Hey, are you a struggling hustler looking for some proven online business ideas?
Now more people want to start an online business. Because online business has some advantages. You can start an online business and work from home using the internet. Also, you can make money while traveling and sometimes sleeping.
In this post, I’m going to tell you about all the genuine online business ideas you can start and convert into a profitable business.
I tried some of these online business ideas to make a decent amount of money online. I used to do some job as a freelance graphic designer, now I do blogging and I’m an online business coach and consultant.
No matter what you are.
If you want to start a successful online business in 2020 then this in-depth blog post is only crafted for you.
Keep in mind that you can’t build a money-making online business overnight.
It takes time, skills, hard work, smart work, lots of sleepless nights and sometimes money to build a profitable online business.
Let’s dive right in.
1. Your Own Online Business Ideas
Do you have an online business idea that you are passionate about?
I don’t know what it is but it can be one of the finest online business idea.
Don’t underestimate your ideas and your potential. Write down your business plan and think of the ways to monetize that business. (Or contact me on Instagram @InuEtc ) If that business can make money then go for it.
If you have some basic knowledge, start now!
Related Post: 17 Genuine Ways to Make Passive Income While You Sleep
Well, you are reading a blog and you want to start an online business, So, It’s obvious that you know about blogging.
Blogging is one of the oldest ways to make money online and it’s the best way to make money online till now.
What is a blog?
A blog is an informational website where people write regularly about the topics that interest them. – Google Dictionary
What to do in blogging?
Blogging is the act of maintaining and writing a blog.
Blogging is like writing a diary. But it’s not your diary. You don’t have to write about your daily life.
Instead, you have to write about a specific niche that you are passionate about.
How to start a blog?
But if you want to start a money-making blog, I suggest you use a professional blogging platform like WordPress.org
To start a professional WordPress blog you need a domain, hosting and a good looking WordPress theme.
I suggest you to use Bluehost to buy your hosting. They offer a free .com domain with an affordable hosting price. Also, they offer a one-click WordPress installation.
How to monetize a blog?
You can monetize your blog content by placing Adsense ads, Selling your own products, Affiliate marketing, selling ad space and sponsorship.
Blogging can be a highly profitable online business.
Harsh Agarwal from ShoutMeloud generated $40,055 in February 2018. Check out his February 2018 income report.
ShoutMeLoud Income Report – February 2018
Keep in mind that your blogging income depends on how many targeted traffic your blog gets.
Don’t know how to start?
Do you know how to write a blog post?
Do you have some basic graphic design skills?
Do you have some basic digital marketing skills?
If yes, then blogging is the best business you can start now.
Related Post: The Ultimate Guide on How to Start a Money Making Blog
3. Affiliate Marketing
They are making a huge amount of money using affiliate marketing.
What is affiliate marketing?
Source – BigCommerce
Here’s the perfect definition of affiliate marketing by Pat Flynn:
“Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”
That means you have to promote someone else’s products to earn a commission.
To promote affiliate products you need to have an audience.
You can build your audience using a blog, Podcast or a YouTube channel. After that, you can use those platforms to promote affiliate products.
Also, You can use your email list to promote affiliate products.
Don’t promote something for the sake of making money. Promote products that are valuable and helpful to your audience.
Check out this awesome affiliate marketing guide by Neil Patel to learn more about affiliate marketing.
Blogs like SmartPassiveIncome (@PatFlynn), @ShoutMeLoud, @WpBeginner, etc, search engine @DuckDuckGo and the big brand @Trivago use #AffiliateMarketing as their primary ways to make money. Click To Tweet
4. Start Freelancing
The success of your freelance career depends on your customer satisfaction and your marketing skills, like how you show off your skills.
It’s one of the best ways to make some active money as a beginner. If you have any demandable professional skill you can make huge money by selling your service online.
I suggest you start your freelance career on Fiverr. Because it’s user-friendly and beginner-friendly.
