Online Business Ideas for Beginners

Today, I’d like to share some online business ideas for beginners.

I’ve been making money online more than 10-years now. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget what it was like to be a newbie. When I first got started trying to make money online I was excited about the possibilities the internet offered, but I had no idea what I was doing.

Sadly, I tried to figure everything out on my own. I tried hundreds of different programs and didn’t stick with ANY of them very long. I failed miserably for many years, but I stuck with it and finally figured it out.

Looking back, I’m glad I went through the struggles because I learned a ton of valuable skills. I learned what works and what doesn’t work (at least, for me anyway).

That being said, it would have been nice to have someone to learn from, rather than reinvent the wheel and try to figure out everything on my own. That would have shortened my learning curve.

Plus, rather than just chasing the money, I wish I would have followed my PASSION and INTERESTS. Truth be told, there are THOUSANDS of ways to make money online. What works for someone else might not work for you. Ultimately, you should find something you enjoy AND something that fills a legitimate NEED in the marketplace.

Online Business Ideas for Beginners

Top 7 Online Business Ideas for Beginners

What you will find below are my 7 favorite online business ideas for beginners.

# 1: YouTube Channel

If you’re not camera shy, and you like the idea of making videos, YouTube can be a VERY lucrative way to make money online. It’s one of the best online businesses for beginners, because there is a fairly short learning curve. After all, most people know how to make a video with their phone.

When it comes to turning your YouTube videos into a business, it’s pretty simple. You must follow a simple process.

First and foremost, you must pick a niche. In other words, what group of people do you want make videos for? Here are a few examples:

  • Fishing
  • RV’ing
  • Book Reviews
  • Road Trips
  • Parenting
  • Funny Videos
  • Dolls
  • Model Cars
  • Car Repairs
  • Do it Yourself Tips
  • Weight Loss

Ideally, you want to create your videos around one core THEME. Yes, you can have a few off topic videos from time-to-time, but the narrower the FOCUS of the videos, the better.

Video marketing is, without a doubt, one of the biggest reasons I’ve been able to create a multiple six-figure business online

The next step is to create your videos. You want your videos to be educational or entertaining. Make sure your videos revolve around one topic, are edited, and are fairly short. When it comes to making videos you want to post videos frequently, on some type of set schedule, at least once per week, and preferably, DAILY.

Next, and the most important step, is to build your audience.

Once you have a large audience, you can make a ton of money. Until you have an audience, you won’t make ANY money.

The best way to build your audience is to connect with other YouTubers and to post videos consistently. Make sure you reply to comments and interact with your followers.

The last step is to find different affiliate products to promote. This is pretty easy to do. Here are a few examples:

  1. If your theme is fishing, you can sell different fishing poles and lures.
  2. If your theme is RV’ing, you can promote different RV parts.
  3. If your theme is parenting, you can sell kids clothes, kids books, or anything kid related.

There are literally THOUSANDS of affiliate products for EVERY niche. Most people start with Google Adsense on their videos. That’s a good start, but the real money is made when you promote different affiliate products or sell your own products and services.

YouTube is one of the biggest websites around – to be more specific, it’s currently the second most popular website in the world. And even though most people don’t think of YouTube primarily as a search engine, that’s exactly what most visitors do on the site. YouTube’s not just the second most popular website; it’s also the second most popular search engine – topped only by Google. This means that the platform presents a huge potential for reach for your business.

The fact that YouTube is such a hugely popular platform also means that there is a lot of competition. According to Statista, as of July 2015, 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. So, if you want to be successful on YouTube, you need to make sure that you have the time and the resources to publish quality content on a consistent basis. In other words, you’ll need a good YouTube marketing plan.

Source: WordStream

If making money on YouTube is something you want to explore, you should check out this book on Amazon.

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# 2: Sell on eBay

I’ve been selling on eBay for approximately 15-years now. It’s been very profitable, but a lot of hard work (like anything else).

It’s pretty easy to get started on eBay. That’s why it is a great online business idea for beginners. You can start out by selling unwanted items around your house. Pick 20-30 items you no longer want or use, and sell those items first. That will help you learn the ropes and figure out how everything works on eBay.

Once you’ve done that, you can decide what you want to sell on eBay. I recommend you specialize and sell a certain “line” of products such as clothes, shoes, books, phones, postcards, coins, electronics, etc.

There are TONS of tutorial videos online about how to get started with eBay. That’s the best place to learn more.

What makes eBay successful – the real value and the real power at eBay – is the community. It’s the buyers and sellers coming together and forming a marketplace.

~ Pierre Omidyar

Of all the online business ideas I’ve listed, eBay is the FASTEST way to make money online. I highly recommend it!

# 3: Blogging

For someone who enjoys writing, blogging is a great online business idea for beginners. You can pick a topic or niche you have experience with or are excited about. You can start a blog about that topic.

From there you can write articles about your topic that get ranked high in the search engines. As you start to get traffic to your blog, and build a following, you can promote different affiliate products, sell advertising, or sell your own products.

I’ve been blogging for about 10-years now. It is by no means fast or easy. I like to think of blogging as a long-term game. However, once you build up a popular blog, it’s pretty easy to maintain.

Marketers always ask me how to make more or better content and it’s almost always the wrong question

Of all the methods on this list, blogging is probably the slowest UP FRONT income stream, but the best long-term income stream.

