The search for perfect work at home businesses should begin with your own personal motivations. Are you trying to find a way out of your current job, or wanting to be rich? Are you in desperate need of money, or do you have the strong desire to build your own business? All of these can be good motivations to get you started, the important thing is that you know and understand your motivation before you get started. This is what will keep you going. If you treat your online home business like a hobby, you will get hobby results.
If you really want to make money while you sleep, the best place to start is with a business that gives you automated results. This means that you do a couple of hours of initial work, posting links, building a website, writing blogs, etc. Once you finish, your work is now online in the public domain. There are many methods out there ranging from pay-per-click businesses to forum, blog or email marketing. Try to choose a business method where once you do the initial work, it stays online, in constant view of the public for months to come. The longer your work is visible, and the more people see it, the more money you will make.
The third thing to remember is to find a product or a “niche” that is in demand. Trying to sell rotary phones in the age of cell-phones is not going to yield the kind of sales you want. Look around yourself, watch television, look at magazine and newspaper advertisements. Ideas for niche markets are everywhere. There are also companies online who specialize in connecting sellers (you) with vendors who have products to sell. Promote these products in a way that stays constantly visible online, and the money will begin to magically appear in your bank account as you sleep!
There are also many coaching and training programs available online that will give you many good home based business ideas. Not only will they give you the ideas, but they will train you how to execute them as well. A good coaching program will have live email, chat, and phone support. A coaching program will jump start your online home based business and save you months of trying to figure everything out on your own.