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Top 10 Best Online Businesses You Can Start Today

Top 10 Best Online Businesses You Can Start Today

Best Online Businesses:

Below, you will find a selection of online businesses that you can start with little investment.

1. Affiliate Marketing

This is one of my favorite digital businesses because of its ability to generate recurring passive income. With it, I have managed to earn more than 7,000 euros a month without dedicating more than a couple of hours to it.

Affiliate marketing consists of creating a website where you analyze and recommend a product. To these analyses, you add purchase links to the online store where the product is sold, such as Amazon.

These links are affiliate links, so if your reader buys the product, the e-commerce gives you a commission for having referred the customer.

In this way, your website can continuously generate income without you having to buy stock or manage shipments.

The key to the success of this type of business is attracting visitors to your website. To do this, you must publish attractive content and use positioning strategies that allow you to achieve visibility on Google.

2. Monetize a personal blog

Creating a blog and positioning yourself as an expert on a topic is one of the most sustainable ways to build a long-term online business.

Don't think of a blog as a personal diary where you can always write whatever comes to mind. That hardly has any economic potential. A blog is a place where you offer your knowledge about a specific field to the public for free.

The key to success is to specialize in solving a specific type of problem for a specific audience so that you position yourself in a market with little competition and it is easier for you to stand out and create a loyal audience.

Some examples of specialization may be:
  • Practical tips to travel cheaper
  • Productivity to organize tasks at work
  • Training in emotional intelligence for parents with children
  • Strategies for shy people to learn to present in public
If you satisfy the needs of your audience and make yourself visible in the blogosphere, you will begin to receive more and more interested visitors. From there, you just have to choose a way to monetize your blog.

Below I list the four most popular ones, but you will find several more in my guide on making money with a blog.

Adsense

Adsense is Google's advertising network. With it, you can display ads from thousands of different companies on your website. 
Unlike affiliation, you don't need the reader to buy for you to earn a commission. In this case, you will generate income when your readers click on an ad—what is known as PPC (pay-per-click).

Private advertisers

Adsense is not the only form of advertising that exists. If you have a thematic blog, you can also contact companies in that sector to offer them advertising space in exchange for a monthly payment.

For example, if you have a travel blog, you could contact travel agencies or private guides to advertise.

In this case, advertisers usually pay per impression, that is, for the number of times readers see the advertising on your pages. As a result, you may demand a higher price for your blog the more traffic it receives.

Selling Digital Products

Selling training products on your blog, also known as info products, such as a video course or an area with exclusive content, is one of the most passive ways to generate income.

The idea is to create that content, put it under a payment system, and present it to your readers. If you automate it with a sales funnel through email marketing or pre-recorded webinars, you will no longer have to worry about anything other than collecting revenue.
To give you an idea of ​​the potential of this business model, when I launched a paid video course on my social relations blog, during the first week I earned more than 8,000 euros when to date I had barely achieved 50 euros per month with advertising.

Its economic potential is so great that most successful blogs end up becoming digital businesses offering paid content in the form of video courses or private areas.

Own services

Finally, if you have a blog and have already built an audience, there will surely be those willing to pay for your advice in the form of coaching or group workshops.

This is one of the best ways to generate income quickly and it usually pays quite well. Nevertheless, the quantity of clients you can assist concurrently will be a constraint.

3. Publish ebooks

A few years ago, if you wanted to publish your book, you needed to convince a publisher to edit, print, and distribute it to bookstores, which caused many aspiring writers to leave their manuscripts collecting dust in their home bookstores or computer hard drives. .

Everything changed with the appearance of electronic formats. Nowadays, there are services such as Kindle Direct Publishing, from Amazon, that allow you to self-publish your book in digital format and sell it in their online store.

Selling an ebook on Amazon is a way to generate quite passive income because once you have it written, you no longer need to worry about anything else. Almost half of the best-selling books on Amazon are self-published and the margin for the author is around 70%.

However, the price of ebooks is low (around 6-12 euros), so you will need to sell many copies to significant income.

There are also a number of choices available if you would rather self-publish your book in print, which is still the preference of the majority of readers:
  • Contact a printing company to make a print run for you
  • Work with a small publisher to help you with distribution
  • Use a print-on-demand service, where the book is only printed and shipped when someone places an order (this way you save the cost of printing a run and storing the stock)
In my case, I published my first book through Editorial Planeta. The margin in these cases is much smaller than if I had done it on my own (approximately 12%), but it is also true that the promotion is greater.

4. Create an online store

E-commerce is booming and one of the best ways to create a long-term digital business is to launch your online store.

You may already be clear about what you want to sell, but if this is not your case, you will have to identify a market opportunity, find a product that covers it, and look for a reliable manufacturer whose price is competitive enough for you to make a profit by selling it to the public.

The main drawbacks of creating an online store are that you will have to manage stock, storage, and shipping, which prevents it from becoming an automated income, and that you will have to invest in purchasing the initial inventory and advertising. However, the profit margin per sale is also usually higher than other systems, such as affiliation.

