36 Best Online Business Ideas in the Philippines for 2017


25. Life Coaching

Many people become depressed because they feel lost and don’t know what to do with their lives. They have no outlet because they do not trust their families or friends. Sometimes all they need is someone to talk to.

If you have a degree in Behavioral Psychology and have a great way of dealing with people, Life Coaching could be the online business for you in 2017. Your set up should include an inbound/outbound line and chat support.

In this kind of business, all concerns have to be addressed within 24 hours as patrons may be emotionally fragile. They would not want to feel rejected. You may have to hire 1-2 assistants on stand-by.

26. Events Planner

Everyday events are happening all over your city. Situations notwithstanding, Filipinos will always find a way to celebrate.

I’ve been to many weddings, birthdays and functions and I will say event planning is a crucial component to the success of any activity. I always tell the same thing to friends and associates, “Get an events planner.” It makes everything less stressful and more fun for the celebrants.

To become an events planner, you should be highly organized and have connections with suppliers such as photographers, print shops, entertainers and food retailers. Most of all, you should have the patience required to deal with demanding customers. There are quite a lot!

27. Digital Photography

Photography is an activity with many applications. You can offer your services to cover events, food shots for restaurants, images for marketing collateral and publications among others.

Your website should highlight all of your best works. Your home page should feature what you would consider your “piece de resistance” translated from French means “outstanding accomplishment.”

28. Music Instructor

As a self-taught guitar player, I can say websites that feature transcription is manna from heaven. It’s easier to learn my favorite songs through transcription.

If you have the skills, the chops, and the competence to teach music, you should consider setting up an online music school. You can provide online instruction, subscriptions to transcribed music, one-on-one sessions, virtual jam sessions, retail modules and even your original music.

More and more people are learning the guitar. This could be one of the better online business ideas in the Philippines for 2017.

29. Virtual Call Center Services

One question I get often asked as a proprietor of a business website is the future of BPO given the political and business climate in the Philippines.

I share the opinion of a friend of mine who believes companies will turn to virtual call center services to minimize risk and uncertainty given the unpredictability of the Philippines. I agree with him that companies invest in the talent regardless of what the government says and does. It’s also a lower cost option that will benefit both parties.

A virtual call center is not difficult to set up. You only need the following:

  • Inbound/outbound number
  • Dialer system with auto recording
  • Project management software
  • Encrypted FTP
  • Communication channels
  • Chat services
  • Dedicated e-mail

A program like SalesForce can do most of these for you at very minimal costs.

30. Website Design / Management

In 2017, more businesses will be set up. And chances are fewer than 50% will have websites.

The trend has continued over the last few years; fewer than 50% of businesses have websites. If you want to maximize your sales opportunities, you must have a website especially as consumers have become more mobile.

If you have the skills to design a variety of websites, you should also have connections to a programmer, graphics designer, social media manager and SEO professional to increase your value proposition.

Related: 11 Website Design Mistakes That Can Affect Your Websites Performance

31. SEO Professional

If you are among the 45% who have a website, it will improve your chances of being found if you have your pages optimized by an SEO Professional.

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is a highly specialized skill that works to increase the organic search rankings of your website. The principles of SEO seem basic, but it requires more thought, strategy, and experience. If your pages are not optimized, it will be very difficult for search bots to find and index your website.

If you have the training and experience to render SEO services, you could have a long, sustainable career because more businesses are using Internet- based marketing strategies.

32. Social Media Management

If your business is not in social media, you are undermining its profit potential. There are 2 Billion people on social media; that is 61% of the total number of people on the Internet.

8 out of 10 people you know have a social media account. We’re on social media every day, but that does not make us experts.

If you have digital marketing experience, you could parlay that into a lucrative career as a social media manager or consultant. From the people I know in the business, on average companies pay social media managers US$700 per month. Imagine if you had a few more of those clients?

33. Software App Development

As we head off to 2017, more people will continue to be dependent on smartphones and gadgets. Industry analysts have the global app market tracking toward US$143 Billion in 2016; up from US$53 Billion in 2012.

Apps continue to be in demand as people continue to look for ways to make life and work more convenient. Social media and entertainment apps continue to be the most downloaded apps.

If you have the technical expertise and the right people for the job, determine a need then create a software app for it. With software app, if you hit the jackpot you could make a windfall.

34. Investments Consultant

We all want to maximize our hard earned money but putting it in the bank will only benefit the bank. We’ve read about stocks and mutual funds but what are these instruments and how can they help us cope with inflation?

More people are looking for financial advice given the uncertain times. If you have built a reputable career guiding people in making financial decisions, you can put up a website for investments consultation. You can impart your knowledge on when to buy stocks, US dollars or insurance.

35. Video Production Services

The video is a favorite medium for entertainment and marketing. It’s amazing what today’s video producers can do with technology. In one wedding that I went to, new footage was added and edited into the video in seconds!

Video Production Services will remain in demand for events such as weddings, birthdays and corporate gatherings. It may require some investment but the volume of projects could help you cover your investment in no time.

36. Translation Services

This is a highly specialized field that pays good money as an outsourced service.

Friends of mine who are fluent in Spanish and Japanese claim they are paid 50,000 Pesos per engagement. The rate could go up depending on the extent of the translation.

The requirement for translation services should be at least Level 7 in an International Language school. Level 7 means you can speak, converse, engage, read and write the language fluently.

As outsourcing continues to trend upwards and as we receive more projects from countries outside the US, expect demand for translation services to remain high in 2017.

Pick the best online business ideas for 2017

These are only 36 best online business ideas for the Philippines in 2017. I’m sure you can think of other businesses that you can run online. There’s hardly any business or industry that you won’t find online soon. I have read reports that you may be able to buy gasoline online or real estate property can be processed and sold or bought online in a few years.

As technology continues to evolve, the future for establishing online business becomes brighter and clearer.

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