Building an online business from the ground floor up requires a lot of different skills. You need to know how to design a website, including the coding, the graphics, the color scheme and the navigation. You need to be able to write the content. And you need to be able to handle the promotion. Most people can’t do all of this themselves so they hire someone to help. If you have some special hidden talents, that someone could be you.
Everybody has some kind of talent, something they’re better at than everyone else. If you’re looking for some way to make money online, the opportunity may be closer than you think. Just take a look at your own talents and see how they compare with this list:
Article talents: Every website on the Internet has some type of written content. To you it may look like it was written by some big professional writer sitting in a fancy office somewhere. But in reality, most of the information you see on the Internet was written by regular people, just like you and me, who just happen to like to write. They work from home, usually in their jammies, and the get paid to write everything you see on the Web.
Most writers who write web content specialize in an area of expertise or interest. And as you’ve probably noticed, there isn’t a single topic that isn’t covered somewhere on the Internet. So, whether you’re interested in poetry or medical statistics, or cooking or horses, there’s someone out there who would pay you to write for their website.
Graphic design: Graphic design talent isn’t just for t-shirts anymore. Every website you see uses graphics and most have custom graphics created to help brand the site or the product. Some webmasters keep full-time graphic designers on hand because of the huge number of sites they’re setting up.
The plus is, these designers can work from home, too, and pick and choose their projects. It’s also very common to see designers set up their own online businesses and create their own brand website design.
Web design: There’s more to a website than just a lot of pretty pictures. In fact, it’s what’s underneath all of that that’s really most important. However, very few webmasters have the technical skills to design their own sites from scratch.
If you have a talent for website design you can easily find plenty of takers. Especially if you can get creative with coding and include special features like scripts and automated processes.
Brochure design: One of the fastest growing segments of the online service industry is website design for offline businesses. Businesses like your local bakery or hair salon, attorneys and doctors, or any small business in your town, really. These offline business often need to have brochures created to hand out to their clients and there’s a huge need for designers to handle this influx of new traffic.
Most people think that the best way to make money online is to set up dozens of niche websites and sell other people’s products. But really, one of the most stable online business models is to set up a site that provides your own unique service. If you think about it, it makes sense. The market is constantly changing and products come and go. But people will always need service providers.
Now, how do you set up your own business? First, you need to identify your special talent or skill. Remember, you’re going to be doing this as a business so make sure it’s something you really like to do. You’re going to be in big trouble if someone hires you to write a few hundred articles and you find out you really hate to write.
You can start small if you’d like, so you can get a feel for your new business, which is probably a good idea if you’ve never worked online before. Visit some of the freelance websites like Freelancer.com or Elance.com and you’ll find contractors looking for all kinds of help. These sites are free to use. You’ll have to register first and then just do a search under your particular interest and start bidding on jobs.
Next, you’ll need a blog or website so you can promote your service online. Depending on how extensive you’re going to be, you can either use a free blogging platform like Blogger.com or WordPress.com or you can actually purchase your own domain and web hosting and set up a free-standing website.
Be prepared! There’s a huge demand for creative, talented people. Once you start getting your name out there you’re going to be flooded with work.