The entrepreneurial spirit is strong with a lot of people, but starting a business can be a long an arduous process. However, with the right business idea, you could lay the groundwork and get your first gig in a matter of hours.
Here are seven easy-to-start businesses that can help get your entrepreneurial feet off the ground right away.
1. Yard work
Those who have 9-to-5 jobs don't always want to spend their weekends doing yard work. If you have a more flexible job, you could be just the person for this easy to start business. Landscaping companies will cut the grass, but things like weeding, planting, raking leaves, and fertilizing are tasks that landscaping companies don't necessarily do, but are a big help to a homeowner. In the winter, you can switch gears and offer snow removal service.
2. Software trainer
There's a lot of specialized software out there, and not everyone is inclined to pay the hefty price for technical manuals for programs such as QuickBooks and Final Cut Pro. If you are a master of these programs, and others, you could market yourself to those who have these programs and need to learn all the ways to use them. There could be one-on-one sessions or group sessions depending on the interest and program.
3. Homemade soap maker
Artisanal products are still all the rage. People love when products are made with care and concern for the environment, nature, and the body. If you love soap and are feeling a bit adventurous, why not take on soap making? You can sell them at farmer's markets, local craft fairs, and even get into local stores if you make it big.
4. Errand service
Do you love food shopping and wish you could do it more? OK, maybe not, but you could get paid to run errands for other people. Joining a platform like TaskRabbit gives you access to opportunities to earn money by doing chores, pick-ups and drop offs in your local community.
5. Social media management
Small businesses don't usually have a person on staff full-time to run their social media. It can be costly to the business owner. As a social media buff, you can slip in and offer your freelance social media management service to those same businesses. You can handle everything from photography, editing, and scheduling posts and all for a flat fee or a package fee. Programs like HootSuite and Sendible make social media management extremely easy.
6. Freelance services
With so many companies looking for freelance or contract employees of all sorts, it's not hard to imagine that you could build a whole company around providing freelance services of one sort or another. Wherever your skills lie – be it writing, editing, graphic design or coding – there's likely a freelance opportunity for you. Check out the listings on sites like Upwork and Freelancer.com and get started on a project today.
7. eBay Seller
Whether you'd be selling handmade stuff, or stuff that you don't use anymore and are looking to make some cash from, eBay is a great way to do that. You can list your items and set prices for each one, or you can take bids to try and get the most out of your items. You could easily start an eBay business consigning old clothes, vintage items, handmade products, and so much more. Learn more about starting a resale business here.