Here 8 of the best online business ideas to start for beginners. without much experience.
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With YouTube, you have less competition than you would if you were to start a blog in most industries.
You can make a channel for free and do just about anything with it while earning money from ads, Super Chat, memberships, etc.
You don't even need a website.
With a podcast, you have even less competition in most industries than you would on YouTube or if you were to start a blog.
Podcasting is really on the rise and you advertisers are really trying to get in on the traffic that these shows get. This means more potential revenue for you!
Here are a few more podcasting perks:
- You don't have to create visuals like you do on videos.
- There's really no need for you to type or write much like you would with blog posts.
- There are A LOT of different platforms now that support podcasts. If something happens to YouTube, video creators are screwed. If something happens to a podcast platform like Stitcher, you still have like 5 others you're still making money from.
If you're into gaming and happen to be pretty good, you can make money from sites like Twitch and Mixer.
With these sites, you live stream yourself playing a video game and it allows you to earn money from the following ways:
- Affiliate commissions on game purchases
- Ad revenue
You could even use these accounts along with a corresponding YouTube channel to maximize traffic.
Just use Twitch or Mixer for live gaming and YouTube for mostly prerecorded clips.
Consulting is a business that you can start pretty quickly, especially if you have some proof that you know what you're talking about.
As far as getting clients, you could use a combination these sources online:
- Freelance sites – Show your credentials on your profile and try to get some gigs posted on sites like UpWork.
- Blog – One example of a consultant that uses blogging to get clients is Neil Patel at NeilPatel.com. Like him, just write good content on the area of your expertise and attract clients this way.
- YouTube – I've even seen lawyers use YouTube to get customers. Just make videos answering common questions about your industry and a link to where they can hire you.
When it comes to selling your skills online, one of the fastest and easiest ways to get started is with Fiverr.
With Fiverr, you can have people come to you with jobs instead of you having to seek out and prove yourself for postings.
You also get to set the price on how much you charge to do a given task.
6. Freelance Writing
If you have some writing skills or are just passionate about a particular topic, sports team, or anything else, you can probably make some decent money as a freelance writer.
To find these writing gigs, you can check sites like these that pay you for guest posts.
I also recommend checking the job listings at Problogger.com/jobs where there are TONS of freelance writing gigs available for many different industries.
And of course, you can check just about any other freelancing site for writing jobs.
7. Affiliate Marketing on Pinterest
Affiliate marketing is still one of the better ways to start your first business online, but it can be hard to build up your blog these days.
Thanks to Google shrinking search results in favor of more ads and the hundreds of millions of blogs out there, it can take a while to see a lot of results from SEO.
Luckily, there's another solid way to get traffic to your affiliate links: Pinterest.
Pinterest is a HUGE social media platform that sets itself apart with its long shelf life for posts. I still get thousands of views from pins that are a couple of years old to this day.
All you have to do is pin images with descriptions of the affiliate products themselves on Pinterest. Then, you can change the link to your affiliate link.
Two great affiliate programs to check out are Clickbank (no website needed) and Amazon Associates (website required).
Here are some more affiliate marketing business ideas for beginners:
8. Sell your Photos and Designs
If you're more artistic, you can start making some money online by selling your photos as stock photography or by creating designs to put on different products.
For photography, you can start out selling photos you take with your phone on a free app called Foap. Foap lets you create an Instagram-like profile and sell your photos, even as an amateur.
Then, once you get pretty experienced, you might take the next step and do stock photography on big sites like Shutterstock.
On the other hand, with graphic designs, the easiest thing to do would be to sell them on merch items like T-shirts, other apparel, coffee mugs, phone cases, etc.
You can do this without the hassle by using a print-on-demand service like Teespring. They handle the payments, ecommerce page, printing, packing, shipping, and customer support for you in exchange for a commission on sales.
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