Can You Build an Online Business Off The Grid?

The world is a crazy place. So many things to take advantage of, and so many things to be worried about. Can you do both? Can you prepare for the worst while capitalizing on the best?

A not too common question we get here (but it does get asked and it’s an important one), is whether you can live off the grid and still enjoy the benefits of an online income. You can, and there are multiple ways you can do this. I’ll assume, since you’re asking the question you’ve already established your own independent power supply, as well as your online connection… whether you’re routing through multiple IP’s over-the-air or burying a line to your furthest neighbor.

The question here is about identity and claiming the income you earn. We’re wading into questionable waters here and for legal purposes, I won’t bring this post into the realm of fake ID’s and bank accounts. Again… if you’re versed in that area, there’s nothing you can learn from this post and DH Brown Books does not recommend or condone such activity. What we’re talking about is earning money online legally, while living off the grid.

***Disclaimer: This post is NOT to be construed as legal advice. Any and all personal and business arrangements you make with friends, relatives, and associates are solely your risk and responsibility. DH Brown Books, nor the author take any responsibility in the business or personal activities you participate in, legal or otherwise. The purpose of this post is merely to illuminate potential possibilities of generating a survival income while exercising your rights to privacy and live free, independent and off the land. Before proceeding in practice it is highly recommended and encouraged DH Brown Books to seek full legal advice and direction.

One option you may consider is to have a friend or relative that you trust set up an LLC in their name. This online business will be legal, and as such, all tax obligations apply.  In effect your online business will be their online business. Again, it must be someone you trust.

Although you are building and managing the online business, all expenses and revenue will pass through the company and be reported to the IRS. No funny business going on here. Your friend or relative will claim a certain percentage (determined you) as personal income and also pay tax on that amount, which will leave him or her with a net amount from which they can procure your personal services for private purposes. It could be basitting, gardening, or changing the brake pads on their 03 F150. You get the point.

Type of Online Business

Once you’ve established an arrangement in which all parties agree, and Uncle Sam gets his fair share, you’ll need to decide what kind of online business you should set up. You’re trying to live off the grid, so it’s important that you don’t have to deal with physical products. The last thing you need to worry about is inventory, invoicing, product returns and so on.

Your best option in this authors opinion is affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing you simply earn commissions on products while everything else is hands off. If you want to further distance yourself from physical products (because you can earn commissions on those as well), you can focus on digital products. These are things like online courses and software.

Obviously, how to set up and run an online business is beyond the scope of this post. For a complete list of online businesses and jobs you can do from home, this post over at Gig Hustlers is a good resource.

The advantages to affiliate marketing go further than not having to handle inventory. There is also no selling involved, no recruiting of any kind, and once established it provides a true passive income.

It’s not the only option, but as a starting point it’s highly recommended. With an established affiliate marketing business you can branch off into buying and selling niche websites, offering search engine optimization (SEO) services, personal consulting, and even web design services, all of which you can do from your shanghai-la in the mountains.

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How to Manage Your Work at Home Business


Working from home has become the new song of this present age of booming technology. The resolution to work from home has come as a rescue option to many. People who have a restrained mobility for one reason or the other, those who are tired or lost their employment, those looking to make extra cash, name them. Working from home however, unlike what people think – still needs tons of discipline to manage successfully.

Here are some of the things you should take note of to help you manage your work at home business.

1.Organization strategies

Organization strategies when working from home involve everything from time management to goal setting and self-scheduling.

Time is an important resource in every business arena. Working from home is no exception. A fallacy that being at home brings is that “I have all the time in the world and I can do what I want when I want.” Even the setting of goals is useless if you don’t put a time limit to it. Time management is key. It even feels good to see yourself being punctual with your own deadlines, doesn’t it? It ensures that you have everything flowing and following in order.

If working from home was a soccer game, would you fail to consider putting up a goal post? Don’t stop viewing your work at home business as a soccer match. The fact that you’re in your house doesn’t mean you don’t have rivals out there in the market just like in your old job. You need to set goals, both short term and long term so that other than making some extra cash, you may also climb to the top of the food chain in your business.

Discipline has always been about self-drive. Remember you are now the captain of your ship. When the ship makes unnecessary stops, you lose a lot of time that is valuable to the agenda of the whole journey. So is self-scheduling. Failure to schedule yourself may lead you to having unnecessary interruptions that pull down the pants of the goals you set.

2.Tools to use.

Who said the farm and garage are the only place that needs tools? Like any other job, in order to manage working from home business, you need to have tools. They range from anything to everything that will make you work better and meet your desired goals.

The first and best tool that even farmers know (though I am sure they have never thought of this) is your mind. That’s the first and best natural tool you have that should both be used well but not be overused. Hey, you are not a machine.

Other tools you will need to work from home is a desktop computer or a laptop. This goes hand in hand with internet connection from an ISP. Don’t get worried if you have an old machine. Use that before you can afford an updated one. Don’t despise humble beginnings you know.

With an internet connection, you can open a cloud account where you can save up your data of course in organized folders. Make sure they are secured and backed up. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Stationery is also important. Get the right set of writing materials, books and papers you can use and enough of each. There are many things that can kill momentum. A trip to the office supply store is because you don’t have something is one of them.

You can choose to have a separate phone for business only. It is recommended that you don’t mix your personal life matters with business. You know how that turns out.

Finally, have a desk where all the mentioned can rest. Arrange them in order like the way you used to in the office at your former work place.

