9 First Business Ideas That You Can Start Right Now
Updated: May 5
Are you ready to start your own business? With social media and e-commerce, making your dreams a reality has never been easier. You can create a successful business from the comfort of your home using your phone! It’s fabulous. If you’re still unsure how to start your own business from home, I’ve got you covered on the inspo front.
If you're unsure where to start, don't worry, I've got you covered with some excellent ideas. You could become a social media manager, a virtual assistant, a career coach, or an online dating consultant! You could also use your talents to become a freelance writer or developer. And if you're looking for something low-cost, drop shipping and tutoring are great options too.
Stay tuned because I will expand on these ideas and even give you some new ones. I promise you'll find something inspiring to take the leap and start your own business. Let's go!
1. Social Media Manager
We spend so much time on social media that you’d think we’ve all become experts. However, social media management requires specific marketing skills that not everyone has. If you’re social media savvy and know how to write engaging content, you can apply to become a manager for brand accounts.
TikTok is especially hot nowadays, but you can manage Instagram, Twitter, and other social media accounts.
This is precisely how Ellen Yin, from Cubicle to CEO, started her career. When she left her corporate job, she started running the social media strategy for her local bakery. This one client quickly turned into several, and within six months, she was running a 6-figure business all by herself.
-> Learn all about Ellen’s story on the Female Startup Club podcast
2. Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant requires you to be very organized, meticulous, and punctual, but also great at multitasking.
Personal assistant jobs are considered incredibly challenging and often thankless (think The Devil Wears Prada), but you should not be intimidated. Virtual assistants work from home and have a very flexible schedule, and they don’t have to fetch coffee or pick up dry cleaning from the other side of town.
3. Freelance Developer
If there’s something the world isn’t likely to run out of any time soon, it’s the need for web developers. Everyone wants to own websites or apps, and they need people who can create and maintain them.
If you have programming skills, you can quickly become a freelance developer and use online platforms for advertising your services.
4. Life or Career Coach
Career or life coaches make pretty good money, given that they provide valuable advice and instructions on improving someone’s life. To become a coach, you need extensive experience managing challenges, crises, and obstacles in your career or life.
Understandably, you should be certified to be considered a professional coach and to find customers more efficiently. It also helps to hear the story of someone who has been there are done that, such as Phoebe Greenacre, who was a guest on the Female Startup Club in its early days and has since gone on to found her own coaching business called, “Conscious Business Coaching”.
5. Online Dating Consultant
Do you have good social skills and are well-versed in dating apps? You can make good money from your skills if you become a dating consultant, helping people create successful dating profiles on apps and offering dating advice.
Naturally, you must advertise yourself using social media or your website, citing your qualifications and experience. A psychology major or certifications can be very useful and help you establish a reputation and customer base.
6. Online Rental Services
As the world attempts to be more sustainable, rental services are becoming increasingly popular. You can rent anything online, from clothes and appliances to cars and homes. You only need a website or a specific rental app to advertise your products. This is a great idea to make a quick buck without investing too much money or time. This is precisely how Tammy Green from Prene kicked off her entrepreneurial career.
-> Listen to Tammy’s full story on Female Startup Club
7. Freelance Writer
You can become a freelance writer by offering your services online if you have good writing skills. You can write articles, blog posts, ad copy, and more, depending on your skills and what you want to do. Make sure to have writing samples ready for potential employers, and you’re basically set. It’s a flexible job that pays well, depending on your specialty.
8. Drop Shipper
Drop shipping is relatively recent and probably one of the cheapest business models you can find. You act as an intermediary between a customer and a third-party business. You can create your store, but you won’t have to handle any items. However, you’ll make the sale and order the article on your customer’s behalf.
The third-party website will handle shipping, so you only need to worry about offering customer support.
For many people, all the skills and knowledge acquired in school don’t really come in handy throughout their life. However, you can put some of your knowledge to good use if you become a tutor. Whatever your strong suit is, whether it’s physics or literature, biology or painting, I can guarantee there is someone in need of your services. Choose whether you want to tutor online or in person, and use social media for advertising your services.
I hope these ideas inspire you to start your own business today and to be your own boss. And if you’re looking for more inspiration, I know you will give a lot out of signing up for our weekly newsletter. We cover business insights and learnings from the world's most exciting female founders every Monday, straight into your inbox.