7. Tax Preparation.
No one likes doing taxes, and they need to be paid whether the economy is booming or tanking. This is why at-home tax preparation can be a great business for anyone with a tax background, or anyone willing to take training courses. Since there are annual changes to the tax code, you will need to refresh your training each year, and you will also need to register with the IRS as a tax preparer. This is more of a seasonal business than a year-round endeavor, but it can be a great way to earn some extra income each winter/spring. Median salary: $30,900.
A doula is a labor coach that can help a birthing mother in any labor environment, from a hospital to a midwife clinic to home. Doulas are non-medical professionals who offer information, emotional support, and physical assistance in the process of giving birth. While licensing for doulas is not required by most states, getting certified by DONA International, the only certifying body for this profession, is a good idea. Doulas do have to deal with unpredictable schedules, but they easily can do this work from home. Doulas generally charge between $500 and $1000 per birth.
9. Hairstylist. If you have experience cutting hair and giving manicures, opening up shop from your home is an excellent way to start your own salon. Make sure that you follow all of your state’s requirements for doing salon care in a home, as they can be stringent. Median salary: $22,500.
10. Interior Designer.
While you do not need a degree or certification in order to set out an interior designer shingle, it is really necessary in order to make sure you can meet the needs of many clients. An education in the history and theory of design will allow you to understand trends that you may not like, but your clients do. Median salary: $46,280.
11. Freelance Writing Jobs
: Freelance writing is an easy to launch business that a stay at home person can successfully run from the comfort of their house without startup capital. If you are a skilled and creative writer and you have enough time at your disposal, then you can earn good income from freelance writing.
: This is the one of the most lucrative businesses anyone can start without cash. Dropshipping allows you to sells items online, without having any physical stock. You can simply open a free store on Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, or any other online selling platform, then search for a wholesaler who sells the items you plan to sell at cheaper rates.
13. Amazon Kindle Publishing/Createspace Publishing
: It is possible to publish an entire book and make profits from selling it without paying a single dime for book design or publishing and Amazon Kindle Publishing is the platform that allows you to do so. You simply need to write your book, and then publish it on either of the two platforms then watch the sales and profits rake in. If you want to speed up your sales, you can do some advertising via social media, or list your book on any of the free book directories.
14. Editing and Proof Reading Business
: Editing and proof reading is yet another easy to start business online business that someone with $0 can successfully start. The nature of this type of business makes it easier to work from home and for clients who are thousands of kilometers away from your country.
15. Create Online Courses : People are always hungry to learn new things, and the internet is one of the best places to do so. One of the best ways to start making money online without investing anything but your knowledge and time is to create online courses and sell them on platforms like Udemy, Teachable, Skillshare, and Thinkific. Just pick a topic you have a great amount of knowledge on, and can teach extensively, package it into a course, and start selling in on any of these platforms for free.
16. Start a Crowdfunding Website
: If indeed you are a social entrepreneur who has ICT skills and you want to become your own boss but you don’t have startup capital, one of the thriving and profitable social enterprise that you can launch is a crowdfunding website. Crowdfunding is a funding method where common people like you and me can raise funds to fund our personal, charity or business projects with money raised from different people from all over the world via the cyberspace.
17. Cost Per Action (CPA) Marketing
Cost per Action marketing is similar to Affiliate marketing but with CPA marketing, you won’t necessarily have to be selling products; you would just have to convince people to take a particular action- sign up for a newsletter, take a quiz, play a game- really, it could be any number of things and you get paid for any actions taken.
18. Ghost Writing Job: If you are creative writer, then you can start your own online business as a ghost writer with $0. There countless number of people out there who are overdue to author at least one book but they can’t due to their very busy schedule. All you need to do is to collect their thoughts together and help them put them into a book. You can indeed write a book on their behalf.
