Finding ideas for online business, and then joining the right one can be very challenging. With so much on the internet these days, total overwhelm comes to mind. I know, I struggled for years to find the best option that suited me.
And I can tell you I tried a few lemons along the way!
The right type of business for you must come from thorough research and doing your due diligence through reviews, trialling the business (hopefully for free first) and then making a solid decision based on your budget.
Luckily these days, to work home online, can be done easier and not at a huge cost. But that does not mean work isn’t involved. If you think just because you are going online to work that it will be easy, then I have news for you. It still takes consistent, dedicated work. However the reward for that hard work is truly worth it.
I will not necessarily be listing individual companies or multi level marketing businesses, however I will give you some insight into the types of business you may or may not become a part of. This is from my personal experience and my learned insights into these types of legitimate work from home opportunities.
My problem was (but I feel it became my advantage), was that I did try a lot of things; MLMs, Direct selling, Surveys, Trading, I was even part of a scam briefly which was a huge eye-opener.
But doing all of those things led me to what I now do online, which is build my own website around my passion. I now get residual/passive income because I learned how to build a business the right way.
Check out my full review here that now pays me every month (once you have finished reading this guide).
So sit back, relax and enjoy my comprehensive list of 30 plus ideas for online business. But like I said, do your own research, form your own opinion and make your own decision.
QUICK LINKS – go to one of the following topics that will be discussed in this article.
About this Guide
Many types of business online means various starting price points. This could be free to start (which is the what I highly recommend), low cost entry with upsells of higher ticket items when you do get in, or just a set price.
I have listed prices I am sure of and also some price estimations they do vary and at times change. One thing that you should know for certain is exactly the money that you have to outlay so there are no surprises along the way.
You should not start a business if they are not upfront and open about the costs involved. And let me tell you, there are many who do it so be very aware!
With some of the types of business I have listed in this Ideas for Online Business Guide, you will find I elaborate more on some than others. This is from first hand experience. I want to give you some real insight as you read through, and hope it will assist you as you choose a business of your own to pursue.
The Best Website Builders
Used for Affiliate Marketing, Blogging, Branding Yourself, Offline Business Branding.
Having an online or even offline business means a website is a must. And what is great about website building platforms, is some of them come for free, or with a free start up option to check them out.
All have pros and cons about them but at the end of the day, the best bet is to go with something that fits your needs.
If you are a beginner, then WordPress may be quite challenging to build a website. But with the likes of Wealthy Affiliate, Wix and Weebly, they make it simple and have your site created in no time.
Wealthy Affiliate (WA)
I list this as the No.1 for many reasons. Having used Weebly and Wix and also trying to do a blog with WordPress.org really gave me so many challenges. The Wealthy Affiliate website and more importantly the platform you are a part of, has your website created in less than a minute, and all the training and support to assist you along the way.
What is great also is you can start WA free. You get to see the ins and outs of the program before you decide if you want to commit to the very low subscription cost of $19 for the first month, then $49 per month thereafter.
In business online, support is a must. And having company owners who communicate daily within the community through the live chat support feature is just unheard. That is just one of the many reasons I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate.
If you have an offline business, want to do affiliate marketing, blogging or branding yourself then this platform is for you. I may be a little bias about this program. But after experiencing so much online with other programs and MLMs, for once I am getting a great return on investment and ongoing passive income. See for yourself why I am suggesting these guys.
Wix uses a drag and drop feature to build your website and is free to use – however, will list Wix ads. The Premium plan starts at 7/mth or $30/mth for the e-commerce site which gives you more storage and bandwidth and removal of the ads.
I have used Wix in the past and found it okay to use. Being new online, I needed the training and support which lacked and the reason I have gone down the Wealthy Affiliate website building path.
Weebly is another drag and drop building website platform and again, another I have used this in the past. They have a lot of templates you can use and many features to assist.
But again, even though support through tickets is great, you still need assistance via people who have built sites before and you just don’t get that here.
Most free sites will give you all the tools to get your website up and running. But to build it and then be found by your audience are two completely different things. You can have the prettiest website on the internet. But if no one is visiting then you have no business. Unless you have a healthy advertising budget, which most of us don’t, then this may become a struggle for you.
The prices for Weebly start at $10/mth or $20/mth for the e-commerce feature.
WordPress are the best websites going in my opinion. And with the likes of Wealthy Affiliate (whom use WordPress within their platform) you can have your site built in less than a minute.
But if you go it alone on building a WordPress site, it can be quite challenging. Yes, it is all free to use and set up and there are WordPress forums you can be part of. But when there are so many easier platforms with training and support (that automatically set up your WordPress site), then why would you go it alone, online with WordPress.
It’s Really Important to Have Your Own Website
Later in the guide, I list MLM’s as an opportunity to work from home. The real problem that comes with these, is that everyone has the same company website template as you. So every website for that matter looks the same, with maybe your photo and signature at the bottom to differ from other distributors.
