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Starting your own business? 10 ideas with which you can start right away (also online)!

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Has starting your own business always been your dream? Aspiring entrepreneurs and CEOs may have put their list of brilliant business plans on hold in 2020, but the truth is, now is actually the perfect time to start making plans to start your own business - an online business in particular.

Best of all, you can now even start an online business without having to put in your own money or go to the trouble of raising external capital, such as when you are first starting it part-time.

In the past year, many people have had to re-evaluate their day-to-day jobs, future plans and financial goals. If you are ready to really get started with your plan to start your own business, these tips and ideas about starting your own business can help you on your way.

How you decide what type of business you want to start

Some aspiring business owners already know what type of their own business they want to start. Others may have some good business ideas or see opportunities in different niches. Often the fact that entrepreneurs do not know where to start is the main reason that they have not yet started their own company.

The advice is often to first look at sectors in which you already have some experience or interest, and then do competition research. Understand who the competition is, what they have to offer, and what they might be overlooking.

From there it is possible to develop a business plan based on a product or service that the market does not yet know or for which there is a need.

If you are still looking for ideas or current online business Want to get to know trends and industries, here are 10 of the best small business ideas that could be worth exploring for you in 2021.

1. Dropshipping: Selling directly from supplier inventory via e-commerce

Technology makes it easier than ever to buy and sell goods. Best of all, thanks to the many dropshipping services, you don't even have to stock up on the products that are on your new ecommerce website.

If you can create a large social following on the various social media channels or have an eye for finding great products, you can list them on your new ecommerce website without having to worry about buying and holding. stock. Instead, you mainly focus on increasing your audience by using the many online marketing options, improving the findability of your website and selecting products that are in high demand.

To get started, you can partner with the more famous dropshipping providers such as Oberlo, Doba, Dropified, Worldwide Brands or SaleHoo. You can of course always contact manufacturers in your niche yourself to discuss whether they are open to sending their products on your behalf through this dropshipping.

2. Websites “flipping”: online buying and selling of sites

You have probably heard of the “flipping” of houses, but that this is also possible for websites is currently (again) one of the new trends in 2021. Although this practice has been around for a while, this purchase and sale of websites have become even more popular as more people work remotely and from home.

The premise of flipping websites is simple: you find a website that has been around for a while with a decent audience and buy it. Then you improve the content (or add content), improve the design and use SEO (search engine optimization) best practices to attract an even larger audience. As soon as the website's performance improves and the income increases, you can sell it again for a profit.

If you've ever wanted to have your own blog, web store, or niche website, but don't want to spend time building an audience and creating all of the content from scratch, so-called website flipping can save you a lot of time, saving you time. you can also make a profit earlier.

3. Become a creator for other online businesses

If you can write good texts, create stunning graphics and designs, animate compelling videos, or provide some other kind of creative service, it can be a good idea to build your business around these unique strengths of yours.

Freelancers and contract copywriters, creative directors, graphic designers, creators of all types of content, video animators, videographers, editors, web designers and web developers are always in demand. You can market your services & expertise on all kinds of freelance sites, such as UpWork or Fiverr, and then even expand your team as you build more clients, projects and perhaps partnerships.

Coach people online about their careers

Do you have an eye and feel to identify someone's talents, strengths, and weaknesses? Do you regularly receive compliments from friends and colleagues about your motivational attitude and positive outlook? If so, you may consider starting your own career coaching company.

Rising unemployment has left many doubting their careers and seeking more satisfying and secure careers. Many who have become unemployed or simply dissatisfied with their day-to-day job are looking for career advice to guide them to their next job or the move to freelancing. Or maybe you can even advise some of them on starting their own business?

You may want to get a career coaching certification first and then get started marketing your career coaching services. You can of course promote yourself through social media, all kinds of content marketing and digital advertising, or sign up for career coaching jobs through online platforms such as Coach.me.

5. Provide catering or meals from home and promote them online

If you've always envisioned your own restaurant or catering service, you may be hesitant to start your business right now during a global COVID-19 pandemic. However, many people still have the daily need for a simple food supply and are simply willing to pay for it.

According to Restaurant.org increased consumers their pick-up spend during the pandemic in 2020, and the number is expected to continue to rise.

While it might not make sense at this point to open a traditional restaurant, you could offer meal preparation or catering. Many people are looking for healthy and also organic meals or restaurant quality meals that are delivered to their door. This means that you could then use "delivery services" (or apps) or at some point work with regular people who deliver your meals.

6. Sell handmade products on online marketplaces

Handy with your hands and still start your own business? You could imagine starting a small boutique with homemade items that you made and sourced locally for materials. The good news here is that many people want well-made items from local artisans.

You can create your own e-commerce store or post your products on an Amazon or Etsy marketplace. You often have to arrange shipping yourself, but as long as you plan and work ahead, this method can be a great way to launch an online brand and get more attention for your handmade products, furniture or decoration pieces.

7. Virtual teaching online

Of course, an extremely broad category because there is a high demand for online education and instruction in various niches. If you have experience teaching or tutoring, setting up your own online tutoring business is an excellent idea, especially if the schools in your country or area are still teaching remotely.

You don't have to be interested in academics to become a virtual instructor. You can create your own YouTube or other media channel and create instructional videos on cooking methods, dance instructions, training guides, website creation, marketing training and much more. Whatever your passion, there is a continuing need for online tutors.

8. Develop app (s)

Jobs in the technology sector are not going to disappear anytime soon, and as new ideas continue to emerge, there remains a need for talented app makers and developers to bring these concepts to life. Want to start your own company as a developer? Typically, app developers can work anywhere in the world and market their services on online job boards, freelance websites, or by starting their own business in app development and promoting it through (social) media.

Starting your own business? Maybe developing app (s) is something for you!
Starting your own business? Maybe developing app (s) is something for you! (fig.)

9. Photography services for businesses online

Families may not need photographers as much as they did before the pandemic, but if you want to open your own photo studio, there are still many ways to start your own business around these services in 2021.

The so-called stock photography, where the photographers can be used online, among other things, is always in high demand, especially as more and more people are building their own websites and e-commerce stores. You can partner with sites that offer stock photos, such as Shutterstock or iStock, or sell your services directly to marketing agencies and design companies or through your own website.

10. Advice on social media

If sharp captions and eye-catching images are second nature to you, a social media consultancy might be for you. Many companies feel the need to expand or improve their social media presence and target a younger or different audience. You can offer your services on freelance sites or promote yourself directly through your own website (and of course using your own social media presence) to work with clients to your interest.

Don't just stick to dreams. Take the first step: start your own business!

You may be very careful to embark on your journey to start your own business, but 2021 is full of opportunities and ideas for hard-working and dedicated entrepreneurs.

When you are ready to start your own business and become your own boss, start taking the first steps in establishing your business, creating a business plan and getting started to realize your big idea (and dreams!) realize.

Sources including DollarSprout (link), Entrepreneur (link), Fool (link), MrDHanto (link)

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