The internet has completely revolutionized the way the marketplace works. Before the development of the online business sector, the idea of earning money from home was something that was simply not accessible to most working individuals. Today, however, there are numerous opportunities to earn an excellent income online, doing what you love to do!
Instead of working long, strenuous hours at a job that doesn’t provide any sense of fulfillment, why not take real control over your career? As the founder and owner of an interactive marketing agency, it is my mission to provide clients with the kind of digital marketing and consulting services that truly speak to today’s digital marketplace, services that are both modern and straightforward so as to make the process less intimidating and more accessible. We will guide your marketing proposals to fruition and make sure your work is valued at the level it deserves, ensuring your business’s success. My goal is to encourage people to explore all the possibilities in the hopes that you will ultimately discover your own potential as the boss of your own online, niche business.
Apart from my expertise in the consulting arena, I’m also the founder and host of The Passive Podcast. This podcast features interviews I conduct myself with other noteworthy professionals in the field of online business, as well helpful tidbits from my own, personal experiences. In fact, this podcast was originally inspired by my own desire to connect with likeminded individuals, in the hopes of ultimately forging the same kind of organic relationship with my audience as I am lucky enough to have with my clients. Furthermore, having personally witnessed the countless ways this career path has ultimately benefited my life, I hope to inspire others considering the entrepreneurial route to take that first step!
The online arena is always expanding. Think about it, is there really such a thing as too much information? How could that be when knowledge is constantly evolving? There will always be a niche for your expertise, and if you put in the effort, you can make money in your desired industry as the boss of your own business.
I constructed my digital marketing firm from scratch, I shaped my career in consulting with my own two hands. Believe it or not, you can do the same. So many people are unhappy with their circumstances at work, with the path their lives are taking. They know there’s more they could be doing but they don’t know where to begin! They feel hopeless. But you don’t have to live according to strenuous schedules, doing work that leaves you unsatisfied. Let yourself love the work you do by doing what you love! Don’t be afraid of competition. Your passion will take you where you need to go! And if you stumble upon trouble along the way, that’s where I come in to help!
It has become my mission to further the paths of others’ who wish to embark on a similar route by finding their own niche in the marketplace and building their own business. Through my interactive marketing agency, I aim to offer the guidance and resources needed to take your career to the next level. My firm provides not merely marketing solutions, but consulting services as well to ensure success and give you the confidence you need in forging ahead.
The Passive Podcast enables me to connect with aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to join into the general conversation around the online business community and marketplace. The individuals I am fortunate enough to talk with are true trailblazers within the digital marketplace who have established themselves as exemplary figures in the entrepreneurial realm. No matter where you’re at, these discussions will inspire and educate professionals of all levels. Even as the host, every time I have the opportunity to talk with one of these highly skilled professionals, I learn something new and invaluable to my own pursuits.
So many people are aware of the potential benefits to be had in starting their own online businesses but are uncertain about where to begin. As a result, it is my goal to share my knowledge and encourage my audience to follow their passion. Desk jobs are no longer the only option. I want to give people the courage they need to overcome their fears, put their best foot forward, and go for what they want. I cannot emphasize how much it will benefit the overall quality of your life if you doing work that you are passionate about, work that you are truly proud of.
My own hands-on experience and success has proven to me that this is very much possible. But speaking with so many other truly inspirational people over the course of the Passive Podcast has shown me just how many people can achieve their goals in this way if they go about scaling the digital marketplace effectively. There is no shortage of people who are keen on the idea of starting their own businesses online, but they don’t know where to begin! I understand that the potential to reach a global audience is relatively new and can seem daunting, which is why I want to use my consulting skills to guide people along that journey.
The truth is, if you want to find your niche in the digital marketplace, all you have to do is think about what you’re good at, what you’re passionate about, what drives you.
Where do your skills lie and how can you use them? It might surprise you to realize that the possibilities are quite literally endless.
Let’s take a look at some of the different ventures you could potentially take on.
1. Make something you can sell
Okay, here me out. I know it sounds like a lot of labor, but think about it. What do you like to make? Do you knit? Are you into carpentry? How about jam? Maybe you make your own jam or candles or shampoo. These are all business opportunities! Use the skills you have that enable you to provide something unique to customers! Online retail opportunities have really encouraged a return to handcrafted goods, this niche in the marketplace is flourishing! Build your brand as you sell your goods online and you’ll have a profitable business going in no time!
2. Offer technical skills
If you know all the ins and outs of managing websites and computer software, that can be a huge advantage in today’s marketplace. So many people out there who are trying to build their own brands have no idea how to manage websites or blogs or social media accounts. You can help clients with everything from website design to domain administration to optimization. Every business wants their website be better than their competition. If you have the skills to design a top-notch website, offer your services! A strong portfolio in something like web design can potentially lead to many high-paying gigs.
3. Use your money maker
As an accountant, you also have a huge advantage in today’s world. You know how to mange money! There will always be people who need help with their finances. Anyone with bookkeeping experience is going to have a leg up. You can easily connect with individuals or businesses looking for financial services. Think about all the people who need help filing their taxes every year! Financial experts are paid highly to prepare taxes and anyone who earns money wants to find someone they can trust with their financial needs. As you build a stronger portfolio, you’ll be offered the highest prices for your expertise!
