Online Business Ideas in South Africa

2020 has been a crazy year for everyone on Earth. For many people, Covid-19 has reduced the salaries or they no longer have any salary. Many of these people are looking to start a small online business for income and are looking for online business ideas in South Africa. If you’re looking for ideas for an online business you can start, we have compiled a list of a few ideas below.

Sell homemade products online

People love buying homemade products in South Africa. Homemade products are known to have a caring touch to them. If you have the skills, you can try creating something at home and sell this product on Gumtree or BidorBuy.

Teach online

Teaching English online has become very popular, especially in non-native countries. There are many websites you can sign up for to teach online like, Landi English. We are keeping a full list of companies offering English teaching to South Africans. You will need to complete a TEFL course to start teaching. Contact us for more information.

Freelance writing

If you’re able to write reasonably well, you could offer your writing skills to small businesses. Most small businesses need help with social media posts or blog writing on their website. Seasoned content writers are paid well for their efforts. You also have a good chance of taking your business internationally.

Affiliate marketing

In South Africa, there are not as many companies offering affiliate marketing as offered by other parts of the world. Companies like Zando and Wonga offer affiliate marketing but you may need to look at multinationals for more opportunities in this space.

eCommerce website and Dropshipping

Start your own eCommerce store selling goods that you purchased in bulk. If you want to start your dropshipping business, you can refer to this article for detailed information. Set up your online store hassle-free with us. We can also help you with Shopify websites if that is your preferred platform.

Start a podcast

Podcasts are very popular. Start a podcast with a topic of interest. Invite guests to speak with you and make the conversations interesting and relevant to the trends. Once you have an audience listening to your podcast you can start selling advertising space.

Start a tutoring business

You can start tutoring online with the skills you already have. If you have knowledge in a certain field or on a certain platform you can share that knowledge with others who are looking to learn. Ed-tech companies are changing the face of education globally and you can be a part of this revolution.

Start a YouTube channel

Start a YouTube channel. You will need to build an audience before you can sell adverts so make sure your videos are informative or entertaining. If you can do both, you have hit the jackpot. Building an audience requires knowledge about ongoing trends and content creating skills. There are various guides about how you can start generating revenue as a YouTuber.


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