Do you want to start an internet business from home and make money? If YES, here are 50 best online business ideas to start with no money for beginners. It is pertinent to note that the potential of the internet has not been fully tapped and there are loads of business opportunities locked on the internet. All you need do as an aspiring entrepreneur is to research the internet and you will be amazed at the business opportunities that are there waiting to exploited.
You can as well look around you and you will find out that there loads of business opportunities that are not on the internet that you can take to the internet and make good monies from. One good thing about the internet is that with the internet, you can connect the world right from your bedroom, because with the internet, the world is indeed a global village.
For example; if you run an online retail clothing store with shipping options to different parts of the world, you can successfully run the business from Pittsburg, United States of America and have customers from Lagos, Nigeria or from the Philippines, India et al. The bottom line is that the internet has made it possible for people to reach out to clients from all over the world from a corner of their city and of course at a very affordable cost.
If you are looking towards starting an online business, a business with low start – up capital, then you have the option of choosing from the following internet based business ideas;
50 Best Online Business ideas to Start With No Money
Blogging is one of the means several people all over the world are making money from the internet. Blogging is all about creating usefully and perhaps educative content for a targeted audience on the internet. If you think that you have good knowledge on a particular subject, you can make money by sharing your knowledge to a wide range of audience via your blog.
This is how making money from blog works; if you have good contents on your blog, loads of people (human traffic) will visit your blog. The larger the traffic that visits your blog, the more money you will make. If you blog attracts huge traffic, you can attract adverts from top corporate organization. You can also earn money from your blog via AdSense, by offering subscription services to members and also selling your products via your blog.
If you have eyes for good fashion and are interested in starting a business in that line and you don’t have all the monies in the world to rent / lease a facility for the conventional bricks and mortar boutique, then starting an online boutique is your best bet.
As a matter of fact, online boutique has leverage over the brick and mortar boutique. If you run an online boutique, you customer will not be restricted to people within the city where your boutique is located but to people all over the world. All you need to do maximize your online boutique is to make arrangement for cheaper and reliable shipping services. If that is in place, people from all over the world can conveniently patronize your boutique.
If you are a skilled and creative writer and you have enough time at your disposal, then you can earn good income from the internet. There are loads of websites you can secure high paying writing jobs from. Some of the sites where you can bid for freelance writing jobs are freelancer.com, upwork.com, guru.com and elance.com et al. From these sites you can get writing jobs that can comfortable pay your bills while you are in – between jobs or still schooling.
Aside from freelance writing jobs, you can offer your services on the internet as a virtual assistant. There are several busy business people or organizations that are willing to hire and pay virtual assistants to help to handle some of their job responsibilities.
If you know you have marketable skill sets, then you can earn good money as a virtual assistant. As a virtual assistant you can handle various job roles for mutable of clients; you can hand roles such as responding to emails, online marketing, products listings, blogger outreaches research and report writings et al.
- Sell eBooks
Another easy way you can make bucks from the internet if you are good with creative writing, so as to sell as eBooks. There are countless numbers of subjects that you can write about and of course there will be ready market for such subject.
One of the easiest ways to generate monies from selling eBooks is to start writing self – help books or books on ‘How To’. For example, if you are good with graphics, you can write a book on ‘How to create your own logo’ there are loads of people out there that will be willing to pay for such book.
EBooks are cheap and easy to make and from one eBook you can continue to generate incomes as long as the information that it contains is still pretty valid and useful. EBooks (electronic books) are books in soft copies and they can be downloaded online from any part of the world.
If you are a relationship expert or passionate about relationships and you are looking towards generating income from your passion, you can start a match making website; an online community where you can help people looking for partners to meet.
You duty is to create the enabling environment and you can make money by charging membership fees from aspiring members. Aside from membership fees, you can also sell you products (books, CDs, DVDs et al) if you have any. You can as well make yourself available for those who would require professional counseling especially as it relates to relationships.
- Become a Forex Trader
Trading currencies online could be a risky venture, but it is indeed a very rewarding online business. If you have good analytic skills and you have sound knowledge on cash flow and the exchange market, you can do well as a forex trader. You can Google forex trading platforms and tutorials to learn how to become a professional forex trader.
- Sell Videos Online
YouTube and other video publishing sites online and some of the internet platforms you can leverage on to sell your videos. If you can produce videos to teach people how to do stuffs for themselves, and put them online, you will be amazed at the rate people will be placing demand from all over the world for the video.
There are loads of stuff you can sell online. The bottom line is that you can take your groceries store online. You can engage in the sale of perfumes, electronics, tablets, smartphones, flowers, computers or any products online and people will patronize your services. All you need to do is to define the areas you are servicing and ensure that you make adequate provision for shipping.
EBay is an internet platform that you can you sell your stuff on. All you need to do is to sign up for their services, play by their rules in listing selling your products and above be extra careful when dealing with your clients.
