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Ranking the 22 best small business ideas of 2019

So you’re probably here to get some small business ideas.

Good.

Remember, you’re either building your own dream or you’re building someone else’s. #truth

First, you’ll wanna watch this quick video. It breaks it down better than my post:

Watch the whole thing? Good. You can learn more here.

To save you from mindlessly wandering the internet for ideas, I’ve only packed gems on this list.

I’ve handpicked the darlings based on a few things:

1) Projected industry growth

2) Barriers to entry

3) Potential earnings

4) Time wealth (the ability for the idea to be automated/passive)

You could say I’m “digitally-biased”, but I give love to the ideas that can be scaled/automated infinitely.

Knowing that time is our most precious currency, building a digital business gives you a crack at building a “system” that generates wealth for you 24/7.

You’ll see many of those ideas show up in the top spots of this list.

The short story? There’s never been a better time to start a small business.

So down to business. This guide comes in two parts:

Part 1: Ranking the best small business ideas of 2019

Part 2: Covers 2 actionable take-aways for small businesses

So, without further ado, here are the top small business ideas of 2019:

22. Microbrewery

Microbreweries and craft beer remain wildly popular, particularly in the U.S.

The industry was worth more than $22 billion in 2015, up about $4 billion for the year (1).

If you’re a craft beer hobbyist, it might be time to take your recipes to the next level. Fair warning: this idea does come in at number 22 because it is capital-intense during start-up.

21. Food truck

The food truck industry is growing. Fast. In 2015, the industry’s total revenue was $1.2 billion, a five-year increase of 12.4% (2). Projections say growth over the next five years will slow but continue at 3.7% to $1.7 billion (3).

For those with big culinary dreams but small risk tolerance, food trucks are a winning alternative to restaurants. Food trucks are much less expensive to start and operate, and the failure rate of food trucks is much lower.

(The failure rate for food trucks is just 10% to 20% as opposed to 60% to 90% for restaurants.)

You should know this idea comes in at 21 because the food truck industry as a whole is characterized by stiff competition and unfavorable municipal regulations in most cities.

Also, get familiar with Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. The best food trucks are crushing social media.

20. Remote employee monitoring

There’s no doubt the workforce is becoming more and more remote, so it follows reason that industries serving the phenomenon would profit.

Getcha sum.

By 2020, the U.S. remote worker population is expected to grow to 105.4 million (4). But bosses are still gonna want to stand over their employees’ shoulders, even if they have to do it virtually. As a result, the “remote employee monitoring” business is booming.

Look into remote programs or consider check out some online MBA options as well.

19. E-bikes 

With Tesla being the posterboy of all-things electric, the industry is in good hands.

E-bike sales, for example, are expected to hit close to 50 million units by 2018.

A smart business could sell e-bikes and kits to “electrify” traditional bicycles.

(You replace the front or back wheel hub with one containing a small electric motor and add a battery and cabling.)

Boom.

18. Translation and language services

All that cross-lingual communication has generated an insane opportunity for translators.

The hiring of interpreters and translators is projected to grow by 46% over the next 15 years. To put that in perspective, it’s much faster growth than the average for all occupations combined (5).

If you have a gift for languages, or if you can build a business that brings together foreign-language speakers with clients in need, you can pull some profit. EspressoEnglish (6) and FluentIn3Months (7) are leveraging the online language education market expertly.

WARNING: Google or some other tech giant will probably abolish this industry in 15 years. Language recognition technology will exponentially get better.

(I read that in Alec Ross’ The Industries of the Future)

Still, you got 15 years. Go hard.

17. Virtual reality

VR technology has finally arrived. Folks are expected to buy over 12 million VR headsets in 2016 (8).

But how do you build a business around VR? Take a cue from these guys:

1) LiveKnot (9) targets the wedding market. Offering to shoot the entire service in VR, they already have a few hundred requests from $2K to $10K a pop. Not bad.

2) Immersive VR Education (10) is a company that’s using VR to reimagine the training and education industry.

So where to start?

Either 1) sell headsets (SEO/FB ads required) or 2) Service a particular niche in VR, like the 2 companies above.

16. Healthy vending machines

Google “healthy vending machines” and you get a bunch of ads.

That’s a good sign.

The biggest reason? Corporations want their employees to eat healthier.

The industry is a whopping $42 billion, and for about $30K to $225K, you can become the operator of a healthy vending machine franchise (11).

The industry has strong social and political backing and is primed only to grow. Plus, the income is almost entirely passive.

15. Software school

Final Cut, QuickBooks, Photoshop, whatever. If you can shred any specialized software, you can build a business around teaching people how to use it.

Teach private lessons by the hour, and grow into small group sessions and charge by the complete tutorial. You can always hire on other specialists and diversify.

Don’t limit yourself geographically, either. Think ebooks, online courses, consulting, etc.

14. Green/off-grid living

Building materials made to reduce pollution and waste are gaining traction (12).

Green living, off-grid living, shipping containers, tiny homes, etc..

Off-grid living has really bounced the last few years:

Rising consumer interest in energy-efficient products is fueling explosive growth in this sector.

