1. Money
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Internet Research Small Business Idea

The Pros and Cons of Starting an Internet Research Business


The Internet provides a vast amount of information. If you can quickly and efficiently navigate through that wealth of information, and essentially find a needle in a haystack, you can create a very successful business as an Internet researcher.

The Pros

Some of the benefits of benefits of starting an Internet research business include:

  • If you have a computer and Internet access, you have the equipment necessary to start an Internet research business.
  • There are no time constraints since the Internet is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Your business can be home-based or mobile.
  • You can expand your knowledge as you work.
  • You can target broadly, or specialize in specific research such as market research, genealogy research, statistical research, etc.
  • Your researching speed will increase as you become more familiar with online search tools and resources.

The Cons

Some of the potential challenges of starting an Internet research business include:

  • You may find it difficult to sell your services since it's something almost anyone can do.
  • You have to be able to objectively evaluate information since not all information found on the Internet is accurate.
  • You have to be especially careful to avoid plagiarism.
  • You need to understand the different search operators and how to use them to find what you're looking for.
  • You need to know what questions to ask your clients to get a clear understanding of what information they need.

Recommended Resources

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.