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Easy online business ideas

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It’s never too late to start your own business. If you’ve been struggling to find a suitable market to venture into, you’ve clicked on the right place. We’ll give you a rundown of the best online businesses to start in 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on how South Africans do business. One of the legacies of the Coronavirus, apart from the economic and social implications, will be the fact that all companies need to be online to not only survive but to thrive. COVID-19 has forced the majority of the South African workforce to reimagine business functions and move to a more remote work model. Remote working has seen South Africa experience a surge in internet use, and that means more opportunity for online businesses to thrive.

Why should you start an online business? There are many benefits to starting an e-commerce business; the main one is the cost-effectiveness of the online space. Starting an online business requires less overhead costs and financial commitment to start. Plus, you can work from anywhere and anytime – all you need is an internet connection.

We have a few business ideas that you can start right now in 2020 to bring in an additional stream of income.

Website design

Website design in South Africa is a very lucrative career path. If you have the necessary skillsets; an eye for design, brand-oriented, as well as an understanding of the user journey and responsive design, you could be bringing in the big bucks with web design. All you need to do is get your professional web design business website off the ground, register your business with CIPC and get your first clients.

Reseller web hosting

This business entails renting and reselling your allotted bandwidth and hard drive space to offer web hosting services to your customers. The web hosting reseller business is perfect because you use our recourses to start your third party web hosting business for your clients at a profit. The best part is that you can start small and scale as your business grows.

Catering services

There is a lot of money to be made with catering services. The country is in Advanced Lockdown Level 3 now, and the sale of prepared hot foods is allowed. Gatherings are illegal under lockdown regulations, but you can start servicing households with meal preparations or hearty meals.

Start by finding your catering niche; this is a rewarding business if you already have a knack for cooking or baking. Then create a business website that showcases all your services and work on finding your first customer.

Tip: licenses and permits govern the catering industry; you need to ensure you comply.


Blogging can be a lucrative side hustle if you’re consistent and strategic about it. Register your domain with us, get a suitable web hosting package and start blogging. You can make money from AdSense, through affiliate marketing, selling sponsored blog posts and freelancing. There are endless ways to make money with blogging.

Online tutoring

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a rise in online learning. Students are attending online classes and people, in general, are interested in upskilling themselves through online learning. There are a lot of reputable online learning platforms – you need to do your research and find one that fits your skillset.

Start a YouTube channel

There are so many opportunities on YouTube in the South African landscape. All you have to do is find your niche and start making videos. YouTube is a long-game, and it might be a while before you start seeing money come in from YouTube, but the pros say that you need to be consistent and deliver compelling content for your audience. It’s easier to pick a subject matter that you’re already passionate about so that it feels like a creative outlet and a hobby rather than a job. 

Sell products online

If you have products that you make or can buy at wholesale prices and sell them on your e-commerce platform, then consider building your online store in under 10 minutes. Our e-commerce web builder has online store functionality that will make your business operations seamless.

We hope we’ve given you some ideas to think about and awakened the entrepreneur within you. Remember to never give up on your dream because every great business started with an idea from someone just like you.

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