There are many companies, both offline and online, that provide Internet research for top dollar. If you are one of those people who can find sources of information on the Internet through various databases, a home-based Internet research business is a great idea.
When you're doing Internet-based research, it is necessary to be an expert; however you only need be an expert at finding the information. You have to know where to look and have a list of professional resources other than Google.
As an example, look at Yahoo Answers. If everything is available simply by Googling a few key words, wouldn't people do that? Many people have difficulty mining data on the Internet--it's called information overload.
Most government agencies have an online presence and make their information available to the public. The information can be easily retried regarding a home or small business, statistics on start-up costs, local business taxes, state and federal agencies, etc.
I can attest to the fact that being able to search the Internet on various topics on the Internet can be a lucrative home business. I have made an income online for 4 years researching a range of home and small business topics. In my case, knowing where to find topics for home and small business owners requires a specific set of databases. In most cases, I can find answers online within minutes. I personally enjoy retrieving information they need, and the information benefits my business as well.
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