From the numbers above, it’s not hard to see why starting an online business using eBooks as your outlet can be profitable. You can absolutely profit from either incorporating eBooks into any one of these top 10 online businesses, or by focusing solely on your writing as your main online business. It’s just another great way to start your online business from anywhere.
Driving for one of the two globally expanding app-centric taxi alternative services, Uber or Lyft can still be a fairly lucrative way to earn money as a side business idea on nights and weekends—working only when you want. But before you dive head first into this side business idea, do your homework and calculate the costs of extra gas, mileage, tires, wear & tear and usage on your vehicle—it's not a guaranteed business idea that'll turn a huge profit every weekend.

There are at least three teenage entrepreneurs who’ve already earned astonishing amounts of money by launching hand-made jewelry business ideas: M3 Girl Designs’ Maddie Bradshaw, Bella Weems of Origami Owl, and the girl behind DesignedByLei. With the industry set to shine in the near term via a brisk annual growth rate of 5-6%, the market is ripe for new entrants to this business idea who can offer sparkling new takes on how to craft appealing handmade goods.

Hello Philip–good list but  most of the activities are so cliche and yet more creativity could be better employed here…this would make me work more hours for a little more pay and still keep me in the debt circle for so long. it would require me to worker harder so that i can make more money and yet am at the point where i want my money make more money with me getting less actively/ physically involved. Some call it ‘Working Smart’ unlike traditional options that have often helped many to stay afloat without helping them soar to financial growth and prosperity. Thanks though


Harrison is an affluent town and village about 25 miles northeast of Midtown Manhattan in Westchester County. Harrison businesses bring in average revenue of $4.2 million per business each year. Harrison is headquarters to large corporations, including Transamerica Retirement Solutions, Atlas Air Worldwide, PepsiCo and MasterCard, which are all in the hamlet of Purchase. The hamlet is also home to Manhattanville College and SUNY Purchase College.
AirTreks is a travel agency that offers international and multi-stop tickets for travel. AirTreks provides training, but requires prospective employees to have traveled to five or more countries. AirTreks Travel Agents use Amadeus GDS. Job Search Tip: Work-from-home Travel Agent positions are often listed as “Travel Planner”. Starting pay is $2,000+commission.
Matthew Cheng is the founder of eCoupons.com, a small business based in New Jersey, a few miles outside New York City, which he launched in 2002. Based out of his three- bedroom home, which he shares with his wife (each have an office in one of the bedrooms), Cheng says he initially started out in an office, but the arrangement just didn't make sense. "We did try office space for a time but ultimately found it was more comfortable working from home," he says. "For example, we found ourselves staying in the office later and eating out more versus cooking at home. Although this may sound like more work was getting done, it wasn't very healthy and made us feel more tired in the end." Overall, Cheng says he prefers working from home because of its flexibility and convenience. "As a small business owner, I find myself working all the time (one way or the other) and it's nice to have all my equipment in the next room."

Are you interested in advancing your career? Then you should consider increasing your education! Bizymoms.com believes in education and encourages stay at home moms to move from Cradle to Career by working toward a degree online while their children are young. Our Education for Moms section offers information on everything you need to know to make your education possible....
Great ideas! I’ve been thinking about starting a home-based business for years but I just never stopped long enough to actually start and I didn’t know what kind of business to pursue. Now I’m ready to get started and you gave me some really good ideas. I really appreciate the links to more information on how to get started in several of these business opportunities. I will definitely look into them.

