13 Best Easy to Start Online Business Ideas

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As a forty something mother of two and a military spouse I’m here to tell you if you are or have ever been interested in starting an online business now is the time to do it. Whether you are in your twenties or in your sixties there are opportunities for everyone.

What’s been going on in that head of yours? Did the Covid pandemic change your mindset about online business ideas? Or perhaps an online business idea passed you by because life got in the way? Regardless of what brought you here, be excited you are here!

Below are 13 Best Easy to Start Online Business Ideas to help you get started.

13 Best Easy to Start Online Business Ideas for those looking for an inexpensive and quick start online business.

Working online does allow some benefits like not driving to work, not always working the normal 8-5 workday schedule, and in some cases working from anywhere. But I’m here to tell you from experience creating your own business normally takes a good portion of your time.

I also know how easy it is to stay in your comfort zone of working a regular job with a scheduled paycheck because you have children, a spouse, a home, and a pet. I have been working multiple jobs for years, in fact most of my life, so I get it.

There is no quick money-making business, there is no magic bank account. The work you put in is the benefit you get back.

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13 Best Easy to Start Online Business Ideas

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is promoting a companies’ products or services. First, you need to sign up for an affiliate marketing program.

Once you are approved to promote a products or service you will have access to trackable URL’s. When the user clicks on the URL link or banner ad, the link will add a cookie to your user’s browser.

You will be able to promote most of the affiliate links or banners in blog posts, blog pages, email, and social media. Therefore, the commission made will be from the consumers who make purchases from your links.

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner has an extraordinary course on affiliate marketing called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. If you are serious about affiliate marketing, especially affiliate marketing for your blog, check out her course information here.

For more information on affiliate marketing go to my post Affiliate Marketing for Beginner Bloggers.


Learning how to become a bookkeeper is in popular demand. You do not need to have a degree or certificate to be a bookkeeper. However, I do recommend you understand credits and debits and/or have had some previous experience in bookkeeping.

If you feel better taking a course in bookkeeping Ben Robinson has a bookkeeping course which also includes how to start a bookkeeping business. Sign up for Ben’s free bookkeeping class here.

Tips on how I began my bookkeeping business go to my post How to Start a Bookkeeping Business with Confidence.

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Consulting Business

Do you have an expertise in one field?

Describe your skills and experience to solve someone’s problem. A potential client wants to know you can help them with their issue.

Testimonials and profiles of your work allow the client to feel like they know and trust you.

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Create a Course

Educate consumers by selling a course online. Teach what you know to others and make money while helping others.

Sell a course by using sites like Teachable, Kajabi, or your own website.

Create Digital Products

Creating digital products is very similar to creating an online course. Teach and educate consumers by selling digital products.

You can sell digital products on websites like Shopify or platforms like Etsy. Use Canva as a design platform, it’s free and you can get started right away.

Grant Writing

If you are enthusiastic about a specific cause, grant writing could be the online business idea for you!

Clients need help with fundraising for profit and non-profit businesses. Ultimately you would be grant writing to bring in finances to a business.

Sell Your Photography

Is photography your passion? Do you enjoy creating photos others can use?

Turn your photography into income by selling them to sites like Shutterstock or on your own website.

Setup an E-Commerce Store with Drop Shipping

Begin a drop shipping business by becoming a dealer of brands you know and love. Using an e-commerce website like Shopify allows you to sell goods and have them drop shipped by the manufacturer so there are no added costs in storage or inventory.

Visit How to Make Drop Shipping Work for Your E-Commerce Store to learn more about drop shipping!

Social Media Manager

Those of you who have a gift for getting others to like, follow, share, comment, and tweet on social media can turn it into an online job.

Business owners need help sharing their brand on social media so they can make a profit. Social media managers can assist business owners promote their services and goods for sale.

Start a Blog

A blog is like other businesses, you need a niche to discuss. Your audience will go to you for resources, products, and information on a particular topic.

I teach you How to Start a WordPress Blog Using SiteGround. A blog is a quick start online business, but it does take time to create content, products, and services to make blogging profitable.

If you like writing and educating others about a specific expertise, then blogging is an option for you.

To learn more about How to Make Money Using Your Blog visit my post here.

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Start a Virtual Shop

If you have no interest in making anything of your own, but you are indeed interested in selling items you purchase than a virtual shop may be for you.

There are unique and trending finds at thrift shops and antique shops. Sell them on an e-commerce website like GoDaddy, Shopify, or Wix.

If you don’t think you are ready for a website of your own than sell your finds on platforms like eBay, Depop, Etsy, and Tradesy (for women).


Easily start an online tutoring business by teaching certain subjects to students.

Use video conferencing or create instructional videos you can charge a fee for.

Virtual Assistant

Become a virtual assistant and help others complete tasks they don’t have time for. Virtual assistants help individuals and business owners answer email, schedule meetings, plan for travel, answer calls, and more. The services you offer are dependent upon your skills.

Sell your services using plans and packages, setup a profile on Upwork and applying for freelance jobs, setup a website for others to find you, and promote your services on social media.


Easy to start online business ideas allow for some freedoms and luxuries a normal job does not offer. However, keep in mind starting an online business requires hard work and determination. You need to find consumers and clients by marketing your services yourself.

However, now is the time to start an online business if you think it is the right choice for you. There are many things to consider and do before you begin a new venture. Read my post 9 Steps to Make Before Starting a Small Business before getting started.

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  1. Such a great and thorough list! Thank you. 😊

    1. Thank you for visiting my website!

  2. These are great tips! I love about affiliate marketing the most!


    1. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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