Eight Online Home Businesses for 2017 and Beyond 

 June 22, 2017

By  Jim Daniels

Wanna Start a Business from Home using the Internet?

Here are eight businesses you can do online, right from the comfort of home…

1. Sell Your Creations

Do you like to create art, jewelry, hand-made soaps, fashion accessories, woodworking items or other hand made products in your spare time?

Why not turn your hobby into an income stream.

That’s what thousands of people have done at Etsy.com – a global marketplace where people connect to buy and sell unique goods.

Hey, there’s no better way to make a living than doing what you love to do. And that’s what Etsy is all about — turning your favorite hobby or pastime into cash.

Opening shop on Etsy is free then there are three basic selling fees: a listing fee, a transaction fee, and a payment processing fee.

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2. Local Business Online Marketing Manager

Of all the small and home businesses operating in your local area, chances are about 30% of them to do not market online.

They still do not have a website, they do not use email marketing and they are losing business to competitors who DO promote online. Deep down they know they need to be online but they think it will cost them too much time or money.

As a local business online marketing manager you handle it all for them! You can set up a website for them and as their business grows, yours will too. They’ll see how effective online marketing is and they’ll want more of your services.

You can then offer to setup an opt-in form for them, an autoresponder and do regular mailings. (All for an extra monthly charge of course! In fact, see below for even more related services you can offer.)

3. Social Media Consultant

Most small businesses cannot afford to hire a full-time employee to manage their social media.

If you enjoy spending time on sites and apps such as Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, SnapChat and Twitter, why not get paid for it!

Most small businesses owners simply do not have enough time in the day to manage their own social media marketing.

That’s where you come in. You can change monthly for a basic plan that includes content creation and regular posting.

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4. Reputation Management Consultant

It’s a fact that most people read multiple reviews at independent sites before hiring a local business.

And just one or two bad reviews can really hurt the revenue of a local business.

As a reputation management consultant, you can help these businesses regain their hard earned trust and get more clients.

If helping businesses (and individuals) with their online reputation interests you, check out Reputation.com for ideas on how to implement a strategy.

They offer multiple services ranging from around $5 a month to as much as $10,000 a year. Reputation management is growing rapidly and can be implemented on a local scale or a global scale. You can even outsource much of the work at places like Fiverr.com.

5. Local SEO Consultant

It is a fact that most businesses never even do the basics, such as claim their free ‘Google My Business‘ page.

Do that for them for a small fee or even for free, and you’ll get them more local customers. That will open the door to them wanting more services from you!

For a free guide to local SEO read this.

Local SEO: How To Rank Your Local Business

6. Niche eCommerce Retailer

Maybe you want to get involved in e-commerce. Then why not open a web store that specializes in a particular niche that interests you?

It’s 2017 and there are all sorts of easy ways to get low cost inventory in any niche imaginable.

There have never been as many tools available that simplify setting up and running an e-commerce store online.

All you need is a domain name that matches your niche, a low cost web host and an e-commerce software solution.

Or you can simplify things even further and use a solution like Shopify to set up your e-commerce store. (Here’s a Shopify blueprint you can use to speed your success.)

If you don’t want to deal with inventory then choose an e-commerce tool such as iiStores, which lets you operate your e-commerce business as an affiliate.

7. Niche Affiliate Marketing

An even simpler way to have a niche e-commerce store is to set up an affiliate site in your favorite niche.

Setting up an affiliate niche site is easy using WordPress and some PLR content. And there are even plugins available for WordPress that help you streamline the setup.

This WordPress plugin creates video based product reviews in any niche you want, and links all reviews to your Amazon associates links.

If you have an area of expertise in any particular niche or simply have a desire to learn more about a niche, then an affiliate site is a great side business!

If you’re technically challenged or just want eliminate most of the work involved with setting up a business like this, check out my Done-For-Your affiliate niche blog building service.

8. Online Coaching

Do you know that coaching is now a Billion Dollar a Year Industry? That’s right, I said Billion with a B!

Nowadays, people are happily paying for coaching in every niche imaginable.

If you’ve had success in any particular area, why not help others succeed at it.

You don’t any need formal education, training or certification to be a coach, you simply have to be willing to help others in a particular niche.

There are coaches in all sorts of niches, including but not limited to..

  • Starting a business
  • Weight loss
  • Becoming a better parent or spouse
  • Online dating

If online coaching interests you then here’s some more info on how you can earn money from it.

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There you have it. Eight businesses that are very likely to grow over the coming years. Why not jump into one and position yourself as a leader. After all, there’s nothing better than earning your living from home. I’ve been doing it for 20 years now and the time freedom it gives you is phenomenal.

No daily commute in rush-hour traffic.

No boss to answer to.

And best of all, you can get paid for doing things you truly like to do!

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About Jim

I gave up a life of jobs in 1996. Since then I've been earning a living online.

I write books, create software, license info-products, affiliate marketing, build membership sites, design websites and more.

I prefer this over my old lifestyle of getting up early, commuting to work, coming home to have a few hours for my family and living for the weekends. Now every day is a weekend. I work when I want and answer to no boss.

  • Always good, solid, useful information and/or products. You got my trust by being honest, reliable and responsive. Carry on!

  • Thanks for the information. I will definitely be checking a few of these out.


  • Some good ideas here. You always provide worth while Information to your followers. This goes back to a seminar you did many years ago in Williamsburg.

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