Top 10 ideas for it business

1. Start a Blog.

Best Business Ideas How to Start a Blog Ryan Robinson

Think blogging is no longer a viable source of income? Think again. Recent blogging statistics show that tens of thousands of bloggers (including yours truly) are creating profitable content on topics as diverse as scrapbooking, home cooking, travel, film, lifestyle, business, personal finance and more. And we’re growing our blogs into six-figure businesses thanks to a combination of email subscribers, affiliate marketing, blog sponsorships, and other revenue streams. Your first step with starting a blog is quickly getting the technical side of things handled (my free master course on blogging will show you how), and then both understanding what your audience craves and learning how to attract those readers online.

If you want to speed up the process of launching your blog, I recommend setting up quick, affordable and easy website hosting with a company like Bluehost, choosing a simple WordPress theme and working on your first post, in order to set the precedent of prioritizing your time on creating content, connecting with (and building) your audience. You’ll also need to employ the right marketing tools to grow your blog, and I highly recommend checking out HubSpot’s All-in-One Marketing plugin for WordPress.

Then once you’ve been able to build a community around your blog, you’ll want to invest in really understanding your readers—so that you can give them more of what they want.

I know first-hand that learning how to start a blog (let alone make money blogging) can be a massive new undertaking.

So, I put together a free master course for you to take that spreads out all of the work involved in starting a blog, into a series of action-packed lessons. My free course breaks the entire process of starting a blog down into an incredibly simple 7-day process for going from zero to generating creative blog post ideas, writing, publishing (and promoting) your first blog post in just 1 week. I can’t recommend it enough.

And if you want a deep dive tutorial on getting your blog up and running today, head over to my Ultimate Guide to Starting a Blog then browse my list of all the best blogging courses.

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2. Graphic Design.

While having a formal background in graphic design is absolutely going to be helpful, it’s also relatively easy to learn the foundations of graphic design on your own. An increasingly easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator and even more easily accessible tools like Stencil and Visme are making it so that just about anyone with two opposable thumbs, a bit of creativity, and motivation can earn a side income doing things like designing (and selling) images like these motivational quotes that can be printed onto posters and sold on platforms like Etsy. Or you can find a local startup, small business owner, or photographer who could benefit from some extra help designing or altering images.

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But before you can graduate from side business idea and start earning a full-time living as a graphic designer, you’ll need to build your skills—I recommend starting with reading the foundational book Graphic Design School and Steal Like an Artist, the incredible book by Austin Kleon about how to become more creative. To accelerate your education in becoming a graphic designer even quicker, check out the online courses Graphic Design Fundamentals and The Graphic Design Bootcamp. Then once you’re an expert at your craft, you can further your education and move up to offering more hands-on experiences like design sprints for higher-value clients around the world.

3. Web Design.

Best Business Ideas Web Design Freelance

Web designers are incredibly valuable for technology companies—which is why becoming a freelance web designer is a top side business idea today. Web design is all about mastering the art of creating a beautiful, value-driven experience for the people using a website or app. There are always new websites popping up in need of professional web design, and foundational books like HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites by acclaimed web designer Jon Duckett and Don’t Make Me Think by user experience legend Steve Krug will get you started down the right path to quickly determining whether or not becoming a web designer is a viable side business idea for you.

Then you can move into more actionable online courses like Modern Web Design on CreativeLive and Learn Web Design and Profitable Freelancing on Udemy will teach you everything from foundational web design knowledge to earning your first freelance income as a web designer. On top of that, you can take even more immersive courses and learning experiences with access to direct instructor feedback and personal mentorship with platforms like Treehouse, LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly to get up-to-speed even quicker with this career path and listen to my podcast interview with Ian Paget about how to become a freelance designer as a side business idea.

4. Web Development.

Best Business Ideas Web Development Freelance

As a web developer, you’ll build incredibly valuable skills that are in extremely high demand. You can get up to speed on building websites in as little as a few months with inexpensive or free online education programs like Treehouse, the Web Developer Bootcamp on Udemyand Codecademy.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, here’s a list of the 45 best places you can learn to code for free. Once you command a knowledge of HTML, Ruby, Python, Javascript, or CSS, you can start a freelance business as a side business idea to build your portfolio while you still hold onto your full-time job. Listen to my podcast interview with Laurence Bradford about her journey to become a freelance web developer, too. And over time, you’ll build more relationships, have more experience and eventually take this side business idea over to becoming a full-time source of income.

