20 online business ideas to launch in 2022
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For all those who dream of starting their own business, the internet is an exceptional playground.
It is now possible for anyone to start an online business with just their computer and with almost no investment!
There are many ways to make money online that will allow you to be your boss and work at your own pace while developing your income. You don't have to be a pro at running a business or even renting space. An entrepreneurial dream come true!
In this article, we'll show you 20 online business ideas to create in 2022, all ideal for those who dream of working from home. And whether you want to start your business full time or develop it little by little in parallel with your job as an employee.
1 Start a blog
Starting your blog (like the one you're currently working on) is a fun and rewarding way to make money online... but also one of the most time-consuming.
If you love to write or have a passion you'd like to share with the world, starting a website is a great way to turn your hobby into real money-making activity. The start-up costs are relatively low, the main expense usually being the hosting of your website.
You can also start building your blog as a hobby, and then gradually build your business and brand over the months. This will allow you to enjoy a little extra income before going full-time.
2 Launch your podcast
Podcasts are becoming more and more popular - both in terms of the number of podcasts created and the number of podcasts listened to.
Just like blogging, if you have expertise in a particular field, launching your podcast allows you to share your knowledge with your audience. All in a very educational AND entertaining way.
Especially since you can create a podcast about anything and everything, depending on your passions and interests.
The only thing you'll need to get started is a good quality microphone (I use a Shure SM58 ) with support, and software to edit your podcasts (some very good software is free like Audacity ).
Then, as you develop your podcast, you can find ways to monetize it, such as advertising, affiliation, selling products ... A situation quite similar to starting your blog.
3 Become a coach
If you are passionate about personal or professional development and dream of helping others develop their potential, consider selling your services as a coach!
Whether you want to be a life coach, a couple's coach, a business coach, or a coach in a specific niche, your passion and expertise will allow you to offer concrete advice and action to those who wish to evolve in the field you are targeting. Depending on your preferences, you can offer different types of coaching:
- Individual coaching, where you accompany your clients in a personalized way through individual work sessions.
- Group coaching, where you organize webinars, pieces of training, online workshops... to involve several of your clients at the same time on a specific topic. Later on, you can even consider selling ebooks or coaching material to build your passive income in the long term.
4 Sell "stock photos
If you enjoy photography (and know the basics), selling your photos online can be a great way to turn your talent into a real online business.
Many businesses, bloggers, and others are in constant need of new photographs to accompany their content. There are some pretty popular sites like Getty Images, Shutterstock, or Adobe Stock where you can submit your photographs and get paid for each upload.
To ensure sales, you will need to take photographs that are likely to interest the largest number of people, adding your personal touch to differentiate yourself from the competition. This is also a good way to build a portfolio of your photography work by showcasing your most popular images.
5 Freelance Writer
If you have a minimum of writing talent (you don't need to be a journalist) and you like to write on one or more specific topics, the web writing business as a micro-entrepreneur is made for you!
Launching your online business as a freelancer will inevitably require some promotion (for example by creating your website where prospects can contact you) and networking to find your customers.
Starting on popular platforms like Fiverr or 5euros will allow you to get some visibility at the beginning. But in the long run, once you've proven yourself worthy of the task and worked on your reputation, the ideal way to earn more will be to work directly with your clients and businesses.
6 Create websites
With the many online course platforms available and all the resources, one can find on the internet, there is no need to go through formal training to learn how to design websites.
Many CMS or other site builders like WordPress or Shopify allow you to create content or business sites that are both powerful and easy to manage. If you lack the technical side, however, take the time to improve your website design and building skills.
You may then find clients (such as SMEs or freelancers) who need to create their website but don't have the time or knowledge to do it themselves.
7 Community manager
Nowadays, almost every company needs to have a presence on social networks. Whether it's to work on their image, communicate with customers, promote their products, or ensure quality customer service, social media is becoming more and more essential for brands.
If you have a knack for creating inspiring or engaging content on the networks and federating online communities, this online business idea might appeal to you.
You can also find many opportunities on sites like Fiverr, then develop your reputation to eventually work directly with your customers.
8 Personal / Virtual Assistant
Becoming a virtual assistant for companies or individuals is a great way to start an online business quickly and without big investments.
The role of a personal assistant is to cover various tasks such as answering calls, scheduling meetings, sending emails or communications on behalf of your client, etc., or even managing customer support if you work for a company.
You could easily work towards becoming THE reference in business support and grow your reputation so that even the biggest clients will fight for you.
