When I was in school & college, I knew many friends who wanted to become entrepreneurs after completing their education. But now, I finally became an office employee.
So I’m surprised of the many people who aspire to become entrepreneurs, why do only a few end up with businesses. Even from a survey that I did a few months ago, there were 81% of employees who used to aspire to become entrepreneurs.
81%! After further investigation, there are 3 main reasons:
- First, do not know what business opportunities are more profitable and more stable/secure than office work.
- Second, there is no capital or only small capital. This is most often happens. They consider all businesses that require large capital; finally, they decide to work first while collecting capital. From there, comes another reason. And this is the most tragic.
- Third, already working and having a family. Their burden is getting heavier because they have to take care of the family. If the work is abandoned, the risk is great. Worse yet, because they are busy working they can’t start a business.
For those of you who experience the above 3 problems, this article is the solution. The following are 30 business opportunities that can be done online, do not take up time, and can be started with small capital. And most importantly, the potential is huge.
Which Online Business Opportunities is the Best?
Before we begin, because below there are more than 30 business ideas, then you might feel lazy to scroll to the end. Therefore, here are some that I recommend.
- Selling online: if you already have an idea of what products to sell
- Create a blog: if you like to write or don’t know what business you want to run
Sell products online on your own website
Many people do this because the process is easy and the income earned is no joke. Many people now sell 100% online. By selling online, the process can be done anywhere as long as there is the internet.
Therefore, this business model is also good for those of you who have other activities. But usually, people who are smart are already scared first.
Though not difficult at all. If you read this article at 9 am, this afternoon at 3 your online store is ready to be used for selling. Seriously, you can use the following platforms:
- Shopify – starting at $14 per month, easier and full features
- WebPractical – starting from $48 per year
- Jarvis Store – free for 20 products!
- BBM – many online stores can sell just by using this chat application
- Instagram – because it is an image-based social media, it can be used to sell online too
- WordPress + WooCommerce – around $ 40 per year for domains & hosting
There is one more problem… where to get products to sell? If you already have your own product, this is certainly not a problem. But what about those of you who don’t have, and don’t yet have plans to make products? Follow these steps:
- Determine what products you want to sell
- Find the main supplier of the product, or
- Invite people who are already selling but not yet online as partners, or
- Dropship (discussed below)
- Selling products is the easiest way to earn income.
The most difficult step is to determine the product to sell after the product is determined then there will be no further problems.
Even easier, selling in the online market
Well, even though making a website is easy, it still needs learning, especially if you are still a beginner. Here’s the solution: Selling in the marketplace, if you already know what you want to sell and want to sell right away in the next 5 minutes.
This is the most appropriate solution for you. Especially because the marketplace is already crowded, so you can immediately get buyers. But there are weaknesses: You sell on other people’s websites, so there are many limitations.
In addition, you cannot build your own brand because it depends on the marketplace website. Then what to do?
The middle way… when just starting a business, take advantage of the marketplace to get buyers & income. After a while, create your own website and invite potential buyers in the marketplace to visit your own website.
Sell without risk by becoming a dropshipper
Dropshipping means that we sell without having stock. When someone orders a product from you, you submit the order to a third party (supplier). It is they who directly send the goods to the buyer.
You don’t need to save the item. The supplier usually sends on their behalf, but sometimes there are also those who want to send on behalf of your business. Sounds good huh?
There are indeed advantages to being a dropshipper such as:
- You don’t need much capital to get started
- No need for stock (stock means cost)
- Can be done from anywhere
But even so, there are also disadvantages:
- Smaller profit margins
- Cannot monitor stock in a third party
- Quality is not controlled
Looking at the advantages and disadvantages, being a dropshipper remains a very easy and inexpensive way to start doing business online.
Become an advertising publisher to get semi-passive income
Anyone know why on the internet a lot of free information? Why people are willing to write good articles than published openly on blogs? Because they get income from advertising.
This is the most popular business opportunity among those who enjoy writing and sharing knowledge.
How it works like this:
We create a website > display ad code > ads appear automatically > visitors do click on ads > we get a commission.
Not difficult right?
All that remains is to copy-paste the ad, and then the ad will appear automatically. Every time someone clicks, then we get income. So this business model became very popular.
All you have to do is:
- Create quality content
- Lure other people to visit your website and read the content
- To be successful as an ad publisher, you MUST have quality content. Google will not accept low-quality websites.
