This is a quick intro to the idea of Internet Marketing. It's a subject that covers a wide area, and basically forms what many people think of when they visualise a "home business".
Obviously, many people work at home in many different areas - particularly artists and craftspeople, as well as consultants and other freelancers.
"Internet Marketing" generally refers to getting customers via the internet, and selling something to them from your computer. Your product can be electronic books, websites, training courses, photographs, designs, and so on.
If you don't have your own product or service to sell, then you have a choice from many thousands of ready-made products which you can sell for commissions. For instance, you can sell anything you want from Amazon, and make a few per cent on each item. There are several places you can get products to sell for 100% commission, which can be worth several hundred dollars per sale in some instances.
A complete beginner would probably want to find a course to find out more details about how to start the ball rolling. The good thing is that these days, most people are already doing things that they can start to expand into money-making opportunities. Just talking to people on Facebook, for instance, can bring in a useful income fairly quickly. Or writing regular blog posts and shooting some simple videos. Even just using Twitter or Instagram can help you get your home business started.
Whatever you choose, make sure you focus on just one or two areas of marketing. Don't spread yourself too thin, otherwise your success will take much longer to achieve. This is particularly true if you have to start your new business part-time. If you have more time available, then aim to schedule your hours so that you can settle down to the most important tasks first.
If you have money to spend on advertising, then that can bring quicker results compared to blogging or basic social media activities. Just start small, and aim to test properly before increasing your budget.
With focus and dedication, you can be running your own business from home in a surprisingly short time. Make sure you have a plan of what you want achieve, and create the steps that are needed to get there.
Work your plan!