If you search Online Business Ideas for Women, you can get a ton of unrealistic ideas in my opinion. A lot of them require a specific skill, certification or just God-given talent. I’ve tried to narrow down the options to something you can start right now!
All of the online business ideas for women I’ll share are broken down by what you like because any online business is going to be hard work.
You’re going to have days you want to quit, and it can be slow growing. So it’s important you’re passionate about why you’re doing it versus just making money.
7 Online Business Ideas If You Like Social Media
Social media can be helpful in growing any online business idea, but it can be pretty vital if you’re getting into sales or influencer-type work.
One training I love that helps you build an online brand, monetize it, and build a following is Marketing Impact Academy. It could apply to any of these ideas.
My mom & I actually started in network marketing in 2011. We fell in love with a brand of at-home workouts and supplements, and we signed up after having 2 or 3 friends buy a program without us getting commission.
Network marketing, also called multi-level marketing (MLM), has some major pros and cons. For us, we didn’t want to hit up our family and friends to buy something or host home parties.
The day of home parties (luckily) seems to be over, but the same ick-factor can be found when someone constantly talks about a product or opportunity online. Just like any job – you have to set yourself apart and truly care about others.
Pros to MLM or Direct Sells
- Low start-up cost
- Some don’t require inventory on hand
- Residual income opportunity
- Training is offered a lot of the time
- High turnover of people signing up & quitting
- High competition
The other thing to know about direct sells is that you’re going to have to talk to people about what you do. It’s a great opportunity with so much potential – but you have to be willing to believe it and share about it.
Start a Podcast or YouTube Show
If you have a specific thing you’re good at or passion about, a podcast or YouTube show can be a great way to produce and monetize content. Stories also do really well on both platforms, and both are growing like crazy.
With that said, there are 3 main pieces to creating either show.
You’ll need to:
- Create high-quality content
- Publicize it (This is where social media comes in handy)
- Find ways to monetize it (ads, merchandise, events, etc)
Another way to create and monetize content is through a blog! While a blog is mostly writing, you’ll also be sharing pictures and even possibly videos as part of your content.
A few ways you can monetize a blog is through sponsored work, ads, affiliate links, and promoting your own products.
There isn’t any reason – besides time – that you couldn’t have a blog alongside another one of these online business ideas for women. You could just repurpose and dig in deeper on topics you’ve already created on other platforms.
Most of the monetization options can start as soon as you have a few hundred visitors to your site a day. We offer a step-by-step guide to start a blog you can monetize as well.
Just like a podcast or Youtube show, you’ll need to create content, promote it, and find ways to monetize it.
Create an Online Course
An online course or membership site goes really well with a blog. You could share a little bit on your passion on your blog, and then offer more in-depth content and training with on online course.
Plus, you could always be promoting your course on the blog because the content is similar.
With that said, if the idea of producing and promoting content on a regular basis overwhelms you – you could just develop an online course and promote it online through social media and ads.
Your online course can be on anything!
Social media, marketing, saving money, making money, learning a language, how to train your dog, and even how to deep-clean your home are possible course topics.
Self Publish a Book
An online course will typically require videos, PDFs, and support. While you can charge a premium for such a course, a book may be a better option for you.
A book is also a great way to see if you want to develop a course around a topic since it’s not as in-depth.
You can self-publish on Amazon right now, and there are so many amazing free trainings out there on how to write a book!
Paid Online Membership Site
The other option in content creation is to offer a paid online membership site.
If you’re interested in providing great content and really working with people this could be a great fit. An online membership site offers content like articles, webinars, videos, how-to guides, and a place to talk as a community. You can also really customize it to be anything you want!
E-commerce sites and third-party companies like Etsy and eBay make it easier than ever to sell your art or crafts.
An online shop is a great idea if you love:
- Crocheting or Knitting
- Creating decorative signs
- Designing jewelry
- Creating custom clothing
- T-shirt design
Social media can also help you promote your store and products without spending a ton on advertising.
A blog could also provide a way to connect with more people and lead them to your store.
For example, if you sell quilts, you could offer how-to quilt tutorials. While someone may want to learn – many will not follow through or will want a gorgeous quilt you make, as well as, their own.
Now we’re onto the next section of ideas!
7 Online Business Ideas for Women If You Don’t Like Social Media
Now, I’m not saying that you couldn’t use social media to help your brand with these ideas, or that you have to use it on the above ideas. I’m just saying it would really help with the ideas we’ve covered, and it’s not as important to the following ideas.
If you love the idea of working on a website but dread constantly creating content – this is perfect for you!
A website manager usually works on ads, editing and scheduling content on the blog or by email, hiring freelancers, and scheduling and promoting social media posts. Each job may vary in its specific tasks, but this is a general idea of what you’d be doing.
When it comes to website management you can do everything from sell ads, edit and schedule content, hire writers, promote on social media, and more.
So this – may be pushing the “Online” part of online business ideas for women, BUT hear me out.
If you love cooking, meal prepping or baking – there is a way to make that an online business.
You could put that passion to work on a YouTube show, blog, or course – but you could also create and sell:
- personalized meal plans
- recipes to bloggers
- how-to guides on cooking or baking
Pretty much anything you can imagine can fall under freelancing. You may already have a skill like copywriting or proofreading that you can start charging for right away; other topics you’ll have to study.
23 Types of Freelance Work
- Writing Content
- Editing & Proofreading
- Photo Editing
- Social Media Management
- Social Media Scheduling
- Graphic Design
- Legal Work
- Virtual Assistant Tasks
- Online research
- Podcast Production
- Voice Over Work
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Ad Consulting
- House Cleaning
- Data Entry
- Party Planning
The main thing to know about freelancing is that you don’t want to under charge. For as many 6-figure freelancers there are, there are also just as many working crazy long hours barely making a living.
It’s one thing to get started at a lower rate, but as you gain experience and expertise – don’t be afraid to charge for it!
This idea was already mentioned under freelance work; however, I wanted to dig into a few more ideas.
While I picture traditional photographers making money taking pictures at a local event, there are tons of ways to make money online too!
If your passion is photography you could:
- sell stock photos online
- create presets on Lightroom and sell them
- find freelance work taking photos or editing them
You could even create a blog or course about how to take beautiful photos or monetize them!
Online Shop to Resell Items
If you love hitting yard sales, estate sales, and bargain sites – you could make a pretty penny just reselling your finds.
Whether you’re known for classic toys or vintage bags, you could create an online shop to sell your items at a premium.
Sophia Amoruso, of the best selling book #GIRLBOSS, created a fashion empire that started from MySpace and eBay back in the day!
Start An Amazon FBA Business
If you have a product already, a great idea is an Amazon FBA business. FBA is short for “fullfilment by Amazon.”
Amazon will show your product and deliver it to your customer, as well as, offer customer service.
If this sounds like a good fit – check out this How To Start An Amazon FBA Business Guide.
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We started our first online business in 2011. At the time, I had just graduated college and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. My mom was teaching high school math. While I followed in her footsteps teaching for a year, we soon figured out we liked being self-employed!
We started in network marketing and found a love for blogging as well. You can learn more about us here.