Over 100 Online Business Ideas & Opportunities to Make Money

Over 100 Internet Business Ideas To Make Your Millions Online in 2017

So, you want to start an new business? Or an opportunity to make money on the internet?

First, you need an online business idea to get you started, or just to know what opportunities are available.

Maybe you already have a website or internet business, but you just want to make a little more money online?

A few years ago, I was in exactly the same position.

Hated my job.

Hated the commute.

Hated where I worked.

It was seriously time for a BIG change.

That was when I discovered the world of online business. 

There are so many opportunities available on the internet today! It’s actually a great time to be alive.

Starting an online business has never been easier, cheaper or faster.

And in this post I want to show you all the opportunities and ideas possible to start a online business or just make money online.

On top of that – I am going to give you

  • ideas for online businesses you can create (from small to large)
  • loads of helpful articles to provide further info
  • tonnes of resources to go with each idea
  • tips and tricks from people who have done it already 

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Online Business Ideas & Opportunities To Get Your Started

There are a lot of things you need to do when thinking about starting an online business.

One of the first you should seriously think about is how you are doing to make some money in the short term

When I started out, I was making diddly squat (aka nothing) for about a year. And if you have mouths to feed, a mortgage to pay, or even just rent – that ain’t gonna fly!

So, if you want to start an online business and replace your income, finding ways to make money fast is more important than playing the long game..

As you flick through all the options below have a think about the following:

  • what can you do to make money fast (replace your job)
  • what do you want to do long term
  • what skills, knowledge do you have to offer the world
  • what are your passions

However, even keeping all that in mind remember:

There is no right internet business idea or opportunity.

There is only what works for you.

How To Use This Online Business Idea Guide

The depth and breadth of what I have included here is kind of insane. Sorry about that, but I wanted to give you ALL the options!

So use the index below to jump to sections that appear most relevant to you and start flicking through all the options. Then, when you have found an idea that resonates, jump into the resources and websites listed. (and read the pro tips too).

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BLOGGING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Blogging seems to be one of the most popular and easy ways to get into the online business world. 

So, in this section I want to give you some ideas of the types of blog monetization methods you can use, and how to implement them. It is actually not as easy as it seems, so some helpful tips and expert advice will certainly go a long way to help you make money from your blog.​


Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money as a website owner or blogger.

The Idea: Promote other people's products on your website, and receive a commission when someone buys the product via your website/link.​

The Methods: There are so many ways to do affiliate marketing, so I will just list the basic ideas below. You can then take get creative and promote products however you see fit.

  • Write product reviews
  • Write product comparisons
  • Show case studies of how the product helped you (or someone else)
  • Promote the product to your email list

Expert Tips


If you get involved in affiliate marketing, you'll get the best return on sharing damn good products and solve a particular need.

Organic search traffic usually converts best but ranking for keywords that can drive affiliate revenue isn't always easy. Reviews and list posts can work well but every niche is different.

Detailed content wins over thin content. Ultimately you need to select products that will convert (if their sales page sucks, alarm bells should ring) but the product needs to be up to par.

Ask yourself this: would I write about this product if I wasn't an affiliate? If you answer no - then you probably shouldn't include it. If the answer is yes, then you've probably got the right product.

Adam Connell

Websites: BloggingWizard And UKLinkology

Twitter: @adamjayc


Sponsored Blog Posts

Once you start to get a following and a bit of a name for your blog, you may get approached (or even do the approaching) to write about products on your website.

The Idea: Companies realise the power of blogging and want ot leverage your trusted audience to get the product promoted. They will pay you (or offer you gifts, services etc) in exchange for a blog post about their product.

The Methods: This is quite simple. You have to write a blog post about their product. But, I would add a few details as follows

  • Only review products you have used (otherwise you look silly)
  • Only review products you would recommend to your audience (otherwise it is not good for you, your audience or the company asking)
  • Make sure what you are "delivering" for the company is clear, and in writing before you move forward with the project (eg. what you will products, that you won't lie to make them look good etc)

The amount of money or goods you can get for such a post depends very much on your industry, your following and the company that approaches you. My advice: aim high, and be prepared to compromise. And, ask advice of others in your niche if you can, to help get an idea of what you and your time is worth.

Resources:

This is a great example of how to make your own page with your sponsored post offers​


Sponsored Reviews Websites

Yes, very similar to sponsored blog posts, but this one is a very specific kinda post.

In this case, the process, payment and expectations are more controlled and negotiated via specific websites


Influencer Marketing Campaigns

Working with influencers (aka bloggers with big audiences) has become a big marketing tool for many brands and companies. Using bloggers pre-earned audiences to gain access to customers in a specific niche is indeed a very smart and popular idea.

So there are many companies around who are willing and happy to work with and pay bloggers (or just social media superstars - more on that further down) to gain access to their audience.

The exact mechanics of the process, agreement, requirements, payment etc vary a lot, so you really need to do your research. However, you must at the very least have a reasonably large audience and/or an active one.


Sell Your Own Ads

Most people think of Google Adsense when they think of advertising on websites, but there are other options.

The Idea: If your website has a big enough (or passionate enough) audience, many advertisers/businesses will want to work with you to get access to them. 

The Method: 

Set up an "Advertise with us" page on your website detailing what you offer and the kinds of traffic and followers you have on your website.  Put things on this page such as

  • Traffic (Check Google Analytics for monthly unique views and pages per view)
  • Alexa Rank
  • Ad positions and sizes
  • Cost per ad per month

Sell Ad Space Via A Website

If you don't want the hassle of selling ads yourself, but you still want to make some money from selling space on your site, then an Ad broker stye website might be the best bet for you

The Idea: Sign up to the relevant websites and list your ad space

The Method: 

Find relevant websites to put your ad space for sale on, and once it is set up, it all runs automatically.

Here are a few ad websites to get you started:​


Google Adsense

This is so popular, I had to break it out into its own section.

The Idea: Google pays websites to display related advertising on websites/blogs.

The Methods: You sign up for Google AdSense and display the ads in strategic positions on your website.

  • First you need to get your website approved by Google
  • Then you can decide where you want to display the ads (this is an art in itself)
  • Google then pays you when people click on those ads

The amount of money you can earn from this form of advertising is very small, unless you have a lot of traffic. So for most bloggers/websites starting out, I would not recommend this as it just polutes your website, with little to no reward for you or your audience. 

Resources:

Official Google Pages:

Other Resources:


Other Pay Per Click Ads

Although Google is the most popular network to use for displaying ads on your website, there are a lot of alternatives out there.

PPC Ad Websites:



YouTube Ad Partner

As a blogger you may also have a big following on places like YouTube. This means that you have produced enough stunning content, and attracted a large enough audience (but more importantly views) that you get money from ads. It certainly is not an easy thing to achieve, but if you are focusing on video content anyway, it might be a good option for a few extra bucks!

** Just be aware that similar content can be displayed on your videos, and that may include the ads of your competition.​

Websites:

Below are some places to find out more about these opportunities:​


Instagram Ads/Sponsorships

As you may have heard, Instagram is one of the fastest moving social media platforms around. And big brands and companies are moving onto the platform at an amazing pace.

