In this our age and time, one don’t necessarily need a big building or physical location to start a successful business. It might interest you to know that some of the most successful businesses can be run completely online. Running your business online can save you lots of money in rent and expenses, and it can even help you reach a wider base of clients because you’re not limited to a particular location.
Have you been thinking of going into business but don’t really know which business to go into? Are you ready to start a business this year? Below are some online business ideas to inspire you.
- Affiliate marketing – If you’re someone who loves leaving customer reviews on sites such as Amazon, you might have a rethink and stop doing it for free. You may be shocked to know that a lot of businesses are willing to share a portion of their profits with persuasive individuals who will promote their products to the public. If you have a personal website with a large following, this might be easier to accomplish. Public Relations Representatives are always seeking out brand advocates they can send free samples to).
- Specialized retailer– Online store helps you get to customers all over the world and this implies that you can afford to specialize in a particular product. Whatever product you would like to specialize in, be it cosmetics, organic or raw material, even used cloths or whatever you may think of, just know that there’s an audience for everything. Using a web hosting service with an integrated shopping cart, your business will be up and working in no time. Some vendors will even ship products to customers on your behalf, which means you don’t need to own a lot of inventory.
- Resume(C.V) or Cover letter writing– When applying for jobs, it might sound hard to believe that a well written cover letter and resume can make a whole lots of difference. Listing your career accomplishments might seem as an easy task, the fine art of “humble bragging” eludes some of us. Get hired to help others get hired by writing standout resumes. Capitalize on the increasingly important social media branding bandwagon and offer to fix LinkedIn profiles as well.
- Social media consultant– Big companies can hire an agency or full-time staff member to run their social media like Facebook and Twitter accounts, but small businesses often have to handle their own social media marketing. Business owners are usually too busy with many other responsibilities than to spend time developing and implementing a great social media strategy. As a consultant, you can help them determine the best tactics, posting schedules and content for their target audience. As their follower count grows, so will your business.
- Business coaching –If you have a lot of business knowledge and experience, why not start a business that helps other aspiring entrepreneurs find success? You can use your skills to help new business owners get off to a good start and help experienced entrepreneurs keep up with demand. You can also write articles about business on platforms like LinkedIn, to show off your knowledge and skills and bring in clients.
- Web design– If you know some HTML or PHP coding languages and have a good eye for design, you can start a service to create attractive, easy-to-use websites for small businesses. You can put your skills to good use for business owners who want to take their online presence to the next level. Build up a portfolio of work with smaller freelance jobs, then create your own website to show it off and bring in a steady stream of clients.
- App development – Nowadays, mobile applications are more popular than ever, and many people are willing to pay good money for ways to manage their lives from the comfort of their smartphones. If you have good ideas and you happen to know some coding, you can run with it and create your app yourself. If you just have an idea and don’t know the ins and outs of how to turn it into a reality, there are plenty of software developers looking to collaborate with people on app creation.
- Freelancer – You may never have thought of freelancing as a business, but many companies are turning to part-time contract workers to fill their skill gaps, it’s not hard to imagine making a living providing businesses with a variety of freelance services. Depending on your skill sets, you could work for multiple companies in a variety of fields, offering flexibility and a refreshing change of pace. According to the freelance job listing website Freelancer.com, tech services, content creation and web design are popular fields for contract work.
- eBook author– Do you have great knowledge on a given subject which you would like to share with the public? With e-readers now a staple in most households, self-publication has become a reality for many writers who might never get picked up by publishing companies. With the right marketing tools, you can successfully publish your own books on anything from cooking and weight loss to real estate. Inbound Pro’s advice from successful e-Book authors offers tips for writing content that sells.
- Handmade craft seller– Online sites like Etsy and ArtFire are platforms that make it extremely easy for crafters who can produce a steady supply of quality handmade items, like crocheted blankets or unique painted glassware. Startup costs are extremely low if you purchase your materials in bulk from a craft supplier, and if you can turn orders around quickly, you’ll be making a profit in no time at all. It’s even possible to turn your store into a full-time gig.
- Teaching online courses – You don’t need a degree in education to teach people how to do something you know inside and out. You can help others enrich their lives by offering classes in an area you’re passionate about, like cooking or baking. Create instructional packets and videos for download from a website, or schedule real-time Skype lessons with clients.
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