Have you ever wanted to start your own business? If so, you realize that there are a lot of risks involved, not to mention that it may require you to take out a loan or quit your current job. While that sounds great on paper, not all of us can completely give up our 8-to-5 jobs. You can, however, start a side business and keep working on it until it has enough traction to become a full-time job.
When deciding on a business idea, let factors like your passion and expertise guide you. You also want to consider how difficult and expensive it will be to launch this side business. In most cases, your business idea should be relatively inexpensive to start. You should reinvest what you make into the business to help it grow faster. Finally, you want to make sure that your business idea is legal. You don’t want to get in trouble with the law or FIRS. I recommend setting up a company to help protect you personally, as well.
If you’re still stuck on business ideas that you can launch while working full-time, here are some possibilities to help get you started.
1. Local Business Consultant
If you have experience or knowledge in a specified field, then put those skills sets or certifications to use by becoming a consultant for local business owners. There are plenty of businesses that might be willing to pair with you to help them solve a problem, such as implementing a business strategy or managing social media.
2. Repairs or Handyman
If you’re good at home repairs, like servicing and air condition, setting up a home router, or putting together a piece of furniture, you can definitely use those skills to help people who either don’t have the time or skills to do so on their own.
3. Web or App Design and Development
Web or app design and development is another field that is becoming increasingly important for businesses, as they look to enhance the experience of their customers.
If you’re passionate and knowledgeable in a certain area and you enjoy writing, then you can start blogging as a way to bring in a little extra cash. Keep in mind that this won’t happen overnight, and you probably won’t become rich, but working with affiliate programs, selling ad space, and publishing an e-book are ways that you can earn money through writing. I personally have been able to earn extra cash over the years by blogging.
5. Social-Media Expert
Companies are more than willing to pay people to manage and handle their Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other social-media channels they possess. You can find opportunities especially with startup companies.
Do you have a degree or experience in a field that is being taught to students? You can use that knowledge to become a tutor to local students in your area who need help in areas like science, math, English, or history.
7. Event Planner
Do you love throwing parties or are you extremely organized? Then you can become an event planning service.
8. Chef or Catering
If others and not just your husband compliments your meal (I mean he has to or else), then you have to really consider this. You don’t have to be a trained chef to launch this business. But it wouldn’t hurt to take a course or two to pad your résumé and put clients at ease.
9. Landscaping or Gardening
Love being outside? There’s no better business then landscaping or gardening. Source for high demand flowers such as roses and plant at home. This can be sold to shops or online.
10. Cleaning Service
You’ll definitely get your hands dirty, but you should have no shortage of clients. There are plenty of businesses and busy individuals looking for a weekly cleaning service.
11. Delivery Service or Uber Driver
I’ve lumped these together because they both involve using your vehicle to start a new business. The first idea is to start a delivery service to transport anything from office supplies to school run for busy mothers.The other idea is simply becoming an Uber driver during your downtime. Depending on the hours that you work and your location, you can make a solid living going in this direction. Uber is currently active in Abuja and Lagos
12. Photographer or Videographer
If you excel at capturing a story through the lens, then this profession deserves mention, since it’s something that you can do based on your schedule. Just remember, find your niche and stick with it. If you’re a wedding photographer, focus on that. If you’re more skilled at taking professional headshots or filming promotional videos, market that expertise.
13. Handmade Items
If you have a knack for creating crafts, jewelry, or clothing, then you can start selling these handmade items via sites such as Jumia, Konga, Jiji and Olx