However, many of them do not have the following that you may have (or soon have) so will pay for access to your audience. It is also a great way to do more subtle "native" advertising.​

Usually your followers will have to number at least 5000 (or more) and you will need to have a reasonable level of engagement (for example 3% likes). These exact figures depend on the advertiser and industry, but they give you a benchmark to start with.

There are a few ways to earn money with your account including:

  • Paid promotion for specific companies (including account takeovers)
  • Affiliate link promotion (see earlier section on Affiliate Marketing)
  • Shoutouts - where you actively promote another Instagram account

Resources:

The following are some resources to help you learn more about instagram sponsorship and advertising:

The following are some specific influencer marketing resources where influencers (ie. you) are connected with brands and companies willing to pay for access to your audience:

  • Speakr - Influencer platform (connecting brands with influencers)
  • Adly (influencer network)
  • Adfly (similar to the above two)
  • InstaBrand

Twitter Paid Tweets

Twitter has its own advertising platform which appears in the Twitter feed as you might know. But there are other ways you can leverage your Twitter account to make money instead.

Being paid to send out tweets, because your account is large enough, and on a specific topic is one of the few options I have come across (if you know of more, certainly drop me a line). And many of the services in this area seem to have disappeared or changed.

Then, there is also the option of working directly with brands and there are a number of networks (listed last) that you can try using.


Podcast Ads/Sponsorships

Another side gig you may have (or start later) while blogging is a podcast. It's all the rage lately, and that also means that advertisers are well aware of it as an option.

I have heard ads on many podcasts that I listen to (Pat Flynn,  Tim Ferris, Entrepreneur on Fire) and these guys are certainly earning in the thousands per episode. But of course, their audiences are far bigger than most of us could ever achieve.

Don't let me turn you off though, I am sure no one expected them to earn so much with a podcast either!


Many new podcasters are blinded by the success-stories of the likes of John Lee Dumas and Pat Flynn and set goals like "I'm going to have sponsors and make money from my podcast in a couple of months".

Comparing your beginning with somebody else's middle is a BIG mistake. With this kind of mindset, you'll get frustrated and quit quickly (as in 99.9% of the cases you won't get the results you wished for in the short period of time you were hoping for).

Have a clear goal or set of goals in mind and leverage your podcast to achieve that/those.

Instead of focusing on downloads and sponsorships, think about what you really want to achieve in your business.

...if you're strategic about leveraging your podcast, you may be able to attract paying customers with just 500 people!!

Yann ilunga

Website: Yannilunga.com

Twitter: @yannick_ilunga

Websites To Get Sponsorships:

Resources:

Here are some resources to help you learn more about podcast sponsorship:​


Expert Tips From Top Bloggers


Don't get stuck in the detail.

Don't get me wrong, details matter. However, get rid of all the roadblocks and throw away your perfectionism.

One of the roadblocks for launching my blog was that it needed to look perfect. After years and years of procrastinating I decided to just launch with an "off the shelf" WordPress theme.

Ian Anderson Gray

Website: Seriously Social

Twitter: @iagdotme


I help bloggers take the guesswork out of building a profitable blog.

The key when you start an online business is to

1) build your traffic

2) get people to subscribe to your mailing list by giving away a free Lead Magnet and

3) put out offers for products/services/programs that solve your readers' problems.

Sue Dunlevie

Website: SuccessfulBlogging

Twitter: @sueannedunlevie


For someone starting out, I have two main tips:

First, I would say that it will pay off big to find a mentor to show you the ropes. See, you can learn things by watching YouTube videos, reading blog posts, or listening to podcasts, but that's a really inefficient way to learn. Sure, that's a free way to learn, but you risk learning from old material.

That's exactly what I did. And the impact was that I learned slower and made more mistakes. Once I found a mentor, I was able to learn from others mistakes and learn faster.

Second, you should focus on one thing until it's successful. I see people jumping from one project to another over and over again. They never stick with anything long enough to actually find success.

Here is an example... They try to build a niche site, then they try to create a Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) business, then they try drop shipping, and so on... Of course, they never make anything work because they never really focused.

Doug Cunnington

Website: NicheSiteProject

Twitter: @nichesitepm


That’s how to start out online:

Find a problem that’s frustrating the hell out of people, a problem you know how to solve and create content for them that solves this problem for them.

This means finding your audience first before trying to sell anything.

It starts with knowing what end result you want out of having a blog, what you want to get from it.

Do you want to more clients, for example? Do you want to sell more books?

You need to take time to decide exactly what it is you want your blog to do for you.

Tom Southern

Website: Traffic Smart Marketing

Twitter: @copybytom


My first tip to new bloggers is to always remember that there are no shortcuts!

While there are certainly great ideas and tips, the best and most effective ones will be mistakes to avoid and directions to take, so that you waste less time starting out.

You see, THAT is the biggest issue facing new bloggers. 

Getting from point A to B faster often just means SLOWING DOWN, in the beginning, and taking the time to make great decisions.

Don't be in such a rush to start that you fail to do your homework.

Study other blogs and bloggers in the niche you want to get into. Use tools like SBI for WordPress to research the viability of your idea... before you've published a single word.

If you take the time to set that solid foundation for your online business, it will grow far faster."

Mike Allton

Website: The Social Media Hat

Twitter: @Mike_Allton


Do you want to be successful?

Do you want to have financial freedom?

Do you want to be able to travel anywhere you want without having to ask permission from your boss?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then BLOG LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

There are too many newbies that treat blogging like a hobby, not as a business. This is the biggest mistake you can make.

It's alright to blog about something that you like or you are passionate about, but you have to set clear, measurable goals.

Minuca Elena

Website: MinucaElena.com

Twitter: @MinucaElena

WRITING SERVICES

Writing online is one of the fastest, easiest and perhaps most popular ways to make money or start a business online. The following are a variety of services you can offer in the field of writing.

Ebook Writing

Many companies, and even bloggers, need ebooks written for a variety of reasons. They might want to give them away to get people to sign up to their email list, or to sell. And if you have expertise in a specific area (or are willing to do extensive research) then this is an ideal way to make a larger sum of money for your writing skills.

Places To Find Work:

There are quite a few places to find writing gigs, including blogging websites.


Blog Post Writing

Another idea which is great for helping launch your next online business - blog post writing. People know they need to blog on a regular basis, but do not have the resources. That is where you come in. You can write for them on a regular basis (or even just occasionally) offering your services on a per word basis or retainer (monthly fee).

Places To Find Work:

There are quite a few places to find writing gigs, including blogging websites.


Transcriptions

With the growth in both video and podcast creation online comes a huge opportunity for people who can transcribe audio. It requires you to be a very fast typer of course, so don't waste your time if you are weak in that area.

I have used transcription services on Fiverr before, and they certainly don't get $5 for their efforts (more like $5 per 10 minutes) and there is a big demand, and not such a big list of top transcribers. 

Places To Find Work:

Transcription Websites:

Below are the common freelancing sites you can find work on:

Copywriting

This is a skill that really requires expertise, but if you have it, then selling it as a service is a great way to go. Many business and websites owners require great copy for pages on their site (sales pages, product pages, home pages) and have no idea how to go about it. 

