A good way to start generating an online income from home, toward becoming your own boss is to go freelance in your spare time. With over 2.7 million registered accounts, here you can place bids on jobs or advertise for work you would like to do or see done for yourself. Also by creating an account on both the two largest social networks, facebook with a fan page and also a twitter account which is exactly the same as sending a text message to a friend. Also recommend signing up on linkedin which is very similar to freelancer, by connecting with businesses and online marketers with thousands of groups to choose from too, or even start your own.
These first steps to take by laying the foundations, with a large portion also set in mind with a clear vision of where you see yourself in the near or not to distant future. Thinking on this thought alone will open up for opportunities which will start to present themselves before you, then either acting on them immediately, kept on file, book marked in the browser while taking you and your family toward a life of freedom.
The most important thing with online marketing or with any business in general is to do something. Even if it was only ten minutes on a particular day, it has still taken you a step closer, while remembering to stay positive with the end goal always in mind knowing in your heart of what you want and where you see yourself in two, five and ten years time.
Creating your own webpage and a great place to start is either webs, where you can also create a membership base, weebly, sitebrandit.com which is a particular favorite and check out their online demo. For all three you do not need any html experience and the user interfaces are brilliant. And like any online business you will, at some point also need a paypal account for receiving online payments and best of all it's completely free to sign up with no monthly charges like some others out there.
There are many options available to you to begin selling your own or someone else's products online via twitter or email, like sfi, sell or promote via clickbank and selling through e-commerce. Here at clickbank though I myself are very selective of which products I will promote and shorten those URLs with TRsURL. Always check the web page before following through with creating the url, but there are so many available to you. If you'd like to go the way of email marketing also, getresponse is just one of many.
Two desktop dashboard programs for shortening your url's or scheduled twitter tweets in tweetdeck or hootsuite. For banners I highly recommend checking out bannerfans where you can custom make your own to suit any site, from myspace through to an fbml app landing tab for your facebook page. You may also like to try banners go mlm for your website for advertising others, while getting in return your ads displayed in their sites and comes with a sign up bonus.
To make a start by gaining a following for your facebook page or twitter account you may like to check out gainfollowers, packed here with fan-follow exchange, free traffic and this, with all the above are avenues I've taken. Building the solid base or links in this case, like you would with any project or business is the most time consuming, yet the most important tasks to undertake, but it will lead you toward your own success.