Online Business Ideas for Beginners

Published on 24 March 2023
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Thousands of online businesses are being enlisted everyday. The entire world shifted from retail structure to online mode quite fast. But what really is the reason behind this shift? Well the answer is “Simple”. Starting an online business is not only easy but also inexpensive.

 A question that arises here is “What is the best business for beginners? What small business can someone start?” Well, Whether you’re looking to supplement your income, or want to become a full-time entrepreneur, check out our list of low-cost and easy-to-start online businesses. We think this could be the first step to becoming an accomplished business owner!

Starting a Dropshipping Business

If you’d like to open an online store, but have not yet decided on the products to sell, the dropshipping business model might be right for you. It is a business model where the seller accepts customer orders, but does not stock or own inventory. Let’s have a look at how it works: 

  1. Customers place orders with your online store.

  2. Your store sends the order information to your dropshipping supplier.

  3. Your dropshipping supplier prepares and ships your customers’ orders.

The key to launching a successful dropshipping business is identifying a high-demand product, and finding reliable suppliers. Misiki allows businesses to join the platform as a vendor and become a part of Misiki business communities thus facilitating the same.

Print-on-Demand Store

To run a print-on-demand business, the business owner works with suppliers to customize common products with custom designs to sell them on a per-order basis under the brand of the store owner. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a design you want to print on products (t-shirts, cups, totes, baseball hats, print, etc.) and set up an online store.

  2. Customers order the product with custom designs from your online store.

  3. Your store sends the order information to your supplier.

  4. The supplier prints your design on a product and ships it to the customer.

One should consider launching a print-on-demand store if:

  • He/she has a following and wants to set up a merchandise store (for example, if you’re a musician, influencer, or artist)

  • He/she has design skills, or are ready to spend time sourcing beautiful designs from other artists.

Become an Online Tutor or Sell Online Courses

Online learning has steadily grown in popularity over the last decade, and the number of people studying online has increased significantly due to the pandemic. While kids and teens were getting used to distance learning, more and more adults have been brushing up on skill sets with various online courses.

If you’re not a teacher, but have expert-level knowledge in a specific niche, you can offer your services to those who’d like to learn a new skill. You can give lessons via Zoom, or create a video course and sell it on your website.

Offer Copywriting Services

The amount of content created online is increasing every year, and someone has to take care of all those blog posts, social media posts, emails, copy for websites, and so on!

Copywriting is one of those skills that is easy to learn, so even if you’re not a copywriter, you can master this skill relatively quickly with the right practice. And with tons of online courses available (see, we told you they were valuable!), honing your skills won’t break the bank—lots of courses out there are completely free.

Sell Homemade Food and Drinks

If you’re a fan of brewing homemade kombucha, or dream of running a local catering company, this home business idea can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. No matter what you have in mind, start with studying rules and regulations for selling food online.

Options for selling food and drinks are limited only by your interest, innovative spirit, and imagination. You can sell food for special occasions like birthday cakes, sell weekly meal plans, offer non-alcoholic beverages for parties, or create special sweets for people with allergies.

Launch a Curated Online Vintage Store

If you’ve always had a thing for fashion, but weren’t sure about launching your own designed apparel, this option is a great alternative to regular fashion and beauty business ideas. The popularity of vintage and eco-conscious fashion fits well with the idea of a curated collection of vintage clothing. Moreover, this creative business idea doesn’t require a huge budget, as you can source your products from thrift stores.

Sell Simple Digital Products

Digital products have a huge advantage over physical goods: you don’t need to manage inventory and shipping, which makes running a business much easier.

We’re not saying you need to create your own software to sell, there are lots of other digital products almost everyone can make! For example: downloadable recipes, checklists, tutorials, printables for distance learning, designs for embroidery, or even local travel guides.

Launching your own small business doesn’t always mean a huge budget or special training — the business ideas listed in this blog post prove that.

Today’s online technologies make it simple to learn new skills and provide a vast variety of beginner-friendly tools you can use to start a business. For example, with Misiki, you can set up an ecommerce website for your online business, without a background in tech.

Are you thinking of trying out any of the small business ideas on our list? How did it turn out? Feel free to share your experiences and side hustle business ideas in the comments!