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Updated on January 22, 2015

What is a Home Based Business?

A home based business is a business that you conduct from home. You are your own boss. You are in control of your finances and bookkeeping. Working at home does not mean getting up early in the morning to commute to a job that you may not be very crazy about and let us not even think about the cost of gas to get there!

Being involved with my own home business off and on for years while working outside of the home has not been easy, and do not kid yourself that it is. I first started out selling gifts from catalogs. I spent a fortune on snail mailing the catalogs out with my business name and matching envelopes, hoping to bring in a flood of orders. Set up booths with merchandise I paid for, hoping to make a sell.

Then there were those home parties. Egad, how I hate to see those invitations from family and friends. Just to think I did that to with cosmetics and Christmas Around the World.

This was all to supplement my primary income.

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Beware of Online Scams

Not all business ventures are legit. Do your homework. Read up on it. If they want a large amount on upfront money, chances are it is a scam.

Most of us set up a home business to give ourselves the flexibility of our hours and spending more time with family. The desire to be your own boss and not work for anyone else but yourself is a dream that most of us want to achieve.

Now with the internet it is so much easier to achieve that dream. Little or no overhead, networking at your fingertips and so many different business ventures to look security is easier to grasp.


Become an Affiliate Marketer

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Sell Information and eBooks and Format eBooks

Some Ideas Below

  1. Conduct a webinar and give out your expertise on a particular subject. Set in up in a video. Add it to Go to Meeting.
  2. Sell informational eBooks from your own website. This would include this sample high quality eBooks site on recipes, fitness, self-help, spiritual, money making tips, Adsense, games, photography, jokes, podcasting, sports, hobbies, internet marketing and so much more is an example of this.
  3. Sell eBooks from Amazon, Smashwords, or other online places. Many of these will pay directly into your PayPal account..

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Format and Create eBooks

4. Work for a client and create covers for eBooks. Format their eBooks for places like Smashwords, Lulu and Kindle. Format these for yourself or the client for the printed book like CreateSpace. Or make an audio book. ( I have helped with either the cover or formatting or both. You can contact me at for service.)

Be aware of what social networking sites will accept. Many will not take the marketing of Clickbank and MLM products. Many eBooks have been given a bad name. Kindle and other eBooks like this are acceptable and there are many well worth the buy. Like the few shown on here from Amazon.

Smashwords eBook Novel


Books Worth Reading

These eBooks on Smashwords have several different formats for you to choose from to download. This is what makes Smashwords stand out above the rest. Since I have formatted these two books, I do know that they are worth reading.

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Referral Fee and Royalities

Get a Fee When You Sell a Product Online

Get a referral payment from your own products or someone else's. Zazzle is one shop that pay 15% fee for any product set up with your ID bought off a site other than Zazzle. Like these Zazzle spider products below.

These are from my Sandyspider Gifts shop on Zazzle. If you were to buy one of these from the link below, I would get an associate fee and a commision from my gift product.

You can join Zazzle from the link below as well.

Spiders Look Better on Gift Products

Become an Associate for Amazon

Make Between 4 to 8% Selling Other People's Products

Better yet, if you have your own products on Amazon posted on a page like this and someone happens to make a purchase from here…Guest what happens? You make a royalty off the product that sold from the custom gift site, which it came from. In addition to that, an earning fee from Amazon as an associate.

Below are a few items from Sandy Mertens on 3DRose as they appear on Amazon.

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About Amazon Capsules and Mouse Pads

With the capsules it is a 60/40 with HubPages. Meaning 60% of the time the sale will go into your account and 40% of the time it is linked to the Hubpages account. But if you want to guarantee 100% would come to you if it is clicked on and sold, then you can add a photo of it and a link. Often it is good to have a mix of both. At least the link will show up when someone has the Ad Blocker enabled.

About the Mouse Pads Above

Durable heavy duty recycled rubber with matte finish mouse pads. These are easy to clean, soft to touch and crack resistant mouse pads. Large photos and design variety from holidays, animals, travel, monograms and much more. A small selection is shown in the photo below. See them all when you click on the link below this.

Sandy Mertens Mouse Pads - View Here on Amazon

Attention Amazon Affiliates

Win-Win Fun

Consider adding products listed under Sandy Mertens on Amazon to your Amazon capsules, articles, blogs, websites and everywhere else. Make money when the product sells as an affiliate.

