There is no doubt about it, with the global economic crunch still biting hard on every side, more and more people are looking to the internet for possible business ideas to make some extra money. This is not surprising because the internet have proven in recent times to be a good avenue for various business opportunities that one can start with little to no money.
And so, since the Web Income Journal is all about providing web entrepreneurs and bloggers with usable tips and ideas and quality information on starting and growing a successful business online, I recently undertook a research aimed at putting together a possible online business ideas’ resource which anyone, no matter the experience, can benefit from.
Of course, knowing that the market is saturated with all kinds of make money online scams, I took some extra care in choosing the business ideas to be included in the resource.
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Frankly, I must say I’m truly amazed with what is out there for us to pick from. With about a hundred possible ideas already included in the resource, I can say the internet is truly a treasure trove when it comes to making money doing your own business.
In this post I want to share with just 10 of those possible business ideas. So, if you are right now scouting online looking for possible business ideas to work on, I ask that you go through these ones and see how you can build an online business from them.
So, let’s begin:
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1. Editing And Proofreading Jobs
I’m sure you must have noticed the silent revolution that has been on for some time now. It has become one of the most talked about topic on most sites these days.
Want to know what that revolution is?
Ok, it’s the gradual shift from the traditional internet marketing hard sell to inbound marketing tactics using quality and informative content. This revolution has practically turned marketers into publishers with the option of producing volumes of marketing content every day.
With so much to do, most of these marketers and businesses now resort to external sources to edit and proofread articles or reports before they’re ready to be published online.
Now, if you are a native speaker of whatever language a client needs a document or article proofread, or if you have good command over that language, then you can pick up editing and proofreading jobs. I can assure you that this is really a lucrative business idea for the now. Simply do Google search for the term, “Editing and Proofreading Jobs” and see you what the search engine will return!
2. Email and Phone Handling
Now, this business idea had been there for some time but, like #1 above, the global meltdown has also fueled it. With many businesses trying to cut cost many have resorted to looking for different ways to outsource their business operations. And this is where email and phone handling businesses come in.
Email and phone handling is similar to a virtual assistant position; only thing is that it doesn’t require making appointments or needing any extensive skills.
To do email and phone handling, you would mostly do things such as cold calling, answering queries over phone and handling emails. Business owners generally tend to hire support staff to handle these tasks, as they’re often too busy to do them themselves. With email and phone handling services you could easily add some extra income to your regular income.
3. Software Load Testing
Over the years the internet has continued to experience more and more smart tools that help with business and other online operations. Most software companies, when they are almost finished with the development of a piece of software, will hire people to test it out for them in order to find bugs and see how effective the software is. The purpose is to ensure the product meet the market requirements. So with the information gathered from the testers the product is improved before releasing it to the mass markets.
The good news is that with so many software developers out there looking for people to test their products, this has become a lucrative business idea for many.
To become a ‘Software Load Tester’ you can check out companies which offer exclusive testing services like http://www.acutest.co.uk for possible ideas. Besides, a simple search on Google for “Load Testing jobs” will also give you some possible ideas and tips on how to run with this business idea.
4. Game Tester
This is similar to software testing above. With this, you would play and test out games in order to identify possible defects. As a game tester you are expected to play the game step by step and be careful to note even the smallest of errors, if any, and provide a detailed report to the company.
In order to become a Game Tester, it’s ideal for you to be a hard core gamer. You should also know how to play the games effectively so you can identify the bugs in the software. So if you are one who loves playing games online and you are interested in making some money from your passion then becoming a game tester is a good idea. Visit this site for tips on how you can succeed as a game tester.
5. Write Software For Resale, With Rights
Do you have knowledge of programming? Then you are in big business!
Frankly, if you are very good at programming, this is a great way to earn extra cash on the internet. With so many websites trying to achieve different things with much ease and in less time, if you can create a program that is able to meet these different needs, you can sell it for a good amount of money.
Besides, you could also offer resale rights to the program, giving other people the opportunity to sell it and collect the commissions. This will give you the opportunity to charge a premium price for the program especially if you’re not a fabulous marketer but still want to earn a lot of money from your work.
