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Best 2017 GUIDE to Online Home Business

Finding the best online home business for you can be challenging and daunting all at the same time.  With so much on offer on the internet these days, you can truly be overwhelmed as to what is the best option for you.  

So I have put together this guide for you, from personal experience and researching what is out there on offer. I know exactly how you must be feeling if you are new to this. I was like that too.

My problem was (or perhaps to my advantage now), is I did try alot of things; MLMs, Direct selling, Trading, I was even part of a scam briefly. But doing all of those things led me to what I now do online, which is build my own website around my passion – and get rewarded residual income to do it.  

If you can bypass a lot of the crap that is so (unfortunately) readily available, then you will find your whole online home based business experience a much better one!

I will not necessarily be listing individual MLMs or companies, but I will give you some insight into the types of business you may/or may not become part of.  Like I said, this is from personal experience and my learned insights into these types of online business.

Food for Thought on Promotion

If you decide to travel down the MLM path, I suggest you find a better way to promote it than your upline may have planned and be teaching you.  Hassling family and friends is one way, or with the convenience of the Internet, going online and doing the same – is another.

With MLM products, shakes, lotions and potions, they are just not found in your brick and mortar stores.  And for good reason, they are usually overpriced, so your sales can reward you.

The not so good part of all of that is, if you are taught to promote in the form of home parties, is it is harder for your family and friends to say “No thanks, I do not want any of your product,” when they may be in your home, and part of the party you are hosting.  Obligation comes to mind.

In stores it is waaay easier, to say “No thank you” to the shop attendant.  Think about that right there.  How long is it going to take before you piss off the people around you.  Yes, you love the product, but it has a financial incentive for you to get it sold, and lots of it.

But your nearest and dearest will tire of you if you keep harping on about it and trying to sell them all the time.  

And if you are promoting to all of your social media accounts, day in day out, your amazing weight losing products, well  that ‘unfollow’ or ‘BLOCK’ button for them, is a just a click away!  

So be prepared to lose “Facebook friends” if you promote and are selling this way!

Promoting your business can be done alot easier, and the key is to finding a way that will have your online enterprise around for years to come.  Do read on…


Your Business Lasting the Test of Time!

online website buildersI want to share also in this guide a way of YOU and YOUR products being found and bought.  You may feel you have the best online business opportunity, however instead of hunting down people to buy from you, you become the authority in your niche and the hunted.  

Yes, you heard right… being found on this place called planet earth and people wanting to purchase from you!  

Which means you don’t have to trick Grandma or Aunt Betty into something they just do not want to be a part of. You can and will get your products or service in front of your target audience. And your social media presence and profile will stay intact without people feeling they need to unfollow you.  

So even though I will list many and varied options for an online business, I can probably say hand on heart, you truly need your own website – your own online ‘real estate’.  Whether its branding you, or you are selling from it, from all my experiences online over the years, I feel having your own site is hugely important for long term success.  

But first up, what is available in an online business for you?


A Guide to Different Types of Businesses

So there are many types of business you can do online.  I wanted to share them to you with price estimations, as entering most businesses are different, however sharing price points will give you a general idea.  It is good to know what sort of money you may require to get started, but also what sort of income you could potentially receive in return for hard work.

With some of the business types I speak about in this Guide, you will find I elaborate more on some than others.  This is purely from first hand experience with them.  I want to give you some real insight as you read through, and hope it will assist you as you choose a business to pursue.


Free Website Builders for Affiliate Marketing and Blogging

What is great these days is you can get your online business started for free.  There are a number of options for sites, and it all comes down to your needs and what you want to use your website for.

I have listed further down this guide, e-commerce sites which are designed around an online store.  The free website options listed here can be used for blogging and affiliate marketing purposes and I know the platfrom I am part of, comes with the best online business training as well.

So not only am I being taken through to set up a website, I am learning how to create a site that is around a niche, and a very profitable one at that!

Even though there are many options of platforms available, through experience and just google searching tells me WordPress sites seem to be the search engine favourites.

The Best Website Builders

These following website builders come with various features to get your own website built.  The difference between these free and paid options compared with the Wealthy Affiliate program is the help and support. But also with sites like Wix and Weebly, if you are going free, then you will always be carrying their logos on your site.  

With most sites being just a support ticket away if you do require help, with Wealthy Affiliate they pretty much take you by the hand and guide you every step of the way to get your website up and running, but more importantly help you understand how and why you do it.  

And no Wealthy Affiliate watermarked logo on your site – free or paid!


