One of the great things about online business is that having a successful online business can be achieved by anyone, regardless of your background. Whether you are a male, female, old, young, black, white, English speaking, non-English speaking, there are no barriers to success!
Whilst women are struggling to narrow the pay gap with men in the workplace (outperforming men in a lot of these cases), it’s great to see so many successful women not only providing a difference in the lives of others, but making some seriously successful money in their online businesses!
In this post we will look at 6 women who have built a successful online business and go into a little detail about how they built their business, what their business is about and what everyone can learn from their success.
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1. Amy Porterfield
“How I went from overworked “yes girl” to helping thousands of online entrepreneurs build a life and business they love.”
Amy’s background was in marketing and her website bio notes that she worked with businesses such as Harley Davidson and high profile personalities such as Tony Robbins. Amy initially started a 1 on 1 consultancy business which she realized was burning her out and wasn’t the ideal business that she desired.
Amy then pivoted to building an online business which helps others with tools to grow their own online businesses. Amy’s business is now a go to for many who are looking for the tools to scale and grow their online business and who are also looking at mastering Facebook to grow their online business.
Amy offers paid courses such as Courses That Convert, has free resources on her website such as The Ultimate Course Creation Starter Kit and also has a weekly podcast.
Who this is for: Anyone that has an online business but have plateaued or are struggling to scale or take their business to the next level. Also suitable for someone who is looking at monetizing their current email list through product creation or courses.
Not aimed to: People who have just started an online business or who are looking for an online business idea. Well worth subscribing to Amy’s email list where you will pick up some good tips and ideas to grow your business.
2. Melyssa Griffin
“The gist is this: you’ve got something important to do, sell, or say…and I’m here to help you do that like the friggin’ rockstar you are.”
Similar to Amy, Melyssa has created an online business that helps other online entrepreneurs grow and maintain a successful online business.
According to her website bio Melyssa’s foray into the online world began whilst she was living as an expat in Japan teaching English. Melyssa then created a blog called The Nectar Collective which then led to a graphic design business and before she knew it Melyssa had a profitable online business. Upon moving back to the US and growing the graphic design business, Melyssa then moved into the online education space.
Melyssa has since created several products that have helped grow her business to a 7 figure success and continues to help others all over the world.
Melyssa offers courses such as Blog to Biz Hive and List Surge and also has a regular podcast.
Who this is for: Similar to Amy, anyone wishes to grow their email subscribers or increase their site traffic but have plateaued or are struggling to scale or take their business to the next level.
Not for: Suitable for most (including beginners who are looking to grow their audience) or who are looking for an online business idea.
3. McKinzie Bean
“Eventually, in that first year as a stay-at-home mom I built three businesses to help keep our family afloat.”
McKinzie’s start in the online world is similar to a lot of online entrepreneurs, through a simple blog. This blog evolved into several websites, with McKinzie’s main website Mom’s Make Cents, focusing on helping people grow their online business through including a focus on Pinterest.
According to her website bio McKinzie’s after layoffs were occurring at her husband’s place of employment in 2015 this forced McKinzie into action to find a way to make money online. McKinzie hustled to build 3 online businesses to “keep her family afloat” which led to word of mouth growth through the wives of McKinzie’s husbands work colleagues.
McKinzie then began to focus her efforts on helping more women to learn about building a successful online business and lead to the success of the Mom’s Make Cents website through free resources and paid courses. As a result McKinzie is now one of the prominent Pinterest experts online.
McKinzie not only helps and inspires people to create and grow their online business; she was able to retire her husband from his existing job due to her online business success.
McKinzie offers courses such as Pin to Profits and List Surge as well as some great free resources.
Who this is for: Anyone wishes to build a blog or who wish to grow their email subscribers or increase their site traffic.
Not for: Suitable for most (including beginners who are looking to begin their first blog and don’t know how) or for those who are looking to unlock the secrets and potential of Pinterest.
4. Shawna Newman
“I do SEO. In my pajamas.”
Shawna started her full-time online career in 2009 after segueing from her studies and her previous full-time office job. As a result of her online success Shawna now travels around the world from her new home base in the Netherlands.
After creating several websites which were sold at a substantial profit, Shawna then branched out to providing (excellent) courses to teach people how to create their own profitable online niche sites.
Shawna is a refreshing voice in the SEO/niche website field with her no bullshit approach and excellent (profitable) site building track record. I recommend any person looking to build their own site or those who have already built a site to connect with Shawna.
Shawna offers some great niche site building content, real world examples of tests that have been performed as well as some high quality courses/products, ranging from her Niche Authority Site Course to the Insider25 Premium private group.
Who this is for: Anyone that is looking to build a site that makes money! There is quality content in so many areas at an easy to understand level even if you are only a beginner.
Not aimed to: N/A. Anyone would get something from Shawna’s work even if you’ve been selling profitable websites for years!
5. Selena Soo
“Over the past few years, I’ve built a 7-figure business that helps experts, coaches, and authors become respected leaders in their industries.”
Selena’s start to her online business is a bit different to others in this post. Selena was born and raised in Hong Kong and first lived in America to study at university. After falling in love with the US Selena found a role with a non profit organization in New York.
Although initially enjoying and becoming successful in this role, Selena struggled with her health and wanted a change, to help a lot more people. This is where the idea for selenasoo.com came from so decided to create her own online public relation and marketing business.
After creating her online business, Selena launched her first product (making over 6 figures on the launch). Now Selena has three flagship courses, Get Known Get Clients, Impacting Millions and Influence as well as offering private and mastermind mentoring.
With her online business success Selena has been allowed to travel the world, to writing New York Times best sellers, presenting a TED talk to helping thousands achieve online success.
Selena offers courses such as Get Known, Get Clients, Impacting Millions and Influence and offers personal mentoring.
Who this is for: Anyone that has a business or offering that wants to reach out to influencers and increase the profile of their business. Also suitable for those who are struggling to get subscribers or traffic to their website and want to find a new or bigger audience.
Not aimed to: People who have just started an online business or who are looking for an online business idea. Well worth subscribing to Selena’s email list where you will pick up some good tips and ideas to grow your business and to get an idea of Selena’s courses to purchase once your online business is ready.
6. Lidiya K
“You need to actually put in the work (and do it for years) before you expect anything back (money, freedom, independence and all the other benefits).”
Lidiya’s online start is also similar to a lot of other, through a blog. According to her online bio a few years ago Lidiya wasn’t happy with the direction of her life in Romania and stumbled upon the Tim Ferriss book The 4-Hour Workweek and was exposed to a whole new life and realized that after university she wanted to travel and create her own life.
After learning as much as she could about making money online, Lidiya travelled around the world, eventually settling in The Netherlands whilst working on her blog Let’s Reach Success.
With Let’s Reach Success, Lidiya has now turned this into a successful online business allowing her to travel the world as well as helping others through her lifestyle and online business offerings. Not only has Lidiya had articles featured in publications such as Time, Lidiya has had several books self published and has recently branched out into online courses.
Lidiya offers courses such as Financial Freedom Through Blogging and Next Level Productivity as well as some great free resources.
Who this is for: Anyone wishes to build a blog, who wish to grow their email subscribers or increase their site traffic or who likes some great regular lifestyle of success content.
Not aimed to: Suitable for most including beginners who are looking to begin their first blog and don’t know how.