40+ Proven Business Startup Ideas

We explore 40+ proven ideas for starting & growing a niche side business, quitting your day job & working from home.
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  • Lectures 45
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Are you tired of just getting by? Living month to month? Have you ever told yourself after a close call financially "I'm never going to let that happen again"? Do you dream of having a few months worth of income in the bank, not having to worry about expenses that pop up out of the blue? Take this course to spark ideas for how to make extra money without selling your soul.


This course is a labour of love for me. I've been in that place where I didn't want to wait two weeks to be paid, where I checked my bank account every day, where I wondered why our food bill seemed so expensive.

I needed a buffer, a way to reduce the risk that things like car troubles or medical expenses would push me into debt.

That lead me to studying financial planning and writing thousands of financial plans for financial advisers. I also read, listened and watched as much as I could to find out what I was doing wrong and what I could be doing better.

I'll leave the personal finance tips for another course but I want to give you enough ideas and inspiration in this course that you go out there and give your own money-making idea some legs. Take a risk. Fail. Get up and try again. Flounder. Ask for help. Make your first $100 extra per month. Learn. Reduce some risks. Be bolder. Be more generous. Build more of the skills that your market needs and let your passion come along for the ride.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. - John A. Shedd


Through this course, I'm hoping you go on the following journey. I give you an idea and explain how it works. You get inspired and think of a way you could slightly tweak the idea to suit your local market based on what they tell you they need. Lastly, I give you access to a free community for inspiration & support during any hard times. Because it is hard. If you're not willing to stick it out or you're someone who will put things off then put them off again, this course will only frustrate you. I can give you the push-off but you're the one pedalling....


If you do decide to sign up to this course, I send a genuine thank you. Really, thanks. I hope my hard work pays dividends in your life giving you more peace, less stress and more freedom.

By signing up, you'll gain lifetime access to these lectures, lecture updates, new money-making ideas & a supportive group of students.


We have two types of lectures within this course.

+ The Standard lectures (majority) outline:

  • the idea
  • how it works
  • steps to getting started
  • how to assess the idea across four important criteria

+ The Detailed lectures outline:

  • the idea
  • how it works
  • how you would make money with the idea
  • estimated profit potential
  • estimated costs
  • estimated time costs
  • estimated competition
  • four ways to use this idea
  • three key tips for making this idea succeed
  • five step action steps

These standard lectures also include the best articles on each idea and low-cost/free software to help you get started.


Recent student reviews from my other courses:

"Addresses my business needs by providing a detailed, structured system for ensuring my staff can work efficiently."

"Covers the topic well and spurred me on to change some things around to try and get better results in my company."

"It is a very good vehicle to support charities, in a way one never expected--ability give at a very high level. I loved it and definitely plan to work the plan! Thanks very much."

"This course was a definite plus in my efforts to create multiple streams of passive income! It was clear, concise, and filled with great information. I highly recommend this course to anyone who are looking to get started online!"

"Thanks that was a brilliant short course, really easy and helpful instructions, perfect for busy people! :)"

"Wanted to learn email marketing, and I was recommended this course. It takes some time to practice the things which they told in this video, thank you for your video tutorials. :)"

"This course makes it easy to know how to get going with a bookshop website. I like the step by step process the most."

"Big thumbs to you... thanks for the lecture"


Try the course out for 30 days (Udemy has an excellent 30 day, 100% money back guarantee) and let me know in the course discussion section what you're working on. I'll be happy to help you as much as I can.

What are the requirements?

  • You'll have a clear idea of how to get started but it will take hard work to ensure you research & test the idea to ensure your plan succeeds. The discussion section within this course will provide a great support for you during the "work your tail off" times.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Access a growing collection of ideas for making money
  • Understand how to start multiple businesses and help others get their ideas started

Who is the target audience?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • People looking for extra income
  • People looking for a side business
  • Those looking to build the skills in their resume

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Your Engines

In this lecture, I'll tell you some more about me and I'll explain the structure of this growing course and how to get the maximum amount of value out of the format.
Welcome aboard!


We look at two perspective on wealth and the road to success that will set a framework as you proceed through testing the ideas in this course.

