When it comes to business, the normal consensus is that you ‘need money to make money’. This is, for the most part, a true statement… though there are always exceptions. Nowadays, everyone online business ideas… but very few have the start-up capital required. And even if you do have the money to start a business, you might be thinking to yourself that you would rather not take the risk of losing it on an expensive start-up venture.
So where does that leave you? It’s not like you can start a business for free, right? Actually, you can. In this article, we are going to look at five online business ideas that cost either nothing, or close to nothing to get started. A lot of people start successful online businesses every day, and with a little creativity and planning, so can you!
Idea #1… Social Media Management Business
If you know your way around the most popular social media websites (Facebook, Youtube, Foursquare, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.), then you likely have all of the knowledge required to start a social media management business. In this business, you would help other businesses or companies with the task of building and maintaining their online social media presence. With more and more businesses realizing the importance of such a presence, this idea actually gets more and more viable as time goes on.
Idea #2… Online Auction Store
Starting an online auction store is possible with just a handful of tools. If you have a good computer, a good camera, some decent photography skills, and the ability to write product descriptions, then you have everything it takes to utilize websites like Ebay to start your own business. You can visit flea markets, pawn shops, garage sales, or local auctions to look for items that you can resell online for a profit. A little bit of cash might be required to purchase your first resell items, unless you already own something that you wouldn’t mind selling to get started.
Idea #3… Freelance Content Writing Business
If you have a talent for writing and are pretty sharp on your grammar skills, then freelance content writing might be the business for you! All you need is a computer, a word processor, and the desire to write. You can utilize websites like Odesk, Guru, or Elance to get started. All of these websites are free to use, and can help to connect you to website owners or businesses that need content.
Idea #4… Affiliate Marketing Business
If you have an eye for detail and the ability to manage a blog or a website, than affiliate marketing might be the perfect way for you to earn your next paycheck. In affiliate marketing, you basically start a blog or a website and post content to build a reader base. You then use this content to drive potential customers to companies in your affiliate network, and earn revenue in the process! Every sale that is made to a customer who clicks through your site will earn you a commission. Almost every online business has an affiliate program… just check the very bottom of most websites, next to the contact information, for details.
Idea #5… Resume Writing Service
This is another idea that doesn’t cost anything to get started. All you need is a computer, writing skills, and knowledge of how to formulate a killer resume that will impress potential employers. If you are pretty good at putting together a resume, then you can make a lot of money by offering your skills to people who need desperately need to get noticed for a job, but who might not have the skills to put a resume together themselves. It might be a good idea to purchase an inexpensive book on the subject, just to make sure that you know exactly what goes into a great resume… but you can earn a lot of money in a short amount of time with the right clients. Besides, with the economy in a state where everyone is looking for work, resume writers are as busy as they have ever been!