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Is free to start and has a full course of lessons to get your (WordPress site through the SiteRubix platform) set up and profitable in any niche you choose.

 The support is brilliant as not only do the company owners assist where they can, there is a community 24 hours a day live chat support feature as well.  

I truly could go on and on about Wealthy Affiliate because of what it offers for free.  I could almost rate it the best online business school!  Not to mention also, its very low premium price of $49/mth and the training and tools that are offered with that.  

After experiencing so much on line in programs and MLMs, I can honestly, with hand on heart highly recommend this product for anyone who wants to do affiliate marketing. Or if you have a true passion in a niche, then this is for you.

But I am not bias, and this guide is about giving you many options… so do read on!

Wix is a platform to develop websites and mobile sites using drag and drop tools.  It can be used for free, however with the Premium plans starting at $7 per mth/$30 per mth for the e-commerce site, you will get more storage and bandwidth and remove Wix ads.

I used Wix years ago and it was an okay platform to use.  It just did not have the training and support with the platform I am associated with now.

Weebly is another drag and drop type website builder.  I used weebly for period of time, however with the blog feature, I still was not taught how to get my blog pages ranking on page 1 of Google and other search engines.  

Most of the free sites will give you all the tools and that is great.  But to build a website, and then for it to be found by your audience, are 2 completely different things.  Unless you have a huge budget for advertising, then the Wealthy Affiliate platform is the route to go.  

Prices for weebly start at $10 mth/$20 for e-commerce and add other features the higher your subscription.

WordPress hands down are the best websites.  What is great though, is these days you do not have to do the whole installation process yourself like you had to do in the past.  Because sites like Wealthy Affiliate use the wordpress platform and (SiteRubix does the building for you), which just made it a whole lot easier!

But there is a whole WordPress forum with help and support and you can do this all for free.  I just think it would be a tough route to go for the inexperienced person new to the online world when there are so many other awesome options available.


Working at Home for Others

Rather than join a direct selling or MLM type of business, you could offer up your skills and service to others.  There are many sites you can join which I will list below, where you can provide a profile with all the skills you have acquired over the years.  And charge a fee per hour or an agreed contracted amount.  

Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant can help clients out by providing a lot of secretarial, general office administration, email assistance (especially if company receives large volumes of it), technical  and creative support.  All from the comfort of your home office.

Freelancing Options

This could involve writing for others or doing amazing designs for websites.  I even remember paying someone on Upwork to put together a 1 minute Youtube intro with my branding.  For his work we agreed on a $50 payment.  

So if you get good at this type of work and have a good rating within the site you have joined to get jobs, you can negotiate a fair fee and make a good living out of it.  Here are a ton of options that may interest you.

Editorial Services:

Providing blog content or article writing for magazines that need fresh and relevant content. Copywriting, ghostwriting, editing or proofreading and critiquing articles – to name a few.

Design Services:

For websites, like header banners, or overall improvement of website design and layout.

Graphic Designing:

On things like business cards, logos, flyer, posters or designing smaller banners to be used for advertising purposes.

Financial Advising:

If you are a Certified Financial Planner and have the credentials to prove it, then you can offer these services at a fee.

Business consulting:

Where you can work with clients on problem solving and strategy in their respective business and assist them to develop business skills.  You can cover things like marketing plans or what types of marketing techniques to use and how to use them to better their knowledge and online business experience.

Social Media Consultant:

If you are a whiz around Facebook, Twitter and Instagram then you can offer services on how to use them for your business.  With internet users growing and businesses going online everyday, the need for social media and how to use it will always be there.  And, new platforms to spend time on socially, (and even advertise on) are introduced regularly.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Services:

People build websites and blogs, however if they are not optimized properly, then chances are they are not being found in the search engines like Google and Yahoo. You can offer up your expertise in how to place keywords in meta titles/descriptions, correct keyword density in web pages, alt tags on images and so forth.

Freelance programmer:

Sometimes when building websites, help is occasionally required with plugins, or there may be something that just isn’t right and it may just be that some code is needed.  So if you are up to speed with coding and programming language, then this could be a gig to pursue.

Resume and Cover letter writing:

There is always someone looking for a job so if you have the skills to put a good resume together, then this could be an option for you.

Freelancing Sites you can Join

Here are some sites that you can join, provide your services and command a fee.  Most are generally free to join and a percentage of your sales will go to the owners running the site.

