More and more people are realizing their dream of making money outside the 9-5 grind. In the US, 28.8 million people have joined the business world as of 2016. Almost half of these entrepreneurs are reportedly operating their business within the comforts of their home. If you want the coming year to mark the start of your life as an entrepreneur, you should start building your plans as early as now.
Check out these 10 great small business ideas to try out this 2018:
1. Beard Oil
According to reports, the male grooming industry accounts for $6 billion in yearly sales. This billion-dollar line of business’ popular product? Beard oil. It appears that there is a steady increase among men who ditch the clean-shaven look to sport stylish and well-groomed beards. Because the beard trend is new, there is still enough room in the market for new entrepreneurs who want to supply this in-demand grooming must-have.
2. Stock Photography
It’s no secret that people are using digital platforms to advance their business. From blogging platforms to Pinterest and Instagram, businesses are attracting customers through the power of photos. However, not everybody can find the right photo that will go with their post all the time. This is where you swoop in. Take and submit stock photos that business owners can pay for.
3. Prop Stylist
You can start a business by helping others market their own! Launch your startup company that specializes in prop styling. Help other business owners present their products to the market by creating a tasteful layout that will make their products look great in print ads and online.
4. Infographic Designer
Content writer VAs (virtual assistants) almost dominated content marketing in the past. Now, a new wave of specialists is making a mark in elevating a website’s influence. An infographic is a combination of powerful visuals and well-selected words that can attract a customer’s attention faster. Launch your company as an Infographic Designer and start building your clientele along the way.
5. Meme Maker
Anyone that thinks memes don’t have a place in business is not only snooty but also missing out on plenty of opportunities. People spend hours upon hours scrolling on their phones to enjoy and share memes. Savvy business owners know that it’s all about speaking the language of their audience, so they post memes in their social profiles or blog to create a buzz. You can be the supplier that fulfills that need.
6. Fitness Coach
Are you a health buff? Do you have an effective workout routine that has done wonders for you? You can share your health and working out secrets by being a fitness coach. Start finding local clients by advertising on Facebook or handing out fliers in your community.
7. Food Truck
If you have cooking skills and dream of owning your restaurant someday, you can start small through food trucking. You don’t need to wait until you have millions of funds to open your dining place. You can introduce your specials to the public through a food truck and start creating a name in the food industry from there.
8. Homemade Arts and Crafts
Do you have the skills for turning ordinary objects into Pinterest-worthy items? Do you have a flair for crafting homemade jewelry, toys, or decorative jars? It’s time to turn your passion into a business by selling your homemade goodies in Etsy, Amazon, or eBay.
9. Lifestyle Blogger
If you have a way with words and an eye for seeing the extraordinary in the mundane, you can share your insights with others by being a lifestyle blogger. Entertain and reach out to others through your witty posts and have other businesses advertise in your blog as you get more traffic.
10. Lettering Service
If you have calligraphy and lettering skills, you can monetize your talent by starting a lettering service company. Partner with event organizers and be the one to pen the invitations and signages in events.
Are you excited to monetize your passion in the coming year? These 10 great small business ideas to try out this 2018 ensure you start the new year with a bang.
Catherine vanVonno, the author, is the President and Executive Director of 20Four7VA, a global Virtual Assistant (VA) Service Provider. She holds a doctorate degree in Applied Statistics, Research Design and Program Evaluation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has over 10 years of experience in facilitating evidence-based strategic planning, product development, brand management, legislative communications, and medical policy. She is married and has four children. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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