I have been talking a lot recently about working as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Professional. I have also been listening to several Internet Marketing webinars. In those webinars it is usually recommended starting an online service business before diving head first into product creation and affiliate marketing. The reason for that is twofold. It helps you learn the ropes of marketing online, and it keeps your new business running in the black as you get going.
Please see my guide to starting a free online business for more information.