Sustainable building materials currently amount to a $36.1 billion industry—one that’s expected to grow by 10.6% annually until 2020 (13).

Consider BioMason (14), an innovative start-up that figured out how to make construction bricks without using heat or The Daily Prep (15) who provides courses on alternative energy/off-grid living.

13. Kid-friendly apps

Tens of millions of kids are using smartphones and tablets these days, and there’s money to be made.

In fact, three-quarters of children have access to a mobile device.

That’s big business if you know how to develop apps—or if you’re creative and know how to hire people who do. Focus on health and wellness-driven apps first to get the parents on your side. Big opportunity.

12. Drone rentals

Recreational drones are all the rage (16) and the applications of drones—scientific research, surveillance, delivery—are on the rise.

Now that the Federal Aviation Administration finalized regulations set to integrate drones into national airspace, the industry will take off (17).

Drone rentals are one space to consider a new business. Companies like Blue Skies (18) are making a killing renting drones under the same model as the old Netflix—rent it online, mail it back. Shipping’s free.

Drone flight instruction and certification are also strong contenders. Just don’t call them drones around pilots. They’ll punch you.

They’re UASs (unmanned aircraft systems).

11. Dating consultant

Perhaps no activity has been more disrupted by technology in recent years than dating.

Dating has changed, but the advice segment of the dating market remains mostly the same, stuck in the days of newspaper columns and flaccid Cosmo lists. 

Suggestions: build an info-product or start a matchmaking service if you’re in a big market.

Examples:

1) Have the Relationship You Want (19) is a business that specifically targets women and sells “programs” that promise to teach the secrets of “making him fall deeply in love forever”

2) Mark Manson (20)  teaches guys how to connect better with women

10. Smartphone repair

Super high-demand, but ripe for disruption.

Like 24-hour turnaround repair? Same-day shipping?

It’s getting crowded, but at minimum, you could offer services in your local city or state.

Smartphone repair businesses like iDropped (21) are going national, but there’s room for more players. If you have a knack for smartphones and like the idea of running a business that fixes things, this is a solid route.

9. Gluten-free

Gluten-free product sales are growing 34% year-over-year, and total sales will breach $2.34 billion in the U.S. alone by 2019 (22).

They’ve trended well the last few years:

Of course, there’s the built-in customer base of those who suffer from Celiac Disease. But loads of people are hopping on the bandwagon, too.

Pizza Hut even recently debuted its first gluten-free pizza.

Bakeries do well, but there’s an opportunity for specialized eateries that serve the hard-to-come-by gluten-free fresh foods like soup, salads, and so on.

And as with most businesses on my lists, there’re potential revenue opportunities with “selling your expertise”: Gluten-free has nebulous meaning to most people. Online courses in gluten-free dieting, food preparation, and certifications are hot, too.

8. Eldercare

Over 75 million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964 (the baby-boomers), and now they’re retiring or headed that way.

Ninety percent of them want to continue living at home (23). The comparative affluence of the boomers creates a wealth of opportunity for senior-serving businesses. 

From driving and delivery services, catering, cleaning, pet care, landscaping, and home care, to unlimited franchise opportunities (24), the market is ripe.

Be different. Like, consider a mobile beauty salon that travels to senior customers. Beauticians on the Go (25) is one company exploiting this.

What other “on the go” services could serve Eldercare? Start there.

7. Subscription-based 

Become the “Dollar Shave Club of _____”.

Think about it.

Dollar Shave Club made its $ by getting people on a monthly subscription for razors. What else do people want/need on the monthly? Bi-monthly?

There’s plenty of consumer niches that haven’t been hit with this model.

Two tips: focus on niches and keep prices low. Offering less expensive, highly niche products will help you stand out from the competition as you grow.

Sites like Crate Joy (26) can take care of everything for your box subscription business, and they’re killer for competition research, too.

6. Niche pet services

The pet industry is straight flame right now. 

By 2019, the market is expected to hit $92 billion, and a variety of recent start-ups have proven that with a little innovation and niche targeting, you can blow up (27).

Here’s some niche pet companies making big moves:

1) Bird Tricks (28) teaches customers how to train their parrots. Revenue comes primarily from courses, bird equipment, and bird food.

2) Susan Garrett at Dog Agility (29) teaches agility training for dogs. She makes the bulk of her money through workshops and courses.

3) ToiletTrainedCat (30) trains cats to use the toilet and generates a bundle via training system books and DVDs.

What’s your pet niche? Digitalize it and sell it online.

5. Post-production video services

There were over 6 trillion cross-platform video views in the last year, a whopping 71% increase year-on-year. By 2020, video will account for 90% of all internet traffic (31).

That’s just the internet.

There’s also businesses who want videos made for training, events, special occasions, or just because.

Bottom line: the video business is booming.

Post-production is everything that happens to a video after the footage has been shot. This includes editing, motion graphics, music, titles, effects, compressions and distribution, and so on.

And as a bonus, you could monetize your post-production expertise, too: Izzy Video (32) is an example of how to build out revenue streams through online tutorials and coaching.

