Online Community Web Site

Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? Yes

Not all small business owners can afford to develop and maintain an independent Web site. Thus a fantastic opportunity exists for the cybersavvy Web master to capitalize by establishing, promoting, and maintaining a community Web site in your area. The site would feature and promote local merchants and service providers within a specific geographic area. Instead of 50 business owners paying thousands of dollars to develop 50 independent Web sites, they can be pooled together into one community Web site and pay only a small monthly maintenance fee for the service. The site would have to be indexed or categorized to represent the businesses featured on the site. Each business owner would receive a listing that could be linked to an individual pop-up page to promote his or her business, products, and services. Additionally you could also provide customers with a coupon page option. Promoting the Web site within the community it serves can be accomplished by advertising the domain in local newspapers as well as creating signs that promote the site and are displayed at participating merchants' stores. Fifty merchants paying only $100 each per month to participate in the community Web site will create annually revenues of $60,000.

Online Community Web Site Ideas

Online Art Prints

Sell art prints to customers anytime, anywhere with an online store.

Online Children's Camps

Help parents find the right camp for their kids with an online directory.

Online Researcher

Have your nose in the net all day? Monetize your research time.

More from Business Ideas

Side Hustle

'No One Took Me Seriously,' Says Gen Zer Who's Changing How People Date — Now Her Side Hustle Earns Up to $4,000 a Month

Maxine Williams was working as a news video producer when she saw an opportunity to help people connect.

Side Hustle

A CEO Who Runs a Fully Remote Company Has an Unusual Take on Employees Starting Side Hustles: 'We Have to Be Honest With Ourselves'

Ross Buhrdorf, CEO of ZenBusiness, breaks down how critical "walking the walk" really is.

Side Hustle

3 Secrets to Starting a Small Business Side Hustle That Gives Your Day Job a Run for Its Money, According to People Who Did Just That — and Made Millions

Almost anyone can start a side hustle — but only those ready to level up can use it to out-earn their 9-5s.