If you want to earn more use more ways to market your skills. Use Instagram to market your graphic design, illustration or photography skills. Use other social media and also use other freelance marketplaces like Upwork, Freelancer, Guru.com, 99designs, etc.
To make more money doing freelance jobs, start a blog, create a portfolio, And use your blog as a freelance marketplace.
Angela Marry Vas uses her blog and Instagram page to market her illustration skills. And she is making more money than lots of other illustrators.
I know you have some skills!
What are you waiting for?
Start now. It’s the best time man!
Here’s is a blog post by SmartPassiveIncome that can help you get started: How to Start Freelancing (And Get Your FIRST Client!)
5. Start a Consulting Business
Are you an expert in a specific field?
Do you have a highly demandable professional skill?
Hey, you can be a highly paid online consultant.
As a consultant, you have to help your clients by solving their problems using your knowledge, skills, and experience.
Like freelancing, you have to market your consulting business to attract companies and individuals to get hired.
For further reading, check out this post by Consulting.com: How to start a consulting business.
6. Become a YouTuber
Do you have a dream of becoming a star?
Do you want to share your knowledge with millions of people?
Do you love creating videos?
If your answer is yes, then YouTube is eagerly waiting for you.
Now video content gets more eyeballs than other content. That’s why YouTube gets 1.8 billion users every month. Now Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter also priorities videos. Because video marketing is the future of content marketing.
YouTube is like blogging. In YouTube Instead of publishing articles, you have to produce videos for your audience.
Popular YouTubers are making huge amounts of money from brand Sponsorship, clothing line, Adsense ads, etc.
The best part is, you don’t need an expensive camera to shoot YouTube videos.
If you have a smartphone with a quality camera lens, you can start filming your first YouTube video right now.
Check out this post written by Adam LoDolce, to learn more about YouTubing.
Also, check this Backlinko guide to learn everything about YouTubing.
7. Start a Podcast
What is a podcast?
A podcast is a series of downloadable and streamable recorded audio content.
People listen to their favorite podcasts using various podcast streaming sites.
If you want to build a personal brand by sharing your knowledge just using your voice, then you should start a podcast.
You should start a podcast to promote yourself and to build a deeper connection with your audience.
You can monetize your podcast by selling your own services and products or using sponsorship.
If your podcast gets a huge amount of targeted listener you can make money using sponsorship. You can build a brand or you can market your other online business.
In August 2016, Pat Flynn generated $19,144.18 through podcast sponsorship.
August 2016 Podcast Income Report – SmartPassiveIncome
Now you can start and distribute your podcast for free using Anchor.
Related post: How to Start a Podcast for Free in 2020 (Complete Guide)
8. Sell WordPress Themes and Plugins
Do you know how to design WordPress themes and plugins?
WordPress is a popular and most used CMS platform for blogs and websites.
So, premade WordPress themes and useful plugins have a demand. Because lots of people use pre-made themes and useful plugins to create their blog or website.
If you don’t know how to design WordPress themes or plugins, you can learn using free resources.
Related Post: 7 Best WordPress Themes for Blogs (2020)
9. Start Business Coaching and Consulting
Hey, do you have some problems solving skills for the businesses out there?
Small business owners are struggling to make more money, they are struggling to sell more products, they want to market their products but they don’t know how to do those things.
Can you help them grow their business?
A business consultant works with clients on strategy, problem-solving, and helps them develop business skills and knowledge.
On the other hand, a business coach helps clients on personal development, time management, finding clarity, decision making and getting into action.
So if you want to be a business coach and consultant, at first you have to gain some knowledge, skills, and experience.
Well, I’m an Online business coach and consultant. I help young hustler build their own online business.
Ask on Instagram @InuEtc.
For further reading, check out this article on business coaching by WikiHow.
10. Build Apps and Games
Smartphones are everywhere. People are using countless apps every day for entertainment purposes and to make their lives easier.
The app market is rising more than ever before and that’s why some apps get huge popularity.
