Almost every website owner on the internet has, or at least has considered, hiring a copywriter at some point. Copywriters can create content for any part of their business, be it the blog posts, banners, product descriptions, landing pages or the FAQs. Even though there aren’t many high paying jobs for writing, if your content is good, you deliver the work on time and have some experience, you could look forward to launching a freelance writing career.


Ghostwriting is a profession that a lot of people don’t know about. There are quite a few extremely talented writers out there that write for a list of high-profile clients and get paid for the content they write/create. The only difference is that they don’t get credited for the work, but instead the client gets the credit—which is why it is such a well paying job. Many CEO’s use ghostwriters to write speeches, blog posts, journals, reports, etc. for them and this isn’t a new practice. Before you know it, you could have a roster of high-paying clients. 


A lot of students turn towards the internet when they need tutoring for difficult exams like the SATs and the ACTs. You can provide services such as tutoring over Skype, writing blog posts for coping with stress during exam time and providing useful studying tips and tricks. Parents often pay a lot for the education of their children, provided they are getting the best support possible. 


 There are several people involved in menu planning for events or restaurants, not just the chef. When event spaces, businesses and even restaurants are unsure of how to plan their menus, they hire someone to help out with it. While this business is a low investment idea, you have to be trained in some capacity or have to have some experience to do the job, whether that is being a food blogger/influencer or even a chef yourself. This is the perfect way to work with food without directly getting involved in the process of preparing it. 


 Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to be location dependent when it comes to event and project planning. Most of the work can be done remotely and if you are truly worried that you need to be somewhere for the planning process, you could always work in or around the location by handling your calendar from home and holding meetings at cafes and restaurants. If you do choose to work remotely, the best part is that you can plan an event around the world if you can get the clients and are amazing at your job. A lot of clients even pay for the airfare and lodging if they really want you to work on a certain project. Product-Based Startup Ideas Product Based Startup Business Ideas 


One of the quickest and cheapest ways to make money online is by selling products on Amazon. You can find virtually anything you want on the massive online marketplace and interestingly, the people who are selling the products you buy are third party sellers. The best part is that you don’t really need a skillset or be particularly good at any one thing to be able to make money on Amazon. Just have a functional knowledge of the current consumer trends and the markets, which can be developed through research and create a strategy that will work for you and your brand in the long term. 


If you have a love for creating unique furniture pieces or the capabilities and skill to make pieces to order, you could be looking at a lucrative career in the custom furniture production industry. In a world where people shop for furniture from mass producers such as Ikea and still want a “different” or “unique” look, if you can provide some unique pieces that have been created with expert craftsmanship at a fairly reasonable price, or alternatively target the “personalized high end” furniture that is aimed at the high-income bracket of customers, you could have a pretty successful startup idea on your hands. 


There have been several people who have founded extremely successful businesses based on creating handmade jewelry. In fact, platforms like Etsy are some of the biggest marketplaces where everyone from novice jewelry makers to professionals can sell their products. There is a huge market for custom-made jewelry and even young people have been able to build thriving brands that offer a range of unique items. Everything from classic and traditional pieces to extremely quirky statement pieces is appreciated in this market and this segment is currently growing at a rate of 5-6% a year. For inspiration, you could look at names like Origami Owl and M3 Girl Designs. 


T-Shirts are awesome. T-shirts are universally worn, they’re versatile, they can be plain, have designs on them, they can stand for something or signify nothing. T-shirts are awesome, period. Which is why selling custom t-shirts can be a great startup business idea. This product category has been trending for a couple of years now and that says a lot when fads and trends change so quickly these days. These days, custom t-shirts range from those with pop-culture references on them to those that have been specifically designed for corporate events. The thing that’s important to understand is that you need to focus on 4 main pointers when thinking about opening a t-shirt business: The niche that you want to focus on, the designs that you are providing, the quality and material of the t-shirts themselves and the creation of your brand identity. 


 Just as with custom-made t-shirts, custom-made apparel is also gaining popularity amongst various markets. If you’re able to create fashion-forward pieces that have an edge to them and are catering to the taste of your niche audience perfectly, then you may be sitting on a goldmine! It’s not difficult to find buyers in the market, especially on platforms like Etsy and if fashion designing has always been your calling then this is the best way to break into the segment for anyone who is slightly risk-averse.


