Online Business Ideas for Beginners

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Building an online business, if it’s done right, could be one of the most rewarding things you’ll do with your life. For many just starting out, the hardest part is deciding just what sort of business you want to be running. Wouldn’t it be great to make money from something you enjoy doing?

Before you read the rest of this page, grab a pen and paper. The five simple questions that follow will help you to choose your first home business ideas. As you come across each question, jot down some notes in response. The first thing that comes to mind will often be the idea that you are most passionate about but don’t just stop at one. You could make use of any number of them.

1. What do you do in your spare time? Make a list of your favourite hobbies, sports, social activities, pets or even favourite movies. These are activities you already do that you feel good about. These are things that motivate you, give you energy or challenge you . If these are things you already do without being paid, how good would it be if you could find a way to get paid for doing things you already enjoy? Now start taking notes.

2. What do you already know? The answers you are looking for here will be any specialist knowledge you have. These skills could be especially useful in starting an online business. What skills have you learned from your past or current jobs? What were your best subjects in school? Is there anything else you know a lot about? Believe it or not, there are others out there who will be looking for that same knowledge and you can put yourself in a position to deliver it to them.

3. What books or magazines do you like to read? Now this one is a really good question. Think about what is the first section of a book store or library you are drawn to when you visit. Make sure you note down at least five of these. Look for a common theme that demonstrates another area of your expertise. Took a good second look at what you write down here and have a think about it. What is it that draws you to these topics?

4. Is there something you used to love doing that you just don’t do anymore? Think back five years or even ten if you need to. Is there anything you used to enjoy that you have stopped doing? I know my life has certainly changed a lot in the past 5 years and so have the things I do. Are you still passionate about the things you used to? Do you want to do them again? Do you want to tell others about them?

5. This next question should be directed to your friends or family. You can answer it yourself too, but you really should ask at least 10 other people who know you. Call it a second opinion, or a whole bunch of second opinions. Ask your friends what they think you are good at. You must get at least 10 answers for this question to be useful and again, look for a common theme. Do not question the answers you are given. These answers tell you about the impression you have left on others. You just might find out things about yourself you never realised.

Now you have your list of ideas go back over them and see if it makes your decision a little clearer. Starting a home business is much easier when you can see all of the things for which you could be called an “expert”. You can see what you are really passionate about and you can see how you are perceived by others. How many of these ideas could you use to start an online business right now?


  • Larry Ford

    Reply Reply May 29, 2017


    I really liked your post. But may I make a suggestion?

    If you were to make your five questions in H1 or one of the other headers, you would get much better SEO with search engines.

    If you get a chance, try visiting my blog site as well. I’d really appreciate it.

    • Steven Cousley

      Reply Reply May 30, 2017

      Thanks for the comment and tip although I do believe the SEO impact of headings has decreased in recent times.
      However I have now opted to at least make the questions bold which improves the appearance and readability.

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