Would you like to know how to start a small business online?
Even better, what if I said you can do it virtually for free?
(This is the Australian version of this post)
Update: My-Buzz.com is no longer associated with the Wealthy Affiliate Group. For the sake of simplicity, all posts that refer to WA have been left in place for the time being. Feel free to wander over there if you want to check them out. They are legit, but probably not my top recommendation any more.
These days, it seems almost everybody is either doing business online or knows of someone who is. Having your own online business is something many aspire to, but without the right information and advice, few will turn it into reality.
The truth is, you can make money online.
There, I’ve said it!
The downside is that there is no such thing as a Free Lunch, so if you aspire to joining the ranks of those of us making a living (and sometimes a very good one) with just a computer and an internet connection, you’ll need to have a plan and be prepared to WORK at it! Ambition without action is just a dream, after all.
Yes, there are a million and one web pages out there that will promise you anything from Hundreds to Thousands of Dollars a week with very little effort (and just a small outlay, of course) but the only ones making a living from most of them would be the ones trying to get between you and your money.
As I say elsewhere on this site, if it seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
I’ve compiled a list of Ten Ways you can Start an Online Business
Click Here to jump straight to the list.
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Now you could call me biased, but I firmly believe the easiest and absolute best way to join the ranks of online entrepreneurs? is with Affiliate Marketing. What’s that? You say…
Well, in a nutshell, it involves you, the website creator/owner, publishing reviews or articles (like this one, for example) that will attract visitors to your site.
You then add links or ads to your site and when a visitor follows a link and makes a purchase, you get a commission. Easy peasy.
Well, maybe not quite that easy, but that’s the basic idea.
This video explains the concept in just under two minutes.
But hang on, you say, I’m not a writer. And I don’t know anything about
Building a Website!
Yeah, that was my first reaction too. The truth is though, you don’t need to be a Hemingway or even close. Blog posts such as this just need to be readable and informative. Do your research, learn as much as you can about the subject, and present it in simple, easy to read terms.
It’s amazing what a bit of investigation can turn up. Often, when you start researching a subject you may be surprised at just how much you actually already know about the topic.
And as for website creation, well it’s never been easier to learn. With the right software, (which is free, by the way) almost anybody can create a working website in a few minutes! You just need the right learning platform.
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Although I’ve limited this post to ten ideas for starting your own internet business, there’s just no end to the opportunities for making a buck online. The following is a list of some of the most common ethical ways people earn money via the internet. So let’s dive in…
1. You could Sell your photos online.
You don’t have to be an expert or a professional photographer to be able to earn money with your camera.
Even phone camera snapshots can sometimes be just what someone is looking for. The trick is to take lots of snaps and sort them through later. Some of the best shots I have taken have been what could only be described as flukes. A close inspection will sometimes reveal a hidden gem amongst your collection of selfies and family snaps. If you happen to have a good DSLR and/or are a keen shutterbug, so much the better, but don’t let a lack of top-flight equipment deter you.
Where can I sell them – I hear you ask?
Well, there’s always Instagram, but a very good avenue for saleable photos is Dreamstime!
Just register via the above link, submit your best or most unusual pics and your latest snapshot could appear on the front page of Time!? Well yeah, okay, that’s unlikely – but who knows who just might see exactly what they are looking for in your humble portfolio?
Should you be looking at setting up a website by the way, and need some free photos or artwork, check out this link: Free Images From Dreamstime.
2. Start a Drop Shipping website
Not sure just what Drop Shipping is? I’ve published an article here that explains it all in detail. I prefer Affiliate Marketing, but I know several people who swear by the Dropshipping platform. The link above will open in a new tab, so you can come back here afterwards just by closing the window.
3. You could Start your own Academy.
Sound a bit strange? Well, it’s not as odd as it may seem.
It’s possible you have some unique knowledge or insight into an industry, that others will pay you to share with them. Search back through your past work or recreation history and you just might find a gem you’ve overlooked.
All you need is a website, (which you can set up for free, by the way. See link below) and some basic writing skills and you could be on a winner.
Again, though, I stress that it’s not going to happen overnight and you will have to work at it.
4. You could Start a Blog.
You don’t have to be a literary genius or an English Major to maintain a blog of your own. You may need to pay a bit of attention to grammar, punctuation, etc, but most readers are pretty forgiving on that subject if your stuff is interesting and/or informative. There’s a free browser add-on called Grammarly that’s the Duck’s Nuts when it comes to spelling and grammar checking. I have it turned on all the time when I write and it picks up spelling mistakes and gives grammar suggestions in real-time.
You can blog on virtually any subject you like. Let’s face it, if it interests you there are bound to be thousands of other people worldwide who will also find it interesting.
Here is a link to a review of a great guide to making money from blogging. It has all you need to know to earn a good income from a blog of your own. As with the other link I supplied earlier, it’ll open in a new tab that you can close when you want to get back here.
5. Udemy.com is a site that specializes in online training. It may be possible to put together a course that can be hosted on their site.
6. Upwork.com is a site connecting freelancers in any field with potential clients. Mostly dedicated to writing and editorial work, but you could apply to act as a Virtual Assistant. These jobs do exist, you just have to look. Check out their Administrative Support Section.
7. If you have a particular skill at a handicraft of some sort, you could sell your creations on etsy.com.au Many people make money this way, but don’t quit your day job just yet. I have a post here dedicated to Making Money on Etsy.
8. If you think you have a little designer flair, you could design T-Shirts and market them online.
Check out teespring.com or cafepress.com.au for ideas and links.
9. Do you have a large following on Social Media?
You may be able to leverage this by including ads on your sites. I’m reliably informed that sites like amobee.com can place ads within your online content containing hyperlinks that will pay you when people follow the links. You will need to have a fairly large following, but it’s another avenue to try.
10. Domain Flipping.
If you’re lucky (and quick) enough, you may be able to grab a .com domain name which you can on-sell via sites like godaddy.com. or flippa.com. This would apply if, for example, ford.com happened to be available. (Don’t bother checking, it isn’t)
Seriously though, domain flipping can be a profitable enterprise. So much so, that Kyle, one of the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, has dedicated a complete lesson to it. Unfortunately, I can’t pass on that link, as it’s a Premium-only lesson. I will say though, that there are some who regularly make good money from domain flipping alone.
So you can see that there are many ways to make money online. Not all will make you rich, in fact, most won’t. We all need to start somewhere, however.
Anyway, that’s it from me for this article. Please check out the other pages and posts on my-buzz.com and feel free to leave a comment below.
Wishing you every success with your online endeavors.