Many people are intrigued by the idea of earning a living without being tied down to one spot. Whether it’s a desire to travel the world or business that keeps you on the go, online businesses can be the difference between being tied to a cubicle and working wherever you want.
With just a laptop and Internet connection, you can get an online business up and running. Plus, online businesses allow you to set your own schedule, work where you want, and deliver a great product or service without paying a boatload to keep your business in operation.
Maybe the best thing about an online business is the number of different options that are available. Due to the ability to electronically share documents and ship products worldwide, artists, writers, craftspeople, and more can operate their businesses online.
Think about websites like Udemy, which gives teachers a platform to teach online courses. A business like this allows people to share their expertise with students while making a living—all without the need for a physical location, or even a set schedule. Or maybe you prefer to approach things a little more creatively. If you’re crafty, you might consider a custom phone case business, which helps you lets customers add personal flair to their phones.
Whatever your reason for wanting to operate a business online, we’ve got a great list of ideas for you to choose from.
Affiliate marketing is the art of turning fame into a business. People who have managed to attract an audience are paid to endorse related products or services on their public platform. For example, if a popular nutritionist blogger endorses a new line of supplements.
Affiliate marketing is excellent for a passionate person who enjoys being in the public spotlight. They should be good at promoting brands without coming across as a salesperson. They’ll need to be good at handling questions and potential criticisms from both their fans and the media.
Has every app conceivable already been invented? Not at all. There are literally millions of apps that have yet to be created. Some have an obvious demand while some apps introduce new emerging ideas. Going into this business is very rewarding because it is getting easier to create software applications. Additionally, new users tend to multiply, which continues to create more demand for apps.
Anyone who loves computer programming or general problem-solving would be great for this business. It helps if you have experience working on software development teams that produce popular applications before you try to go off on your own to start an application development company.
Software programmers often work very long hours without immediate reward, because solving the programming problem is the driver that pushes them forward. In this type of work, it is rare to have regular working hours, so you should be prepared to adopt a schedule that can adjust according to changing workloads.
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App development is a business that doesn’t require much physical interaction with clients. Developing your apps can be done wherever you have access to a computer, and meeting with clients will be an infrequent occurrence, usually happening a few times during the process. When you take on more complex projects, you’ll likely need to build a team. Coordinating with your team exclusively online might prove to be challenging, but it can be done.
Several years ago, self-publishing revolutionized the traditional and ebook industries. Now, new audiobooks publishers are taking over the audiobook industry -- which is the fastest growing format in publishing.
Audiobooks are no longer published only by major publishing houses, but they’re also being put out by smaller audiobooks businesses. Audiobooks businesses may publish their own works, works of other publishers or works in the public domain in audio format.
Anyone who loves books may enjoy running an audiobooks business. The work makes books more accessible by putting them into a format that allows them to be enjoyed whenever the listener desires, even when driving or performing other tasks.
Lots of people read online content about topics they’re interested in on a daily basis. Blogging businesses create blog content around specific topics that inform, educate and entertain people interested in the topics the blogs cover.
Successfully starting a blogging business requires a lot of passion for a particular subject and a desire to share that passion with others. The passion is often more important than what the subject itself is, as there are blogs on all kinds of topics -- and readers interested in all kinds of subjects. Creating content for a blogging business requires a significant amount of time, but the tasks can easily be arranged around a full-time job or other obligations.
Businesses looking for money need to present their research-based strategies to investors and lenders in clear and concise writing. Such information is detailed in business plans, which business owners can write themselves or have written by specialists. Business plan writing businesses specialize in this particular type of writing.
Writers who can compose effective business plans will always be in high demand. A business’ chances of successfully growing or securing funding almost double if there’s a business plan drawn up as opposed to when there is no plan in writing.
Anyone who enjoys writing and is an entrepreneur at heart may enjoy running a business plan writing business. Much of the work involves writing, and having a love for business will help writers stay motivated while working on plans. Writers should also be detail oriented, as much of the writing process includes in-depth research.
Call centers are often outsourced by smaller businesses to meet their customer service needs without setting up a new department. Agents must be highly adaptable because call centers may handle multiple companies simultaneously. Call centers can either charge per call or per hour, which ‘bakes in’ the price of all overhead (wages, rents, equipment, etc.)
Those hoping to own and maintain a call center will need to understand the subtle art of customer service, upselling, and straight sales. As more of our communication becomes automated, it’s the human touch that will stand out. However, because call centers are easily outsourced to other countries with much lower wages, there will be a need to balance the rates of each call. Owners must be business savvy and no stranger to networking.
As the owner of a cartoon service, you can take your talent for drawing and perhaps writing cartoons in a number of directions. You could create art for greeting cards, books and magazines, digital clients, animation studios, ads, comic books, merchandise, cartoon syndicates and almost endless other sales channels both online and off.
