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Some Overrated “Work From Home” Offers

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Some Overrated “Work From Home” Offers


If you’re looking for a way to make money online by working from home, you will find a great deal of perfectly legitimate and profitable business opportunities that you can take part in. The amount of time, effort and investment required for each of them will vary, but if you do your research correctly and don’t let yourself get influenced by marketing hype, there are great chances that you will find something to do. But there are a few types of “work from home” offers that, while generally not being fraudulent, are often overrated. This means they are presented with unrealistic earnings projections that often don’t live up to reality. Here are a few of them:

 

  • Paid survey offers

 

Yes, it IS possible to make SOME money from paid surveys. But unlike what some of the ads say, you probably won’t be able to get anything close to a full time income from them, at least not on a regular basis. If you sign up for some paid survey panels, you will probably get only 1 or 2 survey invitations a week, maximum. These surveys usually pay about $5. So even if you’re a member of several different panels, your earnings potential isn’t that great. While it may be an attractive option to get some beer money, doing paid surveys isn’t a “business” or even a job. Just a way to get a few extra dollars that may cover the cost of your internet connection and cell phone bill, but not much more.

 

  • Network marketing

 

There are plenty of perfectly legitimate and well run network marketing opportunities out there which have been running for decades now. But you should be aware that most of the income claims that are posted on websites touting them assume that you will be going out and recruiting more and more people every month into the program and that these people that you’ve recruited will take an active part in the program and also recruit some of their friends to join up.

 

Yes, there are people who make five figures a month from network marketing. But they’re the exception and not the norm. If you want to reach such a level, you will need to make extreme efforts to get people on board and then motivate them to actually do some work when they join the program, rather than dream about the money that they will supposedly be making. This will obviously demand extra efforts from your part.

 

The most successful people in the multi level marketing field are actually members of several different programs at the same time. But if you want something small, say for a part time income, you can join just one opportunity and produce results. But in that case, investigate the product THOROUGHLY! Make sure that it’s something solid which has long term (at least a few years) potential. You don’t want to join a fad (diet products are notorious for this) that will fizzle out in a few months, leaving you to build your business again completely from scratch.

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Why Avoiding “Cheap” Hosts is a Good Idea

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Why Avoiding “Cheap” Hosts is a Good Idea


When searching for web hosting, you may have seen companies that offer you really inexpensive hosting, such as $2 a month for an unlimited plan without any commitment. Obviously, these prices are attractive, but there must be some catch, right? Well in many cases, these hosting companies are places that you should stay away from if you are serious about your online business. Here are some reasons as to why:

  • They are usually not real “web hosting companies”

What is meant by that is that they don’t have their own offices, staff, servers and connections. In most cases, these cheap hosting providers actually rent a server from another web host and then resell the space to their customers in an effort to make money. But what could be worse is simply one person buying a server and then plugging it into their internet connection at home. Obviously, don’t expect much in terms of reliability with that kind of arrangement.

  • They don’t provide good support

It would be very rare for such a company to give you 24/7 customer service and technical support. In most cases, the only way you have of getting in touch with them is by email or by opening up a support ticket on their website. It can take several hours, or even days for them to get back to you. Don’t assume that if they have a toll free number and claim that they offer “24/7 support” that they are actually a real hosting company with staff standing by to take your call. Any kid can get a toll free number and then just forward it to his cell phone. Many times, you will find that when you try calling them, no one is available and you are told to leave a message.

  • They haven’t built a reputation in the web hosting industry

These inexpensive hosts are usually “no name” companies that have not built a reputation and have not been reviewed by many customers. As such, you will have trouble actually trying to find out whether they offer good service or not. Buying hosting from a reputable company is the key when you want stable and secure hosting. Consider this: which one would be a better MP3 player? A real iPod, or some Chinese imitation that sells for $10? The same principle applies to web hosting as well. You are much better off sticking with the known companies and brands if you want decent service.

  • Security and reliability could be a further problem

Professional web hosting companies know how to keep their servers running in optimal condition and how to secure them from attacks by hackers, viruses and malware. A no-name hosting company might not. In fact, they may cut down costs by not even making any backups, so if data is lost due to a server malfunction or hacking, it could be gone forever unless you have made your own backup copy first.

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Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: Is It A Good Choice?

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Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: Is It A Good Choice?


When looking for hosting on the website of a major web host, you may have seen a “reseller” option and wondered what this was for. You may have even seen something like “You can make a ton of money by having your own webhosting company”. But is all of this really true? Can you really make money as a hosting reseller? If you were dreaming of having your own webhosting company, is this the answer?

Well, it is possible to make some money as a reseller. But there are some drawbacks to that too. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages and some of the drawbacks.

Advantages of becoming a reseller:

  • You will get server space, management tools and billing tools provided by the web host

This will allow you to effectively start your own web hosting business, without all the overhead that is normally involved, such as renting out space, buying servers, paying for the internet connection, etc. Since the web host provides you with all the tools to manage your operations, managing your customers accounts will also be easy.

  • Many webhosting providers that offer reseller accounts also provide you with marketing tools

To make things easier for you, many webhosts will give you website templates that allow you to build a great looking site for your new hosting company. Some of them also give you templates for marketing materials, such as banners, articles, etc. This can be very helpful when you are seeking to attract new customers to your business.

Some drawbacks:

  • You will be responsible for providing support

As the hosting reseller, customers will be asking you questions and reporting any issues that they have with their hosting. It will then be your responsibility to resolve these issues or forward them to the webhosts’s technical support department. While this may not be an issue if you have only a few customers, it can take up a lot of your time if you have hundreds of them.

  • You will face a lot of competition

If you have taken a look at the world of webhosting, you will see that it is an industry that is extremely competitive. Of course, there are around two dozen of the “big players” out there, the major webhosting companies like GoDaddy and HostGator. But there are thousands of other, smaller webhosting businesses, many of which are resellers. This means that you will have a hard time competing with all of them and will need to be very creative in order to attract enough customers to make being a reseller profitable.

An alternative to becoming a reseller

If you want to make money from the hosting business, there is another option open for you. You can become an affiliate of a known webhosting company and get paid commission for every new subscriber that you send to them. This is much easier than becoming a hosting reseller and can be just as profitable, if not more.

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