90 ideas for making money online with a budget under Rs 5,000
I can give you hundreds of ideas right away if you want to start a side business to generate a passive online income. However, you have to work hard to implement the money-generating business.
Idea #81 Help to come out of postnatal depression
This is another niche to be explored within the parenting domain. There could be many different ways to start your venture to help mothers come out of postnatal depression. Some mothers face the issue severely while some come out of the depression phase easily. But, almost every mother faces mood swings after pregnancy.
Idea #82 Help mothers find part-time work
Pregnancy and motherhood are the most beautiful phases of one’s life. In my personal opinion, no mother should work during this phase and rather enjoy her life with her baby and family. After a few years, when the child starts going to school, a woman feels a need to express herself through work. There might be a monetary need but most of the time it’s the need to feel the inner completeness and self-satisfaction.
Some startups are already helping women in getting jobs and starting ventures. The market is big enough for yours to be the next successful venture.
Idea #83 Online TV on childcare, games, and activities
The idea revolves around the consumption of video content. Last year, one of our videos had gone viral and has since been viewed by more than four million people. That’s the power of videos. Just one viral video can make you popular in your industry. There is such a requirement for quality content in childcare and activities.
Some companies in the parenting domain got funded last year. Their business model is simple — get the parents on their app, show them engaging content, and make money from partnerships with the baby care brands and hospitals. You can decide to sell the baby products on your own website.
If you don’t want to raise money from VCs for your venture, stay bootstrapped like me. Build great content and make money from advertisements and affiliate marketing.
Don’t depend on money from advertisements. Search for partnerships and affiliates and once you have a monthly traffic of more than 10,000 on your website, you can start earning Rs 5,000–10,000 as you grow your traffic. If you find the right partners for your business, you can make more than Rs 1,00,000 just by sending a few leads to hospitals or you can charge Rs 25,000 for reviewing newly launched products by big brands like Johnson & Johnson, Dove, or Himalaya. All this depends on your own hustle and the quality of traffic you have on your website.
Do you know how many groups related to food exist on Facebook with more than 10,000 memberships? More than 100 groups.
Every group is unique in itself, with millions of people who are interested in sharing recipes, cooking techniques, and nutritional information.
Do you how many people search for ‘recipes’ every month in India alone? More than 90,000 people.
Here is the snapshot that will show you the search volume of different combinations of recipes.
You should not randomly start doing something in the food segment. Instead, pick one niche topic where you can make interesting combinations.
It can be baking, Italian, paneer, snacks, or just mushroom recipes.
Do you want to see what else people are searching for related to mushroom recipes?
You can get 2,900 monthly visitors for mushroom gravy recipes alone. Let me give you one more insight — the data is a pure estimation of traffic. The real traffic will be a lot more with all sorts of different combinations of mushroom recipes.
This much research should give you enough confidence to start your own online food business.
A lot of startups are already into food delivery and restaurant discovery like Zomato. Don’t follow them. Follow your inner self for building a great business.
Idea #84 Platform to sell homemade food
You can start selling homemade food in your city. You can find people who are ready to sell home-cooked food and list their food on your website. Then find the buyers who can place orders on your website.
Idea #85 Discovery of regional food
You can start a company that helps people discover regional food in the area. I can find a South Indian restaurant in my area but it is difficult for me to find which restaurant or person makes the best dosa. It would be a food discovery platform.
Idea #86 Meetups for food lovers
There are many meetup groups for food lovers but not many dedicated platforms. Food has created a lot of opportunities for people to do business. You can certainly find a niche within food lovers’ groups.
Idea #87 Community of one particular food lover (say tea lovers)
Meetups are limited to a local area while the community can accommodate people from anywhere in the world. You can find millions of people even if you start a community on a single topic of food.
Idea #88 Organic food seller
People are becoming organic food sellers but I don’t know where the food is coming from. I don’t buy organic food from big stores or brands because I cannot trust them. I found one website, EarthBaby, which provides all the details of the source of the organic produce they stock. They sell organic material for mothers and babies. You can also become an authentic source of organic food.
Idea #89 Sharing recipes in very selective niche, for example, mushroom recipes
Pick your strong area and do some basic keyword research. You can come up a lot of ideas like I came up with the mushroom recipes idea. Write all recipes on one topic rather than one recipe on many topics.
Idea #90 Sharing tips to grow organic food
People have a passion for growing organic food. If you are one of them, you can start writing tips and tricks to manage a kitchen garden or organic farm.