More often than not you will be looking at clients who have the money for such a service, as it is usually far more expensive and well paying than simple blog post writing. You might also want to consider teaming up with web designers or graphic designers who have the clients you need already.

Places To Find Work:

Below are some ideas to find freelance copywriting work:


Editing And Proofreading

Editing is a very in-demand service online, because there is just so much content being created in the form of blog posts, ebooks, articles, website copy and more.

So, if you are a professionally trained writer or editor, then this might be the service for you.

Places To Find Work:

Below are some ideas to get you started:

Writing Sites:

Freelancing Sites


Translation

If you are multi-lingual, and can write well, then this is a great way to offer a premium service. Especially in countries or continents where many languages are spoken (let’s face it, even the USA needs English-Spanish translation). I live in Switzerland for example, ad here we have 4 official languages and English! Again this is more of a premium service, so you may need to start out using services that connect you with people who need you. Until you get your own client base.

Again this is more of a premium service, so you may need to start out using services that connect you with people who need you. Until you get your own client base.

Places To Find Work:

Below are some ideas for places to find translation work online:

Translation Job Sites

Standard Freelancing Sites


Other Writing Job Ideas

Writing is a very flexible medium and as a result you can find a whole lot of ideas to make money online and start a business. Here are some more ideas to sink your teeth into:

  • Fiction or Non-fiction Book Writing
  • Letter Writing
  • Review Writing
  • Video Sripting
  • Publishing
  • Resume Writing
  • Business Plan Writing
  • Freelance Journalist
  • Technical Writer
  • Comic Script Writer
  • Greeting Card Writing

Expert Tips For Writers


1. Start building an online portfolio by writing about the topics you want to get paid to write about.

2. Create a website dedicated to your freelance writing services (like mine) and, if you have a separate blog, link to it in your main menu bar using Freelance Writing Services, Hire Me, etc.

3. Create a portfolio page on your website / blog that lists your latest / best blog posts (see mine here) to showcase your work.  

Kristi Hines

Website: KristiHines.com

Twitter: @kikolani


"The truth is, if you have a good pitch, a few writing clips and you've done your research on a client, they have every reason to hire you as their online writer.

I had a good success rate with this strategy in the beginning and after a while it gathered momentum and now clients tend to come to me so I don't have to relentlessly pitch as much anymore.

Kirsty Stuart

Website: Freelance Writers Online

Twitter: @kirstythewriter


"The best thing new freelance writers can do is to take action. 

If you don't have a website, that's okay. Focus on creating quality samples and uploading them to Contently, for example.

If your pitch email isn't perfect, that's okay too. Visit job boards daily and send your pitch, whatever the state it's in.

Taking action gives you results and you have to start somewhere!"

Elna Cain

Website: ElnaCain.com

Twitter: @ecainwrites


Less is more.

I think that blogs that publish 20 or more posts per week might scare off their readers more than actually attracting readers. Besides, do you really have content for all those posts?

Quality should definitely precede quantity.

Hans Hirschi

Website: Hirschi.se

Twitter: @hans_hirschi

MARKETING SERVICES

There are so many different marketing specialities that lend themselves to online services. So, in this section, I am going to break them down into their main groups to make it easier to digest.

If you have experience in any kind of marketing, or are willing to learn fast, this type of service is also a great way to get started making money online.

Web Design

I am not going to tell you this is an easy service to start offering, but if you have some design knowledge and are willing to play around a bit with technology, you can start off learning to build simple and cheap websites with tools like Squarespace, WordPress, Wix and so on.

Of course, to charge really premium prices, you need far deeper knowledge, but that comes with time. So start small and work your way up.

Places to find work: The following are some of the common places web designers find and bid for work online. Test a few of them out and see which one works for you and your specific skill level.


Use Fiverr to start your sales process. I sell gigs for $5 that I turn into $100-200 orders on a regular basis.

Think about structuring them in a way that you're making money, not wasting time.

People think Fiverr is just for making a quick buck and filling the gaps but it's gotten me some great clients who've come back for more!

Maddy Osman

Website: The BlogSmith

Twitter: @​MaddyOsman


People LOVE to discover new things, especially when they involve freebies. My advice is that once you figure out a niche and audience, start sharing useful resources, freebies and articles that are relevant to that niche way before you launch your own website.

If you're the sharer of cool, free stuff in your niche, people will want to follow you.

Also, listen to your followers. Be as helpful as you can. Bend over backwards to help someone solve a problem, especially when you're starting out.

This is what will help you to stand out because people remember that. 

Marianne Manthey

Website: Design Your Own Blog

Twitter: @​marianney


Graphic Design

The brother of web design, graphic design can range from the look and feel of the website, logos, business cards, letter headers and so on.

It is easy to do graphic design via the web and send to the client electronically. They can even print your designs at a local printer, so you definitely don’t need to be where they are. Just do your work locally and send the final product via to the client electronically. 

Websites:

​Graphic design is similar to web design, so many of the following offer both.

Freelancing Sites

Job Boards

Compeition Style Sites

Expert Tips


If you want to get going as a freelance graphic designer, my number one tip for you to grow faster, smarter, and land more work, it's to go all in on one area of work.

What's the one thing you want to be known for?

What work excites you most?

And who are the type of people you want to do work for?

Even if you’re not 100% certain, having focus now will get you farther than if you continued down the path of uncertainty.

Brent Galloway

Website: BrentGalloway.me

Twitter: @BrentGalloway


SEO

This is another area where I think you need a reasonable amount of knowledge to get started. Nonetheless, it is quite simple to offer SEO services online.

You can offer guest posts (for links) or other link building services.

  • Link Building Services to boost people's rankings
  • Offer website SEO audits to help fix their fundamentals
  • Offer strategic SEO advice
  • Keyword research to help get them on the right track

There are a lot of options here.

Places To Find Work:

There are less specific websites for these kinds of jobs, so looking on the freelancing sites is your best bet:

Freelancing Sites

Expert Tips


Here [in Germany] the market is smaller than in the US/UK or the international market. Make sure your niche is big enough to bring in some money.

You can sometimes even copy US/UK or international business models because nobody else has tried them in your country yet.

Personally, I went after international clients and popularity myself because the market here is too conservative and innovative solutions arrive years earlier or sometimes never. This can be also an advantage in case you serve a niche which is far less competitive.

Just do your research first and then decide whether to go international or national/local with your offering.

Tad Chef

Website: OnReact.com

Twitter: @onreact_com


Social Media

Many companies know they need to be on social media, but just don’t have the time. That is where you can help out. Offering done for you social media services to help building followings, traffic to their website, social selling, are all options. You can of course also offer strategy which may hook into the blog content creation side of things too. This is also a great service, like SEO, because it usually requires a monthly retainer in order to get results for a client.

Places To Find Work:

There are less specific websites for these kinds of jobs, so looking on the freelancing sites is your best bet:

Freelancing Sites

Expert Tips


There are too many Social Media generalists.

Ever since I decided to specialize in one platform, I have seen a big change in my business: more and better quality leads, bigger budgets & better recognition.

Sarah Santacroce

Website: SimplicitySmallBiz & SarahSantacroce.com

Twitter: ​@SarahSantacroce


The key to running a successful business is waking up with your why every single day and guarding that with everything you've got.

