50 Business Ideas For Social Media Experts

50 Business Ideas For Social Media Experts

Looking to start a business as social media expert but not quite sure what to start?



The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.



If you're looking to start your own business as social media expert, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.



We put a list together below of the most profitable business ideas for social media experts you can start today!



Here they are:



1. Become a social media consultant ($90K/year)

Amanda Shepherd from Reno, NV, USA started Social Media Manager Society 10 months ago, a social media consultant.

  • Revenue: $7,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Reno, NV, USA

I spent the last decade of my career as a social media manager, in the agency, in-house, and freelance settings. I really created a name for myself in my niche and people were always coming to me for social media advice. I absolutely LOVED teaching people and for a long time, wondering how I could combine my passions for teaching and social media into one career.

Fast forward to fall 2019 - I was at a crossroads. The agency I was working for was moving in a different direction and I was literally moving back home. I had a decision to make - stay at the agency under different circumstances, find a new job in my new home, or finally take the plunge and start my own business.

I chose the latter and it was the best decision I ever made! I was immediately able to gain clients using internal systems I created and literally built my own business from the ground up. In one year, I made almost $100,000 and put all my systems inside the Social Media Manager Society, so other aspiring social media managers could take everything I learned and implement it themselves!

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Amanda Shepherd, on starting Social Media Manager Society ($7,500/month) full story ➜

2. Start a mobile app development business ($984K/year)

Tim Bornholdt from Minneapolis, MN, USA started The Jed Mahonis Group over 9 years ago, a mobile app development business.

  • Revenue: $82,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Growing up, I’ve always been into technology. I built my first website when I was in first grade, I built my first graphing calculator app when I was in sixth grade, and I used to run the internet’s largest website dedicated to Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons.

I waited in line for the iPhone the day it launched in 2007, and I was instantly hooked. I knew I had to learn how to build software for this device. Eventually, I learned how to jailbreak my device which allowed me to run custom apps on it (this being before the launch of the App Store).

Even though I had a passion for technology, I never really wanted a career in it. My dream job was to work as a technical director for live television broadcasts, and the only class that was close to that at my school was the capstone course for the Professional Journalism program. I ended up switching my major from Computer Engineering to that and abandoned any dreams of professionally writing software.

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Tim Bornholdt, on starting The Jed Mahonis Group ($82,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a freelance writing business ($1.02M/year)

David Tile from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Article-Writing Co about 10 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $85,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2011, coming out of college, I miserably tried to start a penny auction website. I studied Political Science at University, which had absolutely no bearing on this idea. I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and was consumed by this auction model. I had my own specific mechanics that I thought would make the game a lot more fair for the average consumer. But alas, 6-8 months later, after burning through thousands of dollars trying to get the technology right, I was absolutely nowhere.

I was resigned to not give up, but the mechanics of the auction are critical to the smooth operation of the website and if you can’t get it right you don’t have a business. So I decided to start taking on some freelance writing work, just to get some cash in.

One thing led to another and I started getting some bigger clients with bigger asks. Eventually, I snowballed hiring some writers and copy editors. Turning this thing into a full-time business operation.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($85,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a social media analytics business ($3M/year)

Juan Pablo Tejela from Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain started Metricool about 5 years ago, a social media analytics business.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 24
  • Location: Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

Both my wife and I are software developers. We decided to start building software that helps bloggers understand the results of their content and its impact on social media. My wife had experience as a blogger and for me, digital marketing is one of my passions, as well as Internet businesses. At the time, I had 14 years of experience in software development with different companies and I felt confident that it was time to build our own project.

My way of managing the business is quite conservative and prudent, I often question whether or not I should have taken a more aggressive path when it came to investments and funding.

It all started as a side project because we both had our respective jobs. Metricool was initially offered at no cost as an experiment. However, in a short time, between 4,000 and 5,000 people had signed up, which encouraged us to make the jump and test a new business model based on a Premium subscription. We included some professional features focused on social media managers and the results were promising. Six months later, we reached a monthly recurring revenue of $3,000 which was the final push to help us decide that it was the right moment to dedicate more time to the project, quit my day job, and start building a team to boost the growth.

The business started with $10,000 that we had earned during the first few months of Metricool. We contributed an additional $10,000 from our family savings and $30,000 that my mother lent us. We wanted to avoid external financing (such as Venture Capital or Business Angels) because with 50k and some recurring revenue we could proceed even if it was a little slower at first.

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Juan Pablo Tejela , on starting Metricool ($250,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a ppc consulting agency ($36K/year)

Paul Franklin from Bath started SideGains almost 2 years ago, a PPC consulting agency.

  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Bath

I started my business in 2015 when I was made redundant as a result of business restructuring. Luckily for me, someone who I knew through a past business relationship in the industry heard about this and head-hunted me as a contractor to run his PPC campaigns. So I walked straight from redundancy into a contracting position.

