I want to start a small, creative web-based business, but what?

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  1. Preemo

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    I want to start an online web-based business, that would be unique.

    I've already tried Web Hosting and it's too much of a big market, so is Web Design. I was wondering whether any of you BAF members have any good suggestions on a creative web-based business? I'm only 17 and I have a part-time job which would fund my business start-up.

    Thanks everyone!
    Ryan
     
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  2. DMIB

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    Well I think it depends on what are your best skills, it you like designing or you like more something like programming. Because even the market is big there are many opportunities and my thought is that you should do what you like the most, that way you will do it right and will be a succesfull business for you. :)
     
  3. Preemo

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    Trouble is, I wasn't brilliant at web design, I love it and everything, I just don't take well to learning it despite buying tons of books and reading lots of tutorials!
     
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    Passion is soooo important when it comes to creating your own company. Find out what your true passion is and stick to it. Learn from the 'masters', the people who are best in your field/ niche. Copy and apply what they do successfully; this way you can spare a lot of time, money and energy. All highly relevant if you want to create your own business. Plus, this way you can focus on you major topic :)
     
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    Different people learn in different ways, maybe what you need is more practical experience and to do more design for others to perfect your skills? Or maybe you'd learn better in a class environment with others.

    Are there any areas that you are particularly interested in or that you are passionate about?
     
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    Why don't you do existing business in a unique way, instead searching Unique Business?
     
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    There are a lot of opportunities such as Social Media management, web design, web hosting and so on.. But obviously with web hosting there are thousand of companies already and I know I can't offer more than that. With web design, although I love looking at websites and I'd absolutely love to be able to design a decent one, I can't really. As for social media management and that niche, it's hard to get your name out there. I know how to set up a Facebook/Twitter account, I know how to get followers for Twitter, it would just be the design of the pages (as that's a big part of it). I'm not brilliant at graphic design so I wouldn't be able to put a good Twitter background etc together.

    Cheers for the replies everyone :)
     
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    Interesting, that sounds like a really good idea.
     
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  9. AshleyWhiteBusin

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    Or how about stop being so technical and just start at the basics. Create a website, choose your niche... maybe you can do some advertising on it etc.
     
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    If you want to do something very creatively oriented: small business logo design

    If you want to do something kind of creatively oriented: mobile website design

    If you want to do something barely creatively oriented: start a blog
     
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    IF you want to start UNIQUE business, then you should create something special for your customers. Your business has to be better than someone else or even has no competitors. Usually its good idea to start small business, in order to gain some starting capital for bigger one
     
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    Is it important to start the business? or do you want to join an existing business first? sounds like you need more experience
     
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    Well, if you are looking to start a small and creative web-based business then first try to research your market where you want to set up your business. Also try to find out the peoples interest to your business products and your competitors so that it will help you to build your business better than someone else.
     
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    Maybe breakdown your business ideas into 2 groups: business that may be short lived (entertainment) and business that are in need or helpful (long term) also keep in mind that technology and inventions can change things over night. Dont rest on just one idea or one income stream. I have a feeling that your generation will have a lot of changes.

    Start thinking along the lines of the following factors below. They may need inventions more than business ideas

    1.Your generation is supposed to have more older people than younger. What will they need? What can be useful?

    2.Weather seems like it will be more harsh in the future. Many victums of storms and hurricans had to change location. And many more in future. What will they need? What can be useful?

    3.Crowd funding and goverment grants for a good cause. This will require a lot of detail planning to make happen. Recently I saw an news report on a company that got funding to build a huge bus with mini showers in it for homeless to bath. I was mad because that was my idea. I also wanted to organize a whole rejuvinizing plan using holistic practice to help heal their pains and illnesses. The purpose is to give them a chance to get back on there feet. It wont work for all but doing this service should also have an impact on society thoughts. On second thought ...scratch this whole idea because i see more people complaining about where there tax dollars are going. so nevermind.

    4.Holistic health information and ideas get little to no advertising on tv. All that is advertized for health on tv are pills and a microscopic touch something holistic. This area of health awareness is left to the internet and word of mouth.

    5.This maybe gross but it seems easy. Insect and worm farms are huge markets. Needed for fishing and the growing popularity of reptile pets. They need food.
     
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    You can actually just search for an already existing business and give it a unique touch. If you're looking to start an online business, why not offer services instead of actual products. If you're good at social media management, try offering your services to clients that might need what you have to offer. If you can handle administrative tasks effectively, why not start virtual assistance? Or if you're passionate and good at writing, take a wing at being a writer. The possibilities are endless once you decide to pursue what you want to do, not just for a living, but for the sake of enjoying.
     
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    Big market means big money on it. If you start something unique it's possible there are no money - no one will want to buy from you.
     

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