Upwork (previously Odesk)
College Recruiter
Freelance Writing Gigs


E-Commerce and Selling

For other online income ideas, perhaps you are interested in having your own online store?

With an e-commerce store there are many site building programs that can have you up and running your online store in no time!  The best sites will walk you through the the entire process of design, hosting, pricing and payment options, reports and also marketing tools.

Must have features should definitely include payment security, and do check you are able to provide enough payment and shipping options for your customers.  The better the experience for them, the better reviews or even them returning.

Just go with a program that is easy to use and an absolute must is the support they provide.  Generally users of the system will happily share how good, (or not so good) support is in a review, so if the site has reviews – check them out!

ecommere websites


Top E-Commerce Sites

These sites vary in prices. The more you pay, the more bandwidth, support and amount of product you can list.  Amid other elements the store has to offer.

Free trial –  Starting price 29.95/mth and prices go up from there.

Free site.  Basic plan $4.50/mth.  E-commerce $16.50/mth and prices go up.

Free trial for 14 days.  Basic plan $15/mth.  Then a $35 plan, $75 and $135

Free with limited options.  Prices start at $69/mth to $299 per month plan

Free 14 day trial.  Basic plan $29/mth.  Then a $79 plan and $299 per month plan

3D Cart
Free trial for 15 days.  Basic plan $29/mth.  Then a $79 plan and $229 per month plan

Shop Site
Free trial with limited options.   Basic plan $5.99/mth. Then a $29.99 plan and $59.99 per month plan.

Shopping Cart Elite
Free trial for 14 days.  Does not list prices however you can contact them for a quote.


Selling Your own Photography

If you have a passion for photography, or you are a professional photographer, then you can make money from your pics on photo selling websites.  


A popular site for selling and downloads.  And heads the list for photographers who want to earn well. You can check out more about them here.


A place to showcase your best work in photography.  You can just display photos however the Pro or paid options gives you a storefront and e-commerce capabilities.  You can set the pricing on your own and earn up to 85% royalty rate. Digital downloads, prints and cards can be sold.


The world’s leader photo platform dedicated to tour companies!   For all your tours and activities, Tour Photos can share or sell (to the tourists) the photos takes during their excursion with them.  Activities included are from cruise ships, scuba diving, rafting, amusement parks, camel riding, skydiving, and many more.

Istockphoto by Getty Images.

If people download your photos you earn a royalty payment.

And here are a few others to research and check out!



There are all types of trading.  Day trading, longer term trading, I was even part of 60 second trade scheme that taught me how to place my money in when it was low and 60 seconds later it (hopefully) had increased.  But it was so unpredictable it wasn’t funny and became too scary!  

So I got out of it before I lost anything.  And learned from that experience!

Short term trading involves frequent buying and selling of stock, commodities – buying at a lower price and selling at a higher price within a relatively short period of time.  

I never got too involved with trading as I do believe you have to know what you are doing when investing hard earned dollars.  Watching how markets rise and fall can be quite daunting if you really don’t know what you are supposed to be looking at.  Education on this is truly key here!

But people do enjoy it and if you know what you are doing, it can be really profitable, in a short period of time. And I have noticed alot of things around the internet these days involving Bitcoin as well.  

I suggest if you want to go down this path then do your due diligence, research hard and get truly educated on it before you put any money forward.


I am not a fan of surveys at all.  They are tedious and so damn boring and as far as I am concerned I get no satisfaction from it.  But if you like to make a little extra cash, or get rewards from gift cards or other methods then here are a couple of good sites I have sourced.

These websites within them have a whole bunch of legitimate survey sites in posts, which includes additional information and explanations about what each offers.  And I did not want to list every type of survey site, as I know some are just a pure waste of time.

Again, not my cup of tea however just another online business option if it interests you.

Australian – 20 Paid Survey Sites

21 Best Online Sites

List of US Survey Sites with The Survey Pro

International Survey Sites with the Survey Pro – select your country


MLM or Multi Level Marketing

With multi level marketing, you can either like it or hate it.  Having been part of both MLMs and also Direct Selling business (which I cover below this) I am happy to say, I am now not part of any.  

Simply put, MLM is where the distributor in a company not only gets compensated for the sales they generate, but they also get paid various amounts from the multiple levels of sales below them.  Which in theory sounds great doesn’t it?

So the key is to build a downline of other distributors below you, so you reap a percentage of what they sell as well.  And this could be an actual physical product, or a digital educational product, or service.

And these MLMs can lure you in with smaller products and costs, to then have you pay for products in the thousands.  (Because apparently you need the dearer products to be successful).

