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How To Write An Ebook And Make Money Online: Make Massive Amounts Of Money Online By Writing And Selling High-Demand Ebooks Kindle Edition

How To Write An Ebook And Make Money Online: Make Massive Amounts Of Money Online By Writing And Selling High-Demand Ebooks Kindle Edition

How To Write An Ebook And Make Money Online

Creating and selling ebooks is one of the most profitable online businesses. Every day, millions of people go online looking for information that will make their life better in some way. If you can create high-demand information product in an ebook format, you can make money massive amounts of money.

In this book you will learn how you can easily write and sell your own successful ebook. You’ll Learn:

. How to come up information hot topic ideas.
. A list of successful information product topics that you can use to develop your own ebook.
. Insider tips on how to price your product.
. Tips on registering your business name.
. How to create a website to sell your ebook.
. How to choose the right host for your website.
. How to accept payment online.
. Effective ways to promote your ebook.
. Why You should consider putting your ebook on Amazon Kindle platform.
. And much, much, more!

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How To Make Money With Ebooks – Your Step-By-Step Guide To Create and Sell Your Ebook on Kindle, Nook, and iBookstore

How To Make Money With Ebooks – Your Step-By-Step Guide To Create and Sell Your Ebook on Kindle, Nook, and iBookstore

If you want to publish your eBook on all the eBook stores (Amazon.com’s Kindle, BarnesandNoble.com’s Nook, Apple’s iBookstore, and more), then get “How to Make Money with Ebooks” now.Here’s What You Get Inside “How To Make Money With Ebooks”:Discover how to find the right topic that can help sell your eBook.Uncover how to find the BEST title so your eBook can stand out in the marketplace.Find out how to create great content whether you write it yourself or hire someone else to do it for you.How to sell your eBook on ALL the major eBook platforms such as Amazon.com’s Kindle Store, BarnesandNoble.com’s Nook Store, Apple’s iBookstore, Google Play Store, and much more.How to market your eBook the right way without spending a lot of money.Gain greater reach, impact, and profits by learning how to scale up your business by creating more eBooks the right way.Discover how to outsource your work so majority of the work (if not all) can be done by others.What’s Unique About This Book?Discover how to sell your eBook on ALL the major eBook platforms (Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, Google Play Store, etc) instead of just one eBook platform.Learn how to publish your eBook from an eBook publisher and author’s point of view since the author has both experiences.Get the exact blueprint that has allowed the author BJ Min to launch 2 publishing companies to produce over 250+ eBooks in fiction & non-fiction genres.Get a complete step-by-step formula to succeed in the eBook business.Access to step-by-step image tutorials to guide you to get real life results.Excellent resource for aspiring authors, authors because this book helps anyone publish their first eBook on all the major platforms.Comprehensive resource for eBook publishers because this is also a great guideline to start a publishing company.Fantastic resource for internet marketers and business owners because the eBook platforms are a great way to generate leads for your business.Gain instant credibility and expertise as an authority in your niche by becoming an author of an eBook/book in your field.Bonus Chapter:You also get a BONUS chapterHow to Sell a Physical Book on Amazon.com’s Bookstore!You will discover how to turn your eBook into a PHYSICAL BOOK and sell it on Amazon.com’s BOOKS section.After checking out the bonus chapter, now you can become an author of a real book and an eBook! About author:About the Author:BJ Min is the publisher of two eBook publishing companies that has published 250+ eBooks in fiction and non-fiction categories on Amazon.com’s Kindle, BarnesandNoble.com’s Nook, Apple’s iBookstore, and more.If you want to make and sell your eBook on all the eBook stores (Amazon.com’s Kindle, BarnesandNoble.com’s Nook, Apple’s iBookstore, and more), then get “How to Make Money with Ebooks” now!

 

How to Make Money Selling Ebooks Online

How to Make Money Selling Ebooks Online

The internet has changed so many things in our world. As consumers, snail mail letters were replaced with email. We Skype instead of draining our wallets with long-distance phone calls. And we shop on Amazon instead of fighting for a parking space and dealing with the crowds at the local shopping mall.

On the flip side of that, as internet entrepreneurs, we use email to market our products and services, Skype to conduct meetings and can earn a living selling on Amazon.com.

And that’s just a small taste of all the disruptions we’ve enjoyed thanks to the internet. One of the biggest disrupted industries and one of those that provides a great path to a solid making money online venture for an individual entrepreneur is in book publishing. Specifically, publishing and selling ebooks online.

You see, what the big publishing houses do with big offices of editors, writers, administrative staff… and then big printing presses… then distribution centers to get their books out to bookstores around the country… all to hopefully get books in the hands of customers… you can do on the computer you have right now. If that’s not massive disruption, I don’t know what is.

With all the red tape, “play to pay” tactics, and the lack of marketing support from the big publishing houses (along with low royalties) many are finding that self-publishing is a much better option (and in most cases a more profitable option!).

There are some key differences between this self-publishing (which, by the way, doesn’t have the negative connotations it used to) and the traditional publishing process. You won’t be dealing with printed books, for one. That eliminates the expense and hassle of actually creating books, storing them, and delivering them — and that may not even sell. It’s going to be all digital. These are ebooks, which can be read on devices like Amazon’s Kindle, on another tablet or smartphone, or even on a computer.

From humble beginnings, ebooks now sell in the millions each year, representing about 20 percent of the publishing market in the United States. And there is plenty of room for a one-person ebook entrepreneur to get a piece of that market.

So let’s take a look at how you can make money with ebooks; from the brainstorming to the writing, and most importantly… the marketing and selling of your ebooks online.

What Are Ebooks?

Ebooks are, well, books. But in a format where they can be delivered or downloaded online. You can write them yourself, employ writers, use public domain content, and create your ebooks from many sources. And just about any subject can be covered — just as many, if not more, than what a traditional publisher might release because you can tailor your tomes to niche markets. Travel guides, how-to manuals, mystery, romance, science fiction, self-help, technology, religions… just about any subject is fair game as long as there is a market of ready buyers.

(One of the best ways to check for is to scan the bestseller lists on Amazon. And not just the overall list but also the ones for categories and subcategories.)

Also, you won’t have to rely on an editor or publisher telling you whether a book will be published. And you won’t have to rely on a bookstore to put your book on its shelves. You’re in complete control of the entire process.

In fact, you’re going to handle everything yourself, including marketing and selling. And that means you get to keep all the profits. They’re nothing to sneeze at.

Self-published authors have had big success in recent years. Take Hugh Howey, who sold a series of science fiction books through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. At one point, he was selling 20,000 — 30,000 copies a month, which generated $150,000 in income monthly. Amanda Hocking, who writes “paranormal romance” and fantasy novels, has sold well more than a million books on Amazon, generating over $2 million in sales. That’s proof that you can make money self-publishing on Amazon.

Perhaps most famously 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James’s erotica series started life as a self-published work before being snapped up by a traditional publisher and turned into a movie.

Let me show you how to build the same type of business.

Keep in mind that while Amazon.com is the most common way most people think of selling ebooks online, you can also sell your ebooks directly from your own website as well. More on that below.

Starting an Ebook Business — Where You Sell

As an ebook publisher, you have a few options available for selling your works.

You can set up your own website and sell your ebook directly online. You might make a PDF available to your readers for example. A simple shopping cart or PayPal link and you’re all set. A reader visits your site, they order, and they get a download link and get your book. It’s pretty much all automated, and you simply keep an eye on things to make sure the site is running smoothly.

The benefit of this is you control the entire process, get all of the customer information (so you can promote additional products, services, or books), and you can charge higher prices. You may find this surprising, but many ebooks sold directly on a website (especially if it’s on a focused topic) can sell for $40 or more which is double what a traditional print book would sell for.

One of the easiest ways to sell ebooks is to work through a third-party site like Amazon. You may have ordered products, even books, from Amazon in the past. But this is a whole different side to this massive e-commerce site.

The big benefit to working through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, even though they charge you a commission on your sales, is their reach. Around 89 million Americans are said to be active ebook readers. That’s your potential audience, all those people visiting this site and browsing for a new book. It could be your book they find when doing a search on a related keyword. In fact, 38 percent of daily sales of ebooks on Amazon go to self-published titles.

While you may not make as much money as you would selling directly on your own site, you’ll have the opportunity to reach an audience who you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

The process of selling your ebook on Kindle is straightforward. You sign up, then upload your ebook. They take care of converting it to their proprietary format. Then you’re ready to sell and grow your business through Amazon.com.

Which of these options should you go with? I recommend doing both.

Put one (or two) of your books on Amazon and think of that as a traffic source… a way for new people to find you; and you get to make profits from the sales of the ebook. Use your Amazon ebooks to drive people back to your website and get them onto your email list.

The best way to do this is to include a free bonus offer inside your book and have them go back to your website to claim their bonus. In order to get access to the bonus, they have to opt-in and give you their email address.

Once you have them on your email list you can follow up with them and sell them additional ebooks from your own site, at a higher price point. Use the best of both worlds!

Where to Get Your Content – The First Step to Creating Your Bestseller

Believe it or not, you might already have most of an ebook written already. If you are already making money with a blog, those blog posts could be turned into an ebook with some editing. Simply collect relevant blog posts into an order that makes sense, make any needed edits so that references that aren’t relevant are taken out, and add an introduction and conclusion, and you’re done. Any blog posts you use should cover the same or related topics and work well together.

Although the information can be found for free throughout your site many people are willing to pay money to have it formally organized into something easier to consume, like an ebook.

Of course, that’s only one way to put together the content for your ebook. If you want to publish an original work of fiction or nonfiction — something you write yourself fresh — that is also a good option.

The key part, if you’re starting from scratch, is to work steadily towards your goals of finishing that book. Write something every day! Start with an outline and then fill it in.

You can also repurpose a book that is in the public domain. This means the copyright has expired and anybody can take the content of those books, and publish them, either updated or reworked in some way or as is. Did you see that book, Pride and Prejudice, and Zombies that came out a few years ago? That’s a great example of reworking a public domain book.

You can find public domain works, which include classics like Call of the Wild by Jack London and Shakespeare and books on just about every subject you can think of (a quick search yielded dog training guides, a how-to guide for amateur singers, and much more), in places like Project Gutenberg.

