10 Online Careers You Can Start With No Money
In today’s digital world, it’s easy to get started making money online. These are not ‘get rich overnight’ schemes. They’re quite legitimate, but in the beginning they do take quite a bit of work. You can have a successful online career if you’re focused, dedicated and consistent and treat it as a business that you work at every day and not whenever you feel like it. Bloggers, companies, services, entrepreneurs and brands are all representing their business online. Like many other brands, you can also begin your online business with a well-designed website that supports your product or service type. Here are some excellent online careers you can begin with little to no money.
10 Online Careers You Can Start Today With Basically No Money
It’s a lot easier than you might think — thanks to the internet, it’s actually quite simple, requiring much less startup capital than you might imagine.
With a combination of drive, determination, and skill, your online career can start almost immediately.
Here are 10 that you could literally start today.
1. Virtual assistant
With so many companies operating these days without a physical office location, it has opened up multiple remote opportunities for virtual assistants to handle a wide range of tasks. These include customer service duties, answering phones, setting appointments and screening emails.
Heck, some Pinterest Virtual assistants I know are commanding $50 an hour for their services to bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.
I pay mine almost $400 a month just to manage my Pinterest account which saves me a lot of time and effort.
You can start small with a single client and then once you identify your specialty or an area you want to focus on — social media customer service, for example — you can then begin to take on more clients, thus increasing your earning potential.
2. Business coach
If you’ve been in a particular field for a long time, leverage your knowledge and become a coach, teaching students from all over the world. Here’s the thing about the internet, it allows you to reach anyone that is interested, regardless of their geographical location.
With either of these platforms, you can create and upload a beautiful course to sell. These two are the most popular and user friendly for online entrepreneurs.
3. Freelance content creator
Virtually every business is doing some form of content marketing these days — it’s been the buzzword for the past several years, but for good reason — it works. With everyone trying to capture attention, demand for excellent writers is at an all-time high.
Anyone can publish content, but very few businesses are creating compelling content that commands attention and converts their audience into revenue. If you are a skilled writer there is plenty of lucrative opportunities waiting for you.
4. eBay store owner
Gary Vaynerchuk American serial entrepreneur and author is a huge fan of garage sales, saying, “The garage sale eBay conversion has some of the biggest margins in the world.” The concept is very simple: buy low and sell high. – Resource Entrepreneur
This is also a great option if you’re looking to raise some quick money for your new business. Hit the garage sales on the weekends and bid in the evenings. Retail arbitrage!
Love to shop and earn?
5. Apparel e-commerce store
With several print on demand solutions available, it makes starting a t-shirt or apparel company much more affordable than it was years ago. In the past, you would have to order large quantities of clothing, in multiple colors and sizes, forcing you to guess what was going to sell.
Shopify helped turn tee shirts into 100K businesses practically overnight with their global outreach. They partner with Oberlo and Amazon and make online e-commerce selling as simple as possible even for beginners.
6. Online Consultant
Consulting can prove to be a very lucrative business, granted the person offering their service knows what he or she is talking about.
What are you an expert or authority at? Focus your website on delivering services and provide and deliver those services in a way that you stand out and separate yourself from others.
- Blog consultant
- Social media consultant
- Tax consultant
- Wellness consultant
- Design consultant
- SEO consultant
- Financial consultant
- Life coach
- Relationship consultant
- Pinterest Consultant! (I’ll say it again – Successful bloggers pay big $$$ for help with Pinterest!)
Focus on developing your brand to the point where companies recognize and want to hire you but if you start out with a just couple of clients on the side it can make an awesome side hustle and have a snowball effect from there.
7. Affiliate marketer
If you’re familiar with my blog you know that affiliate marketing is my favorite way to make money online. I’ve said it once I’ll say it again. It’s a 6.8 billion dollar industry. And digital advertising is only growing more popular!
Successful affiliate marketers earn between $1,000-$100,000+ per month.
There is a HUGE range of affiliate offers to promote, each paying you for every lead or sale you are responsible for generating.
You can promote these offers to an email list that you build, via a blog that you operate and across social media.
Grab my guide:
You can do affiliate marketing without a blog or website but to be really successful I highly recommend you have one.
8. Social-media influencer
Yes, this is a real career. I still get asked this!
Some social media influencers with high engagement can earn upwards of $1,000 or more per post, and for good reason: it works. Brands wouldn’t be shelling out that kind of money if they weren’t seeing a return. – Resource Entrepreneur
YouTube creators who crush it can make millions of dollars a year in advertising revenue. Now, these are few and far between, but there is also a healthy population of creators that are making a comfortable living vlogging by reviewing or promoting products.
It helps your edge to have an interesting concept or story — people subscribe to channels that they can relate to. Just like a company needs a unique selling point to push a product, you need a have a unique angle if you want to gain traction and attract a vlog following.
10. Graphic designer/web developer
If you are a graphic designer or know how to write code, then there is a massive audience just waiting to hire you. As a freelancer, you control your hours and you get to pick and choose who you work for. You set your price, pick your projects and end up doing what you love while earning a comfortable living.
Check out this massive list of companies that hire remote workers in various niches.
Make sure you scrutinize the market where you wish to enter:
- Research on the potential market
- The utility of the product or services for the people or customers
- Competition and contenders
- Investment and Collaborates
But this is not all, your website creation has a major role to play in the success story of any brand. Make sure you do your research well.
Bonus Tips: Features of a Successful Website
If you decide to have your own website in order for it to be successful it must have the following features:
Responsive website design:
Online marketing or internet marketing greatly claim the requirement of the website to be responsive. Accordion to the Google mobile indexing algorithm change the mobile-friendly sites will be indexed first.
Moreover, to acquire more relevant traffic the website must have the display that is versatile to all screen types.
Creating a blog section:
The blog section attached to the main website is like a virtual home. It can reduce the bounce rate with the blog providing informative posts that can entice the web visitors.
The traffic will be greatly increased by 434% by adding a blog to your website. – Content Marketing Institute
Simple and story type layout:
With a hero image or a small video depicting the services or product type, can be interesting.
Content is King:
It’s the content on the web page that holds the viewers to the site. It should be relevant, informative without much of jargon. It must provide the answers that can be the frequently asked question FAQ. Not to forget the most important part the content must be unique.
With that being said there is so much content on the web these days your content has to be full of value to the user. If you’re going to put it out there make sure it’s the best resource to the user in mind.
How do you do this? Read this post!
The navigation section with a long list of a drop-down menu is of no use, rather can make your business website clumsy and can confuse the visitors.
This can result in less traffic generation.
Search engine optimization:
To earn the complete awareness of the masses for your business the website must rank well in the search engine results.
Read my strategy guide for simple tips.
Social media optimization:
People worldwide connect to these sites regularly and with interesting content, businesses can earn relevant traffic, sales, and recognition.
Sending some FREE offers to the mail users can promote your brand and the offers can interest them to go for the product as long as they trust you as an authority in your niche.
Pay per click is a paid option for marketing your business with an ensured conversion. Yes, you’re paying for ads but you only pay for clicks you receive, you have an incredible range of targeting options and more control of how you reach potential customers among other factors like SEO and more.
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