The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive boom in e-commerce, with 150 million people making online purchases for the first time. As we move towards economic recovery, now might be the perfect time to start your own consulting business. Consulting services are expected to see an increase in demand as companies resume normal operations or increase after the pandemic. If you're looking for a side activity to start your business, an online course is ideal.
Graphic design is consistently one of the best businesses to start, as there are many companies that need graphic design services but don't want to hire a full-time designer. Digital marketing is also a great business to start, but you may want to specialize in one area such as Facebook ads, social media campaigns, or SEO-based content marketing. Dropshipping is another great option as it requires minimal effort and is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 28.8% until 2025. Smartphones have created a whole new market for apps, so if you know how to program or are good with technology, you may want to consider working in application development. You can either develop your own app or work with an agency model that provides application development services for other companies.
A maintenance staff business is a great idea if you have the skills to help others spruce up their homes. You don't need any special certifications or education requirements, but you may need a license if you plan to do work worth more than a certain dollar amount. Carpentry is another great business to start if you're passionate about it and have the tools to fulfill orders. You may want to consider getting at least one year of experience as a carpentry apprentice before starting your own business.
Online dating consultants must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as higher levels of empathy. You don't need any special certifications or education requirements, but we recommend getting certified as a relationship coach from IAP College or an online dating coach from Hart Academy. Finally, if you dream of dedicating your life to a cause you believe in, it may be time to create a non-profit organization. You'll need to set up your company and apply for 501 (c) (tax-exempt) status and comply with current compliance standards.
Starting a business isn't easy and half of businesses fail in the first five years, so make sure you consider all the factors before taking the plunge. Nariah Broadus has dedicated more than 20 years to helping people create better work environments and successfully face change as a professional and leadership coach - check out their story for more inspiration.