The key here is to not just republish the public domain works but to modify them and put your unique twist on them. An example would be the book The Art of War. You could repurpose that book into something like The Art of War for Business Professionals or The Art of War for Freelance Employees.

Another option is you can hire someone else to write your book for you. This is actually a very common practice in the book publishing industry; these writers are referred to as “ghost writers”.

A final thought to keep in mind is that you don’t have to write something like War and Peace. You can write shorter books for Amazon and sell them at lower price points ranging from $2.99 to $4.99 and people prefer ebooks that are shorter with more focused niche topics. Keep in mind that while you won’t make a huge profit per book on these you can sell a larger volume of books and use these as a way of attracting people into the other things you do.

Marketing Your Ebook

There’s a dirty little secret in the traditional publishing world. Publishers usually don’t actively market or promote the vast majority of the books they release. Only those from established best-selling authors get this attention.

But, as an ebook publisher, you’re going to relish having this same control over your marketing and sales strategy. With all the options available, you should have no problem finding a way to get your book title(s) out into the world and grab the attention of potential readers.

But it’s not enough to send out one announcement. You have to build buzz around your ebook. Encourage people to tell friends about your ebook and spread the word. Post content related to your book. Create contests. Do giveaways. Get creative with your marketing.

You should also promote your book on your blog, get active in forums related to the topic your book is about and tell people about it, and if you have an email list, be sure to promote it there too.

You might also offer a free chapter of your ebook. That will get readers hooked so that they want more and will buy the rest of the ebook.

The key is to be proactive with your marketing efforts to continually generate buzz and interest for your book.

Also, if you’re selling your ebooks on Amazon you can do paid ads directly on Amazon to promote your books to a highly targeted audience based on keyword searches and specific products (like related books).

Some Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Ebook

Making money from ebooks isn’t automatic. You can’t just put anything in it and hope to profit. It’s not a difficult task, but you should follow some best practices to make sure your ebook draws attention from readers and generates sales.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

Just because you’re writing a book doesn’t mean you have to stress out. With a plan in place, you can finish your work and put it on sale.

You just need to create an outline for the book to follow, set a schedule for when you’re going to write (if it’s original work) or when you’re going to work on it, how you will market the book and when each task needs to be done, and set a goal publication date when it will be offered on sale. It’s a matter of setting aside time each day. You can’t just work on this when you “feel” like it… otherwise, it’ll never get done.

Do Choose a Topic You Know About

You want to write with authority and confidence… and passion. It’s not a good idea to pick a topic just because you think it might be a best-seller. Remember, you can always outsource the writing to an expert as well.

Don’t Make Your Writing Flowery and Complicated

Make sure all your text is easy to read and understand. It’s better to write in a conversational manner and not in an academic manner. Many experts suggest that you should write at an eight-grade writing level.

Don’t Forget About Proofreading

Double check for grammatical errors, misspellings, etc. Make sure you have a trusted friend or even professional proofreader go over your ebook before publication. There’s nothing worse than releasing a book full of errors — it doesn’t inspire confidence in your readers, can lead to refunds, and bad reviews.

Do Create a Professional Layout and Cover

Just because you are self-publishing doesn’t mean you want it to like an amateur did it. Hire a graphic designer on a site like Fiverr.com to create a good-looking cover based on your direction and input for not much money. They can also lay out the interior pages too. Just because your book is self-published doesn’t mean it has to look and feel that way.

Taking the Next Step to Selling Ebooks Online

So now you understand why selling ebooks can be such a money-maker, it’s time to get started. Figure out what type of ebook you want to sell, where you’ll get the content, and then where you’re going to sell it — and how you’ll market it online.

It’s a low-cost, low-risk business opportunity that has a huge upside!

 

 

23 Amazing Online Marketing Tactics for Small Businesses With Low Budgets

23 Amazing Online Marketing Tactics for Small Businesses With Low Budgets

1. Tighten up your SEO

The first thing you need to do is analyze your current SEO situation.

All you have to do is enter your URL to get a deep, page-level SEO analysis.

You can also check how your site compares to the competition.

Enter 3 additional websites for a competitive analysis.

Neil Patel SEO Analyzer Tool Competition

Of course, mine is just one of many SEO tools.

I don’t see SEMRush as a competitor but as a supplementary tool for checking a site’s SEO.

These tools are free, so why not get multiple opinions?

The main components you’re looking for on my SEO analyzer are which keywords you rank for, along with their frequency of usage.

Neil Patel Keywords

It’s also important to know if the keywords are used in the title tag, description tag, and header tags.

Google gives more weight to these factors.

Once you have a general idea of how you’re ranking against everyone else, you can start to improve.

2. Perform more keyword research

I can’t stress enough how important keyword research is.

Even though I’ve been in the game for a long time, I still perform fresh keyword research several times a week.

That’s how you stay on top of search results!

Google Analytics

For every search term that already points to your website, you’ll get a handful more.

That opens up a lot of opportunities for you to rank against your competitors!

What it takes to hit all those keyword opportunities is pages with content.

You’ll need to start a blog

 

Ways You Can Make Money Online Right Now

Ways You Can Make Money Online Right Now

Want to make money without leaving home during the coronavirus pandemic? Or do you want to figure out ways to make money online so that you can fund your travels when coronavirus subsides? International Living—a website dedicated to helping people live and travel abroad—has just issued an insightful new report on 50 ways to make money in retirement. The report is aimed at retirees who want to fund their lives overseas, but here’s the secret gem: Hidden between the advice on opening a gallery, becoming a tour guide or joining the craft beer revolution, you’ll find smart advice that anyone can use to make money online. “No matter your skill set, no matter what you do now or did in the past, there is an option that will align with your own skills and passions,” the InternationalLiving.com editors explain.

According to Jennifer Stevens, executive editor at International Living, the list is vast, but it isn’t comprehensive. “We created it to give people a sense for the scope of opportunity out there,” says Stevens. “We’ve written lots about the different ways expats abroad fund their lives. Sometimes it’s with online work—like writing or drop-shipping. Sometimes it’s in-person services they provide, from running a consignment store to wedding planning. Certainly, the online opportunities provide great flexibility and portability. But it’s worth pointing out that business owners in many places tell us that it’s much easier to start a business abroad because it’s often less expensive and less bureaucratic than it is at home.”

Though it might seem like an unusual time to start a new career, Jeff Opdyke—the Prague-based editor of The Savvy Retiree and contributor to International Living—says that “it’s up to us to learn how to take back control of our own lives, of our lifestyles and our personal happiness.”

Opdyke also points out that for all the damage coronavirus has wrought and all the damage still to come, it might have some positive outcomes when it comes to the work world. “What this crisis is demonstrating is the capacity for so many workers to untether themselves from cubicles and work from home—or wherever,” he says. “In the cold, corporate calculus of a post-corona world, I think we’re going to see an increasing number of visionary companies realize that there are vast cost savings to be had in letting workers work from wherever. There’s no need to pay the costs of running a cubicle farm when workers already have places they can work—their home, a coffee shop, wherever. And I think we will see increased productivity from this because workers will be motivated.”

So the lesson here is that while you might be working from home now, this might eventually translate into living and working abroad—and living the dream. Opdyke’s advice? “Be as productive as you possibly can. Be over-productive. Step up your game so that when all of this over, you have some potential leverage to talk to your bosses about trying a work-at-home life. That’s assuming, of course, you like your work-at-home life. Not everyone will. But if you feel the freedom those of us working remotely feel, then now, amid this crisis, is a great opportunity for you to shine so that bosses take note.”

So whether you’re looking to live in a foreign country some day, just want to work from home in the current coronavirus environment or want to restructure your career to be able to work remotely forever, read on for 17 ways you can make money online. It’s valuable information to have during this current economic crisis—and beyond.

After that, we’ve got three creative money-making ideas from the International Living list that we dream about doing when the world gets back to normal.

 

From Clicks to Customers: 16 Online Business Ideas You Can Start on the Side

From Clicks to Customers: 16 Online Business Ideas You Can Start on the Side

Running an online business definitely has its appeal, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. The truth is, starting a business of any kind is hard work.

In reality, “online” is just a channel that connects businesses to people. It’s a powerful tool that lets you reach anyone from anywhere in the world. But creating a business with it is still about connecting the right customers with the right offering.

Countless people have already made the leap into entrepreneurship. And with the right ideas and plenty of sweat equity, you can too.

This isn’t about one simple life-changing trick. Starting a business doesn’t work that way. Instead, to help you find a product idea or business model that fits your lifestyle, we’ve put together a collection of simple ways to start a business without quitting your day job.

16 online business ideas you can start with a laptop
Start your own clothing line
Launch a dropshipping store
Sell your art online
Become a freelance writer, designer or developer
Teach an online course
Flip your thrift store finds
Publish your own book
Start a blog
Become a virtual assistant
Try your hand at being an influencer
Build apps and websites
Launch a podcast
Sign up for affiliate marketing
Curate subscription boxes
Develop a niche product
Create handmade goods
1. Start your own clothing line
If you have some designs in mind and a little bit of time on your hands, you can get your clothing company off the ground.

If you already own a Shopify store, you can set up your own clothing line using Oberlo, Printify, Printful, or a similar product sourcing app. Each automatically links your store to apparel printers and clothing manufacturers. They also handle every step of the retail fulfillment process for you, giving you the freedom to design and ship a wide range of pieces right out of the gate.

Why start a clothing line?
There’s nothing more satisfying than creating products that people will use every day.
As soon as you build your Shopify store, you’ll be able to start selling instantly. Thanks to apps like Printify and Printful, the process of designing and delivering your own custom-made clothing has been streamlined and simplified.
You’ll love the feeling of seeing your designs come to life by transforming your creativity into something real and profitable.
THINK PUP Apparel store business idea

We used Printful to create THINK PUP, an apparel store for dog owners, and ended up making over $1,200 in just three weeks. With some time and research, you could be well on your way to building a successful t-shirt company, too.

