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10 Green Online Business Ideas for Smart Webpreneurs

Nowadays, it is not just enough to be an entrepreneur; one should also be an eco-conscious entrepreneur. Looking after the planet should always be everyone’s main concern. Thus, if you wish to start your own business and come up with a good online business idea, better keep things green in the process. The following are ten green online business opportunities that are both profitable and eco-friendly:

1. Green Social Shopping Network

It is most likely that green shopping networks will be the talk of the town in the next years to come. Why not, when social shopping networks such as ThisNext, Kaboodle and Plolyvore now combine features like social bookmarking, wishlists and other user-rated collections, thus bringing  shoppers’ experience into a new, but definitely higher level.

2. Green Flash-Sales Site

Another excellent business idea targeting green consumers is a green flash-deals site. Flash deals offer limited time discounts to customers who have signed up to receive email or mobile updates from the business. If you want to break through to this market, putting up a directory of eco-friendly flash deals is a good start.

3. Green Authority Site

It is true that the green web has increased in number radically these years. However, this is not to say that there is no niche left for you to set up your own green authority site. If you are a budding webmaster, then it is probably best to begin with a WordPress blog first. Eventually, as you grow more experienced you will find that your opportunities are limited only by your imagination.

4. Green Membership Sites

Green membership sites are pretty much the same with green authority sites. The only difference is that while the latter provide all their information free of charge, the former include one or more areas that require paid accounts. The key here is to have incredible sales skills so as to convince the visitors to join.

5. Green P2P Websites

Green consumers also find ways to save money by renting, sharing and trading products rather than purchasing them. In fact, with the popularity of this peer-to-peer “collaborative consumption,” many green web startups are now successful internet businesses.

6. Green Q&A Site

Green “question and answer” blogging is another chance for eco-experts to spread information on green living and sustainable business. There are several ways of making these sites profitable. For instance, they can be supported by ad revenue or you can choose to charge your readers for every question asked.

7. Green Internet Coach

Internet coaching is one type of internet business that is normally run as a membership site. In essence, internet coaches offer comprehensive tutorials and personalized coaching on a long list of topics, with the help of streaming videos, written content, web conferences, etc.

8. Green Ad Server

Because there are green bloggers who are only interested in displaying ads that match their cause, having a green ad server would be a lucrative opportunity to cater to them.

9. Green Social Games

With games such as Mafia Wars and Farmville, social games are certainly the trend nowadays. A few green web start-ups have already began to experiment with using gaming as a force for social good, but it remains a wide-open niche. Who knows, this could be your chance to do the same thing, then take the market by storm.

10. Green Apps

Green entrepreneurs will always have a place in the green apps niche, say for instance developing apps which can calculate carbon footprints or provide sustainability information about a particular product. Check out the list of top ten apps to make you more green.

There are other tons of green online business ideas out there. Surely, if you just take your time to really reflect, then you will find more ways to start a venture that will also help save the planet one person at a time.

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Lorna Li

Chief Evolutionary Officer at Entrepreneurs for a Change
Lorna Li is a business coach, entrepreneur and Amazon rainforest crusader, with a passion for green business, social enterprise, and indigenous wisdom. She helps changemaking entrepreneurs harness the power of the Internet to reach more people and make a bigger impact, while designing the lifestyle of their dreams. She is an Internet marketing consultant to changemakers, and works with innovative tech startups, sustainable brands, social enterprises & B-Corporations on SEO, SEM & Social Media marketing.
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