If you have required coding skills and some creativity you can design an app without spending a single penny.
The app market is huge. You can easily distribute your app to your targeted user base using the Google Play Store and the iPhone’s App Store.
You can monetize your App using Advertisement, Sponsorship, partnership, In-app purchases, etc. Also, you can sell your app directly to your targeted user base.
Look at TikTok:
Tiktok revenue – October 2018
TikTok surpassed Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & YouTube in downloads and in October 2018, TikTok earns more than $3.5 Million worldwide.
11. Becomes a Web Developer
A web developer is someone who knows how to build a complete website.
If you want to be a web developer you need to learn to code. It takes time and hard work. But if you are passionate about coding, you can earn a lot of money.
Now many business owners prefer a WordPress website for their business. Because it’s easy to customize and it’s good for SEO.
You can easily learn WordPress using free tutorials. I mean WordPress is easy to learn than coding. But to be an expert WordPress developer you need to learn a little bit of coding.
You can get your client using the freelance marketplace or your own website.
Read this beginner guide of becoming a web developer to learn more about web development.
12. Start a Listicle Blog
Hey, you are reading a listicle!
List + Article = Listicle
People like listicles, because listicles are straightforward and organized.
You can start a listicle blog the same way you start a blog. Just start writing listicles on your blog.
Lots of people make mistakes when it comes to writing a headline for listicles. They use the same number for all their listicles headline.
People want to read something different. It’s boring to see the same number all over the internet.
You can monetize your listicle blog by placing Adsense ads and affiliate links. You can use other ways to monetize your blog too.
Want to start a listicle blog in 2020?
Check out this post to write better listicles.
13. Build Niche Sites
Looking to start an online business?
I recommend creating a niche site, a website targeted toward a specific audience.
Niche sites are built on a specific niche, that’s why they easily rank on Google.
Want to start a niche site?
The process is simple.
- Find out a niche and build a site
- Write some SEO optimized content.
- Rank on Google and get traffic
- Strategically place Affiliate links and Adsense ads.
- Make money.
Adsense ads are the best ways to monetize a niche site to make more money.
If you are a beginner, start a niche site in 2020. Because it’s one of the best ways to make money as a beginner.
Check out this ultimate guide to building a niche site by Pat Flynn.
Related Post: The Ultimate Guide on How to Start a Money Making Blog
14. Instagram Sponsorship
Do you have a dream of building up a great Instagram following?
No matter what you do. If people like what you do they will follow you.
To grow your Instagram following you need to post engaging and valuable content consistently.
As you grow your following, you can get sponsorship opportunities
If you grow your Instagram account in the photography niche, you can promote camera equipment. Sony or Nikon and other brands can sponsor you to reach more potential photographers.
Look at this.
He is Siddhartha Joshi, my favorite Indian travel photographer who is promoting Intel India.
If you have more followers and a better engagement rate, you can earn huge money per post on Instagram.
Brands love to market their products using Instagram influencer because it helps them to influence their potential customer and it’s a great way to do word-of mouth-advertising.
To learn more about Instagram sponsorship read this post written by Caroline Forsey from HubSpot.
15. Create SaaS (Software as a Service)
Google, Adobe, Shopify, Dropbox, LastPass are the well known and the fastest growing SaaS companies and products.
According to Google dictionary
“SaaS is a method of software delivery and licensing in which software is accessed online via a subscription, rather than bought and installed on individual computers.”
Do you have an idea of creating a SaaS product?
If you don’t know how to design a SaaS product, hire a designer, Invest some money and convert your ideas into reality.
16. Become a WordPress Expert
WordPress is the fastest growing and most used CMS out there. WordPress market share is 60.7% and it’s growing.
Because of its popularity, the demand for WordPress themes, plugins and developers is also increasing day by day.
People want to make their site unique by customizing their theme, so they want a WordPress expert.
Sometimes a non-technical website owner wants a WordPress expert to solve some issues he is facing on his site.