We’ve curated some handy resources that will help grow your apparel business at every stage, from crafting your brand’s story to promoting your products with influencer marketing :

22 Awesome T-Shirt Templates and Mockups for Your Clothing Line
How to Start an Online T-Shirt Business
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Free Course: Build a Print-on-Demand Business

Learn how to easily create and sell your own custom-branded products. Ecommerce expert Adrian Morrison shares his framework for launching a successful print-on-demand shop in our free video course.

2. Launch a dropshipping store
You don’t need a warehouse full of inventory to run your own business. Dropshipping is a great way to start a business on a budget. You can hit the ground running by sourcing a pre-existing product from a supplier and having them take care of things like packaging and fulfillment.

This process lets you skip over a lot of obstacles that might be standing in the way of you starting your own business. More importantly, a dropshipping business eliminates the risk of finding out there’s no market for your product after placing a huge order with a manufacturer or supplier.

Why choose dropshipping?
You don’t need to stock products in a physical location, meaning that your cash flow won’t get tied up in inventory. There’s less of an upfront cash risk.
Whenever a purchase is made, you place an order with a third party and they handle the rest of the process for you. Since you don’t have to deal with things like tracking inventory or mailing packages, dropshipping eliminates a lot of potential headaches for budding entrepreneurs.
No warehouse means you can run your business from anywhere. Whether it’s your living room or the café down the street, you decide where you want to work from.
If you’re interested in dropshipping, read our Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping to help you get started.

If you don’t have any online shop ideas, here are some strategies for narrowing down the perfect product:

Find products to sell on Oberlo
Read our guide Find a Product to Sell: 12 Strategies for Finding Your First Profitable Product
Check out 10 Print-On-Demand Companies for Dropshipping Your Own Custom Products
Find out how we made more than $2,000 in five weeks with imported gaming glasses
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Free Webinar: The Right Way to Start a Profitable Dropshipping Store

Learn how to find high-margin products, import them into your store, and start selling — fast.

3. Sell your art online
Whether you’re a painter, photographer, or musician, there are plenty of ways to start an online store and turn your latest masterpiece into a source of revenue with a beautifully designed ecommerce website.

If painting or photography is your forte, you can sell your work as prints, canvases, and framed posters using Printify or Printful. This is a fantastic way to turn your art into something tangible that people can take home and integrate into their space. Is music your thing? You can sell your beats, songs, samples, and more as digital downloads.

Just take a look at The Drum Broker, the largest online drum sample business in the world. It created a successful and sustainable business model with the help of apps like FetchApp and ShipStation.

Why sell your art?
You’ll be part of people’s lives by getting your work into customers’ homes and headphones.
You’ll create a platform for showcasing your work by setting up shop online store.
As an artist, creating art isn’t just a hobby—it’s a way of life. This is your chance to turn your passion into an income stream and potentially do what you love for a living.
Ready to bring your art shop ideas to life? Get started with these resources:

How an Entrepreneur from Alaska Built the Biggest Hip-Hop Drum Sample Business in the World
How to Sell Art Online (from artists who have successfully monetized)
12 Creative Ways to Make Money: Earn Your First $100 on the Side

Free Guide: How to Find a Profitable Product to Sell Online
Excited about starting a business, but not sure where to start? This free, comprehensive guide will teach you how to find great, newly trending products with high sales potential.

4. Become a freelance writer, designer, or developer
Writers, developers, and graphic designers can start a business based on their talents. As a freelancer, you’ll be able to put your skills to good use by helping people across the world with their projects (while making some money yourself, of course).

Freelancing doesn’t mean committing to months-long projects that eat away at your free time. You can easily pick up bite-sized tasks that fit your schedule.

To find people that need your help, try freelancing marketplaces, like Upwork and Fiverr.

Business idea: Freelancing on sites like Fiverr

It’s worth noting that Fiverr is a little different from a traditional job board. As the name suggests, all the posted jobs cost five dollars. The key to making big money on Fiverr is carefully setting up your offers so you can easily upsell the client for more money.

For instance, you could offer to write a 150-word introduction for a blog post as your initial five-dollar service. As an upsell, you could charge another $10 for every additional 150 words. You can tweak your services until you’ve found a combo that makes it worth your while.

If you want total control over how much you charge, create a Shopify store. You can list your services as products and disable shipping, since you won’t actually be physically delivering anything to your customers. You can even use apps like BookThatApp and Events Calendar to give your customers the option to schedule appointments.

Why freelance?
When you freelance, you choose which projects you want to work on and set your own schedule and workplace.
Getting paid to do something you’re good at is a rewarding feeling, whether you’re looking to strike out on your own or just want to make some extra cash on the weekend.
If you’re new to writing, designing, or developing, freelancing is an excellent way to build your portfolio and get some real experience in a wide range of industries. You might discover that you have a knack or passion for something you never expected.
If freelancing sounds like it might be a good money-making website idea for your lifestyle, we’ve put together some great articles that can help you make the most of your time:

7 Ways to Be More Productive While Working from Home
13 Free Tools and Travel Apps That Make Working Remotely Work for You
5. Teach an online course
Teaching an online course is a low-investment business idea for generating passive income. All you need to do is put together a video walkthrough explaining a subject you’re familiar with and then host it on your own personal website.

Although it requires effort up front, if you manage to design a popular, high-value video tutorial series, you would make money on an ongoing basis as people continue to enroll in your course.

To start creating your first online course, brainstorm a topic that you know well enough to teach someone how to do from scratch. This can be literally anything—music production, social media marketing, web development, you name it.

Next, you’ll want to grab a screencasting app, like ScreenFlow, to record your screen and voice while you walk your students through your tutorial. ScreenFlow also comes with a built-in video-editing suite, letting you shoot and cut your videos all on the same platform.

Why teach an online course?
With an online course, you can literally set it and forget it. Take a few days or weeks, depending on the complexity you’re aiming for, to build an online course, and you could be reaping the benefits for weeks.
You already have the knowledge, you just need to share it. Focus on teaching something that you’re already an expert at and the rest will come naturally, whether it’s building iOS apps, creating monthly budgets, or running Facebook ad campaigns.
Teaching someone a new skill is its own reward. While there’s definitely money to be made teaching online courses, helping other people is always a satisfying experience in itself.
6. Flip your thrift store finds
If you love hitting up thrift stores and hunting down great deals, then one great shop idea is to sell your second-hand treasures online.

Your potential customers want to buy cool stuff, but they don’t want to dig through old soccer jerseys and braided belts to get their hands on that one amazing find. Take advantage of this by positioning yourself as a trustworthy curator who can go out and uncover those great vintage pieces for others.

Why sell your thrift store finds?
Let’s face it, you’d be combing through thrift store racks anyway, so you might as well make some money while you do it by putting your shopping addiction to work.
The margins are huge. That two-dollar RadioShack ball cap you found over the weekend? Next, it might be a $40 vintage vaporwave strapback.
You’re selling something unique. Nowhere else on the web will people be able to find the vintage collections that you put together.
Windy Gaming online vintage video game store

Sometimes a passion for second-hand curiosities is all it takes to kickstart a business. Windy Gaming, an online store dedicated to selling vintage video games, started when its owner received a box of old Japanese games from a friend and wanted to sell them online. Now, Windy Gaming generates $1,000 per week selling retro gaming gear around the world.

Want to turn your cool stuff into pizza money? Take a look at these guides to making your products look great in photos:

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Beautiful Product Photography
7 Steps to Beautiful DIY Apparel Product Photography
10 Common Jewelry Product Photography Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
7. Publish your own book
It’s OK to admit it: you’ve thought about publishing your own book someday. While seeing your name on a list of bestsellers might seem like a pipe dream, it’s actually not that far out of reach.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a science-fiction novel, a marketing guide, or a children’s picture book, there are now plenty of options for successfully self-publishing your work. These include releasing your writing as an ebook with the Digital Downloads app to on-demand printing services like Blurb and CreateSpace.

Digital Downloads app for selling ebooks

To sell ebooks through your online store, install the Digital Downloads app and you’ll instantly be able to stock digital files as products. Once purchased, your ebooks will be sent to your customers via email or as a direct download link.

If you choose to sell physical copies of your book, you’ll just need to place an order with Blurb or CreateSpace whenever your work is purchased. They’ll custom print your book and handle the entire storage and fulfillment process.

Why publish a book?
What’s the point of writing something if there’s no one around to read it? Self-publishing is the quickest way to get your book into the hands of potential readers.
Printing, storage, and delivery is taken care of thanks to services like Blurb and CreateSpace.
Creative writing is your passion and you deserve to be able to make money while doing something you enjoy.
Ready to live out your dreams of being a published author? These resources will help you on your way to the top:

How to Start a Business: 13 Steps to Get Your Business Up and Running
Hacking the Press: Clever Ways to Get Free Press Coverage with Zero Budget
8. Start a blog
Blogging has come a long way since its inception. What was once a virtual journal has now turned into a marketing and even monetization tool.

Whether you make money from publishing sponsored posts, hosting third-party ads, or selling your products, a blog is a great online business idea.

The key to starting a successful blog is to focus on building an engaged, loyal audience. When you start with an audience-centric approach, you’ll cultivate a community that trusts you. And when you can earn trust, you can start to drive revenue.

That’s how Mr. Money Mustache started his popular personal finance blog. What began as a movement has turned into a successful business that’s earned national media coverage.

Mr. Money Mustache business idea

Why start a blog?
Blogs have unlimited growth potential. You can expand into affiliate marketing, ecommerce, courses, and essentially any other online business venture. Some blogs even use a paid subscription model to drive revenue.
A blog is a long-term play. While you won’t see overnight results, they are likely to be more sustainable. A blog lives on the internet forever—or at least until you delete it.
It lets you practice your writing—an essential skill to have in business and communication. Use tools like Grammarly or Hemmingway to improve your writing.
For more information on getting started, check out these articles:

How to Start a Blog That You Can Grow Into a Business
8 Brilliant Blogs Run by Ecommerce Stores (And What You Can Learn From Them)
4 Ecommerce Blog Post Templates To Build Traffic For Your Store
How a Blog Became a Physical Store in Two Years
9. Become a virtual assistant
Are you super organized and love working behind the scenes? If so, you might be the perfect candidate to start a virtual assistant (VA) business.

