21 Businesses You Can Run From a Laptop
Maybe you’re a young kid who wants to start a business.
Maybe you’re a college grad who wants to create a job (rather than finding one).
Or maybe you’re a corporate mouse who’s fed up with the rat race.
In any case, the internet has opened up a world of opportunities for the entrepreneur-at-heart.
We’re about to look at 21 businesses that you can start today and efficiently run with just a laptop and an internet connection.
21 Businesses You Can Run From a Laptop…
Development / Programming
Web developers are programmers who specializes in, or are specifically engaged in, the development of World Wide Web applications, or distributed network applications that are run over HTTP from a web server to web browsers.
#1 Web Developer
According to SBA.gov, there were 29.6 million small businesses in the US and Ad-ology found that 46% of small businesses don’t have a website.
#2 Mobile App Developer
There were 140 billion mobile apps downloaded to smartphones in 2014. By 2016, the International Telecommunication Union reports that there will be more than 2 billion smartphones in the world and we have every reason to believe the number of mobile apps downloaded annually will increase.
#3 Blog Maintenance Provider
As tracked by BlogPulse, there were 126 million blogs on the internet in 2010 and most of them suck.
Most bloggers think they just have to write, post, and auto-tweet. So if you know how to properly publish a WordPress blog post, you can offer this as a service to serious bloggers.
Check out our Step by Step Guide to Writing Posts That Rank.
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers.
#4 Logo Designer
Since there are 29.6 million small businesses in the US alone, that’s 29.6 million potential logo customers. But most of them already have logos… But very few of them have good logos.
Check out 17 Evolutions of Your Favorite Logos
#5 Web Designer
According to Pingdom, there are 234 million websites on the net. Like small business logos, most of these websites look terrible. And even the good ones, know the value of continually improving the design.
These are the 15 best practices for responsible responsive web design.
#6 Book Cover Designer
Right now, there are over 32 million books on Amazon and every one of them has a book cover. According to UNESCO, over 1 million books are published per year. This doesn’t even include eBooks.
#7 Mobile App Designer
Much like mobile app developers, there’s plenty of need for mobile app designers. Companies usually contract out to both developers and designers separately to create the app.
Here are 30 great examples of mobile app design.
#8 Computer-Aided Designer
CAD drawings are typically 3D mockups and virtual prototypes that companies create prior to manufacturing a product. Pretty much every product design starts as a CAD drawing.
#9 Web Theme Designer
According to WordPress.com, there are over 75 million WordPress sites and about half of them are self-hosted. This means, WordPress alone has about 37 million sites that need themes.
If you’re not a theme design but still need a great theme, ThemeForest has the best selection of high quality, responsive themes available.
Last year Organizational housewares e-tailer StacksAndStacks.com reported visitors were 144% more likely to purchase after seeing a product video than those who didn’t. Website owners realize that video converts higher than any other form of content, so they’re starting to contract out for that work.
Here’s the Ultimate Guide to Making Online Video Tutorials.
Writing jobs in select niches might be difficult to find on your own, but Online Writing Jobs takes the reins, marketing your name to companies that need an expert.
According to Authors Guild, a successful fiction book sells 5,000 copies and a successful nonfiction book sells 7,500 copies. Also, Jenkins Group (a premier publishing firm) reports that 70% of books published don’t make a profit. Don’t let these stats discourage you, but it’s hard to make a living as an author.
Whether you’re a writer looking to make extra cash or a blog owner in need of content, check out TextBoss.com for all your writing needs.
Part of the reason books usually don’t earn back their investment is because they have to pay for an editor. You’ll likely earn more as an editor than an author.
There are currently more than 2,000 content editor jobs available on linkedin alone.
With 126 million blogs, there are 126 million websites that constantly need content. If you’re a good writer and knowledgeable about a niche topic, reach out to the top bloggers in that niche and ask if they’ll pay you to write for them.
These 200 top blogs accept guest authors – and many of them pay for content.
According to Worldwide Freelance, some industry estimates suggest that up to 50% of all non-fiction books are ghostwritten. Often, these books start as audio recordings and the ghostwriter transcribes and spruces up the content. This is just one way to make money as a transcriber.
Alternatively you can create a software or service that does it for you, like this.
English is the universal language of business, but there are roughly 6,500 other languages in the world. Books, websites, manuals, etc. all need to be translated to other languages.
Google also offers a free translation service if you’re in a hurry.
Much like authors, few bloggers make a living strictly from blogging. To attract advertisers, you typically need a couple thousand unique visitors per day. Think of a blog as a platform to attract other business opportunities.
See how Tracy Raftl became a full-time blogger in under a year.
Internet marketers utilize advertising and various marketing strategies leveraging the Web and email to drive direct sales via electronic commerce, in addition to sales leads from Web sites or emails.
#17 Search Engine Optimization
234 million websites compete to rise to the top of search engines. If you know how to optimize websites, you can help website owners save a lot of money on internet advertising.
Discover the 25 SEO Tools for Successful Blogging.
#18 Search Engine Marketer
The other side of search engines is paid search. It’s not unusual for internet marketers to have $500,000 per month budgets for PPC (pay-per-click) and CPM (cost-per-thousand-impressions) advertising.
#19 Social Media Manager
You probably know enough about social media right now to start your own side business! A service that helps people set up their Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus profiles and begin to create authentic interaction is completely legitimate.
#20 Email Marketing Manager
Michael always tells you that the money is in the list, but it takes a lot or work to maintain that list. If you offer to create and automate the email newsletters, it’ll take a lot of pressure off their backs.
Here are 10 ‘fill in the blank’ email subject lines that made us the most money.
#21 Affiliate Marketer
To date, ClickBank alone has paid out more than $2 billion to affiliate marketers. Affiliate marketing is another way to make a living as a blogger and it’s the primary way that Michael makes money.
Here are 5 reasons to start an affiliate marketing business today.
I know I gave you lots of big stats and that can be overwhelming.
To put it into perspective, Michael has partaken in or hired out at least 14 of these 21 services; this includes over $30,000 on web design updates to IncomeDiary.
There’s a lot of money to be made on the internet. If you have a laptop, an internet connection, and a working brain, the only thing holding you back is you.
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