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18. VR Developer
"VR is the future," says Luenendonk, "and the future is now. Create virtual reality experiences or accessories to tap into an industry that's projected to grow to a $44.7 billion market by 2024."
Virtual reality is going to boom very soon. If you get in early, you'll be more likely to ride the wave to business success.
19. SaaS Developer
Another technological advancement is the popularity of SaaS, or "software as a service." SaaS products can run the gamut in multiple industries, though fintech (financial technology) and tech are the most popular. To develop an amazing SaaS product that sells, you'll need to either have pretty extensive experience in the tech field or a killer idea you can have a third-party developer execute.
SaaS is an industry with longevity. However, keep in mind that it comes with a lengthy buying cycle that usually involves free trials and demos, so don't expect to make the big bucks right away.
20. Chatbot Developer
You might be noticing a trend here. If you have experience in software development or coding, you're going to be ahead of the curve. In this case, you might work on developing automated chatbots for brands that want to improve their customer service. Amazingly, more consumers than ever are comfortable with chatbots, and brands appreciate the help. "Chatbots have become more popular in recent years," says Luenendonk. "You can create one without knowing how to code."
21. GA4 Consultant
Google Analytics has long been an invaluable tool to marketers and brands who wanted to keep tabs on their performance. But the recent update to GA4 has thrown many for a loop. The tool itself is more robust and powerful than ever, but it also comes with a pretty steep learning curve. If you start now, you can acquire the knowledge and experience needed to serve as a GA4 consultant. This way, when the previous iteration of Google Analytics is phased out in 2023, you'll be ready to roll.
22. Eco-Friendly Health and Beauty
Many people want to look and feel their best, but they want to do it without impacting the planet. That's why there's an increasing demand for health and beauty products that are sustainable and ecologically low-impact.
"As people become more aware of the impact their personal choices have on their health and on the environment, they're looking for more health and beauty products that are also eco-friendly," says Luenendonk. By creating an eco-friendly health and beauty brand, you could fill a growing gap in the industry.
23. Ethical Hacking
It sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but ethical hacking is a legitimate business opportunity. With ethical hacking, the goal is to prevent companies from becoming vulnerable to hackers by exposing their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. In essence, your job is to intentionally hack your client in order to display their level of risk. You'll likely need an IT background to pull off a job like this, but with the right skill set, it can become a lucrative business opportunity.
24. Web Developer
It's a bit of an old standby, but web development is not going anywhere anytime soon. "The need for custom websites isn't ever going away," says Luenendonk. For those with the basic skills and knowledge, you can start a profitable website development startup. Again, this is one you'll need hard skills to pull off. But if you've got them, you'll likely never be out of work.
25. Web Hosting Reseller
If you don't have the experience to work as a web developer, there's another option to break into this fast-paced industry: become a web hosting reseller. As more businesses understand the importance of having a web presence, the fight for high-performing web domains increases.
You can buy up domains based on what you think might be popular, or you can use a hosting company that allows you to resell their servers. Then, all you need to do is create a website you can resell from that domain, and market your services from there.
26. Online Course Creator
What do you know better than anyone else? Whatever the subject, chances are there's someone out there who'd like to learn from you. If you're an expert in a popular subject, you can build an online course or look for a course marketplace to host. Courses can be text-based or video, but remember that video always performs best.
27. Website Flipper
Similar to being a website host reseller, being a website flipper is a great job if you're just breaking into the industry. You'll need to be patient, as web flipping involves buying up cheap domains and waiting until someone is interested in purchasing them. In the coming years, domains, especially those at coveted ".com" locations, will be harder and harder to acquire. The more you can grab up now, the more chance you'll have for future income.
28. WordPress Theme Developer
WordPress is an extremely popular open-source content management system. Many bloggers choose to host their websites there, and if you know the ins and outs of the platform, you can leverage your skills to earn some extra cash. Designing themes for WordPress is one way to make money via the platform. Once you've come up with a great theme that allows for user customization, you can offer it for purchase on your own website or via a marketplace that specializes in WordPress themes.
29. Virtual Translator
The world is becoming much smaller thanks to digital advancements. But for those traveling to far-flung locations or creating content for a global audience, translation can be a major sticking point. If you happen to be fluent in a language outside of English, you might have an opportunity to leverage your skill and turn it into a legitimate business. Many brands are looking for translators to work on product guides, content, and more. You can offer your services via platforms like Fiverr or Upwork, or you can create your own website.
30. Blogging Outreach Specialist
If you've ever worked in online marketing, you know how important it is to build backlinks, which are links from one website back to yours. But building them can be a tedious and frustrating process. However, if you have the know-how, you can offer your services as an outreach specialist to bloggers looking to grow their backlink portfolio. That might involve connecting with other blogs and websites within the industry or ghostwriting guest posts that can be pitched to third-party sites.
What Are the Top Five Small Businesses to Start in 2023?
Now that you've gone through 30 inspiring job ideas for 2023, you're probably wondering which are at the top of the list. We've pinpointed five jobs with the lowest overhead and startup costs, the lowest amount of required hard skills, and the least professional licensing requirements:
5. Website flipper
3. Product flipping/reselling
2. Niche blogger
1. Affiliate marketing
What Industry Will Boom in 2023?
It's still difficult to tell what the new, up-and-coming industry will be in 2023, but all indicators point to some sort of VR or augmented/mixed reality. But starting this type of business comes with a very specific skill set, and it's not for everyone.
For many potential entrepreneurs, ecommerce and online retail will continue to perform well in 2023 and beyond. After some sluggish movement through the pandemic, it seems ecommerce is back in a big way, and it's continuing to grow:
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