Think you need some kind of special expertise to start a home business online and earn extra cash?
Not necessarily. In this article, we will look at case studies of 5 profitable home business ideas online with no experience needed. These business ideas all have a low-cost barrier to entry and are fairly easy to get started. Grow your business into a full-time career while you make extra cash and have fun doing so!
Will these businesses take time, honest hard work, and commitment to flourish? Yes, of course. NONE of these business suggestions are of the “get-rich-quick” variety. EVERY online business takes commitment and work. Entrepreneurship does not happen overnight.
Learn how to get started building a profitable online business in your spare time, then work consistently at your own pace until you can finally quit your day job.
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What to know about creating a home business online
The first thing you should know about creating a successful online business is that entrepreneurship is not for everyone. You must be willing to endure the uncomfortable parts of starting a home business. There is uncertainty involved, some financial investments made, and plenty of time devoted.
Online business is 100% DIY. Your success is entirely up to you. But with dedication, hard work, and enjoyment of the process, any of the ideas in this article can be quite profitable and successful.
Obviously, the main point of starting a business is to make money, especially passive income, but there are so many other benefits to being an online entrepreneur.
Online entrepreneur benefits
- Use your creativity
- Ability to share expertise
- Explore what’s possible in life
- Lifestyle design
- More family time once you transition to working only at home
For me, leaning into online entrepreneurship is the only way. Other than being a mother and homemaker, no other work makes me as happy or fulfilled. That’s the best way I can put it. What about you?
Let’s jump right into each of our case studies so you can find out which of these home business ideas online sounds like a good fit for you.
Home Business Idea Online #1- Blogging
Blogging is one of the best creative home businesses you can start today. Although it can take some time to make money blogging, blogging is fun and profitable. You can make money blogging many different ways, which we will discuss in just a sec.
You may wonder if you have to be good at writing to start a blog.
Ultimately, the answer is “No.”
If you’ de prefer not to do a lot of writing, you can create a blog that is more image-based, such as the fashion blog The Londoner. (Love her website!)
Or if you love writing, you can go more text-heavy, like this website.
If you want to write but are unsure about your writing skills, don’t worry. It’s Ok not to write perfectly, and it’s Ok to be a beginner. Your skills will improve with time, so don’t let that fear stop you. Be supportive of yourself, and be your own motivator. Just keep writing!
You can use your blog to showcase your art, music, or written work. Within those 3 categories are many subcategories- your art could be photography, crafts, fashion, or cooking, for example.
You can make money blogging a few different ways
Products and services
You can promote and sell your own products that you create, such as online courses, e-books, and physical products. Check out the official Dream Dash Journal I sell on Amazon and the art prints I sell on Etsy and promote via this blog!
Earn commission promoting affiliate products via clickable links. When your reader clicks on your affiliate link and makes a purchase, you can get paid a small percentage of the sale. This is at no additional cost to your reader.
With affiliate marketing, think of yourself as being a virtual shop assistant. You can direct your readers to products just as you would in any other sales position. And you can do this by writing naturally about topics that interest you and provide value to your readers.
I tend to recommend and link books I love quite often, for example. This article is another perfect example of writing about an interesting topic and using affiliate marketing:
After you’re established, you can also work with brands to do sponsored posts. You may need to reach out to them, or they may contact you.
You can apply to different ad networks and earn decent money once your traffic is up. You can apply for Google ads or Ezoic ads with no minimum traffic requirements. Or, once you have around 50,000 page views per month, you can apply to Mediavine. AdThrive has even higher traffic requirements but hey- goals right?
To get started blogging
To establish your blog, the first thing you need to do is sign up for web hosting.
I recommend using Bluehost for your website. They are the most reliable and trusted web hosting around.
Bluehost offers 24/7 customer support, a FREE domain name included for the first year, and you can install WordPress for free in one simple click.
AND they are currently running a sale for $2.95/ month! That price will likely go back up to $3.95/ month soon, so check it out if blogging sounds fun to you!
Establishing your blog is easy and takes 5 minutes. Learning to use WordPress for your blog and a theme to create your blog design? This will take you some time.
Building a blog IS a learning curve and can be overwhelming when you first get started. So be prepared. But after the initial learning curve, it becomes MUCH easier. And truthfully, blogging is a lot of fun! It’s my favorite of these 5 home business ideas online.
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Home Business Idea Online #2- Graphic Design
If you love art, you might consider learning graphic design.
One of the best things about graphic design, much like blogging, is that you can learn on your own and at your own pace.
Learn graphic design
Check out Youtube to get started with some terrific free guides and educational videos.
