Top 8 Internet Business Ideas You Can Start Today
ebook Publishing for Profit. Credit: Alexsl | Getty Images
Even before Amazon made publishing and selling books easier and more affordable, many online entrepreneurs were creating and selling ebooks and other information products online.
People are devouring information online, and if you can package and sell it online or through any number of distributors, you can do well.
There are two basic ways to sell your books and information. One is to create an ebook (or even print), and sell it through an online book retailer such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and others. This is affordable and fairly easy to set up.
The other option is to create an ebook or other informative product (courses, videos etc) and sell it through your own website. You can even create an affiliate program to build a sales team to promote it on their websites.
Books and information products can be the base of a business in and of themselves, but they can also enhance a business or create an additional stream of income to an existing business.
They key to success in publishing, similar to all forms of making money, is having a great product, and marketing it to a target audience. More
Get paid to be social online.
Internet marketing services are in great demand. However, with marketing moving from a one-directional advertising message to social interaction, the need for social media management experts is huge.
More than just driving traffic to a website as internet marketing experts do, social media managers help businesses create a community around their product or service, manage the brand image, provide customer service. and more.
Being a social media manager requires an understanding of social media (i.e. what types of posts do best at each network), knowledge on how to share the company s brand with the market, and ability to engage with the market without offending the market or hurting the company s brand. More
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Virtual Assistants provide a multitude of services. Credit: Tetra Image | Getty Images
The Virtual Assistant (VA) industry continues to grow as more an more entrepreneurs and small business turn to outsourcing to save money while still getting things done.
While virtual assistants are usually seen as home-based secretaries, they can, in fact, do many things, including bookkeeping, marketing, and more. Virtual assistants can focus on a specific duty, such as bookkeeping or website management. Others do a variety of tasks in a target industry, such as a real estate assistant.
The challenge to starting a virtual assistants business. as is in business, is getting clients. Freelance sites or microwork sites don t pay great but can help you get experience and your foot in the door. More
Sell your skills as a freelancer.
Just about any skill that another business needs can be done on a freelance basis. Web design, social media management, and virtual assistance can be viewed as freelance business. So can content and copy writing. bookkeeping, graphic design, desktop publishing and more.
The benefit to freelancing is that you can take a skill you already have and turn it into a business. You know how to provide the service, so all you need to learn is how to market it. If you re known for your skill, finding clients can be easy. You can turn your former boss into a client, access your network for referrals and more. But if you have trouble, the freelance sites can be a good source to jump start your business. More
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Help other succeed through coaching and consulting.
Much in the same way freelancers sell their skills, coaches and consultants can sell their expertise and knowledge. More and more people are hiring coaches and consultants to help them achieve their goals easier and faster. Business to business coaching offers greater pay and opportunities, but many individuals hire people to help them learn life skills, parenting techniques, and improve their relationships.
You don t necessarily need training or a certification, but it can be helpful in generating credibility. Further, while you may be knowledgeable about what you re coaching or training, you may not have the skills and technique to teach them. Coaching requires the ability to listen, assess, and motivate people into action.
Through the use of video conferencing and VoIP calling. you can work with clients all over the world, all from the comfort of home.
If you have a background in a helping profession or success in achieving something (i.e. marketing), then teaching and helping others should be easy. You can use your network to help you get clients. More
Open an online store. renjith krishnan/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
People spend billions of dollars buying stuff online. They order contacts, flowers, books, gifts, doo-dads and more. At one time, starting an online business was a challenge. You needed a steady stream of products and a technically difficult and expensive to produce online shopping cart system. Today, selling goods and services online is less difficult.
Don t have a product? That s okay, you can work with a wholesaler or dropshipper. You can get products and sell them through your own website or others sites like eBay and Amazon. You can even ship your products to Amazon and it will sell and ship them to customers for you in its Fulfillment by Amazon program..
Do you have access to a steady supply of quality used name-brand baby clothes? Then maybe eBay is a better option.
Do you make jewelry or some other handicraft? Try out Etsy .
If you don t want to be limited to these options, create your own storefront. which is much easier now that web hosting services offer plug-and-play programs for shopping carts and order taking. More
This is not an exhaustive list. There are many ways you can make extra money or a full-time income from home.The key is to find a product or service you can get behind, determine the market that wants or needs them, and then create a system to reach, sell and deliver to them.