On the last page, I introduced 21 home business ideas and promised you more information on each. Here's the first:
Site Build It! is my #1 recommendation and with good reason. In my view it's the best work from home opportunity out there and I'm proud to say I'm one of its customers - this website is a creation of Site Build It.
If you'd like to know more about my journey please read my story.
Site Build It! (SBI for short) is rather like taking a course in internet business, by the end of which you've created your very own money-generating website.
Step-by-step, SBI slowly and skillfully guides you through the actions you need to take to make this home business idea work. It provides all the instructions, tools and materials you need so requires no previous website experience (I had none) and no additional expense.
Over 20 universities and colleges offer SBI courses, with more colleges coming on board. It's popular academically because it gives business students hands-on experience in creating a successful online business without needing to become experts in web design and programming.
Other SBI customers agree with me that this home business idea works for those who follow it. SBI is not a 'get-rich-quick' scheme, and in most cases, you won't be able to leave your paid job straight away. But what is does provide is a sustainable, supplementary income, typically a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month per site (this website makes the latter).
Some SBI sites make substantially more than this and many SBIers have multiple websites, increasing their monthly income significantly, such that SBI is their only source of income.
Here's a summary of how this home business idea works:
Follow The Action Guide:
Once you're signed up, Ken, the brainchild behind SBI, introduces the SBI Action Guide. This is the SBI 'Bible' and you'll refer to this time and time again. If you learn better visually, there's a video version of the Guide. I, like Ken, can't emphasize how important it is that you follow the Guide, taking the time he recommends. It provides the fundamentals of building a long term, profitable, online business - what you want from a good home business idea.
Compare Potential Website Topics:
Having read/watched the Action Guide, it's time to choose your website topic. The SBI tools will help you evaluate your alternative ideas and select the one which will give you most success. Perhaps you want to write about children in some way and like the website topics of children's parties, children's meals and children's education. SBI guides you towards the one which will generate the most income for you, one that is in demand but not overwhelmed with supply. This is a very important step in the process of turning your home business idea into income, since it ensures you avoid starting a site that is destined to fail from the outset.
Learn How To Generate Income:
Once you've decided on your site topic, it's time to think about ways in which your website can generate income. SBI will help you evaluate the options, which may include advertising, your own product sales, affiliate programs, referral fees and so on. It makes sense to use more than one income stream, as I've done with this website.
Choose your website name:
Now it's time to select a website name which best describes your site. As with everything else, SBI helps you choose the right name and registers and hosts the site for you - there's no extra charge. Once done, you've on Day 5 of Day 10 and doing well.
Start to Build your Website.
Here's where it really gets fun. Time to build your Homepage, your About Me page and other important webpages. Remember, you don't need to know how to write html, add images and so on SBI has tools which do this all for you. You just have to write the content - the best bit.
Days 7 to 9:
Here you'll begin to make your site popular and attract visitors. I remember when I got my first visitor it was so exciting. Now I get thousands of visitors a day. It takes a little time to get going but it's like a snowball - once it gathers momentum, visitors grow quickly. Good websites become popular quite fast.
Making your visitors count:
Day 10 is a milestone. Youve chosen your topic, built a few great pages, begun to make your site popular and seen some visitors. Now it's time to turn this young home business idea into an income-generating website, using the research you did on Day 4. Income will be small to start with but as your visitors increase, so will the income you generate.
What Comes Next?:
From here on in, its all about growth, growth, growth and you are never alone. The SBI forum is an excellent place to get feedback on your website, ask questions and even share your ideas with others newer than you to the progress I did. Even with all the guidance, materials and tools SBI provide, turning this home business idea into a successful internet business still demands a lot of effort on your part and the support of other SBIers will be invaluable you.
As well as this website take a look at examples of other successful SBI sites. You'll see a screen shot of each site's homepage, its website address and its current Alexa ranking. Most sites are in the Alexa top 200,000 (the top 1% of all websites). You may get some inspiration to give this home business idea a go yourself.
SBI is a great home business idea if you want to build a profitable online business in your free time but don't have the skills or know-how to do it yourself.
How much you can earn and how soon you can give up your day job (if you have one) depends on how closely you follow the Action Guide and how much time you can commit to the project. Many SBIers (me included) use SBI to supplement their employment income and perhaps go part time. It's not impossible to earn $10,000 a month from your website and many SBIers achieve this level but its realistic to aim to earn 100s of dollars a month after a few months and perhaps 1000s of dollars a month thereafter.
And a good thing about creating a income-generating website is that once you've written it, it usually runs itself, needing perhaps only a few hours of attention a week, creating a decent passive income. This is often what people want in a good home business idea.
If you'd like to learn more about SBI and decide if it's the right home business idea for you, take your pick from the links below:
A Word from Ken, SBI creator - Click the TV to play the video (opens in new window)
If SBI is not for you, check out these alternative work from home opportunities.