Well, it is that time of year again, and everyone is full of resolutions. Let me guess – did yours include the words ‘weight’ (less of), ‘money’ (more of), ‘job’ (none of)? Well maybe it is time to think seriously about starting your own home based business, either part-time or as an alternative to the job that has seemed so dismal recently. The technology available to all of us now costs so little that many more ordinary people can get a slice of the enterpreneurs’ pie, with the latest home based business ideas.
Online shopping took off in a big way this Christmas. Supermarkets struggled to meet orders following a sharp and much bigger than expected rise in demand, while traditional High Street retailers faced increasing pressure from online rivals. Internet sales for Christmas 2005 were 50% above the 2004 pre-Christmas period, and the average spend was also high, according to IMRG, which represents e-tailers. Britain's 24 million internet shoppers spent Ј2.253 billion online during November, an average of Ј94 each, IMRG says. This view is repeated by consultants Deloitte. More than half of UK consumers made an online purchase this Christmas.
Britons spent more than Ј150m a day online in the run-up to Christmas, and anyone who thinks this is a young person’s phenomenon should think again - the 45-55 age group are most likely to use the internet to buy most of their gifts.
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