You have always wanted to work from home, or have wanted to make some serious money on the side…  then started looking at one point and found nothing but scams, so you ditched the idea.  Been there, done that? 

There are probably hundreds of ways to start a side business and make some money on your own, it is just finding the right idea that fits your personality and skills.

If you are longing to make your own money and work for yourself, I encourage you to press in and figure out what it is that you would love doing and keep at it until you reach that goal.

While there are legitimate companies who hire “at home employees“, there are also a lot of bogus companies that will just waste your time.  Here are a couple simple red flags to help you determine if you should investigate it, or just move on to the next lead….

  • Red Flag 1- The Company Is NOT Established With A Great Track Record. Look on the BBB and check to see if they are accredited and what rating they have. This should answer your curiosity right away.
  • Red Flag 2 – “Your Going To Make BIG Money” Within every business venture, expect to work your butt off, especially when growing your own business. Ask for documented average income statistics. When looking it over, it should include some high and low income periods to be realistic.
  • Red Flag 3 – A Company Promises To Build Your Business Through Them First. Your ‘Primary’ home business gets built by first promoting the owners or founders. You end up losing your contacts to them and others in the program.
  • Red Flag 4- The Product Or Service You Will Be Promoting Doesn’t Work In The Real World… Research the quality and cost of the product or service before you start investing yourself in the brand.
  • Red Flag 5. The Customer Re-order Rate is POOR. Before you get involved, ask for documented proof that the customer re-order rate is high. If the customers are not purchasing, you’re out of business, and have just wasted your time.

Going through each article, I hand picked the very best articles that seem to provide the best business tips and secrets to get going with your own business, or possibly work for another company. 

We all need to keep learning, and I hope this will provide you with new thought-worthy information to put into your toolbox.  ~Meranda

Additional Business Links:

  • The Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Networks. Interesting! Scoop.it
  • Pinterest Smart Feed: Formulating a Comprehensive Blogger Strategy –blogchickablog.com
  • 27 Proven Best Marketing Strategies For A Tiny Budget –bitrebels.com
  • 20 PRO Flea Market / Estate Sale Buying Tips – Buy Like A Pro –Hersite.info
  • How to Network (Successfully)-6 Steps To Get Past The Awkward- bloglovin.com
  • Service Tips for Sellers: Packaging and Shipping – blog.etsy.com
  • 3 Need to Know Tips When Starting Your Own Business on Youtube
  • Number One Rule in Sales on Youtube
  • Fastest Way to Ruin Your Business Reputation! on Youtube
  • Five Tips For a More Productive Day  on Youtube
  • Tips For Being a Successful Entrepreneur  on Youtube
  • 5 Blog Post Ideas For Your Small (or big!) Business-  sillygrrl.com
  • The Secret to Making Customers Passionate About Your Brand –entrepreneur.com
  • Important Keys For Setting Up Your Office At Home –kinhr.com

Craft Fair Business Links:

  • How to make money selling your crafts by CreateYourStyleTV on Youtube
  • Attention Grabbing Booth Design by Megan Auman on Youtube

How To Get Started Selling Your Own Products On The Web

Crafts marketplaces:

Artfire,www.artfire.com
• Cafe Press,www.cafepress.com
• Etsy,www.etsy.com
• Threadless,www.threadless.com
• Zazzle,www.Zazzle.com

Website providers with e-commerce functions:

Big Cartel,www.bigcartel.com
• Shopify,www.shopify.com
• WordPress,www.wordpress.com

Electronic payment programs, other than credit cards:

Go Payment,www.gopayment.com
• PayPal,www.paypal.com
• Square,www.squareup.com

Social media, blogs for artists:

Design Milk,www.design-milk.com
• Facebook,www.facebook.com
• Pinterest,www.pinterest.com

Top 20 Affiliates

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79 Links To The VERY Best WORK AT HOME Business Articles From Hersite Blog

1. Thrift Store Gold -Seasoned Pro’s Best Tips To Buying Second Hand-I started shopping thrift stores since the age of 18.  Once I left home, and needed to furnish my apartment, and thrift stores allowed me to get the best furniture within a budget.  Fast forward about 20 years later, I still enjoy looking for bargains.  After years of looking at hundreds of thrift stores in several major cities, I bring to you a guide, compiling the best tips from seasoned pro’s on what to buy, and what not to buy from around the net. Read more at Hersite.info

2. How To Deal With Unhappy Customers-Lately my business has really exploded. I am nearing a thousand orders this month alone. With that amount of orders being turned around in a short time, and it being just myself, and my husband when he can, processing these orders, there have been a few mistakes. We check and double check, but it does happen. There have also been a few people not happy with what they receive.I always bend over backwards to fix the issue, but it feels sometimes like I am being taken advantage of. Read more on soapqueen.com

