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5 Business ideas you can start online with only a laptop and internet

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Did Covid-19 catch you unawares as it did to me? I think it did the whole world. No one can claim they anticipated its impact. It came as a joke, yet brought governments and nations to their knees. Lockdown became the order of the day, nation after nation. Big companies lost business and people couldn’t go to work anymore.

Everyone had to resort to the internet for solace. If you are used to waking up early and going to work, staying at home every day can be sickening. Most business people had to think of ways to do their business online. Besides, it is cheap and doesn’t call for expensive operations like buying an industrial robotic arm. You need just a laptop and internet.

Are you also thinking of what you can do online? I can tell you, most people are searching for online opportunities. Covid-19 has taught us that employment is not guaranteed. Actually, as we talk, most people have lost jobs since companies have no money. Come with me as we delve deeper into online opportunities available.

Freelance writing 

Writers have made money during this pandemic. They write content for magazines, websites, blogs, and e-books. You will have to first have writing samples to showcase to your prospective clients. You can talk to magazine or blog owners and ask if they need a writer.

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Advertising your writing skills on social media is a good start too. Keep learning online different writing styles. Also, perfect your English or any language you will be using to write. If you are multilingual, you are likely to sign a client faster.


If you can speak a number of languages, then think of monetizing it. Let your friends and family know your skill and ask for referrals. Also, open a Facebook page and clearly state your translating skills. If you can focus on a specific sector like medical, financial, health, or spiritual translation, then you might easily find a job. Opening a website that clearly states your translation service will be a great move too.

Online teaching 

Covid-19 caused schools to close. Can you imagine seeing your adolescent seated idle for weeks and months? You don’t want them to resort to behaviors that can be detrimental to their future. After all, an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.

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This has compelled most parents to search for online teaches that can keep their children busy. If you can teach English, Math, science or any other subject, then let people know. You can begin with your own children if you have them or those of the neighbors.

Digital marketer 

A digital marketer will market the products or services of your clients. Reach out to business owners and offer them solutions that can help grow their business. You can also open and manage their social media platforms by keeping their followers engaged.

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You can also post interesting pictures and videos to let people comment and participate. Then ask them to buy your products or let them know of discounts your client is offering. 


Are you a skilled videographer? You can take your business far and wide by venturing online. Post videos you have taken. Ask people their views on the videos you post. It will help you to know areas that need improvement.

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However, you will need to purchase equipment, which can be costly depending on the type and brand. Open a website for your videography business where people can contact or learn about your business. 

Last word 

Online business is the way to go. If you are still stuck in the conventional way of doing business, then you are losing out. You are limiting yourself to only walk-in customers. Yet if you go online, then you are open to the whole world. Moreover, it’s quite affordable. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a laptop plus the product or service you are selling. I wish you luck in your online business venture. 


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