Are you back in the office right now, wondering when you can get out of here? You know your shift ends at 5pm, but that seems light years away now. And when you look back over the lockdowns, don’t you think they went in quick? Maybe you liked the time spent at home? Working around whatever life was throwing you in the moment, working at your own pace, without a manager breathing down your neck?
Imagine doing all that, plus being your own boss. People working from home got a taste of what it would be like to start their own business, working for themselves, minus the ability to make all the decisions and steer your own ship. If that appealed to you, maybe a change is in order. For some ideas, take a look at our top picks for startups in 2022.
We’ll start with influencers because there are a lot of transferable skills that will come in handy no matter what you’re doing.
If your startup venture serves the public in any way, you will need marketing, and influencers are simply modern marketers. Sometimes they are marketing themselves as a brand and sometimes they are showing off a hobby or business.
In fact, you could argue that they’re doing more than marketers are. They often have to be creator, data analyst, and business manager all in one. Depending on the content they put out, they have to handle the photography, filming, directing, audio, editing, as well as understanding the data behind digital marketing, and negotiating brand deals, networking, and everything else that goes into establishing themselves as a business.
That is a lot of skills that can lend themselves to many different industries. Even if you don’t like the idea of being an influencer, it’s useful to take a stab at it, as it will either aid your chosen business, or gain you skills that you can use in your own business.
There are loads of ways you can flip for a living. The most obvious one is to flip houses, which is also definitely the option with the most effort. You can frequent property auctions for a bargain, and with some DIY skill get it into sellable condition and gain a profit.
If that’s too simple for you, you can try out flipping furniture. There are lots of charity furniture shops out there, where furniture in good condition, but perhaps not the style the owner wanted, goes for sale for minimal cost.
The great thing about furniture is that it’s usually quite timeless. You would have to look closely to figure out what time a piece of furniture comes from, and the styles will still fit nicely into modern homes.
Sometimes these pieces only need a little bit of TLC, but sometimes you can get creative. Paint it a new colour, change the handles, add some accessories and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind piece that you can sell on.
But we haven’t stopped there. Charities are also great places to find vintage pieces of clothing, which is all coming back. The 90’s are currently going through a particular resurgence, which means vintage shop flare jeans, shell suits and sports brands are currently flying off the shelves. You don’t have to limit yourself to a style either. Buy designer labels, whether that’s Nike or Coco Chanel, shoes, like Doc Martins or Louboutin, sports jerseys, like NBA, NFL, NHL or soccer teams, or anything you see that might come back into fashion.
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From there you can set up your own online shop. Take a look at some of the top eCommerce sites to see how they run things.
And the best part? You don’t have to do anything with them. Being a little worn down is part of the style.
Hospitality has really been put through the ringer in the past few years. For a long time, there was no seating in restaurants or any establishment that served food or drink, so pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, fast food places and more all had to adapt.
Some succeeded in adapting, others less so. Some of the ways people adapted was with a window. Take out establishments could keep going for the same reason that all the others stopped: no seating. And so, venues around the world started offering delivery and takeout services. It became such a lucrative option, in a world of people actually getting sick of the same korma or kebab every time they wanted a treat, that a lot have kept going with it even as businesses open up.
Suddenly a lot of little-used ideas were trending – and a few new ones. People were buying food trucks, taking their food to where footfall volume is high, or setting up pop-up kitchens at festivals or high streets. Elsewhere, people have been renting venues purely for the kitchen, offering no seating at all, or entirely working out of their kitchen at home, using a delivery service to do the heavy lifting. This one is especially useful if you love baking.