Choosing a career is one of the most consequential decisions many will make in their lifetime. The right job for one person is not necessarily the best choice for another, and a person’s job is often a reflection of personal values and skill sets. Regardless, working is a practical necessity for most people, and as […]
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Are you a millennial stuck in a job you hate? Got kids but not earning enough to make ends meet? Still havenâ€™t paid off that student loan? Maybe itâ€™s time to start your own small business. Iâ€™ve got 29 great business ideas for those of you over 29 â€“ and one business idea to avoid.
Millennials, especially, have advantages in starting up: digitally native, comfortable with techÂ and in tune with what appeals to other people in that highlyÂ coveted demographic.
The 29 businesses Iâ€™ve listed all require little money to start, though some may require training and all will require time and effort.
1. Instagram marketing:Â Good with Instagram and snapping pics and videos? Help other companiesâ€™ Instagram feeds full.
2. IT support specialist:Â Youâ€™ll need some training. Complete Googleâ€™s IT Support Professional Certificate in eight months. If youâ€™re a veteran, you may qualify for a scholarship. https://www.uso.org/google
3. Remote teacher:Â Have you mastered yoga? Cake decorating? Financial planning? Teach via Skype, FaceTimeÂ or WhatsApp.
4. Brewer:Â Craft beer is hot. The difficulty level may be high, but the coolness factor is, too.
5. Adventure tour leader:Â Love adventure and the outdoors? Travel while running your company.
6. Doula:Â You may not deliver celebrity babies like Latham Thomas, founder of @MamaGlow, but youâ€™ll find work as a birthing coach rewarding.
9. IT for seniors:Â The internet is a lifeline for shut-in seniors, but they need help setting up their iPads and Netflix accounts.
10. College loan counselor:Â Help students saddled with debt come up with a repayment plan and help entering students figure out how to reduce debt.
11. Social media marketing consultant:Â A lot of companies need help, especially with their LinkedIn and Facebook presence.
12. Beekeeper:Â Start in your backyard and sell your honey at farmers markets and in stores.
13. Gardener/landscape design:Â Have a green thumb and a good eye for design?
14. Graphic designer:Â If youâ€™ve got a good eye and design sense, master some online design tools and create graphics for other small businesses.
15. Farmer:Â The world needs you! Start small â€“ rent land and sell at farmers markets.
Companies have a vested interest in keeping their employees happy. Studies show that employee satisfaction is linked to performance, which permeates through every aspect of a business and can mean the difference between success and failure. While employee satisfaction should be the cornerstone of every serious companyâ€™s business model, only a handful of businesses excel at maintaining high employee morale. Based on employee reviews posted on Glassdoor, an online platform for former and current employees to review companies, 24/7 Wall St. identified the best American companies to work for. Out of a universe of hundreds, only 18 large companies received a score of more than 4 out of 5 stars. In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., Sarah Stoddard, community expert with Glassdoor, listed the factors that have the greatest impact on employee satisfaction. â€śGlassdoor research has found the top three indicators of employee satisfaction are career opportunities, trust in senior leadership, as well as culture and values,â€ť Stoddard said. In keeping with those findings, employee testimony suggests most companies on this list offer growth and development opportunities, have trusted and respected chief executives, and cultures described as fun, motivating, and supportive. Half of the companies on this list are technology and software firms based on the West Coast. The remaining companies include staffing agencies, management consulting firms, and grocery stores. This is not a Glassdoor commissioned report.
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16. Realtor:Â Evening and weekend hours make this a great choice as a side gig or if youâ€™ve got a 9-to-5 spouse to watch the kids.
18. Personal chef or caterer:Â People want to eat healthy, home-cooked meals but donâ€™t have time to cook.
19. Digital media conversion:Â Yes, people out there still have video on VHS.
20. Tutoring:Â Specialize in a subject, the SATsÂ or college-level courses.
21. Patient advocacy:Â Help people manage their elderly parents from afarÂ and deal with insurance.
22. Personal trainer:Â Already living at the gym? Start training others.
23. Micro-infuencer/brand ambassador:Â Already have a large social media following? Get paid to plug your favorite products.
24. Sustainability consultant:Â Help organizations reduce their footprint and prepare for climate change.
25. Sell on Etsy:Â Do your friends and family admire your handiwork? Sell it on Esty.
26. Online dating consultant/profile writer:Â Have a knack for writing? Help someone find the love of their lifeÂ â€“Â or their love for a night.
27. WordPress website builder:Â Thirty-one percentÂ of the web is built on WordPress. Learn to master it with a course from Udemy,Â www.udemy.com
28. Fundraiser:Â Every nonprofit and good cause needs people to help raise money.
29. DJ: If you love music, electronicsÂ and hanging out at clubs until 4 a.m., this is the job for you.
The business to avoid:Â Any business structured as multilevel marketing or â€śnetwork marketing,â€ť where youâ€™re encouraged to inveigle others to sell the same products. Statistically, you have very little chance of actually making a profit.
Rhonda Abrams is the author ofÂ Â Six-Week Start Up,Â just released in its fourth edition. Connect with herÂ onÂ FacebookÂ andÂ TwitterÂ through the handleÂ @RhondaAbrams.Â Register for herÂ free business tips newsletter atÂ PlanningShop.com.
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