Do you want to earn a living with your own business, work on something interesting, and do it all from home?\u00a0 If so, then some of these ideas might interest you:\r\n\r\n \tvirtual concierge\r\n \twebsite broker\r\n \tApple remote tech support\r\n \twebsite critique\r\n \tAirbnb marketing manager\r\n \tvirtual reality app development\r\n \ttraveling content writer\r\n \t3D printing shop\r\n \tonline business project manager\r\n \twebsite flipping\r\n \tpodcasting\r\n \tdrone master\r\n \tcost reduction consultant\r\n \tinternational business liaison\r\n \tsubject matter expert\r\n \thome staging consultant\r\n \tonline business a\/b tester\r\n \tvideo game streamer\/caster\r\n \tonline services general contractor\r\n \tvideo game tournament promoter\r\n\r\nWithout further delay, let's get to the details!\r\n1. Virtual Concierge\r\nAs a virtual concierge, you take care of whatever your client needs - and you can do it from home!\u00a0 If your client needs a paper edited, you either do it yourself, or hire someone who can.\u00a0 If he needs pizza, cake, and balloons for a birthday party, you order them remotely so that they are delivered on time.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOnce you have experience as a virtual concierge, you can hire and train others to do the same type of work.\u00a0 If you market your services and bring in enough clients, you can earn an income without actually being a concierge yourself.\r\n\r\nIt is a good idea to market yourself for a specific niche, such as working parents, single mothers who have high-powered careers, or professionals (doctors, lawyers, professors) who have enough money, but not enough time.\r\n2. Website Broker\r\nPerhaps you are interested in "flipping" websites, or buying and selling websites to make a profit (more on this below!)\u00a0 This will require some know-how, in terms of what to look for when buying a site, and how to value a site.\u00a0 It also takes some startup cash, no matter how humble your first websites are.\r\n\r\nWorking as a website broker is a good way to get into this industry.\u00a0 Essentially, you will work with both buyers and sellers, connecting them if the website and price are both right.\u00a0 You act as an intermediary and relay questions, answers, offers, and counteroffers between buyers and sellers.\r\n\r\nIn this way, a website broker is similar to a real estate agent.\u00a0 Just like you should do an inspection for a home, you should also do an inspection for a website.\u00a0 This can prevent you from buying a dud.\r\n\r\nYou want to avoid things like:\r\n\r\n \tsudden spikes in traffic\r\n \tsketchy backlink\r\n \tPBNs (private blog networks)\r\n \ta pending lawsuit against a website or its owner\r\n \ta site that has been banned or sanctioned by Google or Amazon (many websites rely heavily on these companies for monetization, through ads or affiliate commissions).\r\n\r\nYou also want to verify traffic, revenue, expenses, and profit to make sure they check out.\u00a0 If you take this level of care in protecting your clients, you will find repeat business over and over.\r\n\r\nYou can charge a flat fee, a commission on the website sale price, or a combination of both.\u00a0 You might want to look into some type of insurance, in case you overlook one of the problems mentioned above when you broker a deal.\r\n3. Apple Remote Tech Support\r\nIf you love all things Apple and can name their products by heart, this might be the right business for you.\u00a0 In addition to product knowledge, you should also know what types of problems people have with the hardware and software.\r\n\r\nYou will need to keep up with tech blogs and Apple itself, to stay up to date in your knowledge.\u00a0 To find business, go to forums and see what questions and problems Apple customers have.\u00a0 You might be able to find a single niche that earns you a good income.\r\n\r\nYou can also do this for other devices, or for software, such as Microsoft Windows, Office, or other programs.\u00a0 There are already people making a good living helping people with Microsoft Excel questions and training.\u00a0 Check out mrexcel.com for inspiration.\u00a0 You can find your own niche and do the same!\r\n\r\nLater on, you can try to hire and train others to expand your business, but it might be difficult to find others as passionate about the products as you are.\r\n4. Website Critique\r\nIf you have a keen eye for detail and know which websites are good at a glance, then you can parlay that skill into a business.\u00a0 Many websites rely on having a high level of visual appeal to keep customers on the site.\u00a0 Others rely on sharp marketing copy to convince customers to buy.\u00a0 Still others offer some type of tool or service in order to earn money from ads or affiliate commissions.\r\n\r\nEither way, you can offer critique and suggestions for improving these sites.\u00a0 If the copy on a sales page feels slimy, say so, and point out the reasons why.\u00a0 Then, offer alternatives and constructive criticism.\r\n\r\nThen again, maybe the pictures on the site are low-quality or do not match the words on the page.\u00a0 Maybe the paid writers for the site are not doing a good job.\r\n\r\nThese are things that a busy site owner might not realize, if he is consumed by other responsibilities.