First and foremost, you must have a talent for cartooning. For many kinds of assignments, the ability to write—especially in a humorous vein—is also necessary. Beyond that, your marketing skills and self-promotional instincts will help you commercialize your talent in a number of ways.
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Cartooning is a wonderful art that provides a canvas to combine your drawing abilities with your humor. Since this business is primarily about drawing and writing, most of the activities can be carried out wherever you have access to a computer.
While a content marketing agency focuses on creating content, the nature and purpose of that content may change from client to client. Some clients primarily want to increase their customers via traditional advertising, whereas others want content that integrates with their sales funnel and improves the process of gathering leads. Still other clients may want help developing their unique brand and creating a social media presence in which their target demographic may engage with that brand.
Content marketing is, put simply, an intersection of creativity, sales, and media management. Thus, this job is ideal for someone who is already experienced in one or more of those areas. For instance, someone with a background in writing will have an easier time creating certain kinds of content, whereas those with a background in advertising will approach content from a different angle. Sales veterans will understand how all of this impacts a company's bottom line, whereas savvy social media users will understand the need to use non-traditional channels to build, maintain, and propel a company's brand.
These businesses are usually companies that are hired by other companies for marketing projects. They craft content such as blogs, social media posts, industry reports, and more. Copywriting companies work on a freelance basis because there aren’t many companies that hire writers exclusively. Because of this, you should aim to work with multiple clients to keep work steady.
This business is only suitable for individuals who have a passion for writing or managing writers. It helps to have excellent command of the English language, but you don’t need to be an English major. You will work long hours and work tends to be unpredictable. Some clients will demand nights and weekend work for projects.
If you've ever traveled outside the country, you know exchange rates can kill you, but only if the foreign currency is worth more than your home country's currency. For example, if $1 will only buy £0.70, then you're effectively "trading down," assuming costs for goods and services are relatively equal in both countries.
But, you can take advantage of these same exchange rates, and make a profit, if you own a currency trading business. Foreign exchange trading involves buying and selling foreign currency to make money off an international foreign exchange market. Since the value of the world's currencies are constantly changing, the purpose of the business is to time the buying and selling of currencies, trading one against another, so that the company profits from currency swings with minimal losses (called "drawdown").
This business is ideal for individuals who love high-risk businesses. You must be willing to work long hours, be good with numbers, and be willing to learn about and understand various trading algorithms. You should also be passionate about world economies.
These businesses are necessary because most businesses have a need for data entry, information tracking, organization, and analysis. Popular websites offer jobs that can be bid on by data entry businesses, which then enter data for any company that needs it. Most large companies contract with independent data entry companies for either part-time or full-time data entry needs.
This business is best suited to business owners with strong managerial skills. If you plan on owning a one-person business, you should also be comfortable using a variety of popular spreadsheet and word processing programs. Running a data entry business is typically a “9-to-5 job,” but may also include weekends and nights based on the project.
A dating service helps individuals find other people who are interested in forming a romantic relationship. A dating service may provide many services include meet-ups, speed dating events, and most importantly, dating websites and apps.
This business is good for those who like to play matchmaker with friends and those who like to socialize. A background in website or app development can help you set up the technical side of your operation.
A domain registration business doles out and manages internet domain names. Once they're registered with the official authorities, they'll have access to unregistered website names in the public domain. (This business is not the same as buying up potentially profitable domain names and then reselling them at a later date to the highest bidder.) Customers will pay a small fee to set up and keep their chosen name, while the registration maintains the name and handles any specific issues that may occur.
This business is good for someone who enjoys administrative duties as well dealing with customers. They should have a love for technology, and an inherent understanding of how websites are named and who is in the market for them.
An eBay entrepreneur is free to specialize in the kinds of products that they love in order to establish themselves as part of a niche market. It is attractive because the job involves very little start-up costs or ongoing costs and the minimal training required for this job is provided directly by eBay. It is also possible to begin such a job in one’s spare time and then transition to full-time entrepreneur if the part-time gig is successful.
This job is primarily successful for those who already use eBay extensively. At the end of the day, eBay is like any other market, and success requires being competitive in a market filled with other sellers. As such, being familiar with how other sellers price and describe similar products to your own merchandise will help you hit the ground running when you begin selling. The business is also ideal for those who enjoy a flexible schedule and are motivated self-starters.
Just as the digital camera has revolutionized the photography industry, the tablet and ebook reader have transformed bookselling. Ebooks today command a major section of the publishing industry. In the United States alone, 487 million ebooks are sold each year for a revenue of $3.1 billion.
Ebook businesses sell ebooks to readers. With low startup costs and a huge market, this is a promising business opportunity that many have taken advantage of.
Anyone who enjoys writing may be well-suited for running an ebook business. This business model requires a lot of writing, but business owners are free to write on most any topic. There are ebooks on all manner of subjects.
An ecommerce store is a store on the internet where products are bought and sold. Examples of ecommerce stores are eBay, Shopify and Amazon.com. These businesses connect product-seekers with the items they need to improve lives, businesses, and organizations of all varieties.
