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Can you start an online biz with just $100?

Postby kingos » Thu May 18, 2006 7:08 am

Hello,

I am doing a research on how possible it is to start biz online with just $100. I want to know if it is possible and profitable.If it is, what steps should be taken to achieve it?

Mark

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Postby NetDebut » Thu May 18, 2006 8:14 am

Hey Mark,

In a nutshell, yes.

You have to first sit down and think about the concrete costs and later the potential costs.

Concrete costs applies to investments you HAVE to make no matter what. For instance, to really start on a good online business you need a website. I don't care how many people say they're making money without one, but if you want to have an online presence, having a website is your first priority.

That means purchasing a domain name and getting it hosted. Paying the hosting fees is concrete, because it will not change whether you make money or not. After that, all else is potential. Whether it is softwares, services, ebooks and so on.

The next thing is to have a product. It doesn't have to be yours, but you have to have something to offer to the public, something to conjure their interest. When you're able to do that, you'll be on your way to success.

Having a website is important because people can seek you out and find out more info from you without having to ask you over the phone over and over again. However, the most important reason to have a website is to create leads. That's it. When you have a lead to follow-up on, you have a better chance of making a sale.

That's my quick tip. Perhaps someone else can go into further detail on this topic. However, that does sound like a pretty good project to start on. I'll have to do that later - sounds like fun.
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Postby Jim Guinn » Thu May 18, 2006 4:33 pm

With all due respect...would you ask the same question if you were opening a "brick and mortar" store? Of course not! You may be able to start an online business with $100, but it is not going to go anywhere. You have to be willing to invest what it takes to be successful.

You need to treat your online store like a brick and mortar store for ultimate success.

You only get what you pay for.

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Postby Lynn Terry » Fri May 19, 2006 1:16 pm

You make an interesting point, Jim... but having done both (online business and offline business), I have to say there is a huge difference. Starting an internet-based business is hard to compare to opening a physical store or shop. A person could invest more time than money, and still end up with a successful business. It's all relative of course, to what type of business, etc. There are a lot of variables.

But back to the question - a lot of people have started out for under 100 bucks and continued to build on that (investing along the way, usually both time and money).

Just a domain name and hosting account is enough to get some people rolling. But on the flip side, you could invest hundreds of hours and dollars and end up with nothing if you arent making goals and taking action...
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Postby Jason Moffatt » Mon May 22, 2006 1:37 am

$8 for a website and some hosting.

$0 to write a bunch of articles and submit them to
article directories. Each article could have links back
to your web page that promoted related affiliate programs.

If you want to ensure some better results, get people to
opt in to a list and emial them offers every couple of days.
AWEBER=$19 a month.

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't start a biz for under
$100.

Is it tough? Yes

Can it be done? Certainly.

I started with less than $20 when I got onto the computer.
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Postby webturtle » Mon May 22, 2006 7:34 am

Yes, it is possible... people do it all the time. I agree with Jim, though, that you do get what you pay for and there is something to be said about investing in your business. You might be able to start with $100 ... but somewhere along the line, you had better expect to invest in it or you are really going nowhere. Seriously - even people like Lynn, and myself, who are consummate "dot it yourselfers" and capable of starting at $100 would have to admit we've sunk some good chunk of money into business expenses (thank god or the IRS would have all my money).

But, the flip side is, the extremely low cost of entry is the reason the web is completely littered with failed web sites and CRAP. And that's just the truth. I would say the majority of people don't have what it takes - but because they can try without a lot of financial pain, they do, and then ...
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Postby Lynn Terry » Tue May 23, 2006 6:25 pm

webturtle wrote:But, the flip side is, the extremely low cost of entry is the reason the web is completely littered with failed web sites and CRAP. And that's just the truth. I would say the majority of people don't have what it takes - but because they can try without a lot of financial pain, they do, and then ...


That's such a good point, and one I agree with. There seems to be a sense of commitment and motivation for the person that invests a good chunk of money into something, versus someone who doesnt. That isnt always the case, of course, as I've seen people start with practically nothing and turn it into something great. But for the most part, it really does have an impact on how seriously we take the project at hand.
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Hello!

Postby massimo » Tue May 23, 2006 7:59 pm

Good day Mark,
Good day members! :wink:

How are you?


Mark, you can start your business by investing $19 at all. Guaranteed.