\u00a0 By pointing these things out, you can save him time and money on lost traffic and income.\r\n\r\nYou could offer this service for a one-time fee, or on a subscription basis in exchange for a periodic review.\u00a0 This is one business where you might need to hire freelancers who know about web copy writing, web design, or graphic art to help you analyze the site.\r\n5. Airbnb Marketing Manager\r\nTons of people are making extra income by renting out spare rooms on Airbnb.\u00a0 Some of the folks on Airbnb are making six figure incomes renting out rooms and houses to tourists, vacationers, or businessmen.\u00a0 As their business grows, they may need help with various aspects of the business: housekeeping and cleaning, maintenance and repairs, and of course, marketing and advertising!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you can write good copy and attract interest in a few words, then you can help people who don't have any experience in marketing.\u00a0 Of course, even folks who are capable of writing well might not have the time or desire to do this work.\r\n\r\nAfter you have some experience with this type of work, you can hire a freelancer or employee as a type of VA (virtual assistant) who can help you with any tasks you need.\u00a0 You can also offer this person's services to your clients for an extra fee.\u00a0 Your VA can take and make calls concerning rental rates, availability, and terms and conditions.\r\n6. Virtual Reality App Development\r\nEveryone knows app development is a saturated market - tons of people have gotten into it.\u00a0 There is still plenty of money to be made, but it is more competitive than ever.\u00a0 The solution is to find a niche that you can dominate while it is still young.\u00a0 That niche is virtual reality (VR)!\r\n\r\nVirtual reality came about long ago, but the technology just wasn't there yet.\u00a0 It developed over time, and now there are virtual reality video gaming systems available.\u00a0 Technology keeps advancing and getting better.\u00a0 If you have the skills, or hire the right people, you can get in front of this opportunity.\r\n\r\nDeveloping virtual reality video games is one option.\u00a0 Lots of people already play games on their devices.\u00a0 If only 1% of those users want a more immersive experience that only VR can offer, then you have a sizable market of millions of people.\r\n\r\nAnother option is developing training for various professions.\u00a0 If you choose a "niche within the niche", or a profession to develop VR training for, then you can probably dominate for years to come.\r\n7. Traveling Content Writer\r\nIf you want to be a digital nomad, then this is the job for you!\u00a0 Even if you want to travel with your family while earning enough to survive, this could still be the ticket!\u00a0 As a traveling content writer, you would either write paid content for one or more blogs, or write for your own blog.\r\n\r\nAs the digital nomad traveling through Europe, you can spend a month in each of 12 major cities, and have one hell of a year.\u00a0 At the same time, you can write blog posts about each of the cities.\r\n\r\nYou can write about the people, restaurants, sights, sounds, tourists you meet, and your favorite places to visit.\u00a0 You can also offer unique photos that are hard to come by for a blog owner stuck stateside with a 9 to 5 job, a mortgage, and 3 kids.\r\n\r\nAs the traveling family, you can visit most of the 50 states and Canada while living out of an RV.\u00a0 While doing this, you can write for a site about campers or RVs to earn some extra income.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou might even write about your experiences walking or biking on a historic trail.\u00a0 There are tons of ways to make money doing this, and while the income might not be permanent, the memories are.\r\n8. 3D Printing Shop\r\n3D printing is really taking off, and threatens to disrupt and upend the world of traditional manufacturing.\u00a0 Using a 3D printer can eliminate much of the waste produced by traditional manufacturing.\u00a0 There is also a wide variety of materials you can use for 3D printing.\u00a0 The list is large, and grows by the day.\u00a0 It includes:\r\n\r\n \tplastic\r\n \twood\r\n \tglass\r\n \tmetal, including titanium and aluminum\r\n \tfood, including chocolate and sugar\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRecently, a company printed a 3D house, and scientists are even 3D printing human organs!\u00a0 If you want to get in front of this exciting field, learn your stuff, and earn a few bucks all at once, then a 3D print shop is the way to go.\r\n\r\nYou can open up a store on Etsy, or advertise your products on Amazon, eBay, or your own website.\u00a0 After you take orders, you input the design, let it print, and walk away to work on another business!\u00a0 When the print is complete, you make sure it is correct and ship it to the customer.\r\n\r\nOnce you have experience and a little capital saved up, you can invest in more machines, expand into printing other materials or larger items, and hire employees to help you manage it all.\u00a0 This is a business that can really grow into something you can be proud of.