If you are looking for a way to provide people with goods and services, an ecommerce store might be the right business for you. These online stores are especially helpful for customers who can't find the goods they need at local stores. Ecommerce stores really do make a meaningful difference in lives and even the success of businesses as they provide diverse goods at low prices. If you are interested in improving quality of life, making people happy and have an interest in business and/or the internet, an ecommerce store is worth your time.
Freelance writers generate written content about a variety of topics for readers of websites, newspapers, journals, magazines, books, and other publications.
This business is right for an individual who has an affinity for the written word and language in general. If you are a voracious reader, enjoy expressing yourself, and have a way with words, you should give consideration to working as a freelance writer. This line of work is also ideal for those who enjoy autonomy. The typical freelance writer does not have to deal with an overbearing boss. However, freelance writers must meet tight deadlines, satisfy clients' nuanced demands, and create captivating content.
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Freelance writing is the epitome of online businesses. There are even online platforms that allow you to find campaigns without having to do any networking or searching. As long as you have creativity, a computer, and an internet connection, you can operate a freelance writing business wherever you are.
Many people dream of seeing a book with their name on the cover, but not everyone has the ability to write one themselves. Ghostwriters are hired to write works for those who either cannot or do not want to write their own works. Ghostwriters deal with a range of clients from celebrities to everyday people who need their stories to be told.
Successful ghostwriters must like to work in the background and have no interest in gaining popularity through writing. They need to be adaptable and flexible, both in their writing style and their work schedule. At the same time, ghostwriters require the self-discipline to remain on task and see a project through by delivering exactly what they promise.
Owners of grant writing businesses are adept at finding foundations, government entities and other funding sources and applying for funding on behalf of their non-profit clients. You will, in short, serve as a matchmaker, putting together funding sources and needs. You’ll continually seek grant opportunities and write succinctly, persuasively and in an organized manner in filling out requests for proposals (RFP) to win funding.
Your talents will involve business writing and a clear understanding of the non-profit and funding worlds. In your writing, you must be able to take direction well because each RFP to which you respond requires clear and direct answers and attention to such details as word or page counts, writing style and, on occasion, even font and type size regulations.
It also helps if you currently volunteer, or have done so in the past, with non-profit organizations, or can network comfortably within that environment.
Graphic design professionals create or maintain a visual look that might be carried out in signage, letterheads, ads, sales collateral material, website and digital content and virtually all other internal and external communications. This can involve logo design, fonts and typography, color and imagery selection and layout. The owner of a graphic design studio might work alone or have one or more employees to generate new business, work on existing projects and support the enterprise.
Ownership of a graphic design studio is ideal for artistically minded people who are adept at managing the aesthetics of the way their business and organizational clients address their various markets, communicating creative ideas and executing design decisions independently or through employees or vendors.
You should be able to work alone and in a collaborative environment as you grow or work alongside clients. And you must feel confident in both worlds—business and creative expression—because your work will span both.
A greeting card business sells greeting cards to customers. These greeting cards can be for a number of occasions, including birthdays, holidays, reunions and even funerals. Cards can either be sold directly to customers or to retail dealers. If they’re sold to a retail dealer, the dealer then sells the cards to customers. Some greeting card businesses operate online, selling cards to shoppers and shipping them.
The greeting card business is great for those with a taste for design, poetry, celebratory occasions and creative expression. It’s also a fantastic business choice for those who want to become printing specialists.
Ideally, a greeting card business owner will be good at marketing different cards. From “everyday” cards to special occasion cards, each will need to be trendy, relevant and memorable. For this reason, a greeting card business owner needs to be culturally aware, have a knack for humor and be a decent marketer.
Illustrators provide their artistic talents to a range of clients, including advertising agencies, publishers, stock image services, web content providers, and other businesses.
As a freelance illustrator, you can take your skills in a number of directions. You might work for advertising agencies, stock image houses, magazine or book publishers, record labels, greeting card companies, digital properties, merchandisers, or other businesses. Some illustrators serve such narrow specialty niches as courtroom sketch artists, or niches in fashion, medicine, or technology. Or you might primarily work in fine art to be sold to customers directly or through galleries or agents.
You must have artistic talents and an entrepreneurial drive. This means that your skill set must encompass both the ability to continually find work, to complete it to your clients’ satisfaction, and to continually find new clients.
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Kind of the drawing equivalent of a freelance writing business, an illustration business gives you the flexibility to create on your own schedule without much in the way of interpersonal interaction. You will, however, have a harder time operating exclusively online, as you’ll need to meet with potential clients in order to earn projects, and occasionally check in to ensure that the project is going smoothly. You can meet online, but many people prefer to interact face-to-face with the person they’re about to give a lot of money.
An Instagram business is run by someone who has a lot of Instagram followers, promoting the goods and services of other brands. Normally, Instagram business owners are paid on a post-to-post basis, representing a brand’s various goods in new, creative lights.
