular field. Or, try one of my favorites, the TED Radio Hour podcast.

3. What you watch.

Although this probably won’t help you with your commute, there’s plenty to watch online-and some of it doesn’t involve kittens. For example, in addition to listening to the TED Radio Hour podcast, you can watch actual TED Talks Or, if you want something more in-depth and academic, Stanford University (among others) puts many of their courses online, absolutely free.

4. Who you meet.

I’ve saved the best for last. There are actual people out there, freely roaming the earth, who have knowledge, experiences, and ideas that you don’t have. They can be found in your town, in your workplace, sitting next to you on the plane or train. But here’s the caveat: if you only hang out with the same people you always hang out with, you’ll never meet these others. And that’s to your detriment, as a leader, and as a human being.

So fill your pipeline! Feed your brain continuously with new ideas. It’s the highest profit prospecting you can do.

Idea Businesses – Becoming a Consultant

Opinions wanted. Huge sums of money paid. Very little work required. If that was a job description, would you apply? Chances are, you answered yes.

Literally, your job is to discuss. You heard me right. Do you have an artistic talent? Become a media consultant. Besides your base contract, which is usually a heft amount, you’ll earn a rebate, usually 15% of their money that you spend on advertising. So if you get hired for a month’s project and charge $2000, and you end up spending $50,000 on television and radio advertisements, your rebate alone is $7500.

There are two keys to setting up a consulting business – credibility and knowledge. The credibility is more important of the two. If you have a friend with their own business, get them to hire you on for a modest amount, and use it as a learning opportunity – and a reference. This gives you a chance to “break in” to the field, and show a track record of performance worthy of being hired.

When I started consulting about 4 years ago, I cut my teeth in political consulting. I had volunteered on a few political campaigns (credibility), and had legitimately acquired the contact information for several vendors. With a stack of business cards and a little bit of know-how, I have literally been able to charge thousands of dollars to people for short term work – but valuable work nonetheless!

Once you’ve started, make sure everyone you know is aware of your services. People like to have “I know a guy” conversations. Make sure that you’re the guy whose name is going to be dropped, and watch the referrals roll in!