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Starting a Part-Time Internet Business

written by: M.S. Smith•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 5/20/2011

It is a harsh employment environment out there. If you're looking for work, or you're looking for a way to increase your current income, starting a part time Internet business can be the way to go.

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    Starting a Part Time Internet Business

    In today’s tough economic times, starting a part time Internet business is a very good idea. Internet businesses tend to be flexible in terms of their working hours, and that means you can work around your existing commitments. It is possible to bring in extra money while working another job or while taking care of children at home.

    Of course, some methods of starting a part time Internet business are better than others. In this article we’ll take a look at some common Internet business strategies and then examine a few tips that will help you manage a part time Internet business effectively.

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    Popular Home Business Ideas

    It can be tempting to try and come up with a brand new, never before conceived idea when founding your part time Internet business. Doing this can be rewarding, but it can also be risky. It is possible that your business has never been thought of before in spite of how useful it could be, but it is more likely that it has never been thought of because it wouldn’t work very well.

    Going with a more common part time business idea isn’t a bad idea. This lets you use a proven concept that you know can bring in money. You’ll want to add your own spin to it, of course, but for the most part using a common idea is safer. For more information about common part time business ideas read our article Most Popular Home Based Businesses.

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    Starting a Part Time Internet Business on a Budget

    Part Time Internet Business It is likely that part of the reason you’re thinking of starting a part time Internet business is a gap between what you’re making and what you need to be making. If this is the case, the idea of “investing" money into your business defeats the point and is very risky. What if the business doesn’t take off?

    There are, however, some part time Internet business ideas that do not require that you spend much money to get them started. These business ideas include blogging, article writing (on sites like this one) and online tutoring. These businesses can quickly bring in money without a major initial investment. That means little risk to you. If the part time Internet business doesn’t work out you’re not out any money.

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    Starting a Part Time Internet Marketing Business

    Internet Marketing is a term used to describe a wide range of online activities that focus on marketing products on the behalf of others. In exchange for your efforts you receive compensation – usually a cut of each purchase that occurred through your marketing efforts.

    A business focused on marketing can bring in a lot of money. The key is to write engaging marketing copy and creating a large number of blogs and websites that recommend the product you are marketing. To find out more about this form of income, check out our article How to Make Money with a Home Based Internet Marketing Business.

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    Internet Businesses and Sales Tax

    Part Time Internet Business Tips If you are running a part time Internet business you will need to worry about taxes, and this could include sales tax if you are selling any sort of product. Sales tax is handled by different states in different ways, so you need to be careful. Not following the rules is always a bad idea when it comes to taxes, and a state might come after you if it believes that you’re not reporting taxes correctly.

    Sales tax doesn’t have to be a horribly complex issue, however. To help make it simple we have a guide called Internet Businesses and Sales Tax. In this guide you will find the information you need to make sure that your business is following the correct sales tax rules.

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    Avoiding Part Time Internet Business Scams

    Starting and running a part time Internet business is a perfectly legitimate way of making money, but the reputation of this form of making money has been harmed by the scams that have been created by unsavory characters. The lack of face-to-face contact online makes it easier to scam people out of their money.

    Not all Internet business opportunities are scams, but you have to be careful and protect yourself. You should not sign up for so-called business opportunities that require you pay a significant amount of cash upfront, and you should be careful of opportunities suggesting you can make huge amounts of cash for little work. To learn more, read our article Five Rules for Avoiding Business Opportunity Scams.

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    Learn About Top Internet Entrepreneurs

    The simple truth is that no matter what kind of Internet business you start, you are very unlikely to end up making millions. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot for the stars, however, as huge success is possible.

    Companies like Google, Facebook and Craigslist all have humble beginnings that eventually resulted in major profits for their creators. To learn more about the people behind these Internet behemoths and other Internet businesses read The Top 10 Internet Entrepreneurs. These top Internet entrepreneurs can help inspire your work in your search for prosperity with your new business.