3. How to Make Pretty Labels in Microsoft Word – I’m always so jealous of all of you crafty ladies with your Silhouettes and Cricuts. I’ve thought about buying one many-a-time, but just can’t justify the expense {yet ;)}. I’m sure I’ll come up with a good enough reason someday, but until that day, I’ll continue to rely on my old standby, Microsoft Word, for all of my label-making needs. Word is great because it’s super-simple to use, and almost everybody has it, so it’s really easy to email and share projects. Read more at justagirlandherblog.com

4. 142 Pinterest Board Ideas for Entrepreneurs-If you’re an entrepreneur looking to grow your business, Pinterest is a great platform for that!While it might be tempting to create a Pinterest account for your business and set up boards centered around YOUR interests, if you want to get more clients, traffic and sales from Pinterest, you have to create boards centered around YOUR TARGET CUSTOMERS’ interests. Read more at launchgrowjoy.com

79 Links To The VERY Best WORK AT HOME Business Articles From Hersite Blog

1. More Than 300 Tips To Market Your Etsy Store– You read right! We have over 18,000 sales in 37 countries in less than one year and a half. Gross sales: over $190,000. We have had to close over 7 times being so overwhelmed with orders. Etsy gets over 6 million customers a day and that should be enough. Don’t steer your customers from your to onto making the social media owners richer, keep them on your site, long enough to buy. If your product is good, presented well, and seen, now with relevancy, then your product will sell. We NEVER used any social media to sell our products.  Read more at launchgrowjoy.com

2. 30 Ways To Promote Your Blog Posts- Wondering what to do after you write a blog post? Here are 30 ways to promote your blog posts and to drive more traffic to your blog. Read more at launchgrowjoy.com

3. 100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs- Whether you’re seeking advice on raising capital, scaling your business or looking for general industry insight, these sites are worth reading. forbes.com

4.  4 Of The Best Tips For Starting A Small Business -Most people are open to starting a business, but often times they don’t know where to start. Being your own boss can be an exhilarating thought, but are there drawbacks?  What is involved in starting a small business?  Here are 4 ways to become successful and profitable if you decide to venture on your own: – Read more at hersite.info
 
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1. 22 Work at Home Facebook Pages to Follow- If you are on Facebook, here is a big list of work at home related pages that I “like” personally that you may also want to consider following yourself if you’re actively seeking work at home leads, advice, and other information. realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com

2. Review of Work at Home Jobs with CenturyLink– Outside of the regular “cable guy” jobs, CenturyLink also offers jobs in marketing, sales, human resources, finance, and legal. Like any large corporation, it will have departments and managers at all levels in these departments. This article will discuss the WAH position of at-home customer service agent. Read more on wahadventures.com

3.20 Online Business Ideas: Classic and Proven– Setting up an online business is an attractive option most people like to explore. The ease of setting it up and running it make it a lucrative option for budding entrepreneurs. However, the key to succeed with internet business ideas is focusing on a niche and keeping it simple; and yes, it doesn’t have to be cutting edge… just learn from successful online businesses and turn the concept into your very own. – Read more at bizpenguin.com

4. 50+ Authentic Online Business Ideas {that actually work}-In this blog post, we aim to give you 50+ ideas to launch your own online business with links to similar establishments that thrive online.  If you have a talent, there is a market for it – you can have a thriving business that utilizes your unique potential.  We encourage you to browse through the websites shared below and glean enough inspiration to start your very own online business. Read more on clothedinscarlet.org

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1. Social Media Marketing Experts- For many, the term “social media” conjures up cute cat videos and the latest celebrity meme. But memes can take many forms.  Increasingly, businesses are taking advantage of social media channels to create buzz about themselves, their brands and their products and services. According to a 2012 survey by small business online community Manta, small businesses have caught the bug: 90% of owners are now networking online, with 74% believing it to be equal to or greater than in-person networking-  Read more at business2community.com

2. Top Ten Tips for Selling Crafts Online Successfully – Recently, we started a discussion with our Friends of Craftster about successful tips for selling crafts online from both the seller’s and buyer’s perspectives. We covered the perils, the pitfalls, and the feel-good successes. So much goodness came out of this discussion that we feel compelled to share some of this knowledge with you.  Read more  on craftster.org

3. CEO of Me’s Best Advice for Small Business Owners-A couple of months ago, someone asked me to share the best advice I had for a new consultant just starting out in a new direct sales business. My answers below can apply to anyone joining a direct sales company, beginning their own business or anyone taking on any personal endeavor. Read more at  ceoofmeinc.com

4. Interested in selling your crafts? Question/ Answer video about selling on Etsy- I’ve been getting creative business questions from various people, so I decided to make a vlog to answer questions, and hopefully help more people at the same time! Read more at theflourishingabode.com

