While every successful internet business takes work, some are easier to start than others. That’s especially true if you’re new to making money online in Canada. After receiving countless inquiries about the fastest and easiest online businesses to start in Canada, we decided to share five of the most successful we’ve seen.
Naturally, to operate any business online you’ll need a website that caters to Canadians. Our Checklist: Choosing a Website Host for your Canadian Business is an excellent place to start your search. If you want to sell products on your Canadian website, we have A Canadian Guide to Finding the Best eCommerce Platform Software.
5 Quick and Easy Online Businesses to Start in Canada
Your entrepreneurial journey can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. The following online business ideas for Canadians are relatively fast and easy to start.
1. Drop Shipping
Without a doubt, drop Shipping is the easiest, fastest and least expensive way to sell products online. You don’t even need inventory and you don’t have to ship anything. Basically, you connect with a wholesale supplier or manufacturer to sell their products direct online. You can offer these products on your own website, or via online auctions like eBay, or through a sellers’ market like Amazon. The customer price minus the wholesale cost equals your profit.
There are several one-stop options with millions of products from a huge selection of wholesalers. They make it easy with their options to sell on your own site, through their website packages, or even direct to online auctions and marketplaces.
If you’re looking for unique Canadian drop shipping suppliers, consider Spocket. One of the most popular choices for Canadians considering global dropshipping is Wholesale2B. They have several plans that facilitate selling over 1.5 million products directly on Amazon or Google, or through a website (your own or via one of their website plans). You can be up & running with little more effort than searching & clicking.
More information about drop shipping in Canada: Drop Shipping / Wholesale for Canadian Sellers
2. Web translation
In Canada, there are plenty of websites, social media, and videos that need a French version. Set up a basic website and promote your services. You can also network with web designers and even offer them a commission if they refer clients to you.
3. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants may do anything from online marketing to secretarial tasks. Whatever skill you have that can be done remotely, is marketable under the ‘Virtual Assistant’ label. Tasks like collaborative design and accounting are easily accomplished thanks to “the cloud”, along with other online collaboration and file sharing tools. You’ll need a web presence, preferably with a blog that demonstrates your level of expertise in your chosen specialty.
A closely-related option is using your skills on a freelance basis, such as digital content freelancing. If you need marketable qualifications, you can take a course in digital marketing, social media administration or other profession suitable for working at home.
Check out our guide, How to Become a Virtual Assistant (VA) in Canada, for more info.
4. Auctions and Online Marketplaces
The perfect way to try online business is through auctions and online marketplaces. This option can go well beyond eBay, with massive online marketplaces like Amazon, or specialized marketplaces like Etsy. More and more Canadians are finding out that selling on marketplaces like Amazon can become a thriving business. They use creative methods for sourcing and selling merchandise. Taking advantage of FBA (fulfillment by Amazon) makes it much easier to manage and usually increases sales.
Tools and courses have been launched specifically for Amazon sellers, designed by their colleagues to streamline the marketplace learning process and legwork. Jungle Scout has a highly-rated FBA course, along with a suite of popular Amazon tools for product & keyword research, competitive intelligence and product sourcing.
If you don’t want to learn it all and do it all, you don’t have to! There are lots of freelance experts covering every aspect of selling on Amazon and similar online marketplaces.
For more information about making money online with auctions and marketplaces, read Online Marketplaces for Canadian Sellers.
5. Start a Blog
Lucrative blogging has a learning curve but you don’t have to learn it all at once. The most important thing you need to know right now, is you must choose a niche that is a happy medium between popularity and originality. Set it up on your own domain/hosting for the most monetization options. The majority of hosts now offer easy WordPress set-up.
Once you’re established, you can do quite well with sponsorship from individual companies, product sales, and/or affiliate marketing. There are several WordPress plugins that facilitate a range of ways to make money with your blog.
Learn more from our free ultimate guide: How to Make Money Blogging in Canada.
If you need more guidance, follow our checklist How to Start an Online Business in Canada.
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