Because the reality is, running a business - whether online or offline - will bring with it some tough decisions and very dark days. If you're not grounded in who you are and why you do what you do, it will be very easy to get derailed.

Rebekah Radice

Website: RebekahRadice.com

Twitter: ​@rebekahradice


I would say knowing your industry inside and out is not the same thing as knowing how to run a business.

Join entrepreneur/solopreneur groups as soon as you can and start absorbing and participating.

Social media is a constantly changing industry, and keeping on top of the current changes and trends is a must.

Cara Chace

Website: CaraChace.com

Twitter: ​@carachace


Marketing Strategy

I mentioned this already, but some businesses just need a hand figuring out how to approach online marketing. It could be purely SEO or social media, or it could be an overall strategy that helps them get their business and website on the right track. Take what you are best at and offer that as a strategy service.

Places To Find Work:

There are less specific websites for these kinds of jobs, so looking on the freelancing sites is your best bet:

Freelancing Sites


Influencer Marketing

This area is quite new and in many ways a little vague, but I will try to explain it.

I mentioned this a little in the Blogging section, but basically influencers are people who have a big blog/website or social media following. You can start a business that makes use of this influence to help people market their website, blog posts or products.

Various people and companies have found a way of connecting with influencers and then passing on those connections to people or brands to help them.

if you are great at networking or have a big list of connections in your industry, this could be the topic for your next business.

Expert Tips


In short, you build relationships with key people that are looked to for helpful advice by your audience.

I'd begin with finding a list of those that blog about your topic. Simply doing a Google search of "top [niche] blogs" or "[niche] influencers usually is a good starting point (i.e. "top real estate blogs" or "real estate" influencers).

I'd aim for 150. You'll find that you will weed out those on the list for various reasons (not closely relevant, too small a blog, not influential, etc).Then start building a relationship with a few at a time, trying to find out how you can help them.

Do keep in mind that different influencers have different interests in what they find helpful.

Jason Quey

Website: Decibite

Twitter: @jdquey


Content Marketing Services

This is a bit of a mixture of other services, but in reality that is how online marketing works. It could be that you are doing some SEO combine with content creation and social media marketing.

Places to find work:

Just like with any kind of freelancing work, the best place to start out is on the freelancing sites:

Expert Tips


Find out who does what you do and better.

Copy and imitate until you are as good, then push past them.

Keep to one specific niche, don't be jack of all trades.

Danny Ashton

Website: Neomam 

Twitter: @dannyashton​


Lead Generation Service

Finding new leads for your business is one of the toughest things you have to do. So if you are skilled at tracking down new leads for a specific market, why not sell your skill as a service.

Places to find work: Again, this skill is perhaps not as easy to find specific websites for, so just jump on the usual freelancing sites:

Freelancing Sites


Expert Tips From Service-Based Business Owners


Got a skillset, passion and knowledge on a topic? You've got everything you need to begin your online business.

Before even knowing what you want to do or sell you can begin sounding ideas and setting the stage by building out an audience and nurturing community.

Start by curating content, publishing your thoughts via a blog and newsletter (having a newsletter base is key here!) and engaging daily with people who share your interests.

In no-time at all you'll have a small and mighty interest-based fan club as passionate as you about your topic, idea or thoughts.

I guarantee listening and engaging will lead to a business idea.

I know because I started my service this way!

Kelly Hungerford

Website: CommunityWorks

Twitter: @​KDHungerford


My advice for someone that's starting an online business is to get a resource or mentor that you can bounce questions off of and get unbiased advice and recommendations from.

If you Google stuff, most everything that's going to come up in the search results is someone or some company trying to sell you something.

You really just need to find someone with your best interest in mind to help you out.

Brandon Schaefer

Website: MyVirtualSalesForce

Twitter: @​MyVSF_Brandon


If you are thinking of starting an online business, first identify a gap in the market. This will help you to decide what type of products or service you can realistically sell.

Another great tip would be to identify who your audience are, for example, who are your target audience. What age range do they fit into, do they have disposable income?

You can use this information to plan an online marketing strategy which will hopefully result in your target market approaching your business.

Ron Sela

Website: RonSela.com

Twitter: @RonSela


The fastest way to start making money from your business is by offering a service.

Services don't require much upfront time or money as far as creating something goes, making it really easy to test out different services to see the interest from your peeps.

Andrea (Dre) Beltrami

Website: TheBrandedSolopreneur.com

Twitter: @drebeltrami​


As it turns out, getting new clients is mostly about taking advantage of your existing network. It's about systematically, authentically and consistently reaching out to the people know (all the while expanding your network) and offering something they want.

I actually put together a course on this because it was so powerful for me; it's called the 60 Client Year if you want to check it out.

Brittany Bullen

Website: BrittanyBullen.com

Twitter: @​nerdygirlbritt


Freelancing Expert Tips


Try freelancing: Take skill or expertise that you have and offer to help others using this skill.

Setup costs are nil (or very low), it's very quick to get started. Best of all there are no excuses to not start.

If you aren't making money, you're procrastinating.

Jase Rodley

Website: JSquared

Twitter: @​jaseridesbikes


Tips for someone who’s just starting freelancing:

Two things instantly come to mind.

1.Know what you are getting into.

Too many people get into freelancing for all the wrong reasons or with unrealistic expectations. No, freelancing is not about quick and easy cash, neither will you achieve success overnight. But it’s not about working 24/7 either.

It requires a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of sweat, blood and tears to make it in the online world. When you start as a freelancer, you will deal with a lot of rejection. You will feel a lot of time that you are chasing your tail.

But if you make the extra effort to inform yourself what you are getting into, you will make it. You just need to believe in yourself and commit to achieving success as a freelancer.

2. Plan.

Once you know what you are getting into, set your goals and draw the path you have to go to reach your goals.

Do thorough research – don’t just think that all you need to work online is a computer. You need skills but more importantly, you need to offer solutions to real clients’ problems. Find who those clients are and what they need. 

Create an ideal client profile.

Then figure out the solution you can offer. Be sure to find the niche where your competition doesn’t do as good of a job as you could. 

Diana Marinova

Website: DianaMarinova.com

Twitter: @DianaLMarinova

COACHING SERVICES

Everyone wants a little help reaching new heights, and hiring a coach to drive you to your goals is a booming industry. Especially online.

So, if you are motivated and well trained enough to help people achieve their specific goals, this might just be the online business type for you.

And the amazing thing about putting everything online is that you do not have to be present, so can more easily reach more people and scale your business.

You can deliver your content via:​

  • One on one calls: Skype, Google Hangouts
  • Group Calls: Goto Webinar, Google Hangouts, Blab (although not private)
  • Pre-recorded videos (hosted on Youtube, Vimeo, Wistia etc)

Business Coach

As we grow our businesses online and off, we all get to a point where we need a little help. Figuring out what to do next, how to scale or simply grow our business. What advice to accept and what to ignore. There are some many decisions to make.

That is where a business coach comes in.

If you have a lot of experience in helpings businesses grow, then this could be the calling for you. The difference with an online coach is that you can do it all via skype, webinars and digital courses. So in essence, you can be location independent or simply work from home.


Productivity Coach

Are you really good at getting stuff done? Do you find you are very well organised and know how to make the most of your day?