There are loads of people out there who are looking for graphic artists to contract their graphics jobs to. If you are a graphic designer, then you can take your services online. You just have to be proactive and aggressive in marketing your services. One good thing about offering graphics services online is that you can sign a long term business deal with just one clients especially if you are good at what you do.
- Online Hotel Booking Business
If you live in a country that attracts thousands of visitors / tourists, then you can look towards starting your online hotel booking business. All you need to do is to enter into partnership with hotels around you so that when people book their hotels from your website, they will pay you commission based on the agreement you have with the management of the hotel.
In order to succeed with this type of business, you must ensure that you gain the trust and corporation of the management of the hotels listed on your website and also the trust of tourist / visitors.
- Start an Online Sport Betting Business
Sport betting is as old as ancient civilization; as far back as when humans started participating in organized horse racing and wrestling et al. Although people who betted during those era can only do it if they are physically present in the venue of the games.
But that is not the case with this dispensation; with the invention of the internet and of course good and reliable software, you be somewhere in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and place a bet online from a sport betting site that is located in Las Vegas, United States, for a football match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United in United Kingdom. Distance is no longer a barrier when it comes to placing bets on any of your favorite sports. So if you love sports and you love betting, then you should consider starting your own online sport betting business.
Statistics has it that there are well over 350 million active website on the internet and it is not enough to meet the demand of people visiting the internet; there are still pretty much to learn from the internet hence people are opening new websites on a regular basis.
If you know how to design website, you should not restrict the marketing of your website design services to people you can see and visit within your location. There is a large market within the online community waiting to be tapped. All you need to do is to list your services online and if you are good, you will attract clients from all over the world.
- Become a Translator
If you can speak and write two or more languages whether foreign or local languages, then you can comfortably list your services online as a translator. There are many authors of books and producers of films et al who wouldn’t mind translating their books to local dialects or other foreign languages once they can get someone to do it for them at an affordable fee. You can visit elance.com, freelancer.com, oDesk.com and other freelance sites to source for translating jobs.
- Transcription Services
Another online service that is close related to translator services is transcription services. If you are good at transcribing, then you can help several public speakers, preachers and teachers et al write their books by simply transcribing their video or audio teachings. You can as well source for transcription jobs from online platforms such as freelancer.com, elance.com and oDesk.com.
- Online Research Jobs
Are you a freelancer, and do you have ample time at your disposal? If your answer was a yes to the above questions, then you can make money as a freelance research for several organizations and individuals scattered across the world. All you need is to prove to them that you have what it takes to deliver on set targets and you will secure good paying research and report writing jobs.
- Ghost Writing Job
If you are creative writer, then you can start your own online business as a ghost writer. There are countless number of people out there who are overdue to author at least one book but they can’t due to their very busy schedule. All you need to do is to collect their thoughts together and help them for a book.
You can indeed write a book on their behalf. Although your name might not appear in the book, but you are sure of being rewarded adequately for your services. It could be a pay off or on percentage based on the number of copies of the book sold within a period of time et al. All the same it is a good way of making cool cash from the connection you can make with people online.
As a trained consultant, your job is to offer workable advice to your clients; it could be business advice, relationship advice or technical advice et al. The bottom line is that you don’t have to be physically present with your clients before advising them on how to make the best out of their businesses or life. So all you need to do is to leverage on the internet to reach out to your clients.
The truth is that with the internet you can successfully do video calling (Skype calling et al) and live chat with you clients no matter the part of the world where they live in. Just ensure that you list your consulting services online and you will be amazed at the numbers of people from all over the world that will come calling for your services especially if you are considered a pro in the industry.
There are loads of stuffs you can line online; it could be obtaining a technical skills and a diploma or it could be obtaining a Degree or an MBA et al. If you passionate about impacting knowledge, all you need to do is to secure the required license, permits and accreditation from the government of your country and you can successfully start your own degree / diploma awarding online school.
The truth is that you do not need to get the required IATA certification before you can start making money online by booking flights for air travelers online. All you need is computer knowledge, a laptop, an internet device and of course partnership agreement with a registered and certified ticketing company.
With this kind of agreement, you will be required to book flights for clients and you will make your commission. This type of business will not in any way stop you from keeping your regular job or business. It is just a way of making additional income.
If you have enough time and you good with various social media platforms, then you can start an online business managing social media handles for several busy business executives, politicians, government officials, pastors, celebrities and public figures.
Of course you must display some level of professionalism and expertise before you can be hired to manage social media pages and handles for people, but the truth remains that you can make pretty cool cash from this type of online business. But trust me, it will take the bulk of your time.
If you operate a conventional brick and mortar jewelry store, you can leverage on the internet to expand your target market and of course make more monies. All you need to do is to employ the services of a web designer to help you design an online store and then secure a good online payment software and also good shipping arrangement and before you know it, you will start attracting customers from far and wide especially if your prices are highly competitive.
