Thu, Jan 26, 2017
While some people would like to start a business to complement their salary or create self-employment, they’re not aware of where to begin. We have compiled a few ideas that we think will pique your interest.
Are you one of those individuals, who have declared 2017 as the year to try out a business idea, but still stuck at the idea level? Well, we have identified five business opportunities that we feel could best work for you.
Today more than ever, people are concerned about the size of their waistline, which unfortunately has become the universal base to determine how healthy or unhealthy an individual is.
Thus, a business that targets to keep people’s weight low is a great idea to launch in the New Year.
You can start small by delivering food products to friends and relatives, or open a food café that focuses on healthier alternatives than the greasy meals offered at many fast food joints.
More and more young people are becoming health conscious and prefer ‘guilty-free’ options for a night/lunch out. As you continue with your business, identify what works or what doesn’t and stick to what pleases your customers and benefits you financially.
Organic Africa based in Zimbabwe is a great example of a business whose idea revolves around organic food and food products.
Have you noticed how students are choosing virtual classrooms to revise or follow-up on a lecture they missed and school activities? That’s business.
With schools and classrooms opening up to allow students to use computers and mobile devices to access learning, you are bound to make a kill by investing in such a business.
Elewa- a Kenyan online resource- targets to meet students’ needs to revise. The platform offers students, teachers and schools simplified, visual and insightful information to use past national exam papers as part of their revision and to understand concepts.
You too can come up with a similar or even a better idea to address the needs in your community. You’ll be contributing to a greater future for you and the world. To get more clients, ensure that your resource is easy to navigate and cost—friendly.
Hundreds of thousands of people are ripping benefits from freelance writing and ghostwriting.
If you are a wordsmith and have time to spare to carry out extensive research and interviews, you are in for business.
For some companies, all they need is editing services. Others require someone to write clean copy for their blogs, websites or magazines. Identify your niche (technology, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, or parenthood), to set yourself apart from the rest.
Ghostwriting comes with a few challenges like losing ownership of the content. However, if you get a good client, you will earn even much more than when you are writing articles that carry your name/pseudonym.
You can create accounts with a number of freelance platforms such as Upwork, LinkedIn Profinder, and Toptal, among others. Go through their guidelines and see what they offer, then make a decision. You can even be a member to all of the platforms and make a kill from each.
People desire an easy life either due to their busy schedules (school, work, family and social engagements) or just because they can afford it. With such a backdrop, establishing a business that will ensure that they receive what they need at their doorsteps or business desks is a great idea.
Given the opportunity, people will pay to have just anything done for them. It is because of these needs that apps like FueledUp, was developed by a Nigerian youth to address the need for motorists to acquire oil while on the move in Lagos State.
People pay to get their laundry, food, and shopping dropped. Come up with a worthwhile offer and you are set for business.
Just like healthy foods, people now prefer organic beauty products over the over-processed and chemical-filled ones. For that reason, you are in business if your plan is to offer all-natural products for skin, hair or general body care.
Launching a ‘family secret’ beauty product that can address the needs of the crowds, especially, the over-fifty men and women, is smart business. You can make a range of products from scrubs, face soaps, cosmetics to skin rejuvenators.
Marini Naturals, for example, address the needs of Kenyans, Africans and people seeking to manage, and maintain natural hair. The business started small and grew into an international venture.
We hope that one of these ideas will intrigue and possibly help you take your plan off the ground in 2017!
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Kajuju Murori is an enthusiastic writer with a bias towards development stories that ignite positive change among individuals in the society.
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