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Online businesses can be very successful, coupled with the money you save not having to buy assets and pay rent makes it a very desirable field of entrepreneurship to be in. Play to your strengths and experience, make sure it’s something that interests you too and see what you can achieve.


Make your hobby your business. Do you create unique jewellery, art or clothing? Create your own shop on unique sites like Etsy. To spread the word make sure you start your business pages on different social networks and link to your Etsy shop.


You can now teach yourself coding online for free. Most people have an idea of what sort of app they would create if they knew how. Give it a try and if you create an app that is intuitive and helpful you could have the start of a good business. Why not try


We’ve all seen the rise of the ‘fitspo’ and if you too live the healthy, wholefood life then put it towards helping others and making the world healthier. You can create your own exercise and eating plans for added USP and build a remote support network for your followers.


If you have had experience within blue chip or agency organisations then you will have a wealth of knowledge that small companies can’t possibly have in-house. For creative, website builds, advice, etc, they will pay to outsource it to freelancers.


If you have a natural talent for bringing the best out of people then starting your own career coaching business could be up your street. You will need business experience and be a good copy writer for when you develop CVs etc.


Some companies will pay you good money to become one of their ‘brand ambassadors’ where you will be sent products and then have to review them on different websites. Research it online to see what type of products you want to review (from casinos to shampoo) and then apply.


If you are fluent in the world of social media and its platforms then small companies will pay you to manage their social pages for them. You will need to hit the metrics set, such as amount of new followers per month and the engagement percentage, but if you are good at providing engaging content then this is the business for you.


Is there something you are particularly interested in? Vintage pieces for example? Start an online shop specialising in one area and make sure it shows up first in Google search, you should have a busy business in no time from high website traffic. Also use eBay to your advantage, buy in wholesale and then sell as a specialist.


If you have worked with online analytic tools (i.e. Google analytics) then you may have a specialised skill in search engine optimisation. You will know that it is important for companies to be optimised, so sell it to those smaller companies who are missing it. Be proactive and search them out, reach out and offer to solve their problems.


Create your own website with regular blogs on it. You can talk about anything, as long as it is interesting and valuable. You can then sell advertising space and other peer companies may hire you to become a freelance writer for them.

Got any ideas for your own online business? Let me know.



Catherine works in international marketing and events, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge to help others in their career. A keen traveler she has lived in New Zealand, China and England, and explored a lot more of the world; Catherine describes herself as a cup half full and embraces her busy life at 100mph.

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