Most of us want to start a business. However, there’re three major hurdles, that we face that prevent us from opening a business and fulfilling our dreams.
The first hurdle is investing in the business, because we might not have enough money for the venture. The second hurdle is we don’t have a proper business idea to start one today. The third and most important is our own mindset.
Somehow, we fear whether our business will succeed or fail. The fear of failure often prevents us from starting a business.
If you’re facing such a situation, the best thing to do is open an online business. There’re several reasons why I personally suggest an online business. I will discuss these reasons now.
Why Online Business?
As you would definitely know, we’re living in the new normal, as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic. And this pandemic isn’t showing signs of ending quickly, as we see newer variants of the Covid-19 virus emerge almost every week in some or the other part of the world.
Therefore, the dependence on offline businesses is likely to remain low, at least for the next few years. Furthermore, most people nowadays prefer to buy online to prevent the risk of the contagion. As a result, there’s an increase worldwide in the number of online businesses.
Secondly, setting up an online business is much cheaper than setting up a brick-and-mortar type. That’s because your home also serves as your office. And buying a wonderful domain name and website doesn’t cost much either.
Thirdly, the cost of promoting an online business is a fraction of what it would cost for a brick-and-mortar type. Advertising your business through social media pages of Facebook and Instagram or Pinterest is very cost effective.
Unlike offline businesses, you don’t need to spend heavily on ads in the print medium, TV or radio.
And finally, an online business can attract customers from around the world, which by itself is a unique advantage. In stark contrast, an offline business serves only local customers.
Also, your business is open round the clock, since it’s online. Meaning, your online business can make you money even while you’re asleep.
25 Profitable Online Business Ideas
I’m sure that you’ll find all these benefits of starting an online business very attractive. Therefore, the next step to take is to find a profitable online business idea that you can start today, without having to worry about the investments and infrastructure such as office or warehouse.
Stay with me, as I walk you through these top 25 online business ideas that you can start today and start making money, right from the word, go.
I love blogging, and I can speak day and night about blogging. Blogging has really changed my life. This is one of the best online business ideas because you can do it from home or anywhere. You need very little investment to start your own professional blog.
You need 3 things to start a blog and make money-
- A blog (blog means a kind of website)
- A niche of your interest (you will create content based on your niche)
- Views on your blog.
Are you wondering how you can start blogging?
But if you want someone, who will teach you everything about blogging then you can enrol for my blogging and affiliate marketing training.
This is a perfect way to start for a beginner. You can become a pro in blogging in next 3 months.
I am sure you already know about this online business. But do you know how YouTubers make money and much money they make?
There is one more thing that you get being a YouTuber: fame. Yes, you could become the next celebrity like these YouTubers.
So, how to become a YouTuber and make money?
Do you have that ability to entertain people or provide them some useful information in an easy manner? If yes, then you can become a YouTuber.
Basically, a YouTuber is a person that makes own videos and uploads them on YouTube, the single largest video sharing platform in the world.
You can open a free YouTube channel with a Google account and upload interesting and relevant videos.
There are many ways to make money from your videos. One of the easiest ways is YouTube ads. You can also make sponsored videos where someone will pay you to publish a dedicated video for your sponsor or create an integrated video.
3. Stock Market
One of the famous dialogues of Scam 1992 – “Share Market Itna Gehra Kuan Hai Jo Pure Desh Ki Paise Ki Pyaas Bujha Sakta Hain” (The share market is such a deep well, it can satisfy the thirst of the whole country)
It's true if you play it safely.
There is a big craze of the stock market today. It's one of the best online businesses you can start from your home.
You can make a lot of money by trading in shares and Exchange Traded Funds of various companies on the Bombay Stock Market and the National Stock Exchange.
There’re also some companies nowadays that allow you to invest in foreign stock markets in the US and Europe. However, investing in stocks and making money from this business requires a lot of study on the movement of company shares and other details.
4. Online Seller
I personally know many online sellers who are making good money selling different items on Amazon, Flipkart, and other online shopping sites.
Recently, I interviewed an Amazon seller, Mr. Nimit Lodha, on my YouTuber channel, who had an annual turnover of Rs. 50 crore. He gave lots of useful information on becoming a successful Amazon seller.
This video got viral and received 1 million views.
You can sell anything from handmade products to common items of everyday use online by setting up a virtual marketplace. For example, you can sell handicrafts or even made-to-order jams and sauces or dresses and costume jewelry online.
