Updated for March 2020
1. Online tutoring
Online tutoring is one of the most popular remote businesses. Its popularity is mainly due to the convenience that it offers. As an online tutor, you would be offering e-moderation to a group where several learners receive instructions from you simultaneously.
You will also be offering asynchronous tutoring, whereby you would be responding to sets of questions that learners had previously submitted to you. The other alternative is to offer synchronous tutoring. This is when you have real time interaction with clients and students at specific times via a shared medium.
2. Nutrition and wellness coaching
As a nutrition and wellness coach, you can offer many different products and services that improves the health and well-being of your clients. Services include lifestyle management, specific diet navigation, and sports nutrition.
This type of business involves guiding your clients on how to manage their unique lifestyles by giving them methods of organizing, planning and tracking meals. You can generate income by teaching people how to effectively navigate through special diets or detoxification processes. To effectively do this job, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the various types of diet, branded detoxification methods as well as cleansing programs.
In the past, blogging was generally done by an individual and covered one or two subjects. However, this isn’t the case anymore. If you’re looking for remote businesses that can be run from anywhere on earth, consider joining multi author blogs (popularly known as MABS), where you can get paid for contributing valuable content to MABS owned by newspapers, advocacy groups, media outlets, think tanks, universities and other institutions.
4. Professional Copywriting
Copywriting is one of the most popular and lucrative remote businesses that you can ever undertake. As a copywriter, your job will entail helping to come up with direct mail pieces, sales letters, taglines, postcards, jingle lyrics, brochures, web page content, billboards, online advertisements, catalogs, emails, white papers, commercial scripts to be aired on radios or TVs as well as press releases on behalf of your clients.
Your clientele may consist of advertising agencies, creative agencies, PR firms, magazines, company advertising departments, book publishers, large stores, newspapers, marketing firms, cable providers and broadcasters, among others.
5. Freelance writing
A freelance writer is essentially an independent contractor who writes for clients without necessarily belonging to a particular entity or company. Since thousands of writing jobs are made available every week, it’s possible for you to earn decent income as long as you are hardworking, dedicated, and produce quality work.
If you are gainfully employed, consider being a part-time freelance writer. It’s important to note that not everyone can succeed in this industry. In order to be successful, you must have the ability of generating original content. Additionally, you must be self disciplined, have good grammar as well as good academic background.
You can only succeed if you are willing to adequately market yourself, chase leads, drum up business, follow the instructions given by clients and complete assignments in time. Additionally, you’ll need to create and maintain good relationships with clients.
6. Creation and Sale of Information Products
An information product generally refers to an educational e-book (kindle, e-pub or PDF), digital video recording and/or digital audio recording. It’s a form of intellectual property (IP) content that is stored in digital form and then sold via the internet.
Creating and selling information products is one of the easiest remote businesses that you can venture into. In order to be successful, follow the procedure outlined below:
a. Identify challenges faced by your prospective customers.
b. Come up with a step by step procedure to enable your customers follow your plan with ease.
c. Utilize the right tools.
d. Offer your potential customers multiple options through which they can enjoy your product (e.g. watching, reading and/or listening).
7. Creation and Sale of Podcasts
A podcast is a type of digital media which contains a periodic series of ePub files, audio, PDF, video or digital radio subscribed to and automatically downloaded via web syndication. It can also be streamed online using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Starting a podcast is becoming a great business or a way to gain more exposure for your existing business.
This is one of the most lucrative remote businesses that you can venture into even if you don’t have much start-up capital. To generate revenue, you can maintain several video or audio files as website feed on a server, and the clients (viewer or listeners) use podcasters (specially-designed client application software) to gain access to the web feed, download new files and/or check for updates.
Advertising is one of the easiest ways to generate revenue from your podcast. The other great thing is that you can start podcasting with your smartphone.
8. Web Development
This is a job that you can do irrespective of your geographical location. It involves development of a website (for an intranet or the internet) and/or development of web-based social network services, internet applications or electronic businesses.
As a web developer, your work can also consist of web engineering, e-commerce development, web design, configuration of network security and web servers as well as development of web content.
9. Social Media Consulting
We all know that social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are here to stay. Almost everyone who has access to the internet has joined one or more social media platforms, and organizations (both for-profit and not-for profit) haven’t been left behind.
You can capitalize on the social media craze by becoming a social media consultant. As a consultant, you’ll be enabling clients to enhance their profiles on social media, thus facilitating growth and expansion of their businesses.
In order to be a successful social media consultant, it’s important to know who/what your clients are, develop a good social media strategic plan, implement the master plan and also analyze results.
10. Affiliate Marketing
This is a concept that started in the 1990s and is therefore one of the oldest remote businesses. It is a performance based marketing concept whereby you get financial rewards for encouraging customers to buy certain commodities.
As an affiliate marketer, you compensation is calculated using any of the following formulae; revenue sharing, CPM (cost per mille), PPS (pay per sale), CPC (cost per click), and/or CPA (cost per action).
11. Tax Advisory/ Consulting
If you’re a fully qualified accountant (with both academic and professional qualifications) as well as requisite certifications, think of becoming a freelance tax consultant. It’s one of the most rewarding remote businesses that you can ever do.
As a tax consultant, you can get paid huge sums of money by companies or individuals who are interested in minimizing their tax liabilities. Companies and individuals require interpretation of tax laws almost all the time because taxation laws in all countries across the world are very complicated.
12. Virtual Office Assistant
Becoming a virtual office assistant/ virtual assistant is among the most financially rewarding remote businesses that you can run from anywhere in the world. It’s a job that involves providing professional administrative, creative and/or technical assistance to clients, usually via the internet.
There is a huge demand for virtual assistants across the world because many clients prefer engaging independent contractors. You can establish and maintain communication with clients through your website, websites belonging to third parties, email, telephone, Google Voice and Skype, among other modes of communication.
Many businesses not only need logos and branding, they need social media and website graphics. Because of this, graphic designers are still very much in high demand. If you have an artistic eye and can learn to use programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Gimp, Photoshop and other software, you may want to consider starting a graphic design business. The average salary for a freelance graphic designer is around $50,028 annually.
Running Facebook and Google Ads
Facebook and Google are some of the most popular options on the advertising scene. Running ads for clients is quite viable as a business idea as more and more companies are pushing their marketing efforts online. The first step you should make is to single out the particular clients you want to work with and organize meetings. As your agency grows, ensure you are constantly learning to keep up with the Facebook and Google’s algorithm.
Becoming a Amazon reseller is slightly different than selling a product online yourself. First, you send Amazon your products and they store it in one or more of their massive, million acre warehouses called fulfillment centers. Then, your products are inventoried and sorted by fulfillment robots and employees. When someone orders your product, Amazon takes care of everything. They will pack and ship your product to the customer for you. This makes this business a great one to run from anywhere because it is mostly “hands off”. Amazon even follows up with the customer to make sure everything is okay with the order. And, if any adjustments or returns need to be made, Amazon takes care of that, too.