That is why I have put website building at the top of the list as I know how important it is for a business long term. Websites are not just for blogging or affiliate marketing (where you are selling products and detailed information in a particular niche), but also for self-branding or to niche-brand as well.
Building a website and putting relevant information on it, will show Google you are serious about a particular niche. You may have the huge possibility of being the authority for the respective products you are trying to promote, which could mean top spots on Google’s page 1, and other search engines like Bing and Yahoo as well.
So truly consider this way of working at home. Realise the power that every post you publish on your website is another link back to you and your product. And another way of your customer finding you!
Work at Home for Others
Do you have skill sets like graphic design, writing, website developing or financial services you could offer? Then working at home for a fee could be right up your ally. I have listed some sites below my ideas so do check them out.
There is so much you could do here, from writing for people to designing images for websites. I remember once I needed a 1 minute intro for my YouTube channel. For his brilliant work we agreed on a $50 fee.
If you get good at any type of skill then there is probably a site you could join (I have listed a bunch below), to make a living out of. Get good ratings for your work and you will no doubt get the jobs!
From the comfort of your home office you could be a virtual assistant. You could help clients out by providing general office administration, secretarial, email assistance (especially if a company receives large volumes of it), or technical and creative support.
Writing blog content or article writing for magazines that need fresh and relevant content. Copywriting, ghostwriting, editing or proofreading and critiquing articles – just to name a few.
You could do this for websites; header banners, relevant images for the site, or overall improvement of website design and layout.
Get creative with business cards, logos, flyer, posters or perhaps design smaller banners to be used for advertising purposes.
Social Media Consultant
If you are a whiz around Facebook, Twitter and Instagram then you can offer services on how to use them for your business. With internet users growing and businesses going online everyday, the need for social media and how to use it will always be there. And, new platforms to spend time on socially, (and even advertise on) are introduced regularly.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Services
People build websites and blogs, however if they are not optimized properly, then chances are they are not being found in the search engines like Google and Yahoo. You can offer up your expertise in how to place keywords in meta titles/descriptions, correct keyword density in web pages, alt tags on images and so forth.
When people build their websites, (and if they aren’t part of a training/helpful platform) they may require assistance for things like plugins or coding. There may be something that just isn’t right and expertise in programming is needed. So if you are up to speed with coding and programming language, then this could be a great gig for you.
Resume and Cover letter writing
There is always someone looking for a job. So if you have the skills to put a concise resume and good cover letter together, then this could be an option for you.
If you are a Certified Financial Planner and have the credentials to prove it, then you can offer these services at an agreed fee.
You can work with clients on problem solving and strategies in their respective business. Assist them to develop their own business skills required for their niche.
Cover things like marketing plans or what types of marketing techniques to use and how to use them to better their knowledge and online business experience.
Freelancing Sites you can Join
Here is the list of sites I mentioned earlier, that you can join, provide your services and ultimately command a fee. Most are free to join however a percentage of your sales may go to the owners running the site as part of a fee for using their service.
Upwork (previously Odesk)
E-Commerce and Selling
Perhaps you want an online store to sell goods?
With an e-commerce store there are many site building programs that can have you up and running your online store in no time! Website programs will walk you through the the entire process of design, hosting, pricing and payment options, reports and even marketing tools.
Features should definitely include payment security, and do check you are able to provide enough payment and shipping options for your customers. The better the experience for them, the better your reviews will be. Plus a happy customer may just be a returning customer as well!
Just go with a program that is easy to use and another important feature is that they provide good support. Generally users of the system will happily share how good, (or not so good) support is in a review, so if the site has reviews – check them out!
Some Top e-Commerce Sites
All of these sites vary in prices. The more you pay, the more bandwidth, support and amount of products you can list, amongst other elements the store has to offer.
You can start with a free trial – Lowest price is 29.95/mth and prices go up from there.
A free site. Then your basic plan is $4.50/mth. E-commerce $16.50/mth and prices go up from there.
A free trial for 14 days. Basic plan starts at $15/mth. Then a $35 plan, $75 and $135 plan.
Is free but with limited options. Prices start at $69/mth then up to $299 per month plan.
Free 14 day trial. Basic plan $29/mth. Then a $79 plan and $299 per month plan.
Has a free trial for 15 days. Basic plan starts at $29/mth. Then a $79 plan and $229 per month plan.
A free trial with limited options. Basic plan is $5.99/mth. Then a $29.99 plan and $59.99 per month plan.
Start your free trial for 14 days. This site does not list prices however you can contact them for a quote.
Sell Your own Photography
If you have a passion for photography, or you are a professional photographer, then you can make money from your pics on photo selling websites.
A popular site for selling and downloads. This site heads the list for photographers who want to earn well. You can check out more about them here.
A place to showcase your best photography. You can just display photos however the Pro or paid options gives you a storefront and e-commerce capabilities. You can set the pricing on your own and earn up to 85% royalty rate. Digital downloads, prints and cards can also be sold.
