Let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamt about throwing it all in and becoming their own boss? No more busy commute to work and no more towing the corporate line, you would be free to work whenever and wherever you liked and would be earning a decent amount of money for doing so too.
This all sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it? After all, things like that don’t happen to ‘normal’ people like us, do they?
Well, actually they do! Every day, hundreds and thousands of people across the globe are deciding that enough is enough and deciding to take destiny into their own hands by becoming their own boss. Advancements in technology now mean that business is a 24/7 affair and previous geographical boundaries to employment no longer apply. This has opened up a multitude of opportunities for people sick of the 9-5 rat race and with a bit of determination, hard work and initiative you could also be reaping the many benefits of running your own business.
Beauty and massage therapist
If you’re a qualified beauty and massage therapist you may want to consider setting yourself up with a mobile business. This will not only give you the freedom to work hours that best suit both you and your clients but the opportunity to earn great money doing something you love.
You will need to ensure you have the correct specialist insurance cover in place that will allow you to operate safely, protecting both you and your clients. You will also need equipment that you can easily carry between client’s homes and up and down stairs. Professional spa tunics are a must, as they’ll represent your business as well as protecting your everyday clothes from damage.
If you love baking and cooking, a business creating sweet treats and desserts could be the perfect home based business for you. The best advice is to start small – if your cakes and treats are already a hit with friends and family you should initially aim to capitalise on this success by networking locally to source opportunities. Children’s parties, school events and coffee afternoons all provide the perfect showcase for your budding business and will test your ability to deliver to a small scale without the pressure of supplying to local cafes and businesses.
Keep an eye on baking trends to ensure you are bang up to date, and regularly refresh your basic culinary and health and safety knowledge.
Starting a landscape gardening business will offer you the perfect mix of fresh air and exercise, and if you love turning a baron landscape into something beautiful, then this business opportunity could have your name all over it.
Gardening as a job rather than for pleasure requires real hard graft and determination, in addition you will need to have an extensive knowledge of plants, water features, building, design and drainage.
Whilst advertising your services locally is advisable, you’ll probably find that most of the work you do will come from personal recommendations – you will only ever be as good as your last project!
As with gardening, cleaning your own home and professional cleaning for someone else are two entirely different things. When a client pays you to clean for them, their expectations will be high and cutting corners will not be an option if you want your business to maintain a great reputation.
Before jumping in to your own cleaning business, seriously consider whether this kind of work is right for you. Whilst it’s probably one of the easiest businesses to start due to non-existent or extremely low start up costs and lack of academic qualifications required, cleaning for a living is hard work, strenuous and unsurprisingly dirty work!
Out of hours childcare
A childcare business is a fun and enjoyable way to earn a living if you enjoy working with children and want a business you can easily fit around the needs of your own family.
If you want to care for a large number of children, a childcare centre based business would be most appropriate but you would need to be qualified to run the centre and ensure you have the correct licenses to operate within the law.