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10 Online Businesses You can Start Today From Home


While most businesses today also operate online, there are many types of businesses that can operate solely online. Online businesses tend to be much easier to manage than other types of businesses. Generally, there are no building or transportation costs associated with many online businesses.

They are also easier to start.  If you have been thinking about starting your own businesses, which can give you the flexibility to work anywhere, including your home, there are a number of options available.  In this post, we list 10 online businesses you can start right now from home.




1. Start a print-on-demand business


This is one of the easiest home businesses that you can do. Having a print-on-demand business means that you can make a design to be printed out. The items vary from T-shirts, mugs, hoodies, and many more. The best part is that you don’t need to stock on these items since the print on demand business will already do it for you. You will earn as your shop makes a sale.

Here’s How to Start:

  • Choose your niche.
  • Find print-on-demand products.
  • Have your designs and website ready.
  • Choose which print provider you want to start. You can choose from Printful, Gooten, Printify, Shopify, and many more.
  • Start promoting your shop. You can do this on social media and other platforms so that you can advertise your products.


2. Start a dropshipping store

Dropshipping has been a popular home business for some time now. You just need to set up your shop from any dropshipping website and you’re good to go. Shopify offers dropshipping services as well as with AliExpress. You can choose the products you want to market and they will do the rest. For this home business, you only need a minimal starting capital or even none since you don’t need to purchase stocks.

Here’s how to start:

  • Select your niche so you will have a specific reason for what products you’re about to sell.
  • Do a competition search. That way, you will have a comparison when it comes to your pricing.
  • Find a supplier where your products will be coming from.
  • You can now build an e-commerce website to post your products for sale.
  • Promote your website so that people will see what you have to offer.
  • Once somebody buys from you, your dropshipping company will take care of the packaging and also the shipping and handling.



3. Online Tutoring


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Another great idea to start as your home business is online tutoring. If you are in the know and good with academics, you can try this. That way, you don’t even have to leave your home since you can just do the tutoring online. Being an English tutor is also a great niche if you are just starting out.

Here’s How to Start:

  • Find an online tutoring website or you can also apply from the job boards. This way, you will be working as a remote employee and even get some benefits. But it’s also good if you want to start as a freelancer
  • Have your tools ready. A decent PC, internet connection, headset with the noise-cancellation options are the usual requirements.
  • Market yourself if you’re planning to do it on your own.
  • Once you have some students, you will start earning.


4. Social Media Account Management

If you are familiar with how social media works, then you can start a home business as a Social Media Account Manager. Your main tasks will be writing and scheduling posts, running ads, replying to fans, and many more.

As social media becomes the go-to source for businesses to engage with customers, the demand for good managers is increasing. According to the BLS, a 10% rate of job growth is expected for marketing managers from 2016 to 2026. The 2017 median income reported for social media marketing managers by PayScale was $49,149 per year.

Here’s How to Start:

  • Build your community on your social media accounts.
  • Begin by taking on small clients and managing no more than one or two clients at a time.
  • Utilize platforms such as Buffer or Social Pilot to manage multiple social accounts for clients.
  • Start making money once you get hired by a client.



5. Social Media Consulting

Social media consulting is slightly different from a Social Media Manager in several ways. While a social media manager handles and implements strategies, a consultant shows entrepreneurs and businesses how to grow and manage their social media accounts.

This includes providing strategies, audits, and training. This business will most likely require fewer hours to manage and offer a lot of flexibility as some of the training can be through virtual meetings or recorded webinars and courses.

Here’s how to start:

  • Tweak your social media account to attract clients.
  • Decide what services you will offer. Social Media Consultants can offer a range of services such as social media audits, coaching sessions, training, creation or even strategy.
  • Find your first clients on Indeed, Upwork, or on your personal social media accounts via family friends.
  • Offer free consultations or 1-hour sessions to show your expertise.
  • Take on a few clients pro bono or at a discount.



6. Virtual Office Assistant


Being a virtual assistant 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. This makes the job a perfect home business opportunity.

Virtual assistants execute various tasks for their online clients. Some of these tasks include sending and responding to emails, conducting research for blog content, posting and editing blog posts, and updating social media. You can increase rates as you broaden your portfolio.  

Here’s how to start:

  • Create your menu of services. You must create a list of primary services that you can offer that will also be high demand. These services are usually administrative in nature.  
  • Build a portfolio of your projects to display your skillset. You should have spreadsheets, presentations, and other examples of things that you have done or can do. You should also know how many words-per-minute you can type so that you can add that to your list of skills. VA’s are expected to work quickly so showing your ability to complete tasks quickly is important.
  • Use freelancing sites to find clients.
  • Offer help with single projects or tasks first.
  • To retain clients, make sure that your response time is short and that you complete tasks on time or before time.