4. Social media consultant

DJ Skee (featured image) went from laying down mixtapes to becoming a social media consultant for large brands like T Mobile.

Now be real for a sec.

We all have that friend that probably smokes too much weed who comes up with outlandish/wild ideas.

But they’re borderline genius, too.

Boring, bloated corporations are now desperately looking for “that guy”.

As the Internet landscape broadens, businesses are looking for more highly specialized advice. That’s why I’m recommending niche social media consulting. If you have particular expertise in specific platforms—Snapchat, IG, Facebook — then you can pull down decent bucks.

Think about it: These companies are too busy selling car insurance or selling mattresses or whatever. 

They’re looking for someone who can connect with their audiences. Absurd amounts of creativity and digital savviness required.

How to get there: You’ll need to show case studies of how YOU used social media to connect a product or offer to people. Building out your own personal brand will always help, too.

Best training: Tai Lopez Social Media Agency

3. Corporate wellness

Oh yeah: Mix bloated corporate budgets with politics and sprinkle some health trends on top.

It’s a beautiful thing for the opportunity-seeker.

Companies have finally realized that investing in employee health—particularly mental health—saves millions in lost productivity and missed work days in the long run.

In fact, 2015 was a banner year for the industry, and now more than 70% of employers offer some wellness program, up from 58% in 2008 (33).

Now, companies are hiring outside firms to provide massage, yoga, healthy food, exercise coaching, meditation, and more. And businesses are hiring outside firms to manage these programs, too.

Companies are spending an average of up to $900 per year per employee on wellness programs. If you can land a corporate client with just 1,000 employees, you’re already setting well.

Sure, there might be some corporate red tape, but get that money lol.

Check out Snack Nation‘s list of the top corporate wellness companies to help you trigger some ideas (34).

2. Crowdsourcing

Become the “Airbnb of ____”

Pretty much.

Renting is the craze. People realize it’s not fun owning a bunch of stuff when you can lease it. Tools, boats, RVs, cars—the list will only grow  (35).

Step 1) build a platform where people can list their stuff to be rented

Step 2) get that platform in front of the ideal audience (Facebook ads is prime for this)

Step 3) keep a small cut on each transaction

Good luck.

1. SEO for local businesses

A few of my brothers (I have 5 lol) have asked me what’s the best small business to start?

I tell em, with little hesitation, to provide leads for local businesses.

(This is done by building out optimized websites that generate leads for businesses)

Why?

It checks off all the requirements that I talked about:

1) Projected growth (local businesses aren’t going anywhere: dentists, personal injury lawyers, landscapers, pest control, etc)

2) Barriers of entry (local businesses are usually competing against fewer than 15 other companies…super low competition)

3) Potential earnings (this business can be scaled infinitely…you could have 100+ websites generating leads for 100 different businesses)

4) Time wealth (this business can be 100% automated/passive after sites are ranking…)

As long as people are using their laptops or smartphones to find their next solar company, landscape architect, locksmith, real estate agent, etc…this business will thrive.

How does it work?

Step 1) build out a website that targets an industry + city (ex: pest control services in Austin, TX)

Step 2) optimize site to show up on first page of Google for business keywords

Step 3) send leads to a business that provides services

Step 4) get paid for each lead (referral) that leads to a sale

Rinse and repeat with as many markets as you want.

The secret to this business model is you serve leads up on a platter for businesses. That way, they can’t lose. They’ll only pay you when your lead gives them a sale. They’ll always say yes to more leads, and you’ll get paid.

That’s the beauty of the business. I’ve seen dozens of people quit their 9-5 jobs using this method.

(we offer local lead generation coaching to 1/3 people who apply)

If there is a more scalable, higher-earning small business idea that has a higher probability of success and can eventually be 100% automated, please let me know.

I’ll Paypal anyone $500 who can show me a better way.

Part 2: Small business trends

The short story?

There isn’t a better time to start a small business.

Nowadays, you can test an idea using Facebook ads to get feedback in days to validate your idea. You don’t have to pour thousands into a storefront shop somewhere.

These are exciting times.

Some final reminders:

1) Go digital

“What’s that really mean?”, you’re still wondering.

It means your business can be operated from your smartphone or laptop.

It means your customers can find you from anywhere in the world.

It means your customers can find you anytime.

It means you’ll make money while you’re sleeping.

It means you’ll be able to replicate yourself/your product infinitely by way of video or writing (like this blog post that gets read over and over)

It means your company costs/overhead will usually be much cheaper than traditional brick-and-mortar businesses

There’s a reason why my online business ideas post did so well. People are drawn to digital-centric businesses.

No-brainer if you’re a small business “newbie”.

2) Get noticed

When you have a small business (hopefully a digitalized one), you’ll need to get in front of your audience.

These are the best ways to do this:

1) provide content that is helpful on your website or blog

(like this blog…I usually spend 20+ hours for each post, but people also get considerable value from them and many choose to eventually partner with me…very lucrative)

2) advertise in front of your audience

(Facebook ads are the best for this because of how targeted your ads can be…ex: female yoga enthusiasts in Austin, TX…uber targeted…this is also the best/quickest way to validate your business idea)

3) provide content where your audience hangs out

(Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, niche forums, etc) and utilize crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and ProductHunt to launch/validate your business idea

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This concludes our small business ideas guide.

