This is a unique time in history. It has never been as easy as it is today to be an entrepreneur. You can start a business doing almost anything, from anywhere and working on your preferred time.
This is a unique time in history. It has never been as easy as it is today to be an entrepreneur. The Internet has made it so easy to start a business that everyone should take advantage of it. You can start a business doing
- What you love (A business can be made about crazy thing you love)
- Whenever you want to be working (Don’t want to work in the day light, perfectly fine)
- Where you want to work (Can work from cafe or from trailers and caravan)
Internet businesses are independent of time and place but many Internet businesses are even independent of money and finance as well. It means you don’t need to spend a fortune to start a business and can get started with literally no money.
You can get your blog up and running in less than 10 minutes (it’s not a typo) and it hardly costs ₹5000 per year for a self hosted personal blog with a personal domain and shared hosting.
To setup your blog, you don’t need to be a technical guy either and it is as simple as few clicks.
We spend lot more than ₹5000 on many things (smoking, socializing, blah blah blah) but are afraid to start a blog. Creating a blog or creating a website is some kind of ghost that we Indians fear.
We assume we need to be a techy or we need to be an expert on the topic to be a blogger. I have busted all myths about being a blogger. What matters is you can just blog about anything you love and become an expert as you evolve as a blogger.
Blog can open up many opportunities like becoming an author of a book or becoming a speaker at events or becoming a coach.
2. Coach and Consultant
You can become a consultant on freelancing sites like Upwork and provide consultation in many areas like
- Legal advice related to corporate laws, family laws,
- Engineering consultant
- Marketing research
- Accounting consultant
- Customer service representative
You name a skill and I am sure you will find opportunity to provide services as a consultant.
3. Web Designer / Developer
If you can design a website or can do code, there are endless possibilities. There are numerous marketplaces where you can start working and here are top 9 freelancing marketplaces.
4. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistant helps with administrative or technical tasks like customer services, answering phones, setting appointments, screening emails, Calendar management, flight and hotel bookings etc.
Many individuals and small companies prefer hiring a Virtual Assistant or VA over Personal Assistant or PA because can hire VA for few hours per week and increase the hours as they grow their business.
So if you can do basic online stuffs from your home and can speak and understand English, you can become a virtual assistant.
5. Sale on eBay/Amazon/Flipkart/SnapDeal
Selling on Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, eBay is lot easier than it sounds and all you need is tax (VAT/CST/TIN) details. They have made online sales so easy that anybody can do it.
You don’t need to manage inventory or manage any complex process and just click pictures of products and list them for selling. Once the product is sold, you can purchase it from the market and ship it to the seller keeping the difference as profit.
6. Facebook Shop and eCommerce website
Facebook has taken one step further than the ecommerce giants like eBay, Amazon, Flipkart and SnapDeal. It has created Facebook shop for pages where anybody can list their products, advertise it on facebook and make sales.
Apart from Facebook page, you can create an eCommerce site and promote it on Facebook to make sales. Again creating an eCommerce site may sound a task of techy but it is as simple as making a few click and you can have it up and running in minutes.
7. Affiliate Marketing
You cannot only sale your own products on sites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal but you can sale other products and make a commission for sales generated through your links. Every website offers affiliate programs and here are the links to the affiliate program of SnapDeal, Flipkart and Amazon.
It’s better to promote products and deals on your website but even if you don’t have a website, you can promote links on social media and on Whatsapp. You can create Whatsapp group of people who may be interested in certain type of products and as you find good deals, you can share affiliate links in those groups.
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