 If you love photography and have a treasure of photos buried deep on your hard-drive, you could be making a lot of money off it. Platforms such as Shutterstock, iStockPhoto and Unsplash are places where you can sell your pictures and earn royalties for every download on their platform. Alternatively, you could also create a portfolio of sorts by publishing your photos on your own website. A well-designed website with interesting art can attract a lot of eyeballs and before you know it, you could be landing photography gigs all over the place. You can also sell prints on your website to boost your earnings. 


 People honestly underestimate how lucrative seasonal decorations can be, especially if you are planning on running your small business globally (perhaps using the dropshipping model to save on money). Think about all the holidays that exist, from Christmas, New years, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving, St.Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween and Hanukkah… And these are just the ones celebrated in the West! There’s also Chinese New Year, Diwali, Holi and so many other holidays on the calendar that you’ll barely be running a “seasonal” business—your year and bank account are sure to be busy. Fun fact: Americans alone were responsible for pumping $1.04 billion into the economy during Christmas! That’s a lot of money for just one country to spend on one holiday. Think of what you’re missing out on! 


Companies like Sunglssspot.com have done a fabulous job of creating a business that offer a plethora of style and trends, all based on sunglasses. They offer everything from retro, to cat-eye, to the quirky looking shades. They also have a section for prescription frames! The business has 3 strong elements going for it and you could apply them to your own business as well: Firstly, the range and breadth of styles they offer are incredible. They constantly keep adding new trends and are up to date on the latest fads. Secondly, they use social media and influencer marketing in the best way possible—in fact, a lot of their revenue is driven through this factor. Lastly, the ease of use of their website and the amount of information and product photos (including customer photos) really helps customers engage with their website completely. Try working around these factors and you could be building your own sunglass empire real soon! Domain Names for New-Age Retail Disclaimer 


If you love scented soaps and have a sizable knowledge base of the different ingredients and their beauty and health benefits, this could be the startup idea for you! All you have to do is be able to follow the instructions of any well made online soap-making tutorial and have some great packaging ideas and you are good to go! The initial investment in making these kits isn’t too much and you can get as creative with the scents and flavors as you want. Combine a great product with gorgeous packaging and the right kind of targeted marketing and you can make wonders happen!


 Not only is this the future of this year but it’s also likely to be just the future itself. These technologies are finally becoming a reality in consumers’ lives; available for them to use, experience and purchase for themselves. There may not be a huge consumer market yet but it’s trending upwards as we speak, so by the time you do your research, formulate a product and produce something for consumers to purchase, you might just hit the first wave of consumers gearing up to try virtual and augmented reality for themselves. Either get into the virtual/augmented reality game itself or get into the market for the respective accessories. Accessories are one of the best ways to get into a market you don’t have the technological experience to actually create a central product for, so creating a supporting product that makes the main product function better is a great way to attract enthusiastic consumers. 


 In previous years, we saw drones rise swiftly into popularity as they became a more justifiable purchase for consumers to make. Throughout the year, drone technology has continued to advance and the way people utilize them in their everyday lives has continued to evolve. This year, expect to see drones as one of the top trending products, however, expect further advancements in technology that will allow consumers to integrate drones into different aspects of their lifestyle. First, auto-follow drones are becoming a trend now because their advanced technology allows users to manage the drone hands-free. Also on the rise are underwater drones which help users to locate fish and chart underwater landscapes. Consider how drone technology can enhance people’s lives. Is there a way drones can be used for consumers or businesses that aren’t being utilized yet? Find a gap in the market. If harnessing drone technology isn’t your specialty, think about how your business can enhance the consumer experience with their drone. What kind of products can you sell to make their experience more streamlined, stylish, or user-friendly, no matter what they use their drone for? 