What are your thoughts about these perspectives? Join the live discussion (in the Udemy Discussion section).

Some Quick Disclaimers
Section 2: Leveraging Website Building Skills - Making Digital Assets

Building a niche product website is a great way to use your passion and skills to provide a website with laser-focus, built to provide a smaller number of products to a specific audience.

Check out the Resources for a niche product website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools to speed things up.


Product Comparison websites are highly useful for people looking to quickly compare prices for various products. Creating one is easier than you think!

Check out the Resources for a product comparison website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools to save you time & money.


Agency websites are a great way of adding value and trust in the transaction between buyers and sellers. You facilitate the transaction and earn money for making people's lives easier.

Check out the Resources for an agency website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools to help manage leads from buyers & work from sellers.


Lead capture websites have huge potential if you can bring in qualified leads to businesses looking for extra business. We have a quick look at the single lead and multiple lead options.

Check out the Resources for a lead capture website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools to help track the leads.


Deals / Coupon websites leverage the power of UGC (user-generated content) to increase the value of your website and help update your content. People love deals and love saving money so you will have motivated buyers!.

Check out the Resources for a deals/coupon website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools / theme information to cut the time + cost that it takes to start your website.


Bring in customers with free content and then offer them products & services as a paid premium option.

Check out the Resources for a freemium website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools to build your website cheaply.


Build a community around an area where you have experience, knowledge and passion. Show free content on your site and offer a paid, pay-per-month membership option for people to access additional features.

Check out the Resources for a membership website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools / theme information to cut the time + cost that it takes to start your website.

Section 3: Leveraging Maker Creating Skills - Making Digital Products
Creating A Niche Info Product
Publishing A Book on Kindle
Selling Website Themes
Selling An App
Building A SAAS Software Program
Selling Stock Photography
Selling Stock Videography
Selling Stock Illustrations
Selling Stock Music
Selling Web Icons
Selling Typography
Section 4: Leveraging Maker Creating Skills - Making Physical Products
Selling Craft Online
Selling Postcards & Calendars
Selling Baked Goods
Selling Home Preserves
Starting A Catering Business
Starting A Furniture Making Business
Selling Homewares
Restoring Household Goods For Sale
Creating An Online T-Shirt Business
Starting A Plant Nursery Business
Starting A Jewelry Making Business
Selling Giftbaskets
Selling Christmas Trees
Section 5: Leveraging Personal Skills - Group
Online Teaching - Udemy, Other Providers & Via Your Own Website
Physical Outdoor Location Teaching - Surf Lessons
Physical Outdoor Location Teaching - Tour Guide
Section 6: Leveraging Skills In Online Micro-Tasks
Entering Online Competitions
Section 7: Leveraging Community

Watch out AirBnb, eBay and etsy, here comes the next idea! Your marketplace idea is about to get launched and put through it's paces. We'll have a quick look at things to consider when starting your own marketplace.

Check out the Resources for a peer-to-peer marketplace website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & the software that can save you hours of time in getting your marketplace off the ground.


Engage your current & future customers / community through using an ecommerce marketplace. It's easier than you think!

Check out the Resources for an Ecommerce website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & tools / theme information to cut the time + cost that it takes to start your website.


Already posting material and answering people's queries through your own website? Why not start a forum where you control the topics, gain authority and monetise in various ways.

Check out the Resources for an online forum website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & low-cost software to get your forum up and running.


This is a simple, practical idea that adds value to people searching for jobs in a particular industry. It's low-cost to get started and can be set-up in an afternoon.

Check out the Resources for a job board website worksheet to download, articles to help you get started & links to software to help you launch your job board.

Section 8: Bonus Lecture
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Instructor Biography

Rich Peterson, Udemy Teacher of 20k+ // Founder @ Better Systems

Rich Peterson is the founder of Better Systems, where he helps people create meaningful, profitable and highly useful businesses through innovation & design.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, marketplaces, collaborative consumption, design that works and, of course, his family. When he's not consulting, teaching, selling over $1.7 million dollars of books or lending money to people in third-world countries (through Kiva), you'll find him reading, playing beach volleyball or mastering the art of surfing backwards.

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