Don’t glaze these ideas and then watch Netflix.

We got 100 years on this earth (if we’re lucky), and you’re living in the glorious informational age. Take action.

I wasn’t shy about my #1 recommendation, but the most important decision will be your decision to take action.

Do something. Right now. -Jeremy

I’ll Paypal you $500 if you show me a better small business idea than our method.

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Ranking the 18 best online business ideas of 2018

(Updated for 2018)

If you’re not participating in the digital economy, you gotta ask yourself why.

More bluntly: If you’re broke or hate your job but you’re not doing anything about it, you’re being selfish (sorry not sorry).

That’s where some online business ideas can help.

If you do anything with this post, watch this quick video. It summarizes it perfectly:

Watch the whole thing? Good.

(Learn more about our method here)

Back to the ideas. So, this guide is two parts:

Part 1: ranks the top 18 online business ideas

Part 2: goes into online business monetization trends

The following online business ideas are ranked according to market trends, highest probability of success and projected earning potential.

Here we go:

18. 3D printing services

Sometimes called “additive manufacturing,” 3D printing is changing the world.

They’ve been hot for a minute, though:

And good news: the vast majority of the world don’t have 3D printers sitting at home. Market is ripe.

Most predictions say the market for 3D printing will reach $16.2 billion by 2018 (1), and you can take a chunk of that by printing 3D blueprints, prototypes, and anything else your customers need. You’ll probably want to start by focusing on one niche, like: 3d printing for dolls, etc.

You can get a decent 3D printer these days for around $3,000 large (2), but be warned: if prices continue to drop and ease of use continues to increase, it may not be long before 3D printers reach critical mass. 

17. Proofreader

Business executives are expected to be “thought-leaders,” publishing work on multiple platforms from Medium to LinkedIn.  

Social profiles need to be on point, bios need to stunt hard, too. Most CEOs and C-levels ain’t got time for that. And thats good news for online proofreading/editing businesses.

This space will only get bigger.

16. e-Commerce store owner

“Everything is moving online”, people are saying.

Forget that. It already has. This year alone, e-commerce shopping in the U.S. is predicted to increase by 45% (3).

If you can make something, you can sell it. Or, if you have a keen eye for deals and understand what shoppers want, you can save yourself some sweat by selling consignment goods.

Whether on Etsy or eBay, you can generate multiple streams of internet income through e-commerce.

Two tips: find a dropshipper for your product and learn some SEO.

15. Website flipper

Domain flipping is just like house flipping—buy a “property” at reduced cost, mark it up or improve it, sell it for a primo profit. Platforms like Flippa will get you there.

A bit like trading in stocks, domain flipping requires you to be a helluva good trend analyzer, but if you are, you can kill this.

One domain flipper grossed $165K off eight domains in only two months (4).

14. Travel blogger

Airbnb may have nuked travel agents, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of dough still to be made telling people where they should go. It’s based on the commission model, and it works like this:

1. Start a travel blog. Niches are easier, so focus on specific activities, demographics, or locales.

2. Optimize the blog for your target partnerships.

3. Write quality, useful content until you have a good following. (This is the hard part—the times of famine—but the payoff at the end can make it well worth it.)

4. Now start posting content that supports your partners. For example, if you post a story on cruising the Mediterranean, partner with a cruise provider to promote a travel deal. They will have no problem throwing you a decent kickback for every verified sale.

Want the chance to make more and work less? Focus on luxury travel and big-ticket offers. That’s where the real cream is.

13. On-demand app creator

People have a crazy appetite for apps, and it only gets bigger the more they consume. In 2011, global app downloads amounted to about 2.5 billion.

They’re predicted to shatter the 250 billion downloads mark by 2017 (5). That’s 100-times growth in just about five years.

Everyone wants to make an app these days, and if you know how to write code for one, you can write your own ticket, too. Apps are a fast moving money train, and it’s a good time to climb aboard.

Still, its getting crowded quick, and making an app certainly doesn’t mean success.

12. Video editing provider

By 2019, 90% of all internet traffic is going to be video (6).

You’ve probably seen those annoying, transcribed videos on your Facebook timeline, right?

(the ones you can watch on mute)

Yeah those. If you can make those you’ll be employed for as long as you want.

If you can lay down killer cuts with Final Cut, Avid, or Adobe Premiere, starting an online video editing business is a no-brainer.

For remote collaboration with customers, I like video review and approval platform, Wipster.

11. Tax preparer

If you don’t mind the minutia, there will always be time-strapped people and small businesses that need help with their taxes.

No glamour, but high-demand.

You gotta get certified, though. If it’s your thing, it’s worth it, though: Experienced pros can charge $100 an hour or more (7).

10. Web designer/coder

There is a never-ending need for new websites with quality graphic and interface design.

And while you’ll have to have an innate sense of aesthetic style and baller UI skills, a lot of what goes into quality web design can be learned—you guessed it—online.