- Video Editing Services
Although it is easier for people to post amateur videos on social media platforms this days, but if you are in the business of selling resource video materials, then you must endeavor to be professional with the videos you put up for sale.
If you live in Toronto, Canada, you don’t have to travel through the street of Toronto in search of a video editor, from the comfort of your office you can contract the editing of your videos to an expert somewhere in Tokyo, Japan and they will get the job done for you within record time. So if you have video editing skills, you can list your business on the internet and you can as well source for clients from the online community.
- Editing and Proof Reading Business
The nature of this type of business makes it easier to work from home and for clients who are thousands of kilometers away from your country. If you are a good editor and you have eyes for details, then you should consider visiting freelancer.com, elance.com, oDesk.com et al to enroll and become a member. From such platforms, you can get enough editing and proof reading jobs that you can handle.
There is hardly business that cannot leverage on the internet to generate more income. Online Photography is another business that you can successfully launch if you are looking for an internet based business to start. It is simple, if you are a photographer and you are good with photo editing, all you need to do is to list pictures in your archive for sale to the internet community.
There are well over 30 million websites and of course these websites need contents which is why they outsource content writing jobs and also photos. If your pictures are good, you can sell them online and they can be used for graphics et al.
- Photo Editing Services
Although there are several self – help photo editing software online that you can use to edit your photos, but the fact remains that the photo editing jobs that are handled by professional photo editors can be more detailed and based on specification.
Which is why people who have eyes for details usually contract the editing of their pictures to professional photo editors as against making use of photo editing software. The nature of this type of job make it easier for people to offer photo editing jobs online. If you a skilled photo editor, all you need to do is to list your services online and you are sure going to attract high paying clients from within your country and overseas.
- Online Bible School
If you are a Christian and you are passionate about the teachings of Jesus Christ, then you would have come across several online Degree / Diploma / Certificate awarding Bible School. As such; if you are Bible scholar and you are interested in impacting knowledge, then you should consider starting your own online Bible school.
If before now you are discouraged about starting your own Bible school because of the cost of renting facility and acquiring furniture et al, then you don’t need to be discouraged anymore because with the internet, you will spend far less starting an online Bible School compared to what you will spend when setting up a brick and mortar Bible School.
Even if you operate a conventional art gallery, that does not in any way stop you from increase your income by selling your artworks online. As a matter of fact, you will attract more customers from the online community and of course will generate more sales.
All you need to do is to display the artworks you have on your gallery alongside their prices and shipping expenses and you will be amazed at the numbers of clients you will attract from far and wide. It is indeed a cool way of making more money as an artist.
- Offer Voiceover Services
Your good voice and excellent diction is an asset; with it you can generate extra income for as long as you are willing to. It is simple, all you need to do is to Google voiceover outsourcing jobs and you will see loads of them. Ensure that you read through them source for the ones you feel you can handle. As a voiceover artist, you can sign up with an advertising company and they will help you secure voiceover jobs.
- Online Marketing Jobs
There are several strategies that an organization can employ to reach out to their target markets on one of them is online marketing. If you have your own products or you choose to sell other people’s products, the internet is one of the cheapest and perhaps easiest ways of marketing goods and services. All you need to do is to sign up with an organization and they will assign some leads to you, you duty is to follow up on them until you generate sales from them and then you will be paid your commission. Following up on them could be sending reminder emails, chatting with them and also video calling them et al.
- Online Book Store
There are book lovers all over the world who are still interested in buying books, no matter the amount it will cost them. Starting an online book store is another way of making money from the internet. A company like amzon.com are making huge revenues from selling books online and you can start something similar. You can sell eBooks, audio books and hard copy books on various subjects and from various authors on your online book store. Please note that starting online book store means that you will make provision for shipping.
If you are a software developer of course the internet is your strongest marketing platform. There is a large market for software on the internet. All you need to do is to look for a task in the IT world and then build a software to help simplify the task. For example; you can develop a software that will help people manage their clientele base (CRM software), you can develop software that will help people manage their payrolls, accounts, online files et al.
- Start an Online Gaming Business
Game lovers all over the world visit gaming sites to register and play games of their choice. If you are looking towards making money from the internet, one of the ways you can make money is by starting your own online gaming business; a website where various games can be played by game lovers at an affordable fee.
You don’t need to own a physical car garage or showroom before you can make money from selling cars. As a matter of fact, it is much easier this days to sell cars online than it is to sell it from a garage et al. All you need to do is to open a website where the cars that you want to sell can be listed (the prices, and specifications et al). You can deal in fairly used cars or brand new cars or both and still attract customers from all over the globe.
