If you want to be your own boss and start your own business, 2019 is the year to do it! Gone are the days when you have to have a massive amount of capital to launch your own venture. There are many business ideas that you can put into reality with very low or even no capital.
For all these ideas, you don’t even need to have a dedicated office space or hire a lot of staff. You can even work remotely and run your business from anywhere you want. Of course, it will greatly help if you already have the skills or are highly interested in the industry you’ve chosen. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some trending business ideas for 2019.
1. Home Organising
Decluttering is probably the new buzzword for the year especially since celebrity tidying-up expert Marie Kondo launched her new TV makeover series on Netflix. If you have amazing organisational skills and you love putting everything in its right place, this is definitely for you. If you want to step up your game, you can even take consultancy courses with Marie Kondo herself!
Start with your family and friends, then branch out to the people in your network. For bigger projects, you can hire part-time staff to help you out. Don’t forget to take before and after pictures so you can show off the awesome results.
2. Social Media Marketing
If you’re an expert on Facebook, Instagram and other apps, why not put that into good use and help other businesses up their social media presence? With many businesses shifting their marketing budgets to digital marketing, there is still a lot of opportunity in this segment.
To be successful in this field, you would need to familiarize yourself with the latest marketing programs, apps and business automation tools. Facebook also offers free online courses so you can be a certified Facebook advertising professional. If you have a marketing or advertising background, this should be something you’d enjoy.
You can actually make money if you love talking and sharing your life with anyone who would listen. All you’ll need is a video camera with good audio and you can start your own YouTube or IGTV channel.
With your vlog, you can make money passively through ads placed on your videos. After you gain substantial views and subscribers, you can start partnering with local brands to sponsor your videos.
4. Virtual Assistant
Because of the way communication has evolved, it is now possible to work as an assistant without the need of being physically present. Virtual assistants are usually responsible for doing research, organising calendars, managing emails and performing various admin tasks.
You would need to have great communication and organisational skills, a laptop, phone and reliable internet connection. Some clients would need you to work full-time depending on their time zone or you can also choose to work part-time for multiple clients.
5. Fitness Trainer
Fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry and you can get a piece of the pie without needing to put up own gym or invest in expensive equipment. If you are a fitness junkie, you can become a private personal trainer and schedule sessions in your clients’ homes. Or you can also become an instructor for group classes like aerobics, yoga, Pilates, Zumba or CrossFit.
The more popular brands also offer certifications so you can become a certified instructor. Most gyms rent out their studios so you can hold classes in these spaces or you can also use public spaces like parks.
6. Makeup Artist
Do you have a talent for making your brows look always on fleek and is your contour always flawless? Making people beautiful is a big business so you can definitely make money with makeup artistry. You would need to invest in professional tools, brushes and high end cosmetics – but if you have those already, then you’re good to go.
Instagram is a great way to market your skills and build a client base. Follow beauty influencers and interact with other makeup artists and event suppliers in your area to widen your network.
7. Pet Sitting
This is a great business for people who love pets. Many pet owners live busy lifestyles and would rather leave their pets to a trusted person rather than a big pet shop. You can charge per hour for pet sitting and if you have the space at home, you can even turn your yard into a small pet hotel and charge for overnight stays. Think of Airbnb but for pets!
8. Grocery Delivery Service
If you have a car and some spare time, you can turn this into a profitable side business. There are many families who do not have the time to go shop for themselves and at the same time, they are not comfortable with shopping for groceries online as these limit their choices or tend to be more expensive. Offer a personalised service around your neighbourhood and charge per hour or per grocery run.
9. Tour Photographer
A lot of people would love to have amazing travel pictures but hiring a professional photographer to follow them around can be very expensive. Take advantage of this gap in the market by offering a service where you can act as a tour guide and photographer at the same time! You’ll need great people skills, basic photography lessons and a DSLR camera to start.
10. T-Shirt Design
Got a witty quote you think would look great on a T-shirt? There are now T-shirt sites like Threadless and RedBubble where you can just upload your design and they’ll take care of the production and delivery so you don’t have to worry about logistics. Most of these sites also deliver worldwide so you can have a wider audience.
Mind your own business
Working for yourself requires a lot of hard work, determination and hustle for you to become successful. You will definitely encounter a lot of bumps and failures along the way but if you consistently work on your business, the results can be very rewarding.
About the author
Richard Kao is the Sales Director of the UK-based office and tech solutions provider COS Sales. His day to day tasks involve managing client accounts, helping customers with queries, and directing his team to ensure the best results. He has extensive experience in the B2B world and lots to knowledge to share as a result.