You're right about a business online being your best bet. Clearly, you want
to remain involved, but be free to travel. Online businesses don't cost a
fortune to set up. The operations and marketing - using a virtual assistant,
or a marketer or consultant, and advertising costs are where your money will
One of the consistently hottest (legal) areas is online dating.
There are several companies already prominent in this space.
That's a good thing - it means you don't have to spend tens of
thousands re-creating the wheel. You see, the best ones have
affiliate programs, which will pay you commissions for sending
them new members. Your job would be to set up your site, market it
and send your visitors through to their sites. You would earn a
commission for all referrals. As you increase your volumen, you
can negotiate higer commissions.
In fact, you could even set up a dating site that reviews all the
online dating services. Add some blog software to encourage visitors
to post their experiences with the other dating sites.
Some of the better sites to use, with affiliate programs.
Most pay when members join. Some pay per click:
Adult Singles - pays per click
DarkBlue offers several targeted, or relgious, dating sites
There's a reliable list on Allan Gardyne's Associate Programs site.
Allan and his staff look over each site before adding it - and readers
rate the affiliate programs.
The key to making any online business pay well is to build the mailing list
and give your members value. So, once you go to the trouble of bringing people
to your dating review site, have them sign up for your newsletter. Send them
something each week, let's say on Thursday, to help them plan their weekend.
If they want to meet singles - http://www.matchlive.com/. If they have a date -
weekend dating ideas, discounts to restaurants or travel, articles on how
to dress for a date, how to behave on first dates...a series on how to
behave on subsequent dates.
Using autoresponders, like the ones on aweber.com or 1automationwiz.com,
you can have people subscribe to a series of courses that start when they
are ready, and go in order. For instance, the person who's going on his or her
first date - signs up for the first date tips. They would automatically get
a series of e-mails, each week, afterwards, walking them through what to do next.
If they reach a point where they're comfortable with their own direction, they
could leave that list and sign up for tips on local date ideas. They
could pick music, theater, etc.
Your staff could build up each of those messages, many of which would use
affiliate programs to provide values - like the entertainment.com books, or
other programs you'll find in the travel category
or the restaurant category
If you prefer a different industry or want more ideas, let me know.
Whatever you do - pick ONE industry and focus all your energies on that market.
That way, once you build up a loyal following, you can always add products
or services that would interest them.
How's this for a starting point?
I can help you use the same kind of creativity with any industry or business
idea you like.