It’s possible for everyone to sell through Amazon, Flipkart, eBay, etc. Or, you can sell online from Facebook Marketplace for free or opt for a paid online marketplace on platforms such as Etsy and Shopify.
5. Social Media Marketing
Social Media Marketing or SMM is a technique by which you promote small and large business and their products and services on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, among others.
It involves creating amazing, interesting and engaging content for your customers. You will also have to buy ads from these social media networks to attract attention of followers to the business.
Most people wrongly believe that freelancing is some sort of a job. No, it isn’t. Actually, as a freelancer, you’re an independent contractor that provides some work to buyers for a fixed fee.
You can become a freelancer by using any of your skill. Some of the topmost freelancing skills that are in demand nowadays include content writing, graphic designing, video editing, voiceover artistry and many more.
7. Sell a Course
Coming back to the new normal, millions of people worldwide want to learn new skills such as cooking dishes from a foreign cuisine, or to upgrade their knowledge that can help them become better workers.
Therefore, such people opt for online courses. You too can make an online course and sell it through portals such as Udemy and make money while you sleep. There’s no limit to the number of courses that you can make and sell online.
8. Affiliate Marketing
I started my career as an affiliate marketer in 2004. I was promoting a few advertisers from the Commission Junction (CJ) affiliate network back then.
I am still working with various affiliate programs and affiliate networks like hosting affiliate programs, ySense, CJ, Clickbank, Impact, MaxBounty, Avin, and others.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most lucrative online businesses in this world. Actually, I wanted to keep this in the 2nd place, but I thought it could look biased.
There are thousands of online companies that provide affiliate program opportunities. You just need to signup as their affiliate partner and then promote their products.
For example – if you visit the Amazon website, you will find a link to their affiliate program at the bottom of the page. Just click the link, signup and then you will be an Amazon affiliate.
Now, if you promote any product of Amazon through your blog, social accounts, Whatsapp, email etc, Amazon will pay you for every sale that happens through your promotion.
Similar to Amazon, there are hundreds of the best affiliate programs available. You can choose any affiliate program, promote it properly and make a lot of money.
Affiliate marketing is an 8 billion industry. If you want to make good money with this business, you need to learn the tricks of the trade.
I provide excellent training on affiliate marketing. If you want to make your career in this business, you can enroll in the program here.
There’re as many as 25 online companies where you can enroll as an online tutor and start your own business in coaching students from America and across the world.
Alternatively, you can launch own online classes on school subjects and attract students that want to learn subjects such as English, Math, Science, History and Geography, among others. Due to the new normal, online tutoring is very popular among students around the world nowadays.
Refer: 25 Best Online Tutoring Jobs
The initial ban on trading on cryptocurrencies in India seems to have eased considerably, with the Indian government taking a neutral stance. Depending on how much money you can invest, you can trade in cryptocurrencies.
It's a new craze. NFT means Non-fungible token. I remember when I first tried to buy Bitcoin in 2013. Back then, its price was around $300.
But I tried to buy this through a Bitcoin exchange but due to some reasons, this transaction could not happen and I considered this back.
Today price of Bitcoin is more than $35,000+. I regret but I don't regret because I already made good money with blogging and affiliate marketing and that is sufficient for me.
When things are new – there are 2 things involved – high risk and high returns.
And the NFT is new today. You can take a chance, or you can read and forget this.
You can read more about NFT on other blogs and YouTube videos. I will write a detailed post on this soon.
12. Domain Trader
Domain trading is a growing online business. People buy domain names from sellers such as GoDaddy, Bigrock.com or Bluehost.com for the nominal price. Usually, they predict which domain names will have a demand in future.
Once they buy these domain names, the resell them through other or same websites, for a premium. This can be a bit risky business since sometimes, the domains on which you invest, might not find any takers.
13. Website Flipper
Website flipping is also a growing business nowadays. It means, buying and selling websites or blogs that are quite popular. You expect that these websites will become more popular in future. Hence, you offer a high price to the website owners and buy it.
You will update and upgrade the website and put it up for sale. This is also done for websites whose domain names are active but the website itself has expired.
Another superb online business you could consider is dropshipping. If you don’t know about dropshipping, I’ll explain in a few words. Basically, dropshipping means buying stuff cheap from manufacturers and suppliers at wholesale rates and selling them with a big margin, in retail.
