To have any real success in business today you have to master everything that the online world has to offer, regardless of whether or not you’re building a business to compete on Main Street or a business to compete globally around the clock.

More and more people are getting started with online businesses today than ever before, and it’s easy to see why. Online businesses are inexpensive, the old walls that barred people from entry have fallen by the wayside, and tools and technology make it really easy to get set up with an online operation.

How to Get Started With Online Business: 5 Great Ideas

Of course, that means you’re going to be up against some pretty stiff competition – which is why you want to be as strategic as possible when you set up your first online business. Here are five great ideas to help you hit the ground running!

Self publish a book on Amazon

Amazon gives you all of the tools you need to self publish your own book on Amazon and then sell it to the hundreds and hundreds of millions of people that shop on Amazon every single day. You’ll be able to upload your digital files instantly, have a digital and print book available for sale immediately, and will even be able to set the price and rely on Amazon doing all of the market and advertising for you.

Create online training

People are purchasing online training in most every interest you could imagine, so if you have any special skills, any special knowledge, or any real experience in any field whatsoever the odds are good that someone out there is going to be more than happy to pay you for your online training to help them learn the ropes.

Learn copywriting

Copywriting is a tremendous skill that allows you to influence, persuade, and convince people to purchase products or services online, through the mail, or with any other form of marketing. This is a very in demand skill, as nothing in business happens until something is sold. Learn copywriting (and really master it) and the world is your oyster.

Become an online developer

Whether you want to build websites, mobile applications, new online technologies, or something else completely, it’s easy today to learn how to be an online developer (in large part thanks to those online courses we mentioned above). Online developers make a tremendous amount of money right out of the gate, but are also prime prospects for being hired by major technology companies – with cushy six-figure salaries and great benefits – just because of the demand for these skills today.

Drop ship or become an affiliate

This is probably the easiest of all the online businesses to get into, since you are selling something that you don’t ever have to pay for in the first place. All you have to do is get customers for another business, sell the products or services that they offer, and earn a commission on the sales that you facilitate. You are always in complete and total control of your income with this kind of approach and you really can’t go wrong!