Starting a business today no longer requires months of market research and thousands of dollars to get started. You can just stay in your pajamas, although I don’t recommend it, and start a successful business from the comfort of your home.
Even if you decide to leave home, there are more than enough business ideas floating around that require little time and resources to get started.
In fact, here are 15 business ideas you could start today.
It’s easy to see why there are over 54 million Americans who have joined the freelance revolution. They have a flexible schedule, can work from anywhere, and can comfortably earn a living doing something they love or are talented at. And, this trend is not going away anytime soon.
If you have a bit of experience and are good at everything from graphic design and writing to photography and coding, you can go freelance with little more than a computer. Of course, it takes time to build a solid reputation and client list, you can always start applying for gigs at any number of freelance job sites immediately.
Whether it’s creating your own blog through WordPress or using a website builder like Wix, anyone can create a blog in just minutes. Blogs are also affordable since you only need to buy a domain name and a host.
There are also many companies (like our blog) who pay freelancers to write on their blog. It can make you a good side income and for some be a full time job.
3. Online retail
I decided to put several online retail ideas together because they are extremely similar.
Affiliate Marketing. I just mentioned it, so it’s a good place to start. Essentially, you plug other products or services into your website. A unique link is provided to you. So every time a visitor clicks on that link and makes a purchase, you get a commission.
E-commerce site. Through sites like Etsy, you can sell your handcrafted creations.
eBay or Craigslist for unloading used items. I even asked neighbors if I could sell their stuff and take a 50% commission on everything I sold. It worked well for accumulating money in my electronic banking.
Drop shipping it’s when you sell other people’s products online, but the items are shipped from the manufacturer’s warehouse.
4. Public speaking/teaching/tutoring
If you want to share your knowledge with others, whether it’s how to be a more effective leader in the workplace or the Spanish language, you can earn money teaching online courses, become a tutor in your neighborhood, or speak at libraries, recreation centers, or adult education classes.
Another way to pass on your knowledge is to start a consulting or training business. Indeed, many entrepreneurs and companies are looking for talented people to teach their employees how to do everything from learning a computer program to starting an environmentally friendly business.
There are also a lot of consultancy for app companies. As there is a valued 5.8 million applications created, the need for countless consultants to maintain their applications persists.
6. Running/Personal Assistant
There are elderly and busy people who need someone to run errands for them, or even become their personal assistant. These tasks can include grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, or driving them around town. You can join TaskRabbit Where Care.com to find jobs.
seven. Babysitting / Pet sitting / House sitting
Do not be mistaken. These jobs are not just for teenagers. There are many people who have made careers in these types of jobs. Sure, it might take time to build up your trustworthiness after getting word-of-mouth recommendations, but you can start asking family, friends, and neighbors today if they need someone. to monitor their children, their pets or their home.
Do you like being outdoors? Do you also enjoy doing yard work, like mowing and gardening? Then you can start your own neighborhood landscaping. You can even possibly continue to design beautiful garden beds. But, in the meantime, you can start small. Trust people. Many people dread pulling weeds!
If you have a knack for cooking or baking, this is an obvious business idea for you. You probably already have all the equipment too. Just start dating and let your network know you’ve started your own business.
Whether it’s computers, furniture, or cars, if you’re good with your hands, start offering this service to paying customers.
11. Social media management
Brands have understood the importance of having an online presence, and that includes being active and engaging on social media. This is why they are ready to pay individuals to manage their social networks. If you have this talent, you can start this business today.
12. Event planning
If you are organized and have the ability to plan events thoroughly, become an event planner and manage everything from weddings to birthdays to retirements.
13. Linguistic translation/transcription
Do you know a second language? If so, you can make a living by translating or transcribing this language for others.
14. Reference service
These types of entrepreneurs basically refer businesses to clients. For example, you might be hired by a family law firm to find people who can file for divorce from their spouse.
15. Local tour guide/relocation service
Whether you know your neighborhood like the back of your hand, then you can either become a local tour guide. But what if there’s not much to see because you don’t live in a historic city like Boston or Philly? You can research office locations for businesses and connect them with local businesses such as restaurants that deliver or sell office supplies.
John Ramton is a serial entrepreneur now focused on helping people create amazing products and services that scale. He is the founder of the online payment company Due. He was recently named #2 in the Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine. Time Magazine has recognized John as a motivational speaker who helps people find a “sense of meaning” in their lives. He currently advises several Bay Area companies.