Oh, my! That is quite a comprehensive list of ways to make extra money. I think many folks are looking to make an extra buck – especially online. And somehow just because it is online, they think it should be easy as well. My experience is that most of the money making ideas are good but need persistence and follow up before they start generating serious coin.
If you have a vehicle that just sits in your garage for long stretches of time, you might find a car rental service like Turo is one of the easiest ways to make extra money. Let’s say you list your 2014 Nissan Maxima in Denver, CO. If you rent out your car for just 11 days a month, Turo says you could make around $385. That’s over $4,600 a year!(6)
Do you want to be your own boss, but you’re not sure where to start? Then perhaps a Home-Based Franchise is what you're looking for. With franchise opportunities you're given a detailed roadmap on how to start and run a successful business — and many franchises have well-established names so you don't have to spend a fortune on marketing and brand recognition.
Many courses exist (many of which, logically, are offered online) where you can learn the language of website creation and can learn about the details, like how to set up shopping cart systems, security concerns, etc. You will, of course, need to learn about each company you design for. What is the atmosphere of the company that you need to reflect in the website design--is it wild and contemporary, meaning brilliant colors and fun graphics? Or will more classic colors like black, navy blue and maroon be more appropriate?
This can either be done locally or through an online service like Fiverr. Resumes are something that people can be very insecure and self-conscious about, which means there is always a demand for services that will help spruce them up. Holly Hanna from The Work at Home Woman wrote a really useful article on How to Make Money from Home with Resume Writing.
Advertise your services in places where everyone goes, like restaurants and grocery stores. Having a website is a good idea--people want some privacy in their decision-making when it comes to getting fit. They can go to your website and determine if your approach to personal training is an approach that would work for them. It is important to emphasize the safety aspect of using a personal trainer. You can help clients get fit and avoid injury.
Becoming an Uber driver has quickly become a great way for people to get their own business off the ground. You will need to pass a background check and have valid instate driver’s license and auto insurance. The process is pretty painless and will get you rolling on your own business. Many people start as an Uber driver to pay the bills while they work on another business that they are more passionate about. Check out our post to learn more about Uber driver requirements.
After getting your massage therapy certification, along with the business permit and massage equipment needed to work from home, you can turn your house into a local massage parlor for clients to come to, relax, and improve their health and wellness. Massage therapy involves mental and emotional as well as physical health, and is an important service—that you can offer without leaving your front door.

If you’re the sort who takes apart the computer for fun, operating an electronics repair shop out of your home is a natural decision. In particular, repairing iPads and other tablets would provide you with a great deal of business, as many tablet users are looking for a less expensive way to fix smashed screens and other damages that can be costly through the manufacturer. Median salary: $49,170.
We like Stash because they give you $5 cash just for signing up!. Once you download their app, you are asked to select a portfolio of stocks and ETFs, based on who you are and what you care about. For example, you may be passionate about space exploration or tech companies or environmentally conscious corporations. Based on what you say, Stash will recommend a portfolio. They charge only $1 a month and the app serves you regular investment education articles so you are learning as you go.

I’ve been doing affiliate marketing for the past 6 months and it pays pretty good money. In addition to that I receive training on how to do well. The best thing about it besides getting a side income, I didn’t have to pay anything to get started. So many scams out here asking for money. If you want to make money and not spend it I have a few suggestions.
The cornerstone of your affiliate business is about setting up a website that's focused on a specific niche. You research low competition keywords for that niche, with the aim of ranking on page one of Google for those keywords. People visiting your site then click on a referral link, and if they make a purchase at the destination store, then you get paid a commission. That's why some people call it “referral marketing”.

Matt Landau is not your typical 29-year-old. In 2005, after graduating from the University of Richmond, Landau, the New Jersey native packed his bags and moved to Panama City, Panama. While working on developing his travel and investing site, The Panama Report, Landau developed a friendship with the owners of Los Cuatro Tulipanes, a boutique hotel in downtown Casco Viejo, Panama. And when the owners of the hotel expressed interest in selling, Landau jumped at the opportunity to buy. The hotel now has eight full-time employees, while The Panama Report has four. Landau, a serial entrepreneur at heart, also runs Boost Occupancy, a hotel consulting service. "I do have an office [at the hotel,] but I tend to be much more productive in the privacy and quiet of my own home which overlooks the Pacific," Landau says. "With the cost of labor low in Panama, things like live-in maids, messengers, and cooks makes working at home like working in a very well-appointed executive compound."

“I started my business only a few months before finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Knowing I was going to have a baby was both exhilarating and scary at the same time but I knew it was only going to fuel my aspirations and not stifle them. There’s nothing like having to provide for your own child to inspire you to do the best you’ve ever done before.”


