Today’s technology enables freelancer’s and entrepreneurs to do their work from anywhere that has an internet connection. Across the globe, millions of companies operate remotely using just a digital environment. This allows them to lower overhead costs and offers the freedom to conduct business on the move. Starting an online business requires much less risk than investing your money into brick-and-mortar.
However, deciding to start an online business is the easy part. The real challenge is to find out which opportunities are available specific to your strengths and expertise. Is there a gap in the market for what you want to do? We have put together a list of 14 online business ideas that require little more than a laptop to get you started. Are you ready to become the next big entrepreneur?!
Any business undoubtedly needs a marketing department. A good marketing manager will review their client’s current marketing efforts to ensure that all the correct strategies are in place to help the business thrive. Aside from implementing strategies and plans marketing managers are also expected to deliver a variety of tasks, these may include copywriting, email marketing, social media management, website management or SEO.
In short business consultants advise their client’s on how to make their business more profitable. They evaluate their client’s business, their current position in the market and any leading competitors. The business consultant will advise what changes should be made and will notify the business owner of any opportunities that the client may benefit from.
Social Media Manager
At least 60% of companies have an online presence. Not all of them require someone in-house 40 hours a week and a lot of companies outsource their online presence to professional freelancers. If you’ve got the knowledge and expertise it takes to consult brands on what works best, how they can increase their following and engage their community then you should have no problem landing clients.
One mans trash is another man’s treasure, right? Kids clothes, adult’s clothes, furniture, antiques, toys, electronics and more. Set up an e-commerce store or maybe use a platform like eBay to get rid of items you don’t need. We all love a bargain!
If you are the creative/artistic type and want to do a little more than using your computer then you may want to consider selling personalised items online such as celebration cakes, paintings, handmade cards, home-cooked foods, handmade clothing, personalised picture frames etc.
Not everyone has access to the gym, perhaps they don’t have child care or maybe they live too far away. An online PT is just the same as the PT you will find in the gym. However, your sessions will be hosted on Skype or other video calling software. You’ll be able to offer direction, support and motivation to all your clients from the comfort of their home. It’s convenient for you both!
In 2016, 26% of adults were classified as obese in the U.K. This has increased from 15% in 1993. People are in dire need of Nutritional help. Too many of us make poor food choices and are uneducated about the foods available to us. Take all your knowledge and training and offer online webinar’s educating people. Put together personalised plans and offer advice and support to your clients along their journey.
If you’ve got something to say, we say, say it! Blogging offers great opportunities to make money with affiliate marketing if you’re popular enough. Build your audience by offering continuous quality content and you can make money by promoting products and services in exchange for a commission from the sales made via the ad on your blog.
Legal writing is used by all types of legal professionals. Think lawyers, legislators, judges etc. This type of text requires specific references or citations from a legal authority. Legal professionals require all sorts of write-ups. Employment contracts, company bylaws, claims and complaints forms, non-disclosure agreements etc.
Do you have a knack for writing? Ghost-writers are provided with a summary of text which they then write and author in someone else’s name, you’ll take no credit for the content you produce. In literature, you may ghost-write books, reports or manuscripts. In journalism, you may ghost-write news articles, blog posts or feature stories.
If your smart and you love helping people learn then offering online tuition is a great place to start. You can use your English Literature degree to tutor people in need. This could be a student studying for their GCSE’S or someone who is learning English as a second language.
Long gone are the days of hiring a PA. We now have mobile concierges and virtual assistants. The virtual assistant does everything that an office-based assistant does, just virtually. If you’re experienced in admin, diary management and your super organised then make yourself known. Build your own website using Wix or WordPress or register with People per Hour.
Graphic designers are in high demand right now, they are hired for their creative flair to design logo’s, website visuals, advertisements for social media, leaflets, brochures, emails and much more.
Mobile App developer
What does a mobile app developer do? Well, Its all in the name. A Mobile Application Developer specializes in designing and developing mobile apps for mobile platforms such as iOS, Android & Windows. If you’re tech-savvy and educated in software development with a passion for programming and the ambition to see your app on billions of devices then this is your calling!
If you have creative graphic skills and technical skills and you can visualise how a website will look and how it will function before its built then this is the path for you. Often businesses require designers to have an IT degree’s but its not always necessary. If you’ve got a portfolio of websites you’ve built that are quality then you’re in!
As mentioned at the start, having an online business is a brilliant way to lower your costs and save on overheads such as office rent and utilities, but If you find yourself in a position where you want to expand or perhaps you want to give your online business a location address then you may want to consider renting a ‘Virtual Office.’ We offer a business address in the heart of London’s Mayfair and we also offer meeting room hire, mail forwarding services and much more. Get in touch with us to find out more!