My best advice to anybody wanting to take this path is DO YOUR RESEARCH.  There are always reviews on MLM based businesses, and do not stop at just one review – read many!

My MLM Experience

I have been part of a few over the past years and like I said earlier, I am so glad I am out of this type of business.  Some cost me too much money and I wasn’t really over the moon with their products, which I should have been.  Plus, I failed big time in marketing it.

And my last venture turned out to be an all time scam, which was quite disappointing, because I loved what the company stood for.  The way they were making a stand and helping out families etc.

But when you discover the “product” just does not exist.  That your membership, turns around and pays the daily pay, then you have to rethink whether you want to be a part of something that is just not morally right. You can read my review on that here.

I think with anything you do in life, you have to have a passion for it.  So if you do pursue an MLM business.  Then you better be taking/using their product and know it inside and out.  

At the end of the day there is nothing better than someone asking, “What is it you do?” because they can see your success or, “What are you taking to look so good”  because the products work so well.  So much better to be approached than to be pushing your product or business down people’s throat.

Direct Selling Business

Direct selling is more about marketing and selling products directly to consumers.  Plus you are also marketing the business model as well.  So basically, if I marketed my business and somebody joined and bought the products, I would get a good percentage of the sales, the owners get their percentage and nothing is shared with any upline distributors.

What is probably a good thing about this, is your success reflects your efforts and it is not about having to train heaps of downline distributors – or rely on them to get paid.

My Direct Selling Experience

I think when a business is represented in this type of business model, they stress in their marketing and advertising that they are NOT MLM, because so many pyramids and failed businesses usually had the MLM business model.  

And the reason I know this strategy takes place in the direct selling model, is because I was part of one that did that exact thing when the placing of ads took place.  

Direct selling business can have various products and price points that you can enter then on. Some are low and some can be high ticket because of the compensation you can receive.

The one I was part of had its lowest products at $1497 with a commission paid of $1000 and its highest product which was an 8 day event that cost $12950, and $8,000 paid to you.  

Sounds great doesn’t it?  But trust me, it definitely is not an easy sell,  even an impossibility at that.   The amount of people or “numbers” you have to prospect is just unbelievable.  You can check out my detailed review on this business here.

My No. 1 Pick and for Good Reason

best online home business

Like I said earlier, I have been online for years, and experienced many types of businesses good and bad.  So here are 1o reasons why I choose what I do ‘successfully’ now.

  1.  This business is secure, reputable and not going anywhere.
  2.  Support comes in spades.  From the company, owners and 24 hours a day, community chat support.
  3.  Free to try out for as long as you want, plus you get a full course of lessons to get you up and running.
  4.  Everything included in the cost of $49/mth with no hidden upsells on the way in, or anyone trying to sell you other  things.  The cheapest business I have been part of, and have not had to buy additional tools to make it work.
  5.  Web hosting all included, and site security keeping your visitors data safe.
  6.  The best online business training going.  Courses with step by step lessons in the form of video and text content.
  7.  Live webinar training keeping you up to date with what is trending now in marketing.
  8.  Anybody can do this, with little or no experience because of the step by step training supplied.
  9.  Because of the Live chat feature and being 24 hours a day, you have access to industry experts and 6 and 7 figure income earners.
  10.  Not only can you get your site profitable in your niche, there is a referral program (for others to join the Wealthy Affiliate program) which leads to having the best residual income opportunity.  I now get paid a monthly residual income – which is brilliant.

I have full details on the Wealthy Affiliate University Review.  Bottom line, that is exactly how I describe it, like a university for affiliates online.

In Conclusion

There are alot of of legitimate online income opportunities.  

And there are alot of duds as well, unfortunately.

Your best bet is to do your research before you join anything.  Read reviews, check out the company owners, and then do it all over again.  Some reviews can be very bias as it is in the writers interest to trash one company, to then suggest you to join theirs.

At the end of the day you have to do what interests you, what you think will become profitable, plus something you will forever enjoy.  And building something around your family, with more time freedom is truly the ultimate key.


I do hope you enjoyed this Guide and realise there are many options for business online.  This is just to give you an overall idea, and some links to the more popular sites.

Make your online journey a profitable and fun one!
Sincerely, Sharon







54 thoughts on “Best 2017 GUIDE to Online Home Business”

  1. Hi Sharon
    This post does list a lot of options available, and like you, I, i have tried some. I have also lost money through scams (who hasn’t?), but my choice now is affiliate marketing.