3.Productivity Tips

  • Computer literacy: You might been assimilated to the use of computers through the advantage of your times. That however doesn’t mean you know everything about them. Get some training on computer hardware and the use of software that will help you do the job you want. Comes at a cost but it’s worth it in the long run.
  • Record keeping: Try to keep your records in order to avoid suffering from the consequences of clumsiness such as records loss. Instruct yourself to be orderly just the way you instruct your kids to clean their rooms.
  • Communication skills: Learn or preferably take a course on how to communicate with people over the phone and one on one. Business transactions are made through communication. There is no way you can run away from that.
  • Stay In Shape: Working from home means a lot of sitting and not much walking. You’ve also got an entire kitchen not far from your home office. It’s easy to get out of shape and generally unhealthy which can lead to a loss of energy, poor sleep, a clouded mind, and in some cases serious health issues. These will destroy your productivity.

Of course, we must plug ourselves. As your business grows and requires more organization, please consider us for your bookkeeping services.

4.Staying motivated

The greatest disservice you can do to yourself when trying to manage your work from home is forgetting that you are human. You can only do as much as your abilities allow you to.

Don’t get disappointed to the point of giving up if your financial graph records a meteor drop in your wages. Even in your old job, maybe you started with peanuts for salary and it rose over the years. The concept is the same. Be a little patient and stoke the fire some more. It still doesn’t mean you should over-work yourself.


Remember, you are the guard that stands at the gate of your mind. Let garbage in and you’ll get garbage. Read about your business and other successful business people you can relate to. Listen to podcasts, follow successful entrepreneurs online. Join an entrepreneurial online community or something local if available. Find a mentor.

Whatever you have to do fill your idle time with positive energy and information that moves you forward, it must be done. No politics, news, games, or whatever distraction takes you away from your goals and leads you to negative thinking. You can be certain that no successful entrepreneur rose to greatness while watching CNN or playing Candy Crush for hours a day.

On the other side of the coin, your successes are worth a toast to yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself some credit and a reward when you overcome a milestone.

That way, working from home is highly likely to be the best decision you ever made in your career life.

Get out of your house. Go for walks. Take your laptop to the coffee shop. Visit friends. Make time for your life.

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The New Economy – Making Money Online

The internet is not just a mining house of information, knowledge, and news; it is now a proven way of making money. There are opportunities galore on the world wide web to earn those big bucks. But, how big or how little and how soon you earn your income, depends a lot on your resourcefulness.

work at home b&wCareful research, planning and a commitment to make it ‘big’ is very important. For all those looking to the internet to make money and for those who’ve done it and yet aren’t happy with the outcome, we intend to give you a broad perspective on the general guidelines to be followed when venturing into any online business, their numerous advantages and loopholes that you ought to keep in mind. So, delve in to know how the smart ones are making money online. Here are some of the common ways to earning money in the virtual world.

  • People have become wealthy selling goods and services.
  • You can earn money investing in stocks, shares equities etc.,
  • If you have something interesting and useful to write, you could create blogs, online magazines and sell your stories and experiences.
  • Selling software products and services could earn you money too.

Basically, a unique idea, and the smartness to market it is what helps people earn online. As in the real world, you need to be hardworking and perceptive to make it ‘big’ in the virtual world. There are many legit online schemes that can help you get rich; But these require perseverance, effort, and patience. A word of caution – Do not be fooled the ‘get rich quick’ schemes with flashy advertisements beware of the frauds, that abound on the internet. Be aware and be prepared. Check  on how to avoid online money-making scams.

  • When you’re selling products and services on the Internet: You need a well-conceived website; If the products are your own, give a good product description; Or you could always pick some goods from e-commerce sites, those whose descriptions are not well-framed and do not have any noteworthy seller feedback, but are still useful and good-to-go. Rephrase the description and market it well on your site.

The online marketing helps you to approach a larger number of people than depending on any local clientele, and you can do away with the tedium of setting up a fancy office space. On the flipside, this is a very well tried and tested method. There are a lot of people doing this and you stand a chance of making it big only if your products are novel and unique and the marketing strategy really smart and eye-catching.

Offering services online as a writer, photographer, culinary artist, food blogger, offering classes online for handicrafts and artwork, web designing, graphics specialist, logo developers, life coach etc., could earn you decent income if you approach reputed websites to offer your services. Once your work gets the recognition you could always open your own website and expand your business big. This requires enthusiasm and a determination to learn and be unique.

  • When you’re investing online: When you’re investing in companies, buying, and selling stocks and shares, you may not require a website as such. Investing in equity stocks and shares have a very high income earning potential, but they are risk-ridden and careful research and risk evaluation is necessary if you want to venture into this area.
  • Earning through blogs and product affiliations: These are probably the most tried and tested ways of earning income. It may not be very significant in the beginning but if you’ve great ideas and good presentation skills, your blog, be it food, photography, writing etc., may fetch income from sponsorship and advertisements.

If you have a flair for marketing, you could always try your hand in affiliating yourself with any products or service of any company, promote them and earn through sales commission. This may not require heavy investments, but it does require very good skills in selling.

The thing about earning through blogs and product affiliations is that they are simple and easy to start. But income-earning is slow till the time you establish yourself. It requires hard work, perseverance, and patience.

As mentioned above, uniqueness and creativity coupled with smartness could help you carve a niche for yourself. So, go ahead and explore your potential within and the many legit opportunities in the virtual world to become rich.

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