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30 Successful Online Business Ideas

05/04/2022 19:37:42 +0000
Our world is becoming more technology-based in every way, including doing business.
 
For many people, this means starting an online business. For example, this could mean selling, using a retail site. However, it could also mean providing customers with relevant services and products. So, yes, online businesses are becoming far more prevalent and numerous.

Suppose you want to start working from home and making good money with an online business but don't know where to start. If you are short on ideas, we have 30 for you.
30 Successful Online Business Ideas
Below, we list 30 very successful online business ideas for you to potentially engage in. This list is for idea purposes, so we haven't listed financials.
We also haven't set up this list in any specific order.
 
Each idea is as good as the next, depending on your particular skills, financial situation, and goals.

1. A Dropshipping Business

One of the most modern successful business ideas is a dropshipping store.
 
Dropshipping is a type of retail where the seller doesn't store goods in a warehouse. This means that you don't have to invest in a warehouse and deal with manufacturing costs.
 
In other words, this is more or less like being a third-party retailer that sells products for other manufacturers.

2. An Online T-Shirt Business

Another successful business idea is to open something like an online T-shirt shop. However, this could be pants, hats, bandanas, or other items.
 
We are talking about a print-on-demand business. You can create customized clothing for people who place orders.
 
Printing on-demand clothing enables you to make only as many products as you have orders. This can help avoid having an overstock of products that you can't sell.

3. Become an SEO Expert

Being an SEO expert is now one of the most in-demand professions related to online business. SEO, or search engine optimization, is essential for the success of any retail website. Therefore, everybody else starting an online business will need to perform SEO for their websites.
 
In other words, you can create your online business from other online businesses. Doing e-commerce SEO optimization, content creation, and link building are all options here.

4. Become a Kickstarter Advisor

Another online business is being a Kickstarter adviser. Many upstarts use Kickstarter or other crowdfunding platforms to get investments for their business.
 
However, capturing the attention of potential investors on these crowdfunding platforms can be challenging.
 
As a result, a new niche, the Kickstarter adviser niche, has evolved. Potential businesses are looking for people who can create effective Kickstarter and crowdfunding campaigns.

5. Be a Bug or Software Tester

Our world is becoming more technologically advanced, and applications and software are becoming more numerous.
 
Of course, software and applications have to work correctly for businesses to use them. Therefore, these businesses will test their applications to see that they function properly.
 
Thus, being a software or bug tester has become a huge and profitable market.
Successful Online Business Ideas
6. Selling Online Courses or Tutorials

If you are an expert in a particular field, there are always people who want to learn. You can create online courses and tutorials at home and then sell them online.
 
You can develop courses, tutorials, or full-scale educational programs. Many people do not want to go to professional settings, such as schools, as learning at home is much easier. These are the people that you can target by selling online courses.

7. Be a Graphic Designer

Online businesses require highly effective and visually appealing websites. Therefore, one of the most lucrative markets is graphic design.
 
You will design other people's websites for them. This is a massive market because many people are setting up websites to sell products. Therefore, if you have the skills to create beautiful websites, this can be a very lucrative field.

8. Be a Video Producer

Video is becoming a highly sought-after communication medium and marketing tool for small and large businesses. If you have good editing and filming knowledge, it shouldn't take long to find clients.
 
In addition, many retailers want to create video content to increase their community outreach and build brand awareness.
 
Making online videos can include marketing content, DIY tutorials, and various editing services. It's a huge market that can be very lucrative.

9. Become an App Developer

App development is yet another great online business idea. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of new applications being developed and released every day.
 
If you have the skills to develop these apps, you could be one of them. This is a massive and diverse market.
 
There are all kinds of applications, whether fitness applications, games, accounting applications, or anything you might imagine.

10. Website Development

The next great online business idea is website development. As we have mentioned, websites are becoming one of the most popular mediums for online retailers.
 
Online retailers need a good website, and you could help them build new websites or improve their existing websites. This is not an easy field, but it can be highly lucrative.
 
You can set the rates for your services as a professional and high-quality website developer.
Successful Online Business Ideas
11. Be a Theme Designer

A theme designer is similar to a website developer but more specific. Instead of just building a new website from scratch, your main focus is to build up a website's theme or aesthetic qualities. This may include researching themes, identifying what is bad about existing sites, and creating new themes. If you have good visual design skills and are creative, this is a great field.

12. Social Media Manager

Social media influencing is becoming a popular field. However, you might not want to be an influencer yourself because of the public attention it brings to you. However, influencers need managers to manage their accounts. Therefore, you could become a manager for a social influencer or manage the social media accounts for various businesses.
 
Businesses are increasingly using social media for marketing, which is a profit opportunity. However, it is quite a time-intensive job, so many businesses outsource this to professionals.

13. Become an Influencer

We mentioned becoming an influencer above, and if you have the right personality and know how to get people's attention, this is another lucrative field.
 
Social media influencers get huge endorsements and advertising contracts and can earn thousands of dollars every month.
 
Social influencers are quickly becoming some of the wealthiest people without actually having to do all that much work. It's all about having the personality and skills to influence people.

14. Translation Services

The world is becoming increasingly globalized and interconnected, and people worldwide communicate with each other. Moreover, international businesses are selling products in other countries. Therefore, becoming a translator is an excellent online profession to be engaged in.
 
If you are fluent in more than one language, this is a fantastic idea. Without much training, you can easily become a translator if you know the languages.

15. Become a Customer Service Agent

Although some might not call it an online business per se, becoming a customer service agent is a great opportunity. This enables you to work online and from home.
 