    This business of creating a website, and adding content, building trust, and promoting GOOD products, seems to me the best way forward now.  I will be doing this for many years to come, and Wealthy Affiliate has the Best Education Program Online.

    • Hi Greg,

      Thanks for your comments and checking it out.  So you are another Wealthy Affiliate user?  Glad you mentioned it as the best education online – as that is exactly what it is.  Creating websites – your own online real estate is definitely the way to go.  I am producing Residual income and cannot wait to see what that looks like 1, 2, 5 years from now.  It is an exciting way to do an online business!

      Cheers, Sharon

  2. I’ve just recently given serious thought to making money online, and so I’m really glad to come across your page. Definitely appreciating the comprehensive list of options and even suggested links and sites for the respective areas! Will be bookmarking your page for future reference, as I’m already planning to check out a few of the links you’ve suggested on your page. 🙂 Thanks Sharon!

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for checking it out and yes, definitely bookmark and use as a reference.  I love finding big guides or posts similar to this with alot of links on them.  Glad you enjoyed it and are going to check some out!

  3. It’s great to see such an up-to-date article about how to grow your online business, since things change so fast online. You’ve always gotta keep up with Google’s algorithm and the such. This was super helpful. Thanks for the interesting read. Your site looks very professional and clean, I like it.

    • Hi Hannah,

      Yes, I enjoyed putting this guide together as I know it would be very helpful for people looking for an online business.  I appreciate your comments about my site too.  Cheers!

  4. Hi Sharon, this is a very comprehensive guide without being bias which is great. I read your whole review as it was extremely informative. I lost a lot money over the years being involved in many biz ops but now I can say that I have found a home and finally a place that is not a scam. Someone recommend me Wealthy Affiliates and at first I thought just let me do some other things first, but they all failed and I ended up looking at the Wealthy Affiliate review and it was so good that I joined up for free and then I decided to up-grade because the course and training is excellent. I needed a place to host my websites and the price of $49/pm was what really got me in as I can host up to 25 sites which for the $49 is the best thing to do. The siterubix platform is fast and very secure and I feel very safe. The community have been so helpful that I am able to give advice to others. Great review.
    thanks Sharon

    • Hi Craig,

      I am very pleased you enjoyed all the information Craig and glad you are part of the same platform as me.  I don’t think there is anything like it to be quite honest!  Thanks again

  5. Hi, Sharon, that’s an amazing amount of information. It’s a total guide and source for those of us looking to make an online income.
    I am a new Wealthy Affiliate member, so it’s really inspiring to see that other members are really accomplishing big things, I hope to do the same one day.
    all the Best

    • Hi EJ,
      Yes I had fun putting that together and I know it will help others looking at different things online. Give them some options that is for sure. I am gad you are enjoying WA, it truly is a great place to be. Cheers and thanks for stopping by to comment!

  6. Thank you Sharon, I have learned a lot from your website. As you mentioned that there are many ways to make money online, but for the newbies like me, it’s difficult to distinguish which website is a scam or not. Thank you for your comprehensive reviews on your website. In my opinion, WA is a good platform for the people who want to make “real “money online.

    • Hi Mason,

      Yes there are a tonne of ways to make money, however, I think with Wealthy Affiliate, it truly gets your website built for a long-term income.  Or moreto the point – residual income which is where I want to be.  Do the hard work now and increase pay, week in week out! 

  7. I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on doing things differently than they may have been done before. A failure to evolve, especially in the world of direct sales, network marketing, MLM is catastrophic and will hinder the speed at which the business grows….just like it would in any business.

  8. Hi Sharon,
    like you, I’ve tried my hands on many business opportunities to no avail. The biggest disappointment has come from MLM. I joined four different companies till date and have no good news to share about any of them. After the last one, I almost swore I’ll never have anything to do with network marketing again. I began to search for other opportunities online until I found Wealthy Affiliate recently. For me, it’s been the game changer. I only wish I had found it sooner. They offer all the benefits you’ve listed here and then some. Don’t get me started on the benefits of WA because time will not be enough to express my feelings here. All I can say to anyone who is not involved yet is for them to give it a shot. And then they themselves will testify to its benefits.

    • Hi Emmanuel.

      I agree with everything you say here. I almost threw it in also after so many disappointments so it was refreshing to find WA and all it has to offer. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  I really appreciate it.

