Best Online Business Ideas For Women

by | Feb 16, 2018 | Building an online business, Working From Home For Women | 6 comments

Most online business ideas for women can be started with little or no outlay which can be a blessing if you have no income to invest.

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Whether you want to spend more time with your family, need a second income, become an entrepreneur, need to get out of the rat race, supplement an income or just don’t want to ‘go to work’ anymore, here are fifteen of the best online business ideas for women.

Questions To Ask Yourself

Before embarking on your online journey there are some questions you need to ask yourself to make sure the business you are planning Questionsis going to be the best one for you. I suggest you write down the answers to these questions as it will make everything much clearer in the long run

    • What do you want or need to get out of the business

Think about whether you want more money, more time with your family, work from home, be able to work whilst traveling etc. Be very clear with what you really need out of your business. After careful consideration you may even decide that an online business isn’t something you really want to do.

    • What do you love to do?

If you’ve decided that having an online business will be the answer to your problems the next question is what type of business do you want to do. Consider you likes and dislikes. If you love to write then maybe becoming a freelance writer or blogger would suit but if writing fills you with dread then, obviously, a blogger wouldn’t be the best bet. Make a list of all the things you love to do

    • What are you good at doing?

Having your own business comes with many facets and you won’t, honestly, be good at all of them. Listing what you know you are good at will give you an idea of where you may need some help with your business. For example, if you are rubbish at maths then maybe you’ll need to consider an accountant. If, like me, you can’t draw a stick man then looking for other artistic resources or people may help with the branding of your business.

    • Would you be happy to learn a new skill?

Just because you are unable to do something doesn’t mean you can’t learn to do it. Now list all those things you’d like to learn. It doesn’t have to be business based but it would probably help to begin with. If you think you’d enjoy balancing the books then take a course. There are plenty of online and offline available.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Answering these four questions will give you an overview of your strengths and weaknesses.

We can’t all be good everything. If you can start your business knowing that eventually you’ll need some help where you are lacking in skill, knowledge or enthusiasm it will make the decision much easier when the time comes.

Get Business Ideas From What You Like to Do

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Now you have a list of things you love to do, you can start to figure out what type of business will be goof for you. You’ll be spending a lot of time on your business so try to choose something that you are passionate about.

Choosing something that doesn’t interest you in the slightest is a recipe for disaster. You’ll be failing before you even begin.

    • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
    • Could your hobby/passion be turned into a successful business venture?
    • What would your dream job be?

Your hobbies are the things choose to do if you aren’t working. How lovely to be able to have a business that incorporates you passion.

Maybe you love to play golf, enjoy to make quilts, bake exquisite cakes – all these things could be the basis for a successful online business. Your business will be much more likely to be successful if you enjoy what you are doing.

Business Ideas

Below are some business ideas that may suit your needs.

  • EBay Entrepreneur

EBay is a shopping and auction site. It allows you to sell items through an online auction. There are some points to take into account before selling on EBay

  1. Is the product in demand?
  2. Who is looking for the product?
  3. What do prospective customers want to know about the product?
  4. How much should you charge?
  5. What wording should you use to list the products.
  • Affiliate marketer

Super Affiliate

Affiliate marketing is great if you don’t want to be packing, posting and dealing with customer service. It is the process of promoting someone else’s product or service. You are given a unique link code to put on your website or social media and anyone buying through your link will mean you earn a commission from that sale.

  • Freelance writer

If writing is you passion then this could be the way forward for your business. There are plenty of websites where you can be hired to write. Below are some links to various freelancing sites.

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  • Fiverr/Freelance

If you are completely stuck for an idea on how to make money online then I suggest you check out Fiverr. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what you skill, you can sell on Fiverr. I’m still reeling over the ‘I Will Promote Your Business As I’m Belly Dancing’ gig. She was actually getting customers so there you have it!!!

If you get nothing out of visiting Fiverr you’ll come away smiling (or bemused). Here is the link…Fiverr

  • FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon)

Amazon is a huge concern and have the resources to help you create your own online business. Fulfillment By Amazon is a resource where you can order goods from a wholesaler such as Alibaba and have the goods shipped to amazon. You set up a page within Amazon describing the product and Amazon do the rest – receiving the order, packing posting and, importantly, customer service.

If you don’t want the hassle of running a ‘shop’ then Amazon’s FBA Service is a great, easy alternative.

  • Website designer

This may seem scary but it honestly isn’t hard to become a website designer. If you head over the Wealthy Affiliate you can join for free and get training along with two free websites to practice your designing skills.

I’ve been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for 5 years now and have learnt everything I’ve needed from the training and the support of other experienced members.

  • Paid To Click Jobs

Paid To Click (PTC) sites are those sites where you can get paid to click sites where you can join & get paid for viewing the ads. It doesn’t have huge earning potential but if you are after mind numbing work then this could be your solution.

