If you are looking to start an online business, there is no better time than now. Thanks to the advancements in technology and the availability of affordable internet services, anyone can now start a business online from the comfort of their home.

Here are 7 online business ideas for you to start at home:

Affiliate Marketing

This business is extremely easy to start. It involves earning a commission by promoting another brand’s products or services. All you have to do to start an affiliate marketing business is to choose a product that you like and promote it on your blog so that you earn a commission for every sale that is made directly from your site.

Web Design Business

Whether a business is primarily online or not, in this digital age, every business needs an active website to stay relevant and make more sales.  This includes a local boutique, dry cleaner or Java joint. As a result, the demand for web designers is huge. That said, there is a lot that goes into designing websites, including knowing how to code or specific platforms, and more importantly, being able to transition a client’s vision into the screen and more.

As a web designer, you will need some basic knowledge of web designing as well as some artistic talents and good business sense.  In the beginning, you might want to consider freelancing sites to find some work. From there, you can gain the desired experience as you also build a portfolio, which will help your own web design company.

Social Media Management

Internet marketing services, especially on social media are in high demand. Other than driving traffic to a website, as a social media manager, you will be expected to help the business create a community around their brand, product or service, provide customer service, and manage their brand image among other important responsibilities.

Therefore, you need to have a strong understanding of social media, how to share a brand in the market and the ability to engage with the market without offending anyone or hurting the company’s image.

Virtual Assistant

As more and more small businesses and entrepreneur turn to outsource to cut on cost while still getting things done, the Virtual Assistant industry continues to flourish. Today’s virtual assistance is more than a home-based secretary. They can do many things, including marketing, bookkeeping, manage customer service among other things.

Since getting clients as a starting virtual assistant business can be hard, we highly recommend that you seek jobs from freelance sites like Upwork. Although these sites do not pay much, they provide a great place to gain some experience and you enter your foot in the door.

Consulting

Just like freelancers sell their skills, a coach or consultant sells their knowledge and expertise in a certain field. Today, many businesses are hiring consultants and coaches to help them reach their goals faster and easier.

If you are a business expert or have some deep understanding of the market forces that drive purchases, becoming an online business consultant could mean financial freedom for you. The best approach to succeeding in this industry is offering incredible amounts of value, upfront and have people pay you for execution.

e-Commerce Business

The modern consumers spend billions of dollars every year buying stuff online, including books, flowers, doodads, gifts and more. Although starting an online business was a challenge a few years back, today, the process of starting your own online business is less stringent. If you don't have a product to sell online, no need to panic as you can work as a drop shipper or a wholesaler.

Remote Tech Support

Most small and startup businesses don't have room in their budget for full-time IT employees. As a result, when their systems break down, they seek the services of remote tech support. So, if you are tech-savvy and have experience working on computers and networks, starting a remote tech support business would be a great idea.  Although some businesses will require you to have a degree, most will look at your knowledge, expertise, and experience instead.

Although these options are all viable ways to make a living online, they are not automatic. Just like any business, you will need to make choices that you can stick with, research, plan and execute your strategy. You will also need to put in a lot of time and effort to be able to witness success.