      Cheers, Sharon

  9. Great article! I found it very helpful. I was involved with an MLM for a couple years and, like you recommend, I’d suggest promoting online or with another method instead of listening to your upline. There are a few MLM companies that stick to the old ways and don’t ever recommend promoting online. They believe the best way to contact is through family, friends, and anyone you meet while out and about. That’s just not the way of the world anymore.

    I’m thankful I found Wealthy Affiliate. It gives me the freedom to choose what to promote and draw interested people in rather than try to recruit or sell to people.

    Thank you for this guide. You gave me a few other options to look into.


    • Hi Weston,

      Really glad you liked it and that you have a few other options to look at. I definitely like the way I do business online now. So much better than recruiting people.  People join because they want to and see for themselves if it is the path they want to take. 

  10. It’s taken me ages to read this post, so much information to take in but really informative too. What you said about MLM was interesting because in this industry MLM is a dirty word and I can understand that. Everyone who’s part of one seem to ram it down your throat by quoting attractive numbers and incentives to far away places once you’ve flogged a load of over priced stock. Personally I’ve been really lucky because I found an MLM that works really well for me and when I joined Wealthy Affiliate 18 months ago, I applied the lessons to help me market my business.
    Now I think I need 36 hours a day to get everything done that I want and keep Mr Google happy.
    If you write a guide for 2018, I’ll be interested to see how different it is from this one.

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for you comments on this post. Yes, people do give you incentives with numbers etc in MLM. I really have to like the product and what I am promoting so most MLMs are out for me anyway and why I have gone down the Wealthy Affiliate path, which I just love.

      The guide for 2018 would probably be similar. I think there are alot more trading type MLMs, with bitcoin and crypto currency etc – which I really don’t know much about. Always something new raising its head though. Seems to be the sames MLM beast, but different product!

      Once again, thanks for checking this out.

  11. I have tried quite a few MLM and never seems to have any success with any of them. I made very little money and learned absolutely nothing about the right way to start a successful online business. It always seemed like I was forcing someone into joining instead of them wanting to or knowing that it was the right opportunity for them. I didn’t even know why it was the right opportunity for them!

    However, ever since I joined wealthy affiliates I understand why affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online and I finally feel like I am learning valuable information.

    This is an in-depth article on all the ways to make money online and doesn’t just stick to affiliate marketing. Great article, will be book marketing and utilizing in the future.

    What’s your opinion on starting a drop shipping business?


    • Hi Salvatore,

      Yes, Wealthy Affiliate gives you all the tools and support to be successful and a very exciting place to be, with so much information it is almost overwhelming!  I am so glad I found them and stopped with the mlms and direct selling businesses that get you nowhere but in debt!

      I do not know much about drop shipping so unfortunately cannot give you my opinion.  Thanks for your comments and stopping by,

      Cheers, Sharon

  12. Sharon I pray for your Success May You Dominate all dreams and everything you aspire in doing! Know that God Has a beautiful destiny ahead of you i just can feel it through your wonderful spirit. Your website beautifully laid out and great value given to all of us. Sending you warm hugs and rooting for you in all that you do!

    • Thanks for your kind comments Zahra and I do hope this post and website gives value to all that visit it.  Thanks for visiting and letting me know!   Cheers, Sharon

  13. I always wanted to make some extra cash online and I thought becoming a freelancer is my only option. I have heard about becoming a full time blogger monetizing my own website but never know how to generate income from readers. Wealthy Affiliate seems like the right platform for people like me to start an online home business from scratch. Thanks for this comprehensive information!

    • Hi Alex,

      Freelancing is one of the many options, but in saying that, there is a ton of things you can do.  Blogging is great, a place to get creative with words, video and images, I love it.  And if I am assisting others, well even better! 

      Yes, Wealthy Affiliate is the place for a beginner or experienced with its step by step brilliant training, tools and support.  I could not be any where else!

      Thanks for your comments and stopping by!
      Cheers, Sharon

  14. Hi Sharon,

    You have put together a very thorough and detailed overview guide and included your experiences for home based businesses. A must read for anyone contemplating getting into this growing market sector.

    I wish I had this information before I wasted so much time on my journey.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information

    • Hi there

      Thanks for your comments and stopping by to check my guide out.  I do hope it helps all who check it out.  And I would have welcomed this information also!  Cheers, Sharon

  15. What a great guide to online business opportunities. Like you, I’ve gone for the affiliate marketing way of creating my online income. Although I’ve not been a part of any MLM business, I have a friend who is working for one and it just made me smile when you talked about the pestering of friends and family. I’m exactly in that situation now, where I don’t even want to answer her phone calls. She keeps talking about their products NONSTOP. I’m trying to be polite but it’s getting on my nerves, A LOT these days. Yeah, affiliate marketing is the winner in my eyes.