79 Links To The VERY Best WORK AT HOME Business Articles From Hersite Blog

1. Virtual Assistant Jobs– So fast forward to today; I currently work as a virtual assistant for several clients and I truly love what I do. So what is a virtual assistant (VA)? A virtual assistant is a professional that provides administrative support virtually. Read more at thelatinahomemaker.com

2. Vendor Event Success Tips for Direct Sales & Home Party Plan Consultants- If you are a direct sales or home party plan business owner, a great way to get new contacts and leads for your business is by doing vendor events.  There are several kinds of vendor events you can set up a display booth at right in your local area.  Read more at ceoofmeinc.com

3. The Challenge of Perceived Value- When it comes to pricing, there are many articles and books that give you basic formulas such as: (cost + labor + overhead) x 2 = wholesale price x 2 = retail price. The problem is that this formula works only if you are looking for the minimum profit as a goal. What it does not address is the real problem we have with pricing our creative work: understanding and determining its perceived value. Read more at handmadesuccess.com

4.{Craft Show} – Selling Your Products– I realized while helping a girlfriend (Casey Biggers, my personal stylist and sewing apprentice) set-up for her first craft fair that I should share with everyone my found knowledge with the hopes of inspiring you to take the leap of presenting your products, in a Craft Show environment.  Read more at  handmadebyhilani.blogspot.com

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1.A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric– If you have ever dreamed of showing your designs on fabric, textile aficionado Kim Kight, of popular blog True Up, is here to teach you how. – Amazon

2. Tips for Selling at Craft Fairs or Markets- I’ve been working selling my wares at weekly markets for the past 4 years, and I always have other crafts people asking me for some tips and tricks to do them.There are two sides to doing a market, the nuts and bolts of display, tables, and getting your stall. And also what to do/say to your customers to make the best of your stand. Both aspects have their difficulties, and trust me I’ve learned the hard way by making every mistake in the book. Read more at  bugsandfishes.blogspot.com

3. Venues and Marketplaces List– These days you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a place to sell your handmade items. New venues are popping up all the time and some have gone away or become less popular through the years. Here is a list of some of the more popular ones at the moment. In no particular order. Read more at  howtosellhandmadecrafts.com

4. Insider Tricks and Tips For Selling At Craft Fairs- During my time selling handmade soaps, lotions and jewelry at various events I learned a great deal through trial and error. It took a lot of practice to become successful as a seller – closing sales and most importantly, acquiring repeat customers. Read more at hubpages.com

79 Links To The VERY Best WORK AT HOME Business Articles From Hersite Blog

1. How To Successfully Sell at Craft Fairs -If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering participating in a craft fair.  That means you probably want to know how to successfully sell at craft fairs.  Awesome idea!  It’s a great way to put a few extra bucks in your pocket!  If you have never participated in one, or you just haven’t had much success in the past, I’m here to help out.  I have participated in quite a few sales and here it what I have learned. Read more at thriftylittlemom.com

2. 5 Awesome Tools To Help You Rock Your Small Business- I love sharing products and tools that I use to make running my small business easier. Some of these are free, and some aren’t, but they’re all completely awesome! Read more at erineflynn.com

3. 78 Most Creative and Top Rated Business Cards Designs2expertsdesign.com

4. Top 10 Pinterest Business Tips to Start 2014-Small businesses jumped in on the fun and used rich pins to drive sales. Bloggers were big winners and saw huge spikes in traffic and got an extra boost in branding with article rich pins. Here are 10 tips for business using Pinterest to keep in mind as we enter 2014 Read more ohsopinteresting.com

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1. 56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest-Part of Pinterest’s appeal is that it’s beautiful. Enter the lovely world of Pinterest, and all the troubles of your day-to-day life just seem to slip away in a stream of perfect little black dresses, baby otters, and cherubic children who never seem to get dirty or mouth off to their parents.Because it’s image-based, the core of Pinterest is overwhelmingly positive. I like to think of Pinterest as Facebook without the whining. Read more at copyblogger.com

2. 5 Books to Cultivate Your Small (Creative) Business -Today I wanted to share with a selection of businessy books I have found to be both interesting and unbelievably helpful in understanding my business and aiding it to grow. Some are about small business in general and can be applied to any industry. Others focus more specifically on having a creative business. Maybe one of them will be helpful to you too! Read more at linkouture.com

3. 18 Home Businesses You Can Start For Less Than $59-Today the direct sales industry has exploded, there are literally hundreds of companies with thousands of products. And women everywhere are cashing in by selling products through in-home parties. Read more at  theworkathomewoman.com

4. 35 Blogging Tips to Woo Readers and Win Business – Let’s not pussyfoot around it.
Blogging is a lot of work. Hard work. Generate new blog post ideas. Write weekly content. Promote posts via social media and email. At times, we all wonder whether our blogging efforts are paying off. Do we need to keep plugging away? Write more? Promote more? copyblogger.com