Get a commission from the sale of affiliate products
This business model is known as affiliate marketing. The process is like this:
We promote/recommend other people’s products, and then when someone buys on these recommendations, we will get a commission.
The difference with dropshipping, we only promote … not sell. The buyer will be directly related to the seller, not you.
Make and sell information products
Information products are products whose contents are information. That is, this product is in the form of books, ebooks, videos, or audio. For example, fitness video products that contain guidelines for movements in sports, or ebook how to lose weight.
Information products are far easier to make than physical products, so even those of you with no experience can make them. “Does anyone want to buy the information that is available for free on the internet?” …there is!
Many people are willing to spend some money to buy products containing information.
There are 2 reasons :
- First, because the contents are more profound than just articles on a blog.
- Second, because the guidelines are more structured. From A to B to C to Z.
Not everyone has time to read and explore information from so many websites on the internet. That’s why information products have become popular.
To make the product:
- Find your area of expertise. You will not be able to make a quality product without having adequate knowledge
- Find out what the biggest problems are people in that field
- Create a solution in the form of ebooks, videos, or audio
You can read this online business study guide that discusses the specific process of making information products ranging from the selection of topics to creating a sales website.
If you are an expert on a topic, it is not difficult to make the product. The biggest challenge is actually selling your product.
The problem is:
Nobody wants to buy a guide from someone who doesn’t have a reputation. “Who do you think you are, why should I trust information from you?”
That’s why most sellers of information products have blogs. Here are some places to sell information products:
- Smooth it out
- On your own blog/website
- In the marketplace (like no. 2)
Both are still relatively new, so maybe the website is still not comfortable to use. Meanwhile, if you sell abroad, use Gumroad or Clickbank.
Selling on your own website is much better if you already have a reputation and a quality product because selling on the market/marketplace means that your product is mixed with other products of low quality.
Become a teacher by opening an online course
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a real teacher… the important thing is you have something to teach. At present, both overseas and in Indonesia online courses are very popular. This is because the process is easier and with online courses, you can get more students.
In an offline course, the teacher usually repeats the material every time he teaches a new class. But because it is online, the course can be recorded and placed on the website. You know … the same as information products, huh? Indeed similar.
Therefore the way to start is the same as information products. But there is a slight difference: Because of the shape of the course, the guidance you provide is divided into several sessions given on different days.
Once a week, for example. Also in the online course, there is usually a question and answer session. Use the following platforms to start selling online courses:
- WordPress + Zippy Courses plugin
So far, as far as I know, there is no specific platform such as digital products above. Of the four options above, the best in my opinion is Teachable. The reason is that the process is very easy and can be used on your own domain.
Provides graphic design services
A professional graphic designer can earn more than $ 100,000 a year. But those who are professionals must have a lot of experience and portfolio. For those of you, who are still beginners, can sell graphic design services in several marketplaces such as:
- 99designs – international logo design (etc.)
- Fiverr – a variety of light work, including graphic design starting at $ 5
As a graphic design service provider, your work opportunities are not limited to the territory. You can get clients from abroad though. Oh yes, most of the service providers on the websites above are also beginners … so you don’t need to be afraid if you’re not too proficient in design.
Don’t want design services? Try selling stock graphic designs
Some people basically don’t like selling services. If you are this type of person, selling stock can be an attractive alternative.
Stock is a kind of template that is ready to be customized and ready to use, for example, Photoshop or Illustrator templates, presentation templates, logo templates, or icons.
When someone buys your stock, he can use his design for any purpose.
Here are some places to sell:
- IconFinder (icon only)
Sell royalty-free photos
For example, I am making tutorials playing guitar, to beautify the content I need a photo of someone who is playing the guitar. The problem is, I can’t take pictures myself. Hiring a photographer is also expensive.
The solution is to buy a royalty-free photo license. Royalty-free photos are photos that we can use for any purpose after one license purchase. Same as graphic design stock, but photos.
Quality photos from professional photographers like this are much needed by website owners and content creators as in the example above. That’s why this business opportunity is very interesting for those of you who like photography.
Examples of places that sell royalty-free photos:
This opportunity is only for those of you who have professional photography skills and equipment because the quality of your photos must be top. Although it is not often heard, there are also those who buy photos from the iPhone camera.