Some Instagram business owners may branch out, creating their own product lines. Others might create YouTube channels, creating cross-market opportunities for themselves. The best Instagram business owners target niche audiences, like those interested in fitness, beauty, or pets.
The life of an Instagram marketer is perfect for those who enjoy taking pictures. It’s also a good career for those who have specific passions. If you enjoy capturing life events, promoting a hobby or spreading artistic joy, the Instagram business is for you.
An internet security business develops software programming solutions that preserve the security and integrity of data, preventing internet trolls from introducing viruses into systems remotely or stealing critical data that can be used for criminal purposes.
Your business will sell internet security solutions to individuals, small businesses and corporations while constantly developing new methods to block the ever changing viruses, malware and invasive programs that can destroy a digital system in minutes. You will need experts in software and hardware development along with an active marketing team ready to fight for your share of this rapidly growing market.
The best qualified individual to establish a new cyber security company will be highly motivated with an in depth and up to date understanding of the architecture, administration, and management of operating systems, along with multiple certifications in a variety of programming languages. While the owner of this business may not actually write the software, they need to completely understand how their product functions in a real world situation.
Jingles are short songs that usually contain a memorable line that serves as a slogan to help popularize a brand, product, or company. The power of music is used to create familiarity that leads to brand loyalty among consumers.
This business is ideal for musically creative people who enjoy using their talents to promote business ventures.
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Creating a piece of music isn’t usually formulaic. Often the creativity strikes when you least expect it, but having a home studio or access to a studio where you can go and record new jingles you write is a great way to make sure you never miss the moment. Often you’ll have to meet clients in person to seal the deal, but after you’ve got a deal, you can work entirely online to create the perfect jingle.
A live streaming business participates in the advertising revenues and subscription payments that are earned by streaming sites that have extensive online communities such as Twitch.TV. Azubu is another streaming website system that is popular for watching pro streamers.
Twitch.TV has over 45 million gamers that use the system each month and over 100 million unique visitors. Twitch.TV was purchased by Amazon during 2014 for about US$1 billion. There are about 14,000 high-profile streamers (also called elite gamers) on the system that generated over US$60 million in advertising revenues and subscription fees during 2015.
Significant annual growth in revenues is expected to continue. CNBC reports that the estimates for Twitch.TV are US$1 billion in revenues by 2020, which will make the company worth over US$20 billion.
By acquiring a large following, (500+ average for Twitch.TV) the player becomes qualified to become a partner for the live streaming site. The streaming site will pay based on the internet traffic for the individual’s channel. Live streaming channels also solicit donations from their fans.
Popular live streamers can become sponsored by one or more commercial brands to earn additional revenues. As a channel becomes more popular, there are more possibilities for sponsorship, higher advertising revenues, more sharing in subscription fees, and increased donations based on audience appeal.
One prerequisite for a successful live streaming business is to have top-level gaming skills in order to gain a following of viewers who will take time out of their day to watch and learn gaming styles from the streamer.
Market research firms offer specialized marketing services to their clients. They collect and analyze data to determine how well their clients are connecting with their target audience. Additionally, these firms identify industry trends and advise clients regarding what tactics they should continue and what new strategies should be implemented.
Individuals who enjoy understanding people on a deeper level make the best market researchers. They consistently seek new ways to grow and learn and are passionate about passing this knowledge on to others.
More and more people are looking for gig-style work online, which is giving rise to a new type of website. Marketplace websites connect vendors and customers looking to conduct business together, and the websites collect a commission for doing so. One-quarter of Americans participated in this type of work in 2015, and that number is only trending upwards. Thus, there’s plenty of opportunity for new marketplace websites.
These websites may be service- or product-based. What differentiates marketplace websites from ecommerce sites isn’t what is being sold, but who is doing the selling. Whereas ecommerce sites sell directly to customers, marketplaces connect vendors, who are selling goods or services, with customers.
Anyone who is passionate about a particular interest may enjoy running a marketplace website. These sites are frequently focused on specific niches, connecting vendors and customers interested in that niche.
Billing a patient for medical services can be complicated. Plus, not all patients can afford to pay the entire bill in full. And then there's the paperwork. With laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), it can be confusing and difficult to know which documents need to go where. If a hospital or doctor messes things up, it's a huge legal liability.
This is where a medical billing businesses can help. They take care of billing clients on behalf of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. Medical billing companies try to simplify the process by coordinating multiple providers and billing systems, while incorporating processes to adhere to changing regulations, so healthcare providers stay compliant and can get paid for their services.
This business is perfect for individuals who are passionate about running a business in the healthcare industry and want to help both patients and providers make the billing process easier and more streamlined. Business owners should be naturally detail-oriented and task-focused thinkers. Medical billing is all about systems, processes, and completing tasks in a specific order to comply with federal regulation as well as internal healthcare provider policies.