79 Links To The VERY Best WORK AT HOME Business Articles From Hersite Blog

1. The 5 Knows of Having a Handmade Business-I think before you can open your own handmade business you need to really know and research your market. When I say research the market I don’t mean, check out other peoples stores, see what you like and then try to duplicate it in your shop.  Read more littlemissmomma.com

2. How to Market your Personal Online Brand on 10 Social Media Networks-How would you feel if your Facebook page was shut down? What if your blog, where you create, post your ideas and thoughts was turned off? What would your reaction be if your Twitter account went blank? These are questions that we often don’t want to contemplate- Read more on jeffbullas.com

3. Numbers Of Videos On Marketing On Youtube– Video How-to’s- From How to schedule posts on facebook, use pinterest for direct sales, facebook parties, getting more reach through facebook and more.  See more at youtube.com/user/DirectlySuccessful

4. 50 Secrets Of Successful Garage Sales-Over the last couple of years my husband and I have been unloading a lot of goods.  Living with less has been so much more rewarding.  I also recently purged all my black clothes from my closet, and opted to wear color year around, which surprisingly makes me more happy! Here are 50 tips for great sales – Read more at Hersite.info

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1. Selling On Ebay- 20 Tips -Looking to increase your sales on ebay?  Here are 20 of the best tips to make extra cash selling on ebay. Learn To Sell On Ebay Before Considering Starting A Business On eBay– Learn ebay by looking around your house and taking the time to learn how to list.  You will make some mistakes—we all do. You will get better with experience.Create A Brand Label For Your Business – Get or create a “Logo” and a “Look” for your stores and auctions.  Use your logo on invoices, receipts, business cards and packing slips.  If you don’t know how to do it, there are those  on eBay who will do it for you in style, font and colors for a set price.  A blog banner can cost as little as $19 Read more at Hersite.info

2. How to Create New Social Media Habits – Information Overload, Is this you? You’re reading blog posts and articles about social media marketing and everyone has a different recommendation about what to do, how to do it and how often you need to do these things? Some days, I feel like I’m experiencing social information overload.  Read more at  why-social-media-for-business.com

 3.  You Made It Yourself: Now What? 29 Places to Sell Your Handmade Creations– Earlier this summer, I mentioned some cool niche sites serving the artisan community in my 19 new additions to a large ecommerce list.  Amazon and eBay are certainly well known marketplaces among those looking to sell just about anything, but niche marketplaces and communities are growing quickly. These 29 Marketplaces offer a way to buy and sell handmade goods. See more at  smallbiztrends.com

4. Making Money With YOUR OWN Niche BusinessI hear you business owners! It can be really tough to compete when the market is slow. Lets face it, the economy IS slowing down, and this has a negative effect on ALL the businesses around country, as people don’t have as much money to spend.  If you are a person who has a full time job, starting a business on the side makes sense.  It is good to get your feet wet selling something that can earn you an income, and this can be especially true as people loose their jobs in a tough economy.  It can be liberating to know you can sell your services, and especially endearing knowing you can make your own money offering skills you know quite well.  Starting a business doesn’t have to be tough.  Read more at hersite.info

79 Links To The VERY Best WORK AT HOME Business Articles From Hersite Blog

 1. Work at Home Jobs That Pay Weekly or More Often-I’ve made a list of work at home jobs and money-earning opportunities that pay either weekly, daily, or multiple times a week.  There are a lot of work at home opportunities that only pay monthly or twice a month, and getting paid that infrequently may not do much to help with immediate financial needs.  Read more at realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com

2. Over 100 Work at Home Jobs! The companies listed below regularly hire individuals for home-based positions – some positions are freelance, some are independent contracting, and others are full-time gigs with full benefits. While all companies are believed to be legit, they have only been soft checked, meaning that I did a quick search to see if there were any negative reviews or ratings. As is always the case, you need to do your due diligence (research the opportunity extensively) prior to enrolling in any business opportunity or applying for any job.  Read more on theworkathomewoman.com

3. How To Write The Perfect Email Subject Line-Writing subject lines is hard. Most of us leave it until the last minute. It seems like the entire world is riding on your email’s subject line (What will get more opens? More clicks? More conversions? Oy!) Read more at litmus.com

4. Advertising On Pinterest – A How-To Guide – As consumers pin and repin by the hundreds of millions, many marketers are struggling to maximize their brands’ Pinterest potential. Check out this handy Pinterest advertising guide and start pinning your way to success. Read more at  prestigemarketing.ca

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  1. So much information here I don’t know where to start. I am bookmarking so I can come back. Right now I am really interested in the Etsy stuff because I am getting ready to open YUM eating’s Etsy store and not sure how to price some of the things I am making. I am also going to be restarting my online bookstore that has been on hiatus for about 8 years. These are are wonderful sources of information.