4. Share your opinion
Did you know you can get paid to answer simple questions for surveys? Literally, all you need to do is share your opinion! Developers and researchers always need folks to help them out. There are a number of great websites which will sign you up as a volunteer for these kinds of surveys. How much money you make is up to you! This could be a great opportunity for some quick cash. If you’ve got the ability to put in the hours, this can bring in an impressive income in a relatively short amount of time, especially considering how little strenuous work it requires!
5. Design things
If you’re skilled in computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, with a keen eye for the creative, your talent will be hugely appreciated by individuals and professionals alike looking to establish themselves and set their business apart with your original graphics. This kind of work can entail everything from designing concert posters to professional business cars to logos and promotional material for smaller brands. As an independent graphic designer, you’ll be able seek out the route that most suits your skills.
6. Teach, tutor, and mentor!
Those who can do should teach! If you have a valuable skill that others are eager to learn, why not be the one to teach them? There are so many excellent platforms and resources out there through which professionals who are willing to dedicate their extra time and energy to educating students can do so and earn a respectable income. I guarantee you’ll find your niche in the education sector. Of course, there are always subjects like math and science, but have you ever thought about how many possibilities there truly are? If you play an instrument, you can teach music lessons. If you know how to fix electrical systems, you can provide classes on construction and technical problem solving. If you’re an expert like myself, perhaps you might consider mentoring an aspiring professional. Remember, your expertise is any field is valuable.
7. Write a book
Ebooks have made it easy as pie for anyone with the passion to publish a book! It’s another great way to earn money off your specific skills. If you enjoy writing and have knowledge to share that could help solve a problem, you can market your solutions to others in your very own book. People are sure to pay a small fee to download a collection of your expertise, especially as you build your presence in the digital marketplace and people begin to take notice of your high reputation. As a consultant, I personally get such satisfaction out of seeing successful professionals share their wisdom in this way.
8. Use your influence
If you’re social media savvy, there are all sorts of ways to build an online presence through social media networks and blogs. As a blogger, you’ll have to get a domain and host. If you go the social media route, you’ll need to know where you can make a splash. Once you find your community and establish an audience though, you can begin to connect with likeminded affiliates and sponsors who share your interests and also want to reach your audience! Through advertisements and promotional efforts, you’ll be able to work with these affiliates to bring your combined message to an even wider audience, building awareness about your brand and your passions. You could even zero in on a market niche that you are interested in and become an affiliate yourself!
9. Be An Assistant
If you have administrative skills, there are tons of opportunities waiting for you as a virtual assistant. What’s great about virtual assistants is nothing really changes! You’ll be tasked with all the regular responsibilities you would expect in your area of expertise and you’ll simply communicate with your superiors through email, video chats, messaging, and perhaps occasional phone calls. But, since you won’t be trekking into an office every day, you’ll be able to manage your schedule more effectively and take on multiple clients and establish an impressive flow of income.
Never before has being bilingual so useful and so in-demand. In today’s global economy, the ability to speak more than one language puts you way ahead in the game. As a translator, you have the ability to work in just about any field that interests you and it will be your role to bring it onto the international level. Your job could entail anything from translating proposals or technical material for foreign businesses, or working alongside an author to translate their writing. As a translator, you are the bridge that connects our world.
Now that we’ve started to consider all the different ways you can make an income on the web, you might be wondering just how to go about that process. The fact of the matter is, it won’t happen with a mere snap of the fingers, but I promise it’s a lot easier than you might expect!
After you consider your options – your area of expertise, your skills, what knowledge you have to share – you can focus in on what exactly you’re going to be developing. You should have a pretty decent sense of what you want your product to look like and what your service will ultimately be. Then, you can start to tackle your plan of action. Find your audience. Figure out what they’re talking about and then you’ll see what it is that your customer needs. Get used to networking and communicating your ideas. Putting yourself out there is crucial to your success so you must be sure to establish your presence in your niche.
On the flip side, you will also need to familiarize yourself with your competitors. As a consultant, you’re always reminding your clients to get out in front of the trends, to know where the marketplace is going before it even gets there! But first, you need to know what benchmarks you need to hit before you can really tackle the competition.
Next, always remember to listen to feedback. Make sure you’re getting positive validation from potential customers. Of course, you will also need to build a website. Your online brand is vital to building your business’s digital footprint and showcasing your expertise. Do as much as you can on your own until the brand starts to grow. When you need a little extra guidance, you can always turn to experts like myself for some help.
If these ideas intrigue you, I encourage you to reach out to me. Whether you have questions on the general prospect of embarking on this path, or want to discuss something in particular further, I’m always eager to hear from likeminded professional individuals. If you want to stay in the loop, sign up for the mailing list and you’ll hear from me from time to time with whatever exciting news or cool, new resources might have come along.
The one mission of my marketing and consulting firm is to take your business to the next level. There are so many opportunities out there in today’s online arena for you to make an income, doing what you love, as a respected individual in your field. The digital marketplace is truly the next great frontier to explore. As a consultant, I hope to inspire people to take their careers into their own hands in this way and ultimately guide them along the journey to success. But in the meantime, for anyone considering this path, I hope some of these online business ideas have inspired you to look towards the future with new goals and motivations!
About the Author
Derek Bingham is an internet entrepreneur, devoted Blogger and host of The Passive Podcast a business podcast which features successful entrepreneurs.
Derek is also a motivational public speaker, consultant and owner of a Digital Marketing Agency.