A news website brings current events to its audience that can be told from a variety of angles. For example, some websites tell the news with a financial spin, or they offer a clear right- or left-leaning tone. Offering a unique point of view is one of the best ways to draw attention to your website over your competitors.
Owners should not only keep up with the news, but also want to influence and entertain an audience as to what’s going on in the world. Owners should also have some expertise. For example, a climate change scientist who wants to cover stories about political change in different countries. Starting a news website doesn't have to involve flying to different places in the nation or the world, but owners should have some mobility and connections when it comes to getting a fresh take on a story.
Unlike an authority website which tries to be the undisputed expert on a broad subject such as TV shows, a niche website shrinks down the focus of the site to explore one favorite TV show or even a single character within a TV show in depth. Since a niche website's topic is very specific, it will naturally have a smaller, yet more concentrated audience base which is a perfect situation for monetization.
A niche website is perfect for someone who has an intense interest in a specific aspect of a wider topic. Because of the limited scope of the topic, a niche site does not have to have as much content as other types of sites, and the information does not need updating as frequently. It is a great part-time business for anyone who can't spend every day working on a website.
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Starting a niche website is a great way to make money doing something you are passionate about. Whether you start a site about your favorite TV show, your favorite hobby, or anything else, you have the option to choose information about a specific thing that you want to share with other people. Because your business will be online and it will not take constant maintenance, it can definitely be run through your own home and kept entirely internet based.
Online courses are offered for many types of learning. Global Industry Analysts, Inc. reported the global, online, eLearning industry was over US $107 billion in revenues during 2015. There are plenty of opportunities to make money with an online courses business.
Online courses may lead to earning a degree, getting certification and/or completing legal requirements. Online courses are popular for corporate training, continuing education purposes, self-improvement, learning foreign languages, hobbies, and “how-to” instructions for a variety of projects.
Magazine publishers whose work is solely available online create and publish editorial content that might be supported by paid circulation or advertising revenue, or by a combination of both. Online magazines, also known as e-zines or digital magazines, feature articles, photography, typography and graphic layout design that can resemble print magazines. Some blogs are also published like e-zines, with guest post writers and advertising support.
The successful online magazine publisher has a skill set that includes the talents of a writer, editor, web developer, webmaster, advertising salesperson and business person. Your goal is to develop a niche audience and content to regularly fit your theme.
You should be highly motivated and driven to continually provide fresh, rich content that will make readers come back for more and also recommend it to their friends.
Online t-shirt businesses design, customize, print, sell, and ship t-shirts to paying customers. They display their designs on a website storefront where customers can view and purchase them. Some online t-shirt businesses own the equipment used to print the shirts, while others partner with a separate company for that service.
Those who enjoy keeping up with current trends do exceptionally well in this business. A single timely slogan or artistic design that becomes popular can generate substantial profits. The ever-popular smiley face is a good example.
A packaging design business enhances packages with visual graphics while also designing existing product packages. A package design business, ultimately, protects products for sale, transportation, distribution, storage, and use. A package’s design includes both its structural and aesthetic design. Ideally, a package design will be enhanced by graphics. In most cases, a package’s design is product-centric. From all angles, a package exists to serve the product.
The package design business is great for creative individuals. Products need both physical protection and visual representation, and a package can do both. A successful package design business owner will have a good perspective for branding, packaging, and forward-thinking designs. Typically, package design business owners are imaginative and hard-working. They also have a good eye for environmentally friendly designs. Package design business owners need to pay attention to regional packaging federations and they must similarly pay attention to the many packaging associations and institutes at play.
As a personal concierge, also known as a personal assistant, your range of duties is bound only by your own description of what you’ll do and the needs of the individuals who hire you. That scope of activity can include dog walking and pet-sitting, appointment scheduling and travel booking, moving assistance, home office support, and whatever else you’ll do or be asked to do by your clients.
Energy, flexibility, organization, and an entrepreneurial spirit are your friends. Each client and their needs might be wildly different, so you should enjoy meeting each day’s unique challenges. You must be good at marketing yourself and enjoy meeting people and being a part of their lives to the extent they need and allow.
A photo editing business specializes in editing or retouching existing photos for clients. These services may range from simply cleaning up blemishes or lighting issues all the way to complex Photoshop work. Such a business is a major part of any community because of the constant need to have good-looking photos for publications, seasonal cards, social media profiles, and more.
This business is good for photographers, as they will already know a lot about improving an image via specific editing. It can also be good for those with extensive skills in editing software such as Photoshop. Finally, it's good for those who use social media extensively, as such a person will be able to offer creative editing services to help customers build their online brand through unique visuals.
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A photo editing business works well as an online business because it is easy to communicate with clients online, and there are many ways to advertise and market your business using the internet. Clients can place orders and you can complete orders without ever parting from your laptops, so this business is great for someone who wants to start a business online or on the side of another business.