Maybe it is time you thought of teaching others and becoming a Productivity Coach!

Quite a few bloggers I know work in this niche, and with all the things we need to get done as entrepreneurs, it is no wonder productivity is a booming market.​

Resources & Articles:

Tor's (A Productivity Coach)Tips On Getting Results Online


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1. Hire a coach

2. Shut up, listen to your coach and apply MASSIVE action

3. Write epic content and promote it like your life was depending on it

4. Blogger outreach like crazy

Tor Refsland

Website: TimeManagementChef

Twitter: @torrefsland


Life Coach

This one is a bit more difficult to define, so I jumped onto lifecoachspotter.com. I thought it was an appropriate site to figure out life coaching :>


A life coach is a professional who helps you reach a goal or make a change in your life.

- LifeCoachSpotter.com


​Seeing as there are no real qualifications and experience necessary for a life coach, it is hard to tell you if you would be good at it. But a friend of mine who is a great life coach has certain qualities I think are necessary:

  • ​great listener
  • great motivator
  • able to decipher the root cause/goal of the client

So, if you love helping people reach their true potential, this might be the right online business for you.

Resources & Articles:


Other Coaching Ideas

Given that coaching is really the supporting of a goal, it is quite each to attach the lable to almost anything. That is why the specific coach you may want to become could also be any one of the following:

  • Nutrition Coach
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Team Coach
  • Career Coach
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Athletic or Sports Coaching

Expert Tips


My suggestion for someone who is starting out online in my area (blogging) is to be innovative.

There are so many blogging coaches out there, and it's essential that you find your superpower - the thing that makes you stand out - and then run with it.

My superpower is teaching, which is why the 10 Day Blog Makeover Challenge was so successful for me. Identify your superpower (yes, you have one) and then ask yourself,

"What can I do that will be different from what I see others doing online?"" Do that thing.

Also, don't be afraid to take action and experiment. The best thing you can do to get results faster is to go out there and make things happen. Even if they don't work out, you'll have data you can use to change things in the future."

Daniela Uslan

Website: DanielaUslan.com

Twitter: @​DanielaUslan

TEACHING ONLINE

Teaching is really like coaching, so I am not going to go into each type specifically. Either you are qualified to teach something, or not.

And the beauty of this amazing online world we live in is that you can deliver your teaching via any of the following methods, without being present where your students live:

  • One on one calls: Skype, Google Hangouts
  • Group Calls: Goto Webinar, Google Hangouts, Blab, Periscope
  • Pre-recorded videos (youtube, vimeo, wistia etc)

Things To Teach:

Here is a list of ideas of things you could teach online:​

  • Languages
  • Music
  • Singing
  • Speaking
  • Tutoring
  • Magic (yes it's obscure, but a hobby of mine, and people teach it)

Resources:

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OTHER SERVICES

Let's face it, the online business world allows us to provide almost any kind of offline (real world) service and take it online. All we need to be able to do is deliver it electronically (in most cases).

So, if you have a skill that perhaps earns you a living right now, maybe it is time to take it online and serve the world!​


App Reviews

Have you seen the number of Apps available on the iTunes App store or Google Play? It is INSANE.

Have a lot of experience with apps (as a developer, tester or user) then this might be a way for you to make some cash online. There are certainly enough apps to test.​

App Review Websites:


Tech Support

Whether it is working in tech support for bigger companies, or one-to-one with clients, you can offer you skills as a tech whiz online. This is another job you can find regularly on all the freelancing sites:


Website Testing

If you know what makes a website great and would love to get paid to share this knowledge, website testing might be just the thing. It is not so easy to find work in this field, but you can start by looking at usertesting.com.


Virtual Assistant (VA)

If you want the wikipedia definition:

A Virtual Assistant ​is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.

So kinda like the old office assistant, only remote working.

It's a great way to use your office skills, but outside the office. Taking on the freedom of the online solopreneur world.

Expert Tips


The best advice I can give anyone who is thinking of starting a new business is

1. Do plenty of research in advance of your launch.

2. Build a business 'tribe' which will support you and amplify your brand message when you launch.

3. Get all your ducks in a row before you start and save plenty of money as a back-up!​

Nicky Pasquier

Website: VirtuosoAssitant​

Twitter: @VirtuosoAssist​


Accounting / Book Keeping

Another job that is predominantly done on a computer, accounting (or book keeping) is very easy to do remotely. If this is your main skill, why not start offering this as a virtual service?

Specific Service Ideas:

Some of the services in this area that are worth considering include:

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Annual Tax Filing

Websites To Find Work:

Expert Tips


For someone else starting a productised service I would say "Start with the end goal in mind". 

My other big tip is to talk to your customers! A productised service business will evolve over time as you understand your customers and test what works and what doesn't.

Stay in touch with what your customers like / don't like about your service, why they came to you and why they stay with you. Ben or I have had conversations with everyone of our customers and also stay in touch with check-in calls.

Meryl Johnston

Website: Bean Ninjas

Twitter: @Johnston_Meryl


Recruitment / Head Hunting

With everyone online today, it is a lot easier to use something like LinkedIn to do targeted recruitment and make money by filling vacancies for big companies. If you are a great people person, or just good at finding the right person for the right job - this could be the service you offer to get started online.


Micro Tasks

Ok, perhaps this one is a little bit more of an "offline" idea, but it is becoming so popular that I had to mention it.

Creating websites that connect people with small tasks that need to be done by humans is a great idea.

The list below will give you some websites to check out for microtasks and the like:​

Websites To Find Micro Task Work:


Offline Tasks Found Online

This idea was spearheaded by Task Rabbit. 

Basically, if someone needs to get something done locally, they go to a website and look for pre-approved people who can do the task. This could be anything from walking your dog, doing your shopping or paying your bills.

So, if you have some time to spare and feel like getting paid to help someone out, check it out:

Websites To Find Offline Task Work:


Travel Related Services

The world of travel and travel related services has almost all moved online (much to the disgust of travel agents around the world I am sure!). With that movement, comes a lot of opportunity for anyone with skills or knowledge in this area.

Service Ideas:

The following are some of the services you could offer in this area:

  • Travel Planner
  • Travel Consultant
  • Flight Booking Agent
  • Hotel Booking Agent
  • Rental Car Booking Agent

SERVICE BUSINESS ADVICE


I don't know if I could cite the most creative way to make money I've ever seen... but I have a soft spot for people who offer talent gigs including voiceover work, composing beats or epic movie trailer music, and even those who do caricature work. I find it all really impressive.

Decades ago, a caricature artist could only sit on a pier or at a carnival all day hoping an interested customer would walk by.

Now, he or she can be in high demand at any hour of the day with customers all around the world without leaving their home... it's wild.

Brent Jones

Website: Brent Jones Online

Twitter: @brentjonline​


Don't over complicate things and don't "want" to do too many things at the same time.

Doing many small and different things = Never getting anything done.

Map it out.

Break big tasks into smaller tasks.

You'll see the progress each and every day and that will keep you motivated.

Dennis Seymour

Website: LeapFrogger

Twitter: @denseymour​


[Service Advice] Take Codrut as a great example who really owns the expert round up space. He developed a skill of organizing and networking with influencers and eventually sold the service of doing expert round ups for bloggers.

