There are so many types of businesses online. Some are solely Internet based and others involve a little bit of engaging online as well as offline. The problem is that some people do not see the potential or fear to fail.
Before I go further, if you start a business online, do not quit your day job yet! You will need to invest and you also need to make sure you are certain that your online job will give you a steady income that you can actually live off of.
Here are a few different businesses that people can start online, but never thought of it as a business:
Blogging – There are programs out there that you can get paid to blog. There are normal everyday people who have blogged that have made well over $18 K (US dollar) a year! You can also post advertisements. Some popular, yet not hugely mainstream sites will make as little as $400 to $2500 a month on just banner ads. Of course there are other money making options for bloggers too, but some people can literally make a business out of blogging and for them, it might be the easiest job they have ever had.
MLM – Multi-level marketing is big. Amway, Avon, and many other sites have thousands of independent business owners who sell products and also help enable others to become part of the business too. Some of these entrepreneurs will have their own website through their company to help them independently brand themselves online. This takes work as not only does the person have to promote their product, they are also looking for people to recruit – like affiliate marketing.
Your Own Skill – Do you have a skill that people have said that you should probably try selling it – like crafting, web design, or some type of service? You might be surprised. I met a woman on Twitter named Vicki Dehne (@paperbeadgirl) with a wonderful idea about designing and patenting a tool to help people who make crafts to be able to make paper beads more efficiently. For me, I was wowed because I love to make jewelry and this was something I liked to do, but it was a pain to make. Skills and services such as Vicki’s are something that people in the crafting niche would find very valuable.
With so many ways to get your product out there for your business through social networking and your own website, it is possible. I do want to note that no matter how much some of the businesses out there that promise that you will get rich quick, you will not. It takes work and some time. It also can take investing money too, but be smart as well as cautious about what you invest in so you will not come up empty if your business flops. Some people succeed faster than others depending on their time and ambition to succeed.
So, have you been tip toeing into trying your own hand at having some type of business online? Have you tried it, but it might not be working the way you wanted it to? (Why?) Or does the thought of having a business online still seem really intimidating? (Why?)