A VA helps entrepreneurs, businesses, and executives organize their personal and professional lives. There’s a broad spectrum of duties, ranging from appointment scheduling to basic marketing management and everything in between. And everything is done online.

Why become a VA?
Work with your ideal client. Even if you don’t know at the start, over time you’ll find out who you love working with and what you love to do for them. You can evolve your business to cater to those preferences.
Interact with people from all over the world. All you need is an internet connection to do your work, and you can have the chance to work with international clients and professionals.
Grow your business into a network of VAs. If you become too busy or have growth goals, you can hire and train VAs to work under you and increase profits.
10. Try your hand at being an influencer
Influencer marketing has exploded on the marketing scene, and though consumers are becoming more savvy, there are still plenty of opportunities to be had.

Because influencers have gotten in hot water for dishonest practices, there’s been a movement toward micro-influencers—profiles with smaller but more engaged followings. Good news: you don’t need millions of followers to earn money on Instagram.

Why be an influencer?
It’s an opportunity to get an introduction to marketing—particularly valuable if you’re interested in pursuing that as a career or additional business venture.
You’ll learn about new and interesting brands. You might discover products and companies you love that you never would have found had they not solicited your services.
It’s so easy a monkey can do it. Well, not literally—but you can make your pet the star if you’re camera shy.
Here are our inspiring tips and stories to get you started as an influencer:

What It Actually Takes to Become a Full-Time YouTuber: The “Yes Theory”
How to Make Money on YouTube (Without a Million Subscribers)
The Unfair Advantage of Making a Mega Influencer Your Co-Founder
11. Build apps and websites
If you’re tech savvy, acquire some coding skills and start building. Whether it’s mobile apps, Shopify apps, or websites, you can create digital products for purchase or as a service provider.

For example, you can create a custom Shopify theme template and sell it to merchants looking for an affordable DIY approach to designing their website. Or work with clients directly to build websites and apps tailored to their specific needs.

Why build apps and websites?
Technology isn’t going anywhere, and the demand for the technical skills necessary to build apps and websites will only continue to grow.
There’s an endless amount of platforms and systems out there. If you get bored of one, learn and transition to another.
For more information on building apps, check out these articles from Shopify Partners:

How to Build a Shopify App in One Week
4 Essential Tips for Building Your First Shopify Theme
12. Launch a podcast
If you like the sound of your own voice, consider recording it for a podcast. Podcasts are a great online business idea with multiple monetization options, similar to starting a blog.

Here’s what you need to start your podcast:

A high-quality microphone
Audio recording software
Call recording software
To promote your podcast, consider collaborating with prominent figures as guests on your show. Encourage listeners to leave reviews and share your podcast with their friends and family.

Why start a podcast?
Podcasts continue to grow in popularity. According to Podcast Insights, 51% of Americans have listened to a podcast.
A successful podcast can lead to endless possibilities: turn your episodes into a blog, solicit sponsors and advertisers, and make connections you never would have been able to before.
13. Sign up for affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you recommend a product or service by sharing it on a blog or social media, to your email list, on your website, or on other channels. You earn a commission each time someone converts through your unique referral link or code.

Find an affiliate program that suits your interests, personal brand, and target audience. Affiliate Future, ShareASale, and FlexOffers are a few examples. Amazon has its own affiliate program, and you can also check out the Shopify Affiliate Program.

Once you’ve signed up, start sharing. Create social media posts, blog articles, emails, and other content about how great the product or service you’re promoting is. Don’t oversaturate your audience with ads, otherwise you risk coming across as spammy or inauthentic.

Why do affiliate marketing?
It’s easy: You likely already promote the products and services you use. Now, you can get paid for it.
Affiliate marketing is a great source of passive income. With the Shopify Affiliate Program, affiliates earn an average of $58 for each user who signs up for a paid plan, and $2,000 for each Plus referral.
14. Curate subscription boxes
Subscription boxes are themed packages of various products. There are subscription boxes in pretty much every industry, from meal-prep kits and craft snacks to fitness products and makeup. You can curate subscription boxes around virtually any theme of your choice.

Bokksu, for example, curates Japanese snacks and sends them to customers each month.

Bokksu curated subscription box business idea

When you curate subscription boxes, you work with brands and artisans to purchase and resell their products in a bundled offering. Typically, consumers expect to be surprised by what’s in the box, though there are some (like meal prep kits) where the customer chooses what they receive.

Why curate subscription boxes?
It’s a viable seasonal business. Ironically, “subscription” boxes are purchased as gifts more often than for the buyer themselves. So if you’re only interested in running your online business for part of the year, this could be a model worth checking out.
It’s a growing industry. Subscription commerce sales grew from $57 million in 2011 to more than $2.6 billion in 2016.
You don’t need to create your own products. Instead, you can use proven, successful products and simply put them together in a nice package.
Interested in finding out how to start your subscription box business? Learn from these resources:

How to Launch a Subscription Box: Lessons from a Successful Korean Beauty Business
Designing a Subscription Box That’s Worth Unboxing Every Month
15. Develop a niche product
If you recognize an opportunity in a certain niche, you might be on to your next successful online business idea. Niche products cater to a unique audience. When done well, they serve a specific community.

Niches could be based on industry, demographic, price point, geography, values, product attributes, and more. Really, a niche could be anything specific enough to target a small group of potential customers. For example:

Conscious consumers: think vegan, sustainable, and eco-friendly products and brands.
Pet owners: you could even drill down by pet type.
Remote workers: these professionals have specific attributes different from the traditional office worker.
Why develop a niche product?
Niche products are unique and thus buzzworthy. Early success can be all you need to drive press coverage with zero budget.
Though niching down might be scary to some, choosing a specific target customer makes it easier to create marketing and messaging that resonates. Rather than trying to speak to a broad, diverse group, you’re talking to a group of individuals with lots of shared characteristics.
16. Create handmade goods
If you’re particularly crafty, you can try your hand at selling handmade products. Whether you make jewelry, picture frames, or furniture, one business idea is to monetize your craft skills and sell your creations online.

While you can use platforms like Craigslist or Etsy, your own online store will give you more control and make it easier to track and fulfill orders.

Why sell handmade goods?
Devote as much or as little time as you want. It’s your choice on how big you want to grow.
Create on your schedule. Make your handmade goods on a set schedule, when you have spare time, or whenever you want.
Turn your passion into income. Like many of the online business ideas on this list, an entrepreneurial endeavor backed by passion leads to a more fulfilling experience.
Ready to find new homes for your handcrafts? Get started here:

Growing a Handmade Brand: One Family’s Journey from Etsy to Shopify
The Business of DIY: 10 Things to Make and Sell Online
How do I start an online business?
Once you’ve decided on an online business idea, you’ll want to do your due diligence and, eventually, give it life. Here’s how to start a business, step-by-step:

Validate your idea with market research
Develop your product or service
Set up your business finances
Find vendors and suppliers
Build your website
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Shopify Academy Course: Sell Your Homemade Goods Online

Have a product you’re ready to sell? The Kular family shares their experience building a business around mom’s recipe book. From selling one-on-one to reaching the aisles of Whole Foods.

1. Validate your idea with market research
It might sound harsh, but it’s true: just because you think you have a great idea, that doesn’t mean there’s a market for it. Before investing your time and energy into starting your business, research how feasible it is and whether there’s any potential buyer interest. You can hire an agency to conduct market research for you, but if you’re on a shoestring budget, you can also take the DIY approach:

How to Evaluate Market Demand for Your Product Idea
How to Use Niche Marketing to Build Your Business From the Ground Up
2. Develop your product or service
You’ve validated your idea, now it’s time to turn it into a reality. Whether you’re selling a product or service, you need to create it. Find a manufacturer to bring your product to life, create packages of your service offerings, or write your book and identify a self-publishing option to bring it to fruition.

If you go the dropshipping route, the product has already been developed for you. It’s up to you to choose the products you’re passionate about or that you’ve identified a hot market for. To help you, we’ve put together a guide to finding the best products to dropship.

Exchange Marketplace
Exchange Marketplace: Buy a Business

Exchange is the marketplace to kickstart your entrepreneurial dreams and buy a business. Browse thousands of stores for sale.

3. Set up your business finances
“How do I open a business bank account?” is a common question for many new entrepreneurs. After you’ve officially registered your business with your local government, you should have the tax identification numbers and other information required to open a business bank account.

As you grow, you might need funding for future endeavors, be it a new product launch or marketing and advertising spend. Having business bank accounts makes it easier for you to manage that capital, as well as track your revenue and expenses.

Having a bank account is also helpful when it comes to tax preparation, since your business-related transactions will be in a single place. As your business finances get more complicated, hiring a professional accountant or tax professional could be a viable option.

Further reading:

8 Small Business Accounting Tools to Help You Manage Your Finances
Basics of Small Business Accounting: 10 Steps to Get Your Company on Track
Crowdfunding 101: Raise Capital, Validate Your Ideas, and Start a Business
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Small Business Finance
4. Find vendors and suppliers
Product-based online businesses, in particular, may require lots of business relationships. For example: a manufacturer, a dropshipper, or a third-party logistics coordinator. When identifying which partnerships you want to move forward with, it’s best to shop around and compare your options to make sure you’re getting the best solution for your needs.

Other online businesses may require different relationships or contractors. If you’re writing a book, for example, you may want to hire a professional editor and book designer.

5. Build your website
If you want to start a business online, you need to have a website. And to generate online sales, you’ll need to incorporate payment processing functionality. First, choose a domain name and verify that it’s available. You can purchase a domain name for less than $20 a year in some cases. From there, you can build your own store on a platform like Shopify and start accepting payments from customers right away.

Here are a few other resources to help you get started with your ecommerce site:

Ecommerce Business Blueprint: How to Build, Launch and Grow a Profitable Online Store
Building a Beautiful Online Store: 15 Design Experts Share Their Tips and Advice
It’s time to bring your online business idea to life
If you’ve been thinking about ways to start a business, it’s time to get out there and create an online money-making business in your spare time. You don’t have to go all in. Start small with a side hustle and scale from there. Or, keep things small. The beauty of starting your own online business is that it’s all up to you.

Have questions about setting up your first online business? Let us know in the comments below.

