Originally from Canada, Coralie has been living in Germany for the past 7 years. Passionate about women’s issues, social equality, and human rights, she has been volunteering and interning internationally on related projects while finishing her sociology degree. Now having launched her online business and “Years of Change”, she has been working day and night to build herself an exciting future.
Recently, we talked about tips and tricks on how to start working remotely successfully. Just as a recap, I shared some of my tips and tricks that apply to most inspiring entrepreneurs. First, avoid falling for the trap that is Instagram when it comes to being a digital nomad. In other words, although that picture of a long chair on the beach with a caipirinha looks excellent, it is not a productive workplace! Then, learn how to organise your tasks and time and find the best programs that can make your life much easier to manage.
Assuming that you have registered this, you might be quite inspired to start working on that business. However, you may now face a new problem: you need a company or some kind of freelance work to do. So, this is what I have prepared for you. Over the course of this article, you will find five online business ideas, as well as tricks on finding new ideas, that you can start working on right away!
1. Sell (digital) files or products you can purchase online
This is an idea that a growing number of people are taking up. Nowadays, files can be downloaded just about anywhere. As long as you have an internet connection, you can download any Excel sheet, audio file, or stock photo album that you need. Similarly, you can also sell these. It makes sense, right? Think about the files that a freelancer may need. For example, vloggers may need copy-right free music to use in their videos. Or, newbie freelancers might need some Excel sheet to help them keep up with new contracts. Think of something you can do and start selling these. You will find that this is great for two reasons: first, it takes only a bit of work at once and therefore is not too exhausting. Second, it establishes a passive income stream. So, once they’ve been posted up for sale, you only need to manage the account.
This is similar for products you can purchase online. For example, increasing numbers of people are making a fortune out of drop shipping (where one does not store products or manufacture them, but only takes care of the orders). Others are selling eBooks and books, something which requires very little input once your business has been launched. The options are endless.
2. Start on freelance websites and find what you are good at
This is how many freelancers start. Sure, you may have read that building a business is all about the grind, and only requires hard work, but what does this concretely tell you? Not much! Instead, find out what you enjoy doing by trying out a few different things. For example, sign up on UpWork and try out a few different jobs. You may find out that you love translating documents, or perhaps you enjoy zoning out and transcribing files (something which pays quite well, actually!). Just try a few things out.
3. Focus on building a reputation
This is very important. Your reputation goes hand in hand with your credibility. If you want to find clients that stay loyal to you or your company, you must also work on building up a great reputation. This, in turn, is also built by having loyal customers– you see the catch? So, all in all, make sure that you give new clients the best service you can. This makes sure that they a) come back to you and b) refer you to others!
4. Connect with other freelancers
Although we are used to the competition between members of older generations (who will score that fantastic job?), the younger generations tend to be more collaborative. This is not to say that the previous is problematic per se; however, collaboration often leads to more success. So, why not reach out to other freelancers and ask them for tips on creating a fantastic, successful business? Why not ask them about the products or services that they need and build up from that?
5. Find the time to sit down and brainstorm all your ideas
Ultimately, it all comes down to what you wish to do. Even if the idea of an online business or a digital nomad lifestyle sounds fantastic to you, it cannot be fun if you dislike your job. So, take the time to sit down with a pen and paper and jot down all your ideas. Even if some of them are ridiculous, write them down as they could lead you to a more realistic one. Think of the problems you face daily. Or think about the small things that anger others here and there. Now, try to come up with solutions.
Found something? Who knows, this may be the next billion-dollar idea!