Every website owner (including myself) hires copywriters to write content for things like about pages, FAQ's, or blog posts. Hourly wages for novice copywriters are not very high, but with some experience and a growing portfolio, you can become a freelance writer today and soon be charging more than you make at your full-time job if you find the right clients and brand yourself as an expert with this side business idea. Check out one of my most talented friends, Jory Mackay, for an example of someone who's doing a great job of positioning himself as a premium service-provider with his freelance writing side business idea. Then when you're ready to start cold emailing potential clients, pick up my free downloadable freelance proposal template and get started today.
While you can run a reality business from your home, as long as you have your state’s real estate license, you still have to show potential buyers the home. And, don’t forget that you also have to prepare the home for showing too. However, thanks to technology, you can become a virtual realtor where you can show a property without having to physically be there.
The first step toward business ownership is deciding what kind of business to start. Look for an idea that suits your interests, your personal goals, and your natural abilities. This will help you stay motivated when the going gets tough and will greatly improve your odds of success. Need inspiration? Here were the most popular ideas among our New York visitors in 2017:
The potential income is unlimited. Why? The business is crazy scalable. Start with a guided meditations YouTube channel and individual appointments via Skype. Once you have a following, create a virtual ashram and hire on other teachers, taking a cut of their earnings. Maybe there’s even a mindfulness app in your future. The founder of the virtual meditation empire, Headspace, went from broke to bling in a few short years (2).
Do you love woodworking? Even without a huge workshop, you can create some of the more popular crafts and sell them.  And like most things, your success in business isn’t necessarily related to how skilled you are as a woodworker. So if you can figure out which products consumers want and just create those, you could have a good business plan.  Etsy.com and farmers’ markets are a great place to start selling.
Do you have baby items taking up space in your garage, but you aren’t ready to part with them yet? After all, you might want another kid . . . maybe one day. Instead of selling that high chair or baby jumper, why not rent them? Oh, we’re serious. On websites like goBaby, cribs can go for $10 to $50 a day, and strollers can collect $15 to $40 a day.(7)

Do you live in an interesting tourist destination? Does your home have a guest house, mother-in-law suite, or even just a spare bedroom? Do you love to cook and entertain guests? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for turning your home into your own B&B. Sites like VRBO and AirBnB have made it easier than ever to market your home to travelers in need, and you may even make new friends along the way.
Digital Marketing & Communications Manager – Communication Service for the Deaf is hiring a Communication Manager to lead the development and deployment of digital marketing and communications of all of CSD’s Strategic Initiatives program, which includes but not limited to CSD Social Venture Fund, its business partners and other strategic initiatives as identified by the leadership team. Full-time + benefits.
Many affluent seniors suffer from various health and/or mobility issues and are increasingly uncomfortable or unable to drive their own vehicles. They may find it difficult or impossible to take care of household chores such as landscaping, cleaning, cooking or caring for their pets. Others travel extensively and require house sitting or pet sitting and property maintenance services. All in all, a wealth of opportunities exist for entrepreneurs who wish to take advantage of the senior care trend. If you're not interesting in starting your own business from scratch, various senior care franchise opportunities are available.
It’s a pleasure to help someone learn how to make money online and I would be happy to help you too. Wealthy Affiliate is, by far, the best place to learn how to build an online business the right way. It’s affordable and includes all that is needed to build a profitable business based on ethics and proven business principles. It’s where the good guys live online.
There you have it – a  comprehensive guide to the best online businesses to start this year. We deliberately didn't cover ideas like app development or IT support because they require specialized skills. That's why we only provided you with businesses you can start with very little money. In fact, you can even start some of them with very little knowledge.

It’s great to see so many opportunities at one place. People often say how much they want to leave the corporate world and change the way they earn money but “they can’t”. And I think the reason is fear. They fear that working from home might not work out immediately. There are countless opportunities, if you want to work from home and every excuse is just due to lack of courage.