5. Online Courses.

Best Business Ideas Online Courses

Using your skills for profit is a common trend with all of the best side business ideas. If you’re an expert at something, there’s likely an audience of people online who would be willing to pay to become an expert in your field—just like you. If you want to take your skills and turn them into an online course that teaches others how to get the same results you’ve achieved in your life, career, or business, start with How to Create an Awesome Online Course on Udemy, where instructor Miguel Hernandez covers how he makes over $90,000/yr teaching online. You’ll learn from more than 8 hours of video instruction.

If you want to find a profitable online course idea in the next 3 days, join my free online course Find a Profitable Business Idea today. It’ll walk you step-by-step through the process I’ve used to generate more than $15,000 in online course sales in a single week. Then once you’re ready to start teaching your own online course, I recommend using Teachable, the easiest and most affordable platform to use for creating, hosting and selling your online courses. They also have a ton of free educational resources about how to get started with creating an online course (yes, even as a side business idea) when you sign up right here.

6. eBooks.

Best Business Ideas eBook Freelance

Packaging your skills and knowledge into a downloadable eBook that delivers value to those seeking to learn a skill, advance in their careers, or start their own businesses, makes for a strong value proposition if you target the right audience. Check out Leslie Samuel’s great guide to selling eBooks online and start building your strategy around this side  business idea. This class with Tara Gentile on CreativeLive will also show you how to use your existing body of work to write an eBook within the next week. Put in some serious work with your eBook, build an audience and you’ll have a platform to pitch traditional publishers on landing a book deal—then you can write one of the best business books and really build your personal brand.

7. Online Coaching.

Best Business Ideas Online Coaching Freelance

If you have something you’re skilled at and very passionate about, you can turn that winning combination into offering your services with one-on-one online coaching as a solid side business idea. Just be sure to implement your own opportunity management system so you don’t get caught up working with clients that you can’t measurably help. Elmira Strange will give you a step-by-step plan for putting your skills and experience to work by developing an online coaching business—even as a side business idea in the time around your full-time job—so be sure to check out her course on Udemy for a jump start on this side business idea.

On top of just the skill and experience components to being a successful online coach, this side business idea is all about building a community around the help you’re offering and fostering trust with members. Plus, your community members will learn from each other along the way. Creating the space for that community can be as simple as setting up a private Facebook group or choosing a community-building platform like Ning.com that has even more capabilities like using your own custom URL, having internal forums, customized designs, and more.

8. Podcasting.

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If you can create a regular audience for your podcast on a specific topic, this is a great way to get sponsors and fund this side business idea. My podcast, The Side Hustle Project is actually my current side business idea, and because I had an existing audience here on my blog at the time I launched the show, I was able to broker a $5,000 sponsorship from Freshbooks to place ads on the first ten episodes before I even got started.

When I used to work at CreativeLive, I regularly paid $250-$500 (or even much more depending upon audience size) per episode for 90 seconds worth of advertisements on relevant podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show, the #1 business podcast right now from the 4-Hour Workweekauthor, Tim Ferriss. The podcast has even helped Tim launch his latest New York Times bestseller, Tools of Titans to a wider readership.

Naturally, it helps if you already have an online audience you can tap for listening to your regular podcast (like I did), but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from building successful side business ideas into lucrative podcasts—including Alex Blumberg, founder of Gimlet Media who teaches how to use storytelling and launch a podcast. You can also check out this class from podcaster and entrepreneur, Lewis Howes, about how to make money podcasting as a side business idea, which regularly broadcasts for free on CreativeLive.