\r\n9. Online Business Project Management\r\nThere are many online business owners these days, from self-made e-commerce millionaires to passionate blog owners to drop-shipping magnates to website-flipping tycoons.\u00a0 At some point, each of them will build the business to the point where they will need employees, or at least freelance help.\r\n\r\nAt some point, these business owners will realize that it is difficult and demanding to manage people to get their projects off the ground and completed on time.\u00a0 That's where you come in.\u00a0 If you have experience in project management, hiring and training remote workers, or both, then you can start in this business right away.\r\n\r\nThe website owner will explain his goals and vision for a project to you.\u00a0 Then, you will manage the remote team that will get everything done.\u00a0 This could include explaining web page layout to a web designer, specifying details of a logo to a graphic designer, and requesting just the right wording from a copy writer.\r\n\r\nWorking for a business owner may not end up being full time, so you might take on two or three clients at once, to stay busy and to increase your income.\u00a0 You can also refer overload work to people you know, but make sure they are serious about their work, and will help you to finish yours!\r\n10. Website Flipping\r\nIf you have some capital and some knowledge about what makes money for a website, this can be a great business opportunity for you.\u00a0 This is similar to flipping a house.\r\n\r\nWe've all seen those shows on HGTV, right?\u00a0 The husband\/wife, brother\/brother, or sister\/mother duo buy a fixer-upper home, do the renovation work themselves, and then turn it over for a nice profit (hopefully).\r\n\r\nFlipping a website is the same idea.\u00a0 You step in with the capital to buy an existing website that needs some work.\u00a0 The current owner either doesn't know how to do the work (or doesn't want to), or needs the money for something else (retirement, surgery, another project, whatever).\r\n\r\nTypically, you either use one of these methods to buy a website:\r\n\r\n \tuse a website like Flippa or Empire Flippers\r\n \tuse a website broker\r\n \tapproach a website owner yourself, and ask if he is interested in selling\r\n\r\nAfter buying the site for a multiple of earnings (typically 24 to 40 times earnings), you start to improve it.\u00a0 Going back to the housing analogy, improving a rental property increases the rent you can charge, and this increases your cash flow.\r\n\r\nTo improve a website, you want to increase the traffic.\u00a0 There are a few ways to do this, including:\r\n\r\n \timprove content to attract more website visitors from Google\r\n \tpromote your site on social media accounts, including YouTube, Pinterest, and Facebook\r\n \tbuy paid ads on Google, Facebook, YouTube, or other sites\r\n\r\nIdeally, the cost to improve traffic is outweighed by the extra revenue you can generate.\r\n\r\nYou also want to increase the revenue of your site.\u00a0 There are a few ways to do this, including:\r\n\r\n \tputting ads on the site, using Google AdWords or other services\r\n \tadding affiliate links, to earn commissions when you recommend products on Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or other sites\r\n \tselling your own products, either physical or digital (e-books, online courses, and virtual consulting, coaching, or tutoring)\r\n\r\nIf you can increase your traffic and revenue and keep them steady and consistent, you can sell the website for much more than you bought it for.\u00a0 The best part is that you collect income from the website while you wait for the traffic and revenue to improve before you sell!\r\n\r\nThis is another business where it pays to hire the right people to help you with things you don't know how to do - or don't want to do.\r\n11. Podcasting\r\nIf you have the gift of talking at length about many different topics, or if you have tons of interesting people to interview, then a podcast could work for you.\u00a0 You will need to invest in some decent audio equipment to start, since the sound makes the podcast.\r\n\r\nTo earn money doing this, you will need to have some type of partnership or advertising revenue.\u00a0 You can also direct people to a companion website.\u00a0 If you can convince listeners to join a mailing list, you can sell them a product (physical or digital) or some type of coaching or consulting.\r\n\r\nAs with other businesses, you will need to choose a unique niche: something that is large enough to monetize, but small enough that the market is not saturated.\u00a0 Your goal should be to produce the best show in your niche and dominate the space.\r\n12. Drone Master\r\nWe haven't quite gotten to the point where Terminator-esque machines try to end our civilization, but drones and robots have come a long way in a decade.\u00a0 If you start in one drone niche, establish a name for yourself, and build a booming repeat business, you can later expand into other areas and build a drone empire.\r\n\r\nHow do you get started?\u00a0 The easiest way is probably to start with a basic website, optimized for local search.\u00a0 This won't be difficult, since there are probably not very many drone operators in your local area.\u00a0 Just to be safe, do quick search.\u00a0 If there are other operators, pick a different drone service niche to start with!