The Five Kinds of Online Business Models to Choose From in Starting an Internet Business

As soon as you start talking about business models it is very easy to go off on a tangent trying to split very fine hairs over what is a separate model and what is really just a variation of an existing model and what exactly “business model” means anyway and on and on until you forget your point in the first place.

I am going to keep it simple and just break down the online business world into five business models. There is no benefit to getting more complicated and it won’t add anything to the discussion.

You should also realize that a lot of online businesses use a blend of these models to make money and one isn’t exclusive of the others.

The point of understanding the differences is that based on which is going to be your primary business model for the business you are working on will then determine a large part of the rest of your strategy and decisions such as your site design, content volume, marketing plan and so on.

Advertising: The online advertising business model is about producing content people come to see and then alongside that content you show them ads for which you get paid.

* Pros: easiest, cheapest to start

* Cons: requires a lot of traffic to make any decent money

Affiliate Marketing: With affiliate marketing you sell someone else’s product or service in exchange for a cut of the price paid by the buyer. Usually you sell the product via a website you own and often using paid advertising to drive traffic to your website but there are many variations.

* Pros: easy to start, can pay very well

* Cons: need to pick the right niche, learn conversion skills

Product Creation: The online product creation business model is where you sell via digital delivery a product you created yourself. This could be an ebook, podcast, video series, graphics package or something similar.

* Pros: can be very profitable even in small volumes

* Cons: time consuming, more complicated to get going

E-commerce: This is selling physical goods through an online portal. An e-commerce business model doesn’t require that you own or stock the goods (as in dropshipping) but it does require that you present yourself as the merchant (unlike affiliate marketing) and that the goods are tangible.

* Pros: big markets, repeat customers, can be competitive from beginning

* Cons: takes more time, money than any other online business to start

Online Service Business: This is just what it sounds like- a service ordered and delivered digitally either on a one time basis or a recurring basis. This might be a website design service, an article writing service, a website hosting business or an autoresponder service to list a few examples. The main feature of the online service business relative to any other service business is that the entire transaction is completed via the web- ordering and delivery of the work product.

* Pros: very profitable repeat business with low overhead once established

* Cons: takes time to build volume, can be complicated to start depending on service

I realize this doesn’t cover every single possible case and there might be a few times where a business doesn’t really fit but I think it covers 98% or more of all online businesses and it certainly is clear enough to give you an idea ow what type of online business you are going to pursue.

Directory website

5 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn’t DIY

We are in the age of DIY. Because of websites like YouTube and Pinterest, it’s easier than ever to find instructions on how to do anything from nail art to re-tiling a floor. However, there are some projects that should really be undertaken by a professional-namely, home improvement projects. There’s nothing wrong with sprucing up a room with a fresh coat of paint or a new carpet. However, some projects (when DIY-ed) can end up costing you big time. Here are some home improvement projects that are best left to the professionals.

1. Major plumbing work

Fixing a leaky faucet is no problem, but any troubles bigger than that should fixed by a professional. Attempting to fix your plumbing on your own could make the problem worse, or create new ones. This also means you shouldn’t DIY any renovations in rooms that have a lot of plumbing in them, like a bathroom or kitchen.

2. Any electrical work

Messing up electrical repairs can cause major problems for you and your home. Replacing a light fixture is one thing, but replacing a circuit board is a whole other ball game. Even professionals approach electrical work with extreme caution, so it’s best to leave it to them.

3. Structural changes

While it seems easy enough to knock down a wall, it can be hard to tell how important that wall is. It may be load-bearing, or it could have important wiring inside. A contractor will be able to determine which walls are safe to remove, and will be able to remove them without damaging other parts of your home.

4. Window replacements

Windows increase curb appeal and they make the inside of your home look better by letting in natural light. They can also increase the energy efficiency of your home (or decrease it if they are not installed properly). Windows that aren’t properly sealed will make your heating and cooling work much harder than they need to.

5. Roof repairs and replacement

Your roof is arguably one of the most important parts of your house. It provides protection and enhances the look of your home. Problems with your roof can be very expensive, so it’s tempting to do it yourself. However, if the repair or replacement is done wrong, you’re either right where you were before or you’re worse off. Most homeowners don’t have the roofing equipment that professionals do. This means their attempt at repairs is not going to be as high quality as a professional’s. It’s also dangerous to climb up on your roof without the correct safety equipment.

Although it can be tempting to try to save money by undertaking home improvement projects by yourself, the cost of fixing a failed repair job is often times more expensive than the original repairs would have been. Not only that, it can be extremely dangerous. When your home needs a repair, learning more about the process is always advisable, but nothing can replace the years of experience a professional will have.