Whether you want to make a bit of extra cash on the side of your day job, or are currently out of work and are looking to start making your own money, setting up a business by yourself is a great way to have complete control of your income.
With jobs hard to come by for many at the moment, here are some great ideas if you want to set up a quick and easy business venture.
Food/drink delivery service
These kinds of delivery services have become really fashionable in recent times. Popular with students who want to order a load of alcohol from a store in order to get cheaper prices, but often too drunk to go out and get it themselves, this is where you could step in – taking a trip to the supermarket to buy the booze on their list before delivering it straight to them. Of course, you would ‘up’ the cost to ensure you make a profit. The same idea can also be done with food deliveries – appealing to those in offices especially, ordering a bulk take away from you would require a trip down to the chosen fast-food outlet to get their order, which you would charge a premium for when you delivered it. This is a simple idea which over time can make you a good deal of cash!
Sell things online
People have been doing this kind of thing for years and many run successful businesses just by trading over platforms like eBay. Whether you want to sell general bric-a-brac or set up a targeted business, trading in things like clothes, electronics or concert tickets, getting online is a quick and easy way to get your product in front of millions of people, without the overheads that come with opening a shop in a physical location.
Open a franchise
Of course, many people have skills which, due to market conditions, may be going to waste due to lack of available jobs. One way to get around this is to try and set up your own business, yet with the backing of a parent company. For example, a qualified mechanic may decide that they want the freedom of working for themselves, yet don’t have the capital to completely start from scratch. Instead, they can set up a car repair franchise under the name of another company – whilst this means that they will use their equipment, wear their uniform and promote their brand, they will still have control over their working hours and the money that they make.
Thousands of people have a dog, yet not everyone enjoys taking them for long walks to ensure they stay fit and healthy. This is where you can capitalise on the opportunity and advertise your services to look after a dog for a few hours, perhaps even the whole day – giving the owners a bit of a break and you get the fun of being with a great animal, without the expense of actually owning one!