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How to create a job you love on the web...
By Sue Barrett

Not found a job you like? Maybe you need to create it! The concept may sound silly or overwhelming at first, but if you break it down into steps, you’ll see how simple it really can be.

There are 3 basic steps you can follow to build a profitable and fun business on the internet. The idea behind this business-building strategy is to use your skills or interests in a way that can provide income for you while at the same time enrich the lives of others.


Brainstorm. What are your particular interests or areas of expertise? (I know you have at least one.) Make sure it’s something that you truly enjoy. This can make a big different in the success of your business. If you love what you do, you’ll feel fulfilled, and the effort you put in will not feel like “work”.


Information is a high-demand item. You can find people interested in purchasing information on almost any subject. If you provide this valuable information for free at your website, you can attract all sorts of visitors who are interested in that particular subject.

Now, let’s get back to what you enjoy doing. You want to provide information or ideas on your SPECIFIC subject. What needs do people have, and how can you fill them? Think of things you have wanted at one time or another, but were not able to find (or wished there was a faster, better, easier way).

For instance, let’s say your hobby is eating pickles. Mmm mmm. There are lots of ideas you can incorporate into your website.



how to cook with pickles, pickling, pickle recipes


how to grow pickles


pickle festivals or events


health benefits of pickles


how to send pickles as gifts


where to buy gourmet pickles

Information can be portrayed in a variety of different formats. Consider your idea and the audience you are targeting. What method will work best for your business?

current news stories


weekly or monthly newsletters


how-to guides


comparisons of products, services or companies

Remember, you want to provide worthwhile content that will keep your visitors coming back and referring others. Constantly update your content with new ideas that are informative and different. You don’t need to be a know-it-all when you first start out. Don’t be afraid to learn as you go along.


Many companies now offer “affiliate” or “associate” programs online. If you let them advertise their products or services on your website, you can make money on any purchases made though your site.

In addition to paying you, well-known, reputable companies can add credibility to your business. PLUS, many will do most of the work for you. This includes stocking inventory, taking orders, shipping products, handling customer returns and complaints, billing – and paying you, of course.

So, what products or services will enhance your website content and appeal to your visitors?

You can find affiliate programs in all sorts of different industries (financial products or services, internet-related, children or family-oriented, travel, home and garden, sports, crafts / hobbies, education, etc…) But let’s get back to the pickle website. What on earth would these people be interested in?


- Gourmet food clubs
- Online gift shopping
- Nutrition products
- Cooking utensils
- Grocery coupons
- Meal-delivery service
- Vegetable planting equipment
- Health or vegetarian cooking magazines
- Books (more information on pickles…)
You don’t need to drastically transform your life to start a business – but you do want to change your mindset. Building a successful work-at-home business requires you to be open to new ideas and change. Be flexible – welcome visitor feedback and make adjustments when appropriate.

Work at your own pace, and make your business as big or as small as you want. It's true... “Do what you love, and the money will follow.”

Sue Barrett works for HomeBusinessCenter.com and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs successfully start their own home-based businesses. For more information about resources in this article, visit www.homebusinesscenter.com, email Barrett at editor@homebusinesscenter.com or call 877-381-5421.

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