So if you are a WordPress expert you can help them using your knowledge.
You can offer your services on your own site or you can use freelance marketplaces.
You can make money by sharing your knowledge too.
Start a blog or a YouTube channel and create content using your knowledge. This way you can market your WordPress skills to get more clients.
Here is a guide that can help you to be a rockstar WordPress expert by Simple Programmer.
17. Become a Graphic Designer
A graphic designer designs web pages, themes, logos and lots of other graphics for the online and offline world.
To be a great graphic designer, you don’t need a fucking college degree, you don’t need to be great at drawing. But you need to be a visual thinker and you must need an awesome portfolio.
You can work as a freelance graphic designer. We talked about selling WordPress themes. Yeah, you can make money by selling pre-made templates too.
You can sell your graphics on Designhill, Etsy and other such sites.
Here are the 10 ways to earn money online as a graphic designer by Naldz Graphics.
18. Become an SEO Expert
What is SEO?
According to SearchEngineLand:
“SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines.”
Every business wants to rank higher on a search engine like Google.
Because when a website ranks higher, it gets more targeted organic traffic and you know that targeted traffic equals more revenue.
SEO skill is one of the highly valued skills in the digital marketing world.
It can be difficult to learn SEO because Google and other search engines are always changing their algorithm. You have to think like a search engine. You have to keep learning and testing new strategies.
If you master SEO, you can help big companies and they will pay you high. Also, you can teach your students to master SEO.
Want to learn SEO for free?
I suggest you read Backlinko Blog, Neil Patel Blog, and watch their YouTube videos. Also, start a blog and keep tasting new SEO strategies.
Related Post: 7 Best Blogs to Learn SEO, Marketing and Copywriting.
Here’s a beginners guide to SEO by Moz.
Check out this post: How to Become an SEO Expert (in 2019) By GotchSEO.
19. Self-Publish a Book on Amazon
Do you want to prove your authority while making some passive income?
Well for this you need to be a writer and you have to publish a book.
Don’t know how?
Well, it’s pretty easy. With Amazon, you can self-publish your book easily, and make money from it.
How to write a book for Amazon?
Validate your book idea, get to know your targeted audience, follow Amazon’s book writing guide and start writing your first book.
Promotion is the most important part of publishing a book on Amazon.
If you can sell a few hundred copies the first week of launching your book, Amazon will take over and start promoting it for you. This way you can make some passive income from it.
Get more sells following these strategies:
- Set the price at 99 cents for the first week.
- Run a Buck Books promotion.
- Post book excerpts and run ads on social media.
- Blast your email list if you have one.
- Write guest posts on relevant blogs.
Here’s a guide that can help you self-publish your book on Amazon to earn more money.
20. Create Online Courses
An online course is a class taught through the internet and an online course is a passive and independent income source for niche experts and teachers.
Creating a course is similar to writing a book. You are monetizing your knowledge and expertise by teaching it to others.
People love it when they saw something organized and straightforward.
Sometimes, it’s not easy to find a perfect and organized solution from a single Google search.
Online courses are organized, straightforward and actionable. That’s why people love courses.
The demand for online courses is growing rapidly. If you are an expert or a teacher, you can create courses and you can easily make some passive income by selling your courses online.
How to create an online course?
Here’s how you can create an online course:
- Choose a profitable topic.
- Research the subject.
- Outline your course.
- Write goals and objectives.
- Create your course content.
- Get your course online.
You can host your online course on your WordPress website using LearnDash.
If you don’t have any experience in building an online course, you can try Teachable.
Also, you can try Udemy to build and publish your online course with their existing audience of course buyer.
Here’s is a step by step guide on creating and selling your online course.
21. Become a Custom Illustrator
She uses her blog Stray Curls to promote and sell her illustration service.
To learn illustration you can take a course from Udemy or SkillShare. If you don’t want to spend any money, try to learn using YouTube and Google.