Are you a master of digital photo editing? Do you have a passion for history and family stories? A photo restoration service combines all your passions while helping your customers rediscover and preserve their past through transferring beloved snapshots, photo albums, and old wedding images into a digital format and repairing damage caused by time and light.
You will actually enjoy working on your business if you like correcting many tiny details, working independently, are self-motivated, and are always learning how to fully employ the latest digital image editing software. In order to be successful, you do need some serious background in image manipulation before you open your doors to the public.
A podcasting business provides entertainment by uploading audio files online for listeners to subscribe to. Normally listened to over a smartphone app, a podcast generates money for the creator via advertisements. Listeners can also pay to get access to ongoing podcasts, bonus material, and extra episodes.
The podcasting business is perfect for those who enjoy public entertainment. Podcast creators can join a slew of commercial and public networks, connecting with listeners, celebrities, and industry specialists. A good podcast business owner will have a niche subject to discuss, be tech-savvy, and understand modern entertainment.
A good podcast host can also focus on being clear, not clever. Those with pre-existing businesses often make great podcast hosts. They’re also skilled with artwork, news gathering, and equipment management. On every level, a podcast host needs to be a capable interviewer. Those who’re great at networking are often great at hosting podcasts.
A speech writer will write a script for a speaker to follow when they address a crowd. While most people think of politics when it comes to speech writing, there are plenty of other markets for this skill. Everyone from business executives to motivational professionals may need someone to help them create a speech that speaks to their audience.
This business is excellent for someone who loves inspiring people with words. It’s a niche form of writing that is far more dependent on choice of vocabulary and syntax than it is on technical writing skills (e.g., formal grammar, etc).
A proofreader reviews the written word in its various forms for clients and corrects for spelling, punctuation, and typos. To start a proofreading business, you must have a strong command of language usage, spelling, and punctuation. Depending on your clientele, you might be reviewing and correcting the language used in books, magazine articles, web content, ads, packaging, student assignments, or virtually any other vehicle of written communication.
In addition to being a meticulous writer from a mechanical standpoint, you must be the kind of person who pays close attention to detail. Keep in mind, a proofreader is not the same as an editor. You’re not reviewing what your clients are trying to communicate, but rather how they write it in terms of spelling, punctuation, typographical errors, and word usage.
According to Forbes Magazine, "PR is the Persuasion Business. You are trying to convince an audience, inside your building or town, and outside your usual sphere of influence, to promote your idea, purchase your product, support your position, or recognize your accomplishments."
Public relations professionals are responsible for enhancing the image and promoting the viewpoint of their clients. They do this through what is called "earned media." Unlike paid advertisements, this type of media, such as news or journal articles, carry much more weight among consumers.
As a public relations professional it’s your job to interest the media in subscribing to your clients’ viewpoint, interviewing them and writing stories that will positively impact your client organizations or individuals in the eyes of their target audiences.
Public relations agencies also act as advisors in establishing or improving the relationships between clients and their clients' various audiences and influencers. In this regard, they might suggest changing practices or embracing new policies that will enhance reputations. If that effort fails or comes too late, some PR firms specialize in crisis communications, which involves salvaging client reputations when events take place that put them in a negative light.
Public relations professionals are typically adept at communicating verbally and through various media. You should be a good writer and have a background in journalism or business. An instinct for sales is also important since you’ll need that tool to establish client relationships, bring your message to the attention of the media and create messaging that advances the viewpoint of your clients. Related to your sales skills, you should have a thorough understanding of how company practices, policies and culture impact customer relationships and be able to help your clients make positive change in this area.
Working in a public relations firm before starting your own business can help you gain better insight into the process, enhance your credibility and maybe put you in touch with future clients.
This type of business requires the recruiting agency to establish positive relationships with its clients, by matching businesses with professional, well-qualified candidates.
Recruiting agencies do best when they establish positive relationships with candidates, by providing them with significant interviews with suitable companies.
As distinguished from temporary work agencies, recruiting agencies typically focus on sourcing skilled professional individuals for full-time, long-term positions.
This business is good for people who like to reach out to others, enjoy talking on the phone with them, and want to support the development of those with professional careers by placing them with organizations looking for top talent.
A resume writing service will assist job seekers by creating a resume that clearly communicates a candidate’s skills. Those who perform this service will have to interview candidates, and construct resumes that positively catch the attention of those reviewing the candidate’s resume. This service can include cover letters or thank-you letters to potential employers.
People with English or journalism degrees will be attracted to the writing aspect of this business, but there's more to it than that. A resume is like a sales letter, and it needs to be easy to read. When most hiring managers spend only a few seconds on each one, the format and word choices have to count.
Those who have experience in HR and a thorough understanding of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) will do well. You will need a certain amount of people skills to attract clients, but the results will matter far more than how friendly and personable you are. If 90% of your clients find a job in their field after paying you a visit, these numbers will speak for themselves.
A reviews website provides a platform where various users can offer their thoughts and reviews on specific products and services. This provides a helpful service to your local community in helping residents determine where to spend their hard-earned money.
