If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? Take my friend, Mark Jackson’s lead with what he’s doing to build a travel consulting side business idea. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals and eventually you could spin this business idea into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make your dream trip a reality.
You’ve gotten the logistical stuff out of the way — now it’s time to start building your brand. There are tons of places where you can assert your brand image, but a couple major ones are your business logo and website.
Money. Start-up costs can be substantial, and income is uncertain. Have funds to carry you through the inevitable lean months. Many business owners, including Lynn Johnson, ABR®, CRS®, advise planning for zero income for at least a year. Johnson, who launched Lynn Johnson Realty Inc. in Fulton, Texas, five years ago, says as a new business owner, you may have to work as hard as you did as a newbie so you can sock away money for a rainy day.
Offer free samples of what you do to the right people, in order to get people saying good things about what you have to offer. Word of mouth (i.e. good PR) is the best way to attract new customers. If you get bad reviews or negative feedback, respond positively and fix the problem. People will be much less judgmental about mistakes if you’re willing to fix them.
Obviously some of these small business ideas have more earning potential than others, but what they all share in common are relatively low barriers to entry and the flexibility to work at them for a limited amount of time per week. I also tried to focus on side business ideas that have some sort of online component to them, since that’s what I love most.
While having a formal background in graphic design is absolutely going to be helpful, it’s also relatively easy to learn the foundations of graphic design on your own. An increasingly easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator and even more easily accessible tools like Stencil and Visme are making it so that just about anyone with two opposable thumbs, a bit of creativity, and motivation can earn a side income doing things like designing (and selling) images like these motivational quotes that can be printed onto posters and sold on platforms like Etsy. Or you can find a local startup, small business owner, or photographer who could benefit from some extra help designing or altering images.
It is very hard to describe what I look for in a good factory beyond “a good feeling”. I think it comes with practice. I suggest that once you have spoken to them, try having a chat over Skype. If their English is so bad you can’t really communicate, then it is probably not going to work out.
“While we purchased the food truck itself for just $15,000, we didn’t realize that we’d spent more than double that to have it modified to fit the local fire and health regulations, which vary quite significantly depending on the municipality,” said Rachel Angulo, owner of La Cocinita food truck.
The only other thing I would say about negotiating is: don’t burn your bridges. The first manufacturer may turn out to be a dud and you may want that second one. So even if you don’t go with them, leave the option open for future business.
For a floating art gallery, you simply make arrangements with different restaurants, bars, or coffee shops to host your art shows for free in exchange for all the promotion and traffic you will bring to their respective businesses.
Publishing is dead; long live the e-reader! Now that anyone can have their work e-published, it is possible for anyone to make a fortune off their writing. The biggest recent example is the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but there are many authors taking advantage of the ease of e-publishing. If you love to write and are willing to do your own promotion (and having a blog can really help in that case), writing an e-book is an excellent way to make money at home.
Absolutely – you can market anything online. WHO you market to will be determined by your product – some services only work for local markets (i.e. alterations for clothing), but marketing internet services (website building and management) can be national and even international.
Your milestones. What have you achieved so far? What do you plan to accomplish within the next 3 months, 6 months, 2 years? These are subject to change, of course, but it’s important to set goals for your business regardless.
Starting as a franchise can give you an upper hand by buying into an already established brand. You can leverage the brand’s already established customer base to drive sales as well as use their knowledge and proven marketing and operations strategies to run your business. However, within the online boutique space, there are not a lot of options. In many cases it is more cost effective to either start your own brand or buy an existing one.
What could be an easier way to make money than pushing a lawnmower around or sweeping a rake? Well, having someone else do it for you and still getting paid for it! With this business you can have both! You can start out doing the work yourself and then hire others to do the actual work as you expand.
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So you’ve got the knack for baking? Why not make a business out of it? If you can make tasty fluffy cupcakes, try to promote them on social media, on your friends, and relatives. If you can put your hobby to the next level, you might want to bake personalized cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other occasions.
Whether it be for a client or your own project, you can make a serious business developing apps for mobile devices such as android and ios. You can develop games, utility apps, self-help apps, create your own social networking app, and a lot more.
