Top 10 Reasons To Start an Online Business

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There are so many reasons to start an online business, and there’s never been a better time than now to make it happen. In today’s digital age, the opportunities for starting a successful online business are practically endless.

From selling virtual services and online courses to blogging and content creation, there are countless ways to make money online. I have a couple of online businesses on the go at the moment (a travel blog plus freelance writing) and have dabbled in others in the past, including online tutoring.

Working for myself online has totally transformed my life, and it has the power to transform yours too. It brings a level of flexibility and freedom that’s simply inconceivable in the majority of “regular” jobs.

Most importantly, you can start to fit your work around your life, rather than your life around your work. Creating your own online business could be one of the best decisions you ever make. It certainly was for me.

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Top Reasons to Start an Online Business

I’m incredibly passionate about the many benefits of starting an online business. I can personally attest to the undeniable empowerment and freedom that working for yourself online brings.

Here are 10 reasons that particularly resonate with me personally. Everybody’s experience is different, but most of the following benefits of being an online business owner are pretty universal.

1. Flexibility and Freedom

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For me, the number-one reason to start an online business is the huge amount of flexibility and freedom that it can bring. You can work from almost anywhere in the world, choose your hours, decide how much (or little) you want to work, how much to charge, and even what to wear to the ‘office’!

I used to be a city lawyer and absolutely hated how restrictive the lifestyle was. The pay was great. But the hours, the commute, the 24-7 email culture, and the performative office nonsense all made me miserable. And don’t even get me started on having to wear smart wear every day!

Now I run my own online business, I rarely set an alarm in the morning. I wear a T-shirt and shorts pretty much every day, take as much time off as I feel like, and spend most of the year living in warm and laid-back places. Compared with my former life, the differences couldn’t be much more stark.

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2. Lower Startup Costs

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Before the days of online entrepreneurship, starting a business usually required a substantial upfront investment. Depending on the sector in question, you may have had to rent a physical business space, buy materials or stock, pay employees, and payout for many other costs.

With the rise of e-commerce and online business, these barriers to entry have been lowered significantly. You can start an online business with minimal costs and from the comfort of your own home. Or a sweet apartment in Thailand. Or Brazil. You get the picture.

All you need is a computer, a decent internet connection, and a great idea. This means you can get started on realizing your entrepreneurship dream without needing to have access to large amounts of capital. It’s hard to overstate how much of a game-changer this has been.

3. Access to a Global Market

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Another key reason why you should start an online business is that you can reach a global market. Traditional brick-and-mortar businesses are often limited to a local or regional customer base. But with an online business, you have the potential to connect with people from all over the world.

Your next customer could be in London, Istanbul, San Francisco, Melbourne, or Buenos Aires. The comparison of this versus the potential customer base of a local shop or another physical, in-person business is vast, to say the least.

Now, with just a few clicks, your products or services can be available to customers all around the world. The world’s your oyster as an online entrepreneur. This is huge!

4. Scalability

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Online businesses are also incredibly scalable. If you have a physical store or another in-person business, there’s only so much growth you can achieve before you need to invest in more physical space, more employees, better logistics, and various other resources.

However, with an online business, it’s much easier to scale your operations. You can easily hire freelancers to expand your content creation capabilities. Reaching more customers is relatively straightforward with the help of the internet (whether through SEO, paid ads, or social media).

This means that the possibilities for growth are virtually endless. And as your business grows, so does your income potential. Once you have a successful online business model, there’s no reason not to keep expanding and growing. I find this kind of blue-sky thinking incredibly inspiring and motivating.

5. Increased Profit Margins

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Another huge advantage of starting an online business is that it can often generate higher profit margins than traditional businesses. This is linked to several of the other reasons discussed in this post, but I’ve included it as a separate heading here because it’s a huge factor.

As discussed above, online businesses have lower overhead costs. There’s no need for a physical storefront or office space, which can save a lot on rent and utilities. Online businesses don’t usually require as much staff as in-person businesses, which leads to further cost savings.

