The Internet offers you a wealth of opportunities to start your own businesses, often with little to no cost. By focusing on your strengths, you’ll be able to build a client roster and get your online-based business started. These businesses allow you to be a full-time or part-time entrepreneur:
1. Business coaching
If you possess a great deal of business experience and knowledge, why not create a business that helps 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. To show off your knowledge and skills and bring in clients, you can also write articles about business on platforms like LinkedIn.
2. Affiliate marketing
If you’re a person who loves leaving customer reviews on sites like Amazon, stop doing it for free. Word-of-mouth advertising is still a huge lead generator for many companies, and a lot of businesses are willing to share a portion of their profits with persuasive individuals who will promote their products to the public such as;
If you have a personal website or blogs with a large following, this might be easier to accomplish.
3. Specialized retailer
Specialized stores are already a niche profession. When that’s the case, it’s best to set up an online store to reach those customers who are seeking your specific products. There’s an audience for everything, whether it’s making dollhouse furniture or creating organic dog food. Through a web-hosting service with an integrated shopping cart feature or with e-commerce software, your business will be operational in no time. Many vendors will even ship products to customers on your behalf, which means you don’t need to own a lot of inventory.
4. Web design
There’s nothing more off-putting than a poorly designed website, and often, it kills credibility. If you know some HTML and have a good eye for design, you can launch a service to create attractive, easy-to-use websites for small businesses. Put your skills to good use for business owners who want to take their online presence to the next level. Build a comprehensive portfolio, and then create your own website to show it off and attract a steady stream of clients.
5. Professional freelancer
You might not think of freelancing as a business, but with more and more companies 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 that offer you 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.
Achieving authorship is easier than ever. 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. Hectorpreneur’s advice from successful e-Book authors offers tips for writing content that sells.
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 around orders 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.
Additional reporting by Nicole Taylor.