Great business ideas for 2019
With a new year comes the chance to start new projects, so what better time to launch your own business? If becoming an entrepreneur in 2019 is on your list of New Year's resolutions but you don't know where to start, you might just need some inspiration. You'll want to start with an idea that has room to grow, so we've compiled a list of some great business ideas that we think will help you find success in the new year.
Professional organizers help people declutter and minimize, enabling them to take charge of their belongings rather than feeling possessed by them. Minimalism is becoming extremely popular, but people often find it hard to part with things they've owned for a long time. Part of being a professional organizer is helping them develop a system for downsizing and keeping things that way.
Are you a highly organized person that enjoys making spaces more functional and comfortable? If so, you might be good at coaching people through letting go of unnecessary or extraneous items, which can be a lucrative business especially when people are making resolutions to downsize. To promote your business, ask if your clients will let you take before and after photos of the areas of their homes you've organized and use those to create a portfolio to attract more clients by marketing your work on social media.
Do you like to clean? You could offer cleaning services to homeowners, apartment complexes and commercial properties and charge as much as $30 or $40 per hour. All you need is some clients and the manpower to tackle their locations. Cleaning services are straightforward and require little overhead; you just need to plan accordingly, stay dedicated, and make sure your marketing gets you noticed. If you're looking to differentiate yourself from other cleaning services, consider adding premium options like floor waxing or exterior power-washing for an additional fee. These services could be the deciding factor between your new cleaning service and one of the more seasoned veterans that maintain too large a client list to provide that level of detail for.
If you've got a knack for the written word, starting a freelance copywriting business might just be for you. A lot of companies pay well for someone to turn around quality content for blogs, press releases and external publications. You can increase your value even further by bringing search engine optimization (SEO) skills to the table that help your clients craft a strategy to attack specific keywords for which their audience is already searching.
Freelance copywriting is a great business to run, because as long as you have an internet connection, you can work. It's a business that can be operated from the comfort of your own home or even from the road if you like to travel. If you establish a large enough network and gain referrals from satisfied clients, you could even make freelance writing your full-time job.
Home care service
A background in care and hospitality can go a long way to helping support housebound seniors that require in-home care. It's also a service for which demand is only going to grow. According to the National Institute on Aging, between 2010 and 2050, the 85-and-over population is projected to increase 351 percent globally, and the global number of centenarians (those over age 100) is projected to increase tenfold. Many of those people will need care and assistance, oftentimes in their own homes.
Luckily, you don't need a background in healthcare to help seniors and grow a successful business at the same time, although those skills are certain to be in demand as well. Many seniors need help with everything from running errands to repairs around the house. With some experience, you could consider growing your business to help seniors transition from their homes to assisted living facilities, offering services such as packing, transporting, setting up or storing their furniture and possessions.
Translation services have been growing by leaps and bounds lately. According to research from IBISWorld, the translation services industry is growing more than 5 percent annually. That growth is showing no signs of slowing as the internet opens entrepreneurs in other countries up to English-speaking markets and vice versa.
This trend has created an opening for multilingual speakers to offer specific services, such as document translation or the translation of website information into languages for use in other markets. If you know multiple languages, carving out a niche in the translation services industry could prove to be a successful endeavor.
Digital marketing services are always in demand, and many small and mid-sized companies would rather outsource it than establish a costly in-house team. If you've got digital marketing chops in SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click, web development or social media management you could be looking at a business opportunity that allows you the freedom to work from home.
Digital marketing is an important job, though, so it's important you are always able to respond to developments in your clients' marketing strategy. Social media management means watching for comments and messages around the clock, not just scheduling posts in a "set-it-and-forget-it" mindset. If you enjoy strategizing and implementing plans meticulously, digital marketing could be the right business for you to launch.
Mobile app development
Mobile devices are rapidly becoming a top priority channel through which companies reach their audience. One of the best ways to secure customer loyalty is by deploying an engaging and useful mobile application. The trouble is mobile app development can prove costly and the rollout can be difficult. As a result, many businesses look to a specialist in mobile app development to get the job done right the first time.
If you like programming and specifically enjoy working on mobile platforms, mobile app development is an in-demand business-to-business service that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. But there is more to building a mobile app than just making sure it works and then keeping the lights on. Your clients will want results, so the more you can educate yourself on how to create a mobile app that drives engagement and promotes your client's brand, the better you'll do as an app developer.
If you love food and traveling, then a food truck business might be right for you. Food trucks come in all shapes and sizes, serving up a wide range of snacks and cuisines to hungry event or festivalgoers. Take your favorite style of food on the road and travel to events you'd already like to attend. Sure, you might be working, but you'll be in a space you're passionate about with a chance to connect with people who have similar interests.
Food trucks might sound like a wild idea, but the industry is growing. Better yet, the overhead and upkeep for a truck is significantly less than owning a restaurant, plus you have the added benefit of mobility. If you're interested in serving up smiles, check out our guide to getting your food truck business rolling full speed ahead.
Lawn care service
If you grew up with a lawn, chances are your parents might have made you take care of it. For many of us, lawn care is bothersome, but for some, it offers a sense of peace and serenity. Working outdoors with your hands to tame and beautify the natural landscape can be a rewarding experience, and since so many people find the work tedious, arduous, or time-consuming, it can also be profitable.
Lawn care services require little more than some basic equipment, a trailer and perhaps some labor depending on how many clients you have and how big the jobs are. You can quickly grow a small lawn care service into a full landscaping company by offering premium services and establishing a reputation as a brand that does a thorough job with a smile. If you like working outdoors and creating elegant landscapes, this could be the business for you.
If starting your own business seems daunting or too much of a risk, you can always use your car to become a ride-share driver. The overhead and responsibility of running the company falls on the ride-share service, giving you the freedom to work as much or as little as you need. Ride-share applications have enabled people to start side hustles that pay well and require little more than a willingness to drive people to their destinations and maybe make occasional friendly conversation.
Ride-share drivers have the independence of a small business owner without the heavy workload required to manage the logistics behind the scenes. If any of the other nine ideas seem like they require too much effort or upfront capital, ride-sharing might be a great way for you to dip your toes into the world of entrepreneurship.