Although your name might not appear in the book, but you are sure of being rewarded adequately for your services. It could be a pay off or on percentage based on the number of copies of the book sold within a period of time et al. All the same it is a good way of making cool cash from the connection you can make with people online and without spending any of your money.
19. Instagram Marketing: Business owners are always looking for platforms where they can reach out to a large number of their target audience at once. If you can build a large following on an Instagram account, you can start accepting paid adverts from clients looking to advertise on your platform.
20. Forex Trading: Another profitable business that a person without money can successfully start is forex trading, and you can start with trading forex for your family members or friends since you don’t have startup capital. Albeit, you would need to practice with free demo so you won’t run at a loss. This is because trading currencies online could be a risky venture but it is indeed a very rewarding online business. If you have good analytic skills and you have sound knowledge on cash flow and the exchange market, you can do well as a forex trader. You can Google forex trading platforms and tutorials to learn how to become a professional forex trader.
21. PowerPoint Presentation Design Consultant: A lot of business executives don’t know how to create professional-looking PowerPoint presentations so they hire people to create it on their behalf. You can earn as much as $20 per slide creating PowerPoint presentations for people online and all you need is your creative talent and marketing skills.
22. Sell Videos Online. It is now pretty much easier for people to produce armature videos and as someone without money, you can consider producing and selling educative videos. YouTube and other video publishing sites online are some of the internet platforms you can leverage on to sell your videos.
You can produce videos to teach people how to cook different delicacies, or do stuffs for themselves, and put them online, you will be amazed at the rate people will be placing demand from all over the world for the videos. So, if you are looking towards starting an online business with $0, then you should consider selling videos online.
23. Landing Page Specialist: Great landing pages are very essential for any online marketing campaign. However, not every internet marketer possesses the talent to create well-designed, keyword-optimized landing pages. You can earn a couple of bucks per project on this one.
24. Sell on Etsy: Another idea is to start selling on Etsy. You can create handmade products such as greeting cards, jewelries, handmade furniture, soaps, lotions, and any other handcrafted products and sell them on Etsy for good profit, or you can sell artwork you already own but don’t really need anymore.
25. Sell on Ebay: You can start selling on Ebay as well. Ebay allows you to sell both new and used goods so if you can’t afford to stock, you can adopt the dropshipping model, or you gather stuffs that you and your friends no longer need, and start selling them online.
26. College Essay Writer: Another business idea is to start helping college applicants to write their application letters and letters of motivation to enable them gain admission into their preferred college of study. Again, you can easily sell this service online without investing much.
27. WordPress Website Consultant: You can start helping people design WordPress websites for a fee. WordPress is one of the most preferred content management platforms in the world today, and many potential blog and website owners choose it so you won’t have a hard time selling your WordPress website design and consultancy services.
28. Online News Correspondent: You can start earning money online from working as a news contributor. You can apply to any of the online news platform, and start contributing news to their platform, after which you will get paid per news contributed.
29. Data Analysis: Another business idea that involves no cash but can earn you a lot of income is data mining and analysis. If you can learn the ropes, you can earn a lot of money offering this service on freelancing platforms.
30. Proofreading and Editing Services: There are many people who are into eBook and article writing business today; if you have a way with words, you can start a proofreading and editing business to help writers edit and organize their work.
31. Online Surveys: Survey companies and business owners often pay people to respond to surveys about products and services. Along with getting paid for these surveys, you can also get free products and services for testing purposes.
32. Airbnb Host: Do you have an extra room in your home or somewhere to stay for a few days while you get paid by another person to use your home as a temporary accommodation? Then you can register with Airbnb, and start meeting with people who would pay you to occupy your home temporarily.
33. YouTube Video Creator: It doesn’t cost you more than a good camera, and a free video editing service to start creating.
34. Language Translation Services
English Language is not the only language in the world; there are many countries who do not have English Language as an official language, and have all their documents written in their official languages. Whenever they need to transact business with English-language speaking countries or other countries that do not speak their language, they would have to engage translators to do it for them. If you are bilingual, you can easily sell this service online and make good money from it.
