By Lilian Wamaitha
Since the launch of the internet, it’s every easy for dedicated entrepreneurs to make money at the comfort of their homes. If you are a graduate still looking for a job, you can start with these simple online business ideas.
Most of us talk big about how we want to start our own businesses but the limiting factor is always lack of capital. What if I told you that you can make money online without leaving that house and without having to invest a lot of money into it? What if I told you that you can become the entrepreneur you have always wanted to become just by having a computer and working internet?
And the good news is that you don’t have to be a tech wizard or hold a degree in computer science to start making money online. Here are simple yet effective online business ideas that you can start today.
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Online Business Ideas You Can Start Today With Little Capital
There is so much potential in the blogging industry that many people are yet to tap into. And things have become easy. You can start a blog in Kenya and start making money anytime. And guess what? You don’t have to be a IT person to create a great responsive blog. There are many tutorials on YouTube on how to create a blog.
To make money blogging you just have to have something to blog about. Most bloggers tend to share knowledge for instance you could blog about relationships, technology etc. You see, bloggers make money through adverts. They create good content that attracts people to visit their site. The more traffic you have the better your earnings will be.
This is because you earn when people click on the adverts on your site. You can also become an affiliate marketer where companies advertise their products through your blog. Read more here on how to start a blog in Kenya.
2. Online shop
If you have been looking to start a business but don’t have enough capital to rent out space, online shop is the way to go about it. Online businesses are now booming and you will find people going online nowadays to shop. It is more convenient because you don’t have to bump into so many people to get to a particular shop.
All you have to do is maximize your profits by offering cheap shipping services to your clients. You can even offer free delivery for people within the locality.
3. Freelance writing
You don’t have to own a writing account to start making money. I used to be a free-lance writer back when I was in college and I can tell you that I used to make at least 14K every two weeks just by sparing a few hours to write. I used to write content for a medical website those days.
There are so many websites where you can secure work from and start writing content for them and be paid to do it. You can even go online and bid for work from foreign websites. If you are more ambitious, you could try opening your own account which is usually a little bit tricky or you could buy an existing account and start freelancing for money.
4. Become a virtual assistant
Besides doing freelance content writing, you can make money being a virtual assistant. The world is made up of so many busy business people who need help to complete certain tasks. You can apply and become a virtual assistant and start making money at the comfort of your home.
Basically, most people who hire virtual assistants are looking for people to help respond to emails, conduct online marketing on their behalf, do report writing among others. Simple, right? And you don’t have to spend any money to be a virtual assistant.
5. CV/Cover letter writing
I get so many emails from job seekers wanting me to review their CVs and cover letters and give them feedback. The importance of a good application cannot be overlooked and so many people are willing to part with money to have a CV or cover letter that will get them interviews. What if you perfected your skills on this and used it to earn a living?
Anybody can write a good CV, you just have to do your research on what the job market is looking for and fine tune CVs to match that. Understand the ways of writing a compelling CV and cover letter and how it should be and use your new found knowledge to make money. If you have good writing skills, all you need is to do your research on this area.
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6. Social Media Consultant
With internet and everything, most businesses have learnt the impact that social media makes on their business. With so much to be done, most business have no time to post on their Social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter.
This is where you come in. Understand social media marketing and set yourself as a professional in that field. Offer your services to such business to help handle their social media accounts.
7. Become an SEO Consultant
Are you vast on search engine optimization? Do you have skills using platforms such as Google Trends, Google Analytics, Google Ad Words among others? SEO is a concept that most businesses and companies are yet to embrace. Most of them have no idea how much role this plays in the success of their businesses.
Educate these business people. Set yourself up as an SEO consultant and help businesses take their companies to great heights. This is one of the online businesses that you can do from home.
8. Designing websites
There is nothing that puts off people like a poorly designed website. If you know how to create websites, use this knowledge to earn a living. You can help people create great websites that improve their businesses.
And like I said, you don’t have to have a degree in computer or IT to learn how to create a website. Just take a few minutes of your time, go to YouTube and download a few tutorials and you are good to go.
9. Online hotel booking business
So many people are yet to tap into this potential online business. We live in a country where we receive thousands of visitors every day in need of accommodation. Most people are also travelling within for business or pleasure and looking for affordable places to rest.
All you have to do is create a website that enables people to book hotels through you website and then enter into partnerships with hotels and they pay you on commission. That’s how Jumia Travel and the likes of Bookings.com are making money online.
10. Sell on eBay
This is a platform that allows you to sell stuff. All you need is to sign up with them and practice safe online business where you mind who your clients are.
Starting a business online requires you to be proactive. And as you have seen you don’t have to invest a lot of money in order to be in business. If you are still looking for a lucrative business, chose from these ten online business ideas.
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Lilian is a Communications and Digital Marketing Officer at Career Point Kenya. Contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org.