This business is good for those who are web-savvy, as creating an attractive and usable interface is a large part of the learning curve. It is also good for avid consumers, particularly of any kind of niche market that the product caters to. Finally, it's good for those who have used similar services (such as Yelp) extensively, as this lets you determine how you will both structure and differentiate your own site.
Screenwriters write scripts and stage directions for the film industry. Screenwriters may either write their own original stories, or they may adapt their scripts based on previously written stories (e.g., from books, short films, etc.)
This business is excellent for someone who loves film and understands how a movie comes together on the big screen. They should love to put their own creative twist on stories, whether they're new and bold or a tale as old as time. Writers need to understand what audiences are looking for, and how to merge their creative vision with public demand.
As traditional media declines and social media emerges, marketers are increasingly incorporating social media influencer marketing into their strategies. Ste Davies reports that this is both a smart and popular advertising strategy, with 94 percent of marketers saying it’s effective and an increasing number of companies planning on using it through 2020.
Marketers pay social media influencers because they’re the gateways to their followers. When stars on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms post about a company’s service or product, followers see and engage with whatever is being promoted.
Anyone who enjoys spending time on social media platforms and is passionate about a particular niche might enjoy being a social media influencer. Influencers must know and love their niche, for they talk about it constantly on the platforms they use. They also have to like social media itself, as they’ll be spending hours on it day after day.
A social media marketer provides ideas and content for their clients. Some owners may specialize in a particular type of platform (e.g., Facebook only), but most work with all platforms to create a cohesive strategy for a business. Owners may work with one particular type of business (e.g., social media for real estate only) or with a variety of businesses or causes.
People who love social media and marketing will thrive in this business. However, this love must extend beyond just checking Twitter and Facebook every 15 minutes. If you want to start your own social media marketing business, you should know how people interact with different platforms, where your target demographic is most likely to live, and what type of content will spark the most interest. You should also know how (and why) different platforms evolve over time.
Eyewear has become a critical part of an individual’s personal style. It offers insight into one’s tastes and is the perfect accessory to complete any look. As a result, many consumers invest in multiple pairs of sunglasses, insuring they have the “right” pair each time they walk out their door. To meet this growing demand, entrepreneurs are investing in online and brick and mortar retail stores, offering consumers a multitude of options to choose from.
The most fitting owner will have an eye for fashion and design, as well as a clear understanding of what their potential clients are looking for. They genuinely enjoy keeping up with the latest trends and are passionate about sharing their information and experience with those seeking their guidance and knowledge.
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Crafting a website that allows you to attractively present the sunglasses you will sell can lead you to great success. In addition, your business can use online advertisements such as pay-per-click ads that allow you to make money when people go from your website to another. Going the other way, your business can attract customers by placing ads on other websites. Keeping your website up to date with the latest sunglasses fashion will allow you to find success reaching a large audience.
A supplement store sells dietary supplements, vitamins, protein powders and health foods to customers. Typically, these customers are either shopping to fulfill fitness needs, health needs, or dietary needs. A supplement store might operate alongside a grocery store, or even within one. Most, however, operate independently.
Anyone who’s excited by sports, diet or health supplementation will do well in this business. Operating a supplement store requires a high degree of knowledge about the human body. For this reason, an undergraduate degree in exercise science, fitness, fitness health, or even biology is useful. A lot of supplement store operators work at fitness centers.
A survey company creates, distributes, and analyzes surveys for a variety of businesses or special interests. The purpose is to collect feedback before deciding to alter policies or processes to improve efficiency and overall satisfaction. Owners may either work on a per-case basis, or choose to specialize in a specific niche. For example, a survey company that only administers surveys to students about their professors.
People who love data will be an ideal match for creating a survey company. They should be interested in the core needs of people to better understand how to structure questions. Potential owners should also be proactive in terms of giving advice or ideas to clients based on the formal analysis.
Computers are a standard part of every household and are the primary tool used by a majority of today’s businesses. Most of us, however, have little to no knowledge when it comes to fixing these gadgets when an issue arises. Tech support companies provide support for consumers on an as-needed basis. Both small and large organizations hire tech support companies to provide ongoing maintenance as part of their preventative maintenance strategy, in addition to handling any current obstacles. Services include: installation and maintenance of equipment, software installation, system networking, system auditing, troubleshooting and repair, and training. With the right technical background and equipment, many issues can be solved remotely, eliminating travel time and reducing the overall time it takes to complete the repair.
Are you the person your friends and family call whenever they have a computer or software problem? Do you enjoy working with computers? Have you received any official training or considered obtaining certification? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this business venture could be the perfect fit for you.
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Online tech support is a great industry to enter if you have a passion for technology and are talented at solving tech related problems. You can use various methods such as phone calls or live chats to help your clients when they need you. Offering step by step instructions for common problems on your website is also a great way to help customers who visit your site. By sticking to these services and interacting positively with clients, your online tech support business can be very successful.
