We all have our hidden talents and passions. Unfortunately, not everyone’s talents evolved to become a profitable venture as life went on. However, nothing is set in stone.
Who knows? Maybe in the future, after you’ve spent a few years working in the workforce, an opportunity will come along for business. What better business to have than something in line with what you’re good at – with what you’re passionate about?
People now-a-days dream of establishing their own business so that they may gain control of their career. A desire to have a say in what they do to earn a living is indeed empowering.
However, many people aren’t able to make this dreams a reality in fear of the expenses that come hand in hand with starting a business. What if we told you that you can start your own business around something you are good at with a budget of less than $1,000?
Yes, it is actually possible, and even preferable since it will allow you to test your theories on business out without crippling you financially in case of failure. Here are 15 business ideas you can try your hand in without rocking your financial boat!
If you have a love for capturing beauty then maybe establishing a photography business is a good idea. Freelance photographers usually take home $24 per hour, not bad for a one man team, not to mention you can control your working hours. A photography business simply requires that you have the right network and a decent camera.
As you advance further into this venture, you can invest in a tripod and other photography equipment. You can start out small, advertise yourself by word of mouth and let the people in your community know that you are a photographer for hire. Before you know it, you could be covering simple events around your area.
- Freelance Writer
As the world grows more and more dependent on the internet for the latest news and events, company’s in-line with news are making the most out of this technological advancement. News sites and blogs are becoming popular online and they are in need of great content writers to keep their site above all the rest.
If you want to escape the everyday hassles of traveling to work, adhering to a strict schedule, and keeping a time card then this venture may be for you. Try your hand in starting a content writing business. Early on, it’s alright to be a one-man show! You can think about expanding when the business proves to be within your talents and passion. If not, you can move on to the next idea that comes along.
- Make Up Artist
Every day, you go to work looking glam, with your eyebrows on fleak, hair done perfectly, with a contour to die for. You’ve honed the skill of making yourself even more beautiful than you already are. Day after day you sit down on your vanity and prettify that face, so why not make money out of it?
You can easily set up your own hair and makeup side business, especially if your vanity is already complete with all the essentials! On average, makeup artists make around $16 per hour. As you move forward, you can invest in more beauty products and even a class to solidify your expertise in dolling faces up!
If you’re a stay at home mom and have this passive urge to make some extra bucks on the side, why not start a business? If you have picked up some cooking skills during your adventures as a housewife, why not try your hand in a catering gig?
Come to think of it, you’re probably used to spending time in the kitchen, preparing meals for your family every day. Starting a catering business would be similar, except you’ll be cooking for a whole lot of people. You can take baby steps at first, spreading the word to your friends and neighbors that you can cater events. Since you already have a decent set of cooking equipment and appliances, your capital would most likely be for ingredients shopping. At first, you won’t be fully booked and you can earn around $18 per hour. During your free time, you can invest in a certificate program and study up to further improve your platter of delicacies.
- Personal Shopper
If the sentence “Oh those shoes don’t go with that sweater darling!” often comes from you, then you’re probably that fashionable friend in your group, who loves to give out unsolicited wardrobe advice. Maybe it’s time to put that artistically critical eye to work.
Most fashion enthusiasts love to go shopping, especially if they’re equipped with a shiny credit card. Why not start a business that will help you pay off the credit you built up shopping for pretty things – and not just any business, a personal shopper business! “Go shopping to shop more,” that should be hakuna matata.
- UI/UX Designer
It is a given that every business and company in the world is eyeing for online presence. Let’s face it, the internet is the future. The demand for website and app designers is currently sky rocketing. However, not just anyone can do it, you have to have an eye for intuitive and visually appealing designs. If you do have what it takes, you can easily earn $35 per hour as freelance UI/UX designer.
- Graphic Designer
Graphic design is everywhere. No matter how simple, or extravagant, it’s all around us. The demand for graphic design work is far from being satiated. If you have the talent and skill, it’s time to get on board that bountiful boat and set sail towards treasure!
