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    Online Business Ideas You Can Start With Almost No Money

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    For many, investing money in starting a business is the most significant impediment when they think about going their way and starting up a business. Even with the capital, you fear that you may lose it.

    If many people can overcome this capital hitch, we will witness many thriving small businesses. I've compiled a list of best online business ideas you can start with very little money. Interestingly, these business ideas require necessary skills, such as operating your phone or typing on a laptop. You only require licenses or setting up physical locations for some of them. But let's cut the chase and start talking business 🙂

    Why will these business ideas make you money?

    Let's face it! Most articles about starting a business are written by freelancers or college students hired by bloggers, so their business experience could be better.  And they certainly don't know what makes for a good business idea. That's not the case here.

    I've been doing business for almost two decades. Till now, I've been in the following industries: betting agency (back in 2005 or so), currency exchange company, blog network, affiliate marketing, property management, computer repair shop, web developing agency, and now I run my digital marketing agency along with my network of blogs. Besides that, some of my business connections are running the businesses I recommend, and I could see how they started and developed their businesses with my own eyes. Oh, and of course, the struggles. To hint, I use some of the screenshots from their businesses, haha.

    This list of online business ideas you can start with little to no money in 2022  is based on my vast business experience and connections. Point and simple: THEY WORK!

    Check the list carefully and pick the one that you like. Need help? Let us know in the comments form. I would love to help you make your 1st steps into the business world.

    1. Affiliate Marketing

    Affiliate marketing helps you earn by referring people to purchase a recommended product. You can promote the products using a website, social media marketing, and other methods. One of the easiest ways to earn online is to require only a mobile phone with an internet connection. Affiliate marketing has good margins.

    Most affiliate programs pay anywhere between 5% to 40% of the sale. You can sign up for multiple affiliate programs to earn more money and focus on those that perform best. Starting an affiliate marketing blog and using an affiliate theme optimized for conversions it's an almost sure way to earn more money. It Will help to learn about marketing automation software that simplifies the distribution of affiliate links.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time amount: High
    • Earning potential: High

    That's one of the best business ideas you can start this year. It's a lot of work, but you grow an asset that will make you money for years.

    How do you think you could start your affiliate marketing business?

    Once you have found a niche and the products you want to recommend, signup for their affiliate programs, get your unique affiliate links, and promote them. Don't spam, as you risk getting your account disabled.

    Further readings:

    Not ready to start an affiliate marketing business? Get an affiliate marketing manager job instead.

    2. Online Tutoring

    What can you teach the world? Is it a foreign language or piano? Can you coach fitness or teach coding? Prepare videos and e-learning materials for distribution to your students.

    Promote your work online through advertising or by social media. Request your students to provide referrals through friends and relatives. Charge viewers for webinars and workshops held online. Let them buy your video courses, e-books, and webinar recordings, and you will be smiling to the bank from the comfort of your bed. Business Ideas you can start in 2021 - Online Tutoring Business 

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Low
    • Earning potential: High

    How do you think you could start your online tutoring business?

    You can create a course on your best-known topic and sell it on Udemy, Skillshare, Askademic, etc. You can also start a blog, create an online course, and sell it to your visitors so you can keep all the profits.

    You will have to take care of marketing the course and handle sales and support, so there are better ways for beginners.

    Further readings: Prerequisites & 8 Steps To Success, How I Earn $1000/week Tutoring for the ACT.

    3. Cryptocurrency Trading

    The interest of people in Cryptocurrencies is booming in 2022. You can easily make 20% or more of the traded amount if you pick the right coins and the right time. Remember that you can also lose all your money, so trade only with the money you can afford to lose.

    • Business idea type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your cryptocurrency trading business?

    Need funds to start? You can get an account on a cryptocurrency trading platform in less than 5 minutes and start making money by buying and selling cryptocurrencies.

    Check for giveaways and contests with prizes in crypto. For instance, Binance organizes those daily. You can further grow your business by managing other people's funds and getting a share of the profits you make to them.

