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14 Great Online Business Ideas You Can Start From Home
Today, the Internet offers a wide variety of opportunities when it comes to starting an online business. There are many businesses that you can start with very little money. Many of these online business ideas could be a perfect fit for your lifestyle and interests. Here are 14 great online business ideas for making extra money or even a fulltime income from home.
Making YouTube Videos
You can earn a good side income by making interesting, funny, how to, educational, etc. videos and sharing these videos through YouTube.
Anyone with the ability to make original videos and upload them to YouTube can make money from this video-sharing site. Create a YouTube account and start uploading videos. Once your videos start receiving a good amount of views, you should see if you are eligible to become a YouTube partner in order for you to make money from your videos.
YouTube pays via Google AdSense, so you need to have an AdSense account to monetize your videos. Once you become a partner, then YouTube will display ads during the video. You will earn money from the views and clicks your videos will get through the ads.
Selling Unwanted Items Online
Selling unwanted items online is a good way to earn money and declutter at the same time. You can sell your unwanted personal items, furniture, old TVs, accessories, collectibles, etc. items online without ever leaving your house on sites like eBay, Facebook, Gazelle, Poshmark, and Letgo. If you have lots of unused items, you can sell them online to make some money.
You can also buy products at wholesale prices from thousands of wholesalers or suppliers around the globe and resell these same products through these sites for making incredible profits. The key is to finding quality products from low-cost suppliers and then resell online for high prices. You can sell a wide range of products online.
Don’t think you can make a living by doing this? Check out Make a Living Flipping Flea Market Treasures where I interview Melissa Stephenson who, along with her husband Rob make over $100,000 a year selling other people’s unwanted items.
Selling Other People’s Things Online
This is a great way to start an online business if you know how to sell things online. Many people do not have the time to sell items they no longer need online or even do not know that they can sell their unwanted stuff online. That is where you can come in. You can sell their items over the internet for a commission of up to 40 percent on the sale price. You could turn this business model into a regular source of income, making a good side income every month.
Cash in on Clutter shows you where to sell different items to get the most money for your time.
Becoming a Life Coach
This is a great career option for people with an ability to inspire others with decisions involving personal life or careers. Having formal education or training is not necessary to work as a life coach. Life coaches can offer online or telephone sessions to help others out. You can charge $40-$50 per hour once you have established yourself as an expert in this field.
Selling Images Online
If you like taking photos, and have a good camera, selling your photos online can be a great online business you can start to make money.
If you have a good camera, you can take pictures of people, buildings, animals and other objects and turn those photos into cash by selling them via many stock photography or microstock websites. You will earn some money every time a consumer buys or downloads one of your pictures, depending on the right to use your pictures. You can earn 20%-65% commission from each sale.
Start by signing up on Shutterstock, iStockPhoto, etc. sites. You can use your smartphone to take pictures too. Another way to sell your photos is to take photos using your smartphone and then sell them on Foap. You can earn $5 for each photo that is sold on Foap.
Selling Your Crafts Online
If you are good at crafts, you can make money quickly selling your crafts via Facebook or Etsy. It is quick and easy to set up online accounts on many established marketplaces such as Facebook or Etsy and you can start selling your handmade crafts, e.g., jewelry, immediately.
If you are crafty, why not sell your own creations and services online? Simply sign up with Etsy to start selling your crafts online. Make sure to take good photographs of your wares to convince your potential buyers.
Online Affiliate Programs
Many people earn a living by simply running affiliate programs on their own websites, social media accounts or other third-party websites. If you have your own website or blog, you can increase your earning potential with affiliate marketing programs.
When you join an Affiliate marketing program, you recommend products and services from another company or person to your audience and earn a commission each time a user buys a product or service recommended by you. You will either get a flat fee or a certain percentage of the sale price from the merchant, i.e. your affiliate partner, depending on the program.
The merchant will give you a unique ID that is known as an affiliate link. You will place it on your site, social media accounts, etc. When any user clicks through your affiliate link to land on the merchant’s site and then perform any particular action, e.g. sign up for a newsletter, fill out a form, purchase a product or service, you will make some money, depending on the program.
Want to start a blog and start earning affiliate income? Check out How To Start A Blog ~ A Step by Step Guide.
