Getting a business up and running with today’s technology doesn’t have to take a lot of time and money. By leveraging the internet you can start and run your business online, often with little to no cost. Maybe you also prefer to work in the comfort of your own home, all around the world as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection.
Online there’s also the luxury of choosing to work with your strengths and passions. Here are 10 types of businesses (and how to take action on them) you can start and have running in no time at all.
If you love writing you’ve most likely thought about starting a blog already. You can combine this with anything you have a burning passion for. While still having the freedom to create everything by your own design. With a loyal audience, you can launch other products and services that bring income.
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2. App development
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days and most run their lives from it. If you have a good idea for an application and happen to know coding, you can create the app yourself. If you don’t know how to turn your idea of an application into reality, there are plenty of developers who could collaborate with you.
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3. Handmade creations
Platforms like Etsy and ArtFire makes it super easy to sell quality handmade items. Start by purchasing materials in bulk from a craft supplier and produce a steady supply of quality products. It’s cheap and can be turned into profit quickly if you manage to turn orders around.
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4. Affiliate marketing
This is one of the most popular online business you can start, and with good reason. Most companies are willing to share a portion of their profits in form of commissions with individuals who successfully promote their products. To do this you simply have to sign up as an affiliate with a company & promote its product. What it comes down to is putting the right offer in front of the right people.
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5. SEO consultant
Do you have an expertise in search engine traffic and higher ranking positions? A lot of business owners don’t realize the impact search engine optimization (SEO) can have on their business. Your job is to show the power of SEO and maximize the traffic to their site by improving page rank within search engines. Teach them how to read and use their analytics data correctly, and how to use keywords and content to get more traffic.
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6. Specialized retail
Online shoppers are seeking for specific products. Easily target that market by setting up an e-commerce store. You can have this up and running in a matter of days. Get a web-hosting service with an integrated shopping cart feature or e-commerce software. These days it’s even possible to outsource shipping and storing of the products.
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7. Web design
Know HTML? You can use this skill to create beautiful and easy-to-use websites for business owners. Who wouldn’t want to take their website to the next level? Create your own website and build an impressive portfolio to attract more clients.
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8. Social media consultant
Small business owners often manage their own social media marketing. Without the know how it’s time-consuming and frustrating, and their time is better spent elsewhere. As a consultant, you come in and streamline this process. Find out the best tactics, posting schedules and content for their target audience. Increase their follower count and your business will grow.
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More and more businesses turn to freelancers on sites like www.freelancer.com. Depending on your skill sets, you have to decide what you’ll offer. You could work for multiple businesses in a variety of fields. Popular fields are tech services, content creating and web design for contract work.
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10. Remote technical support
Again, lots of small businesses don’t have their own IT employee. But when their systems break down, they’ll still need support. Instead of calling a computer-savvy friend or family member, you can offer support to them. Of course, you’ll need experience working with computers and networks. If you have that, they’ll gladly let you help them remotely with their technical issues.
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