\r\n\r\nSome of the things you can do with robots or drones as a "force multiplier":\r\n\r\n \tlawn mowing robots - get it done in half the time or less, and then charge less to dominate the market!\r\n \tcleaning robots - Roomba by iRobot comes to mind.\u00a0 Imagine a cleaning business where your employees never complain or ghost on you!\r\n \taerial photography - there are many possibilities here.\u00a0 You could do aerial photography for real estate agents, property owners, cities and towns, surveyors, construction site scouting, event security, and even weddings for brides and grooms who want a different perspective of their big day!\r\n\r\nThe uses for drones and robots will only grow, so you might want to jump into this space now.\u00a0 Don't worry if you don't know how to build a robot from scratch.\u00a0 You can hire a local high school kid in robotics club to repair your drone fleet for you.\r\n13. Cost Reduction Consultant\r\nMany business owners are busy bringing home the bacon by making deals with other businesses.\u00a0 They don't have time to call up vendors, suppliers, insurance companies, and utility providers to ask for discounts or bill corrections.\u00a0 However, you do have the time!\r\n\r\nYou can do this on a commission basis, charging a percentage of what you save the customer, so that everyone wins.\r\nExample\r\nYou call up an insurance company, and after a 15 minute discussion, you find out that your client is eligible for a 10% discount on a $6000 per year policy.\r\nYou saved the company $600, and if you take 20% of that, then you earn $120, and the company still saves $480 for the year.\r\nAll of that money for work that might take you an hour at most (doing the research and making the call).\r\nIf you can find enough customers who need this service, you can become very efficient at calling companies and using a script to quickly get these discounts.\u00a0 Later on, you can also look into income or property tax savings if you have some knowledge in that area.\r\n14. International Business Liaison\r\nJust like many American companies have expanded across the globe, there are businesses in other countries that want to come to the US market!\r\n\r\nIf you speak another language fluently, you can help these companies to realize their ambitions.\u00a0 Some of the services you can offer include:\r\n\r\n \ttranslating a foreign language website into an English version\r\n \ttranslating videos into English, and perhaps shooting new videos for the company\r\n \tnegotiating with banks, landlords, towns\/cities, utility companies, and business partners in the U.S.\r\n \tpreparing an itinerary and being a sort of virtual assistant\/concierge for visiting foreign business leaders\r\n\r\nTo find these companies, you will need to do some digging by reading newspapers and press releases in the foreign language you know.\u00a0 Look for any news concerning expansions into other markets, specifically the U.S.\u00a0 This will take a lot of work, but if you do a good job for one client, you will start to build a reputation for excellence.\r\n15. Subject Matter Expert\r\nIf you have specialized knowledge or an advanced degree in a subject, then you might be able to make a living as a subject matter expert.\u00a0 This basically means that you have such deep knowledge of a subject that few others possess your level of expertise.\u00a0 For instance, a college professor with a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics who knows all about statistics in the context of medical studies.\r\n\r\nAs a subject matter expert, you have some options for earning an income.\u00a0 You can create your own course, or help others to create a course on your topic of expertise.\r\n\r\nAlong the same lines, you can publish a book, either physical or electronic, although this might not be lucrative if your area of expertise is very narrow and not well-known by the public.\r\n\r\nYou can also consult for companies that need your expertise and charge a per-hour, per-project, or daily, weekly, or monthly fee.\r\n16. Home Staging Consultant\r\nSome homeowners and real estate agents will hire someone to "stage" a home.\u00a0 This means decorating with furniture, rugs, carpets, mirrors, pictures, and even fruit baskets.\u00a0 This makes the home look more attractive and valuable, and (hopefully) results in a higher sales price.\r\n\r\nIf you have a good eye for decorating and arranging furniture, then you have a shot at running this type of business.\u00a0 To do it remotely, you will need the homeowner or real estate agent to send you pictures of every room.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou will also need a per-room or total budget for the project.\u00a0 Then, you can decide how each room should look, and what items should go where.\r\n\r\nThis business allows you to work from home and do the shopping to decorate a house, without any of the cost going to you.\u00a0 In fact, you would get paid to shop and decorate!\r\n\r\nThe target market would be people in high-powered careers who move often and don't have time to do staging.\u00a0 They want to sell quickly at a good price, in order to move to the next job opportunity on the career ladder.\u00a0 If you can establish a relationship with some real estate agents, all the better.