    Further readings: How to Make Money Trading CryptoCurrencies [Guide]

    4. Blogging

    Blogging is one of the most popular ways to Earn Money from home. It involves choosing a profitable niche, starting a blog, and monetizing it to generate revenue when you reach enough traffic. Blogging requires creating quality content, engaging your visitors, and ultimately offering them the products and information they need.

    Most bloggers earn around $500 - $2000 each month in their first three years, and then when their blog has authority in their niches and a solid audience, they can earn more than $20K each month, up to $100K or even more. It's proven that hard work and persistence pay off in blogging.

    • Business idea type: Online
    • Time Investment: High
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your blogging business?

    You can choose a niche that can attract substantial traffic. Popular niches are competitive and require top-grade content. You should prepare for low-traffic numbers before settling for the less competitive niches.

    Still, the quality of your content and how well you market the blog determine its value. Once it has achieved moderate sustained traffic, you can make money through many methods:  affiliate marketing, selling advertising, creating a paid course, and ultimately selling the blog for a profit.

    Further readings: How to start a blog in 2022 [Ultimate Guide]How to Monetize Your Blog in 2022How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Blog and Grow it to $100K

    5. Vlogging

    No surprise here; YouTube is primarily about videos. Can you create exciting videos that keep viewers returning to your channel? Then you are the right entrepreneur for a YouTube channel.

    Depending on your success (virality, subscriber base, and topic), you can make a lot of money, and there are plenty of stories every week of more and more YouTubers making it their career.

    • Business idea type: Online
    • Time investment: High
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your vlogging business?

    You can earn on YouTube in two ways. The number of views on your channel will attract revenue from YouTube advertisers. Secondly, you can feature products on your channel through endorsements. However, endorsements require a careful approach because they might send viewers who disagree with the brand away from your channel.

    Further readings: Rank YouTube Videos: Best Practice (2022)How to Monetize Your YouTube Channel Through Affiliate Marketing

    6. Start a niche website

    Fortunately, you can still start a website with less than $500 that, with the right amount of research, hard work, and marketing, can grow into a $3000+ monthly money maker.

    To give you some ideas: plumbers/electricians review directory in your area, healthy food producers directory, small businesses directory, etc. But you don't have to limit yourself to your local area; you can go national or international.

    • Business idea type: Online
    • Time Investment: High
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your niche website business?

    Spend a lot of time researching a profitable and crowded niche. When you have found it, post content about your niche, gather an audience, and then contact businesses and professionals to list in your directory.

    You can charge anywhere from $10 to $200 monthly for a premium listing. Further readings: How to Turn Your Blog Into an Authority Website: 21+ Tips, 12 Proven Ways To Make Money In Any Niche [GUIDE]21 Businesses That Will Thrive in the 2022 RecessionBest 21 Advertising Networks For Publishers in 2022, [/box]

    7. SEO Agency

    Businesses of all sizes need search engine optimization (SEO) to stake out a place near the top of Google and other search engines to get traffic, leads, and ultimately sales.

    Even if the SEO industry started more than two decades ago, there is still growing strong, and there is plenty of room to grow. You can learn the basics of search optimization relatively quickly and learn about it independently. You can start this business by applying your best SEO techniques to your business website and tinkering with it until you have great search engine placement to talk up with potential clients.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your SEO agency business?

    The first step is to ensure you are updated with the best SEO techniques that work now and with the 2022 SEO trends. Fortunately, there are many places where you can learn SEO.

    Check our list of top 10 FREE SEO Courses to get the necessary training. Next, start with your website and optimize it properly. It's essential to TEST as much as possible to discover what works and doesn't. Then, you can contact companies and offer them your SEO services.

    Further reading: 10 Most Complete SEO Guides You Can Read For Free in 2022How to Start and grow your digital marketing agency [Actionable Guide]

    Need more time to start an SEO agency business? Get an SEO specialist job instead.

