25 Feb Small Business Ideas for 2016
If you’re looking to start your own small business in 2016, then there are many great business ideas that you can adopt. Once you have settled on your business idea, you will need to formulate a business plan. While some businesses are easy to start up and others are easier to manage, you will have to find a business model that is most suitable to your skills and knowledge.
Here are a few small business ideas that you could explore in 2016:
- Freelance writing/Ghost writing
If you are someone who has writing experience and can write on a variety of topics then freelance writing or ghost writing is a great option for you. This could include any range of topics from buying an RV to dog training. Websites and companies are always looking for freelancers to provide articles and blogs, as long as you don’t mind forgoing a byline.
More and more people are getting interested in gardening and growing their own herbs and vegetables. Becoming a gardening teacher is a creative way to make money. You can offer seminars in your backyard, in colleges, recreational centres, local nurseries and more. Apart from teaching others how to maintain their own gardens, you could also create flower arrangements for local pubs, restaurants, churches, wedding halls, receptions etc.
- Gift basket making
There will always be occasions and celebrations that require you to give gifts. If you have a creative eye and like putting together interesting gift baskets, this could turn into a very successful small business idea. You could create giveaways for corporate parties, baby showers, holidays and birthdays and tailor the gift baskets to suit the occasion.
- Mobile spa
Mobile spa treatments can be offered in homes, offices or hotels. You could offer facials, massages, hair and makeup, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and much more. You can market your mobile spa business to clients who work from home, older folk who find it hard to travel, corporate professionals who need a break and others who would not otherwise indulge in spa treatments. As your business grows you can also sell skin-care products, accessories and ointments to your clients.
- Personal chef
These days people are willing to pay more for a good meal and often don’t have the time to cook for themselves. Instead of putting together a meal service, it is a far better option to offer your services as a personal chef. It would help if you have a good knowledge of nutrition and different cuisines. You should be able to adapt to cooking in different kitchens.
- Soap making
Lifestyle products like soap cost very little to be made and can be sold for a high profit margin. There is a growing market of buyers who appreciate handmade, organic and natural products. You can add herbs and fragrances to create speciality soaps in your own kitchen. Put some effort into the packaging of your soaps to make them more appealing.
- Interior design
If you have an eye for interior décor and have previous experience with the same, then interior design is a good small business idea. You can help clients with everything from consultation to fitting. There is always a demand for interior design work, as people are constantly moving or looking to reinvent existing spaces.
- Work-from-home customer support
You can become a customer service representative right in the comfort of your home. It typically requires you to have a computer, a high-speed internet connection, landline phone, a headset and a quiet space you can work in. Work-from-home customer service companies will train you and help you get started.
If you want to work from home and don’t mind working in the evenings or on the weekends, then offering tutoring services to children and young adults could be a good idea. You would have to have comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and, while you don’t compulsorily have to be a teacher, some teaching experience would be beneficial. An additional responsibility with this role is that you would need to stay updated with the curriculum.
If you have a background in food and have a basic understanding of supply and costing, then you might want to consider opening a catering business. You could offer your services at corporate events, parties, training days, conferences etc. You can work more flexibly and independently than you could working in a restaurant or café. You would need to register with local authorities and be compliant with food safety regulations.
- Integrated marketing services
Digital marketing and advertising are the most important requirements by organisations in 2016. This will include services like search engine marketing, social media marketing, content marketing and other such services. You can work as a consultant and offer these services to more than one client/organisation while working from the comfort of your own home.
- Personal development coaching
An increasing number of professionals today are looking for the tools to improve their professional and personal lives. Life coaching is a burgeoning industry that can help individuals and organisations alike. In addition to being a life coach, you can also write inspirational articles, blogs and speak at events and conferences.
- Baking and making desserts
If you enjoy baking and trying out new desserts then you can cater for birthdays, parties and other occasions. Create exquisite designs and customised decorations that set you apart from other bakeries. Many people are willing to pay more for custom cakes and desserts. You can also sell your desserts at local farmers markets, stock them in bakeries and supermarkets and also take custom orders from clients.
- Event coordinator
While events like birthdays, family reunions, engagements etc are a lot of fun, they can often be a trouble to organise. More people these days are open to hiring event organisers and coordinators who work with a budget and take care of all the details. If you’re good at planning and organisation, then this might be the perfect small business idea for you.
Regardless of which idea you pick, starting a small business from scratch would require you to put in a lot of discipline and effort in ensuring that it becomes successful. If you are looking at working from home and being a business owner, but need some help with the same, you can join the Arise network. We provide a virtual platform that connects primarily work-at-home service professionals running small call centre businesses to Fortune 500 and other large companies. To know more about Arise, you can get in touch with us here.