35. Document Transcription Services: Another idea is to set up a business that involves translating audio scripts and documents into written ones, or converting written documents into audio books.
36. Stock Photography: If you are very good with photography, you can sell stock photos online- you can take photos of beautiful sceneries around you, edit them, and sell them online.
37. Online Subcontracting: With good research and marketing skills, you can earn a lot of money doing this. You can easily search for people who need some services like writing, graphics designing, virtual assistance, and any other services, then go on platforms like Fiverr and Freelancer to look for people who can do it dirt-cheap so that you will still have a lot of money to keep in your pocket after the service has been completed.
38. Remote Computer Repair Services: It is no longer necessary for people to take their computers to repair centers- since remote computer repair services are now available, most people just sit at home, contact remote repairers, and have their computers fixed within minutes. If you know a thing or two about computer repairs or you are willing to learn, this is a service that you can easily earn money from doing without investing a dime.
39. T-Shirt Designing: You can start selling your brand of T-shirts without spending a dime on designing or printing. Platforms like TeeSpring and Zazzle allow you to virtually design and sell your T-shirt designs online and when you get people to buy your designs, it would be printed and delivered to the customer all at the customer’s expense.
40. Work on Amazon Mechanical Turks: Amazon Mechanical Turks is a platform owned by Amazon, that allows you complete small tasks in exchange for a few cents that can really add up to some significant income. You can be asked to do anything from filling a form, to responding to surveys, writing articles, and several other tasks.
41. CV Writing: How hard is it to write a CV? Well, that is a question only someone who is very skilled at writing CV’s would ask. There are millions of people out there who don’t possess the skills or confidence to write their own CV’s, and they employ people to do it for them. This is a service that you can easily start rendering from the comfort of your home.
42. Search Engine Optimization Expert: Another online business that you can make money from without necessarily investing cash in it is search engine consultancy business where you help website owners and bloggers to create more visibility for their websites online. Again, all you need for these are your skills, and no money at all.
43. Information Marketing: This one requires a lot of in-depth research skills- you need to be able to search for topics that people are interested in, and then do in-depth research on the topic, package it into an eBook or audio book, and start selling it for profits.
44. Link Building Expert: Another business you can start is link building business. You can help blog owners and web masters to create links all over the internet so that they can drive traffic and gain more visibility for their blogs or websites.
45. Remote Technical Support: There are a lot of small businesses that do not have the space or resources to employ their own in-house IT manager. What most of them do is to hire someone who can remotely perform the task for a lot less than what it will cost to hire full-time tech support assistance. This is yet another lucrative service that you can offer on freelancing platforms without investing any cash.
46. Virtual Gaming: If you are great with playing games, you can visit virtual gaming sites to play games in exchange for prize money. Although some of these sites would charge you some fees before you can play, there are a lot of sites that offer you free credits to play your first few games.
47. Mobile App Development: If you can develop mobile apps, you stand a good chance of making money off it from freelancing platforms like Upwork and Freelancer.
48. Programming Services: If you know something about web programming, coding and writing web scripts, you can start offering this service to web masters and developers online.
49. Professional Review Services: You can get paid to test products and services, or read books then write a review to help other potential buyers form a decision about the product/service.
50. Niche Research Service
Getting the perfect niche for online businesses is not always a walk in the park. True, there are many online business opportunities but if you don’t find the perfect niche for you, you might end up making very little or no money. This is why many people would rather hire niche research experts who possess tools and skills to find out the most lucrative online business niches to choose from. This is another service that you can easily start rendering online without investing physical cash.
51. Software Installation/Coaching Services: You can make money from helping individuals and businesses install software, as well as train them on how best to use these software.
52. 3D Printing Services: 3D printing is hot in the market right now however, 3D printers are very expensive and not many people can afford them. If you have a 3D printer, you can source for jobs online, print the orders, and ship to your client, all within the comfort of your home.