 

15 Unique Online Business Ideas That Can Make $ 5000 A Month

15 Unique Online Business Ideas That Can Make $ 5000 A Month

Let’s start with the definition of an online business itself.

Online business is the practice of engaging in some sort of profitable activities digitally.

Worldwide, online business is a mammoth industry in itself. As per an estimate, there’re more than 20 million online businesses across the globe.

Before I start discussing some unique online business ideas, let’s understand whether its worth to step into the online business world. I would also be discussing the advantages, the disadvantages & the pre-requisites of an online business.

Is it worth starting an online business?

Absolutely.

Read the success stories of these entrepreneurs who grabbed internet business opportunities & made millions in the process.

There’re various advantages of an online business like:

Easy to start
Scalable
Low cost of operation
Simple & convenient to operate
Productive
Lucrative
But all that glitters is not gold!.

Following are the disadvantages of an online business:

Not easy to get customers
Basic IT skills needed
Not so secured source of income
Online business is not a ‘get-rich-quick’ kind of scheme. Someone who says so is simply lying or selling her stuff. Be careful.

Therefore, before you decide to plunge into the online business world, I would like to list down some pre-requisites.

You’ll need to invest

Time
Effort
A few bucks as well
With these thoughts in mind, let’s dive in & discuss 15 unique online business ideas that’ve the potential to generate some serious kind of money.

15 UNIQUE ONLINE BUSINESS IDEAS FOR BEGINNERS IN 2019
1. Sell A Gig On Fiverr
Fiverr is a marketplace where you can sell small & repeatable (yet technical) services or gigs to a wide audience. Most gigs here are priced at $5.

Example: If you’re a writer then ask yourself “What can I do for $5?”. Your answer may be like a resume, cover letter, translation etc. These’re the gigs you’ll be selling on Fiverr marketplace.

unique online business ideas
Please note that it’s not necessary that you price your gigs at $5. You can obviously charge more depending upon the complexity of the task. The advantage of going with $5 gig is that you can expect volume sales which may not be possible with a higher price point of say $50.

Here’re the steps you need to take to get started on Fiverr:

Step 1: Go to fiverr.com & sign up by clicking on “Become a Seller” link (at top right corner)

Step 2: Create your gig & offer it to the world. Done!

You’ll start to earn the moment someone buys your gig.

On freelancer marketplaces like Fiverr, it’s important that you hang there with patience. No matter how good you’re at your skills, you probably won’t land a sale on the first day. Therefore, I suggest you to market your gigs as much as you can. Focus on getting your first sale.

As you complete your assignments & get positive reviews, your profile will become more discoverable & trustworthy. The more people trust you, the more money you’re going to make.

Think of it like buying products on Amazon. Do you get attracted to a product with no reviews or to the one that has a plenty of positive reviews?. Exactly.

2. Give Your Opinion & Earn Dollars
This is the most easiest & fastest way to make money online.

If you’re in a hurry to start an online business then you can’t go wrong with this. Give it a try.

As per this strategy, all you need to do is give your opinion on products that you use in your everyday life.

Big brands across the world know the importance of customer feedback. So, to collect those feedbacks they run surveys. You simply have to participate in these surveys & share your opinion about the products.

The best part is that this online business can be started from the comfort of your home. No investment. A laptop is all what you need.

Let me break the steps & show you how this online business works:

Step 1: Sign Up on Gold Opinion. They’re a marketplace that connect brands with people who’re ready to give their opinion.

Step 2: Browse across hundreds of live surveys being run by brands right now. Choose the survey of your choice & participate in the same.

Step 3: After completion of a survey, get paid instantly via wire transfers, check or PayPal.

Apart from cash, Gold Opinion also offers rewards in the form of gadgets, air tickets, debit cards, gift cards, online shopping coupons, event passes, etc.

Click here to know how much rewards you’ll earn on completion of a survey. They’ve a tiered reward structure. And, there’s no limit on how much money you can make.

You’ve the freedom to choose your mode or instrument of rewards.

There’s nothing to loose as Gold Opinion comes with a FREE 7-days trial. Give it try. You’ll love it.

The advantages of this online business are:

No experience needed
Anyone from any country can sign up with Gold Opinion
7 days FREE trial
Work from home or anywhere in the world
Multiple modes of rewards (including cash) supported
PayPal supported
3. Be A Virtual Assistant Without A Technical Skill
Virtual assistants are freelancers who remotely assist their clients with routine tasks like data entry, data processing, product ordering, social media posts, etc.

As per this strategy, you need to use an internet marketplace called Amazon mTurk Basically, it’s a web platform which enables people to earn from part-time online activities like information gathering, data processing, tagging photos etc.

Most of these tasks are mechanical in nature & don’t require any technical skill.

Follow these steps to get started:

Step 1: Sign up for Amazon mTurk with a worker account

Step 2: After signing in, click on ‘HITs’ where you can find a list of tasks assigned by ‘requesters’.

Step 3: Click on ‘Qualify’ against a particular task to apply. Done!

mTurk marketplace is backed by the mighty Amazon itself. So, rest assured that your payment is safe & will arrive on time.

Pro tip: You may hire a few college interns & outsource these tasks to them.

4. Sell Printables Without Printing, Selling & Distributing
Printables mean printed day-to-day consumables like t-shirts, cups, phone cases etc.

This unique business idea isn’t so hard to execute as it sounds. No, you don’t need to buy raw material, manufacture or print designs. How?

Enter SpreadShirt.

With this magical platform, all that you need to do is upload a design & the rest is taken care of by the platform itself. Yes, you heard it right. SpreadShirt will ensure that your design is printed on materials (like t-shirts), marketed & distributed to customers.

Example: After you upload your t-shirt design, SpreadShirt will make t-shirts (with your design), list them on their platform & handle the sales operations like delivering & customer support.

The platform claims to pay its sellers generously. If a t-shirt worth $20 is sold to a customer, you can expect a final payout of $12. That’s kind of cool!

Step 1: Go to Canva & create a printable design

Step 2: Sign up for a seller account on SpreadShirt by clicking on “Sell on marketplace” link

Step 3: Upload the Canva design to SpreadShirt platform. Done!

Make sure that your design stands out or else it won’t catch eyeballs of the visitors. Remember the fact that you’ll be competing with world-class designers. So, simply uploading a mediocre design & expecting sales to flow in won’t be fair.

SpreadShirt is a platform that rewards passionate designers who care about adding value to the community.

5. Become An eBook Author With Ease
I know.

The idea of becoming an author is overwhelming. You got to write/edit professionally & then comes the most hectic part – publishing.

But, in today’s digital world, anything is possible. Anyone including you can become an author. All you need is a subject (topic of your book) & knowledge about the same.

Yes, it’s possible. Let me show you how.

Step 1: Open MS Word or Google docs & start writing your heart out on a topic that you’re good at. Think — What’re your hobbies?. What makes you happy?. May be singing, fishing, running?. Don’t worry about the grammar or punctuation at this stage.
An average eBook’s length is about 10,000 to 20,000 words. So, plan accordingly. A simple 500 words per day is enough to complete your eBook in a month.

Step 2: Sign up on iamselfpublishing. They’ll help you to convert your draft into a full-fledged & ready-to-publish eBook. It’s here that your errors like grammar, structuring & flow will get corrected. Additionally, they’ll design & market your eBook.
The only downside is their high prices.

Step 3: Publish your eBook on Amazon Kindle. As you may know, Amazon Kindle is one of the World’s largest eBook marketplaces. All you’ve to do is to sign up & upload your eBook with images & description.

Done!.

The best thing about eBooks income is that they’re passive in nature. Do the hard work once & reap the benefits for years to come.

6. Become An Affiliate Marketer In 12 Minutes
Have you heard of the term ‘Affiliate Marketing’? It means earning commission by referring products to your audience. If your referral buys the product, you’ll receive a commission from the product owner or brand.

Example: An affiliate marketer enters into an agreement with a clothing brand to promote their products in return of commission. She promotes the products on her blog & YouTube channel. When her website visitors or YouTube viewers buy her recommended products, the clothing brand compensates her with commission.

The best thing about affiliate marketing is that — it doesn’t require any active work. Unlike brands, you don’t need to provide customer support & worry about other administrative parts.

Affiliate marketers can promote as many brands as they want. There’s no limit or cap. So, when it comes to earning potential, the sky is the limit for affiliate marketers.

In fact, many affiliate marketers earn six, seven & eight figures each year. Here’s a list of some of the most successful affiliate marketers & their yearly earnings from affiliate marketing.

Pat Flynn = $ 636,000 a year
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner = $ 600,000 a year
John Chow = $ 540,000 a year
Jeremy Schoemaker = $ 500,000 a year
Darren Rowse = $ 5,00,000 a year
Missy Ward = $ 500,000 a year
But, all that glitters isn’t gold. 90% of people who try affiliate marketing don’t succeed at all. Why?. Because they’re doing things the wrong way.

Affiliate marketing isn’t about referring random products to random people. It doesn’t work that way.

Successful affiliate marketers have toiled hard for years & years to build a loyal base of targeted audience. They’ve a proven system that converts cold audience into their raving fans. These raving fans will buy whatever those marketers promote. Yes, that’s their secret. No rocket-science.

Does it mean you too have to wait for years to build & convert your audience?

NO.

I’ve a better way.

Following’re the steps you need to take to start earning affiliate commissions in no time:

Step 1: Choose a niche. What’re you passionate about?. Health, fitness, singing, music, food, fishing, traveling?. That’s going to be your niche market.

Step 2: What’s the biggest problem of your niche market?. Just think about one big problem & note it down. If your niche market is fitness then may be losing weight is the biggest pain of your audiences. Makes sense?

Step 3: Create a simple website with a simple landing page. The landing page should educate your audience & provide tips to solve the problem identified at step #2. Don’t reveal everything. Keep the audience asking for more. To know more, your audience should opt-in by providing their email addresses.

Step 4: Run a facebook ad campaign to drive traffic to your website/landing page.

Step 5: Send automated & scheduled emails to your opted-in audiences where you’ll reveal your complete system to solve their problem. It’s here that your audiences will turn into your fans. There’re many email marketing softwares like MailChimp, Aweber, Get Response that can help you send these emails.
In affiliate world, these emails are also known as ‘Drip Campaigns’.