The ability to work from home or anywhere with an internet connection is pretty amazing from a personal freedom perspective, but it can also help to reduce your expenses significantly. These lower overheads mean you typically get to keep more of your revenue as pure profit – i.e. more money in your pocket.

6. Ability to Automate and Outsource

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The digital nature of an online business lends itself beautifully to automation and outsourcing. You can hire a virtual assistant to help you with time-consuming admin tasks and pay freelance writers to create content for you while you sleep.

There are many different tools and software available that make it easy for online businesses to automate tasks. For example, scheduling social media posts in advance, creating an e-commerce store that handles payments for you, or automating a series of emails for your marketing funnel.

Done well, this frees up so much time. You can build a business that runs smoothly with minimal hands-on management. Then use this time to scale further, try out new ideas, or simply enjoy more free time. Just imagine what you could do with all those extra hours (or days) in the week!

7. Personal Growth and Learning

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For me, and many other online entrepreneurs, launching a successful online business was a huge learning curve. I had to learn how to create and maintain a website, write engaging content, use social media effectively, understand SEO (with the help of this epic course), and more.

Even now, the personal growth that comes with running my own online business is immense and seemingly neverending. I’m constantly learning new skills and gaining knowledge in various areas of business, marketing, and technology.

It’s a great way to keep enhancing your skillset and growing as a person. Plus, you never know where these new skills will take you in the future. It’s exciting, enriching, and incredibly rewarding.

8. Building a Personal Brand

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With an online business, you have a unique opportunity to build a personal brand and cultivate a loyal following. You don’t need to be an Instagram influencer with a million followers to have a successful personal brand. You just need to be authentic and inspiring.

People can usually sense when someone is being fake or trying too hard to be something they’re not. By staying true to yourself and showcasing your unique personality and experiences, you can turn like-minded individuals into loyal followers.

I really value the fact that I can be authentic and show my true self throughout all aspects of my online businesses. I can put my own personal touch on everything I create, and I don’t need to pretend to be something that I’m not. It’s incredibly liberating and freeing.

9. Opportunities for Passive Income

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Whether it’s through selling digital products, affiliate marketing, making money from online advertising, or online courses, one of my favorite things about online businesses is the potential for earning passive income. Essentially, passive income is any income that requires little or no effort to maintain.

Of course, you need to do the hard work upfront to set everything up. But once everything’s in place, you can sit back and watch the money come rolling in without needing to do much (or anything) to keep it ticking over.

This means that even when you’re not actively working on your business, you can still be earning money. Getting paid while you sleep, travel, work on other projects, learn the saxophone, or do anything else is pretty sweet.

10. Making an Impact

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Finally, one of the most fulfilling aspects of running an online business is the ability to make a positive impact on other people’s lives and the world. How you do this is totally up to you, and the opportunities are practically endless.

You could provide useful products or services that genuinely help others, share inspiring content, or simply use some of that time you’ve freed up (see above) to work on supporting causes that are important to you.

Directly and indirectly, your online business can have a real and meaningful impact and make a positive difference in the world. In my experience, regular 9-5 jobs rarely leave much room for this kind of gratification.

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In Closing

Starting an online business offers countless opportunities and advantages. From the freedom to work from anywhere in the world, to the potential for passive income and personal growth, I believe that it’s definitely a journey worth embarking on.

If you have a great idea and are considering starting your own business, don’t let anything hold you back. I’m so glad I took the plunge, and I’m confident you will be too!

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Written by

Alex Tiffany

Alex is a former lawyer and lifelong lover of off-the-beaten-track travel. He is the founder of Just Go Exploring, a blog that aims to make adventurous travel accessible to all. As well as blogging, Alex works as a freelance travel writer, personal trip planner and travel consultant. He has a Law Degree from Oxford University and is a full-time digital nomad. Alex has lived and worked in many places around the world. Cities that he knows particularly well include London, Oxford and Mexico City.

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