9. Amazon Reselling.

Best Business Ideas Amazon Reselling Freelance

Anyone can sell goods on Amazon, provided you have products to sell (or buy low, then resell). If you’re the type to hit all the local garage sales each weekend, there’s all sorts of valuable things that can be resold online as a side business idea. If you want to step your Amazon selling game up, check out this detailed guide to Amazon and eBay retail arbitrage on Entrepreneur featuring an interview with Julie Becker and several drop-shippers who’ve grown this home based business idea from side business idea into a lucrative money-maker.

10. Local Business Consulting.

Best Business Ideas Local Business Consulting Freelance

If you’ve developed valuable skill sets or certifications within your industry over the years, consider putting your skills to use in your free time by offering your consulting services to local business owners as a potentially lucrative side business idea. Whether you’re an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there’s likely a local business owner who’s willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company—if you can craft an effective cold email that convinces them to hire you. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant as a side business idea, from Karyn Greenstreet. When you’re ready to get serious about becoming a consultant, check out all of my picks for the best online business courses to keep building your skills and learning how to land your first consulting clients. Personally, I think this is one of the best business ideas you can get started with today.

Top 10 IT company in the world

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10. Infosys

Infosys is an Indian MNC that provides IT solution to its client through business process consulting, software development and business process outsourcing services.

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Infosys had around 200000 employees by the end of March 2017 & its headquarter is located in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. The company is also known for its high gender diversity as it has around 36% of women workforce all across the world.

Infosys is the second-largest Indian IT company by 2017 revenues and is ranked under top 10 IT company of the world in terms of revenue. On June 2017, its market capitalization was around $34 billion. During financial year 2017, Infosys had a 4% hiring rate and received around 1,290,000 applications from prospective employees who were interested in building their career with Infosys. Its workforce consists of employees from more than 100 different nations.

Out of its total workforce, more than 75% are software professionals, 15-20% are working in its Business process mapping arm and remaining are engaged for technical support and sales projects.  It was the India’s first IT company which was able to cross annual revenue of US$100 million in the year 2000, US$1 billion in 2004 and US$10.21 billion in 2017. Quarter 3 of 2017 financial year, Infosys was able to achieve high growth rate with net profit increased to 38.3%. Hence Infosys is on 10th Rank in Top 10 IT companies in the world.

Revenue: US $10.21 Billion

Profit: 21.9% of its revenue

9. Cognizant

Cognizant is one of the leading IT services companies which is helping clients’ to transform their existing business, operating and technology models with the rapidly changing digital technology.

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Cognizant is consistently able to maintain its ranking among the most admired and fastest-growing companies in the world. Cognizant unique industry-based consulting approach actually helping client to build more innovative and efficient businesses. It has its headquarter located in U.S. Cognizant is also the member of the Nasdaq and it is ranked 205 on the Fortune 500 ranking. The revenue of Cognizant is consistently growing and it has increased from $7.7 Billion to $13.5 billion currently. It has an employee strength of around 260,000 workforces by 2016. Cognizant is investing aggressively in digital services to enhance value for stakeholders or shareholders through high return of capital. Cognizant is helping banks revolutionize lending by assessing risk using predictive analytics by analyzing customer’s financial history. Using advanced analytics tools, they analyze rich borrower data which helps banks to better predict a customer’s creditworthiness and take various informed decisions to lend money to those who have lower credit risk. It also helps qualified individuals and businesses to get the desired financing. Cognizant is on 9th Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $ 14.81 Billion

Profit: 10.2% of its Revenue

8. Capgemini

Capgemini is one of the leading IT companies in the world having a strong global presence.

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The French company Capgemini, based out of Paris, has its global operations spread across more than 40 countries. The brand is a leader in IT services providing consulting, professional services, outsourcing etc, which is driven by more than 190000+ employee globally. Over the last few year, Capgemini is consolidated its position as a leading IT company by acquiring several other players in the industry. To name a few, the company has acquired iGate, Fahrenheit 212, LiquidHub-US etc in the last couple to years. All these acquisitions have helped the company have more business in IT, technology and strategy domains. Green IT is another business initiative of Capgemini which has put the company in the elite company of the top IT companies in the world. The company was formed in 1967 by Serge Kampf and has since then become one of the pioneers in the industry. In India, itself the company has over 100000 employees. With a consistent performance year after year the company has also been recognized by several awards from the likes of Gartner, Forrester, Backbase etc. Capgemini is on 8th Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $ 15.73 Billion

Profit: 6.4% of its Revenue

7. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been ranked as no. 1 Indian Multinational IT firm which generate its revenue from various domains.

