Best Online Business Models

There are many different business models you can use to create a successful online business. It’s not a ‘one size fits all‘ kind of thing. Millionaires have been created in all sorts of areas from creating and selling their website, through to selling digital courses.

With that being said, let’s look at some popular types of online business you can create.

Digital Training

The e-Learning market is booming. Millions are spent each year on digital training courses and it’s a great time to build a business in this area. It’s really easy to create an online training course and it can be on any topic you are knowledgable in. Naturally, you can research first and see what people are searching for but courses can be made on almost any topic.

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Affiliate Marketing

With affiliate marketing, you don’t need to create any products whatsoever. You simply promote products from other people and take a percentage of each sale you make. Many people start their online journey with affiliate marketing because of how simple it is.

The process is basically this:

  • Find a product or service you want to promote that has an affiliate program.
  • Join the program and get your own special affiliate link.
  • Put that link in front of people who might be interested in the product or service.
  • When sales are made, you get a percentage of each one.

You don’t have to deal with any of the hassles of shipping products, answering questions, dealing with refunds, setting up a website or any of that. Your job as an affiliate is simply to recommend a product to people who are looking for that solution.


If you do want to sell your own products, then eCommerce is what you need. This is where you have your own website and a list of products you are selling. You need to take care of ordering the products, dealing with questions, accepting payments, refunds and general day to day running of the business.

Having said that, these websites can make a lot of money. You can even sell your products on websites like Amazon too, through their FBA program.

Digital Agency

Having your own digital agency allows you to help other business owners to get more leads and customers. Some of the things you can offer include:

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Google Map Listings
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Branding/Logo Design
  • Paid Traffic
  • Video Marketing

To name just a few.

The great thing about having a digital agency is that you don’t even have to do the work yourself. Once you have a business that has signed up for a service, you can outsource that work to someone else and keep the profit. There are lots of websites where you can find outsourcers, including Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer.

Buying & Selling Websites

A lot of investors use their money to buy digital assets such as websites and domain names. There’s a lot less risk in owning a digital asset, as opposed to real estate. Therefore, if you learn how to build websites that make money, you can sell them for a lump sum and build a sustainable business doing just that.


Many investors will pay 12-24 times the current monthly profit of a website. That means you can quickly invest in your own website portfolio, build up a large number of websites and sell them whenever you wish.

You can of course also buy websites too. They make a great investment and can create passive income streams that require almost no work at all.

Membership Sites

Having your own membership site is a great way to earn a stable monthly income. All you need to do is create a website that people pay to become a member of. There are lots of types of memberships you can create, including:

  • Dating Websites
  • Software (SAAS)
  • Facebook Group
  • Health & Fitness
  • Recipes
  • Business Advice

If you can charge a monthly fee for people to join, it means you have a stable monthly income and all you need to do is deliver what people are paying for each month.

Membership sites can also be sold for a lot of money too.


As you can see, there are many different business models you can use to build an online business. In most cases, it’s best to choose a model that interests you and you’re not just doing it to make money. You need to be passionate about your business and if you have no interest in the topic, then that passion won’t last very long at all.

There’s no better time than right now to build a business online. Just choose the model that you like the look of, learn all you can about it and then go for it. Millions have been made in very short periods of time with online businesses. Why not let the next online millionaire be you? We wish you lots of luck.