Adobe Illustrator is premium software that you can use to design illustrations. Also, you can use Inkscape. Which is a free but professional software for illustrator.
You can use freelance marketplaces or your own website and social media to promote and sell your illustration service.
Here’s a detailed guide that can help you monetize your illustration works.
For further reading,
Check out this post: How to Kick Start Your Career as an Illustrator.
22. Start Online Coaching
Do you want to help people by selling your advice? Then online coaching business may be a good option for you.
If you love fitness and you have knowledge about fitness, you can be a fitness coach.
Like this, You can be a life coach, business coach, spiritual coach, wellness coach, etc.
It’s much easier to market your coaching service when you have a blog on your coaching topic. Your blog acts as your portfolio and it shows that you are a genuine expert.
You can sell your coaching service using Skype, Clarity.fm or other online teaching marketplaces.
Here’s is a guide on starting a home-based coaching business.
23. Sell Your Photography Service and Photos Online
Do you enjoy snapping pictures of the world around you?
If you are a photographer with an amazing photography skills, you can sell your photography service online to make a living.
You can grow a big business using your photography skills. If you rightly market your photography skill, you can work with clients all over the world as a freelance photographer.
You can market your photography skills using Instagram and your blog.
How to make money by selling photos online?
You can use your website to sell your photos.
We already talked about Instagram sponsorship. Yes, if you grow your Instagram account, you can make huge money using Instagram sponsorship.
24. Become a Digital Marketer
Here’s a perfect definition of digital marketing from Wikipedia.
“Digital marketing is the marketing of products or services using digital technologies, mainly on the Internet, but also including mobile phones, display advertising, and any other digital medium.”
Well, I’m a digital marketer and I love digital marketing.
Are you serious about learning digital marketing?
Take a digital marketing course or learn using free resources.
Start reading my favorite digital marketing blogs and learn digital marketing for free.
Also, watch YouTube videos and listen to marketing podcasts to learn more about digital marketing.
If you become a digital marketer, you can work and make money as a freelancer, digital marketing consultant, SEO consultant, Social Media Marketing Consultant, Content Marketer, Email Marketer, Video Marketer, etc.
You can start a digital marketing agency and start helping small businesses from all over the world.
Here’s a guide that can help you make more money as a digital marketing consultant.
25. Sell Your Art or Handmade Product
Are you a struggling artist?
You can make money by selling your paintings and other homemade products. Your income depends on your skills and how you market your skill and product.
Start marketing your skills on Social Media. Start a blog and tell people that you can create something special for them.
Also, teach people using your blog and YouTube channel. You can monetize your blog and YouTube channel too.
There are plenty of websites where you can sell your art and handmade products. Such as Etsy, Artfire, Amazon Handmade, etc.
26. Become a Freelance Writer
Do you know how to write quality content?
If you have content marketing, SEO and Writing skill, you can be a highly paid freelance writer.
You can get paid to write for websites, magazines and all different types of writing gigs.
If you want to market your writing skill properly I suggest you start a blog first. Because it can be your best portfolio as a freelance writer. Also, start working with small clients on Fiverr and other freelancing sites.
You can make money by writing content for your blog or you can work for big companies. Keep checking their websites for hiring notices.
27. Flipping – Buy and Sell Virtual Real Estate
Virtual real estate is an online property, including websites, domain names, software, apps, and online services.
You can make money using virtual real estate also you can make money by selling them to others.
If you have a website you can monetize it using ads, affiliate marketing, etc. On the other hand, you can sell your website to others to make one-time money.
Also, you can buy an undeveloped virtual real estate and after improving it you can sell it at a higher price.
Here’s a blog post that can help you learn more about website flipping and virtual real estate.
28. Start a Dropshipping Business
What is Dropshipping?
“Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn’t keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. As a result, the merchant never sees or handles the product.” – Shopify
The benefit of the Dropshipping business is you don’t have to worry about product manufacturing, stocking, and shipping. All you need to do is to choose a profitable niche and set up a Dropshipping E-Commerce site.
