As the pandemic spreads, the world will be looking to innovative businesses to help them recover and rebuild society into something more resistant to future pandemics.
Here’s ten (10) digital businesses that would be well suited to take advantage of this opportunity and secure your place in history as one of the leaders in helping humanity through the next pandemic.
Blogging is a great way to build your personal brand. It's also a form of content marketing. And, it's one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to build an audience.
You don't need any special equipment or tools other than a computer and an internet connection. All you need are some writing skills, a topic, and some self-discipline.
If blogging sounds like something you might be interested in, here are ten (10) tips for how to get started:
1) Pick a subject that interests you.
2) Make sure your blog has good content (and keep it updated).
3) Add value for people by providing information that they're not likely to find anywhere else.
4) Encourage readers to subscribe via email or RSS feed so they don't miss out on new posts when they visit the site.
5) Research keywords relevant to your blog post topics and use them throughout your posts.
6) Experiment with various social media platforms to share what you've written about on your blog.
7) Participate in online communities where others with similar interests congregate.
8) Post photos or videos as well as text content to create multimedia blogs.
9) Interact with bloggers who have larger audiences than you do and comment on their posts.
10) Ask friends, family members, co-workers, etc., to read your blog.
Microjobs are a good way to make some extra money on top of your day job, or as a side hustle to help supplement your income. With more and more people working from home and looking for flexible jobs, this is a great opportunity to fill that need.
If you're not sure where to start, here's a list of some popular microjob websites:
2) Mechanical Turk;
3) Taking Surveys
Taking surveys is a great way to make money. There are many different websites and companies that provide platforms for individuals to take surveys. Each survey pays a different amount and will depend on how long it takes to complete, what type of data is being collected, and where it is being collected from.
Surveys generally pay between $0.50-$5 per survey taken, but some can pay more than $30 per survey. Surveys are available in many languages too! Most people who take surveys do them as a hobby or side gig.
There are also apps like Survey Junkie which offers access to daily paid surveys for Android devices only, although other devices may have their own apps that offer the same service such as Survey Club or Tap Research Lab.
4) Fiverr gigs
Fiverr is an amazing site for starting a business. You can offer so many services, and it's easy to get started with just a few dollars. If there's something you're good at or something that would be valuable to others, there's a good chance Fiverr has a gig for it!
Examples of gigs on Fiverr are writing blog posts, designing logos, doing podcasts, giving legal advice and other various skills. These gigs range from $5 - $500 depending on what you're offering.
5) Domains Sales/Selling/Sourcing
Domains Sales/Selling/Sourcing - With the world on high alert due to this year's flu epidemic, many people are looking for safe and secure ways to protect their online presence.
Domains sales allow people to safeguard themselves against harmful viruses by purchasing domain names before they're gone. Purchasing a domain name is also a great way for business owners to be prepared for when their website is inaccessible.
A domain seller can help make sure your company’s information is still available should your site go down in an emergency or need maintenance. If you don’t want to buy domains outright but want to get started selling them yourself, there are plenty of websites that will give you access to list your domains for sale or have buyers contact you directly.
6) Freelancing/Incorporating Yourself as a Business
Freelancing is a great way to earn money, especially in a time of uncertainty. With many people not knowing when they will be able to return to work, freelancers are needed more than ever. If you know how to do something and have a skill that others might be willing to pay for, then freelancing may be an option.
Incorporating yourself as a business is another option if you have an idea for a product or service that could generate revenue. In order to incorporate your business, you will need to research your state's requirements (both legal and financial) and consider any potential tax implications on the incorporation process. You should also find out what licenses or permits may be necessary before opening your doors.
Finally, it would also be wise to explore whether there are any government grants available that would help offset the costs of starting your new venture.
7) Selling Stuff on eBay
Selling Stuff on eBay is a great way to earn money online and have some fun at the same time. You never know what you'll find or who will buy your items, which means that it's always an adventure.
There are all sorts of items available on eBay, so no matter what your skills are, there's something for everyone. And if you don't have any old stuff lying around, then just shop for bargains on eBay and resell them to make a profit!
It's easier than ever to get started with eBay, with all of the guides and help articles they provide.
8) Craigslist Selling
Craigslist is a great place to list items for sale. You might be surprised by how much money you could make from reselling things that are still in good condition. Plus, it's a way to find cheap or free items for your new business venture.
If there's one downside to Craigslist, it would be scammers who will try and get you to wire them cash or pay with gift cards. Never send any payment through Western Union as they don't verify transactions - this is an easy way for hackers and scammers to steal your identity.
9) Dropshipping from Alibaba on Shopify
Dropshipping is an easy way to get into eCommerce without needing to spend a lot of money on inventory. The process is simple: find an item on Alibaba, and then list it for sale on Shopify.
When a customer orders the product, have it shipped directly from the supplier. It doesn't get much simpler than that! You'll never need to worry about stock levels or manufacturing delays again.
With dropshipping, you're only responsible for marketing and sales, which makes this opportunity perfect if you're looking to make some extra cash with minimal work involved. And best of all? You don't need any experience at all - just sign up with Shopify, choose your niche (or let the app recommend one), and get started right away.
10) Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon)
Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) is a service that allows sellers to send their inventory to Amazon’s warehouses for storage and shipping.
These sellers may be either individuals or small businesses. For these sellers, Amazon handles everything from picking, packing and shipping orders to customer service for questions about products and shipments.
Sellers use Amazon’s own website as well as other websites to market their items, creating additional channels through which they sell products.