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Eight Online Home Business Opportunities That Work for Seniors

By: Skip McGrath

Learning how to make money online does not have to be risky or scary. There are plenty of legitimate, low-cost home business opportunities for seniors to supplement their income.

How do you find a legitimate home business opportunity that can be done by retired seniors working from home that are low cost to start, have low risk and are not a scam? We looked at dozens of home business opportunities and came up with the following list:

Online Home Business #1 - Selling on eBay

Learning how to sell on eBay is easier than most people think. It is free to set up and eBay seller's account, the listing fees are low and selling fees are reasonable. There are plenty of low-cost training materials available and you can start by selling excess things you have around the house.  Take a look at my book, The Complete eBay Marketing System.

Online Home Business #2 -Selling on Amazon

After eBay, Amazon is the most visited shopping venue on the internet. When people think of Amazon they usually think of books -but in fact there are hundreds of categories and sub-categories of merchandise sold. Besides the many large companies that sell on Amazon, it is not well known that there are over 20,000 individual sellers who sell goods of all types including both new and used goods. Learning how to sell on Amazon is easy. A good start is The Official Geezer Guide to Selling on Amazon by Steve Lindhorst.  But if you want a complete course that covers setting up and running an Amazon business from your home, take a look at The Proven Amazon Course.

Online Home Business #3 - Creating Blogs and Websites to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing used to be an exotic way to make money and was only practiced by a few Internet savvy entrepreneurs. But today thousands of ordinary people -including many seniors -are making money with affiliate marketing. The steps are easy to learn. This business is covered in detail in The Official Geezer Guide to Starting an Online Business From Home by Skip McGrath

Online Home Business #4 - Blogging for Profit

Blogs are popular and easy to start. There are three ways to make money with a blog: 1) Affiliate marketing, 2) Google AdSense Ads and 3) paid newsletter subscribers. You can start a blog for free. The two most popular programs are and If you would like a good book to help you get started, check out How to Make Money Blogging from Home by Skip McGrath and Marsha Perry.

Online Home Business #5 - Creating Niche Websites to Sell Products

Creating a website used to me intimidating, but today there are programs that will help anyone with no technical skills create a website complete with shopping cart and payment system within a few hours. One of the best and easiest is the XsitePro System. It comes with great support and hundreds of color and design combinations to choose from. Many people who have set up websites with XsitePro have seen sales coming in by the end of their first month online.  Now combine that with a niche keyword system like Micro Niche Finder and you have a super profit combination.

Online Home Business #6 - Selling Used Books Online

This is a very easy business to start. It can be very profitable and the books are easy to find. It is not uncommon to buy a book at a garage sale for 50 cents and turn around and sell it within a few days for $10 or more. You can sell on several sites including Amazon, eBay, and AbeBooks. A great book that will teach you everything you need to know about selling used books is: How to Make Good Money Selling Used Books on eBay, Amazon and The Internet, by Skip McGrath.

Online Home Business #7 - Create and Sell Information Products

Information in the form of eBooks, Videos, Photography and audio recordings is the perfect product. You can create your own book or video or you can create products from information freely available in the public domain. Once you create the information product you can set it up to sell automatically, even while you sleep. Here is a great resources on the topic: How To Create and Sell Information Products by Skip McGrath.

Online Home Business #8 - Designing Tee shirts, Hats and Coffee Mugs to Sell Online

If you have basic design skills, can take good photographs or you are clever with words, there are several websites where you can design a tee shirt, coffee mug, bumper sticker or other product, upload the design and the web service will produce it, sell it and even ship it for you. There are several online companies that will do this but the largest and most popular is Cafe Press.

At, you can create and sell a variety of customizable products with zero upfront costs and zero inventory investment.

You can sell
  • Merchandise you design including t-shirts, posters, mugs, bumper stickers and much more.
  • Books printed on-demand. Learn more
  • Audio and Data CDs. Learn more

What does

  • Gives you a FREE online shop to promote your products
  • Produces each item when ordered using our unique print-on-demand technology
  • Handles all payment transactions including major credit cards
  • Ships your products worldwide
  • Manages all returns/exchanges
  • Offers customer service via toll-free phone and email
  • Sends you a monthly check for your earnings on sales!

So, there you have it. Eight great little online business opportunities you can start with low or no risk, very low investment and all of them are legitimate and easy to learn. 





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