From that, he created a website and posts case studies on it from the ones he does. It seems to be working well, since he contacts me all the time about new round ups he's putting together.

Dave Schneider

Website: Ninja Outreach

Twitter: @ninjaoutreach​


Know the answers to these questions:

1) What do you want? (Ideal lifestyle, what your priorities are, what your values are, what you enjoy doing, what you're obsessed with) If those things aren't in-line with your business plan... you've got a problem.

2) Who are you trying to help? (Knowing your ideal 'avatar' in and out is tried-and-true advice - and something I wish I had taken more seriously from the beginning!)

3) How are you solving their problems? (More specifically, do they WANT that problem to be solved? I know plenty of people whose 'problems' I can solve but I can't help if they don't want it enough!)"

Cat Rose Neligan

Website: Creative Introvert

Twitter: @creativeintro

PHYSICAL PRODUCTS

Yes, we are talking about online businesses in this post, but that does not mean they cannot cross-over into the physical world! Selling physical products has also become a whole lot easier as the internet has expanded and the right tools have been created.

There are a few different avenues you can go down with physical product businesses online, so check out the options below.


Selling Products On Your Website

If you are just starting out, then this might be something you do later on. Selling products on your own website is a great way to get and keep your customers (versus letting Amazon or eBay have all the control) but there are a whole lot of things (technical and marketing) that you need to know.

If you are ready to dive right in, then you are going to want to do is:

  • Figure out what you are going to sell (research a niche, market and products)
  • Build an ecommerce website (WordPress, Shopify, BigCommerce)
  • Start finding customers (aka sales and marketing)

Of course, the devil is in the detail, so the following are a bunch of resources and articles you might want to read to get started...

Resources:

Websites where you can start an ecommerce store:

Articles:

Helpful articles on starting an ecommerce website and store:

Expert Tips


Nowadays, I would use the content marketing approach to build my audience and also build an email list.

I would also pick a bigger niche as there are more opportunities for marketing and growth.

Brian Lang

Website: Small Business Ideas Blog

Twitter: @sbizideasblog


Try to get your customers to create your content.

For example, we have a room of the month competition where we get our customers to send in photos of our products in their room.

This gives us beautiful images of our products with authentic comments from our customers that we can share across various platforms.

Jennifer Menz

Website: The Wall Sticker Company

Twitter: @WallStickerCo


Selling Products On Ebay

Ebay has been around this the first boom on the internet, but it is definitely still an option for selling products. Their reach is astounding and the diversity of products also.

One of the biggest challenges of selling on a platform like eBay is that you will probably have to start out shipping yourself. A very time-consuming process. If your volume increases, it is certainly worth looking for a drop-shipper to help handle that side of the business for you.​

Articles:

Helpful articles on getting started with selling on eBay, starting an eBay business and so on: 


Selling Products On Amazon

Amazon is one of the biggest websites out there, with a brand and customer base to match. It is no wonder that selling products on Amazon has become an artform.

Not only do they have a marketplace ready to use and customers ready to sell to, but more recently they have created a very simple process for selling and shipping. It's called Fulfillment By Amazon (or FBA). It makes the whole process of getting products to your customer so simple, there is very little "physical" left to physical selling. 

So, with a ​ready to go marketplace and fulfillment system, selling products on Amazon is BOOMING!


Selling Products On Etsy

Etsy has already become known as the go to place to sell crafts, jewelry and the like. So if that is your cup of tea, then this is the place to sell your goods!

The marketplace and tools are already there for you on the Etsy website, the only downside, like with eBay is that you will have to ship the merchandise yourself. Of course, you could just use a drop shipper or FBA (amazon) once you get a bit of volume.

Either way, it is an easy place to get started selling your crafts online and making a bit of money.


Selling Products On Handmade At Amazon

This is a quite new platform that is obviously intended to grab business of Etsy. It's another option for artisans, craft sellers and the like, so why not check it out.

DIGITAL PRODUCTS

The internet has opened up an amazing marketplace for digital products. And the beauty of this kind of online business is that you do not have any inventory, factory, warehouse, store or other overheads that make starting an offline business so difficult.

Pro Tip: Dan Norris has started many an online business and has an amazing book you should read before you get started with any of these ideas - The 7 Day Startup.​

The following are ideas for digital products that you could produce and sell for your next online business.​

SAAS (Software As A Service)

You may have heard of SAAS, but even if you haven't, you are probably using one or many SAAS products in your life or business right now!

SAAS -Software as a Service is basically any kind of online software that you pay for access to.​

So it could be something like Google Apps, Office 360, Dropbox, Freshbooks, Leadpages or any other software that you use online (or "in the cloud" if you prefer :>).

The beauty of this kind of tool or service is that customers subscribe, so you get a monthly revenue that becomes not only dependable but builds over time (like compound interest!).​​

The Idea: Find a service that can be delivered online that people are willing to pay for on an ongoing basis. This could be anything that makes people lives easier on a personal or business level. Scratching your own itch (ie. solving a problem that you have yourselft) is often one of the best ways to get started.

The Challenge: Although SAAS is a great way to start  business and make dependable income, it is basically a peice of software. And as an former software developer myself, I can tell you that creating and maintaining a successful and usable piece of software is no easy task. Sure, you may have used a lot of software and have a great idea, but making that idea a reality is a huge task that is not to be underestimated.

But, don't let that put you off!

The trick to a successful SAAS from my experience is that it needs to make people's lives so much easier that they cannot live without it. What exactly this idea is, is up to you, but one thing is for sure, before you go out and start hiring developers - TEST YOUR IDEA in the market.

Resources:

The following are websites or books that I have found useful in my entrepreneurial journey, and many of the ideas and tactics can easily be applied to a successful SAAS.​

Articles:

The following articles will help to give you more ideas, information and context:

Expert Tips From SAAS Owners


1. Focus on marketing you product as soon as possible, don't wait for it to be 100% finished. Its never too early. 

2. When you product is nearly ready then beta test it with a group of experienced users.​

3. Don't be afraid to change things in your product if you arent getting traction​

Chris Hodgeman

Website: MavSocial

Twitter: @chrishodgeman​


You need a centralized system to track projects. This way, everyone in your team has access to this data AND you are able to go back in time to see what was done that caused a success of a failure.

On top of that, communication is key and working remotely can make this quite difficult. We use Slack, it has basically become a part of our team.

Blanca Valbuena

Website: SocialDraft

Twitter: @SocialDraftApp​


If you keep on doing what you have been doing, you will keep on getting what you have been getting

Mike Dane

TruConversion

Twitter: @MikeDane7


Go with a lean startup which is easy to create.

Build it easy and quickly too - and put most of your time and energy and hopefully money as well in the marketing.

When you are creating a new startup, looks for these points and make sure your new startup has all of these things: -

Monthly Subscription Payments - sell whatever you want but make sure that it is in subscription

Lean Startup - Keep it lean, don't spend more money in creating it upfront.

For Marketing look to get more of your paid subscribers and focus on retaining them.

Uttoran Sen

Website: Guest Crew

Twitter: @uttoransen


Believing in your dream is a big thing. Many people have genius ideas but they are too humble to realize those are great ideas, so they keep watching others do what they could.