Now, I understand that this business idea is not for everyone however, the truth is there is enough information online that can be of help if you want to take this up. Check out this site: http://www.onsellingsoftware.com/ for a very useful resource which you can even download for free!
6. Design Or Build Websites For People
If you are good at HTML, graphics and Photoshop, then web designing might be a great option for you to consider. In order to create websites, you just need some creativity and knowhow in using the tools. You can create impressive websites using templates alone, and people will gladly pay so that they don’t need to take the time to figure out how to learn the programs.
Besides, if you are very good with setting up WordPress blogs you can also use the WordPress blogging platform to build impressive websites for companies and they will love it. One good thing about websites built with the wordpress blogging platform is the ability to include a blog in the setup. This is a great way of making the website more lovable to the search engines. Besides, it gives the business person the ability to easily update the site without looking to any external hands.
7. Create An Automation Software And Charge For The Service
With so much to do online these days and with lesser time available to do all of these, many people are becoming more interested in automation services or software where a task can be done for them without having to do as much manual work themselves. A lot of these pieces of software abound in the market right like: automated software for article rewriting, automated software for checking spelling/grammatical errors in the articles, automated software for article spinning, automated software for PDF to word conversion, and so forth.
Despite the fact that there is so much pieces of automated software out there already, there is still room for more. If you can identify the need and create the software, you can make a whole lot of money.
One good way you can find out if there is a need for software out there is to simply browse through the administration jobs in freelancing sites. For example, you might see a specific job where someone is asking to extract a set of data from a particular site and populate it in excel. If the demand for a specific service is high, you can create a software to do the job and mass-market it.
Besides, you can also create something for one specific buyer and charge them for it or simply take up the advertised jobs and charge the market rate as if it were manual work, but use your software to speed up the production!
8. Provide Uptime Monitoring Services
Recently, I’ve been very concerned about what is happening to my websites at every point in time. I want to know whenever any of them is down and why. To effectively do this, I have to engage a website monitoring service.
I know I’m not alone in this. Webmasters generally want to make sure that their websites are working as frequently as possible. If any site goes down for any reason, they want to know how long it was down and why. This is crucial for webmasters because most of the time, that site is their source of income.
I can categorically say that this is a lucrative business idea if you know how to go about it. Besides, you can even use free uptime monitoring software. All you need do is setup your business page and advertise your services. Once you have the job, take the website’s details and input them into the software, download the reports, and provide them to your client. You will be surprised that even though some webmasters know about this software, they’d still rather hire someone to do it for them rather than do it themselves.
9. Shoot And Sell Videos Online
Creating videos these days is no more a thing reserved for the professionals. Video sites like Youtube and the rest has made video production for online viewing a thing of fun.
But do you know you can actually produce videos and see them online?
Yes, if you can shoot an interesting video that people are ready to watch, you can also sell it online and make some money. Your video can be anything from an interesting event, video tutorial, demo video, etc. All you would need is a good video recorder. Even a good camera with quality lenses as well as a microphone, recording and mixing equipment, etc can do the trick. Here is a site where you can directly sell your videos: http://www.mindbites.com/sell
10. Offer Video Montage Services
Another way to make money with video productions is through helping people create memories with their pictures. What you will need here is to take some pictures that a customer provides, put them together in a nice slide show with background music, and then burn it to DVD.
You simply need some innovation and creativity to succeed greatly in this business. Give people what they want and they will pay you handsomely for it. Remember that people are paying for these video montages because it is a unique way to present lifetime memories for people. So, use your imagination and give something they will fall in love with.
For an example of a site doing this online right now check out this site: http://www.soleproductions.com/montage.html
There are numerous possible business ideas for making money online out there right now. What you only need to do is choose the one that you are best suited for. Think of your passion, talents and skills. Once you can match your business idea with your passion, skill and talents you will be on your way to making building a business that will beat your imagination.
I’ll love to hear from you. Do you have any other business idea that should be included in this list? Are you in any way using any of these ideas right now? Share your thought with us in your comments below.
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