    8. Social Media Management Agency

    The changing role of social media for businesses and professionals has opened new avenues for freelancers and people who want to start a business. Since companies must focus on their core areas, they outsource social media management to remote professionals. Your role will be to update details on the page, answer queries by customers or followers, and engage the fans on the page.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your social media management business?

    A social media manager requires an internet device and a stable internet connection. Plenty of resources online will teach you about social media marketing. You will be paid based on the hours of an engagement or contractual terms.

    You can manage several pages simultaneously, helping to boost your earnings. When you get more customers, consider hiring V.A.s to help you with basic tasks.

    Further readings: How to Optimize Your Social Media Campaign, Best Social Media Automation ToolsHow to Craft an Effective Social Media Strategy

    Still trying to start a Social Media agency business? Get a social media manager job instead.

    9. Virtual Assistant

    Entrepreneurs and businesses are in the process of scaling down. Some minor duties, like booking appointments and flights and answering queries, might not fit a full-time employee. In such an unstable business environment, companies t to leave staff and outsource work to individual contractors or remote work to reduce expenses.

    It would help to have a phone or laptop to access such facilities as customer management systems and a database with customer details. Such tools will help you to serve your customers well. You can serve several professionals and clients from anywhere around the world.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: Medium

    How to start your virtual assistant business?

    Could you find out what services you can offer and start looking for companies that need virtual assistants? You can begin on freelance marketplaces like Upwork and Freelancer.com.

    Once you have stable customers, you should hire more virtual assistants, train them, and expand activities.

    Further readings: How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business in 2022, How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business When You Have Zero Experience 

    10. Ghost Writing

    Ghostwriters can delve into fiction or non-fictional writing. A ghostwriter delivers a paper or book to get payment. However, the material will not be accredited to this name. The person or institution that issued the assignment gets the credit.

    Ghostwriters are some of the best-paid home jobs. Since clients are looking for writers in all disciplines, you have a chance to work on your favourite topic. It is interesting to interact with the knowledge and still earn a livelihood.

    Check WriteMyEssay.today to see how a business like this works.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your ghostwriting business?

    If you have a writing talent, you can make much money by ghostwriting. Find your 1st clients on freelance marketplaces like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com.

    Once you have stable customers, you should hire more ghostwriters, train them, and expand your activities.

    Further readings: How to Become a Ghostwriter for Beginners

    11. Web Development

    Can you code or customize existing WordPress themes to create a fully functional website? Or you can make software or mobile apps from scratch. You are a ripe candidate for working at home as a web developer. Companies and entrepreneurs are looking for skilled developers.

    You can easily make from $3000 to $10000 as a web developer. Luckily for web developers, numerous templates online exist for different business operations. You only need to understand the features and how they can be customized to serve other customers.

    Check the Monetize.info Top of the Best Maintenance Services for WordPress or the Best WordPress Development Companies to find out how others sell this service.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: High
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your web developing business?

    Fortunately, you don't need anything besides a computer and an internet connection. There are plenty of tutorials on every topic you can think of regarding web development.

    Go to Youtube or start a course on Udemy, create a portfolio and then start hunting for customers. You can find many places:  freelance marketplaces like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer.com, Facebook groups, and Classifieds websites. Once you have stable customers, you should hire web developers, train them, and expand your activities into a full-time web development agency.

    Further readings: My journey to becoming a web developer.

    Need more time to start a web development business? Get a job as a web developer instead.

    12. Graphics Design

    With the world becoming increasingly visual, designers are in demand. Professionals and businesses want to brand events and products. These businesses turn to graphic designers for the best posters, banners, animations, and other branding materials.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: High

    13. Custom Illustrator

    In the wake of an increased appetite for images, viewers have developed fatigue. They seek innovative ideas to tell the story without video or pictures. Illustrations are turning out to be valuable.

    The traditional illustrations were done on canvas. Businesses and professionals look for pictures printed on merchandise, billboards, and videos. If you have the best illustration software and can deliver, there is a rewarding market for it.

    14. Translator

    Can you read, write, and speak multiple languages? Then you are a talent in high demand. Businesses expanding to foreign regions often require translators. You will work on documents, transcription files, and research, among other language-related aspects.