Also, going from planning to acting is the toughest. You can plan a project for years but no one has got rich or famous due to a good plan. You need to act to start seeing results.

Make mistakes and learn from them. Cherish every experience and build upon it. Start even if you have no budget.

We are still lucky enough to live in the era when the Internet helps you build you presence for free (MyBlogU is a great example!)."

Ann Smarty

Website: SEO Smarty

Twitter: @SEOSmarty


Traditional Software

Although I find SAAS software to be a better way to go in this day and age (you get a recurring income, can update and innovate regularly) there is still a market for traditionally  downloaded and installed software.

The same kinds of ideas and tactics apply as with a SAAS (so refer to those references and articles above) however in this case retention is not as big an issue as you usually only sell the software once.

So, if you have an idea for a piece of software that could makes people's lives easier, this could be an option for you. Especially if you have skills or experience in the industry


Apps

​We all have mobile phones and other devices these days, and what do we have on those devices? Apps of course!

Even pre-existing applications on the internet (or even offline) are now becoming apps on our ipads. So, if you have an idea for something cool, fun, useful or addictive to create for a phone or tablet, building an app-based business might just be the go!

The Idea: Create or pay someone to create an app on one or many of the mobile platforms (iOS or Android) based on a need (business app) or a desire​ (game). Think about how you can monetize that app (buying it directly, or advertising).

The Challenge: The App market is flooded at the moment, so if you are going to jump into this arena make sure you are prepared (either with a well-researched idea or for disappointment when no one cares about your App).


WordPress Plugins & Themes

WordPress is the most used CMS (Content Management System) in the world at over 50% market share. It is currently estimated to be used on over 72 million websites worldwide, including this very site here.

Short version: the market for WordPress plugins and themes is huge!​

So, if you are experienced in either WordPress or software development, this is a great place to make some money.​

The Idea : Either solve a need with the creation of a WordPress Plugin or create a great looking WordPress theme (perhaps also for a specific market segment). 

The Challenge : There are already a lot of established players in this market, but there is always room for more. A lot of the plugins and themes out there are either not well made or are too complex to use (from personal experience). 

As a beginner in this market, one of your best bets is to sell your plugins or themes on existing marketplaces (like Envanto). At least until you are more established.

Expert Tips From A Plugin Creator


​1. Build an audience before creating a product.

2. Sell your product before you build it.

3. Tier Your Pricing: you need to have different pricing options: from a cheap limited package to a feature rich unlimited offer.​

4. Connections: network with people, give them your product for free and encourage them to talk about it.

Tim Soulo

BloggerJet & Ahrefs

Twitter: @timsoulo


Online Courses

Teaching people what you know or specialise in is one of the biggest goldmines on the internet. I am constantly telling (perhaps too much) people to take what they know and pass on this amazing information goldmine to the world.

You would be surprised by:

      a. What you know​

      b. What people are willing to pay for it​

​Combine these two things, and you have a business.

The Idea: Take any kind of detailed knowlege that you have in a job, hobby or other specialised field and figure out the best way to deliver that in a course.

The Challenge: Although coming up with a course is often easier than it sounds, the real trick is in finding an audience. There are two options in my opinion, both of which I have tried:

  • Using an existing online platform (like Udemy and others listed below) which works well short term
  • Creating your own website and building your own audience (long term)

Online Course Platforms:

The following are websites that can help you get your course online:

Articles:

The following articles will help to give you more ideas, information and context:

Expert Tips From A Course Creator


1) Don’t spend all your time, money and resources on building your course, website, marketing material etc. Create a brochure, start speaking to potential clients and work with them one on one to build up case studies of your work, methodology etc

Throughout this process you will fine-tune your curriculum, generate the revenue necessary to fund your entire launch and best of all you build a product that resonates and connects with your audience.

Remember done is better then perfect !

2) Make sure you have a solid online footprint, you are who Google says you are. Go out there and deliver some presentations, secure podcast interviews, generate media exposure and starting writing your own blogs.

Before someone buys your course or a potential partner agrees to joint venture with you, make no doubt they will search for you online. And if you don’t make a good first impression it can be your last.

Remember you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Alex Pirouz

Website: LinkFluencer

Twitter: @​alexpirouz


Membership Websites

A logical progression from selling online courses is a membership site. They are a great way to sell your knowledge, or access to you directly, and usually come with a recurring income.

The Idea: In case you have never heard of it before, membership websites are basically websites with "locked" content where people have to pay for access. This can be with one-off payments for individual resources (webinars, ebooks, videos) or courses, or you can have access to the whole thing at once. 

The Challenge: Again, as with most digital product sales, you need an audience to sell to. And in the case of memberships, there are no alternatives (ie. platforms like Udemy or Amazon). So that is why I find this a progression from online course sales.

Other people provide forums or locked Facebook or Slack groups for members as an added bonus.​

The following are resources to help you create your own membership website and also understand the idea and intriciacies in maintaining one.

Articles On Developing and Maintaining A Membership Site:

Membership Expert Tips


So many people spend months and even years creating an online business without even knowing if people will buy their product or program.

I highly recommend pre-selling it to see if the market want what you have to offer.

It is the quickest and easiest way to tell and it will save you a tonne of time and effort in the long run.

Focus on your niche...don't try to be all things to all people...if you do you'll get pretty poor results. Position yourself as an expert in your niche and then become damn good at what you do.

Julie Mason

Website: LinkedSalesFormula

Twitter: @GuruJules


If you're just starting out, I'd suggest trying to network with and get to know other people in your industry.

I'm in an online group for garden bloggers and I've also reached out personally to people in my field. It's important to have a group of people who can help promote you and support your business.

As for membership sites, when I was starting mine, I worked with an awesome brand strategist who helped me figure out the name, logo, sales page text and sales page design. She even helped me think through the first three months of the club.

I try to hire people to help me out in my business whenever I can because two heads are always better than one!"

Megan Cain

Website:Creative Vegetable Gardner

Facebook: Creative Vegetable Gardener​


I would say first, solve your own problem.

If you find an awesome solution to a problem in your life, then YOU are your target market. It's easy to know what motivates and frightens you, so most of your market research is done.

After solving your own problem, quit talking about you... talk with your target audience about their problem. That's what everyone wants anyway: someone to listen.

After learning this attitude I would seek out where your target audience is congregating and be eager to help.

Kurt Frankenberg

Website:Shoestring101

Twitter: @shoestring101


Web Hosting or Reselling

We are all starting businesses online. And for most of us, that means a new website.

​However, this website needs a home. And that is called website hosting.

​If you know enough about running servers, then a web hosting business is maybe a great online business idea for you?

The Idea: Start your own web hosting company and sell space to people to host their website, or other web applications (like WordPress).

The Method: There are two main ways to get into this game (what I like to think of as the hard way and the easy way:

  • Start Your Own Hosting Company (the hard way)
  • Reselling Existing Hosting (the easy way)

Obviously starting your own hosting company is a big deal, so have a think about reselling as baby steps into the industry. Many hosting companies offer resale accounts, so you can profit from hosting sales without the commitment or risk.


A web hosting business is absolutely do-able.

