The Internet offers many opportunities to make money for both men and women. Anyone can make extra spending money by selling unused items, blogging part-time or doing affiliate marketing. Alternatively, one can start a fully-fledged business online with limited funds and a little bit of knowledge. Despite having been an online entrepreneur for years, I find new ways to make money online are cropping up every day.

Women are especially attracted to the possibilities the Internet offers. The allure of staying at home has increased over the years and it’s become somewhat mainstream to have a home-based business venture. In the past, many stuck to the direct sales and network marketing options, but that’s changing as more opportunities emerge. Some are entrepreneurial spirits who recognize the benefits that doing business online has to offer. Others are moms who need a flexible schedule so they can better care for their children. Still others have health issues that make it difficult or impossible to get a traditional job. Whatever the reason, more women are making money online than ever before.

There are numerous ways that one can earn money online. Here are a few options from the many possibilities that exist today:

* Ecommerce – Whether you sell at online auction sites or set up your own ecommerce store, selling online provides great income potential. With proper promotion of your site and/or products, you can sell almost anything online. Everyone with an Internet connection and a credit or debit card is a potential customer (that doesn’t mean you don’t need to know about finding and reaching a specific target market!!), so if you get the word out, you’re bound to find someone who needs or wants what you have to offer.

* Blogging – Many Internet users maintain blogs as a hobby, but did you know that you can make money blogging? You can sell advertising or promote affiliate products on your blog, and if you have a substantial amount of traffic, you can make good money with sponsorships, advertising and other monetizing tactics.

* Internet marketing – Selling ebooks, software, and other downloadable products online is a great way to make money. It doesn’t require a large investment or much overhead, and you can get paid over and over again for one piece of work. Delivery can be completely automated, leaving you to handle little more than marketing and creating new products.

* Services – Selling services online has become a popular way for talented women to make money. Those with secretarial backgrounds often excel in virtual assistance. Other talents that could make you money online include graphic design, proof-reading, photography and writing.

* Domaining – Buying and selling domains can be a very lucrative online business. The best domains have sold for millions of dollars. This is a rather tricky business these days, but if you can master it, the income potential is tremendous.

Starting a business online has proven to be an effective way for women to be their own bosses and make a steady income. With all of the opportunities that are available today, almost any woman can find something to do online that she enjoys. There’s no time like right now to jump on the Internet’s moneymaking bandwagon.

To learn more about how to choose an online career that’s right for you, connect with our business advisor to book an appointment to explore the possibilities – and be sure to sign up for the Biz Talk Newsletter for more tips and hints on how to start, grow or expand your business in the Yellowhead East region.