53. Digital Marketing Services
: Another internet based business that someone without $0 or very minimal cash can start is digital marketing services. Digital marketing in its simplest term is the process leveraging on modern digital technology to market goods or services or the process of pulling website traffic or attention through social media sites; they achieve this by creating content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it across their social network platforms. One of the major purposes of leveraging on Social Media in marketing is that it covers a wide range of target market compared to other marketing tools. It is a cool way of making money from the comfort of your home as long as you can produce measurable results for your clients.
54. Offer Web Designing Services
: Another thriving and profitable online business that a stay at home person without money can start from the comfort of their house is to offer web designing services. Statistics has it that there are well over 350 million active websites on the internet and it is not enough to meet the demand of people visiting the internet; there are still pretty much to learn from the internet hence people are opening new websites on a regular basis.
If you know how to design a website, you should not restrict the marketing of your website design services to people you can see and visit within your location. There is a large market within the online community waiting to be tapped.
55. Start Your Own Social Networking Site
: The now famous Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook started Facebook as a student and perhaps without sourcing for startup capital. The fact that there are several big – time networking websites does not in any way stop you from starting your own social networking site. It may take time before you start making money from the site, but with diligence, dedication and hard work, you will sure start generating income from it. Part of what you need to do is to choose a niche or concentrate on a target audience that can make it easier for you to attract people to you social networking site. For example, you can start a social networking site to connect doctors and nurses together, you can start a social networking site that connects people of same ethnic groups or people with similar interest et al.
56. Offer Voiceover Services: If you have no business startup capital, your good voice and excellent diction is an asset; with it you can generate extra income for as long as you are willing to work. It is simple, all you need to do is to Google voiceover outsourcing jobs and you will see loads of them. Ensure that you read through the source for the ones you feel you can handle. As a voiceover artist, you can sign up with an advertising company and they will help secure voiceover jobs for you.
57. Sell eBooks
: Another easy way you can make money with $0 is to sell eBooks online. There are countless number of subjects you can write about and of course there will be ready market for such subjects. One of the easiest ways to generate monies from selling eBooks online is to start writing self – help books or books on ‘How To’. For example, if you are good with graphics, you can write a book on ‘How to create your own logo’. There are loads of people out there that will be willing to pay for such books. The truth is that eBooks are cheap and easy to make and from one eBook you can continue to generate income as long as the information that it contains is still useful. eBooks (electronic books) are books in soft copies and they can be downloaded online from any part of the world.
: Another online business idea you can start with $0 is blogging. Blogging is one of the means several people are making money from on the internet. Blogging is all about creating useful and perhaps educative content for a targeted audience on the internet. If you think that you have good knowledge on a particular subject, you can make money by sharing your knowledge to a wide range of audience via your blog. This is how making money from blog works; if you have good contents on your blog, loads of people will visit your blog. The larger the traffic that visits your blog, the more money you will make. If you blog attracts huge traffic, you can attract adverts. You can also earn money from your blog via AdSense, by offering subscription services to members and also selling your products via your blog.
59. Virtual Assistance
Virtual assistance services is yet another business idea you can start with $0. Aside from freelance writing jobs, you can offer your services on the internet as a virtual assistant. There are several busy business people or organization who are willing to hire and pay virtual assistants to help to handle some of their job responsibilities. If you know you have marketable skill sets, then you can earn good money as a virtual assistant. As a virtual assistant you can handle various job roles for clients such as responding to emails, online marketing, products listings, blogger outreaches research and report writing et al.
60. Match Making Website (Dating Website)
If you are a relationship expert or passionate about relationships and you are looking towards generating income from your passion and you have $0, you can start a match making website; an online community where you can help people looking for partners to meet. Your duty is to create the enabling environment and you can make money by charging membership fees from aspiring members. Aside from membership fees, you can also sell you products (books, CDs, DVDs et al) if you have any. You can as well make yourself available for those who would require professional counseling especially as it relates to relationships.