Try CreativeLive for affordable (and sometimes free) courses on the foundations of modern web design.

Once you get designing under your belt, you can start offering your clients website development, too.

As a web developer, you’re writing the math of the site. You can get a pretty good foundation in coding in as little as a few months with inexpensive online training offered by folks like Codecademy.

9. College consultant

No industry is being disrupted more by the internet than education.

One aspect of education where an internet business could really take off is financial aid.

The college debt crisis is everywhere. News, politics, they can’t get enough of it. People are afraid to go into debt now, and a lot of them will pay good money for help through the financial aid maze.

It’s a lot of paperwork. But some people like that stuff (I’m not judging).

If you’re one of them, you can do pretty well. The average consultant makes $81 grand a year (8). But you can quickly expand business into other markets if you’re hungry for more.

Many college consultants—some people say education consultants—are also CPAs. You could offer college consulting, and, you guessed it, tax preparation (number 16), and you’ll be hiring on staff in no time.

8. Internet researcher

What if you could build a business around something you’re already doing half the time anyway? Well, you kinda can.

Get paid to research stuff. Or data mining, as some would say.

All you really need is a MacBook with good wi-fi and a staff of remote researchers.

And, as always, focus on a couple of niches. If you specialize in only a handful of information types, you’ll deliver better results.

Content creators, marketers, publishers, attorneys, political groups, and probably a few college students—the potential client list is endless. Start with very competitive pricing, but as your project load builds, ramp up to charging more.

7. e-Rental business

We all knew that people were renting private homes through companies like HomeAway and Airbnb, but people are renting other stuff, too.

A Lambo for the night, a Makita for the weekend project, an Airstream, maybe a parking spot for the big game—people pay well for the luxury of using something without having to own it.

You gotta have money to invest for this online business, but if you’ve got resources, there’s excellent ROI.

Be warned: there’s a lot of legwork managing the various listings and maintaining the rentals, but with help from all the Airbnb-like platforms, the rest is taken care of.

6. Virtual concierge

What’s the one thing everyone needs more of?

That one thing that people will hand over Amex black cards for?

Time.

A virtual concierge business provides clients with an all-in-one solution for, well, life. From business and personal arrangements to hard-to-get reservations—the potential list of offerings goes on.

You’ll need to think, “growth”—both geographically and regarding services. One Concierge, operating globally and with a host of offerings, is a good role model. And judging from their membership page, business is good.

Their membership packages are up to $18 grand a year (9).

5. Interior design consultant

With the advent of virtual reality and 360-degree video, professions that once required real-world interactions no longer do.

Interior design is becoming one of them.

If you have the skill and style, online interior design is a profitable place to be.

You’ll probably wanna start blowing up your Instagram and Snapchat to showcase your skills.

And as always, make your style harder to follow. Be different.

4. Dropshipper

“Come again”, you might be thinking.

Drop shipping is a business model where you buy your inventory direct from manufacturers who ship out to your customers without the middlemen.

Think: Amazon, Alibaba.

It’s toward the top of this list because you could literally get going with little to zero start-up money. 

You could:

1) blog about stuff

2) sell stuff thats not yours on Amazon or Alibaba

Payouts are small, though.

3. SEO consultant

Peep the mountainous up-tick search “how to SEO” has enjoyed:

SEO refers to all the things one can do to improve a webpage’s search engine ranking.

From on-page tactics like copywriting headlines and meta-tags, to off-page tactics like building authoritative backlinks and generating social shares, everyone wants their site to be in the number one spot on Google. Lucky for you, they’ll pay you to help them get there.

SEO can be learned, too, so with a little study, but mostly from DOING.

2. Content provider

Content is everything. 

If you’re a crazy-good writer, you can (and should) charge crazy-good prices. Proof is the pudding, though, right? Where has your work been published? If you haven’t been published, your “perceived value” will be less.

To solve this,

1) start guest blogging for outlets until you work your way up to Huffington Post, Fortune and Forbes-level

(do-able in a year or less if you’re a killer writer)

2) send your published work when you inquire for jobs

Also, stay in your lane. Proclaiming you’re an expert at everything will make people trust you less. Find your niche (health, finance, small business, marketing, etc) and become a 1%-er writer in that space.

Then watch those deposits blow up your Paypal.

1. Lead generator for local businesses

Lowest barrier of entry? Check.

Weakest competition? Check.

This is a painfully simple business model.

Step 1) build out local lead sites (like pest control services in Dallas, TX)

Step 2) set up a virtual business/phone # and collect legitimate leads

Step 3) pass leads on to businesses, and collect checks

Yes, you’ll need to learn some local optimization strategies, but your competition is usually 4-5 other businesses, depending on what niches you get into.

Think about that: you vs. 4-5 other businesses, not you vs. the world wide web.

No-brainer.

I’ve personally seen dozens of people kill their daytime jobs using this method. Scout’s honor.

Rinse and repeat this method over and over (multiple sites) or start SEO consulting (our 3rd best online business idea on our list).

Not a bad way to go.

Part 2: Online business monetization trends

The short story: sell your expertise.

That’s where all trends are pointing.