    • Hi Zuzana,

      What is a shame, is that some companies teach it that way.  Make a list of everyone you know and go through it.  I just could not do it and the reason I turned to online internet marketing.  And with Wealthy Affiliate , I am learning the right way, people are getting started with me because they choose to, not because I hassled them to do it.  Glad you are taking this path as well.  Thanks for your comments and checking my post out.

  16. Hi Sharon, I really like your website and the information that you’ve put up there. Finding the right way to go about making money online is really difficult and I know so many people that have lost a load of money when trying to make a better life for them and their families. Hats off to you Sharon, for putting it out there – telling it as it is and spending the time and effort to research all of these programmes. How did you get into this in the first place? I’d be interested to know!

    • Hi Alison,

      Thanks for liking my website, I try to do a good job with it and offer advice on different topics.  Yes, you can lose alot of money it really is a shame. And if finding this information, I did just that, researched, looked around and also have been part of many things as well, so I could give first-hand information.  Thanks for stopping by Alison.

  17. Great article on the best 2017 guide to online home business Sharon, I think this is the best guide that I have come across this year for sure, you have covered just about every resource giving a wide range of options!

    Personally, I like the direct selling affiliate marketing model that you recommend at the end the best.

    I think that things like surveys and trading are a waste of time and MLM’s are a very questionable model, and affiliate marketing is the best to go about building an online business in 2017 and beyond.

    Whatever people decide, you have given some great choices.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for stopping by to check it out.  I am glad you enjoyed it and it does cover alot of options so I hope whoever reads it does not go away empty handed!

      Yeah after trying many different models I can honestly say the Wealthy Affiliate platform easily beats the others.  For all I did with the others I was way out of pocket.. and some… but here I am in front, the price is so inexpensive anyway and what you get is just tons of value for money.

      So highly recommend it to anyone, new or seasoned!
      Take care!  Sharon

  18. I have been looking into the online home business idea lately. I find the decisions that the higher ups at my current employment are not exactly working.
    I am tired if someone else controlling my income.
    I have come across the Wealthy Affiliate a few times, but I have yet to check it out.
    It sounds to good to be true, I mean who is going to help you for free?
    Are you a member and are they for real? Can I really learn to create at home income, or are they just another scam?

    • Hi Brendon,

      Well, you may have found something good here!  And you should check it out as it is for free to do so.  They really cannot do anymore than that can they?  You will not be out of pocket at all to see what this whole platform is about and I can give you the tip right now, you will not get this type of offer with any mlm business and most online businesses out there.  You will get to see the tools, training and support which is second to none.

      I am a member and have kicked myself in the past, that I did not find them earlier.  Give them a go Brendon, you will not be disappointed.  Visit here to join up and check it out for free!  I will see you on the inside.

      Cheers, Sharon

  19. I’ve tried MLM before. As a matter of fact I signed up with two MLM companies not because I wanted to make money but it’s the products I was interested in. Being a distributor made me avail of the discounts. But honestly, I won’t recommend it to anyone who’s looking to make a living out of it.
    I am currently working full time but I really want to have another source of income. I’m never good at selling and recruiting so I won’t go with MLM. I am considering doing freelancing but I’m just wondering, what skills do I need to learn? Do I have to enroll in short courses to enhance my skills and learn new ones?

    • Hi Alice,

      Yeah, some MLMs have great products and you have to be a distributor to get the discounts.  If you are considering doing Freelancing, I would go down the path will skills that you already have, and offer your service from there.  It may be good to join a few to check out and see what the prerequisites are to be a part of their platform.

      Hope that helps out Alice and thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      Cheers, Sharon

  20. This a great guide you made about Online Home Business.
    I have been working with Go Daddy, and while they are a great hosting company I find that their web building training platforms come across more as a presentation than training.
    Can you tell me a little more about the Wealthy Affiliate’s training and their customer service and support?
    Thanks Brendon

    • Hi Brendon,

      I am glad you like the Guide.  What I have noticed about a lot of other platforms, (or more the fact people comment on them), is that they may have the websites and hosting etc, however they don’t have the training to get your websites up and running.  It takes time and a lot of work to build a site and to learn SEO and structuring Blog Posts.  It is not easy, and if these programs don’t give you that, then you may be wasting your time.

