Kick-start Your Business During the Pandemic with These 11 Timely Ideas
Even though the pandemic stands as a great obstacle, that does not mean you have to stop chasing the dream of starting your own business!
Whether it has been your lifelong dream, a small passion project you’ve been thinking of, or just the need for extra cash, 2020 has surely been a rough patch for those who have been wanting to start their own business.
Taking your ideas and starting a business during the pandemic might not initially seem like a great idea, but the beauty of entrepreneurship is making the most out of a situation. So, why should your endeavor towards starting your business stop?
We do not know how long this pandemic might persist, but the fact that it has definitely changed the nature of the market is undeniable. That is why you have to be a bit tactful about your business ideas during the pandemic. Here are a few great business ideas you can go for!
1. Promotion and Marketing
As the online market has been thriving since the value of remote services has increased, the need for advertising and marketing these businesses has also increased. More and more businesses enter the market every day, and they all need a way to make themselves stand out. That is where you will step in.
You can help businesses promote their products by opening your own digital marketing agency, helping them with their online promotions, social media, SEO services, and so on. You can also invest in a six-figure business idea by building your own platform and helping stores promote their products. Whether your business stems from starting a blog, or otherwise.
2. Selling Hygiene Products
When the pandemic started, we saw a huge shortage of masks and other hygiene products. People took this opportunity to get creative with masks, making this protective gear a little stylish.
Now, we can even see celebrities matching their masks with their outfits and why wouldn’t they? It’s a fantastic way to stay safe with a nice addition to your ensemble. If you have a knack for sewing or design and know your way around masks, this is a great time to add pretty face masks to your line of products.
3. Delivery Services
One of the businesses that people have been gravitating towards more and more nowadays is delivery services. As people have been shifting their entire lives online due to isolation or work-from-home, they have been starting to use delivery services more often.
Delivery services are not limited to food now; people have been using these services for many reasons such as delivering groceries, sending gifts to your loved ones, and so on. The more products, especially niche ones, your delivery company can branch out to, the more people will gravitate towards your company.
4. Virtual Classes
One thing people have been looking for to fill up their time during the lockdown is ways to develop their skills and learn. What better opportunity is there than the lockdown days, anyway? That is why a great idea for your next business is creating an online institution or platform where teachers and students can come together.
This is a great time to create such a platform as your costs will be a lot lower in contrast to having to rent out a premise for classrooms. Furthermore, finding teachers to join you on this journey is easy because the internet has made it a lot easier to acquire the qualifications to teach.
As neither students can go to tutoring institutions nor can tutors go to students, you can create an online platform where students can find qualified tutors for the subjects they need help in. While subjects like the English language are always in demand, it’s best to play to your strengths.
5. Online Fitness Services
Now, more than ever, people have started to understand the need for fitness and health. Whether you’ve been working from home or you’re self-isolating in a hotel room after a trip, fitness is still something everyone cares about.
If you are someone who cares about health and fitness, starting your own virtual fitness and wellness class is easy. Even if you think you do not know enough about it, you can always do your research on fitness and nutrition and share your journey with your class and help people start their own journey as well.
6. Starting a Cleaning Service
As some stores have started opening, one of their biggest promises to their customers has been top-notch hygiene in their premises. To ensure that these restaurants and stores are sparkling clean for customers to shop safely, there has been an increasing need for cleaners and janitors.
With the right protection for the workers, you can help these businesses connect with cleaners to help them keep their premises safe and clean while helping people earn money as well.
7. Online Food Service
Maybe grabbing a quick bite outside has been taken off the table for the time being, but it is still something people miss dearly. Eating out is not only a source of nourishment for those who do not have the time or skills to cook, but it is also a weekly or monthly tradition for people to bond over.
If you have the skills and confidence to cook a dish so heart-warming that you know people will be back for more, starting your own online food business is a great idea.
The great part about it is that it is not that expensive either. With a clean and disinfected kitchen, all you need are a few ingredients, a website, safe packaging, and delivery service on hand and you’re good to go!
8. Home Renovation Services
As people have been spending more time at home, they have finally gotten the time to tackle the parts of their house they have wanted to change or repair for a long time.
Our homes are not a place to just relax and sleep anymore; people have been shifting their workplace and school to their home. This is why they have been taking the extra step to become comfortable working in their homes and have started creating actual workspaces in their own homes.
This is why the pandemic has brought an influx in the demand for home improvement services. So, with the proper skills, you could also cash in on this new trend by building your business around it and also help people build their dream space.
The advantage of this business is that even when the pandemic ends, your renovation services will still thrive as it is not an easily replaceable business besides the usual competition.
9. Handmade Products
Whether it is art or clothes, selling handmade products is a great business idea. The advantage of handmade products is that it will be practically impossible to find an exact duplicate of your work because it is unique to your artistic skills.
Furthermore, it is a great way to start spending your time productively during the quarantine as you will be preoccupied with your business while doing something you love.
Moreover, you do not need to make a huge investment in the business. The only requirement will be the materials you need and your preexisting skills. There are even numerous sites, such as Redbubble, that provide independent artists with a platform to sell their products.
10. Online Influencer
The internet has made it easy to use creative ways of earning money. As previously mentioned, creating an online platform can help you earn money through affiliate marketing.
However, online influencers such as streamers, social media influencers, and content creators have more than one source of income. Besides the ad revenue, if your platform is successful enough, you can also open a merchandise shop and earn a decent amount of money from it.
Furthermore, you can also create content and provide subscription-based services. In other words, you can provide special perks such as access to more content and live streams to people to subscribe to your channel using a paid plan.
This is a great idea to start during the quarantine as being an online content creator gives you the freedom to work flexibly and from home. All you will need is a few pieces of equipment and the grit of an entrepreneur who plans and moves towards their goal on their own.
11. Web Design
Just like you, there are probably many more people out there looking to establish their own business. If you have the skills, then what better way to make a few extra bucks during this pandemic than to help create a platform for business owners?
Many people out there want to take their business seriously, with their own website to help attract more customers and to make their business function easier.
Furthermore, the value of websites is not to be underestimated. Even if it is just a page on your screen, in the era of online shopping, you are creating one’s entire shopping experience through your web design skills.
This pandemic might have hit many businesses hard, but people have proved to be persistent and strong, which has helped them get through the worst of the pandemic.
However, even during these trying times, people have found ways to chase their dreams and earn money. After all, when there is a will, there’s a way.
Using these great business ideas, you will hopefully be able to kick-start your new successful business during the pandemic.
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