5. Sell through dropshipping

As you have seen, the biggest problem with online stores is that they are not passive businesses because you must be in charge of managing stock and making shipments.

However, there is another business model that relieves you of this responsibility: dropshipping.

In dropshipping, it is the manufacturer or wholesaler who takes care of shipping and collecting returns. You just have to create an online store where orders will be collected and attract customers.

In addition to eliminating the work of shipping, dropshipping also reduces the financial risk associated with purchasing and storing stock.

In exchange, your profit margin will be somewhat lower. But the main drawback is that you lose control of the delivery and the condition of the merchandise.

This means that if the shipment does not arrive or a return needs to be processed, customers will complain to you and you must ensure that the issue is resolved with the distributor. However, it is a much more passive business than taking care of the entire management of e-commerce.

6. Launch a YouTube channel

Only surpassed by Google as the second-largest search engine online, YouTube continues to grow at an astounding rate. Although there is more and more competition, it is still relatively virgin territory, so the idea of ​​​​creating an online business from a YouTube channel is not silly.

Its main advantage is that it will allow you to create a solid personal or business brand, in addition to the fact that audiovisual content is more difficult to plagiarize by your competition.


The strategy behind a YouTube channel is very similar to that of monetizing a blog with advertising: publishing informative videos focused on a specific topic. You can appear to be speaking to the camera, or show videos and images with your voice in the background.

When you meet YouTube's monetization criteria (1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of viewing in the last 12 months), you can insert ads into your videos to generate income.

7. Publish a podcast

In addition to videos, there are also contents in audio format known as podcasts.

Podcasting is very popular in countries like the United States, where it is estimated that 42% of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month. There are already channels with thousands of followers that can be considered an online business, such as The Success Academy by Victor Martin, who interviewed me to talk about social intelligence (one of my great passions).

Launching a podcast is relatively simple. You look for an attractive title, record your reflections or interviews, and upload them to platforms such as iTunes, iVoox, or Soundcloud.

The difficulty lies in creating your audience since there are few strategies to increase your visibility in search engines, unlike websites or YouTube videos. However, there is still little competition, and if you create a podcast that addresses an unmet need, you have a good chance of being successful.

8. Sell your services on marketplaces

Although you can sell services through your blog, YouTube channel, or podcast, if you do not yet have an audience in these media, you can also advertise on specialized platforms that connect freelancers who offer their services remotely with interested users.

The jobs offered by freelancers on these platforms can usually be done 100% online, such as translating a text, editing a photo, or creating a marketing plan. There are even people who sell love spells from a distance.

These are the three most popular platforms:

  • Upwork: although for now, it is only in English, it is the one with the largest number of clients
  • Freelancer: it is in Spanish, it has a smaller volume of clients and it is not so easy to use
  • Fiverr: it is also in Spanish and has many potential clients, but most do not intend to spend too much money
All of them usually take around 10% of your turnover and are based on your customers' reviews to increase or reduce your popularity. The more positive reviews you have, the more visible you will be to those users interested in services like yours.

With this system, it is possible to build a solid online business if you offer a sought-after service and get good reviews. I know people who have been dedicating themselves full-time to offering their translation services for years.

9. Work as an editor

Companies and entrepreneurs require written content to attract customers with their blogs, retain their audience with a newsletter, or generate advertising campaigns. This need has caused writers to have a highly in-demand profile in the online world.

Additionally, the barrier to entry is very low: you just have to like writing and be moderately good at it.

Recently, the emergence of generative artificial intelligence has caused some clients to begin replacing their writers. But what is a risk for some is an opportunity for others. Those writers who integrate artificial intelligence into their idea generation processes and specialize in reviewing will be able to create quality content much faster— and therefore have more clients.

Standard rates for editors are usually between 3 and 10 euros per 100 words, so a text of 2,000 words can easily be paid for more than 100 euros.

For example, I have worked with several writers for my affiliation projects with Amazon, and their monthly income, dedicating themselves full-time, is between 2,000 and 3,000 euros.

However, levels vary depending on the specialty and experience of the writers. Generally, those who specialize in writing sales pages (also called copywriters) are the best paid, since they are responsible for the critical step in making a visitor become a customer. It is not unusual to pay thousands of euros for a page of this type.

10. Teach online language classes

English is the first most spoken language and Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, only behind Chinese, so it is not surprising that there is an increasing demand to learn this language.

The popularity of online Spanish language courses has increased recently among foreign residents who wish to study the language. Although the idea is that you have some training as a teacher, in many cases, just being a native speaker and having a good methodology will be enough to attract students.

For example, on the YouTalk TV channel, two brothers teach free English lessons to attract potential clients (they already have more than 1 million subscribers) and then sell a course through their website. Its annual turnover exceeds 5 million euros.

If you have advanced knowledge of a language, you could replicate the strategy, or even change communication channels, such as offering your content on podcasts or TikTok.

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