      If you like, you can check out my very detailed review here of what Wealthy Affiliate offers.

  21. Hello
    This is such a comprehensive post.
    I think you have covered so many of the ‘work at home’ opportunities.
    It’s such a shame there are still so many scams online isn’t it? Like you, I was caught up in one in my early online days and it cost a fortune!!
    I was so lucky to find Wealthy Affiliate before I either lost more money or gave up the idea of having my own online business.
    I wouldn’t go anywhere else for support and training.

    • Hi Jackie,

      Yes there are alot of work from home opportunities and like you say, alot of scams as well, unfortunately.  I am blessed to have found WA as well. Just love it there with all the training and especially support.  Would not be anywhere else!   Thanks for your comments and checking my post and site out.

  22. Your post is very thorough. You’ve tried more things than I have, that’s for sure. I’ve never really joined MLM programs, but I’m familiar with them because I’ve been (dragged to) quite a few of them by friends.
    I’m using WA too so I can vouch for your review. And I use Wix as freelance a web-developer for a local company.
    The idea to sell your photos is an idea I haven’t yet tried, so thanks for that suggestion!

    • Hi Ade,

      Yes I have tried a few things and in a way it is a good thing, as lessons are learned along the way.  Thanks for checking out my post and your comments.  All the best with Wealthy Affiliate and your website.

  23. Wow. There is so much great information on here. I’ve always wanted to have my own e-commerce store. I’ve tried a few avenues. I’m very interested in drop shipping/ e-commerce. You’ve given many opportunities for making money online. What can you tell me about drop shipping companies? Which ones would you prefer?.

    • Hi there,

      I am glad you enjoyed the information.  And yes, there are many options that one can do online.  I have not really done any drop shipping so I could not tell you.  I just researched the sites to find out what they offer and costs, etc for future reference.

      Thanks for your comments and taking time to check my guide out!
      Cheers, Sharon

    • Hi Mathew
      Yeah it is quite a good list and I am glad you liked it. Definitely bookmark and use for future reference by all means! Thanks for your comments and taking the time to check it out.
      Cheers Sharon

  24. Hey Sharon. You have done such a detailed guide to Online Home Business. It provides one with so many options to choose from. I agree the best way to go is for one to build their own site and launch on from there.
    Among the so many opportunities, I have ventured on trading and like as you say one need to have a solid background before ever investing their own hard earned money. All the more so it’s not a “get rich quick type of thing”, it takes time.

    • Hi Jon,

      Thanks for taking a look at my best online business opportunity guide. This not only applies for 2017 but for this year and beyond.  It is great to build your own site and to build something around you love.  You can check out a review on an awesome website building platform that I successfully use now.

      Yes you are right also.  You must have good knowledge and a solid background before investing money into anything these days.  Took me a long time to realise that but I can honestly say now that, I get a bigger return as opposed to what I invest into my business.  I love it! 

  25. I was browsing your long list of opportunities available online and the group that got my attention is the freelance writing sites. Just the other day, I was talking to my niece encouraging him to try writing in his free time, but the reaction I got is something not good. He complained that he has tried iwriter but got disappointed with the low pay for writers.

    Have you tried the writing sites in your list? Do you think they pay higher than iwriter? If they pay higher, then I will recommend my niece to read this post of yours and check out those companies in the list.

    • Hi Gomer

      Thanks for checking my list out.  No I haven’t tried those sites.  I have done many things in the Guide.  Alot of what I compiled is researched and recommended by others as the better ones.  Sometimes you just have to trial things first.  It’s great is they can give you a free look at it first. All the best in finding something.

  26. Sharon,
    Really enjoyed your article regarding working at home opportunities. I have not tried nearly as many of them as you have but have recently found the wonderful world of Wealthy Affiliate. I did a lot of research before I settled on them and I have not been disappointed at all, they offer a great combination of the hosting, community and training, its really great.
    The MLM method always seems pretty dicey to me, I’m glad I never tried it!
    Survey’s I tried a few but like you, it’s too long and tedious for what you get paid for.
    Appreciate all the wonderful information you’ve provided!
    Mat A.

    • Hi Mat,

      Thanks for stopping by to check out this Guide and to find the best online business opportunity that will suit you.  And looks like you have already found the reputable and awesome platform Wealthy Affiliate so good for you!

      Yeah I did try a few of MLM’s.  Should have passed on them years ago – I guess we live and learn!  Surveys are just a waste of time, mind numbing in fact.  I would rather put my creativity and time into a website and blog any day!  


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