61. Become a Social Media Expert and Manager
. As someone with $0 who is interested in starting an online business, if you have enough time and you are good with various social media platforms, then you can start an online business managing social media handles for several busy business executives. Of course, you must display some level of professionalism and expertise before you can be hired to manage social media pages for people, but the truth remains that you can make pretty cool cash from this type of online business without investing startup capital.
62. Video Editing Services
: Video editing is yet another thriving and profitable online business that someone with $0 can successfully. Although it is easier for people to post armature videos on social media platforms these days and still get several likes, but if you are in the business of selling resource video materials, then you must endeavor to be professional with the videos you put up for sale. If you live in Toronto, Canada, you don’t have to travel through the street of Toronto in search of a video editor, from the comfort of your office you can contract the editing of your videos to an expert somewhere in Tokyo, Japan and they will get the job done for you within record time. So as a stay at home person who has video editing skills, you can list your business on the internet and you can as well source for clients from the online community.
63. Online Hotel Booking Business
: If you live in a country that attracts thousands of visitors, then you can look towards starting your online hotel booking business with $0. All you need to do is to enter into partnership with hotels around you so that when people book their hotels from your website, they will pay you commission based on the agreement you have with the management of the hotel.
64. Start an Online Sport Betting Business
: Another online business idea you can start with $0 is online sport betting business. Sport betting is as old as ancient civilization, and dates as far back as when humans started participating in organized horse racing and wrestling et al. People who bet during those eras can only do it if they are physically present in the venue of the games, but that is not the case with this dispensation. With the invention of the internet and of course good and reliable software, you be somewhere in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and place a bet online from a sport betting site that is located in Las Vegas, United States, for a football match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United in United Kingdom. Distance is no longer a barrier when it comes to placing bets. So, if you love sports and you love betting, then you should consider starting your own online sport betting business.
65.Become a Translator
. Another online business idea you can start with $0 is translation services. If you can speak and write two or more languages, then you can comfortably list your services online as a translator. There are many authors of books and producers of films et al who wouldn’t mind translating their books to local dialects or other foreign languages once they can get someone to do it for them at an affordable fee. You can visit elance.com, freelancer.com, oDesk.com and other freelance sites to source for translating jobs.
66. Transcribing Services
. Another online service that is closely related to translator services is transcription services. If you are good at transcribing, then you can help several public speakers, preachers and teachers et al write their books by simply transcribing their video or audio teachings. You can as well source for transcription jobs from online platforms such as freelancer.com, elance.com and oDesk.com. So, if you are looking for an online business idea that requires $0 startup capital, then you should consider starting Transcribing Services Business.
67. Online Research Jobs
: Are you good at researching and report writing? Do you want to make cool cash from your passion with your free time and with $0? If you answer yes to the above questions, then you can make money as a freelance researcher for several organizations and individuals scattered across the world. All you need is to prove to them that you have what it takes to deliver on set targets and you will secure good paying research and report writing jobs.
68. Online Consulting Services
: Another interesting online business idea you can start with $0 is online consulting services business. As a trained consultant, your job is to offer workable advice to your clients; it could be business, relationship or technical advice et al. The bottom line is that you don’t have to be physically present with your clients before advising them on how to make the best out of their businesses or life. So, all you need to do is to leverage on the internet to reach out to your clients. The truth is that with the internet you can successfully do video calling (Skype calling et al) and live chat with you clients no matter the part of the world they live. Just ensure that you list your consulting services online and you will be amazed at the number of people that will come calling for your services especially if you are considered a pro in the industry.
69. Start an Online School
: Running an online school is yet another online business idea that can be started with $0. There are loads of stuffs you can do online; it could be obtaining technical skills and a diploma and it could be obtaining a Degree or an MBA et al. If you passionate about impacting knowledge, all you need to do is to secure the required license, permits and accreditation from the government of your country and you can successfully start your own degree/diploma awarding online school.