I’d recommend making plans and setting targets. If you just work without something to aim for you’ll just coast along and without a sense of achieving things you’ll struggle.

In a sense I hadn’t planned on becoming a business owner, it just sort of happened naturally. Had I never been made redundant, I might still be an employee.

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Paul Franklin, on starting SideGains ($3,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio almost 3 years ago, a blogging business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a niche web design business ($240K/year)

Scott Bishop from Boston, Massachusetts, USA started Up And Social about 7 years ago, a niche web design business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I began my business career with the family in-store sampling business, C.A. Courtesy, in the 1990s, while at the same time attending college at Johnson and Wales University, where I pursued a degree in Web Management & Internet Commerce.

I’ve always had a knack for marketing and technology, and when I left C.A. Courtesy, I was the Vice President of Marketing and Technology.

People don’t remember what you say as much as they remember how they felt when you said it.

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Scott Bishop, on starting Up And Social ($20,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a digital magazine ($600K/year)

Drew Williams from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started SWAGGER Magazine over 14 years ago, a digital magazine.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 25
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Honestly, the idea started as a hobby.

When I started the blog in 2007, it was meant to be an alternative to the major men’s magazines on shelves because the magazine industry still hadn’t fully accepted the fact that everything was going digital and that print would be dying a slow and painful death. I wanted men to have access to cool guy things online, as well as dating advice, with a focus on realistic male acquisitions instead of focusing on things your average guy could not afford. Promoting the "fake it till you make it mentality".

I had worked for a magazine called Performance Auto and Sound Magazine pasmag.com, so I had in-depth knowledge about the business from a print perspective.

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Drew Williams, on starting SWAGGER Magazine ($50,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a sponsored posts creation business

Examples of a successful sponsored posts creation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sponsored posts creation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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10. Start a marketing consulting business ($1.8K/year)

Examples of a successful marketing consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a marketing consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a marketing consulting business ➜

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11. Start a post-click marketing business

Examples of a successful post-click marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a post-click marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a post-click marketing business ➜

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12. Start a digital marketing business ($1.19M/year)

Examples of a successful digital marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a digital marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a digital marketing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Rahul Alim's story on creating Custom Creatives a read:

Hey Everyone, my name is Rahul Alim and I am the founder of Custom Creatives, a Digital Marketing Agency that helps connect business owners with their dream client, AKA, The Peoples Agency.

Monthly revenue is often the indicator many people use to determine the success of an agency or individual. While I don’t disagree, I put more emphasis on the success of our clients and the fact that we retain clients for many years, and in our case, many for over a decade. We have consistently been over 7-figures year over year.

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Rahul Alim, on starting Custom Creatives ($100,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a social media platform founding business

Examples of a successful social media platform founding business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media platform founding business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media platform founding business ➜

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14. Start a youtube coaching business

Examples of a successful youtube coaching business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a youtube coaching business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a youtube coaching business ➜

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15. Start a youth outreach specialist business

Examples of a successful youth outreach specialist business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a youth outreach specialist business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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16. Start a video ad creation business ($360K/year)

Examples of a successful video ad creation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a video ad creation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a video ad creation business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Louise B. Maciulevicius's story on creating Silksocial a read:

Hello, world! My name is Louise B.Maciulevicius, my husband Edvinas Maciulevicius and I are the founders of Silksocial. Our business does one thing and one thing and one thing only - produce rockstar video ads for eCommerce brands.

Today we’re doing a turnover of around $30K/Month working with eCommerce businesses from every corner of the world. The knowledge of what type of ads work best on social media is our company's biggest asset. True story, we started the business out of desperation when we were broke and thousands of miles away from home in Merida, Mexico. More importantly, our first client came from right here - on Starter Story!

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Louise B. Maciulevicius, on starting Silksocial ($30,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a meme marketing business

Examples of a successful meme marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a meme marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a meme marketing business ➜

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18. Start a virtual assistant business ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful virtual assistant business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a virtual assistant business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a virtual assistant business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Julmar Grace Locsin's story on creating FVA Business Consultancy a read:

Hi, I am Julmar Grace Locsin, and I am the owner and co-founder of Filipino Virtual Assistance by FVA Business Consultancy. FVA offers online and offline training, coaching, consulting, workshops, services, franchising-related virtual assistance, offshoring, outsourcing, and remote work for brands and businesses, here and abroad.

Our very mission is to equip freelancers, empower marketers, and enable businesses. We envision FVA for global digital leadership that will impact the world through digitalization, one life at a time. FVA has three arms, namely FVA Online Academy- have trained 25,000 students from our 31 courses, FVA Services- from training to hiring programs, and FVA Franchising with 16 Coaches assigned from different territories. And we are fifteen in the FVA team, including FVA co-founder Jay Locsin and me.

