Whether you are looking to become your own boss or simply to earn a half-time income supplement, there are many ways to convert your skills and talents into income.
Having a profitable online business has undeniable advantages. But the challenges are also present. We all know that you have to work hard to start your own business, but countless entrepreneurs have already taken the plunge to start their entrepreneurial journey. With the right ideas and a good dose of personal effort, you can do the same.
Creating your online business is certainly not a one-day initiative that will instantly improve your lifestyle. Entrepreneurship does not work that way. To better guide you, we present you the path you could follow to build your e-business, step by step. We also share tips and resources that will help you find a product idea or business model that best fits your lifestyle.
Start your own brand of clothing
As long as you have some interesting designs in mind and a little spare time in your hands, you can really get your own brand of clothes off the ground.
If you already own a Shopify online store, you can start your own clothing brand using apps like Oberlo, Printify, Printful and Merchify. These apps connect your store with apparel manufacturers and printing departments who take care of every step of the sales and fulfillment process for you – giving you the freedom to design and ship (through third) a large selection of models, from your e-commerce launch.
Why create your clothing brand?
There is nothing more rewarding than creating products that people will use daily.
Once your online store is designed, you will be able to start selling online instantly. With applications like Printify and Printful, the custom clothing design and shipping process has been greatly simplified and streamlined.
Bring your creativity to life in a tangible and profitable way. You will love seeing your designs in real life.
Start a dropshipping shop
Do you think you need to have a packed warehouse to start your own business? It’s not always the case! Dropshipping is an excellent business model for starting a business with a reduced budget. To start everything up in record time, you could source a product already marketed (in white label) by a supplier and let the latter take care of packaging and order processing.
This approach allows you to avoid many obstacles that would otherwise have to be overcome to start your own online business. More importantly, you eliminate the risk of discovering that there is no demand for your product after naively placing a very large order with a manufacturer or wholesaler.
Why choose dropshipping?
You do not need to store the products in a physical storage space. In other words, buying inventory is not necessary and your cash flow is preserved – which means a lot less risky investment initially.
Every time a sale is made, you place an order with a third-party partner who manages the rest of the process for you. Since you do not have to deal with certain operations such as inventory tracking or shipping packages, dropshipping eliminates a ton of potential hassle for budding entrepreneurs.
You can manage your business from anywhere since there is no need to manage physical inventory or storage space. Whether from your living room or the coffee shop around the corner, you can always, choose where you want to work.
Sell your artwork and your own creations online
Selling your art and your creations is another business idea online. Whether you are a painter, craftsman, photographer, or musician, you have at your disposal many ways to launch your business and convert your creations or your artwork into a source of income through an attractive e-commerce site.
If you excel in painting or photography, you could for example sell your work in the form of prints, canvases, or framed posters using Printify or Printful. It’s a great way to turn your art into tangible creations that people can take home and integrate into their space. This is the music that you are passionate about? You could sell your songs, melodies, sound effects, and more as digital downloads.
For a good dose of inspiration, take a look at one of the world’s largest hip-hop melodies e-platforms, The Drum Broker, which was created by an independent artist. The latter has managed to create an efficient and sustainable business model through Shopify applications like FetchApp and ShipStation.
Why sell your artistic works?
Be part of people’s lives Land your creations in the homes of customers or the helmets of music lovers.
You can create a platform that highlights your work by setting up your online store and portfolio.
As an artist, creating is not just a hobby – it’s your lifestyle. This is the opportunity or never to convert your talent into a source of income and finally live your passion.