JMcMahon

Member
Hello Biz Warriors!

As this is my first official post (not including the intro), I do hope that this is in the correct category. My apologies if it is not.

I am looking to start an online side-business to supplement my current full time job. I have looked into a few ideas such as dropshipping, niche marketing (through clickbank adverts), and several other options.

I would like to hear from all of you on ideas for low maintenance online startups. I'm NOT looking for the typical "make $10k a month from home with this!... blah blah" sort of stuff, I'm simply looking for a way to make a few extra $100 a month to treat my wife to a nice dinner once in a while, or to finally replace my junker computer. My current full-time job already has me working 10 hours a day, and when I get home I am usually busy helping my wife to take care of my son. Ideally, something that only takes at most 30 minutes - 1 hour daily would be adequate.

If, in your description, you could include the rough startup costs (assuming I haven't already purchased a web host and domain), and a rough estimate on daily or weekly maintenance required, it will greatly help me to assess which idea would work for me.

I look forward to hearing and testing your ideas!

Sincerely,

J
 

djbaxter

Administrator
What are your personal interests and/or hobbies? Regarding those options you have already researched, which among them appealed to you at all?
 

JMcMahon

Member
What are your personal interests and/or hobbies? Regarding those options you have already researched, which among them appealed to you at all?

Thanks for your reply. I have a wide variety of personal interests and hobbies ranging anywhere from animal keeping to Zeppelins (A-Z! funny, no?). But to answer your question in regard to the previous research, Dropshipping seemed like a top contender as it only requires a hosting service, a domain, and a little time to set up. Apart from that it only requires some effort for marketing. I'm thinking to use an affiliate service at a point where I can afford it, in order to expand my sales at only a slight loss in profit.

My only concern with it is that since the products are made by the lowest bidder (i.e. china / taiwan), many safety and quality steps are skipped to minimize costs. I will need to painstakingly pick and choose my suppliers and will need to spend some time and money to sample their products beforehand (mostly time, as I only pay for shipping and wait a month...). If someone orders the product and the supplier decides to change the design or color without notice, the customer will not be happy.
 

pedrocampos

Member
My advice to you is to find a good affiliate program within a niche that is interesting to you and start from there. It`s the single best way to starting online.
 

Gin

Member
there are many side hustles that you can do even with apps on your iphone! do a search online for 'make money with apps'. You may just find something fun and interesting. Good luck!
 
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