    You may also be invited for a live translation session during a meeting. You can advertise your skills and services online through social media or freelancing websites.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: Medium

    15. E-book Writing

    E-books are growing in popularity as people find a way to read using gadgets and credible authors. Whether fiction or a tutorial on remote work opportunities, an e-book will be more believable than a blog.

    Writing an e-book requires extensive research on the subject. Could you take time to provide credible information in such an easy way that anyone can understand? Authors whose believable style and content gain a sizable following to sustain your revenue stream.

    Pick any area, write, market the book, and begin earning your reward.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: Medium

    16. Content Writing

    People write at work and school, and some do it as a passion. However, writing is more complex and natural than it sounds. Millions worldwide are looking for tutors to help them polish their skills.

    If you are good at it, you have endless opportunities to start a business on this. The first clients are students handling different assignments. You may also target executives stuck with reports, press releases, memos, and other business materials.

    Please help them to express their ideas effectively.

    • Business idea type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: Low

    Need more time to start a content-writing business? Get a content writer job instead.

    17. Data Entry

    Digitization of files and capturing data is an ongoing process. Businesses and professionals would like to upload materials on websites or systems. They enlist the services of data entry clerks to key in the information manually.

    The rewards are exciting based on the hours of engagement and the complexity of the task. Data entry does not require any special skills. It can be done over the phone or using a laptop. If you can handle a computer or phone, you are ready for a data entry job.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: Low

    18. Domain brokerage

    The top 5 most expensive domain names

    The buying and selling of domain names can be a lucrative online business. Several domains have been sold over the years, sometimes costing a hundred times the buying price.

    For instance, a $10 investment on this site led to a sale of $2600. That's, I think, even more, profitable than buying and holding Bitcoin.

    • Business type: Online
    • Time investment: Low
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start your domain brokerage business?

    There are two main ways you can do domain brokerage. The first is to look for aged domains with excellent SEO and traffic figures but are looking to expire and purchase them. Use tools like Domain Hunter Gatherer [discount here] and SpamZilla. The second is to read about trends and new domain extension releases and register domains that will get popular soon.

    Avoid registered brands as the companies can demand you handle their domains.

    Further readings:

    19. Proofreading 

    Editing is crucial for any document to avoid misrepresentation arising from errors in a written document. An editor is the last person to polish a paper or book before submission. If you are good at grammar, you have a lot of work.

    Luckily for editors, you get to work with clients from all over the world. With a different topic each day, you will enjoy the intellectual discourse while earning your living.

    • Business idea type: Online
    • Time investment: Medium
    • Earning potential: Medium]

    20. Start an eCommerce Site

    Start an eCommerce Website - Panflute Shop
    Start an eCommerce Website - Panflute Shop

    Setting up a virtual shop and selling items has always been challenging today. Fifteen years ago, you had to spend at least $10-20K to launch an e-commerce store. Later on, after WordPress and Woocommerce appeared, you could end up with a $1500 bill.

    Today, with Shopify, you have to spend just $40 ($11 for a  domain name and $29 monthly for Shopify) to launch your shop in hours. Go with niched products and find unique ways to present and sell them. We have many e-commerce tutorials here on Monetize.info, so I won't tell you more.

    • Business idea type: Online
    • Time Investment: Low
    • Earning potential: High

    How to start an e-commerce business?

    Go to Shopify, get an account, and set up your first store. Not ready to pay? You get a 14-day free trial. Add your products and start advertising your store.

    Further readings:

    Are you looking for money-making business ideas?

    I recommend you read Finty's guide. You will find some incredible gems.

    Business Ideas FAQ

    Now that you've read our most profitable 42 business ideas, you can start in 2022 with almost no money. I'm sure you have some questions along the line. Let me answer some of them: [toggle title= "What business can I start with no money?" state= "open"] If you have no money to start a business, you can still try many business opportunities. Most of them are ways to make money online by offering their services. You are exchanging your time for Money.