If you’ve got some free time and don’t live in the middle of nowhere, becoming a Lyft driver can be a very lucrative side hustle that allows you make money fast. And right now, they’ve got a promotion going on where any new driver will instantly get a $300 bonus after completing their 100th ride. If you start now and hustle hard on the weekends, you can probably unlock that bonus within a few weeks of driving (and that’s in addition to your normal earnings).
Knowing your family’s history and past can be more than just an idle curiosity. It can help with determining health risks, establishing a sense of family pride or helping you find a missing person. In addition, if you have any artistic or craft skills, you can turn your research into priceless works of art with family tree design. For more on how you use your love for family history as a business, check out the Association of Professional Genealogists website.
Deploy your own digital advertising network with Appwizard studio's advanced interactive marketing system or better known as the A.I.M.S. Our system allows you to sell advertising space to local area businesses with little to no selling! It an all in one digital advertising display network and phone charging station! You can make up to $3,150.00 in ad sales per network of ten locations. Set up as many networks as you wish with 3 networks grossing $9,450.00 residual monthly (MSRP AD FEES).
We all wear clothes (at least some of the time). Which, of course, makes the business idea of cleaning soiled laundry an obvious hit. In fact, the self-service laundromat industry in the US is worth more than $3 billion, with many related businesses such as a mobile app laundry service, a real rolling mobile laundry service, and home laundry pickup & delivery services springing up each year. Here’s one way you can cash in on the trend as a side business idea.
One of the most popular is becoming a cryptocurrency miner. If you want to get in on this gig, now is the time. Bitcoin mining is a nonstop online accounting process by which transactions are verified and compiled into the public ledger. While you can make good money doing this, it’s important you understand what you're getting into. The idea may seem simple, but the actual practice of bitcoin mining takes a good deal of effort. 

Working outside of the home usually means that you have set hours that are devoted to work—nine to five, plus a commute, or if you're in an industry where you work longer shifts for fewer days during the week (such as healthcare) you may be on for 12 hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Whether your freelance, telecommute, work as a contractor for another company or are a mompreneur-business owner, navigating...
Speak a second language? Know a musical instrument? You can make money online with just your laptop and an internet connection. Use Skype or Zoom or Google Hangouts to teach to one or more people at the same time. You could also become a virtual assistant, especially if you're highly organized and are great at completing tasks and being time effecient.
During my long search for an online business, I found a network marketing company that’s just about to do its public launch. It was set up specifically to run online. In this way, you can contact only the seemingly endless supply people that have already shown interest. You don’t have to worry about those dreaded headaches of old-style network marketing. Because it’s built into the process members are freely interact, communicating and supporting each other openly online without asking whose team they are on. With the network marketing business model and the vast market on the internet, I think that a lot more people will find this option appealing.
Once they’re happy with the site you’ve made for them and they know you live up to your promises, it will be easier to sell those additional digital marketing services to them in the future. Maintain an excellent reputation with these people and not only will they become your repeat customers, but they’ll also be more inclined to refer you to their friends and colleagues.
As an SEO expert (Search Engine Optimization), your primary job will be to help websites rank higher on search engine results pages. SEO is one of the most critical factors that affect web traffic. To reiterate just how important this is, studies have shown that falling below position 5 on Google’s first page removes about 75% of all the potential traffic your website might have got had it been higher. In fact, being the number one link on Google’s first page gives your website a third of all the potential traffic directed towards your specific keywords on Google.
If you love dogs, offering to help out pet owners who are stuck in an office all day or looking to take a vacation is a great option. Rover is the perfect site to advertise your services. Piggyback off of their search engine optimization ranking and advertising budgets, by listing your pet sitting services there. You can also sign up with Wag! which is a little bit like Uber for your dog.
"Find the balance and find it early! My kids are in school from 9am to 3:30pm. I work 10am to 3pm and try only to work weekends when necessary. So I've got time to get dinner going and pick them up at school without my career choice affecting them too much. I also include them in as much as I can – you'll find my 5 and 7-year-olds stamping hands at the door at my craft shows, or running appetizers at my open houses."
If your business is very small, running it as a sole proprietorship may be the only economically viable option. Keep in mind, however, that as a sole proprietor, you are personally responsible for every aspect of the business – from paying taxes to absorbing the risks of a lawsuit if your food products cause illness or injury to a customer. If you operate as a sole proprietor, you should purchase liability insurance to protect your personal assets (see below).
This line of work applies to those who are interested in learning new and diverse things online. However, to make money as an internet research assistant, you need to carve out a highly specific niche – one that is willing to pay you to find out information that cannot be easily found by a simple Google search. Notable examples of the kind of services you could offer include things like:
The City of New York clearly states that “Operating a business from home may be legal,” but there are some caveats. As emphasized, “Generally, your home occupation (defined by Zoning Resolution §12-10) can’t occupy more than 25% of the residence—up to 500 square feet—and no employees may work on-site.” The one exception is anyone with a “live/work” unit, but such units are now far and few in between. Chances are that if you rent or own anywhere in the five boroughs, you’re in a residentially zoned building, and you’ll be subject to the 25% rule. To confirm, visit NYC Planning and type your current address into the search engine at the bottom of the page.

