I’ve always wanted to start my own business, and I think I have a solid idea for a company. The thing is, I read your column mentioning the high rate of failure among startups — the ones we never hear about — and I’m debating with myself over taking the plunge. How do you know if you’re really ready to run your own company? — Thinking It Over
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Get an office. You will need a space from which to run your business. This can be a home office if you require little space and will not have employees, or it can require an entire workshop or warehouse. Look at renting in a low cost neighborhood or business incubators instead of a fancy address. Some universities make space available at a low rent for new business ventures based on an innovative scientific idea. It depends on what you will be doing and how big you intend your business to be. Make sure the space is coded and legal for how you intend to use it and within your budget.

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Tell me if this has ever happened to you: You hear about some super successful friend or famous person and you immediately tell yourself that they had some special advantage that let them be successful.
“While we purchased the food truck itself for just $15,000, we didn’t realize that we’d spent more than double that to have it modified to fit the local fire and health regulations, which vary quite significantly depending on the municipality,” said Rachel Angulo, owner of La Cocinita food truck.
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Great list here! Some are very out of the box great ideas. I did find great success working from home myself. All I do is refer people to our services from home. When customers pay their electric or wireless bill, I get a check.
Put together parties for your friends and get paid for it! Sign me up! For starters, you should have a strong following on social media. Then if you have a knack for promoting, see if a nightclub will pay you to help boost their attendance.
There are so many factors that go into being able to determine start-up costs for a food truck business. There are also one-time costs, as opposed to recurring start-up costs, and costs that can vary by location.
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There are a lot of building maintenance services that don’t require an electrician or a plumber and can be done by someone with basic handyman skills. You could provide that service for commercial, industrial or multi-family housing units. You could also have highly skilled people such as plumbers and electricians on call too.
Before opening an online clothing store, you must consider the type of clothes you want to sell. Perhaps you can sell baby clothing for expecting mothers, back to school clothes for students or sports attire for gym goers. It is important to know who your target audience is before you start your business. This will help determine everything you do from the types of clothes you sell to how you advertise to your clients.
As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Without people cleaning up everybody else’s junk, the world would be a lot messier than it already is. This business idea might not be glamorous, but you get to make the world a cleaner place while earning extra side income. To start, you’ll likely need a sturdy second-hand truck and standard equipment like shovels, wheelbarrows, sledgehammers, rakes, and garbage cans to launch the foundation of this side business idea.
The idea of this business is that you can personalize just about anything your customers may want. T-shirts, hats, mugs, pens…you name it. Initially you may want to outsource all of the work, but if your business takes off you may want to bring some of the personalization processes in–house to further boost your profit margins.
If you had a knack for standardized tests and had no trouble acing the SAT, ACT or other college exams, why not start tutoring high schoolers as a side business idea? Parents of all economic backgrounds are more than willing to shell out upwards of $100/hr to the right tutor, if it means their son or daughter will get admitted to the college or university of their choice. See this quick checklist for starting an SAT tutoring business from the Work At Home Mom. Whitney over at Rookiemoms also has a cool story to share about a stay-at-home mom making $40/hr helping kids out with homework and turning it into a profitable side business idea.
If you’re familiar with the ever increasing traffic in EDSA, guess what that means? More and more cars are now deployed not just in manila but in other nearby provinces as well. This is a good opportunity for you to put up a car wash business.
Very informative post. Even having a huge capital upfront to start a business does not guarantee the success of that business. So these are great tips to start with nothing and step by step make things happen. Thanks for sharing.
You might notice these trucks at specials events like fares and parades, but I think you would do better trying to find steadier income and more consistent clientele, at office parks or other city locations where workers are congregated.
If you have a talent for baking and decorating cakes, a cake-making business requires limited capital to open. If you bake regularly, you most likely have all the supplies needed to start the business. You can make cakes and other pastries for events such as weddings and birthdays.
If you have a fondness for taking pictures of smiling families or laughing children blowing bubbles, consider becoming a stock photographer and selling your images to a stock photo company like Unsplash, ShutterStock and iStockPhoto as a side business idea. You’ll get royalties every time someone licenses an image you’ve submitted. To really be successful, build your own photography website to be able to showcase your portfolio and start getting higher-paid private corporate work.
This can be so inspiring for a chef on the rise, especially one who wants to join the growing trend of starting a food truck business. Much like starting any business, though, there are things aspiring food truck owners need to know before burning asphalt.
Invent a product from scratch. Get it professionally designed and manufactured. Then work your arse off to try and convince people that they really want it and will buy it. This is the approach we follow and I documented for the table tennis bat cases in this post. It’s a lot of work and you run the very real risk of discovering that people don’t really want whatever you have invented.
Specialized pet services. You’ve seen pet tricks online – sometimes they garner hundreds of thousands of viewers. Someone has to teach those cuties how to run obstacle courses, whistle pop tunes and roll over and over and over. If you can do any of these things, make a video showing other pet owners how to do it and market it online.
It’s not impossible to compete with the mammoth retailers out there—the success of the various “Dollar” store chains shows this—but it is very, very difficult. You especially need a very carefully developed strategy that clearly differentiates your business and gives shoppers a clear reason for choosing your store.
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If you have electronics background, an electronics engineering undergrad, an electronics technician, or have at least undergo electronics repair training, you can put up an electronics repair shop business.
I was actually shocked when I saw a gig on Fiverr where somebody will do something crazy and video himself and send the video to the customer. What?!?! I never thought doing something crazy can be monetized. Only on fiverr. lol.
Have a meticulous eye for detail and love to get things gleaming clean? Auto detailing is probably a perfect side business for you. In essence, your job is to make cars sparkle inside and out – and many people are quite happy to pay well for this service.