    Here are some of the best ones:

    1. Start a blog and make money with affiliate programs, ads, and online courses.
    2. Become an online business coach, fitness trainer, Yoga trainer, etc.
    3. Become a freelance writer.
    4. Offer your graphic design services on Fiverr, UpWork, and Freeancer.com.
    5. Start developing websites and mobile apps.
    6. Offer other digital services like Social Media Management, SEO, Social Media Management, or content marketing services.

    [/toggle] [toggle title= "What are the best business ideas to start for college students?" state= "closed"] I've put together a list of attractive business ideas for college students. Some, like web developers, require previous experience. But many do not.

    Here are some of the best business ideas for college students:

    [one_half][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Online tutoring
    • Delivery business
    • Cryptocurrency trading
    • Vlogging
    • Social Media Management
    • Pet walking and care
    • Personal assistant
    • Babysitting

    [/tie_list][/one_half][one_half_last][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Photography
    • Handmade jewellery
    • Virtual assistant
    • Translator
    • Data entry
    • Graphic design
    • Proofreading

    [/tie_list][/one_half_last][/toggle] [toggle title= "What are the best business ideas to start for stay-at-home moms and dads?" state= "closed"] We've taken all of the business ideas in this article and created a list of the particularly suitable ones for stay-at-home moms or dads.

    Here are some of the best business ideas for stay-at-home moms and dads:

    [one_half][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Affiliate marketing
    • Blogging
    • Start a niche website
    • Bookkeeper
    • Life coach
    • Online tutoring
    • Cryptocurrency trading
    • Babysitting
    • Photography

    [/tie_list][/one_half][one_half_last][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Handmade jewellery
    • Virtual assistant
    • SEO agency
    • Social Media Management
    • Web development agency
    • Graphic design
    • Translator
    • Data entry
    • Research
    • Proofreading.

    [/tie_list][/one_half_last][/toggle] [toggle title= "What are the best business ideas to start for teens?" state= "closed"] We've taken all of the business ideas in this article and created a list of particularly suitable ones for teens.

    Here are some of the best business ideas for teens:

    [one_half][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Vlogging
    • Delivery
    • Pet walking
    • Bike service
    • Mobile auto detailing

    [/tie_list][/one_half][one_half_last][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • T-Shirt Printing
    • Photography
    • Handmade jewelry
    • Computer repair service
    • Data entry

    [/tie_list][/one_half_last][/toggle] [toggle title="What are the best online business ideas to start?" state="closed"] My list includes both online and offline businesses. If you prefer to start an online business, then you got you covered:

    Here is the list of online-only business ideas:

    [one_half][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Affiliate marketing
    • Blogging
    • Vlogging
    • Start a niche website
    • Online tutoring
    • Cryptocurrency trading
    • Virtual assistant
    • SEO agency

    [/tie_list][/one_half][one_half_last][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Web development agency
    • Social Media Management
    • Graphic design
    • Translator
    • Data entry
    • Research
    • Writing tutor
    • Proofreading

    [/tie_list][/one_half_last][/toggle] [toggle title="What are the best startup ideas?" state="closed"] If you're looking to create a startup business in 2022, there are plenty of options.

    Here are some of the best startup ideas:

    [one_half][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • Start a blog
    • Start a niche website
    • Dropshipping

    [/tie_list][/one_half][one_half_last][tie_list type="checklist"]

    • SEO Agency
    • Web development agency
    • Social Media Management

    [/tie_list][/one_half_last][/toggle]

    Conclusion on Online Business Ideas

    No matter what type of business ideas you will put into practice or how much money you have to invest, I am sure that a few ideas from our list will match your criteria. Just remember that the idea alone is not enough. It takes hard work. You have to show passion, persistence, and dedication to overcome all challenges as they arise. If you do, nothing can stop you from joining the ranks of successful entrepreneurs and business people worldwide. Don't procrastinate. Start now working on your future business.

    Do you have an excellent idea for a business? Have I missed anything? Let us know via the comments here below.

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