I recommend getting started with graphic design by experimenting with Canva first. Canva is a FREE graphic design software and it’s super easy to learn. I personally use it all the time for creating pins for Pinterest. I do use the paid version for more special features that I need for my blogging business and my Etsy shop.
For next-level graphic design, check out Adobe Photoshop.
Right now you can get a 7 day free trial of Photoshop, and after that, it’s only $9.99/ month. That’s it!
What an amazing opportunity and such little financial investment to start creating a home business using graphic design!
Although many free tutorials exist on Youtube to help you learn, sometimes it’s easier to simply take a class so you’re not hunting around forever.
Classes on Skillshare
If you want to learn graphic design the faster, easier way, I’d recommend checking out Skillshare for classes.
Skillshare is an online learning platform with more than 25,000 classes available on a huge variety of subjects.
And of course, they have TONS of Photoshop classes and OODLES of graphic design classes.
Right now you can get 2 months of Skillshare for $0.99.
Then it’s only $8.25/mo after that.
For unlimited classes to grow your online business!
Skillshare ROCKS! I’m totally obsessed with Skillshare.
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To make money with graphic design
Once you learn graphic design, you can turn your graphic work into many saleable forms- digital art downloads, t-shirts, mugs, and more.
* Word to the wise:
Consider starting your own blog or website if you have products to sell or eventually sell.
This is because Etsy or any other online selling platform that you sell on but don’t own could change their algorithm at any time, affecting your business.
Also note that any social media platform you market on, such as Instagram or Facebook, could change its algorithm at any time, drastically affecting your business and sales. And if you sell anything controversial, you could be censored. Think of how Facebook has been banning natural health-related material, for example.
Always have your own website where you collect the emails of your readers/customers/clients. Then you actually have control of your biz.
Steps to get started as a self-taught graphic designer
1. Get Canva for FREE.
2. Try Photoshop for FREE for 7 days, then only $9.99/mo.
3. Learn Photoshop or related graphic design via Skillshare classes. Sign up with Skillshare today!
4. As you’re learning, gather inspiration from all over the place online! Keep on creating and have fun!
(College is becoming obsolete for those of us who’d rather be online entrepreneurs, wouldn’t you say? Our options for online courses ROCK!)
Profitable Home Business Online Idea #3- eBay
Do you love shopping for bargains?
Why not flip items you find at yard sales, thrift stores, and on sale at deep discounts from regular retail stores? Flipping can be quite a profitable home business idea online.
I know eBay is rather old-school. I had an eBay shop myself back in 2003 selling second-hand clothes. It was one of the easiest home business ideas online to start at the time.
I can tell you that back in the early 2000s, you could truly find a deal on some 7 For All Mankind flared jeans. (LOL! RIP early 2000’s fashion.)
eBay used to be like thrift-store shopping, price-wise.
Now the prices of everything have gone up. Which is great for you as an eBay seller!
Now you can get more money for those designer clothes you found at Goodwill!
All you have to do is check how much an item is going for on eBay while you’re out and about shopping to see if it’s worth your time to purchase something to re-sell.
eBay may be old-school, but it’s only gotten better with age for sellers.
Start selling & making money on eBay
Creating a listing on eBay is super easy. You can sign up for a seller account for FREE right here.
Start with selling individual items, then when you’re ready, create an eBay store.
Taking photos and listing your items is a piece of cake. You WILL need space to store your stuff, and you will need to figure out packaging and selling, but beyond that, it doesn’t need to be too involved.
The most important things about selling on eBay are to have good photos, good products, good customer service, and to keep your eBay store stocked!
To learn more about selling on eBay, check out Skillshare! As I mentioned before, Skillshare has classes on everything, including selling on eBay!
Home Business Idea Online #4- YouTube
If you like being on camera, why not try Youtube?
For Youtube, you can use your smartphone or a simple camcorder to record videos. Those low investment tools may work great starting out as a beginner, but as you grow into your Youtube biz, you may want to invest some money in higher-quality equipment.
For this reason, Youtube could be a more expensive start-up than some of these other home business ideas online. But if you’re in it for the long haul, feel committed, and inspired, then give it a go! It’s a totally viable home business idea online.
One of my favorite YouTubers is an inspirational personal development/ spiritual guy named Aaron Doughty. He often mentions how he built his business by making daily YouTube videos. He’s really good, and one to get inspiration from if YouTube sounds fun to you!
Here’s a list of YouTube equipment to invest in to get started
A quality DSLR camera or a mirrorless camera is a worthy investment. You could try something like the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.
Depending on the nature of your Youtube content, there are different types of microphones you may need. These start from around $10 and go up.
- USB microphone- Most common and easy to use. This one is a very reasonable price with good stars.
