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Cash in With a Web Site

These 'treps are logging on and finding success online.
October 1, 2002

( - You've heard the stories of mega Web success. There's the one about Jeff Bezos, who jotted down his idea for on a scrap of paper during a road trip. And, of course, you can't forget the phenomenal success of eBay. We've even got one of our own--the story of Bill Martin, Greg Wright and Rusty Szurek, the 'treps behind, a financial message board site so successful that it attracted a few million in investor cash just a year after it was founded.

But for all those Internet gurus who have made the front page, there are plenty of Web bizzes that never see the light of day. Still, opportunities for successful Web-based businesses abound, and it's the savvy 'trep who capitalizes on them.

That said, how do you figure out if--and which--Web biz is right for you? Before you make the leap, check out these tips from 'treps who have been there, done that:

Logging on and Cashing in
Whether you dream of becoming a Web designer or computer technician, or you're convinced you've got the next mega Web site idea, good preparation is key. As Hogan points out, "computer repair isn't a business you can learn overnight."

So is hard work, confidence and creativity. "We worked hard," says Greg Wright of As is often the case, success is created out of opportunity and hard work. These guys were sharp enough to see that the Internet offered tremendous opportunities, and they were confident that they could put together a site that a lot of people would find useful. Are you next?

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