70. Online Flight Booking Services
: Another interesting online business idea you can start with $0 is online flight booking services. The truth is that you do not need to get the required IATA certification before you can start making money online by booking flights for air travelers online.
All you need is computer knowledge, a laptop, an internet device and of course partnership agreement with a registered and certified ticketing company. With this kind of agreement, you will be required to book flights for clients and you will make your commission. This type of business will not in any way stop you from keeping your regular job or business. It is just a way of making additional income.
71. Online Photo Editing Services
: Another interesting online business idea you can start with $0 is online photo editing. There are several self – help photo editing software online that you can use to edit your photos, but the fact remains that the photo editing jobs that are handled by professional photo editors can be more detailed and based on specifications. This is why people who have eyes for details usually contract the editing of their pictures to professional photo editors as against making use of photo editing software. If you a skilled photo editor, all you need to do is to list your services online and you are sure going to attract high paying clients from within your country and overseas.
72 Online Bible School
. If you are a Christian and you are passionate about the teachings of Jesus Christ, you would have come across several online Degree/Diploma/Certificate awarding Bible Schools. If you are Bible scholar and you are interested in impacting knowledge, then you should consider starting your own online Bible school. If before now, you are discouraged from starting your own Bible school because of the cost of renting facility, then you don’t need to be discouraged anymore because with the internet, you will spend far less in starting an online Bible School compared to what you will spend when setting up a brick and mortar Bible School.
73. Online Art Gallery (Selling Artworks Online)
: Another interesting online business idea that you start with $0 but partnering with artists is to open an online art gallery. Even if you operate a conventional art gallery, that does not in any way stop you from increasing your income by selling your artworks online. As a matter of fact, you will attract more customers from the online community and generate more sales. All you need to do is to display the artworks you have on your gallery alongside their prices and shipping expenses and you will be amazed at the number of clients you will attract from far and wide.
74. Online Marketing
. Online marketing is yet another online business that you can start with $0. There are several strategies that an organization can employ to reach out to their target markets and one of them is online marketing. If you have your own products or you choose to sell other people’s products, the internet is one of the cheapest and perhaps easiest ways of marketing goods and services. All you need to do is to sign up with an organization and they will assign some leads to you, your duty is to follow up on them until you generate sales from them and then you will be paid your commission.
75. Online Book Store
. Another online business idea you can start with $0 is to open an online book store. You can start by selling your old and unused books to your family members and friends. There are book lovers all over the world who are still interested in buying books no matter the amount it will cost them. Starting an online book store is another way of making money from the internet. A company like amazon.com are making huge revenues from selling books online and you can start something similar. You can sell eBooks, audiobooks and hard copy books on various subjects and from various authors on your online book store. Please note that starting an online book store means that you will make provision for shipping.
76. Start an Online Gaming Business
. Another online business idea you can start with $0 is online gaming business. Game lovers all over the world visit gaming sites to register and play games of their choice. If you are looking towards making money from the internet, you can do so by starting your own online gaming business.
77. Start an Online Car Dealership Business
. You don’t need to own a physical car garage or showroom before you can make money from selling cars. As a matter of fact, it is much easier these days to sell cars online than it is to sell them from a garage. All you need to do is to open a website where the cars that you want to sell can be listed. You can deal in fairly used cars or brand – new cars or both and still attract customers from all over the globe.
78. Online Skill Acquisition Training
. Another online business idea you can start with $0 is online skill acquisition training. The internet has made it possible for professional trainers to make money via training people without ever meeting them physically. For example, if you want to train people on how to make hats, bags, beads et al, all you need to do is to engage them in video chatting. You can as well send your videos and your training manuals online to those who paid for your services. Distance is not a barrier as far as the internet is involved.