Find Sandy Mertens under the individual products in Scroll down 3/4s of the individual product pages to find Sandy Mertens. Here are most of the products: Aprons, Caps, Coasters, Coffee Gift Basket, Desk Clock, Framed Tile, Greeting Cards, Iron On Heat Transfers, Key Chains, Light Switch Covers, Mouse Pads, Mugs, Ornaments, Porcelain Plates, Quilt Squares, Sweatshirts, Napkin Holders, Pen Holders, Tiles, Tote Bags, Trivets, T-Shirts, Wall Clocks, and Water Bottles.

How do you make money online? - Or are you here just for fun?

There is more than one way to make money online with a home base business. What is a sure winner for one might not be for another? Find you own niche and spin your spider web online.

Besides, affiliate marketing and gift sites, you can make money writing online. You can make money on some social networks like HubPages, writing for businesses and publishing your own books.

You can create book covers, edit and format eBooks and books for other people as I do. Contact me at for more information on this.

Do your homework and search around to find your niche.

Which one do you make a better living at online?

I make more money with my writing.

I make more money with my writing.

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    • ChaunyWrites 6 years ago

      not exactly sure yet, but I'm sure for me it will be writing because I don't have any gift sites, and the ones that I will have will be part of my sites but they will be done for a friend of mine. She isn't internet savvy.

    • David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      I make more from writing, but that's mainly because I do much more of it. I do, however, make more writing off-line still, but the balance is getting closer.

    • aishu19 6 years ago

      I make more money doing freelance writing from contracts I find via sites like Elance and Fiverr.. I do hope to make more through the gifts soon

    • Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      i make more money with an option not listed here -- an online book business where I own the inventory and sell it on line through my own web site and through, a bookseller's cooperative, on which I wrote a lens here. Since I have written my entire web site, I'll say I make more money with my writing.

    I make more money with my gift sites.

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      • JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

        My wife and I are actually thinking of putting up our own home business. we want to spend more time together and with our daughter. Having our own business will surely give control over our time. But it can be a daunting task. Leaving your current work and choosing a different financial path can be scary.

      • MJSchrader 6 years ago

        My dream is soon my writing will overtake my gift business by leaps and bounds! But I want both businesses to grow into full time income soon!

      • Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

        I make more with Zazzle but doing Ok with writing too I only use Squidoo right now though hope to expand that at some point

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          Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          CatherineGiordano Glad to help you on both.

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          Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

          Very good information. Voted up. Lots of ideas here .

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          Bigdaddyguru 5 years ago

          Some great info, I liked your lens

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Very useful information. Thank you very much

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          AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

          Great lens! I enjoyed reading it and exploring your links!

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          Annamadagan 6 years ago

          Cute lens:) I am almost 12, but I want to start getting some money...not to be greedy, but I don't even get allowance!

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          stormlyt lm 6 years ago

          Very helpful lense. Thanx!

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          bboy131 lm 6 years ago

          Very informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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          blessedmomto7 6 years ago

          Great tips, I make a bit of $ from squidoo and that's about it. I used to sell Pampered Chef, but it wasn't worth the time I had to put into it. Great lens!

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          David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

          Multiple home based business, enough that I can just go with whatever it is I love at any given time.

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          ZOLTAR69 6 years ago

          Great Lens and I appreciate the advice... ZOLTAR... soon to be a work at home monster, after I fire Dr. Frankenstein!

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          aishu19 6 years ago

          Many of us are looking for great ways to earn online and create a home based business. These are great ways to get started

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          Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

          Wonderful lens writing and gifts have been wonderful ways of making money for me.

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          TapIn2U 6 years ago

          This a great lens! I can tell a lot of unemployed people would love this and try it..Thanks for educating us!

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          Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

          i am the Work at home angel, and I love it when I come accross another successful Work at home mum! Who shares her success with us! Featured on Ideas resources and information for working at home! Thanks sandy!

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          Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

          I have a home-based internet book business, a Zazzle shop, and write for Squidoo, HubPages, Qondio, RedGage, Gather, and She Told Me. And I have four blogs. Maybe someday the writing and Zazzle will be enough, but meantime, I'd better keep on selling books.

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          Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

          I don't remember what it looked like before, but it looks great now, loaded with useful tips too.

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          The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

          Enjoyed your lens and the information on spider or attraction marketing. 5*

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          andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

          Sandy I joined the Spiderweb system! Can't wait to see for the results! Thanks for the information. 5*

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          lasertek lm 8 years ago

          Very informative. Thumbs up! Hope you can visit my lens too on toner refill kits when you got time.

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          capriliz lm 8 years ago

          That is one bright Spiderman! Very informative lens, Sandy.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Wow. I have never seen Spiderman that glittery. That is neat. Super lens.

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          Andy 8 years ago from London, England

          Great lens

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          tdove 8 years ago

          Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          cool squidoos! :o)