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Julmar Grace Locsin, on starting FVA Business Consultancy ($1,000/month) full story ➜

19. Start an animal celebrity management business

Examples of a successful animal celebrity management business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a animal celebrity management business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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20. Start a pr consulting business

Examples of a successful pr consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pr consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Start a workshop

Examples of a successful workshop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a workshop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a workshop ➜

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22. Start a social media sales business

Examples of a successful social media sales business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media sales business ➜

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23. Become a community manager

Examples of a successful community manager:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a community manager:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a community manager ➜

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24. Start a stop motion videography business

Examples of a successful stop motion videography business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a stop motion videography business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a stop motion videography business ➜

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25. Become a videographer

Examples of a successful videographer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a videographer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a videographer ➜

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26. Become a content strategist

Examples of a successful content strategist:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a content strategist:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a content strategist ➜

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27. Start an e-book writing business

Examples of a successful e-book writing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a e-book writing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an e-book writing business ➜

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28. Become an affiliate marketer ($1.2M/year)

Examples of a successful affiliate marketer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a affiliate marketer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an affiliate marketer ➜

29. Become a youtube personality

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a youtube personality:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a youtube personality ➜

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30. Become an event promoter

Examples of a successful event promoter:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a event promoter:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an event promoter ➜

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31. Start a graphic designing business ($360K/year)

Examples of a successful graphic designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a graphic designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a graphic designing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Michael Moloney's story on creating FilterGrade a read:

Hi, I’m Mike Moloney, the founder of FilterGrade. FilterGrade is a marketplace for creators where you can find digital assets such as presets, LUTs, video templates, and much more.

Today thousands of creators from all around the world buy and sell digital products on FilterGrade and more than 450,000 users visit the site every month.

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Michael Moloney, on starting FilterGrade ($30,000/month) full story ➜

32. Start an online course creation business

Examples of a successful online course creation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online course creation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online course creation business ➜

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33. Start a social media management business

Examples of a successful social media management business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media management business ➜

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34. Become a social media customer support representative

Examples of a successful social media customer support representative:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media customer support representative:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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35. Become a social media tutor

Examples of a successful social media tutor:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media tutor:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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36. Start a social media engagement business

Examples of a successful social media engagement business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media engagement business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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37. Start a social media marketing business ($48.6K/year)

Examples of a successful social media marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media marketing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mahsun Avci 's story on creating Avci Media a read:

Hello, my name is Mahsun Avci! I'm the founder of Avci Media. At a fairly young age (15) I decided to start my own business. An online marketing agency, where we help businesses grow their bottom line through paid traffic and sales funnels. By taking a holistic approach to business, we make comprehensive online strategies that take our clients from their current situation to their desired situation.

After streamlining the process and consistently getting great client results, I knew I was on to something. I not only mastered Facebook ads, but I learned everything I could about personal branding and making it an asset.

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Mahsun Avci , on starting Avci Media ($8,000/month) full story ➜

38. Become a social media merchant

Examples of a successful social media merchant:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media merchant:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media merchant ➜

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39. Start a social media recruiting business ($61.7K/year)

Examples of a successful social media recruiting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media recruiting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media recruiting business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tshepiso Leinane's story on creating iBranch Recruiters a read:

My name is Tshepiso Leinane, a 24-year-old young man from Serowe, which is the second-largest village in the central district of Botswana.

Over 360 companies across the globe use our platform to recruit African talent, and yes, you could be next too.

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Tshepiso Leinane, on starting iBranch Recruiters ($5,138/month) full story ➜

40. Become a game developer

Examples of a successful game developer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a game developer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a game developer ➜

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41. Become an infoproduct marketer

Examples of a successful infoproduct marketer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a infoproduct marketer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an infoproduct marketer ➜

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42. Start a first lay photography business ($60K/year)

Examples of a successful first lay photography business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a first lay photography business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a first lay photography business ➜

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43. Start a content marketing business

Examples of a successful content marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a content marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a content marketing business ➜

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44. Start a podcasting business ($282K/year)

Examples of a successful podcasting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a podcasting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a podcasting business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Tom Hunt's story on creating Fame a read:

My name is Tom Hunt and we start and grow the world's most profitable podcasts at Fame.

We currently run this process for 10 clients and make approximately $17k per month.

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Tom Hunt, on starting Fame ($17,000/month) full story ➜

45. Become a social media influencer

Examples of a successful social media influencer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media influencer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media influencer ➜

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46. Start an online newsletter writing business

Examples of a successful online newsletter writing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online newsletter writing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online newsletter writing business ➜

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47. Become a live streamer

Examples of a successful live streamer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a live streamer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a live streamer ➜

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48. Start a social media advertising specialist business

Examples of a successful social media advertising specialist business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a social media advertising specialist business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media advertising specialist business ➜

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49. Start a crowdfunding consulting business

Examples of a successful crowdfunding consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a crowdfunding consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a crowdfunding consulting business ➜

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50. Start an online news channel ($60K/year)

Examples of a successful online news channel:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online news channel:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online news channel ➜

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