If you want to be your own boss and start your own business, 2019 is the year to do it! Gone are the days when you had to have a lot of capital to start your own business. There are many business ideas that you can put into practice with very little or no capital.
For all these concepts, you don’t even need a dedicated office space or a lot of staff. You can even work remotely and you can run your business from anywhere. Of course, this will greatly help if you already have the skills or are very interested in the industry you have chosen. If you are looking for inspiration, here are some trending business ideas for 2019.
1. Arranging the house
Declaratory is probably the buzz word for years, especially as celebrity tidy-up expert Marie Condo launches her new TV makeover series on Netflix. If you have amazing organizational skills and you like to put everything in the right place then this is definitely for you. If you want to enhance your game, you can take a consultation course with Marie Kondo yourself!
Start with your family and friends, then connect with the people in your network. For larger projects, you may hire part-time staff to assist you. Be sure to take pictures before and after so you can show great results.
2. Social media marketing
If you’re an expert on Facebook, Instagram and other apps, why not make the most of it and help other businesses increase their social media presence? While many businesses are shifting their marketing budgets to digital marketing, there are still many opportunities in this area.
To be successful in this field, you need to familiarize yourself with the latest marketing programs, apps and business automation tools. Facebook also offers free online courses so you can become a certified Facebook advertising professional. If you have a marketing or advertising background, this should be something you enjoy.
You can actually make money if you like to talk and share your life with those who want to listen. All you need is a video camera with good audio and you can start your own YouTube or IGTV channel.
Through your blog, you can passively monetize the ads placed on your videos. Once you’ve gained enough views and subscribers, you can start partnering with local brands to sponsor your videos.
4. Virtual Assistant
Because of the way communication has evolved, it is now possible to act as an assistant without the need to be physically present. Virtual assistants are usually responsible for researching, organizing calendars, managing emails, and performing various administrative tasks.
You need to have good communication and organizational skills, a laptop, phone and reliable internet connection. Depending on the time zone of some clients, you may have to work full-time or you may choose to work part-time for multiple clients.
5. Fitness Instructor
Fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry and you can get a piece of the pie without the need to set up your own gym or invest in expensive equipment. If you are a fitness junkie, you can be a personal trainer and schedule sessions at your clients’ homes. Or you could be an instructor for group classes like aerobics, yoga, pilates, zumba or crossfit.
More popular brands also offer certification so you can be a certified trainer. Most gyms rent their studios so you can take classes in these places or you can use public spaces such as parks.
6. Makeup artist
Do you have the talent to make your eyebrows always flexible and your contour always flawless? Making people beautiful is a big business so you can definitely make money with makeup artistry. You need to invest in professional tools, brushes and high-end cosmetics – but if you already have them, you can go.
Instagram is a great way to market your skills and build a client base. Follow beauty influencers and connect with other makeup artists and event providers in your area to broaden your network.
7. Sitting pet
This is a great business for those who love pets. Many pet owners lead busy lives and want to leave their pets to a trusted person instead of a large pet store. You can charge per hour for pet seating, and if you have space in your home, you can even turn your backyard into a small pet hotel and charge for overnight stays. Think of Airbnb but for pets!
8. Grocery delivery service
If you have a car and some extra time, you can turn it into a profitable side business. There are many families who do not have time to shop for themselves and at the same time, they do not feel comfortable shopping for groceries online as these limit their choices or tend to be more expensive. Offer a personalized service in your neighborhood and charge every hour or so for running a grocery store.
9. Tour photographer
Many people would love to get amazing travel photos but hiring a professional photographer to follow them can be very expensive. Take advantage of this gap in the market by offering a service where you can work as a tour guide and photographer at the same time! To get started you’ll need great personality skills, basic photography lessons and a DSLR camera.
10. T-shirt design
Got a funny quote You think a t-shirt would look great? Now there are T-shirt sites like Threadless and Redbubble where you can simply upload your designs and they will take care of production and distribution so you don’t have to worry about logistics. Most of these sites are distributed worldwide so that you can have a wide audience.
Think of your own business
You need more than luck to succeed in affiliate business. You will definitely face many obstacles and failures along the way but if you work consistently in your business the results can be very fruitful.
About the author
Richard Cao is the sales director for the UK-based office and COS Sales, the technology solutions provider. Her day-to-day tasks include managing client accounts, helping clients with questions, and instructing her team to ensure the best results. He has extensive experience in the B2B world and as a result has a lot of knowledge to share.