Over the past few years some of my friends have quit their full-time jobs – one as a software developer and the other as a marketing manager – to focus on building e-commerce stores. Both started their stores while still working, and only made the leap after scaling the store to a full-time income. It doesn’t take a full-time commitment to start an online store, though. You can start a 14-day free trial with Shopify to get started. Shopify is the titan in the e-commerce niche, Shopify is the best e-commerce platform that has everything you need to sell online, on social media, or in person.
"I grew up in a family of 11 kids and spent a lot of time in the kitchen. We were always eating! I then moved to America, met my husband, and his food tastes and family background were completely different from mine. I learned to make food that meshed the two different styles of Korean cooking and after I had my two kids, my cooking evolved even further to incorporate new flavors and tastes as we started eating more American food. My husband and I worked very hard 7 days a week doing every job that came our way so that we could support our family, but every night, we looked forward to our family meals at home. Food is a big part of our lives and that is why I think my son became such a famous chef! Our friends and family felt comfortable in our house and were over all the time, and I was always feeding everyone! It was inspiring to see everyone enjoying my food, and that gave me the energy to work harder to develop my special sauces!" 
Let your passion for fashion make you some extra income. If you love pulling together the perfect outfit, you may want to consider becoming a fashion or image consultant. While it may not be obvious at first, the reasons that people may need an image consultant are quite varied. You may be helping someone get a complete wardrobe makeover, or you might help someone work on their image to land their dream job or even their dream mate. To help establish your credibility, you may want to consider becoming a certified consultant.

Virtual assistants (VAs) provide a wide variety of “virtual” services to other businesses including administrative, marketing and technical support from a home office. My local window cleaner, for example, uses a VA to answer his calls and manage his calendar while he’s busy on-site. VAs are growing in popularity, too, as firms look to cut costs and outsource administrative functions. If you are organized and have an administrative background, this might be for you. Start with your own connections or take advantage of the services of a VA organization or association who can help you get started and connect you with clients.


HRN® is a contractor referral service that pre-screens and refers local home improvement contractors to homeowners. You get paid a commission from contractors for all new work secured, and the service is free to local homeowners. The demand for HRN® businesses across the country is astounding! New homeowners, dual-income families, vacation property owners, and seniors are all looking for a contractor they can trust. The HRN® business has been featured in hundreds of publications including Parents, Working Mother, Woman's Day and Remodeling magazines! Be in business for yourself, not by yourself and start building the home-based business of your dreams!
Isn’t it time to fire your boss and own a franchise business you actually enjoy working part-time, full-time or your time? Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is a low-cost franchise opportunity which can yield high returns and requires no travel agent experience. Our home-based business model is a family of more than 1,400 franchise owners and is the largest, privately owned, nationally recognized and continually awarded full-service travel franchises in the country. Cruise Planners offers one of the best travel franchise opportunities with a proven sales system that’s been successful for over 20 years.

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IgniteU NY is an independent organization with the broad goal of assisting entrepreneurship across the state of New York, specifically by increasing the success rate of startups. To this end, they offer a range of services that support startups, from coworking spaces to accelerator programs. Ignite NY is a growing program that emphasizes networking and collaboration among its startups in residence. They do not take equity in startups that request their assistance and are industry agnostic. 
How to Get It: Check out K12 (K12.com) and Connections Academy (ConnectionsAcademy.com). Both organizations offer various benefits — including health insurance, retirement savings accounts and paid time off — depending on where you live. As in any job where you work with kids, there will be a background and reference check as well as interviews. You may also need to be licensed to teach in the state where the students reside.
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