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TCS has many functional domains like consulting, software development, infrastructure support and business process outsourcing and its headquarter is located in Mumbai, India. It comes under the world’s top 10 largest IT services provider by revenue. As of 2017, it has also been ranked 10th in the Fortune India 500 list. It has various clients of different sectors like Banking and Financials, Consumer Goods and Distribution, Communication, Media & Technology, Energy- Resources and Utilities, Insurance, manufacturing, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Retail, Public services etc. It has surpassed Reliance industries by achieving Rs. 6.19 trillion market capitalization and has become the most valued firm of India. TCS is expanding its technology portfolio and is working on latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Internet of things, Cloud Computing and Cyber Security. TCS is on 7th Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $17.57 Billion

Profit: 22.3 % of its revenue

6. SAP

SAP has been able to successfully build its image as world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software related services.

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It has an employee strength of more than 88,000 employees in more than 130+ countries and based on market capitalization, SAP is world’s third largest software manufacturer. SAP has more than 380,000 customers in over 170+ countries. SAP has strong history of technology innovation and it has always focussed on innovating new technology due to which it has developed 100+ innovation and development centre across the world. SAP is leveraging technologies like machine learning, Internet of things, blockchain, cloud and SAP HANA to solve various business problems across all industries and regions.

SAP HANA allows companies to integrate processes end to end and help them in enhance their business models in the way they actually want to create enormous amounts of value for its customers. For supply chain and logistics management, SAP was the first company to build ERP solutions and it always focussed on extending the business processes beyond the customer expectations. Through business collaboration and networking they are able to achieve massive scale and high market share. The company is thinking of migrating their 90% of SAP customers to their new platform by 2025. They want to eliminate paper-based processes and redundancy. They also aim to get a billion users of our cloud solutions and also they want half a million businesses of all sizes running SAP software so that they can defeat complexity and able to simplify their businesses. SAP is on 6th Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $28.86 Billion

Profit: 28.9% of its Revenue

5. Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is one of the leading technology firm that enable its customers to remain robust and upfront to changing environment.

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HP is an American multinational company headquartered in California and has its research arm known as HP Labs. It was founded in 1966 aims to deliver new technologies and to create opportunities which helps HP to maintain its market share in the current dynamic scenario. HP has a most comprehensive product portfolio and provide its customers cloud solutions, data centre, workplace applications. They develop technology and services which help its customers to be more IT proficient, more productive and secure across the globe. It is specialized in developing and designing software, data storage, cloud computing.

There are several product lines and services which forms the major part of their total revenue such as personal and official computing or printing devices, networking devices like large servers, storage devices, software and it also has several range of hardware products like printers etc. HP spends large amount of its earning in marketing its products to several enterprises, households, supply chain retailers, software partners, major technology vendors, SME’s through offline or via online medium. HP Software also provides software solutions like SAAS software as a service, cloud computing services, including education, consulting, support etc. HPE is on 5th Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $12.8 billion

Profit: 1.38% of its revenue

4.  Accenture

Accenture has been listed in fortune global 500 companies and is one of the largest IT companies.

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It is a global management consultancy firm which provides professional services like strategy, consulting, technology and operations services. Accenture started as the business and tech consulting firm of accounting firm which was named as Arthur Andersen. In the year 1989, it separated and Andersen consulting adopted its current name Accenture which means accent of the future. The company has a head count of more than 400,000 employees worldwide. Accenture has various business units and all business units have unique contribution in Accenture’s overall revenue generation. Accenture consulting provides mobility services and digital marketing analytics. Accenture technology focusses on research and development, technology solution implementation, technology labs for emerging technologies. Accenture strategy provides technology strategy services, business strategy and operation strategy services.

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Digital: Accenture has been recgonised as largest provider of digital marketing services.

Cloud: Accenture is helping various companies to migrate to the cloud to realize the benefit of increased agility at lower speed.