One of the biggest benefits of blogging is being able to attract high quality leads- even when you’re not working. The more a lead has contact with you, the more likely you are to make a sale. If you’re putting out valuable content on a consistent basis, you’ll be surprised how much your leads will skyrocket.

Even your older blogs can get you noticed if they’re relevant and answering a question many visitors are searching for. Make sure you’re constantly updating older blogs so they continue to bring in the high-quality traffic.

Source: Hubspot

If blogging interests you, I suggest you check out the book you see below.

make money blogging book

# 4: Podcast

Starting your own podcast can be both exciting and profitable. The sky is the limit. A podcast is similar to an online radio show. Think of talk radio, but done through the internet.

You can interview people, talk about things that interest you, review products and services, etc. You can find “podcast sponsors” as you start to grow in popularity. You can recommend different products by forming strategic alliances with other businesses.

Your podcast content should not be about you, but about solving your prospects’ problems

I personally prefer podcasts over videos, especially over having a YouTube channel, because you have a lot LESS competition than the video marketers do.

The more openly you share your expertise, the more others will trust you. That trust translates into higher conversions because people want to buy from those who have authority and credibility.

Through podcasting, you have more time to fully cover important topics in your niche and show the depth of your knowledge. You’re also able to show how well you think on your feet, which is a true test of expertise.

Listeners from across the globe also have a chance to hear your voice. It’s one thing to connect with someone’s writing and it’s another to connect with their actual voice. When you create podcast episodes, your audience picks up on your mannerisms, experiences your true personality, and feels even more connected to you.

Source: ConvertKit

If podcasting sounds appealing to you, check out the book you see below.

make noise podcasting book

# 5: Freelancer

Everyone is good at SOMETHING. Maybe you are a good writer. Maybe you like to edit videos. Perhaps, you are good at creating sales letters. Or, maybe you know how to build websites.

You can take your skills and work as a Freelancer. You can be a “for hire” independent contractor on sites such as or, and get paid by the hour or paid by the job.

The great thing about this online business idea is you can make IMMEDIATE INCOME. Plus, you can do something you are good at and enjoy.

Approximately 57 million Americans were freelancing in 2017, and if trends continue, over half of Americans will freelancing by 2027, according to an article in Forbes. Some of those are full-time freelancers; others are still holding down a 9-5 job, but doing side hustles in their free time. The proliferation of such part-time and freelance work has people talking about a new kind of labor market: The Gig Economy.

Ask yourself what you’re good at. What is it that you do better than just about anyone else? In what areas do you excel? Can businesses or individuals use your skills?

What it all comes down to is that being a freelancer and working in the gig economy means taking a lot of responsibility for your own finances, whether that’s negotiating your pay, finding insurance, or paying taxes. But if you love the freedom, flexibility, and earning potential that comes with being independent, then freelancing is an ideal situation.

Source: the balance small business

If you’d like to learn how to be a freelancer, check out this book on Amazon.

freelancer's bible book

# 6: Facebook Market Place or Craigslist

As an alternative to selling on eBay, Facebook or Craigslist are worth considering. You can sell your own items on these sites for cash. Plus, you can connect with friends and family and sell things for them on consignment. Also, you can visit flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores and auctions to find inventory to source.

Both Craigslist and Facebook present a great opportunity for free advertising for almost any product or service you may have to offer. For many people, the biggest challenge is coming up with ideas for what to sell. This is because you often take what you have for granted — without thinking about how valuable it may be to other people.

Unless you already know exactly what you want to advertise on Craigslist and Facebook, take some time to brainstorm ideas and then research those ideas on Craigslist. Beginning with one item to sell or one service, you may well be on your way to creating your own business.

Source: Chron

You definitely want to educate yourself about what items are prohibited and what items are allowed on both of these websites. You also need to realize that CASH is still income and needs to be reported to the IRS.

# 7: Network Marketing

I will never provide a list of ways to make money online and NOT include network marketing. I love network marketing, am very successful at it, and build my business 100% online, just like an affiliate marketer.

Network marketing gives people the opportunity

The reason network marketing is one of the best online business ideas for beginners is because:

  1. Inexpensive to start.
  2. Free training.
  3. Free systems to follow.
  4. Personal development.
  5. A successful mentor to help you free of charge.
  6. High quality products.
  7. Earn a leveraged, residual income.
  8. And many other things!

These are just a few reasons that come to mind. Network marketing is not perfect, and it has its share of critics, but I believe network marketing offers the BIGGEST POTENTIAL of all the ideas listed on this page. Learn more about the company I work with. 

The basis of network marketing is building networks of people who buy and sell products. What better place to build a network of people than on the ultimate worldwide network–the internet?

According to Internet World Stats, as of 2006, there were more than 1 billion people online worldwide. It’s no wonder that the internet is the place to go to build a network marketing business.

The keys to network marketing online are a solid presence, consistency and persistence, so get out there and build your system, and stick with it until it produces the results you seek.

Source: Entrepreneur

I’ve built a team of more than 150,000 people in about three years using my laptop computer and phone. I did not have any meetings, chase friends and family, or prospect people at the mall. Network marketing has changed. Social media and the internet give all reps a level playing field.  You can click the “take a free tour” button below to learn more about what I do.

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Final Thoughts

In conclusion, these are my best online business ideas for beginners. I believe any of these online business ideas for beginners will work for you if you get started, make a plan, get to work and never look back. No, you won’t get rich overnight, but you can build up a substantial part-time business or side hustle with endless possibilities.

What are your thoughts? What business model did I leave out and should have included? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day!

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