Here are some of the PTC sites which have reasonably good reputations



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  • Ebook Writer

If you have a hobby or are passionate about a particular topic then consider writing an ebook to help others to learn or understand it.

Amazon are the obvious choice for learning how to do this. They have certainly cornered the market. Here is the link to Kindle Direct Publishing which will walk you through the process.

  • SEO Consulting

An SEO (Search Engine Optimization) consultant analyses and reviews websites in order to provide advice and guidance on how to maximize the use of keywords to ensure a high ranking position in the search engines and to gain more natural search traffic.

This isn’t as hard as it sounds and if you understand about Search Engine Optimization then it could be a lucrative business to start.

This is another area where Wealthy Affiliate could help. The SEO training at Wealthy Affiliate is probably the best on the web so, yet again, I urge you to have a look. It’s free to join and you don’t even need to give your bank details.

  • Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is someone who is self-employed and who works remotely (usually at home) for various clients.

Virtual assistants can carry out many different roles. Here is a list of different roles that a personal assistant may like to carry out.

  • Respond to and set up email lists, respond to emails, write newsletters
  • Transcription services
  • Research
  • Data handling
  • Telephone services
  • Preparing presentations
  • Social media tasks
  • Scheduling services
  • Any of those mundane and time consuming tasks you’d prefer not to do!

A good way to get started on the VA ladder would be to join sites such as

  • Online Surveys

Although not a particularly good income source, surveys is a good way to earn some extra cash or rewards if you are ‘survey’ person.

I have written a post about using surveys as an income source. You can read it here

  • Franchise

If you are looking for a ‘done for you’ system in you business then buying into a franchise may be an excellent way to start.

One of the downsides of a franchise is the cost. A MacDonalds franchise can cost in excess of $1.5 million.

This has been a new concept for me but I have recently started with a company who do 95% of the work for me.

If you’re interested in learning more, click the link below


  • Start your own website

This is my personal favourite. Yet again, I learnt all there is to know about creating a successful website from Wealthy Affiliate and as I’ve been a member there for five years I think this shows the quality of the learning platform.

As before, check it out here.

  • Social Media Specialist

If you love spending your time on social media then this might be just the job for you.

A social media specialist will manage a client’s social media profile and marketing strategy. You can develop and maintain all areas of the social media platforms and provide customers with analytics, data and management reports.

Another aspect of this work could be to develop brand awareness and online reputation as well as using SEO to ensure posts are optimized.

Using freelance sites is a good way to get started and gain a reputation as a social media specialist.

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  • Create and sell your own product

This isn’t as scary as it sounds.

If you have a skill, talent or passion then you are able to pass on valuable information to others in need of this information.

This might need a bit confidence to feel as if you are able to offer a product that someone will pay you for but if you have knowledge then you can bet your life someone else needs that knowledge.

Your product could be a report, video, presentation, ebook, – the list goes on and on

I hope this has given you some food for thought. There will be hundreds of other business ideas but these are those that I feel are the best online business ideas for women.

If you’d like to add you own preference for a business idea then I’d love to hear from you. Add a comment in the box below.


  1. Michael

    Wow great suggestions on the different business opportunities women can try out.

    I would argue these opportunities aren’t only for women but for men too. I’ve personally tried a few of them you suggested and really liked them.

    Do you find one of them bette than the other, or which one do you like the most?

    • Jackie

      Ah Michael, you are very right in saying these opportunities would suit men as well as women and I thank you for bring up this point.

      As to which one I like the most I would have to say ‘affiliate marketing’.  I’m rather biased towards this one and others may have different opinions.  Affiliate marketing suits me very well and my membership at Wealthy Affiliate has made the experience so much better


  2. ZEGU

    Thank you so much for coming up with brilliant tips on starting a business online.
    I love the idea of starting a business around something I enjoy doing and I am good at.
    Also, the idea of doing a strength and weakness analysis. It helps me polish up my skills where I need help most.
    I have signed up for some of the programmes you have mentioned like Upwork and eBay.
    I have used eBay to sell my stuff I wasn’t using anymore. And managed to earn some cash that I used to clear my bills. Once again, many thanks.

    • Jackie

      That’s great news.  Well done for selling some things on ebay and for signing up to relevant programs.  

      I wish you every success in starting a business and hope you’ll pop back and let me know how you are getting on.


  3. Dominik

    Great easy to read article on different ideas of businesses. I really enjoyed the part about Fiverr, I must say its crazy how many things there are available on there but it’s such a good tool for ideas.
    Everything was easy to read and it was comfortable to transition from each point to the next. Good work.

    • Jackie

      Hi Dominik

      Fiverr is great isn’t it?  You have to be a bit careful about who you buy from but I’ve managed to find some good quality outsourcing from the platform.  If nothing else, it’s quite an entertainment looking at the different gigs.

      Thanks for visiting.



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