Security: For various clients they are providing enhanced capabilities for advanced security and increased productivity. In 2017 their investment has almost been double in acquisition to become more relevant and grow continuously through inorganic and strategic acquisition. Accenture is on 4th Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $34.90 Billion

Profit: 13.3% of its revenue

3. Oracle

Oracle corporation headquarter is located in Redwood Shores California and it is one of the renowned American MNC.

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Oracle has second highest revenue in software industry after Microsoft with an employee base of around 1,35,000. The company is widely known for its ERP solutions, database development and management, supply chain management software and Customer relationship management software. Oracle has a wide customer base having more than 400,000 customers across the globe and has their presence across wide variety of industries in more than 150 countries. Oracle is known for its user friendly applications and always try to eliminate the complexities from the applications they build like applications ranging from data centre operations to cloud applications which can be road block for business innovation, speed, flexibility, manageability, reliability, security and engineering.

It enable its customers by providing smart solutions which add value to their business as well as their users and customers. Oracle has more than 16,000 patents worldwide. The company is focussing majorly on building intelligent cloud applications, integrated cloud platform, open source platform for developers, ERP solutions and analytical tools which use machine learning algorithms to generate results. Oracle is also developing its capabilities in AI, machine learning, IOT, blockchain, human interface technologies all of which aimed to enhance customer capabilities so that they can develop their own innovative products and services. Oracle investment is huge in Research and development activities and it was $6.5 billion dollars in the year 2017. Oracle is on 3rd Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $37.73 Billion

Profit: 24.8% of its revenue

2. IBM

International Business Machine (IBM) is an American MNC and is operational in more than 150 countries.

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The company was established originally as computing recording company but was later renamed as IBM (International Business Machines) in 1924. IBM headquarter is present in Armonk, New York, and it has a diverse portfolio of software products and services which they are further expanding to cater the current growing needs of existing and new users. Major areas from where it earns its revenue are cloud computing, cognitive computing, data analytics and Internet of things, IT infrastructure and security. IBM’s revenue is growing at a double digit rate. During 2017 they successfully strengthened their position as a leading enterprise for providing cloud services and block chain leader for the business.

IBM believes in high R&D investment due to which company holds the record for most patents generated by business. IBM has the highest workforce and company is known for its employee friendly schemes like the company was among the first corporations to provide group life insurance. IBM is one of the world’s largest employer with nearly around 380,000 employees. Looking ahead, IBM is positioning uniquely to help clients and users to use AI and data analytics to build smarter businesses. Over the past years IBM invested aggressively in technology and its people but senior leadership also considering IBM to position in key high value segments of the IT industry like AI, blockchain, cloud computing and information security. IBM is on 2nd Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $ 79.14 billion

Profit: 45.8% of its Revenue

1. Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Corporation is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, and is one of the largest companies in the world.

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The products like Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer etc is being used by almost by almost every professional in the world. Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on 4, April, 1975, and it has expanded its market share by diversifying its services from operating system market to other various software products. It also took advantage of inorganic growth i.e. improve its revenue by acquiring no. of companies. Lastly Microsoft has acquired Linkedin which is considered to be largest acquisition for 26.2 billion dollars in 2016 and also it has acquired skype technologies for 8.5 billion dollars in the year 2011. There is a new paradigm shift in technology with the rapidly evolving environment and Microsoft is trying to lead this new era as a front runner. Looking forward Microsoft is focussing on new innovative technologies like Machine Learning, AI and cloud computing to drive new growth that can help them building their own digital capability and provide robust solutions for various users.

There is a huge surge in the growth rate of gaming industry and Microsoft is investing huge amount in $100 billion Gaming industry. They have around half million live member network of XBOX users. They want Microsoft to be the company of gamers to play the games they want, on the device they want and with the people they want. Microsoft Corporation strategically prioritizing their investments to capture the expanding markets opportunities. They are expanding their existing datacentres and they are bringing Azure to various regions globally more than any other cloud services provider and with the best compliance coverage in the IT industry. Microsoft is on 1st Rank in Top IT companies in the world 2018.

Revenue: $53 billion

Profit: 31% of its revenue