9 SEO Consultant
Yes, SEO is one of my favorite things. It's the first job I ever had, as an SEO manager in an agency and then in an advertiser's office. All this while being self-taught thanks to the hundreds of wonderful online courses available on the subject.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is essential for anyone who has a website, or more broadly an online business. It is the art of optimizing your website and content so that it appears as high as possible in search engines like Google.
Once trained, you can offer consulting and strategy services, or simply focus on the operational side and work on your clients' SEO yourself. You can also support them on an ad hoc basis when they have specific needs, such as when redesigning a website.
10 Launch a resume writing service
Are you particularly proud of your resume, which has landed you many interviews? Do you have a knack for highlighting others and bringing out the potential in everyone? Consider marketing your resume and/or cover letter writing services, or more broadly job search support.
Most of this online business will revolve around writing, editing, designing, and proofreading resumes or online profiles like LinkedIn. So you'll need a few supplies besides your computer and basic design software to get started.
11 Create your Etsy store
Do you love art, DIY, creating with your own hands? If so, you should take advantage of Etsy, an online platform dedicated to selling handmade or vintage (even pre-made) items.
Whether you make art, jewelry, clothing, decorations, or any other handmade item, starting your own Etsy store will allow you to showcase your work and earn money quickly from shoppers who love your original creations.
A big plus: starting an Etsy store is completely free.
12 Graphic designer
An online web design business
You don't need a degree in graphic design to start your online business in this field, although you will of course need to have trained for this job.
Graphic design skills are required for all types of projects: advertising displays, Pinterest images, illustrations for a website, or flyers for an event...
Again, you will find many opportunities on sites such as Fiverr, 5euros, or Malt. As your business develops, don't hesitate to create an online portfolio to promote your designs and gain notoriety.
13 The resale of blogs
This is a bit like the "House for Sale" of websites: buy a blog that is already online but that its creator wants to sell to rework it, improve it, generate regular traffic... and resell it for a (much) bigger profit. This allows you to earn money without having to permanently maintain your blog. There are plenty of sites where you can buy and sell blogs, but one of the most popular is probably Flippa.com.
14 Online advertising manager
Many small local businesses don't know how to develop their business with online advertising, and many large companies don't have the time to do it themselves.
By offering online advertising creation services (Facebook or Twitter Ads, Google Ads...), you make it easier for your clients to gain visibility on the internet and reach their sales goals. And you can easily create your brand to turn your activity into a real online business.
15 Become an Amazon seller
Business on Amazon has exploded in the last few years, and it's easier than ever to make money through this platform.
For example, what's known as Amazon Arbitrage involves buying local products at a discounted price from a store and reselling them at a profit on Amazon. For example, buying items at 75% off or more, and then charging the normal price or a lower discount on the platform.
However, this technique requires a lot of time spent tracking down the latest deals around you, which can be quite time-consuming.
16 Create and market your box
You've probably already heard of them: Birchbox, Gambettes Box, My Little Box...
At the moment, this market of monthly subscription boxes is particularly active, and new ideas are constantly emerging. If you're passionate about a particular area (beauty, food, sports, wine...), now is the time to get started!
I was considering this project myself a few months ago (which I still have in mind, but put on hold for the moment to devote myself to Money), and I highly recommend the Cratejoy blog which has a lot of content to understand this business model and create your box.
17 Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is the principle by which a site selling products or services offers partners to promote their products in exchange for a commission.
For example, if you have a blog or an active presence on social networks, you can link to the product of the company you partner with. Depending on the compensation method, you then earn money every time someone clicks on your link and purchases that product/service.
This is a simple, fun online business idea with the potential for passive income, or close to it (as long as you already have some visibility or plan to build it).
18 Create a translation service
If you are bilingual (or better), you can use your language skills to create your online translation and/or interpretation business.
There is a demand for almost every language imaginable, but some languages can be more lucrative than others (like Japanese or Chinese, for example).
19 Buying and reselling items on eBay
If you've ever watched the Girlboss series, you know what I'm talking about. Based on a true story, this Netflix original tells the story of how Sophia Amoruso created the company, Nasty Gal, by starting to resell on eBay collectibles that she would find in San Francisco thrift stores.
But this scenario doesn't only exist in the TV series. Thanks to the development of online commerce, there are more opportunities than ever to buy and resell products on the internet.
If you have a sense of value and commerce, selling items on eBay is an online business idea that can make you a lot of money. As with everything else, you'll first need to find your niche, know what to sell and at what price - but also promote your business.
20 Brand Strategist
The Brand Strategist's job is to help companies understand what consumers want and build the brand around that. Because even with the amazing storefront the internet provides, there are still tons of small business owners who have no idea how to market themselves.
Of course, to succeed in branding, you'll need some advertising or marketing expertise as well as project management knowledge.