The market is highly competitive. As a result, the profit margins are incredibly low and don’t justify the time and money you’ll have to sink into the venture — especially when you consider the fact that people can just as easily find the same product on Amazon (and for much cheaper too).
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Also be sure to create an “at-will” relationship with your employees. Employers can terminate at-will employees for any reason, which is essential if an employee isn’t working out. There are many ways to make it clear that the employment relationship is at-will, including in employee handbooks and through offer letters. Don’t make any promises to employees about the length or terms of their employment, as these could become binding on you later.
Opening up a retail business online—or an e-commerce site, if you prefer—what could be easier? Just throw together a website and wait for the orders to roll in, right? No, it just isn’t that easy. First and foremost, it is much harder than you might think to get visitors to come to your site.
When hiring, make sure you have an in-depth review and interview of the worker. Make sure you get their real information, passports, ID, former work, license and many others that they are truly honest and they are dependable.
Candidly, if you’re struggling financially, I would not try to start a business first. I would get a good job, get financially stable, THEN try to create one. I have tons of free material around finding your dream job here — just use the free material for now.
To be a great graphic designer, you don’t need to be great at drawing, you don’t need a college degree, and you don’t need to buy a fancy expensive computer. But you do need to be a visual thinker, you do need to specialize in something, and you definitely need a portfolio.
Even after you create your company’s name, do not omit these identifying letters on marketing materials, advertisements, or business transactions. Doing so may lead to unintended consequences. For example, if you leave “LLC” out of your name while doing business, a judge may find that you entered into a business deal as an individual, and not as an LLC. If this happens, you may be found personally liable and may not receive the limited liability shield you anticipated.
It doesn’t matter how long or detailed your plan is, as long as it covers a few essential points. Most successful small businesses will need to have a break-even analysis, a profit-loss forecast and a cash-flow analysis. A cash-flow analysis is especially important since you could be selling your products like hotcakes, but if you won’t be paid for six months, you could still run out of money and have to close your doors.
My garage is a mess and yours might be too, but it doesn’t have to be that way! A couple of my car nut friends have had their garages turned into car palaces with not only everything cleaned up, but also special floor and wall finishings installed, as well as snappy looking storage compartments.
If your first yard sale works well, consider having additional ones or even making it an ongoing business. You could solicit friends for additional items they might like to sell, or even find places (like flea markets) to buy items cheaply that you think could resell for more.
Even if you’re not up and running, it’s a good idea to set up social media profiles and writing content for your blog now so that you’re not starting from scratch Day 1. You can set up your website with a “coming soon” page where people who are interested can sign up to get updates, using a tool like LaunchRock.
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3. Delegation: You have to learn to delegate what you’re not good at. Design and technical stuff irritates me, so I pay someone to take care of them. It doesn’t have to be expensive if you’re smart. It’s all about finding ways to make things easy for you, so you can focus on your strengths.
If editing and advising college students on how to write compelling 500 word essays on topics such as “You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech,” seems like a compelling business idea to allocate your free time towards, trust me—tons of parents will pay you to edit admissions essays and offer constructive feedback for their children. Be careful not to blur the ethical line of actually writing their essays, but serving as an editor to help them convey their message can become a great side business idea that has the potential to spread by word-of-mouth referral in your community.
If you’re artistically inclined, designing logos is a relatively simple business to start. You can service the high-end, doing very unique logos, or provide low-cost designs that start from templates and are modified to suit the client.
If you really want to go into retail, particularly in a category dominated by superstores, you will be a lot better off opening a secondhand store. You may be able to operate with no investment in inventory by only handling goods on a consignment basis—that means that you never actually own the merchandise. Instead, you display the goods and pay for it only after you have sold it.
I am not suggesting that you should try and create fake RDX gloves. That would be unethical and also bad business – it wouldn’t take long before you were shut down. But I am suggesting that if you can come up with an improvement to the boxing glove, you could legitimately contact that factory on Alibaba, get your own unique boxing gloves made, add your own branding and start competing with RDX.
Personally, I would tend to start with the simpler services, but even a weekend business would likely require some part-time, energetic people to help with the basic work as soon as possible. If you do hire people, make sure that you follow the labor laws and that includes getting worker’s compensation insurance!