How to Start a Dropshipping Business?
- Learn Dropshipping
- Choose a profitable niche
- Build a Dropshipping store using Shopify.
- Market your Dropshipping business.
You can use Amazon, eBay, Etsy to sell Dropshipping products. But I suggest you create your own website using Shopify. Because it gives you complete control over branding, design and lots of other benefits.
For further reading,
Check out this post: How to Start a Dropshipping Business in 2019.
29. Become a Virtual Assistant
What is a virtual assistant?
“A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office” – Wikipedia
If you want to work from home and if you have administrative, accounting, business, and some technical experience, a virtual assistant job may be right for you.
A virtual assistant provides multiple services such as customer support, typing, editing and proofreading, email management, web research, data entry, bookkeeping, social media management, etc.
To get started as a virtual assistant you need to decide which services you’ll offer your clients and you should start building an online presence.
And of course, you need a reliable internet connection to work as a virtual assistant.
Start working on a freelance site, because it’s easier to get clients on freelance marketplaces.
Also, make a list of potential clients and start pitching and networking with them by sending emails or using LinkedIn.
30. Become a Copywriter
What is copywriting?
Copywriting is the act of writing texts for the purpose of advertising or other forms of marketing. – Wikipedia
If you love writing you should try copywriting too.
Copywriters write the words for TV commercials, radio ads, magazines, websites, billboards, flyers, and lots of other platforms.
How to become a copywriter?
You can be a copywriter using self-learning resources such as blogs and books. Also, you can take a college degree in advertising, marketing, English or communication to start your journey as a copywriter.
I always suggest people go with self-learning to learn anything. Because I truly hate school education!
Also, I highly recommend you to read this copywriting handbook if you want to be a great copywriter without taking any course.
How to make money as a copywriter?
You can start making a decent amount of money by selling your copywriting service using freelance sites.
But I suggest you start your own copywriting business. Build a website and market your website by blogging, advertising, etc to get more high paying clients.
Here’s how you can work from home as a copywriter.
31. Become a Social Media Manager
Want to become a social media manager?
Social media manager helps businesses grow their online presence.
They help businesses on:
- Writing and scheduling posts
- Replying to fans
- Creating graphics
- Running Ads
- Monitoring analytics etc.
You need some basic skills such as time management, great customer service and a good understanding of grammar.
Follow popular brands on social media and start learning from them. Work for free or start working on freelancing sites to get some experience. Build your own website and grow your personal brand using social media.
Here’s a detailed guide on how to become a social media manager from home.
32. Set Up an E-Commerce Site.
Now, there is an e-commerce site for everything.
From physical goods to digital goods, you can easily find your potential customers and sell anything using an e-commerce site.
How to start an e-commerce business?
At first, learn e-commerce business by reading some blogs and watching YouTube videos.
Then choose a profitable niche and start building your site.
If you want the easiest and the fastest way to build an e-commerce store, Shopify is your best option.
Here’s a guide that can help you build a successful e-commerce site.
33. Start a Drop Servicing Business
Drop servicing is an online business model where you sell freelance services. However, you are not the one who will do the service. You have to find people (freelancers) who will do it for you. Your job is to market these services, and earn a profit from the orders.
You will market these services at a higher price than what you are paying for them. The difference between the two price points is the profit that you make.
Want to learn more about drop servicing?
Read this awesome drop servicing guide by Sam Nelson to learn how to start a drop servicing business.
Now It’s Your Turn!
I hope this post gives you some awesome online business ideas.
Start now, it’s the best time to start your own online business.
Are you going to start a blog, a niche site, a YouTube channel or something else?
Let me know in the comments section below.
Also, share this post with your friends and young hustler who wants some online business ideas.
You know that I’m your best friend. Now make Google and YouTube your best friend. Ask them anything and always keep learning.
Follow your passion and ability.