20 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants To Run Their Own Business
The future of the economy is digital.
With governments looking to slowly lift quarantine measures and get economies back in gear, such a statement doesn’t seem too far-fetched. As a digital marketing agency, we understand the importance of not only shifting companies to digital, but also encouraging entrepreneurship and SMEs (small to medium enterprises) of less than 500 employees.
As we look to create a “new normal” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses run from home is an integral part of this, and keeping the economy alive. This is why, today’s post is about small business ideas for people who want to quit their 9-5 jobs, convert their passions into profit, or just freelance.
- Professional Blogging
If you have knowledge in something, start a blog on a site like WordPress or Wix with evergreen and niche content with the right keywords that keeps the audience coming back. While taxing in the beginning, the potential for growth as a writer is exponential. Check out habits of successful content creators here.
- Virtual Assistant
If you don’t want to be tied down to one office or person, becoming a virtual assistant is a great way to meet people in your field, manage your own hours and choose clients. This can include scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, and overall helping your client work as efficiently as possible.
- Personal Trainer
With more people looking for fitness and health advice but less time to go to a gym, doing one-on-one or online group training sessions is a good way to build a solid clientele that grows based on referrals and word-of-mouth.
This can be content writing (or even proofreading and editing), SEO, design, coding, consultation, or even illustration. Freelancers work from home (or any location) and are their own bosses, building experience and a customer base depending on their skills and expertise.
If you’re fluent in a foreign language (or three), you can start freelance translation or a business, made better if you specialise in a specific genre of it – like financial or educational to fill a niche.
If you’re trained as an accountant, you can create your business and work from home by filing out customers’ taxes, business accounts, etc.
- T-shirt Designer
Online services have made this easy, so you can design shirts online and either sell them directly or order a supply to sell on your own.
- Travel Planner
People might have started planning their own trips out, but customers are still looking for travel agents and planners who do nontraditional itineraries and locations.
- Internet Research
If you’re interested in learning new things online, become an Internet researcher by carving out a niche of research that can’t be found by a simple Google search. This can be educational (students and scholars), data (scientists, bloggers), industry (movies, authors), or competitive market research.
Online home tutoring via videoconferencing looks like the new thing in education. If you were a math whiz or a piano aficionado, take your skills and advertise yourself to make a customer base on students who might need that extra push.
- Social Media Consultant
If you know the ins and outs of social media platforms and how to build a follower base, you can offer your services to businesses and campaigns to manage their social media accounts and launches.
- Tech Support Business
If you’ve been a handy(wo)man or just have a knack for coding and electronics, look into tech support online or via phone where you can provide assistance to people when they experience tech issues. At a time when calling over or visiting tech support isn’t possible, this is a great avenue.
- Yoga Instructor
Been a diligent yoga follower? You can get certified as a yoga instructor from one of the hundreds of schools and start an online business teaching yoga classes. During a stressful time like this, this simple idea might just be the most successful.
- Dance Teacher
If you’ve learnt professional, or even classes, in a particular dance style or are just passionate about it, you can start your own dance studio out of your home for various age groups, styles, and at different timings.
Podcasts can be fascinating, with their endless knowledge and guest speakers. You can start your own podcast, and if you’re interested in monetising it, sell advertising space or work with brands to add income to your show.
- YouTube Personality
Several YouTubers make great income talking about social issues, their passions, skills, reviews, and stand-up comedy, among others. Pick something you’re interested in so you can make engaging videos.
- e-Book Author
Writing might not be an easy undertaking, but that shouldn’t dissuade you if you’ve had a passion or desire to write a novel (and finally found the time during lockdown). Publishing your e-book online doesn’t even require any assistance or professional business experience.
If you’ve got a knack for spotting sentences and grammatical issues and have a solid grasp of a language, you can start a small side business/work from home by offering proofreading services to businesses and individuals who want someone to look over their work.
- Resume Service
Creating a resume, cover letter, or portfolio can be difficult and time-consuming work, which is why many people seek help in it. You can help clients make custom-tailored resumes and beautiful cover letters with well-crafted portfolios if you know what employers are looking for, to make them impossible to ignore.
- Phone Case Business
Smartphones are a common accessory for many people today, and phone cases with various designs ranging from social statements to favourite superheroes are in high demand. And with e-commerce platforms like Jumia and Amazon, you can easily link your new products to target audiences.
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There’s no dearth of ideas, and Digital Odyssey can help you stay on top of trends to effectively navigate the complex waters of the internet. Our marketing agency can help you with further ideas of how to design world-class websites, seamless user journeys and digital marketing campaigns.
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