Ebooks, online courses, remote coaching, virtual tutorials or even a “membership only” site—these are all effective ways to “sell your expertise.”

Step 1) become an authority at something (1%-er)

Step 2) provide tons of free expertise on your site

Step 3) offer a paid, “premium” version of your already-amazing content

This type of monetization will only increase. To give you an idea of the market: self-published ebooks now account for 45% of sales on Amazon, up from about 25% only a year ago (10).

Examples of people doing this well:

Management Consulted (11). A top site for information on resumes, interviews, case studies, and finding jobs. Revenue comes through ebooks, courses, and personal coaching.

Goins, Writer (12). Freelancer, Jeff Goins, makes a living as a wordsmith, but most of his revenue comes from ebooks and online courses.

Dog Agility (13). Susan Garrett trains dogs on agility courses, but she makes bank training remote clients how to do the same through online workshops and courses.

Don’t sleep on membership sites. I mean, just 100 members at $40 a month is $4K. Crazy.

And most certainly, don’t sleep on providing leads for local businesses.

If there is an easier, more sustainable way to make online money, seriously lemme know.

 

I’ll Paypal you $500 if you show me a better online business idea than our method.

 

Either way, hope this guide has prompted you to take action.

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Ranking the best 25 work from home jobs of 2017

(Updated for 2017)

I work in my ultra-soft Billionaire Boys Club drawstring shorts most days.

But before you make fun of me for spending $110 on a pair of shorts, adjust your mind a little.

Most business people (attorneys, sales directors) drop “thousands” annually for their work uniforms, why wouldn’t I invest in the comfiest, work-from-home shorts in the world?

Besides, I make more money than most attorneys and I work from anywhere 😉

This post will help you get on that level. The digital economy has been kind to us, and you should be paying attention.

Part 1: ranks the top 25 work from home jobs

Part 2: dives deeper into work from home trends

If you’d like to “shortcut” to the most important part, watch this quick video:

You can learn more here.

Without further ramble, here are the top 25 work from home jobs according to your probability of success, projected income and projected growth:

25. Internet or telephone sales

Telephone sales? I know, 1998 called and wants his job back. You’d be surprised. As more companies move away from storefront (car dealerships, in-home care etc), this will only get bigger. With companies offering signing bonuses of $5,000 and annual average earnings at $60K and higher (1), more and more people are jumping on board.

But don’t think talking on the phone all day with a grip of potential customers—some satisfied but most of them pissed—will be easy. Thick skin required.

24. Organization specialist

Minimalism is trending. With hoarders and homemakers in need, professional organizers—or “clutter consultants”—are in demand.

A professional organizer helps people and businesses to reduce clutter and organize space, time, and life. It’s like having a personal trainer for living. They delve into client’s personal lives, possessions, and spaces and help bring the clutter down a notch. And what’s more, organization specialists can bill $90 per hour or more (2). [continue reading…]

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Grant Cardone and why you should 10x your life

I started reading The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone when my brother and I were driving to Seaside, Oregon.

Cardone was tagging my brain with so many mindset-WTF’s in the first few pages I had to cop the audio so my 19-year-old brother could listen as well.

“I love my brother too much”, I thought, before purchasing it on the Audible app.

And for the next 8 or 9 hours, Grant Cardone preached. If you’re here to see if you should buy the book, hop over to Amazon and shove it in your cart. Great read, nobody exempt.

Sure, Grant goes off into ‘sales conference mode’ a few times, but I dig the hunger. Dude is pushing 60 but sounds like he’s dropping his first mixtape, something you’d expect from a guy who teaches success as a moral obligation.

I had alotta takeaways from the book…here are my top 3:

Takes same effort to make 10k/mo as 100k/mo

Woah.

Let your neurotransmitters hit your thinker with that, cause the difference between those two levels has nothing to do with effort.

Zero.

Both of them will require an abundance of action, no doubt. But effort will be the same.

Only difference? Your mind.

Training your mind to beast out 10x thoughts. Going for those numbers that give normal people anxiety or heart problems.

After this stuck, I looked at my businesses and immediately recalled ways I was using my time to do 1x production. Those activities have now been eliminated or outsourced.

Now, here’s my new mental litmus test before starting any activity:

“Is what I am doing right now thinking on a 10x * current income/mo level?”

If it isn’t, it’s not worth my time.

“Chill, bro”, you’re thinking.

That’s the whole point of the book. Adjust your mind. I’m not sure if Grant purposely wanted everyone to literally make 10x the new target, but why not? If you fall short, at least you weren’t holding yourself back. Manipulate your mind to only serve you 10x thoughts.

So, quick exercise:

1. write down your current monthly goal
2. 10x that goal
3. write the new goal

Might feel kinda weird at first, but you’ll get used to it. Remember, you’re used to seeking vocational validation talking to your peers, teachers, parents, college professors and probably your best friends.

The mean of these salaries? Let’s be honest, $70,000 tops, right?

