11 Solopreneur Business Ideas for One-Person Online Income

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Our Favorite Business Ideas for Solo Entrepreneurs

Since making online income and working from home have become exponentially more popular in recent years, we’ve seen the rise of a new kind of businessperson: the solopreneur.

As the name implies, solopreneurship is a one-person operation, which comes with both pros and cons.

The solopreneur is the only person responsible for a business’ success — or its failure.

But the advantages are obvious: with no boss to answer to, you call the shots.

Plus, you might not even have to leave your living room couch to work as an online solopreneur.

If this sounds good to you so far, keep reading.

We’ve put together a list of solopreneur business ideas that will help you generate income online, all by yourself.

Many don’t require you to chase after clients, either.

Why start a solo online business?

Some of the benefits of starting a solo online business are clear.

You can work from home, which offers numerous mental health benefits, and you’ll enjoy independence from a traditional job, where you would work under a boss or manager daily.

It also doesn’t cost much to get started, and once you get the ball rolling, the sky’s the limit on your income.

You can even sell your business later on or expand it into something much bigger than you imagined.

Of course, much of this success will rest solely on your shoulders.

You’ll be your own boss in every sense of the word, so you — and only you — are responsible for working hard to ensure your business succeeds.

Freelance Writing

As a full-time freelance writer, I can attest that this is one of the most popular solopreneur careers for good reason.

I set my hours and write and edit on the road, a far cry from my last in-office job.

As a bonus, I often get to cover some really fascinating topics.

Finding success in freelance writing takes a lot of time and hard work, and you may not make much money early on.

But if you don’t give up, you’ll build a strong portfolio that will hook potential clients.

Over time, they’ll begin to seek you out rather than the other way around.

Blogging

It may seem similar to freelance writing, but blogging doesn’t require you to find clients.

Instead, you’ll write for yourself and reap the rewards.

For example, this blog, Success Solver, was created to sell consulting services and digital products, all while earning a little affiliate income on the side.

Before you launch your own blog, research thoroughly to find out how your little corner of the internet will fit into the vast, world wide web.

You’ll want to understand your target audience and how you can provide info that benefits them (and in turn, earns you cash).

Digital Consulting

Though the field covers an array of virtual services, most digital consultants are experts who help business owners achieve technological goals.

Consultants may help boost web traffic, streamline sites for usability, and offer social media guidance, among other tasks.

Digital consultants are frequently tapped to assist with online sales and marketing strategies.

If you have the skills mentioned above, see what other businesses could use your perspective — you might be surprised to learn that even the “pros” need help.

Online Coaching & Mentoring

As more people venture into the world of self-employment, there’s a growing demand for online coaches and mentors.

Like digital consulting, online coaching includes many different services.

But at its most basic, the job entails providing professional and personal support.

Job requirements can get fuzzy — it’s more of a life-based service than traditional consulting.

You can help folks escape creative ruts or give the advice needed to pursue a new career.

Besides the financial gains, watching your mentees succeed can be a truly fulfilling experience.

E-Commerce

Selling tangible, physical products to customers is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of entrepreneurship in the world.

And thanks to the ever-growing availability of online shopping, you, too, can get in on the e-commerce game in the 21st century.

Consider selling products online via dropshipping, a process in which you serve as the middleman between customers and suppliers.

You’ll likely make the most money if you do this on your website, but you can always start on Amazon, eBay, or Etsy first.

Social Media Manager

If you think running social media accounts is simple, you’d be wrong.

But suppose you know about all the hard work that goes into generating content 24/7, monitoring traffic, and starting successful marketing campaigns.

In that case, you might be cut out to be a social media manager.

In the digital age, online businesses need help from capable, trend-savvy individuals to grow their presence on different platforms.

With the right skills, you can take on one of these roles and watch your clients’ follower counts (and your online income) go up.

YouTubing

If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of creating a YouTube channel but felt as though it might be too late to do so, let me silence the nagging voice in your head:

You can still set up a YouTube channel and make money these days.

Yes, really!

It’s free to start, and the creative boundaries here are nearly limitless.

I’ve seen several friends get YouTube channels off the ground, even in recent years.

As you create content, you can make money through advertising, affiliate marketing, and more.

Podcasting

As of 2024, there are over 3 million podcasts worldwide, and pretty much everyone has a favorite.

If you’re a curious conversationalist and can talk about many different subjects (or even just one niche topic), you’ll likely find audiences who want to listen to you.

As your audience grows, you can monetize your podcast with sponsorships, affiliate partnerships, and even selling products (think: merch).

As always, research your desired topic(s) before investing your time and money.

Audio setups aren’t cheap, you know.

Coding/Software Engineering/Web Developing

The tech industry is a slippery beast, but people with coding, software engineering, or web development skills can still find plenty of work out there.

In these tech jobs, you can help clients create digital products, software programs, websites, and much more.

As mentioned, the tech industry can be tricky, and it often goes through growth cycles and crashes.

But for those undaunted by that possibility, working in tech can pay off—according to ZipRecruiter, full-time software engineers earn an average of almost $150K per year.

Photography

This one will require significant up-front investment: a good camera, at least one photography class, and some decent lighting equipment.

The list goes on.

But once you shoot and edit photos, they can be sold online as digital files or prints (if you’re on the right site to do so).

Selling stock and product photos are both excellent ways to start earning money.

Better yet, photography is a great opportunity to make some passive income — my sister runs her own photo business.

She actively shoots for just seven months a year, traveling while selling images the rest of the time.

Etsy and/or eBay Seller

This one will differ slightly from e-commerce in that you’ll sell your own physical products.

These could be thrift store finds (which I do part-time), your own artwork (which I’ve always wanted to try), and even antiques (which my parents do).

Speaking from years of experience, selling your own products requires a lot of time and space, and commission fees from platforms like Etsy and eBay will eat into your profits.

But if you make the logistics work and stick with it, you can save some cash by creating your own website.

Start your one-person business today

These solopreneur business ideas should help inspire you to get your self-employment journey off the ground.

Though you may need to put in some effort to get started, take it from me: the freedom to work from home (or remotely, on the road) is worth its weight in gold.

If you’re unsure whether your business will take off, you can start solopreneurship as a one-person side job.

You’ll have the chance to create income outside the parameters of a traditional job without the anxieties of relying upon one self-earned income stream.

On the other hand, if you’re ready to make money as your boss (and your own employee, your own assistant, your own manager — you get the point), then get ready to dive in.

You may even impress yourself with how much you can accomplish when you fly solo.


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