Selling a service online is a viable method of setting up a business of your own. This is actually the way I got started online as it allows you to start earning an income fairly quickly. If start-up costs are a concern you will be happy to know that you can set up an online service based business with a limited budget.
The basic idea of a service business is this: simply find something that you are good at, and that can be supplied online and then start advertising your business. You can just start with a simple website, or if that is out of your reach, set up a Business Page on Facebook and advertise from there.
Basically you are becoming an online freelancer, where you get to choose who you work for, how many hours you work, and you can set your own prices.
Best Type of Service to Provide Online
So what type of service you can supply online?
Writing is a fantastic example of this, and it’s the one I first started with. Even within the writing field there are lots of opportunities you can explore.
If you are good at writing copy, then you can write for companies that need advertising copy, content writing for their website or a range of other types of writing. To supply the work, all you need to do is to send word documents via e-mail and most clients will be able to pay you via PayPal. If you work with local clients, then you can set it up so they pay you by check.
Other writing related services include becoming a proof reader and editor. Helping clients get published on sites such as CreateSpace and Amazon and more.
Another type of service you can provide online is web design. This is one of the most common types of services you will find businesses providing and it’s an excellent choice if you know how to use WordPress and you have a good eye for graphic design. Even if you don’t have WordPress skills, there are lots of courses that will teach you this valuable skill.
SEO services are also very popular and in this case you will be earning money for marketing. If you enjoy social media platforms, you can set yourself up as a social media manager. Here you would set up accounts for your clients. Then create and schedule posts and help them get Likes and Followers to their pages.
There are countless more options too though. Whether you want to be a proof-reader, a coder, a consultant, a personal trainer, a music composer, a narrator or a video editor there are tons of options available for you.
With so many small businesses online these days you will have no trouble in setting up a book-keeping or tax service.
Another great choice is that of becoming a Virtual Assistant. This would include a variety of work including: setting up websites, adding products to a shopping cart system, online research, answering phone calls or running a help desk as well as other duties. You may even want to specialize in one area.
Finding Customers for Your Service
In order to start finding work, all you need to do is to look for a marketplace to sell your skills. Often you’ll be selling to businesses, so a good place to look is on freelancer sites that are frequented by business owners such as UpWork or Elance.
Another option is to post your services in webmaster/marketing forums such as Warrior Forum. If you price yourself well, then you can actually get work for years from a single advert!
You should also join related forums as they may have a job board where you can post your service.
There is an endless supply of viable service businesses that you could set up. Even if running a service, long term, is not your perfect choice. It is a great way to get started and to get money coming in. From here you can always branch out into other areas.