Step 6: Look for products that can solve your audiences’ problems. For that, you can check affiliate marketplaces like Commission Junction, ShareASale, Rakuten Marketing, etc. Be careful, don’t over-promote. Focus on providing value & building a relationship with your audience. And, sales would naturally come.

Step 7 Plug the products discovered at step #5 into the automated & scheduled emails.

Step 8: You’ll earn commissions if your audiences click on your email links & buy your recommended products.

As you can see, it’s all about the system.

Cold audience > Your website > Email optin > Automated & scheduled emails > Sales > Commissions

I learnt this affiliate marketing strategy from Devon Brown (a successful internet entrepreneur doing affiliate marketing since 2001) through his program ‘The 12 Minute Affiliate System‘.

If you’re serious about making money from Affiliate Marketing, I recommend you to take Devon’s program. You’ll learn the basics, in & outs, & a proven formula (with actual scripts used by Devon) to convert website visitors into fans & buyers.

7. Make & Sell Infographics
An infographic is a graphical representation of useful information. It’s easy-to-digest & visually appealing. Hence, loved by audiences.

Infographics can generate a lot of money if you make & market it in a correct way. Don’t believe me? Check out this post.

Follow these steps to start making money from Infographics:

Step 1: Make a bunch of useful infographics using Venngage

Step 2: Sign up & submit the infographics at ShutterStock. Done!

ShutterStock is one of the world’s largest photography marketplaces. They’ve got tiered royalty rates’ structure for contributors. Do check out their website for more details.

Infographics are used by teachers, bloggers & corporate trainers to train their students or clients. Unlike text or powerpoint presentations, infographics are more memorable & present important facts in just one shot.

8. Become A YouTuber Without Creating Videos
We all know the power of YouTube. It’s the most popular video platform right now. Whether it’s song, comedy or viral videos, YouTube is our preferred choice.

You may also have heard about YouTubers killing it with six & seven figure income. They flaunt their fancy yachts, cars & mansions.

I’m sure you too want that kind of lifestyle. And, that’s the part of the reasons why you wanna start an online business. 😉

But, you can say “OK. But I’m good at nothing, how do I create killer YouTube videos ?”.

Great question. What if say that you don’t need to create a single video to make money on YouTube?

Yes, you heard it right. Let me show you the steps:

Step 1: Create a YouTube channel & a Google adsense account. The adsense account will be used to monetize your videos with ads.

Step 2: Search for the topic of your interest & then filter the results by clicking on “Creative Commons”. Videos marked as “Creative Commons” are copyright-free & can be reused by others.
WARNING: Don’t skip this step or else your channel can be banned for violating copyright of other creators.

Step 3: Download a few videos of your interest. You can use a software like YTD Video Downloader.

Step 4: Juggle up, mix up the downloaded videos to make a new video with a new topic. You can use a simple video editor like Final Cut Pro X for editing.
Example: If you download 10 different goals’ videos scored by 10 great players. You can create a new video with the title as “Top 10 Goals of This Century”.
You can also spot a great video & make it more funny or interesting. The opportunities are limitless. Makes sense?

That’s it.

Make sure that you regularly upload great videos. That way you’ll earn a loyal base of subscribers. And, needless to say, more subscribers means more views which in turn means more ad revenue.

I learnt this strategy from Mike Williams through his program called YouTube Secrets. If you’re serious about making money from YouTube then I recommend you to join his program.

Mike makes thousands of dollars each month from YouTube without filming a single video. In his program (YouTube Secrets), he shares the exact end-to-end process he follows to create successful YouTube channels.

In YouTube Secrets, you’ll learn the following:

How to create viral videos on YouTube without filming & marketing
The correct way to use YouTube editing suite
How to access royalty-free music
How to write YouTube titles & video descriptions to maximum clicks & views
The art of getting millions of subscribers
How to create killer thumbnails
The most common errors made by most YouTubers
How to make your videos appear on the first pages of YouTube search results
Click here to know more about Mike’s signature program – YouTube Secrets.

9. Sell Professional Photos Without Being A Pro
In the past decade, with digitization, the demand for professional photos has sky-rocketed. They’re used by professional web designers, filmmakers, digital marketers & many more. So, why not make money by selling these professional photos?

You don’t need to have a professional photography equipment or be a pro to do this.

Let me show you how.

Step 1: Google for some basic photography tips

Step 2: Take some beautiful photos with your phone camera

Step 3: Go to Polarr & edit the photos to give them a professional touch

Step 4: Upload the professional photos on Alamy & start earning royalty

Alamy, like ShutterStock, is a photography marketplace. They pay a whopping 50% royalty to their contributors!

10. Give Consultation & Training On Skype
Everybody possesses one or the other skill that can be taught. What’s yours?

Then, why not train others about the skill that you possess? No, you don’t need to conduct physical classes. Let me show you how it’s done.

Step 1: Download the Skype software & sign up. Skype is an easy & professional way to video call anyone in the world.

Step 2: Sign up for a PayPal account. PayPal is a digital wallet that makes receiving payment(from clients) hassle-free.

Step 3: List your training service on Craigslist. It’s is a classified advertisement platform comprising of various sections like jobs, services, gigs etc.

Step 4: Accept payment on PayPal & start training your clients on Skype. Done!

So, the process is simple. Market yourself on Craigslist, accept payment on PayPal & provide training on Skype.

Examples of some skills that are best suited for Skype training: Yoga, singing, dancing, music etc.

I predict that online training is going to be a huge industry in the coming 5 years. With better internet connectivity & a fast changing world, traditional schools will become extinct. More & more folks are gonna come online to learn new skills.

Therefore, don’t miss the boat. If you’re good at something, start teaching the same online right now. You can thank me after 5 years 🙂

11. Make & Sell E-Commerce Websites To Retail Stores
This is my absolute favorite online business strategy.

Why?

Because it’s easy to execute & has got huge market potential.

With the ever rising competition, retailers today are battling out for new customers, revenue & profit margin. The idea is simple. Give them what they want. Give them customers, order & sales. How? Build e-commerce websites & sell the same to retailers.

Before you panic let me assure you that building an e-commerce website is super easy when you have the right tool with you.

Enter Shopify.

You can easily build an online store using Shopify’s drag & drop builder within a matter of few minutes. Then, you’ll need to customize the store with the retailer’s products & related descriptions. The whole exercise may take from a few hours to a few days depending on the number of products.

Follow these steps to execute this strategy flawlessly:

Step 1: Go to retail stores in your locality & try to get some retailers on board. Explain them the long-term benefits of going online.

Step 2: Buy a domain name on NameCheap. Example:xyzretailstore.com

Step 3: Go to Shopify & sign up for a free 14 days trial.

Step 4: Buy a Shopify e-commerce theme from ThemeForest (This is optional. You can install a free theme that comes integrated with Shopify)

Step 5: Install the aforesaid theme into Shopify & customize the store by adding products, description, logo etc. Watch the following video for complete tutorial:

Step 6: Give a demo to the retailers (on the processing of orders) & finally raise an invoice. Done!

The hardest part of this business will be to convince the retailers. You probably won’t land a single client on day one. Don’t give up. It’s worth to persist.

Here’s why.

Imagine to land only 5 clients in your first month who pay $ 1000 ($200*5) as upfront fee. You’re also going to charge $ 50 per month as website maintenance cost (that equals to recurring income of $ 600 from one client per year). As your number of clients increases so will your recurring income.

If you’ve 50 active clients at the end of the first year, that means you’ve earned $ 10,000 as upfront fee. And, you’re gonna earn $ 2500 per month as recurring income from those clients. Crazy!

12. Buy Offline & Sell Online on eBay
This is an arbitrage strategy. All you need to do here is buy products from offline stores at low prices & sell the same on eBay with margin.

The offline retail stores like Walmart, Target, Best Buy & The Home Depot, etc. regularly offer heavy discounts on some of their selected products. The idea is to buy those discounted products in bulk & sell them on eBay at high prices.

I’ve practically seen this strategy work like wonder. One of my neighbours is a grocery dealer. I’ve seen him buying discounted cold drinks from a mart & sell those at his small retail shop for profit. I learnt the basics of this strategy from him & tweaked it to suit the online world.

Using this strategy, you can easily book a margin of at least 50% to 90%.

Here’s how you can use this strategy to start an online business:

Step 1: Visit your nearest marts, malls & large retail stores regularly. Buy the products that are on heavy discount.

Step 2: List the products bought on eBay with photos & description. Opt for immediate payment option.

Step 3: Start dispatching your orders as & when sales orders start rolling.

eBay is the world’s #1 consumer-to-consumer marketplace. That means anyone can sell her product to anyone else. You don’t need to be a business to sell on eBay.

Selling on eBay is easy because the platform is already popular & you don’t need to build your own audience base. All you need to succeed on eBay is a great product with an awesome price.

13. Earn By Writing
Have you ever thought that writing can help you make money? Well, think again. It’s possible.

There are numerous platforms like Contena, Blasting News, Listverse etc, that pay writers generously for submitting good quality content.

These platforms pay anything between 100$ to 200$ per article. So, to make $5000 a month, you simply need to write & upload 25 to 20 articles a month. Good deal!

But, please note that these platforms have strict quality control so make sure that you brush up your writing skills before applying.

Step 1: Sign up at the aforesaid writing platforms

Step 2: Apply for open jobs/tasks/projects on the platform

Step 3: Write & Earn. Done!

I’ve been writing blogs since past 2 years. So far, its been a great learning experience. What I’ve learnt is that — to improve your writing, all you’ve to do is write a lot. It’s all about training & practice.

How do you learn driving a car? Simply by driving & learning in the process. The same applies to writing.

The more you write, the better you’ll get at it.

14. Test Apps & Make Money Online
We’re living in an era of apps. There’re apps everywhere. On phones, TVs, watches, cars & what not. These apps entertain us, make our lives simple & improve work productivity. There’s an app for anything you want. Think of a problem & there’s an app to solve it.

Countless numbers of apps are being made everyday. Before going live, developers of these apps want a group of users (called beta testers) to test their apps.

