Seven great ideas for an office-free business
So you want to start something on a modest scale but are not yet ready to plough in your money for an office space? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Not all businesses need to be in a plush office in a tony area to succeed. Some just require a hard-nosed entrepreneur willing to slog long hours. There any number of options for solopreneurs who keep their business operations simple. Here is a list of seven businesses that don’t really need a formal office.
1. Online marketing
Digital marketing is a proper and happening business now and you don't need a formal office to start your operations. From social media marketing to SEO (search engine optimisation) and content marketing, you can do it in the comfort of your home with just a computer and an Internet connection.
Are you comfortable before a camera? Do you have the gift of the gab? Are you an expert on food, fashion, technology, health or lifestyle? If the answer is yes to any one of these topics or whatever you’re good at, create your own channel on YouTube and make videos. When they become popular, watch your bank balance burgeon.
3. Event management
Are you a good planner with contacts? Can you get people to move? Are you a stickler for time with a talent for orchestrating events? Think no further: a great business in event management awaits you. Start small by working for couples and families and thence to office events and bigger functions, all from your home office.
4. Real estate
This one needs people skills, contacts and exceptional bargaining talent. The commissions are great if you can pull off those deals. So if you have it in you to broker a real estate deal without breaking into a sweat, you could start your own agency online.
What are you good at? Music? Languages? Mathematics? Science? Moreover, are you good at imparting any one of these to others? Go online and spread the word. Monetise your skill by teaching others. Coaching is one business that needs no office space at all.
6. Tour guide
Do you love travel? Do you have leadership skills? Can you manage a small crowd of curious and sometimes grumpy tourists? If yes, being a tour guide makes sound business sense. Good humour and charisma will take your reputation far and wide, bringing in steady business.
7. Catering service
A chef certainly doesn’t work from the confines of an office. If working for someone else, like say a restaurant, is not your cup of tea, then a catering business should bring home the bacon for you. If you have a high level of energy and creativity, this should be a good business opportunity.
As you can see, starting a home business isn’t all that difficult providing you have staying power and what it takes to succeed.