- Condenser microphone- Good for podcasting and home videos. Here’s Amazons best selling version.
- Shotgun microphone- Another popular option. A mic like this helps reduce noises from your surroundings that you don’t want on film.
- Lapel microphone.-Stick it discreetly to your clothing.
You’ll need one to stabilize your video. Check out this reasonably-priced tripod with great Amazon reviews.
Depending on your content, there are several types of lighting you may want to invest in:
Softbox lighting– Emulates natural light pouring in your window.
Umbrella lighting– Similar to softbox but offering more control on where the lighting can go.
Ring light– Very popular with beauty vloggers as it eliminates all shadows from your face, making you look your best. Much needed for your home business if you show your face alot.
Video Editing Software
Try a video editing program such as Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. Both are user-friendly and FREE to download.
How to make money on Youtube
Like blogging, you make money on Youtube via ads, affiliate marketing, and paid sponsorships.
In most cases, you need a good amount of followers before you can start making money, at least around 10,000 to make your first $100 in ads and $100-300 from sponsorships.
However, you DO NOT make money based on viewers, you make money when someone clicks on an ad or watches for more than 30 seconds. And usually, you need that level of traffic for that to happen.
Like any online business, your ability to attract an audience depends not only on quality, interesting content but just as much on search engine optimization, (SEO.)
To learn more about what it takes to be a successful Youtuber, check out Youtube for a wealth of free videos.
Or, I’ll say it again- check out Skillshare! I know I keep mentioning them, but I truly think Skillshare is an awesome deal for educating yourself on all aspects of online entrepreneurship!
Profitable Home Business Idea Online #5- Amazon Selling
Have you ever considered selling a product on Amazon?
You may not realize that Amazon is made up of millions of individual sellers. It’s mainly the sellers who create the item listings and stock Amazon’s virtual shelves with bulk shipments of anything and everything.
It’s easy to sign up to become an Amazon seller.
To find a product to sell, you can look for deals on bulk goods to resell, or you can invent your own product to sell.
I recommend the latter, as there is SO MUCH competition for sourcing a deal on new items that already exist.
Know that you don’t need to re-invent the wheel to create a product of your own. It can be something like a journal, mug, or a tote bag with your unique image.
You’ll need to find out a manufacturer and get a sample before placing a bulk order. This can be a bit of a process, but it’s essential to ensure quality.
As far as shipping goes, you can have Amazon package and ship all of your orders. It’s called fulfillment, and although it’ll take a chunk of your profit, it can be totally worth it. I use fulfillment for my journals because I definitely don’t want to worry about shipping and returns myself.
You can check out all the details of how I started selling my journals here:
There is truly A LOT to selling on Amazon. I am definitely not an expert on this subject.
If you read the above article, you’ll know that I’m not making much money on journals right now. This is because I’m not focusing my energy on them fully because I’d rather be momming and blogging and Etsy selling. And now, I’m homeschooling too. There is simply not enough time in the day!
For tons of inspiration and info about selling on Amazon for beginners, definitely check out the My Wife Quit Her Job podcast and website. I’m such a huge fan of Steve Chou!
And of course, you can look for online selling courses on Skillshare!
Profitable home business ideas online conclusion
In all my entrepreneurial adventures, from Amazon to eBay to blogging, I’ve never had any idea what I was doing when I first started out.
And that’s completely OK.
You learn by DOING.
I’ve found varying levels of success and satisfaction in all of these areas of online entrepreneurship, and I LOVE the adventure involved. That’s why I blog, sell on Amazon, and have my Etsy store. It’s fun, challenging, and interesting to learn to sell online. And now that I’ve been at it for a while, it’s beginning to be profitable. I’m not making a full-time income yet, but it’s only a matter of time and more joyful, fun work. I truly love it, and if you feel the entrepreneurial calling, I hope you try one of these home business ideas online. No experience needed!!
Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle commitment. It’s taken me a long time to finally realize that and to truly lean in.
The entrepreneurial lifestyle is also a mindset.
Those who are the most successful are those who never give up on this commitment to themselves. It’s a personal dedication, reflective of who you feel you truly are on the inside:
- Problem solver
- Possess a positive growth mindset
- Loves to learn
- Driven to succeed in a healthy, positive way
Making the choice and commitment to becoming an online entrepreneur is a positive, empowering investment in your future. The potential that exists to make money online is enormous. The reward FAR outweighs the risk when you are COMMITTED.
You WILL find success if you don’t give up, it’s only a matter of time.
And, the sky is truly the limit.
Please let me know what you think about these 5 home business ideas online, (no experience required) in the comments below!
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