Are you one of the thousands of people who are currently looking for work? Did your aims start off high, but are now slowly dropping down to jobs that you never thought you would ever consider, let alone have to fight for? If this sounds like you, why not consider opening your own business and doing something that you love?
You could start off your business at home and if it takes off, you could move into a commercial property. So what businesses can you run from home?
Cake and biscuit making
If you love baking, then this may be an ideal business for you. You could make cakes, cupcakes, buns, cookies and biscuits, and even special occasion confectionary like Birthdays, Halloween and Christmas. If you approach offices and places of work, offering cheaper prices than the vendor machine, they may buy in bulk from you. Trent Hamm, author of thesimpledollar.com, a money saving blog, stated: “Bake and package them well, and try reselling through a local gift shop. People in your social network may buy batches for special occasions.”
If this business is a success and you need more space to meet the demand, you could look at moving to a commercial property and hiring extra baking staff.
Although the majority of people use computers on a daily basis at work and in their personal time, some people can find them very confusing and complicated when something goes wrong. If you are confident about taking computers apart and putting them back together, whilst reassuring someone that their data is safe, then this is the ideal business for you. Start-up costs should be minimal, but you will need a well maintained website to attract customers.
Dog Walking/Dog Hotel Service
Many people own dogs, but what happens to them when the owner is away at work or doing an all day shopping trip? Simple, the dog is left alone. This is where any dog lover comes in. If you have owned dogs in the past/present and have a large garden and are present for most of the day, you could open your own dog hotel. You could earn around £8.50 for an hour’s walk, £15 for a dog to stay at your house for the full day and £25 for a dog to stay over night. Setting up this type of business should be minimal in terms of expense; apart from public liability insurance, which you will need in place if something happens to one of the dogs or a member of the public when you are out and about on walks.
An example of someone who turned this business idea into a reality is Dogdogs.co.uk. At Dog Dogs, they give dogs the freedom to meet and play with new friends, go for long/short walks, run and go swimming in acres of open fields.
So if you have a burgeoning business idea, and are struggling to find a job, why not consider making your dreams a reality? You are your own boss, you get to choose your own hours and decide when you have your holidays/breaks. But it won’t be as black and white as that, as you will only get out what you put it.