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5 Best Online Businesses to Start This Year (Infographic) The internet provides a number of opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

By Rose Leadem

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There's no better time to start an online business. Today, most retailers are finding that a good deal of their sales come from online shoppers. However, it doesn't stop there -- nearly every industry is moving online. So if you're thinking about starting a new business venture, you should think about how to put your skills to use on the web.

Related: 4 Things to Know About Money and Your Online Business

Not sure what type of online business you should start? Easy. Sell what you already have: your knowledge. Offer your knowledge or expertise in a package, for example in the form of an ebook or a webinar. If your talents lie in creating things, then launch an Etsy or eBay channel and sell your crafts online. In 2016, Etsy sales reached $669.7 million -- an increase of more than $100 million from 2015.

For some inspiration, check out Distributel's infographic below.

Rose Leadem is a freelance writer for Entrepreneur.com. 

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