And, here comes the best part:

The app developers reward people testing their apps. Imagine earning money simply by testing apps. WoW!. That’s what this online business idea is all about.

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You can get started with this online business by following these steps:

Step 1: Sign up with App Coiner. It’s a marketplace that connects app developers or owners with app testers.

Step 2: Install the apps of your choice on your phone & test them out.

Step 3: Write an HONEST opinion about the tested app by logging into App Coiner app.

Step 4: Get paid as & when users install the tested apps after reading your opinion.

The more number of apps you test, you more money you would make.

Click here to know more about how App Coiner works.

No experience or skill is required to get started with App Coiner. Anyone from any part of this world can start making money using this idea.

15. Make (Without Coding) & Sell Games
Gaming is perhaps one of the fastest growing industries in the world. But, how to make a business out of it? Oh yes, you aren’t a game developer & know nothing about coding.

Well, that’s where platforms like GameMaker step in. Using GameMaker, you can build any kind of game simply by dragging & dropping elements.

Follow these steps to build & monetize games:

Step 1: Sign up on GameMaker & build a game application

Step 2: Export the game in your preferred format (Windows, Android etc.)

Step 3: Sign up on the platform where you wanna sell the game (Windows Store, Google Play Store etc.) & publish the game there. Done!

In gaming, what really matters is the concept & idea behind the game. With the kind of technology we’ve right now, developing a game isn’t that hard.

On the flip side, if your concept isn’t convincing, even the world’s best game developer can’t help.

So, go to your phone’s app store right now & start exploring some of the popular games. Think why’re those games popular?. Is there a gap in the market?.

The answers to the aforesaid questions will help your chart a vision, strategy & idea for your own gaming app.

Conclusion
I’ve covered 15 unique online business ideas in this post.

Most of these ideas are :

Suited for beginners
Without substantial investment
Home-based
Also, each of these ideas has the potential to generate more than $ 5000 a month. In fact, once you establish an authority in any of these fields, the sky will be the only limit.

A word of caution here: In money world, Ideas are often over-rated. What really matters is the execution of these ideas. As said earlier, you’ll need to invest time, some money & effort in executing these ideas.

The better the execution, the more are the chances of success.

Once you taste the initial success, make sure that you scale your business further with strategic planning & the right tools.

What do you think of the aforesaid unique online business ideas? Which one is your favorite? Please comment below.

 

15 Great Small Business Ideas to Start in 2020

15 Great Small Business Ideas to Start in 2020

You know you want to start a business, but you’re having a tough time articulating your idea. If you want to become an entrepreneur, it’s important to start with a great business idea. All you need is a bit of inspiration. It all starts with an idea that has room to grow over time. This list includes 15 great business ideas that can help you find success in 2020 and beyond.

How can I start my own business with no money?
You don’t need money to become a small business owner. The first step in starting a business with no money is to keep your current job and launch your small business as, for now, a side pursuit. Then, develop your business plan and analyze your consumer base, market, and potential challenges. Near the final stages of this planning, you’ll better understand how much money you need to start your business. You can find this money through crowdfunding platforms and investors. Consider taking out loans only as a last resort.

How do I start a small business from home?
Home-based businesses tend to be the most convenient and manageable small business ideas. That said, not all great business ideas are suited for home offices, so make sure your business can be conducted from home – jobs with onsite needs and heavy in-person demands might not be suitable. In your business plan and budget, be sure to incorporate any office supplies and tools that make your online business ideas feasible, such as a separate business computer, a proper desk, high-speed internet, filing cabinets and a website for your business.

If you’re ready to run your own business, consider any of these 15 great business ideas.

Transcription service

If you have a good ear and can type quickly, a transcription service is a great business idea that allows you to work from home with a flexible schedule. Medical transcription services are especially needed as voice recognition technology proliferates for healthcare provider dictation. If you’re not looking to start all at once, or if you have a day job you would like to keep for the time being, you can accept as few or many transcription jobs as you’d like. To boost your business prospects and justify charging more, consider becoming a certified transcriptionist and delving into a few specialties.

Medical transcriptionists typically charge 6 to 14 cents per line of transcription, which can quickly add up. The typical turnaround time for transcription work is 24 hours, so it’s important to stay on top of the jobs you accept. However, the flexibility to accept only a few requests to get started means you can scale up as you are ready, making transcription an easy service to start up slowly. Best of all, there is very little overhead. You simply need a computer, the appropriate software and a secure messaging service.

Professional organizer

Looking for a business idea that can really “spark joy”? Professional organizers, like Marie Kondo, help people declutter and minimize for a living. In an age of materialism, many people are desperate to downsize and take control over their possessions, rather than letting their things possess them. Minimalism is becoming extremely popular, but people often find it hard to part with things they’ve owned for a long time. Part of being a professional organizer is helping clients develop a system for downsizing and keeping things that way.

If you’re a highly organized person who enjoys making spaces functional and comfortable, you might be good at coaching others to do the same. People will pay you to help them devise a method of minimizing their possessions and then maintaining an organized space. To promote your business, ask if your clients will let you take before and after photos of the areas of their homes you’ve organized, and use those to create a portfolio that you can put on social media to attract more clients.

Cleaning service

If you like to clean, you can easily turn it into a business. With a few staff members, a host of cleaning supplies and transportation, you can offer cleaning services to homeowners, apartment complexes and commercial properties. Most cleaning services charge up to $30 or $40 per hour. Cleaning services are straightforward businesses that require relatively little overhead; you simply need planning, dedication and marketing to get your business noticed.

If you’re looking to differentiate yourself from other cleaning services, consider adding premium options like floor waxing or exterior power washing for an additional fee. These services could be the deciding factor between your new cleaning service and seasoned companies that maintain too large a client list to provide that level of cleaning.

Freelance copywriter

If you’re a natural wordsmith with a bit of marketing knowledge, you can establish yourself as a freelance copywriter. Whether you write blogs, web content or press releases, plenty of companies will pay for your services. You can increase your value by bringing to the table to help your clients craft a strategy to attack specific keywords that their target audience is already using in their online searches. Most freelance copywriters charge $40 to $50 per hour, but those with expertise in a given vertical could charge even more.

Freelance copywriting is a great business to run, because as long as you have an internet connection, you can work. It’s a business that you can operate from the comfort of your own home, or even from the road if you travel. If you establish a large enough network and gain referrals from satisfied clients, you could even make freelance writing your full-time job.

Home care service

A background in care and hospitality can go a long way to support housebound seniors who require in-home care. It’s also a service for which demand is only going to grow. According to the National Institute on Aging, between 2010 and 2050, the 85-and-over population is projected to increase 351% globally, and the global number of centenarians (those over age 100) is projected to increase tenfold. Many will need care and assistance, oftentimes in their own homes.

Luckily, you don’t need a background in healthcare to help seniors and grow a successful business at the same time, although those skills are certain to be in demand as well. Many seniors need help with everything from errands to repairs around the house. With some experience, you could consider growing your business to help seniors transition from their homes to assisted living facilities, offering services such as packing, transporting, setting up, or storing their furniture and possessions.

Translation service

According to research from IBISWorld, the translation services industry is growing more than 5% annually. That growth is showing no signs of slowing as the internet opens up entrepreneurs in other countries to English-speaking markets and vice versa.

This trend has created an opening for multilingual speakers to offer specific services, such as document translation and the translation of website information into languages for use in other markets. If you know multiple languages, carving out a niche in the translation services industry could be a successful endeavor.

Digital marketing

The importance of the internet grows with every passing day, making it harder all the time for businesses to cut through the clutter and properly market themselves. Digital marketing services are always in demand, and many small and midsize companies would rather outsource it than establish a costly in-house team. If you’ve got chops in SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click, web development or social media management, you could have a business opportunity that allows you the freedom to work from home.

Digital marketing is an important part of a brand, so it’s critical that you respond to developments in your clients’ marketing strategies. Social media management entails watching for comments and messages around the clock, not just scheduling posts in a “set-it-and-forget-it” mindset. If you enjoy strategizing and implementing plans meticulously, digital marketing could be the right business for you.

Food truck

If you love food and traveling, a food truck business might be right for you. Food trucks come in all shapes and sizes, serving up a wide range of snacks and cuisines to hungry event attendees or festivalgoers. Take your favorite style of food on the road, travel to events you’d already like to attend, and sell your culinary passions directly to hungry customers. Sure, you’ll be working, but you’ll be in a space you’re passionate about, with a chance to connect to people who have similar interests.

Food trucks might sound like a wild idea, but the industry is growing. The overhead and upkeep for a truck costs significantly less than owning a restaurant, and you have the added benefit of mobility. If you’re interested in serving up smiles, check out our guide to getting your food truck business rolling full speed ahead.

Lawn care service

If you grew up with a lawn, chances are your parents made you take care of it. For many of us, lawn care is bothersome, but for some, it offers a sense of peace and serenity. Working outdoors with your hands to tame and beautify the natural landscape can be a rewarding experience, and since so many people find the work tedious, it can also be profitable.

Lawn care services require little more than some basic equipment, a trailer and perhaps some staff, depending on how many clients you have and how big the jobs are. You can quickly grow a small lawn care service into a full landscaping company by offering premium services and establishing a reputation as a brand that does a thorough job with a smile. If you like working outdoors and creating elegant landscapes, this could be the business for you.

Rideshare driver

If starting your own business seems daunting or too much of a risk, you can always use your car to become a rideshare driver. The overhead and responsibility of running the company falls on the rideshare service, giving you the freedom to work as much or as little as you need. Rideshare applications such as Uber and Lyft have enabled people to start side hustles that pay well and require little more than a willingness to drive people to their destinations and make occasional friendly conversation.

Rideshare drivers have the independence of a small business owner without the heavy workload required to manage the logistics behind the scenes. If any of the other nine ideas seem like they require too much effort or upfront capital, ridesharing might be a great way for you to dip your toes into the world of entrepreneurship.

