Chapter 4: What Type of Businesses Can You Have as an Online Business?

In this chapter, we will look at some of the more common types of online businesses that people are running.  Keep in mind, the decision is really up to you as to what type of business you want to run online.

Marketing Business

This is one of the most common types of online businesses around.  You can either run this business by exclusively marketing your own products, or by marketing those of other big budget companies.  But this needs you to produce a visually striking web page that has all the necessary information and purchasing options on it for the products in question.  In order for this business to be successful, it needs to be promoted effectively to potential customers via search engines, email or other sources.  We will look at marketing in more depth in another chapter of this book.

Turnkey Internet Business

This is a very trendy type of business to have online.  This is where you would purchase a website from an already established sector and then run the business on a web platform that is provided to you by the established business.  In order to promote such an online business, there are many different methods that you could use, such as promoting individual products or services to your online customers.

Internet Services

This is a business where specific services are provided to online customers at a reasonable price.  Such businesses are often set up according to a person’s professional expertise and will provide services to their customers in relation to this.  The types of businesses that will come under this umbrella are online consultancies, computer software assistance, and hardware trouble shooting and even such things as how to start an online business.

Medical & Health Care Facility Services

This is where someone will set up a complete online pharmacy and the services related to this type of business will be offered to online customers.  Such businesses will provide customers with medical consultancy, selling of medications and other medical charges.  If you look further into this line of business, you will find that there are several medical institutes who can franchise a person to run a virtual medical and health care facility for them.

But besides the ones mentioned above, there are many other kinds of online businesses around, such as entertainment websites, home decoration, dating, article writing, fitness, allergies, online chat and interaction and email servers are just some.  But no matter what type of online business (“niche”) it is you decide to get involved in, it is important to plan carefully and have the ability promote the business professionally over the internet.