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How to start a small scale online business in 2021?

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2020 is rough. Many entrepreneurs showed resistance in starting their business, but we're nearing the end of 2020. Everything seems back to normal, and small businesses came back stronger.

So, if you're eager to start your own business, then here are the ideas and actionable steps that you can follow to start a small scale online business in 2021.


10 Low Investment Online Business Ideas of 2021

1. Online taxi service

2. On-demand tow truck service

3. Dry cleaning and laundry services

4. Food delivery

5. Courier delivery

6. Vacation rentals

7. Bike rentals

8. Camping rentals

9. Handyman services

10. Online tutoring


1. Online taxi service provider

There's a huge demand for taxi-like services after COVID 19. People prefer private taxis rather than opting for public transportation.

Also, due to the advent of technology, the taxi business seems to be on the rise. Technology made booking taxis easier than ever. People love booking taxis online from their mobile phones. Hence, starting a taxi business would be a great choice in 2021.

You can create your own taxi app like Uber using readymade on-demand Uber clone app. It reduces your development time and money. 

2. Online tow truck business

The tow truck business is already a huge hit. But, with the integration of technology, it'll be easier to reach potential customers.

Travelers often need road-side assistance in case of emergency, and they like getting their service done instantly.

Offering instant towing service by using on-demand mobile app solutions can be a great idea.

3. Dry cleaning and laundry service

Laundry and dry cleaning is one of the evergreen small business ideas that you can start in 2021. It works in a way that you offer a platform that connects laundry service providers and customers. The earnings you make will be the service fee from the customers and the service providers for every successful booking.

4. Food delivery business

Online food delivery is one of the successful businesses of 2020. Almost 7 in 10 people ordered food online to avoid going out to restaurants.

Many small business owners adapted to this change to start their food delivery platform.

5. Courier delivery

As more people shop online, the courier or parcel delivery business is growing rapidly. Starting a small scale local courier or parcel delivery business in 2021 would be more profitable.

You can start an online courier delivery business by creating a courier app like Uber that connects your customers with nearby service providers to deliver their shipments.

6. Vacation rentals

As long as tourism stays, there's always a scope for vacation rental businesses. You can rent your unused spaces for rent on websites like Airbnb, or if you choose to start a business like Airbnb, you can create a website like Airbnb to get started.

7. Bike rentals

Starting an online bike rental business is a great small business idea. Tourists like renting bikes to visit places where it is restricted only for bikes.

According to a recent report, the global bike rental market is expected to reach 10.1 billion by 2027, hence starting a small scale bike rental business is a profitable business idea.

8. Camping rentals

If you're anywhere near adventurous tourist spots, starting a camping and gears rental business would be a great idea. You can offer RVs, gears, and trekking equipment for rent.

9. Handyman services

According to on-demand economy statistics, the home services market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 49% by 2021. Due to the change in lifestyle and increase in the use of mobile phones, people love getting services right at their doorstep.

Hence, creating a handyman app like Uber to start your own business would be a profitable idea.

10. Online tutoring

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the online tutoring business has gained huge popularity among students and parents. With the advent of technology, it is now much easier to start an online tutoring business.

Steps to start a small scale online business in 2021

Now, you have some crazy ideas for your startup. But wanna know how to start one? Then follow these steps to get started.

1. Understand and choose your niche

After discovering the idea for your startup, it's now time to narrow down your niche. For example, if you wish to start an online food delivery service, there are numerous ideas that you can choose from.

Like, office food delivery, organic food delivery, home-made food delivery, etc. You have to choose your niche and build your business around it.

2. Analyze the demand

The next step is to determine the market demand for your business. For any business, there has to be a demand to get traction. This can be determined by conducting surveys that show the willingness of the customers to purchase your product/service at a certain price point.

3. Market research

Doing market research helps identify your customers' buying patterns, market trends for your product/service, insights into the competitors, etc. It helps create a proper business plan.

4. Create a website or a platform

It's time to go live. After completing all the foundational works, you can get started with creating a website or a platform that connects you with your customers.

If you're trying to start an on-demand taxi service like Uber, then you can create an app like Uber with the help of ready-made on-demand apps in the market. It'll help you launch faster into the market.

5. Get creative with your marketing

Marketing plays a vital role in connecting your business with your customers. Creating the best marketing plan can help you reach your potential audience faster.

Some creative marketing ideas are,

1. Get into sponsorships

2. Use social media

3. Create infographics

4. Get started with video marketing

5. Use your brand voice

You got your idea into motion, created your platform, and started getting customers to your business.

Make a plan, assemble a great team, and now, it's time to scale.

Summing-up

We've seen some amazing small scale online business ideas that you can start in 2021 and be successful. Also, we've discussed the seven actionable steps to get started with your idea.

Now, it's your time to make your dream come true.


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