Here are ten small business ideas that can be made profitable, with only a little bit of work.
1. Small Business Consulting
If you’ve ever run any kind of business with success, you are qualified to offer consulting services.
As with any service, the more experience you have, the more likely you can charge premium rates.
Try to focus on an industry you’ve worked in before, but also find ways to expand your “product line” — the types of consulting that you offer.
2. Dance School
There is no shortage of people wanting to learn to dance. Depending on the types of classes you will offer, you might even be able to start this business off in your own home.
3. Catering Service
To get a catering service going, you need to have someone to cook, as well as access to utensils and dishware.
The latter can be hired out. And there are plenty of great chefs around looking for work.
Then again, maybe you’re a top-secret chef waiting to be discovered?
4. Mobile Restaurant
In a post-COVID-19 world, the mobile restaurant may be the only way to stay profitable for restaurateurs.
Offer top-quality food, ensure social distancing is in place, and you’ll be set to attract plenty of foot traffic to your restaurant on the go.
5. English Academy
These people need to learn English.
If priced competitively, and if you offer ingenious services, you can make this type of business take off.
6. Dog Walker
Man’s best friend can take a lot of upkeep. Busy people have little time to take their dogs out for the required one or two walks a day.
Surprisingly, this is actually a reasonably high-paying job with lots of free time.
If dog walking is not your thing, then other pet-related services might be another choice.
7. Purchase and sale of used items
Whether you do it through eBay or your own website, there are plenty of people looking to buy good-quality used goods.
You could provide a niche for them, offering only certain types of goods which have been personally curated.
Or you could offer a unique service where you collect old goods and thereby save the person from having to go to the dump.
Like all businesses, the only limit is your imagination on the type of premium-quality service you can offer.
8. Wedding planning
Weddings are renowned as extravagant affairs. In 2020, the average cost of a wedding in the UK was over £16,000.
Wedding costs span the gamut from photography to catering to the reception. And the person in charge of organising all of that is the wedding planner.
It’s a high-pressured position requiring a lot of skill. If you have some experience as an event planner, wedding planning might be the thing for you.
9. Creation of videos for companies
Gone are the days where videos were only made by high-priced professionals in Hollywood. The reduction in the cost of video equipment and editing software puts this business opportunity within the hands of everyone.
Video is the way of the future when it comes to Search Engine Optimisation. If you have any experience in creating videos or films, this is an option for you.
10. Home shopping delivery
COVID-19 has changed the world, and the way people shop has also changed. Since the pandemic, online purchasing skyrocketed, and lockdown rules prevented people from going to shops.
Many people were (and some still are) afraid to shop.
This is a business opportunity waiting to be seized.
Offer to do people’s shopping for them, and charge either an hourly fee for your time or a fixed price per shopping outing.
The key is to always look for new areas of demand and to seize any opportunities in those areas.
Factually, almost any business can be made profitable. The only limits are the entrepreneur’s determination and imagination.