Real estate agent

For many people, navigating the housing market is overwhelming. As a real estate agent, you can help people find the home of their dreams at a price that fits their budget. In many states, you simply need to complete a few months of classes and pass an exam to qualify as a real estate agent. Even with a certification, you’ll get nowhere without basic people skills, so if you’re not a people person, this might not be the route for you. [Read related article: How to Become a Real Estate Agent]

Graphic designer

Corporations, small businesses and sole proprietors all need eye-catching promotional materials, but not nearly everybody has an eye for what looks good. If you’ve got an artistic streak and know how to organize content into a visually pleasing format, you can start a graphic design business to provide flyers, digital ads, posters and other engaging visual materials. Graphic design also has the benefit of requiring few physical tools beyond a laptop and a desk.

T-shirt printing business

Just like with graphic design, you might enjoy launching a T-shirt printing business if you’ve got a sharp artistic sense – or maybe you just enjoy taking someone else’s visuals and screen-printing them onto a blank shirt. Either way, if you have space for a T-shirt printing setup, you can easily get the necessary tools and start your small business.

Dropshipping

Not all companies that sell goods store them onsite. In dropshipping, people who run e-commerce sites go to a third party to fulfill all orders. The third party is likely a wholesale retailer or other entity that runs a warehouse and shipping operation. The minimal inventory and tools needed for dropshipping make it an especially great small business idea if you’re worried about overhead and physical space.

Pet sitting

About two-thirds of U.S. families have a pet. When these families go away for extended periods and need someone to watch their pets for them, your pet-sitting small business can give them peace of mind. As a pet sitter, you’ll watch over your clients’ dogs, cats or other pets at their house, making sure to feed them, give them water, play with them, spend time with them, and (with dogs) walk them as needed. You’ll also need to regularly update your clients on how their pets are doing.

If you have other sources of income that require merely an internet connection and a laptop, pet sitting may be an especially apt small business idea. Almost all pet owners will be glad to let you do work on your laptop while you spend time at their home with their pets, meaning that you can run two income streams simultaneously.

What are the most successful small businesses?
Small businesses that involve website design, a subset of digital marketing, tend to be among those that make the most sales and bring in the most profit. People now learn about businesses on the internet more often than via other avenues, so finding clients and a steady income stream isn’t usually difficult. Cleaning services and real estate businesses also have high success rates, which makes sense – all people need homes, and they prefer them clean.

What would be a good small business to start?
If you’re concerned about maximizing your profit while minimizing your workload, a good small business to start might be any of the ones that most frequently prove successful. However, if you’re more interested in incorporating your passions into your work while earning enough money to live, a good small business to start is any that fulfills you, requires you to use your skills and offers you a good work-life balance. There are so many great business ideas that this question has no objectively correct answer – you know better than anyone what small business ideas will bring you happiness, success and stability.

 

20 profit-making small businesses you can start with as low as Rs 20,000

20 profit-making small businesses you can start with as low as Rs 20,000

Starting a business, they say, is not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. But aspiring founders often find themselves struggling – with investments and ideas – before they join the hustle. You may have a bunch of ideas in your mind, but there are times when those ideas lack proper direction and you decide to switch plans. This is the period where most aspiring founders struggle to find a balance. Starting a business needs utmost determination and confidence, but you have to be very clear about your business idea before you step into the entrepreneurial arena. To make the hustle easier, SMBStory has drawn up a list of 20 profitable manufacturing business ideas that you can start with low investment. Handmade candles

Candles are always in demand, which is what makes this an extremely popular business option. The traditional demand for candles comes from religious and decoration purposes. During festivals, the demand is extremely high. Otherwise too, these days the demand for scented and therapeutic candles is also on the rise with many restaurants, households, and hotels using them to create an ambience. The candle-making business can be initiated from home with low investment of approximately Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000. The raw materials used to start the business include wax, wick, moulds, thread, aroma oils, and more. Apart from the major raw materials, you also need to have some candle-making equipment. This includes a melting pot, thermometer, pour pot, weighing scale, hammer, and an oven (to melt wax). Pickles

Pickles are a traditional food item in India and are extremely popular. You will find at least one variant of pickle in every Indian household. Thus, if you want to start small, a pickle business is a safe and easy option. Apart from the Indian market, Indian pickles are greatly in demand abroad. You can start this business at your home with a small capital of approximately Rs 20,000-Rs 25,000.

 

50 Business Ideas for College Students

50 Business Ideas for College Students

College can be a great time to explore entrepreneurship. And there are plenty of different business opportunities that college students can start without a lot of upfront expense or time commitment. Below you’ll find fifty business ideas for college students.

Business Ideas for College Students
Blogger
Blogging can offer great opportunities for college students. You can choose a topic or niche that interests you and work to build up an audience on your own schedule.

Virtual Assistant
You can also work from your home or dorm room as a virtual assistant, offering services like email communications and social media management.

Tutor
If you have expertise in a specific academic topic, you could offer your services to other college students as a tutor to help them get through specific courses.

YouTube Personality
YouTube is a great platform for building a business. You can earn money through ad revenue or work with brands as an influencer to make money on YouTube.

Social Media Manager
For those who have a fair amount of social media knowledge, you can start your own social media business and offer your services to those that need help managing their social media accounts.

Social Media Influencer
You could also build up your own social media accounts and then work with brands as an influencer.

Social Media Consultant
Or if you’d rather simply offer your expertise to brands so that they can work on their own social media accounts, you can offer your services as a consultant.

Podcaster
Podcasting is another potential business opportunity that you can work on from your home or dorm room and set your own schedule.

Child Caretaker
If you’re looking for low-tech business ideas, you could offer child care services to parents in your community.

Housesitter
Or you could serve as a housesitter for people traveling out of town.

Dog Walker
One of the most fun business ideas for college students if you like spending time with dogs is starting a business as a dog walker. Appeal to local pet owners for new clients.

Pet Groomer
You could also start a pet grooming service where you offer to wash and groom animals for a set fee.

Inventor
There are also plenty of opportunities for college students to invent brand new products and then license or produce those items to sell.

Graphic Designer
If you have some design skills, you could start a business as a graphic designer, working on logos, branding elements or other designs for clients.

Web Designer
Web savvy designers could also set up a business designing websites for businesses or individual clients.

App Developer
Or if you’re really skilled with mobile technology, one of the great business ideas for college students is starting a business developing mobile apps for clients or even making your own and then selling them in app stores.
Clothing Designer
Fashion savvy college students, you could start your very own clothing line out of your home or dorm and then sell your designs online or in local boutiques.

T-shirt Designer
Or you could use online marketplaces to offer t-shirts with your own custom designs for sale.

Jewelry Maker
If you want to make some other unique wearable creations, you can make your own jewelry and begin selling jewelry on Etsy or at local events.

Flea Market Vendor
You could also sell a variety of different products at flea markets in your area on the weekends.

Farmers’ Market Vendor
Or if you grow or can any of your own food products, another one of the neat business ideas for college students is selling items at farmers’ markets on the weekends.

Soap Maker
Soap is another product that you can easily make in your own home or dorm and then sell online or at craft fairs or events.

Candle Maker
Or you could make your own scented candles and sell them in one or more of those avenues.

Vintage Clothing Seller
If you have an extensive vintage collection, you could set up your own online shop where you can sell vintage clothes. Then you can scour resale shops and flea markets for even more vintage finds to sell.

Ebook Author
If you have enough vision or expertise to write a book, you could self-publish your own ebook and sell it on platforms like Amazon.

Ecommerce Reseller
You can also pretty easily set up your own ecommerce business on sites like Amazon or eBay and then sell a variety of different types of products.

Event Photographer
Photographers, use your weekends off from school to start an event photography business where you could photograph weddings, conferences or other events.

Portrait Photographer
Or you could offer portrait photography services and sell various packages for family photos, senior portraits and more.

Recycling Service Provider
If you want to start an eco-friendly business, you can offer to pick up select items from people and take those items to local recycling facilities.

Book Seller
College students often have a lot of books lying around. You could start a business by selling some of those books online and maybe even open up your own shop.

Transportation Service Provider
You could also start a transportation service where you offer rides to other college students who don’t have reliable transportation.

Errand Service Provider
Or you could offer to handle various errands for busy college students or others in your community.

Student Magazine Publisher
You could also start your own magazine about student life or a variety of other topics and then sell copies or ad space.

Baker
If you enjoy preparing food, you could use one of these baking business ideas and start baking for special events. Or you could even sell specific products to nearby stores or bake shops.

Tech Support Provider
For tech savvy college students, you could start a service where people with tech questions can contact you for assistance in exchange for a small fee.

Computer Setup Povider
Or you could offer to set up people’s computers or other devices if they need some help getting started.

Tour Guide
If your college campus is in an area that’s popular with tourists, you could offer your services as a tour guide and shop people around the community.

Laundry Service Provider
Some college students might not have enough time or patience to do their own laundry regularly. One of the creative business ideas for college students is starting a laundry service where you charge a small fee to take care of that chore for your fellow students.

Musician
Musically inclined college students, you can start your own band or musical act and play at local events or venues.

Student Website Operator
You could also start your own website for your fellow students and charge a membership fee or even work with local businesses for advertising opportunities.

Social Networking Founder
Or if you have an idea for a new social networking site, a college campus could be the perfect place to get started and test out your idea.

Freelance Writer
For writers who don’t necessarily want to make a business out of their own blogs, you could offer services as a freelance writer for other publications.

Resume Service Provider
Or you could offer services to your fellow college students who are entering the job market by writing or critiquing their resumes.

Illustrator
Artistically inclined college students, you can offer your services as a custom illustrator for businesses, authors or other organizations that need specific items drawn out.

Artist
Or you could create your very own drawings, paintings or other works of art and sell them online or in local galleries.

Delivery Service Provider
If you have reliable transportation, you could also start a delivery service for food or other items.

Proofreader
You could also start a business as a proofreader where you look over papers or other assignments that your fellow college students want edited.

Welcome Kit Provider
If you’ve been in college for a few years, you know some of the essential items that newcomers should have. So you could put together and sell welcome kits for new students and their families.

Personal Trainer
For those who are more physically focused, you could choose from one of these fitness business ideas and offer personal training services to help your fellow college students avoid the dreaded “freshman 15.”

Sports Coach
Another one of the business ideas for college students into sports is providing coaching services aimed at people competing in specific sports.

 
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