The release and popularity of the Apple Watch and the Fitbit has resulted in a rise of other smartwatches and wearable devices from other companies throughout the year, and it isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. Cropping up all over the internet are things like smartwatches for kids, mindfulness watches, GPS pet trackers, wearable sunlight trackers, posture devices and more, that are riding the wave of the wearable technology trend. Each device is getting more and more specific with the intention of helping consumers find a technological solution or monitoring system to any one of their problems. Similar to the Virtual Reality trend, either start developing your own useful device (remember to find a niche and solve a pain point) or, if that’s not in your realm of expertise, focus more on accessories like cases, stands, covers, cleaners, cables or chargers. 


Along the same wavelength, smart accessories are seeping into other aspects of consumers’ shopping habits. Appliances such as the Google Home, Amazon Echo and even smart toothbrushes and cutting boards are aimed at helping consumers improve their day-to-day lives, and they’re becoming more popular. Anything and everything seems to be on the table this year and there’s no telling where this year will take us. These smart appliances are slowly becoming a part of the average consumer’s daily life and we expect to see them become even more normalized as they continue to improve and consumers start to see real benefits to integrating them into their lifestyle. Pay attention to your daily life: Where can you see smarter innovations being made in your home, no matter how seemingly small the innovation might be. Smart appliances are the future and we’ll definitely see their popularity rise throughout the year. 


 People have been using essential oils for centuries. Several religious, cultural and wellness/wellbeing practices involve the use of such oils. Every essential oil has a plethora of different benefits —lavender helps with relaxation, tea tree oil is considered great for the skin, peppermint oil is known for its antimicrobial properties and is a remedy for digestive issues and bad breath, etc. A diffuser specially designed for essential oils is a great delivery system. The reason that this product has become so popular over time is because you can create a spa-like ambiance at home and switch up oils for different scents or purposes. The best part is that you can create and diffuse your own personalized scents using this product—without the need for or use of any toxic ingredients. If you are a someone that would like to break into this segment, you can sell a mix of the electric and heat based (works with candles) diffusers and stock your inventory in a way that your customers have options to pick from. Upselling essential oils and incense sticks for different purposes—destress kit, revitalize kit, etc.—might be a good idea to boost sales. With better and sustainable living being promoted along with wholesome wellbeing, products like the essential oil diffusers are going to be trending for a while. 


 Everywhere we look—be it Facebook, Instagram or even actual stores (both online and brick-and-mortar) have been selling charcoal beauty products. These products boasted the presence of activated charcoal that has several benefits: In tubes of toothpaste, it acts as a natural whitening agent, in face washes it acts as a purifier and one of the most popular charcoal beauty products are the peel-off masks. These are all the rage on social media and influencers on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube favored the products openly. On the vendors’ side of things, charcoal beauty products have been one of the best selling online products in the beauty and make-up niche lately. The trend seems to continue this year as well, with support from customers and influencers alike. Such products are also great to dropship and ePacket delivery is easily available to most countries. 


Photography is such a vast and varied segment that there is a niche for almost everything—niches that relate to photography style and in this case, ones that are specific to photography techniques. One of the newer trends in the industry is that of 360-degree cameras. Initially, photographers would take multiple high definition photos and stitch them together using software but in recent times, cameras that can actually shoot (both photo and videos) in a 360-degree landscape have become easily available. This breed of cameras also come in a variety of styles, but most use two fisheye lens cameras to get the job done. However, it is important to note that different kinds of activities will require different cameras, therefore as a potential business person in this market, you should make sure that you stock up on different models and types (battery life and resolution differ from model to model) to ensure that you are catering to a wider audience base. Also pay attention to other details such as live streaming capabilities, 4K resolution, etc. One of the major reasons that 360-degree cameras have been trending and are projected to do well over a longer time span is because they are essentially “future-proof”. The 360-degree format is keeping true to Virtual Reality and possible applications for consumers in the near future.


The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate one. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates and has become fairly popular over the past few years. While the fitness and healthy food industries are constantly hit with swells of new-age fads, the keto diet has some solid medical backing and thus has stayed around for a while. There is a niche for keto products and it has a pretty solid consumer base too. In order to break into this niche, it would be advisable to really dig in deep into the world of fit foods, ingredients that constitute such foods and alternative nutrient sources. Once you get the hang of it, the pay off can be pretty big. 

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