Re-Selling Domain Names
If you can think of domain names with some commercial value and they are available to buy, you can buy domain names for cheap and re-sell them on sites like Flippa for a profit. You can make good money out of this business model if you can buy some good quality domains from time to time and resell them at high prices.
Buying and Sell Active Websites
Many people make a living by buying and selling active websites. You can check out sites like Flippa to see what sites are on sale and if they have the potential to make money in the future. Many webmasters and bloggers do not have the time or just do not want to update their websites and blogs anymore.
They often list their sites or blogs on sites like Flippa for sale. You can buy those sites that have potential to make you money in the future. You will need to develop them to build traffic so you can monetize them and resell them for a profit.
It is a good idea to buy websites that have .com URLs but .net and .org ULS are also cool, depending on the commercial value of the sites.
Selling Your Books Online
If you have old textbooks and other books that are collecting dust, you can sell them online to make some money. You can start a home business by buying books cheaply and reselling them via Bookscouter app and other similar platforms to make money. Make sure the books you buy are in good condition before shipping them off to a book buyback company.
Create Niche Websites
Creating niche websites can be a profitable online business if you are willing to work hard. If you are able to build websites using WordPress CMS or other website publishing tools around a variety of topics you know a lot about, you can earn money from these websites. These websites are called niche websites because they are focused on particular niches. Your niches can include sub-niches (niches within niches).
Niche websites usually make money from affiliate marketing programs. You will write about certain products and services relevant to the niches of your sites and earn money when your site visitors buy your recommended products and services or take other actions like sign up for deals and simply click on the affiliate links, depending on the affiliate program. Another way to make money from niches websites is to list them for sale on website flipping sites like Flippa or other marketplaces online.
Check out How to Rock at Affiliate Marketing where I interview Michelle who earns $50,000+ a month through affiliate marketing.
Selling Your Articles
If you have a knack for writing, you can write articles on a variety of topics, depending on your skills, and then sell them online via article or content marketplaces. Daily Article, ArticleSale, dotWriter™, etc. are some of the reputable article marketplaces online where you can upload your pre-written articles for sale.
Creating and Selling a Course Online
More and more people go online to find information and learn new things. If you know a lot about a particular topic, then you can get paid for your knowledge. Simply create an online course and sell it via online course service sites like Udemy and SkillCrush.
The topic of your online course can be just about anything like teaching things like piano, how to build a website, use specific software, or bake bread. Choose a course topic you know enough about. Just do some market research, create your lessons and upload your course on your chosen platform(s) online. You can earn a passive income by selling your online course because you can sell your course over and over again to people from all over the world.
Starting a blog
It is simple to start a blog but it takes time to make money from it. If you are able to build a sizeable traffic to your blog, you can make an income from it. If you love writing and know tons about a topic, then you can start a blog around that topic.
Over time, you can build traffic to your blog and earn money using various methods. Google AdSense is one of the more popular ways to monetize a blog. It will pay you to generate clicks on ads they put on your blog.
When a visitor to your site clicks on an ad on your site, you will earn some cash. This is called Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising. You can also sign up for Pay Per Mille (PPM, where M stands for Latin word Mille that means thousand) and get paid a certain amount of money per ad impression. They pay based on every thousand impressions of an ad your blog generates.
You can also use affiliate links on your blog to promote other companies’ or people’s products and services and earn money when any visitor clicks through a link to buy a product or service on a merchant’s (a company or a person) site. Some merchants will also pay if your referrals sign up for something or just click on the links, depending on the agreement with your affiliate partners.
You can also earn money from your blog by hosting sponsored reviews, selling advertising space on your blog and selling your own products or services. Blogging is a lucrative business idea for people with writing skills seeking to make money in the long-term. You can also start a blog business if you do not have the time or even the writing skill to write for it. You can outsource blog writing to freelancer writers or bloggers.
These are just a few of the top online business ideas for making money. If you are wanting to start a business, pick something that you love doing and do your research. Before you know it, you will be making bank without it feeling like you are working.
You can build an online business online from zero to little upfront cost. It depends on the online business model and availability of the resources required.
Online Business Ideas You Can Start From Home