You can use communication methods such as video, phone, chat, and email to communicate with clients. You can find a job working for online businesses that want good customer service. It's not the most lucrative job, but it is relatively secure, and there are many opportunities.
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16. Start a Remote Sales Team

Online businesses are always looking for new ways to engage in marketing. However, cold calling, engaging in tele-sales, and creating email marketing campaigns are very time-consuming.
 
Therefore, many businesses are outsourcing these tasks to third parties. This third party could, of course, be you. It's not the most glamorous job, but there are plenty of opportunities.

17. Be a Virtual Assistant

When people go online, they often have problems, and this is where virtual assistants come in. For example, you could answer emails, assist people in chat, or even take phone calls. This could also include being a researcher, entering data for businesses, and other such tasks. In other words, being a virtual assistant means assisting businesses with any online needs that they might have.

18. Be a Lead Generation Provider

Yet another good online business is becoming a lead generation service provider.
 
Lead generation is essential when it comes to making sales. Leads are potential customers, and getting them on the hook in the first place is perhaps the biggest challenge. This is time-consuming, which means many businesses outsource this to third parties.
 
But, if you like doing research, you're good at talking to strangers, and you're good on the phone, then this is a fantastic industry.

19. Affiliate Marketing

The next profitable online business idea is affiliate marketing. This means you will create your own website where you write blogs and content intending to sell products.
 
One of the most prominent affiliate retail programs is headed by Amazon. You would create a website focused on a specific niche where you promote products from Amazon. You will get a small percentage of each sale, or even when people click on the links in your articles.

20. Create Handmade Goods

If you are an artist or you like making handmade goods, this is another opportunity where you can sell your products online.
 
Whether you hand carve mugs out of wood or fashion your own steel knives, there are many handmade good niches.
 
People are always looking for handmade goods, as they are usually more reliable and of higher quality than mass-produced goods. However, if you can find a good niche, you can target a specific audience and sell online.
Successful Online Business Ideas
21. Be an Online Nutritionist

The fitness industry is enormous, and this doesn't mean that you need to be a personal trainer in a gym. A big part of the fitness industry is nutrition.
 
Of course, you can't be fit if you don't eat right. People know this, and many seek help from nutritionists.
 
You can, of course, open a real office, but there's no reason you cannot offer detailed nutrition plans for specific people online. You may need educational and professional credentials to operate, so research the requirements.

22. Become a Chef or Cooking Instructor

Obviously, you can't be a professional chef at home. You can do catering from your home, although you need a good website. If you plan on entering the world of cooking, using a website to promote your business is essential.
 
However, in terms of starting an online business, you could also create an online cooking school and offer courses that teach people how to cook various foods. You could live-stream cooking school courses.
 
People are always looking for great recipes and want easy-to-follow tutorials.

23. Creating an Outdoors or Survival Website

Survivalists are constantly increasing in number. These are people who want to be able to survive on their own without relying on the outside world. However, this is something that people first need to learn.
 
If you have good survival skills, you might want to create a website that teaches these skills. For example, you can offer people online courses teaching them how to survive in the wild and on their own. In addition, you could also engage in affiliate marketing by selling survival-related products from sources such as Amazon.

24. Sell Pet-Related Products and Advice

People love their pets. In North America, millions have dogs, cats, and other pets. Therefore, the pet industry is massive. This goes for everything, including pet food and toys, pet houses, and even pet clothes.
 
You could engage in some dropshipping or affiliate marketing to sell these products. You could also create online tutorials and pay for DIY courses on various pet-related topics.

25. Selling Sports-Related Equipment and Clothing

The fitness industry is massive, and there are many products you can sell. For example, you could sell weightlifting equipment, fitness gear, clothing, nutritional supplements, etc.
 
The fitness clothing industry is absolutely massive, and you could blog on various fitness topics.
Successful Online Business Ideas
26. Become an Online Fitness Coach

If you want to do more than sell sportswear and help people get healthier, becoming an online fitness coach is another great option.
 
Many people go to gyms, but others don't have the time to go every day. Therefore, you could create a website complete with various online workout routines and tutorials that people pay to access. Then, you could offer personalized fitness advice through one-on-one coaching sessions.

27. Selling Organic Foods

People are becoming more conscious about their health and what they put into their bodies. For this reason, the organic foods market is booming.
 
Of course, you probably want to focus on a specific niche or type of food, but the selection is nearly endless. There is a massive demand for organic, natural, and healthy foods, and people are willing to pay more for these quality foods.

28. Selling Organic Beauty Products

In addition to increasing demand for organic and natural foods, there's an increasing demand for natural and organic beauty products.
 
A few decades ago, people had no problems smearing the available products on their skin. However, things have changed.
 
You could open an online store selling natural and organic beauty products. If you don't want to sell your own products, you can engage in affiliate marketing or dropshipping.

29. Become a Proofreader

Another great online business idea is being a proofreader. Many people create content, but not many people want to read through that content several times over, looking for errors and improving content.
 
So, proofreading is crucial because content needs to be mistake-free and flow naturally. This is a huge business and an excellent opportunity for anyone good with words.

30. Open a Mystery Product Store

The final online business idea is to open up a mystery product store. Although it sounds weird, some people love the surprise of buying something without knowing what it is until they open the box.
 
Many people are adventurous, and this speaks to those people. This is one of those online business ideas that enables you to use your creative juices.
About the Host
Sophie Howard is the founder of Aspiring Entrepreneurs, a community designed to help people develop the skills and confidence to build a business and a life that serves them. Sophie began online in 2013 with an Amazon firm, which she sold for more than $1 million in 2015.

Sophie has lectured on stages all around the world, encouraging and teaching other ambitious entrepreneurs. She has established instructional programs educating thousands of students how to sell online, in addition to releasing over 1000 products.

Sophie has also written a book titled "Aspiring Entrepreneurs: A Guide to Finding Your Best Path to Financial Freedom."
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