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Best 20 Business Opportunities for Beginners

jean pierre fumey




Many people are looking for small business ideas that they can actualize in this post-Covid-19 era. These are low-cost ideas that can help them begin their entrepreneurial journey.

New trend business opportunities can be both risky and highly rewarding, thus hard to figure out which is worth pursuing. Some ideas have just become popular recently, while others have been there for a long time, thus making them less risky but more competitive.

So then, here are the best 20 business opportunities for beginners that don’t require a lot of capital, time, or advanced skills to start. These great business ideas will make you a decent amount of money.

Print on demand: You can sell t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, and more with your custom-made designs. As a beginner, you don’t have to print your artwork; instead, you can collaborate with suppliers who will do it for you. In fact, these traders can even package and ship the items directly to your customers, thus eliminating the logistics costs. Further, you only pay for the product once you sell it. You can quickly get started by creating a Shopify store, partner with Instagram influencers to market your products to their wider audience, and install a POD app such as Printify.

Dropshipping: This is a fantastic idea for individuals who want to sell products online without capital or a place to store the products. Dropshipping allows you to have an online store without holding physical products. First, a beginner can use Oberlo or other dropshipping apps to find products to sell on their Ecommerce business. Next, the entrepreneur will partner with suppliers who will package and ship their orders directly to their respective customers without passing through you. Therefore you don’t have to hold an inventory for you to do business online because you can source unique, high-quality products from suppliers who then store and ship them to your customers across the world. So your work is to source for customers.

Translation: There is a high demand for multilingual people. Are you a beginner without capital but a native speaker or proficient in a certain language such as English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch, Swahili, and more? If so, create an account with platforms such as Fiverr, Upwork, Flexjobs, and PeoplePerHour and look for translation service jobs. Working with such a portfolio will help you build your portfolio, and you will only work for a few hours in a day or based on your availability. Still, you can look for a job as a translator from companies that have a global presence. You begin by marketing your skills on your social media platforms in order to reach a wider audience.

Online Tutoring: Are you an expert in any subject like math, art, music, language, and more? You can start offering online tutoring on platforms such as, Skooli, and more. A beginner with a bachelor’s degree can teach a subject in their area of expertise, thus sharing their skills and knowledge with their students. The demand for an online tutor has grown due to the Covid-19 containment measures and the development of videoconferencing apps such as Zoom, Skype, and more that allow tutors to deliver lectures and interact with their students regardless of where they are. Today, online tutoring has become of the easiest online businesses any person can start.

Content Writing: Every business visible online requires high-quality content for its blogs or product pages. Therefore starting a content writing business can be profitable or still working with popular websites such as BloggingPro, Problogger Jobs, or Additionally, you can join content writing groups on social media platforms such as Facebook in order to promote your business and attract writing gigs.

Virtual Assistant (VA): Covid-19 pandemic introduced a new normal where people are now working from home. As a result, solopreneurs and large enterprises are looking for individuals who can run their day-to-day business, such as scheduling meetings, answering emails, as well as other administrative duties. If you’re a person with excellent organizational skills, you can create a profile with websites such as PeoplePerHour, FreeUp, or Virtual Assistant Jobs and work with clients looking for efficient VAs. However, you will be required to invest in a laptop or a smartphone and have a stable internet connection.

Stock Photographer: individuals that can capture great candid moments with their smartphone or camera can become a stock photographer. Therefore create a profile with Adobe Stock or Shutterstock and upload your enticing images at a fee. First, try listing a few of your photos on these platforms, and if they like them, you can become their photographer. People come to these sites to buy or download your photos. Still, you can launch your photography website, upload and sell images directly to your clients. However, you have to market your platform online in order to drive buyers to your site.

Website Flipping: This new business idea is exciting to recent graduates and work-at-home persons. This involves buying an existing website, tweaking its design, adding high-quality content, and selling it to another person. Shopify is one of the excellent marketplace exchanges where you can buy and sell websites at a profit. For instance, you can get an eCommerce website and improve it through SEO, content marketing, and more. These tactics will drive traffic, increase conversions and sales. Next, put it on the marketplace and sell it at a profit.