A transcription business can serve a wide variety of clients. This is because transcripts are necessary in fields such as law, medicine, and business. The nature of the work means that it is manageable with limited time, as one can easily start doing it in their spare time or as a part-time job before undertaking it as a full-time endeavor.
This business is great for those who like to work at their own schedule and pace. While certain transcription services, such as court reporter, may require stricter scheduling requirements, most of the work involves transcribing audio or video that has been provided to you. As such, the job is also ideal for those who type fast and are comfortable using computers and other related software and technology.
Most travel agencies earn revenue through commissions. Consumers often choose agencies because they help cut down on time needed to research various locations and book accommodations. A popular trend in the industry is online agencies, which operate mostly or exclusively online.
This business is perfect for individuals who are passionate about travel, love learning about and visiting new places, and are very detail oriented. Travel agency owners have very flexible hours but usually only after they have an established book of clients.
Video game businesses design and program video games played on consoles, PCs, cell phones, and virtual reality devices. These games are purchased online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Video games often prove quite powerful in terms of connecting people, providing joy, boosting confidence, and improving hand-eye coordination.
If you are looking for a way to entertain and provide people with an opportunity to enjoy a shared experience, starting a video game business will prove quite rewarding. Video games bring people together in-person for fun and exciting gaming experiences. They also connect people by way of online gaming experiences. It will certainly help to have a background in electrical engineering, design and/or computer science if you decide to start a video game business.
A virtual assistant (VA) provides remote services to busy professionals who need someone to support their business, cause, or special event. The duties of a VA can include anything from answering emails to performing web development for a new website. VAs usually establish a specialty to help distinguish themselves in a somewhat flooded market.
People who are organized, attentive, and responsible will do well in this position. VAs need to do more than just take directions, they’ll also need to be proactive without stepping on their client’s toes.
Virtual tours are popular with many industries, including the hospitality and real estate industries. You will be using photo, video, and other multimedia elements in order to bring a space to life for people before they visit the physical space. While you may eventually create virtual tours of almost any space, some of the main areas you will virtually recreate are apartments, houses, hotels, resorts, and neighborhoods.
This business is good for those with multimedia savvy, for it takes skill with photography, video recording, sound mixing, and multimedia editing to create a solid virtual tour. It is also good for those with extensive travel experience, as this lets you think like the consumers you are creating tours for.
A voice-over business provides custom recordings for clients based on a diverse set of needs. The business works well as an offline as well as online service. Your clients may need voice-over work for many different things. These include movies of varying lengths, presentations, video games, and various other services. The ability to operate the business fully online if you so choose makes this an attractive business with potentially very low investment and overhead.
It's no surprise that a voice-over business is ideal for those who are naturally good speakers. This may include people who have experience giving prepared lectures (such as teachers) as well as people who often have leadership roles in their work environment. This is because confidence is one of the most important parts of your voice-over delivery, no matter what the assignment.
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Offering a voice-over service is a great way to start an online business. Voice-over equipment can be kept in your own home or studio, and interactions with customers are easy to keep online through email or other messaging services. When doing voice-over, you can perform the job on your own time, as long as you meet deadlines, and you can find success without ever meeting a client in person.
As a web design business owner, your company’s primary responsibility is to ensure the client’s website is visually pleasing. Depending upon the customer’s needs, the designer will either use a site template or create the design and develop the site.
In our current business environment, websites are a major component to an enterprise’s success. As a web design business owner, it’s critical to possess determination, meticulousness, and creativity. If you’re a technological innovator, who’s ready to begin building towards success, web design is a tremendous industry.
Web development companies differ significantly from web design businesses, in that a web design company creates layouts and visuals for a website owner. The web designer is more concerned with user interface and design, while a web developer creates software and applications that power the website using basic and advanced coding.
However, some developers offer both design and development services. Web developers usually start as freelancers and enlist the help of other developers. Other developers can be contractors or in-house employees, depending on the size of your business.
This business is ideal for people who love problem-solving. Because the work entails a fair amount of computer screen time, business owners need to be comfortable with using computers, typing, and manipulating computer code.
While the business might require long hours, it’s not absolutely required that owners work weekends and holidays.
Attention to detail is very important in this line of work, as is the ability to meet deadlines.
If you are looking to spread information, improve the human condition and help others, you should consider starting a YouTube business. YouTube businesses provide informative and helpful videos that benefit others in countless ways. Though anyone can start a YouTube channel, the channels that provide useful and insightful content amass plenty of viewers. Such successful channels are legitimate businesses.
This business is ideal for those who would like to make money by providing helpful video content to others. This is your chance to make educational, entertaining, and captivating video content for the masses. If you have a passion for spreading information, helping others, and making videos, a YouTube business is the perfect way to make money.
Looking for a flexible work environment? Want to be your own boss? Starting a home-based business can be a great way to launch your new company.
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