Providing virtual services is an incredible way to start your own business and make money from home. There are so many entrepreneurs and independent business owners that need a variety of services in order to successfully run their businesses.
I love talking about virtual service business ideas, because I think most people could start a service-based business of some kind, no matter what skills they currently have.
If you have 1 or more skills that can be leveraged to deliver services to others online, then you can literally start marketing your services- and your business- online immediately.
Here are just a few examples of virtual services that you could start offering as soon as today.
All businesses could use some help with managing day-to-day operational or customer service-related tasks, like making/receiving sales calls, booking appointments, placing online orders, creating documents, transcribing meeting minutes and other files, etc. These are tasks that are critical to the smooth functioning of a business, but that business owners just don’t usually have time to keep up with on top of trying to grow their company.
A lot of online business these days is content-heavy…meaning that business owners have to continuously pump out content to their audience in many different ways. With so many social media sites, written content is needed *a lot*, but it’s so time consuming for business owners to transcribe all of their own media, so they hire transcriptionists or Virtual Assistants to do this type of work for them.
This is also a service that you could sell to other businesses that need to put out content on a consistent basis…this is called content marketing, and because it’s also pretty time consuming, many businesses will pay for someone else to write their blog posts for them.
There are a lot of fun ways you can leverage graphic design skills to make money. Just some examples… offering graphic design services, selling branded graphics, stock images, or packages to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
If you’re bilingual or multilingual (spoken and written) in another language besides English, you can offer translation services to small business owners that need them. You can easily find and target businesses on LinkedIn and Facebook that are located in areas where that language is commonly spoken, and reach out to them to offer your translation services.
This is a service that small many business owners need help with as well. If you already have good writing skills, you can probably learn copywriting skills fairly quickly, in order to offer copywriting services to small businesses for their marketing, social media, ads, promotional materials, their website(s), and so much more.
Teaching others a skill (through an online course or membership):
Teaching others a skill that you already have is a great way of providing services online in the simplest and most cost-effective way. There would be some work required up front, but once the course has been created and systems are in place for marketing and sales, this can be a great source of mostly passive income for a long time.
Social Media Management:
This is a skill that can be learned fairly quickly and offered to small businesses as a virtual service. Literally every business these days needs a social media presence and marketing strategy, so there is a ton of income potential with this skill.
This is another great and in-demand skill that can be learned fairly quickly and offered to small businesses as a virtual service.
All these online businesses being popping up in the last few years require a lot of technical know-how, that many people just don’t have. If you’re tech-savvy, you could start offering your tech skills to small business owners to help them with the more technical aspects of running a business!
You can start joining free Facebook business groups *today* and run a search to see who needs help with the skill(s) that you can offer, and engage with the people who have posted asking for help in your area(s) of expertise.
As a longer-term strategy, start also engaging with other members in these business groups that you join, so you can build your reputation as the go-to person for whatever skill(s) you’re offering, and you can start growing your client list and your reputation organically.
Ask for testimonials from your clients as well, and post them on your business page and your website when you create them, to boost your marketing efforts with social proof.
These are just some ideas and tips, but there is sooo much income potential with a service-based business!
What skill(s) could you leverage to start your own service-based business?
I'm a mom, wife, MBA graduate with a focus on entrepreneurship & serial entrepreneur, dreamer, and goal-setter. My mission is to empower 1000 moms to start their own businesses from home.