\r\n17. Online Business A\/B Tester\r\nThis is the age of "big data", and if you have the skills to analyze data, interpret the results, and explain your findings to the bigwigs, then you can make some money!\u00a0 Even if you don't have these skills, you can still subcontract the work out, although good data scientists will be expensive to hire.\r\n\r\nEvery online business has at least one "offer" - an exchange they propose to website visitors, in order to benefit both parties.\u00a0 This could mean Amazon.com shipping you a new iPhone case in exchange for some money, or a website visitor entering a name and an email address in exchange for a free e-book.\r\n\r\nSome questions are, how successful are these offers, and would a different offer bring better results?\u00a0 That's where you come in.\u00a0 A\/B testing means comparing two things side-by-side, to judge which one performs better.\r\n\r\nAs a simple example, let's say you help a business owner to run two ads, one at a price of $60 and another at a price of $80.\u00a0 Then, you can determine which price earns the most revenue (the higher price will sometimes bring fewer customers, and so it might not be the best price to charge).\r\n\r\nThe possibilities are endless: you can alter the ad copy, website design, button colors, and frequency of email follow-up with customers, among other things.\u00a0 Many business owners don't know how to interpret data from such a study in-depth.\u00a0 If you can help with this, then you can make a lot of business owners very happy with their results!\r\n18. Video Game Streamer\/Caster\r\nEveryone knows that sports casters, like John Madden, get paid to comment on games.\u00a0 Believe it or not, there are people on YouTube and Twitch doing the same thing for video games!\u00a0 These people either offer running commentary as they play, or comment on a game played by someone else.\r\n\r\nIn many cases, these games are competitive, with players from all around the world joining in.\u00a0 There may be cash prizes offered to the winners, making the stakes even higher and the games more exciting.\u00a0 Many players want to watch these expert players in order to learn the latest and greatest game strategies.\r\n\r\nA video game caster needs to keep the audience's attention while accurately commenting on the specifics of the game.\u00a0 Understanding the mechanics of the game is a must, and many video game casters are experts in the games they comment on.\r\n\r\nYou can ask for donations or offer ad sponsorships during casts in order to earn money.\u00a0 You can also direct listeners to a companion website where you offer a "premium" membership.\u00a0 This could include exclusive broadcasts, interviews with the best players, and free gear sent out once a month, quarter, or year.\r\n19. Online Services General Contractor\r\nThere are many online services being offered - just check a site like fiverr.com and see for yourself.\u00a0 Even if you don't know the ins and outs of how to provide these services yourself, you can still own and operate your own business.\u00a0 Here's how.\r\n\r\nYou put together a package for a potential customer: web design, search engine optimization (SEO), improved pictures for the website, a brushing up of the website copy, and a speed check and improvement.\r\n\r\nYou charge one flat fee for all of these services, spelling out exactly what will be done in each area.\u00a0 Then, you hire subcontractors to work on each of these areas separately.\u00a0 You can make a little profit between what you charge the customer and what you pay your subcontractors.\r\n\r\nThis is how general contractors in the real-world construction industry make money.\u00a0 They act as an intermediary between the business and the subcontractors, so that companies don't have to deal with all of the screening and hiring.\r\n\r\nIf you get really busy, you can consider hiring some of your best freelance subcontractors as full-time employees.\r\n20. Video Game Tournament Promoter\r\nIn the same vein as the video game caster, a tournament promoter will find the best of the best in a specific game, and pit them against each other.\u00a0 This could be a team battle or a free-for-all, or some other variation depending on the game.\r\n\r\nThere should be some type of prize to entice the players to join, and perhaps some type of giveaway to entice viewers to tune in.\u00a0 The stream could be offered on YouTube or Twitch, possibly for free or possibly on a subscription basis (see #18 for more info).\r\n\r\nIf you try to get into this business, make sure that you have some startup capital for prizes and giveaways, and know of a good video game caster to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.\r\nConclusion\r\nIf you want more ideas on how to build your business, check out my article on how to find remote freelance clients.\r\n\r\nIf your business really takes off, you might need to hire extra help in the form of VAs (virtual assistants).\u00a0 For more information, check out my article on how to find a virtual assistant.\r\n\r\nI hope this article gave you some good ideas for a remote business.\u00a0 If you can think of any others, leave your idea in the comments below.\u00a0 If you decide to pursue any of these ideas, let me know how it goes!