Be an online business games developer and capture another segment of the market share. Games are terrific for learning new life skills. Consider catering to a specific niche market and take your internet business ideas to the next level with implementation in the business world.
Games teaching specific skills will be sought out by industry leaders who need to capture the attention of their employees in order to educate them in specific business, safety, or technical skills. Gone are the days of lecturing – trainers need interactive tools for instructing their students. This is a terrific niche and the ideas are unlimited for these internet business ideas.
The growth opportunities are vast as online gaming continues to grow. The gaming market has been pretty consistent over the last ten years with approximately 70-80 million gamers from the age of 15-34.
This market is now ready to explode over the next five years as growth will be spurred to 20 billion due to the advent of tablets and smart phones. All age groups are now attracted to these games as they become more meaningful and sophisticated for adult users.
And games are terrific learning tools – so you can consider developing your online business games for specific industries (e.g. business applications, schools/colleges, skilled trade schools, technical/safety applications, etc.) As with most electronic game developers, the sky is the limit for your enterprise!
Consider some of these options to distinguish yourself in the market:
1) Specialized technical and/or business applications – what industries do you know? What are your hobbies/interests? Who do you know that can provide you with the technical expertise for online business game development?
2) Develop theme-based games (e.g. Farmville, Cityville, etc.) based on your imagination.
3) Put your development talents to work developing games for young children (2-8), pre-teen to teens (9-18), young adults, and/or Boomers and Seniors.
4) Utilize your web design skills to develop online business games.
Resources: Computer, high-speed internet, gaming software to include video, graphics, and music segments
Time Required: 5-15 hrs/week; full-time 30-40+ hrs/week
Training: Basic to Advanced computer skills, Robust knowledge of gaming design and software
Market: Gamers, all ages (young to old)
Home Based: Yes
Location: Geographic Flexibility (Local, Regional, National, Global)
Start-Up Costs: $500 - $5,000
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: Minimize start-up costs by considering freeware or shareware vs. expensive software packages. Make sure to consider the different types of software required to put together a quality game product. Look for good online tutorials for minimal expense; investigate low cost training at your community college and local university. Attend networking events, talk with HR professionals, training specialists to determine where there may be specific needs – have a company pay the expenses of getting the software operational to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.
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