Many people consider starting up their own small business. In these difficult economic times, you may have been made redundant, had your hours or salary cut or simply think you have a great idea for a new business. Fully research the market, carry out a feasibility study and write a comprehensive and positive business plan and you could soon be running a successful business.
Deciding on a good business idea is vital. This can range from an online business from home to a small production unit. It is always a good idea to choose a field which you are passionate about and experienced in. For instance, if you are a qualified tradesman, it can be straightforward to start up on your own. The following are the top 10 businesses to start in 2013.
This is very popular nowadays. You can set up an e-shop selling goods or services online. However, there are thousands of these businesses already, and you must choose a range of products or services which are innovative and slightly different from the existing ones in order to stand out in the marketplace.
There are many retail businesses already on the high street. To be conspicuous, you must market your products or services in a unique way. For instance, if you are passionate about nutrition and health, you could consider starting up a business selling health foods and supplements.
Environmentally Friendly Business
This is something that is growing rapidly. There are many products on the market which can make your home more energy efficient. These include energy efficient light bulbs, hot water tank covers, pipe lagging, radiator reflectors, draught excluders, kitchen appliances, loft and cavity insulation, solar panels etc.
Cleaning can include carpets, soft furniture, floors, roofs, offices and home services. You can base your business from home and choose to specialise in any or all of the above. There is a robust market for cleaning, but do check the competition in your target area. You may find that there is a gap in the market for certain types of cleaning.
Most people require catering services at certain times – christenings, birthday parties, weddings, funerals etc. This type of business will suit people who enjoy a variety of food preparation, ranging from sandwiches, snacks, cakes and full meals.
This can appeal to a wide range of people from young people to active pensioners. If you like working outdoors and have an interest in horticulture, this could be ideal for you. You can offer a range of services from lawn care and mowing, strimming, planting, weeding and pruning to gutter cleaning, fence painting and general handiwork.
House and Pet Sitting
People who are away from home on business or holiday often choose to employ someone to take care of their house. Duties include checking regularly that the house is safe, cleaning it before the owners return, watering plants, feeding fish/amphibians and turning lights on and off to give the impression that someone is home, thus deterring burglars. If the client has cats or dogs, you will be required to feed and exercise the animals.
If you are skilled in basic accountancy, you could start up an accountancy business for other small businesses. Many people who run small businesses do not have the time or inclination to tackle financial duties at the end of a busy day. You can offer a range of services from preparing and sending out invoices, receiving payments, payroll and tax obligations, VAT and end of year returns.
If you are a keep fit instructor, there are a whole range of people who would like to learn to keep fit. There are various types of keep fit exercises nowadays, including Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics, Circuit Training, Belly Dancing and Martial Arts. Your clients can include men and women of all ages and shapes and sizes. Check what is available in your area and you may find there is a gap in the market.
Copy and Article Writer
Copywriting is one of the essential elements used in online marketing. People who can produce quality content can be very busy and successful. You will obviously need a good grasp of the English language and a copywriting course is recommended before you start.