Of course our minds will gravitate towards that number. It’s the norm. It’s accepted. Just as its the norm to burn through 20 hours of Netflix a week. Doesn’t mean you need to do the same for acceptance, that would be stupid, right? Then why share the same targets with the mainstream? We’ve all been guilty. So, be honest with yourself. Get that 10x goal out there. Put it where you can see it, and start thinking on those levels.

If you’re involved in business that can’t be scaled, why not?

Remember, whether it’s $1,000/mo or $10,000/mo, or $10,000/mo or $100,000/mo, your targets will require comparable amounts of action.

So, trick 10x your mind.

Reaching subpar targets causes more unhappiness than not reaching 10x targets

I see what Cardone was doing here.

He wanted to paint the picture that going 10x is a win-win, regardless.

Why? Cause you’ll be happier not reaching your 10x goals than reaching your subpar targets. And it makes perfect sense. Think about it, when was the last time you felt happy for reaching a subpar goal?

Targets are set too low.

Many reasons why people get burnt out in the first place. There’s no excitement in the process. You know these kind of people. They’re the human version of off-brand soda.

Where’s the legacy? 10x targets don’t allow boredom, there’s too much excitement in the process. Ask yourself, “are my targets really a used Honda Civic with power windows?”

And remember, later in your life you’ll more than likely realize you were capable of doing bigger things.

So make the change now.

Embrace fear, but remove time from fear

We’ve always been schooled that fear is an emotion that should be avoided.

Grant begs to differ.

“If you’re not fearing something, you’re not getting uncomfortable enough”, he says.

It’s an interesting thought, and you don’t have to agree 100% for it to help your life. We can learn to embrace fear as a positive feeling when we’re living 10x. That’s the only time it can be twisted that way. Otherwise, the fear is unfounded.

The real nugget, IMO, is this:

We can use fear to catapult action, by removing time from fear.

In other words, whenever we fear something, attack it before time allows the fear to grow.

Not qualified for that video appearance on national TV? Say yes, then figure it out later.

Getting nervous before calling a CEO? Call her before you develop self-limiting thoughts.

Remove time from fear.

Like a fire, fear grows with time and is resolved through quick action. It forces people to treat fear with a “come at me, bro” mindset so it’s dealt with quickly. And if we’re living 10x, fear is embraced as a sign that we’re staying 10x.

Just keep oxidating your fears into higher opportunities, and continue creating new fears.

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That’s it for The 10x Rule.

Salute to Grant, the book shifted my targets, so I’m thankful.

Need 10x training? Our 10x-friendly coaching teaches people how to crush their day job through simple websites.

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Advocare is a big-time sports and wellness multi-level marketing company.

The MLM nutrition space is crowded with companies so you really have to bring it.

Advocare has.

With their popular workout drink, Advocare Spark, to their signing of Drew Brees, Advocare is an intriguing company.

Like Herbalife, they’ve had their fair share of pyramid scheme accusations and media hit jobs (1, 2, 3), but they’re still a top 5 nutrition direct-sales lock.

FAQ

1. What does Advocare sell? Nutritional products, specifically targeted to athletes.

2. What are Advocare’s most popular products? Advocare Spark (workout drink), Ready-to-drink protein (protein shake), Advocare One/80 (formerly called 24 day challenge, which is a nutritional program that includes body cleanses, Advocare Spark and others)

3. How much does it cost to join Advocare?

4. Is Advocare a scam? Some say it is, including a report by ESPN that questioned the company’s business model (4), but the company allows people to purchase products as retail without joining the company, technically not making it a pyramid scheme.

5. What is Advocare’s BBB rating? A+ (5)

6. How long has Advocare been in business? Since 1993.

7. Advocare’s revenue? $586M, 2016.

8. How many Advocare distributers? Over 500,000 (6)

9. What lawsuits have been filed? Ethics lawsuit in 2009 (7), pyramid scheme allegations (8),

10. Comparable companies: Beachbody, TruVision, Herbalife

11. Recommended? Product-wise, they’re pretty good. Opportunity-wise, there are better. If you’re doing it “for the money”, there are much better ways to make money online.

Learn more about our #1 recommendation here.

Products

Advocare has 80+ products, ranging from ready-to-drink protein to metabolism boosters. Here are the most popular ones:

1. Advocare Spark

Advocare Spark seems to be a cross of a pre-workout and BCAA supplement, which you’d want to drink before and during workouts.

They’re also marketing it as a “cognitive enhancer”, so i guess you could put it in the nootropic or energy drink category as well.

Either way, Spark seems to have cult status with Advocare users, easily being one of their most popular supplements.

What ingredients are in Spark? Taurine, caffeine, choline, l-tyrosine and vitamins like B6, B12, theomine, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid (9).

How many calories are in Spark? 15

How much caffeine is in Spark? 60 mg per serving

Is Spark good for you? It’s ok if you’re not sensitive to caffeine. Vitamins and minerals are good for you, and they’ll help with your energy levels and muscle recovery, too. There are also 0 sugars, as they use sucralose for sweetening.

Product alternatives? Amino Energy, by Optimum Nutrition

2. Advocare One/80 (formerly “24 day challenge”)

This is a full-out wellness program.