The web hosting industry has been expanding rapidly for the past 10 years. And, I don’t expect the hosting industry to slow down globally. There is always a demand gap, in some specific niche or some countries, to fill up. We have seen multiple success stories in the past – Matt Heaton (BlueHost/HostMonster), Brent Oxley (Hostgator), Douglas Hanna (A Small Orange) – these folks have made millions, if not more, by riding on the right wave. I won’t be surprised to hear more success stories in future.

Jerry Low

Website: Web Hosting Secret Revealed

Twitter: @WebHostingJerry


Virtual Conference/Summit

This is something that has increased in popularity recently because of all the cheap and easy tools available online (Google Hangouts, Blab etc).

And the best thing is, you can have an online summit on almost any topic (check out the examples below!).​

The Idea: Instead of hosting an event or conference in real life, you invite the experts and participants to join webinars (ie. everything is online) to present and listen to the content.​

The Method: Obviously there is less work in this than in creating a real event (no venue, no catering, no wifi) but you still need to get all the speakers together, schedule the webinars and then promote the event to earn some money.


One of the most creative ways I've seen for making some cha cha CHANG was from Marisa Murgatroyd, who created a 2 week long online event, which called a Superhero Summit.

She gathered a ton of really epic marketers and bloggers and gave them 1-2 hour slots where they provided epic, actionable training and THEN she allowed them to pitch their latest product {which was nicely discounted for her peeps}.

She made affiliate commission on every product that was sold by each of her presenters. It was truly and win/win of epic proportions for all involved.

Andrea (Dre) Beltrami

Website: TheBrandedSolopreneur.com

Twitter: @drebeltrami​


Digital Magazine Subscriptions

Some would say that magazine sales are falling, or even plumeting!

But instead of trying to sell a magazine the traditional way, why not s​ell it exclusively online.

Companies like Apple and Amazon support this kind of thing with their reading devices (Kindle and iPad) and I am sure there are many others I do not even know about.

Online is the way of the future and starting a magazine is not as silly as it may sound. Ask Nathan Chan of Foundr (more on him below) who recently started a magazine in the Entrepreneur space.​

Expert Tips From A Magazine Creator


Find as many mentors as possible crushing it in the area that you want to achieve in.Unfortunately there is no fast way.

When you're just starting out you have to be prepared to be extremely patient.

Nathan Chan

Website: FoundrMag

Twitter: @nathanhchan


Ebook Sales

With Amazon dominating the market with the kindle, and a few other companies following their lead, Ebooks are sales now outnumber actual book sales. So, if you are a writer, selling ebooks online is a great way to make a living.

The Idea: Write (or have ghost written) ebooks in popular niches that you either sell on a platform like Amazon.com (easier to get started) or on your own website, once you have established an audience.

The Options:

There are​ three main options when it comes to publishing and selling your books online:

  • Self-publishing (on your own website with your own audience)
  • Selling via an online platform
  • Selling with Amazon (I separate this out as there is a whole bunch of tactics, resources and information specifically on this)


Other Digital Product Ideas

There are obviously lots more ideas than I can cover in detail, so check out the list below for more ideas on products you can sell digitally:

The following are ideas for things you can sell online...

Graphics

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Sound Bites
  • Music
  • Whitepapers

Templates

  • Illustrations
  • Logos
  • Clipart
  • Patterns
  • Icons
  • Fonts
  • Desktop/Phone backgrounds

Printables

  • Patterns for Clothes, Crafts
  • Signs
  • Cards
  • Stationary
  • Decoration
  • Planners
  • Scrapbooks

Other

  • Private Label Rights (variations of ebooks)

Online Product Expert Tips


When I look back on my journey from classroom teacher to online entrepreneur I think the traits that have helped me the most are patience, passion, and persistence.

 If you're not patient you may become discouraged and give up too quickly.

Passion was another easy one for me because I eat, sleep, and breathe early childhood.

Persistence is a little more challenging because when something isn't working, one of our first instincts is to give up. I thought about giving up Pre-K Pages or even selling a few times over the years but I'm really glad I stuck it out!

Vanessa Levin

Website: Pre-K Pages

Twitter: @prekpages

OTHER MONEY MAKING IDEAS

Domain Flipping ( Domain Name Buying/Selling )

As you may have discovered if you have tried to by a .com website name, they are very hard to find. The good ones went a long time ago, and the two or three-word ones that are easy to remember are long gone too. That is why we have website without certain letters (Flickr is one you probably know).

For this reason, and the power some domains have in terms of search ranking, brand awareness or sales, buying a selling domain names can be a very lucrative business.


Website Flipping

You may have heard the term "flipping" from the real estate market. The idea is that you buy a property, do it up quickly and cheaply, and sell it for more money. The same principle can be applied to websites if you know what you are doing.

Of course, you can also sell an existing website that has income or income potential and make money from that too.  Although typically the sale price of a website is based on the monthly income at the time of sale (and the past 12 months). So don't think you can just sell a site that has tonnes of traffic if there is no monetization. Although that is certainly possible, just a lot harder.


Sell Your Ideas or Patents

This is perhaps one of the more unusual ideas I have come across, but is actually a great way to make money if you have ideas and know how to sell them.

The Idea: You come up with an idea or patent for something that can be created and sold (ie a product) but without the intention of starting a business or producing it yourself. There are lots of companies on the look out for new ideas and are happy to pay you for them.

The Method: It is not easy to get started in this area due to the whole patent and negotiation process, but luckily someone is already there to help you:

You can listen to a great interview he did on the SPI Podcast to get more of an idea of how this works or check out his book One Great Idea for further information


Funding From Your Fans

I have to admit, that a lot of weird and wonderful ideas I see out there come from interviews and podcasts like SPI. This one is a great way to get a recurring (monthly) income for your work, even when you don't sell something. It is perfect for creators and artists, who would otherwise struggle to get funding, but actually have a great fanbase.

The Idea: Your fans pay you a certain amount of money, usually on a recurring basis (like monthly). Even a small amount. It really adds up fast. And it allows you to know in advance the sort of income you have each month.

The Platform: Currently the only website I know that is offering a platform for you (as the creator) and your fans is Patreon. Jump straight to their creator page to find out how it works.


Other Ideas

Of course, I can't go into detail on every idea, so the final ones are in an easy to digest list for your viewing pleasure:

  • Stock Trading
  • Financial Advice
  • Genealogy research
  • Take Online Surveys
  • Sell Physical Art 
  • Professional Gaming
  • Poker
  • Start Your Own Online Marketplace
  • Create a Niche Online Directory
  • Create A Paid Subscription Newsletter

Too Much Information?

My aim with this guide was to provide you with as many options and as much supporting information as possible.

If you just want the short version, DOWNLOAD the 100+ Online Biz Ideas Guide (in the green box) below. It has all the ideas in one easy to consume place.

Great for referencing at your leisure​.

If you have some useful references or ideas to add to the list, be sure to get in touch.

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About the Author Ashley Faulkes

Ashley is obsessed with SEO and WordPress. He is also the founder of Mad Lemmings. When he is not busy helping clients get higher on Google he can be found doing crazy sports in the Swiss Alps (or eating too much chocolate - a habit he is trying to break).

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