$8.5 for a good domain
http://www.yourdn.com


$10 for a good hosting (9GB Bandwidth/Day for a 1 time fee)
http://www.freepgs.com


Relax...
The web addresses above are not my affiliate links as I don't need to sell something to you. OK? :)


I have a simple example for you...
My student "Anna Maria" is a mother of 5 girls, and she has 2 jobs. She is a very-busy person...

1) She has built a website by focusing on a big passion: "food recipes".

2) She has created 16+ rich content pages...
And she have uploaded them to her host...

3) She has placed Adsense ads in her website (since 2 weeks)


She made profits in 2 weeks thanks to Adsense ads. If you desire to take a look at her website, the address is:

http://www.ricette-della-cucina-italiana.com


I love Anna project cause it's very simple, it is good and it work. Period.

Mark, you can do a successful business by investing $19 only. Believe me.
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Re: How Can One start an online biz with just $100?

Postby captkirk » Wed May 24, 2006 1:13 am

kingos wrote:Hello,

I am doing a research on how possible it is to start biz online with just $100. I want to know if it is possible and profitable.If it is, what steps should be taken to achieve it?

Mark

Yes, you can get started on the net for FREE if you have access to a computer and internet.

I have found alot of very successful FREE programs that's better than most paid program or website that you can start yourself from scratch.

Here's 3 steps to get you started:

1. Search the internet for a program or product that you can get behind 100% that you can start for free.

2. Use Free Advertising methods like Classifieds, Traffic Exchanges, Safelists and etc...

3. Get a good ad tracker to track your ads so that you know where your hits are coming from.

I highly recommend for anyone to promote other people programs (Affiliate programs) first before they invest time, effort and money in creating their own website and buying domain names.

Why?

Because you won't know what people will buy or not buy on the internet until you test for yourself.

So, it's best to start off promoting other people programs to see what people are buying and it won't cost you nothing if you're using FREE advertising.

Again, you can get started on the net for FREE if you have access to a computer and internet.
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Posty!

Postby Griffin Lilly Jr » Wed May 24, 2006 2:36 am

Can we make this a sticky? :D
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Most definitely

Postby computerincome » Wed May 24, 2006 4:00 am

I started my hoem based business for under $100:

* Company is free to join
* Bought two months worth of the ACt energy drink - $70 ($60 if in US)
* Promoted for free and with some fairly cheap ezine advertising and solo ads and few offline ads - budget up to you really but your spare $30 would get you started and give you a good foundation to build a team and business.

Or you could invest $8 in a domain name, $10 on hosting (I have very good hosting for just $10/year) and set up a website to promote your business but this is not really needed as you get all this from company.

Of course the blood, sweat and tears that go into building your business are another matter entirely.

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Re: Can you start an online biz with just $100?

Postby Lynn Terry » Wed May 24, 2006 12:34 pm

kingos wrote:I am doing a research on how possible it is to start biz online with just $100. I want to know if it is possible and profitable.If it is, what steps should be taken to achieve it?


I'd say one of the easiest ways to get started (right now), and for under $100, would be to set up a hosting account, install Wordpress, and start blogging.

This requires very little know-how or HTML knowledge as Wordpress has a built-in editor that makes publishing super easy. There are a lot of neat templates, plug-ins and help files that are free around the 'net too... so you wont be stuck for things to work with.

Two hosts that I am using for blogs that make the set-up & install super easy are HostGator and Globat.

Another option is to sign up (free) with a good affiliate network like NetShops. Again, all you need to pay for is a hosting account, and possibly a website template. You can get templates from Basic Templates for only 5 dollars.

NetShops gives you code, datafeeds and anything else you would need to set up a product-based affiliate site.

Just a couple more ideas to add to the list ;)
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Postby oneiros » Tue May 30, 2006 2:41 pm

It is very possible to start a biz online with just $100.

Buy a domain. less than $8
Host it somewhere. from 0 to $25 monthly (get what you pay..)
Put content on your domain. from 0 to whatever..
Join affiliateprograms 0
Apply for adsense or similar. 0
Advertise your site. from 0 to a lot

If successful -> repeat? ;)
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biz for under $100

Postby annalaurabrown » Tue May 30, 2006 7:40 pm

My company offers a free website with sign up and the fee is only $47-$50.
So yes it can be done with my company but also as the others have pointed out, it depends upon what you are planning to do. Certain products may cost more and so it may not be possible.
Best of Luck
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Postby the mudslinger » Wed May 31, 2006 5:29 am

i haven't seen any mention of setting up a DBA, business bank account or any other legal stuff. that will hit you in the pocketbook as well.
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