Today, it seems that everyone you know has their own online shop or business. There are even whole websites, like Etsy, dedicated to online makers and sellers. Want a particularly-niche item? Search in a place like Etsy or Amazon Homemade and you’re almost guaranteed to find something close to what you’re looking for. Some people start an online business as their “side hustle.” They still work a 9 to 5 grind, but they are also able to have an income source that is open 24 hours, bringing in extra money for bills or just for fun. If you’ve been considering starting your own online business, but are on the fence, here are some great reasons to get going!
- Be your own boss. One of the best things about starting your own business is the opportunity to be in charge. Not everyone wants to be the boss, but for those who like a challenge and who treasure independence in the workplace, building an online business from the ground up is ideal. As the boss, you’ll make your own hours and decisions on how to best do your job. You have control over the direction the company takes in business, advertising, everything.
- Do what you love. Whether you’re starting your business as a side hustle or as a full time project, starting and owning your own online business allows you do what you love. What you love is often what inspires you to consider creating an online business in the first place! Maybe you’re crafty and you think about spending all your free time making homemade prints for greeting cards. Or maybe you love thrifting and antiquing but, realistically, can’t keep everything you purchase in roadside estate sales. No matter your passion, there’s almost always opportunity to support yourself with it. This doesn’t necessarily mean you end up being a reseller on ebay or opening an Etsy shop (though it might!). You could love organizing other people’s live, so starting your own at-home Virtual Assistant business may be your dream. Whatever it is you want, the love you have for your work will help you to be successful---when you’re passionate about a thing, you want to keep at it til it’s perfect!
- Change the world. Let’s be honest: most of us won’t change the world with our work or our businesses. You may run a successful shop or freelance business, but not everyone will be an Elon Musk or Steve Jobs. What you do may never have a large impact on the global economy. But who cares? You can change your world by starting your own business. You can make a difference in your community, online or in real life. If you only start your online business as a way to bring in extra income, you may be changing the lives of your family or being brave enough to take a risk will inspire others to do the same. Maybe you’ll never be a tech genius or savvy business person, but you might inspire someone to start a business who will be the next world changing CEO. Or, maybe you are the person who will join people like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Bill Gates. You never know.
Whether you want to change the world or just make a few extra bucks a month, starting your own business online can be a great way to get started! You’ll learn something new everyday while pursuing your passion - and maybe even influence your friends and family to do the same.