Website Testing: Brands hire people to review their websites in order to help them address any issues that the developers failed to identify during the development stage. With that in mind, you can hire a group of people to work on a website testing company on a freelance basis. The brand will send your team a set of questions that they answer and provide feedback as they navigate through the website. Their feedback includes the present user experience and recommendations on how they can improve it. Start by creating a profile on websites such as Ferpection, UserTesting, and TryMyUI, then search for brands seeking website testing.

App Development: Aside from the website, a company needs a mobile application. The good news is that there is an increased number of businesses or freelancers offering app development services. There are also many tools and software to help build such apps at a reasonable price. These include CoreAnimator, Sketch, OmniGraffle, and more. Still, you can create a profile with platforms such as Upwork, Fiverr, or AngelList and hire a freelance app developer. This will allow you to create apps for your customers, generate profits from in-app purchases as well as charge them for a premium version of the app.

Graphic Designer: You can launch a graphic design business if you have any design experience. Begin by offering branding designs, logos, business cards, and promotional products to small companies in your area before diving into big businesses. You can also create a profile with online platforms such Fiverr and Upwork, where you offer these services to their clients, but once you build a strong customer base, you can start your own company.

Social Media Influencer: You can earn an income by starting a small business for posting content and products belonging to various brands. You can also run their social media marketing campaigns, especially when you have a substantial number of followers.

Personal Shopper: Are you a person with an eye for fashion trends? Do your peers or family come to you for advice about clothing, jewelry, shoes, or handbags? There you go, you can now become their personal shopper. You can begin shopping for individuals struggling to find clothing items that fit their personal style.  Some of the tasks as a personal shopper are to evaluate a client’s wardrobe, browse the internet to see the latest trends or outfits that blend well with the shape of their body, personality, and career, and pick such items for them. The good news is that thousands of online clothing boutiques are being launched every day, so you don’t have to walk from one store to the other. Additionally, it’s not a must for a personal shopper to a degree or special certification to begin working.

Home-based Catering: Do you love cooking sumptuous meals or showing for ingredients? If so, you can generate good income by creating a home-based catering business. For instance, you can start by cooking for smaller events such as birthdays, bridal showers, and engagement parties for your friends before branching out to big events such as wedding parties. The first step is to create a website, practice cooking local foods, join a platform that does so, and start your own once you gain enough knowledge, experience, and confidence. Many people will be happy to taste your food and buy from you when they like it.

Meals-to-go: Many people struggle to find nutritious, healthy meals because they don’t have time to cook. As a result, many people have established meals-to-go businesses to meet this demand. However, they can’t meet this need entirely, and so you can capitalize on this trend and launch your own meals-to-go business in your neighborhood, state, or city. The advantage of starting such a business is that you don’t need to design a commercial kitchen because you can manage your new business from a shared rental kitchen. Such places have all the equipment you need, and you can work from there at a reasonable cost.

Landscaping Business: A beginner can quickly start a lawn care business if they are passionate about gardening. It’s also easy to get a steady base of clients in your neighborhood or city. All that you need is some equipment and means of transport to begin a landscaping business. You can also learn about gardening online, which will help you get started quickly.

Child Care Service: Are you a kid person? Then start a child care business in your home. Still, you can offer babysitting services at peoples’ homes. The demand for such services is high because of the new normal that the Covid-19 pandemic introduced. Daycare services were stopped at the start of the pandemic, so working parents are looking for people offering child care services, and starting one will help you earn a good income.

Home Cleaning Services: Do you love cleaning? If so, a house cleaning business can help you earn a decent income and is easy to start. You can also build a team and a client base, which will help you generate more income. So, you can begin by creating a website, promoting your business online, and buying detergents and necessary equipment.

Dog Walking Services: Do you love spending time with pets? If so, why not start a business that offers services to pet owners who don’t have time to walk their dogs or take care of them when they are away on vacation.

Personal Trainer: You can become a personal trainer to people at their homes if you have a lot of physical fitness experience. Still, you can connect them with a commercial gym at a fee if you don’t want to train them yourself.

Jean-Pierre is a polyglot communication specialist, freelance journalist, and writer for with over two decades of experience in media and public relations. He creates engaging content, manages communication campaigns, and attends conferences to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. He brings his wealth of experience and expertise to provide insightful analysis and engaging content for's audience.

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