7. Etsy Seller

Etsy is a platform that allows creators, designers, and artists to sell their vintage, handmade, and custom products. Over 33 million buyers converge on the site to buy things they may not otherwise get in other stores. This is an especially good platform for selling unique crafts that are designed by you.

Here’s how to start:

  • Register for an Etsy account to get started.
  • Set your shop preferences including language, home country, and currency.
  • Choose your Etsy shop name.
  • Add items, complete their listings, and publish them to your shop.
  • Choose how you’d like to accept payments. Set up your billing information.
  • Take pictures of your creations and begin posting them on social media. Utilize Instagram to find new customers
  • Customize and market your shop to your friends and family.


8.Freelance Content Writer

A freelance writer is essentially an independent contractor who writes for clients without necessarily belonging to a particular entity or company. This business has low overheads, and in most online platforms, you can get started for free. Additionally, you get to have a flexible schedule and exposure to different niches. There is a variety of writing jobs available ranging from ghostwriting, copywriting, and web content.

Since thousands of writing jobs are made available every week, you can earn a 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. To be successful, you must have the ability to generate original content. Additionally, you must be self-disciplined, have good grammar as well as a 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. 


Here’s how to start:

  • Choose your area of expertise. You’ll have to choose the subjects that you can write about. You can be a general writer but specializing on specific topics makes you more valuable.
  • Finetune your writing skills. To create written content, you will need to research, compile information, and present it in a way that is compelling to potential readers. You may want to take a writing course
  • Get your work out there! One of the best things you can do for your writing career is to get published online as soon as possible. You can either run your own blog or become a contributor to a multi-author blog or platform.
  • Utilize freelancing sites.
  • Be sure to produce quality consistently and meet deadlines. Freelance writing is very competitive and there is not a shortage of writers. If you produce subpar work to a client they will very likely never work with you again.




9. Start a Vlog/Youtube Channel

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Vlogging is becoming a popular career choice for individuals who want to earn money while sharing their life, expertise, and opinions with the world. 75% of children age 6 to 17 want to become YouTubers. In a study published in The Sun, three-quarters of Gen Z and Millennials surveyed chose to become a YouTuber as their most desired career. 

YouTube is the most popular website with vloggers since it is used by millions of people every day. But you don’t have to be a teen to be successful vlogging. A vlog is a great business idea for people interested in filmmaking and videography and those who enjoy curating engaging content. 

The earning potential in YouTube is limitless. Take this list for example, where the top vloggers earn over $10 million from their respective platforms. The beauty of vlogging is that there are numerous niches you can choose to focus on like gaming, make-up, comedy, and photography.

Here’s how to start:

  • Understand your audience and find your niche.
  • Start a channel on Youtube and begin broadcasting on Instagram.
  • Familiarize yourself with the platform. Take the time to research other vlogs as well as the technical aspects of Youtube and Instagram.  
  • Invest in good gear. Make sure to use quality tech. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive but a good mic, camera, and lighting will make your videos appear more professional. You can find some good camera suggestions on our post on the best cameras for vlogs.  
  • Edit your videos! Good editing can make all the difference. Take your time to make sure your videos flow well.
  • Choose the right monetization strategy. You can monetize a vlog through advertising, sponsorships or selling your own products and services.




10. Coaching (Financial, Life, Health & Nutrition, etc)

A finance coach helps individuals and families manage their credit and money. Business coaches help entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. Life coaches help people with various aspects of their lives.

Coaches of all kinds can now work primarily online and hold virtual sessions with their clients. Even health and nutrition coaches can advise their clients and hold workout sessions virtually.

Here’s how to start:

  • Select your area of expertise.
  • Utilize conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Skype.
  • Only work with clients that you know you can help.
  • Offer free consultations and free follow-ups to start.
  • Get testimonials. 



Thomas Martin
Tom is a member of the Editorial Team at StartUp Mindset. He has over 6 years of experience with writing on business, entrepreneurship, and other topics. He mainly focuses on online businesses, digital publishing, marketing and eCommerce startups.

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Tom is a member of the Editorial Team at StartUp Mindset. He has over 6 years of experience with writing on business, entrepreneurship, and other topics. He mainly focuses on online businesses, digital publishing, marketing and eCommerce startups.

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