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5 Online Businesses You can Start at Home in 2017

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5 Online Businesses You can Start at Home in 2017

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5 Online Businesses You can Start at Home in 2017

With the world wide web, anyone can be an entrepreneur. The internet has democratised what it takes to start and run a business. Gone are the days of having to set up shop in a brick and mortar business. From a student waiting for the ASUU strike to end to a stay-at-home mom, there are no more excuses for idleness.
We will be exploring online businesses you can start in the shortest possible time, with as little as you have. Some require a certain skill set which you can acquire (you got it) from the internet. You can practically learn any and everything from a Google search and ‘YouTube University’. If one decides to be financially disadvantaged in this day and age, more often than not, it is usually by their own choice.

Online Businesses to Start

#1 Digital Marketing

Take a look at this numbers:

Facebook has 1.86 billion monthly active users (Source)
There are 1.15 billion mobile daily active users (Source)
Twitter has 313 million monthly active users (Source)
There are 500 million Tweets per day, that’s about 6000 per second (Source)
A massive scale of numbers! As you scroll through your Instagram feed, you may have come across lots of businesses doing social media marketing wrong. They need someone well skilled in creating content bringing better exposure to their products and services. That person could be you. You don’t have to pay large sums of money to a digital marketing institute to master it and get certified. Visit Digital Skills with Google to begin your training on digital marketing.

#2 Blogging

If words are your thing and all you have been doing is write soothing words in your diary, wyd? People pay good money for that stuff! Blogging is by far one of the easiest of online businesses to start. Simply understand how content management systems like WordPress, Blogger, and Medium work, create an account, and start blogging. Use social media and email to promote your content, drive traffic to your blog, and use Adsense to make money via ads. From there, you may receive gigs to write as a freelancer for companies on their blogs when they see your value in raising awareness.

#3 Fiverr

Lots of Nigerians are smiling to the bank from freelancing on Fiverr, making as much as $2000 on a monthly basis. What do they do? Selling their skills! Writing, social media management, voice over, transcribing, logo design…just about any skill that is marketable and useful. Someone out there is looking for what you have and they are on Fiverr. Sign up now and start selling.

#4 Website design

Right under your roof, you can get clients who are business owners like you that need a website to showcase their products and services. If you’ve got an eye for design and hands for development (some coding skills), building websites may be your thing. You don’t even need to leave your house to source for clients, simply place your brand name in the footer of every website you design and they’ll call you!

#5 Email Marketing

With the number of email users worldwide forecasted to rise to 2.9 billion by 2019, the stats reveal that email is not dead. Businesses use email to ensure the customer keeps them in mind until they are ready to make a purchase. A June 2016 survey of US marketers conducted by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and Demand Metric found that email had a median ROI of 122% – more than four times higher than other marketing formats, including social media, direct mail and paid search. (Source: eMarketer, 2016). With lots of knowledge of using email marketing platforms like Convertkit and MailChimp, you can be an entrepreneur earning big from online businesses.

In summary, the internet has empowered everyone to be financially free. Take any of these opportunities to your advantage and see your story start changing.

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