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5 of the best online business ideas for franchisees

For prospective franchisees, an online business can be a way to reduce start-up costs, work from home, and choose their own hours. These days more and more industries are choosing to do business online, not only because of the ease with which they can reach their target consumers through search engine optimisation and online marketing techniques but also because of the low overheads involved.

Choosing an online franchise or business opportunity

When it comes to getting an idea of business types and industries, it’s always important to choose a franchise which matches your skills and expertise, and something you have a genuine interest in. With that said, here are 5 of the best online business ideas for franchisees wanting to run an internet based business.

1. Web design

If being creative appeals to you, a web design business may be what you’ve always dreamed of. Its also seen as a recession proof option since there will always be a demand for quality websites for businesses and individuals.

Examples: Urban media, Zine UK, Widatwist

2. E-commerce

Ecommerce is a rapidly growing sector. There are several types of ecommerce website, some which involve directly selling goods to consumers and some which follow a lead generation or referral model.

Examples: etyres, YourOwnStore

3. Online Dating

Fancy yourself as a matchmaker? You can guarantee there will never be a dull moment with an online dating franchise. The perfect part time home franchise, this could involve generating leads for other dating companies and even running your own events.

Example: When the Music Stops

4. Local directories

If there’s a need in your local area for a website displaying all local shops and services, then an online directory franchise could be for you. It’s a simple concept but an effective way for local businesses to be seen and discovered online.

Examples: City Local, The Best Of

5. Travel

The travel industry is moving rapidly away from the high street and towards the internet. Be part of the trend for online travel with a website that caters for a specific holiday destination or market, whilst indulging in your own passion for travel at the same time.

Examples: Adeona Travel, Horizons Travel 

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