The world’s leading photo platform dedicated to Tour companies! For all your tours and activities, Tour Photos can share or sell (to the tourists) the photos taken during their excursion with them. Many activities that are included are from cruise ships, scuba diving, rafting, amusement parks, camel riding, skydiving, and many more.
Istockphoto by Getty Images
If people download your photos you earn a royalty payment.
And here are a few others to research and check out!
Trading & Crypto Currency
There are so many types of trading. Day trading, long term trading, I was even part of 60 second trade scheme that taught me how to place my money in when it was low and 60 seconds later it (hopefully) had increased. But it was so unpredictable it wasn’t funny and became ridiculously scary!
Short term trading involves frequent buying and selling of stock, commodities – buying at a lower price and selling at a higher price within a relatively short period of time.
I never got too involved with trading as I do believe you have to know what you are doing when investing hard earned dollars. Watching how markets rise and fall can be quite daunting if you really don’t know what you are supposed to be looking at. Education on this is imperative!
But people do enjoy it and if you know what you are doing, it can be really profitable, in a short period of time. And I have noticed alot of things around the internet these days involving Bitcoin and Crypto Currency training as well. I really don’t know much about any of these and I really don’t want to either!
Surveys are probably the least fun thing I like to do online. They are boring and you get very little reward for your work. But if you like to make a few extra dollars, or get rewards from gift cards or other methods then here are a couple of good sites I have sourced.
These websites within them, have a whole bunch of legitimate survey sites, and other useful information that will point you in the direction of the better paid surveys. And I did not want to list every type of survey site, as I know some are just a pure waste of time.
Again, not my cup of tea however just another online business option if it interests you.
MLM or Multi Level Marketing
With MLM’s, you can either like them or hate them. Having been part of both MLMs and also Direct Selling business (which I cover below this) I am happy to say, I am now not part of any.
Simply put, MLM is where the distributor in a company not only gets compensated for the sales they generate, but they also get paid various amounts from the multiple levels of sales below them. Which in theory sounds great doesn’t it? But does it happen for all? A big fat NO!
The key is to build a downline of other distributors below you, so you reap a percentage of what they sell. This could be an actual physical product, or a digital educational product, or service.
And these MLMs can lure you in with smaller products and costs, to then have you pay for products in the thousands. (Because apparently you need the dearer products to be successful).
My best advice to anybody wanting to take this path is DO YOUR RESEARCH. There are always reviews on MLM based businesses, and do not stop at just one review – read many!
Direct Selling Business
Direct selling is more about marketing and selling products directly to customers. Which means you have to find alot of them. Plus, you are also marketing the business model as well.
So basically, if I marketed my business and somebody joined and bought the products, I would get a good percentage of the sales, the owners get their percentage and unlike MLM, nothing is shared with any upline distributors.
What is probably good about this model, is your success reflects your efforts and it is not about having to train heaps of downline distributors. Or rely on them to get paid so you in turn get a percentage of their sales.
My No. 1 Pick for Online Business and for Good Reason
Like I said earlier, I have been online for years, and experienced many types of businesses good and bad. So here are 10 reasons why I choose what I do ‘successfully’ now.
This business is secure, reputable and not going anywhere.
Support comes in spades. From the company, owners to the person who enrolled you, plus 24 hours a day, community chat support.
It is free to try out for as long as you want, plus you get a full course of lessons to get you up and running.
Everything included in the cost of $49/mth with no hidden upsells on the way in, or anyone trying to sell you other things. The cheapest business I have been part of, and have not had to buy additional tools to make it work.
Web hosting all included, and site security keeping your visitors data safe.
This platform has the best online business training going. Courses with step by step lessons in the form of video and text content.
Live webinar training keeping you up to date with what is trending now in marketing and also additional help for you as you build your website and create content.
Anybody can do this, with little or no experience because of the step by step training supplied.
Because of the Live chat feature and being 24 hours a day, you have access to industry experts and 6 and 7 figure income earners.
Not only can you get your site profitable in your niche, there is a referral program (for others to join the Wealthy Affiliate program) which leads to having the best residual income opportunity. I now get paid a monthly residual income – which is brilliant.
I have full details on the Wealthy Affiliate University Review. Bottom line, that is exactly how I describe it, like a university for affiliates online.
As you can see, there are a lot of of legitimate online business opportunities.
And there are alot of not so good ones as well, unfortunately.
Your best bet is to do your research before you join anything. Read reviews, check out the company owners, and then do it all over again. Some reviews can be very bias as it is in the writers interest to trash one company, to then suggest you to join theirs.
At the end of the day you have to do what interests you, what you think will become profitable, plus something you will daily enjoy. And building something around your family, with more time freedom is the ultimate dream!
I do hope you enjoyed my guide and ideas for online business. Do realise there are many options for business online. This is just to give you an overall idea, and some links to the more popular sites.
Hope it helps you out. Do leave your comments on your favourite type of business below.