There’re various websites such as Aliexpress.com where you can tie-up with manufacturers and suppliers. You don’t need to stock the goods and the company will ship them directly to the buyer, on getting an order and the due payment from you.
15. Influencer Marketing Agency
Influencer marketing is a kind of Social Media Marketing, but not completely. You’ll have to contact various influencers or people that have a wide following on social media or are popular in social circles in real life.
These people can influence others to try or use a brand or product or service. You tie-up with these influencers and promote a brand, product, service or company on behalf of your customer.
16. Online Coaching
Online coaching is different from online tutoring. In the sense that online coaching, as the term implies, means giving skills to play a sport or some fitness activity or follow a passion.
If you’re good at playing any sport and have the necessary knowledge, or you’re good at some hobby such as wishing or surfing, you can teach people these skills. This is a very profitable online business, especially during the new normal.
17. Create an App
Almost every business, online games, banks and retailers nowadays operate through apps. That’s because people love using apps while they’re on the move or because they don’t have a computer at hand.
You can develop apps for various businesses or with some unique idea. And hand over the app to Google Play store on a subscription basis, for people to download and use.
18. App Development Service
And if you don’t have the skills to develop apps, you can offer an app development service. As I mention earlier, every business nowadays uses apps.
You can create unique apps for your customers through software developers and sell them to various businesses to make money. Sometimes, you might have to get apps made to their specifications, because they have certain things in mind.
19. Become a Podcaster
In simple words, podcasting is like running own TV channel or radio station online. You can give interesting videos or commentaries on various issues that’re relevant to people.
And charge a subscription for these videos and audio, which is generally broadcast live or even in recorded streams. You can get sponsorships for ads and affiliate marketing through podcasts.
20. Lead Generation Ninja
Lead generation ninjas are a vital part of marketing and business promotion. They drive leads to the Customer Relationship Management software of a business.
The business, in turn, develops these leads and tries to convert them as customers, through the efforts of its sales and marketing teams. For most businesses, especially newer ones, finding leads is often a problem. That’s where your business plays a vital role.
21. Sell Photos
Are you aware that your smartphone or a camera can actually be spun into a money-making device? That’s right.
Simply take marvelous photos of events, people, celebrities, prominent personalities, food, culture, places and sell them online on a good stock photos platform such as 123RF or Adobe.
Businesses and individuals buy these photographs for permanent or temporary use. You’ll be giving them rights to use your pictures for a fee.
22. Video Editing and Captioning
Have you noticed a surge in the number of videos that are shared on YouTube and other platforms? Ever wondered how Amazon Prime and Netflix manage to make videos with subtitles or captions in your own language?
That’s the work of video editors and captioners. This is a fairly easy and profitable business to do, provided you acquire the skills from an online or offline course.
23. Social Media Influencer
Becoming a social media influence isn’t all that difficult. All it requires is a large number of followers on Facebook and Instagram and an ability to convince people.
Even students can become influencers, if they’re popular on their campuses. Companies that want to promote or sell something will approach you. They want you to popularize their brand to your contacts both, online and offline. And they’re willing to pay well for all your efforts.
24. Social Media Management
With more and more businesses marking their presence on various social media networks, offering a service in this field can prove very profitable.
However, you will need to acquire and develop your skills in social media management by doing a superb digital marketing course from a reputed academy. This business involves managing the social media branding and presence of companies small and large.
25. Online Travel Agency
Actually, it’s not all that difficult to start an online travel agency. You have two options: you can tie-up with a travel agent and offer their services from your home by booking tickets, holiday packages, car rentals and other services.
Or, you can collaborate with tourism departments and promote their destinations directly from your website. In either case, you get handsome commissions for your work.
26. Online Event Organizer
There’re lots of events happening, despite the new normal, with rules of social distancing and avoiding crowded places. However, a lot of these events are beamed online to viewers and participants.
Therefore, you too can help in organizing such online events such as conferences and trade shows. Use Virtual Reality and other resources available easily to offer a wonderful events package to clients.
27. Network Marketing
Network marketing means promoting a company or brand or their service within a social network and adding more members. This is very different from fake Ponzi schemes that cheat people.
You can find a lot of good network marketing companies that genuinely compensate you and your network for their efforts and sell legit products and services. There’re several such companies based in India and abroad that you could consider.
From the current situation across the world, one thing is very clear. And that is, online businesses are here to stay and grow. Therefore, if you’re planning to open a profitable business, use any of these online business ideas and start one today.