From a marketing perspective, it’s genius because it gets people attached to their fitness products inside the Advocare One/80 bundle as they follow day-by-day routines designated in the program to hit fitness goals.

Whats inside the bundle? Spark, meal replacement shakes, MNS 3 (they’re calling this a metabolic pill, so its a hybrid appetite suppressant/metabolism booster/vitamin), and some fiber and omega 3 support supplements. And a workbook that has all the details of the program.

Not a bad mix since all of those products can help people lose or maintain weight and live healthier lives. The only product that could use more explanation is MNS-3, but thats usually the case with most diet or fat burner-ish supplements.

Whats the Advocare One/80 program like?

3. Advocare Ready-to-drink Protein

Advocare Ready-to-drink protein was designed for simplicity and convenience. Each carton comes with 20g of protein and 140 calories, making it a solid option for protein consumption post workout or for reaching your daily protein goals.

For more aggressive gains, Advocare also has their Muscle Gain shake, which has 25g of protein per serving (10).

Product alternatives? Muscle Milk,

 

products enjoy several winning features, most notably an endorsement from supplement guru Dr. Oz for the quality of their product as tested by ConsumerLab.com. [2]

They’ve got Advocare Spark, which is a household name in its own right, generating more buzz than a competitors entire company:

Advocare also just signed a multiyear agreement to become the Official Sports Nutrition Partner for Major League Soccer…this is World Cup level! [3]

Of course a few of Advocare’s products have had their share of controversy. It was discovered that their Arginine Extreme supplement was tainted with clenbuterol after Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy tested positive for the enhancer while taking the Advocare product.

They also suffered a PR setback after an ill-advised marketing campaign targeted kids for a caffeine-riddled sports drink.

Lol. Could be worse, but still…

Mistakes were made but Advocare seems to have weathered these setbacks and continues to surge forward with sales and distributorships despite the bad publicity they received concerning these events.

Usually management and founder don’t spell much for your typical MLM…they’re either too young to have much experience, their past is hidden from internet view, or they’re simply too shady to lend their company any cache.

Not here. The current president and CEO of Advocare, Richard Wright, has all the right stuff:

  • grew distributor network from 30,000 to over 500,000 since he took over in 2007
  • board member at Southern Methodist University
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Distinguished American Award from National Football Foundation
  • Served on the senior staff of U.S. Congressman Jim McCreary

All that may not mean much to you- after all, what does the National Football Foundation know about MLM? But consider this: Richard Wright is a bona fide successful businessman and this is what people like that do: they collect awards and serve on boards. Just take a look at the resume of any large company CEO- you’ll see a similar collection of awards and positions.

Compensation Plan

Here’s how you earn income:

  • Retail Sales. Purchase products at 20%-40% discount and sell them at full retail price. The difference is all yours in profit. Your discount depends on your sales volume but minimum is 20%. Attain a level of $3,000 in the last 1-3 consecutive pay periods to hit that 40% discount level.
  • Earn on your Distributors. You get the difference between your downlines’ discount and your own. So, if you’re at the 30% discount and your new distributor you signed up is at the base level of 20%, you get 10% of their sales. This is called Wholesale Commissions.
  • Bonuses. To qualify for the various bonuses, you must sell at least 5 products to 5 different customers during the pay period. Keep it up or you lose all your compensation for that pay period. Advocare will actually contact your customers to verify the sales!
  • Overrides. If you’re at the 40% level that means you attained Advisor level, which qualifies you to earn overrides of up to 7% on your downlines. It goes as deep as 3 levels.
  • Tons of bonuses. Too many to list here, so check out the Advocare Compensation plan in its original form here.

Recap

Prestige and power are good any time you can associate yourself with these qualities, so it’s certainly going to help in recruitment that Advocare is so respected and well known in the MLM world.

Sure there have been some mishaps along the way- name a huge company which hans’t had PR snafus and misdirected product lines. In all of 22 years in business, there were only the 3 major issues listed above, so this is a non-issue as far as I’m concerned.

Advocare’s heavy involvement with the DSA, the impressive credentials of their management, and celebrity endorsements all serve to lend their distributors the backing of a true winner in a field of copy cats.

What’s better than when the Major Soccer League agrees to let you sponsor their team for 4 years? You’ll be selling to people who already know the brand. That helps with recruitment as well as with retail sales. Advocare is also very active in charitable initiatives, other sponsorships, and other newsworthy activities which should almost make it a no-brainer when it comes to marketing the product and setting up a website if that’s your route to success.

Want to represent a heavy hitter in the over-saturated world of nutrition products, where branding and marketing are essentially done for you? Advocare wouldn’t be a bad choice.

But if you’re in this to chase money, just stop. There are much better ways to kill your 9-to-5 job and make money online, without MLMs, recruiting, and ponzi schemes.

Gotta b-slap those tacky money-chasing habits.

In other words, you might like our coaching because it shows “the good life” without 3-way calls or spamming wellness products to your Facebook friends.

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How to live alpha

Living alpha is a good look.

Superior provider? Peak performer? Stays ready? Check, check, check. I don’t claim to have all the alpha answers, but my life is trending in an alpha-sorta-way. [continue reading…]

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