- Online Skill Acquisition Training
The internet has made it possible for professional trainers to make money via training people without ever meeting them physically. For instance; if you want to train people on how to make hats or how to sow bags or how to make beads et al, all you need to do is to engage them on video chatting. You can as well send your videos and your training manuals online to those for paid for your services. Distance is not a barrier as far as the internet is involved.
Another business that you can start online is real estate / properties rental services. If you are realtor, all you need to do to expand the scope of your target market is to take your real estate business online. The truth is that a larger percentage of those looking for properties to buy or rent would usually search online as against reading through real estate magazines et al. It is easier to take your real estate business online, all you need is a functioning website or even a social media platform to list your properties.
The fact that there are several big time networking websites does not in any way stop you from starting your own social networking site. It may take time before you start making money from the site, but with diligence, dedication and hard work, you will sure start generating income from it.
Part of what you need to do is to choose a niche or concentrate on a target audience that can make it easier for you to attract people to you social networking site. For example you can start a social networking site to connect doctors and nurses together, you can start a social networking site that connects people of same ethnic groups or people with similar interest et al.
Another interesting and money making business that you can start on the internet is to start buying and selling domains. All you need to do to start this type of business and of course make money is to look for domains with potential for sale, buy them and then source for those who are interested in buying such domain.
It might be risky to buy and on to a domain name, but the truth remains that you are likely going to sell at a price that is far more than the price you purchased it; it is similar to real estate investment – some domain name appreciate with time.
- Start an Online Maid Agency Service
There are no limits to the types of business you can stand on the internet. One of the business that you can stand online is a maid agency services. Part of what you need to do get this type of business rolling is to network with maid agencies in different cities within your coverage area and help them list maid services online. You can make good commissions from this type of business.
You are good at developing apps, then you can make good money from the internet. There are loads of apps that are being sold on apps stores and there is still need for more apps. If you can come up with a unique app, you will be amazed at the amount you can generate from selling the app.
- Online Library (e – Library)
The internet has made it possible for people from different parts of the world to be registered in the same library. Online library (e – library) is a resource center where you can comfortably conduct a thorough research and study from the comfort of your home no matter the part of the world you live in as long as you have internet enabled device (smartphones, computers, notebooks, tablets et al). People pay registering fees and of course membership fees to make use of online libraries. You can start your own online library (e – library) and attract membership from different parts of the world.
- YouTube Advertising
If you are into PR and advertising, one of the ways you can make huge cash is to start a YouTube advertising agencies. Part of what you need to do is to source for YouTube videos that are trending and help your client advertise their product or services on the videos.
This is quite different from e–library, all you need to do is to start a book and magazine club that attracts people of similar interest. If you are creative, you can attract enough members and the money you make from such business is tied to the number of members that are registered in your book club. Membership fees and registering fees et al. One good thing about online magazine and book club is that you can admit members from any part of the world as long as they are ready to keep to the ground rules.
- Online Sport Shop
Another business that you can start on the internet is to an online sports shop, a shop where you will sell sporting wears and sports accessories et al. There is a large market for sports wears and accessories. Just like any other e – commerce store, you would need to make arrangement for shipping.
Another e – Commerce related business that you can start is opening an online e – cigar business. There are customers for e cigarettes and if you give your business hypes and publicity you will sure make huge money from this business.
- Creating and Selling Online Wall Papers
You can start an online business by selling wall papers, although you are not likely going to make huge money from this type of business, but at the same time it is a business that will not take your time. It is a business you can do while keeping your paid employment or handling other big time businesses.
If you can speak and write more than two international languages, then you can make money from the internet. All you need to do is to list your services online and people who need the services your offer will contact you. Just ensure that you have resource materials (softcopies that can aid your teachings). If you know how to speak and write 2 or 3 of any of these languages; French, English, Spanish, Chinese, German and Arabic, then you should consider starting an online foreign language training / tutorials / coaching.
- Online Computers and Mobile Phones Store
If you are into buying and selling, there are loads of business that you can make money from and one of them is to open an online computer and mobile phones store. Just like any other e commerce store, you would need a good shipping arrangement for this type of business. You can engage in the sale of fairly used or brand new phones and computers or both. There is a wide international market for such products.
- Teach People How To Cook
If you are good with making both local and international dishes, one of the business you can engage in is to start teaching people of to cook. You will be amazed at the high level of response you will get if you list this services online.
Do note that starting any of these businesses, or even more than one business of this type on the internet as stated here, could be one of the best steps you would ever make in life because it is a sure way to make cool money from the internet and become rich for life. So, do take advantage and soon you will smile.
Founder / Publisher at Profitable Venture Magazine Ltd
Ajaero Tony Martins is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer and Investor; with a passion for sharing his knowledge with budding entrepreneurs. He is the Executive Producer @JanellaTV and also doubles as the CEO, POJAS Properties Ltd.