If you are like most people, you have probably thought about starting a business and since you've heard of people starting a business online, you might be wondering if there are legitimate online business opportunities around. To answer your question, yes they do exist. In fact, there are many people making enough money online to replace their daytime job and you can too. That's not to say that there aren't frauds out there because they do exist. But, with the help of the internet, these businesses are easier to spot than they were years ago. The best way to avoid being scammed is to listen to your instincts. If it seems too good to be true than chances are, it is. No one needs someone to sit home and assembly products or to stuff envelopes. But, don't feel bad because if you were caught with these, you are not alone. In fact, most of the successful online businesses owners have been swindled out of their hard earn money in their attempts to find the legitimate business opportunities too.

There are legitimate online business opportunities and you will talk about a few of them here. It is important to note that any legitimate online business will require that you work hard. Working hard doesn't mean lifting something heavy or running a 5K race. Working hard means, you have to work at your chosen business opportunity to get results. You may have to return an email or 100 emails to potential leads, or advertise constantly or write ad copy consistently, but that is a part of working to make your online business successful.

Examples of Legitimate Online Business Opportunities

• Multilevel Marketing (MLM): With the right company, you can make a lot of money. The only downside to this type of business is that many of them want you to be a customer and to recruit. If you are outgoing and like to share information about helpful products, this business opportunity may be for you.

• Niche Marketing: This is where the online money is. Practically anyone with a pulse can do this legitimate online business and make great money. You have to work hard in the beginning and you can ease up after a few months. The great thing about the niche marketing business is that it is easy to find someone to show you how he or she is doing it. If you are not afraid of putting in the time it requires, this is a winner.

• Affiliate Marketing: This is similar to the previous idea except you are marketing someone else’s product and making a cut. There still will be a niche component and you will have to market to the online community but you don’t have to have a product or service of your own.

Everyone who works an online business took the time to find what works best for him or her. Some of these examples may work great for you but may not for someone else. That’s why it is important to do as must research as you can when you do find a legitimate opportunity that sparks your interest. And, when you do find it, work it hard and you won’t be sorry.

Christopher Benoit

Author's Bio: 

My name is Christopher Benoit and I am involved in an online home based business. I have over 25 years of experience in Finance and the Hospitality industry. My goal is to enlighten Investors and Entrepreneurs to the possibilities and power of working from Home and on the Internet. I have found a great niche with a Financial Services firm and using direct sales to create a great financial future.

To change your financial future and learn how to start your own Home Based Business, please visit my Blog @ http://chrisgbenoit.wordpress.com to obtain the knowledge and tools to prosper in the new Economy.