Travel Agency or Online Store – Which Online Business Opportunity Is Right For You?

The World Wide Web has paved the way to a lot of opportunities-not just the opportunity to learn and share something, but also the chance to earn. If you’re one of those who are already tired of living from paycheck to paycheck, why not take advantage of your personal computer and your Internet access, and put up an online business? This will help you gain additional income without leaving the comforts of your own home. Here are some business ideas you can consider:

1. Online travel agency.

Who says that putting up a travel agency means looking for an office space in the most populated areas in your state? You can now do this online and just set an area in your house where you can entertain those who want to see you personally.

The problem is, scammers have already penetrated the travel industry, making it a tad difficult for you to break into this field. You can do that by having a professional-looking site where you can put all your services, rates, promos, and all other information your clients may need. You also need to build a good relationship with tour guides as well as with people in airlines, bus companies, hotels, lodging houses, restaurants, salons and massage parlors, and souvenir shops. Also make sure that you have contact information of those people who are offering vehicles for hire and other services your clients may need.

Besides strong online presence, it’s equally important to let your potential customers know that they can see you face to face should they have hesitations in making payments or disclosing confidential information online. This will make you more credible, especially to clients who have been victims of online travel scams.

2. Online store.

An e-shop is another online business opportunity that needs very little or no start-up cost at all. You can start by setting up an account on online auction sites like eBay or by taking advantage of your social media networks like Facebook. If you don’t have start-up capital, you can sell used or pre-owned stuff. You see, your junk can be other people’s treasure. So raid your closet, take out everything you no longer use but are still in mint condition, and sell them.

If you have a capital, you can try to buy products at a wholesale price and sell them at their suggested retail price. Those who love baking can put their baked products up for sale. Just make sure they are delectable enough and have attractive packaging, and you’ll surely gain more and more customers through referrals and word of mouth. Other things you can put up for sale are home-made soaps and scented candles as well as handicrafts, jewelry, home decors, gift baskets and boxes, and a whole lot more.

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