As time goes by, we see more and more people taking ownership of their careers, which is truly commendable. Reaching your full professional potential is simply not possible when you are fueled by others’ goals and achievements. Still, riding the wave of good intentions won’t get you too far – your startup idea needs to be relevant, in demand and achievable.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the ideas that should put your thoughts in the right direction and help you become your own boss.
Social media management
Social media platforms are currently one of the most important marketing assets businesses rely on to reach out to and interact with their customers. Developing social media departments in-house is too expensive for most newfound startups, so they usually opt to outsource this important duty. In order to jump on this bandwagon, you will need to study social media metrics and strategies, as well as particulars of different platforms. The startup costs of such businesses are relatively low.
Much like social media management, cleaning services are a department very few small businesses decide to develop in-house, which presents a great opportunity for all ambitious entrepreneurs who want to start a company which requires low investments and offer a high turnover. Of course, you will need to take some time to research how to start a cleaning service and learn about the business background of the whole issue, but the skillset you will need to acquire can be mastered very quickly.
Gadget repair and maintenance
According to recent research, the number of smartphone users is expected to hit 3.8 billion by 2021. And the smartphones are only a speck in the sea of different gadgets currently in use around the world. All these devices need occasional repair and maintenance and keeping them in shape can be a lucrative business idea. As your skills grow, you will be able to advance from more menial tasks like the replacement of phone screens and batteries to the maintenance of more expensive gadgets (e.g. drones and smart house systems).
We are living in a busy world where parents who sometimes need to be employed at more than one job have very little time to dedicate to their children. This unfortunate fact opens up an opportunity to help these people by providing much-needed care services. Childcare offers excellent options for scaling. You can start by providing your services at the families’ homes, adapt your home for childcare services further down the road, and finally rent the space where you will be able to work with hired professionals.
A property manager plays the role of the middleman between landlords, tenants, and contractor – its job is to manage people and real estate. Individuals and legal entities that own a large number of properties rarely have the time and resources to micromanage the issues of the renters. Property managers with great knowledge of the real estate market and legalities of the business can jump in to fill this void. Since the bulk of their work consists of paperwork, startup costs are relatively low.
Tourism guidance may not be amongst the most beginner-friendly businesses (although not very cost-intensive, tourism requires developed legal, commercial and operational infrastructure), it is one of the most reliable. The list of duties you will need to cover won’t be too exhausting (the work mostly consists of booking and cutting the deals), marketing is very approachable and clients loyal. Once you establish the initial customer base, scaling the business shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
When we talked about childcare, we mentioned people having less time for regular daily duties. Spending hours in the kitchen preparing meals is one of these tasks. Businesses capable of providing quality, nutritious and healthy frozen meals that can drastically streamline the process of cooking should be able to find a stable customer base. Furthermore, this industry allows you to explore different niche markets. For instance, vegan meals are rising in popularity – adapting your business to fit this market gap should be very easy.
We hope these seven ideas will help you finally get full control over your career or at least push you in the right direction to develop a business concept of your own. Your dream job may be waiting just around the corner – you only need to muster up the courage to pursue it.