It is the time of year that people look for new opportunities to establish small or large businesses. There are many businesses that stand the test of time, and some that are relevant to a particular time.
At Purity of Earth, we take a skeptical view of the hot new thing, such as influencing, travel blogging and other such industries. They are great if you are successful, but the number of wannabies is higher than actors in L.A.!
Here are a few practical business ideas that are relevant for 2019:
With the huge growth in online businesses, the demand for people to perform basic administrative tasks connected with web businesses is growing rapidly.
Professional organisers help business people declutter and minimize, enabling them to focus on more practical aspects of running their businesses.
Are you a highly organised person that enjoys administrative tasks, and wants to work from home or virtually? If so, you may make a fantastic virtual assistant or “VA” for short! To promote your business, you can promote yourself through Upwork or another freelancer website! If you can gain a loyal client base, then you could be well on your way to developing a virtual assistant business!
Digital marketing services are in huge demand, and many small and mid-sized companies would rather outsource it than pay a full-time marketing expert or hiring third party companies. If you've got digital marketing expertise in SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click, web development or social media management, then you will be even more in demand and you could be looking at a business opportunity that allows you the freedom to work from home! If you enjoy strategising and implementing plans meticulously, digital marketing could be the right business for you to launch.
If you've got a skill for the written word, starting a freelance copywriting business might be for you. Again, due to the huge growth in online businesses, a lot of companies are looking for someone to turn around quality content for blogs, press releases and external publications. Most online businesses need to keep producing material, in order for websites to stay relevant and improve SEO, and if you can provide a good service, you could develop a very good regular income stream.
Freelance copywriting is a great business to run, because as long as you have an internet connection, you can work. If you establish a large enough network and gain referrals from satisfied clients, you could even make this a full-time job!
The “uberification” of business is a trend that has grown remarkably in the past number of years. This basically means that you pick and industry or a service, develop a website and a platform for providers of that service to provide that service to customers. This has popped up in many different areas such as marketing services on Advisable, a classic example in holiday accommodation services being Airbnb, package delivery scheduling services through Doorman, cleaning, handymen and plumbing services through PickAPro , and even massages through Zeel.
How about cleaning services? You could offer cleaning services to homeowners, apartment complexes and commercial properties. All you need is some clients and the manpower to tackle their locations. Cleaning services are straightforward and require little overhead; you just need to plan accordingly, stay dedicated, and make sure your marketing gets you noticed.
Whatever you decide to do, approach it with vigour and drive and give yourself the best opportunity to succeed!