Now we live in a digital age of many possibilities. We can learn basically about anything just by sitting at home, connect with anyone on the world or even make money using the internet and other digital tools. There are many success stories about people chasing success with online businesses. Some of them fail, while other succeed. No matter the situation they key is always motivation, hard work, and creativity.
Sometimes, it might be hard to use the possibilities gifted to us by the digital world, because there’s so much we can do. Some people might be looking for easy money, whilst others might have a dream or goal they want to achieve. One of the goals might be to make a world a cleaner and eco-friendly place to be. This kind of goal is not only a result of being conscious about the environment and the world we live in, but also could give you a business advantage. Therefore, here’s a list of 7 business ideas to get you started.
1. Consulting Business
If you’ve knowledge or expertise that some people are willing to pay money to hear, you might as well start consulting agency. Sustainability and eco-friendliness are booming because many people are very interested in this activity. Some of those people would even pay to get an advice from a pro about ecological gardening, catering, managing environmental projects, farming etc. The hardest part, like with any online business, is to be seen by those people who would need your help. That’s why a marketing plan is essential. Additionally, if you’ll have your personal website, you could use a neat tool like wordpress booking forms that allow people to schedule online meetings with you.
2. Online Retail Store
If you have products you like and know the supplier who sells it, you can buy his products for wholesale price and then sell it on your store for a retail price and thus make a profit. To succeed, you’ll need to have some money upfront to buy those products, have a place to store everything, have an online store and a marketing plan on how to sell those products. There are many ways how to sell – you can sell products on Facebook groups, on Instagram, YouTube or even on Reddit’s subreddits. Moreover, there’s a lot of information on the web with many tips and tips on how to make it successful.
This method is similar to an online retail store, but the difference is that you’ll be selling products you don’t physically have. This way of selling products online is a lot easier because you don’t need money upfront, since in all times you’ll be using your customer’s money when he places an order on your store to make the same order from your supplier, but for a lower price. Your supplier then handles the shipping and you make money without ever needing to lay a finger on the whole shipping and inventory managing process. Despite that, you would also need to have a good marketing plan for driving traffic to your store and strategy how to make people buy your eco-friendly products.
4. Print on Demand
This is yet another e-commerce method. Print on demand is a service where products are being made only when an order is placed. For example, if you have an idea for a t-shirt design that supports sustainability and ecology, you could start an online t-shirt business using print on demand service. Doing so, you’ll be selling products you don’t have, just like with dropshipping and when someone buys the t-shirt from you, you simply place an order on your supplier who then takes a t-shirt, prints your design and then ships it to your customer. To start you don’t even need money, all you need is a free website using WordPress, few plugins and of course a marketing plan. Moreover, you could even use some digital tools that allow you to generate t-shirt mockups that create 3D product images for your store or your ads.
There’s no better way to make money and bring knowledge to people about the green environment than blogging. The only problem is that the market is rather competitive for blogs, that’s why you need some creativeness to succeed. If you manage to find creative ways to drive traffic to your website there are many ways to monetize is. You can use affiliate links to your beloved green products, Google AdSense, sponsor posts and SEO links. Doing so you’re not only educating people, but also making money.
6. Online Course
If you have some knowledge or expertise in making sustainable and eco-friendly business, or you know how to make a line of clothing from second-hand materials – you can teach it to other people. All you need to do is make a course and search for ways to market it. The hardest part is always looking for creative ways how to drive traffic and letting people know where and why they should buy it. Moreover, this business idea is also a good way to get passive income, since you only need to make the course once.
7. Sell Your Crafts Online
If you have some ideas and knowledge on how to use reusable materials to create something else, there are many ways to monetize it. One of which is selling your crafts for others online. There are many online platforms that specialize in selling crafts that you could use. Moreover, you can even make your online store, selling products on Facebook groups or marketplace.