Don’t be discouraged just because there are plenty of established designers out there. Remember that every brand and company has different needs and preferences. Another excuse you may tell yourself is that technology is advancing to the point where free design tools can be utilized by anyone. That’s is simply not true! No robot can produce the art a human mind can create! What matters is that you get yourself out there and do what you love. Graphic designers can make $15 per hour while some gigs are project based.
- Wedding Planner
A wedding is one of the few things that never run out. There are beyond thousands of people getting hitched every day, and most of the need a wedding planner to sort out the most special day of their life. If you have what it takes to organize an event as important as a wedding, you might as well make some profit out of it. Wedding planners can earn around $17 per hour and it’s not even limited to hitching ceremonies. If you can plan something as extravagant as a wedding, then you can definitely assemble other events such as birthday parties, anniversaries, company happenings, and much more.
If you have the heart of a teacher but not the required degree, go for tutoring! A tutor running their own tutoring business can bring home around $18 per hour. It actually pays to remember what you learned in elementary and in high school. Yes, many of us tend to forget bits and pieces of what we learned over the years. But this knowledge, in the hands of a tutor can be passed down to the younger folk for a few crunchy dollars.
- Social Media Manager
If you’ve been spending a whole lot of time online and on social media, you probably would have noticed that nearly every brand and company has a social media page. Apparently, it’s a requirement to have online presence now as it has proven to be beneficial for businesses. The fact is, not every business owner has the financial power to hire a team of social media experts, especially those starting out. Here’s where you come in. If you know your way around SEO and online marketing, then starting a social media managing business can be a great venture. Social Media managers can make an average of $14 per hour, and you can do the task part time, too!
- Virtual Assistant
For those of us blessed (or cursed) with the uncanny ability to keep things organized and smooth, then you might make a great virtual assistant. Many companies and businesses, big and small might not have all the time and resources to keep things in line. Business owners have their hands full with running the business.
They need someone to help them with their other tasks such as email organizing, documentation, appointment setting, and the like. Despite the need for an assistant being there, not everyone can hire someone offline. Perhaps they have yet to have the office space for more employees, or just prefer to have someone virtually available. Virtual assistants can earn $16 per hour all from the comfort of their home, or favorite coffee shop.
- Errand Runner
Business owners have their hands tied up with running their company. More often than not, their commitment to their business eats a lot of their time and that means errands left unchecked. What a nightmare it must be to end an extremely long day only to find out that your utilities have been cut off because someone forgot to pay the bills.
Running an errand running business in your area might be a good idea, especially if there are many busy folk in the neighborhood. Errand runners can make around $11 per hour.
If you happen to have more languages stored in you than English, perhaps it’s time to enter the translation business. As globalization continues to stabilize, communication between those with language barriers becomes more and more vital. If you can be that missing middle piece of the puzzle, you might as well make a living off of it.
Translators can earn about $20 per hour and with the right connections and motivation, you can expand from a one man show to a full blown translation company. Everything you need is right in your noggin.
- Dog Walker
If you are already committed to an exercise regime, let’s say daily jogging and happen to love all things furry, why not try and make a few dollars while you’re at it? Starting a dog walking business isn’t as hard as other business fields. You can start with spreading the news around your neighborhood that you’re available to walk their precious pooches. You get your daily fill of exercise and some cheat day money as a bonus – not to mention a lot of pupper love.
- Professional Organizer
If you have the power to wave a magic wand and whisk away clutter and sprinkle cleanliness instead, then you might have what it takes to be a professional organizer.
Perhaps the thought of starting a business around your knack for cleaning up has yet to enter your mind since you’re so busy, well, cleaning. Believe it or not, there are so many people out there who are good at everything except keeping things organized. These people are actually willing to pay for the service you do for yourself every day. Professional organizers can earn $25 per hour just by being their tidy selves.
Little do most of us know, our destined business pursuit may already be developing within us. Not every business has to be a magnificent corporation, complete with a brick-walled shop along Main Street. Businesses can come in many shapes and sizes, you just have to know where to look. Ask yourself, “what am I passionate about?” Figure out what you’re good at and what others are not.