Even though a lot of school leavers would like to start their own business, the truth still remains that a vast majority of them do not know where to start from. In fact, 74% of millennials said they would be more likely to start their own business if they knew where to get help and 59% said they’d start one within the next year if they had the right resources.
Starting a business can be really rewarding for young school leavers. Here are some reasons why you should start a business after school;
1. Bar - tending services
Starting a bar-tending business is fairly easy. All you need to do is to sign up for a bar-tending course at the local community college or adult education center, get a safety certificate if your state requires it, and then you’re ready to start serving.
Usually the client will provide the booze and the glasses, you might bring a few mixing tools or even a service cart if you want to get fancy. Demand for this service will run strongest on the weekends, making it a great part time gig!
2. Bakery business
Baked food, cookies, bread and pastries are some of the most loved and sought after foods by Americans. To start a bakery business, you will need to have a formal or informal training in other to have the prerequisite knowledge before you can start operating a bakery.
To maximize your sales, you can embark on some marketing campaigns so as to spread the news about your bakery to as much people as possible. You can also charge extra to make customized cakes and cookies for your clients.
3. Clothing line
You can start your own clothing line with just a few items, be successful and have a lot of fun along the way. For instance, Ralph Lauren started by selling a couple neck ties and then built that into a multi-billion-dollar empire. You can contract out the manufacturing which is the really hard part of the work, then focus on developing exceptional designs and selling them to potential re-sellers, or selling the items yourself online.
4. Clown services
If you enjoy making kids smile and laugh while still making money along the way then this is a business for you. What a great way to earn some good money, especially at kids’ birthdays and Bar mitzvahs! Business will be heavily focused on weekends, so you can hold onto your day job as you build your clientele.
5. Knitting/crocheting lessons
There are a lot of people who would like to learn how to knit and crochet—and you can show them how! You could start with a class at your house or perhaps at a local knitting store. Maybe offer an entry level course at the local adult education program to get going.
6. Mobile DJ
If you are skilled at developing a playlist, mixing tracks and ultimately providing music at events, then you should consider becoming a mobile DJ. You should have some decent equipment that make your audience happy but that could mean different levels of investment for different audiences.
7. Personal trainer
Do you have a passion for being in fit and in shape? Then you can share your knowledge and passion with others for a fee. As a personal trainer, you can work hand in hand with your clients to help them fulfill their fitness goals and still get paid for it.
To become an elite fitness trainer, you will need to be certified from a recognized body. A good fitness trainer is expected to have good knowledge of how the body works and should also have extensive knowledge on personal fitness and how to motivate individuals to work out.
8. Daycare services
The market for daycare is really huge! You can start in either your home or in the workplace. Corporations may consider providing you with free space if you provide day care for their employees’ kids. Safety and licensing are essential for this business. You can quickly build a steady income and a valuable business.
9. Home landscaping
There is a big difference between mowing a lawn and performing a full landscaping service. Landscape designers design elaborate and unique landscape changes for their clients’ property. Focus on high-end projects to make this business even more profitable. The closer your expertise and confidence allow you to get towards high-end landscape design, the higher the income you will be able to command.
10. House cleaning
This is one of the most popular small businesses because almost everyone wants a house cleaner. The work is repetitive and continuous, but if you can show up on time and do a good job consistently, you will build a healthy clientele. And if you can charge enough so that you can delegate, you can grow this into a large business.
There are many directions you can take this business. If you want to work during hours when no one else does, you can focus on office clients. You can focus on retail businesses and keep your customers clumped into one or two blocks.
Restaurants are in great need of daily cleaning and they can be a great source of steady clients. Many times with cleaning services, you don’t have to spend lots of money on advertising or marketing because your customers will come by word of mouth, and as such it can be a really good business for a young school leaver.
11. Bicycle repair
In many parts of the country, this business tends to be seasonal, but you can find ways around that. Rent a storage unit and offer to store people’s bicycles over the winter after you do a tune-up and any needed repairs on them. If you stay in a location that permits all year cycling (a place where it doesn’t snow), then you can offer this service all year round.
12. Boat cleaning
Boats that have been out of the water for the winter or even just for mid-season repairs will need the hull cleaned. And depending on the type of boat, it is a good time to give a major cleaning to everything else too–the decks, the sleeping quarters, the head, and the holds.
Start by approaching homes that have a boat sitting in the yard. Or you could market your services to the marina to contract you to do boat cleaning for its customers. Experience, training or licensing may be needed in order to start this business, but it is not difficult or time consuming to get them.
13. Chimney sweep
By becoming a chimney expert, you can combine a chimney sweep business with a chimney inspection service–covering more than just whether or not the chimney needs cleaning but whether the chimney is in good working order or in need of repair. Learning to be a chimney sweep may mean nothing more than apprenticing with someone already in the business.
14. Computer repair
With continual use of computers, it is unavoidable that these gadgets will eventually breakdown and will thus require repair.
This is where the services of a computer repair technician comes in. To be able to carry out the task of a computer repairer, it is expedient that you will have to be technologically inclined. It is really important to invest in computer diagnostic tools so as to make the work easier.
Due to the tremendous amount of people who use and rely on the internet on a daily basis, blogging has become a very profitable business to start. It only costs a couple of dollars to get started. Patience, along with a basic knowledge of SEO and being able to create quality content is essential.
If so, you may be able to join the top bloggers who earn high six figures. If you’re charismatic and have some knowledge to share, then you can start a YouTube channel for next to nothing. For instance, YouTube Vloggers like PewDiePie, are making a lot of money doing it.
16. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketers promote the products of other people. In return, they get commissions on their sales. Amazon is one of the most popular platforms for affiliate marketing, but there are alternatives that you can consider like Commission Junction. Since affiliate marketing is typically combined with blogging in order to create a seamless mix of content and promotion, you’ll need to get your own blog up and running first.
17. Electronic repair
This business is similar to the computer repair business, but it involves the repair of all sorts of electrical equipment apart from computers. With smaller electronics, you will need to be prepared to have customers bring their repair projects to you, as you would have difficulty recovering the cost of driving around picking up broken equipment and returning it. You may also want to encourage people to give you their old electronics so you can use them for parts.
18. Errand services
From elderly people who are too weak to carry out some tasks, to young parents who have little children to take care of and as such are not chanced to do certain task themselves, to just plain lazy individuals, there are always people in need of help to run some errands in Kenya.
The errands may be domestic task around the home or even grocery shopping. You can get paid to carry out these errands by starting your very own errand service. You can also take your errand service online to be able to reach out to a wide range of people
19. Buying and selling on e - bay
Buying and selling happens to be one of the easiest means of making money and one of the biggest online platforms that you can leverage on to make money via buying and selling stuffs is e-bay. E-bay is an internet platform that you can sell your stuffs on. All you need to do is to sign up for their services, play by their rules in listing and selling your products, and be extra careful when dealing with your clients.
Unlike most online businesses, your location has little or no influence on your business, so you can start this type of business from anywhere in the United States and still be very successful. Furthermore, you can start this type of business with little cash and no experience in business. You can sell almost anything on eBay, from cloths, to books, electronics et al.
20. Car wash
Car washing can be a great money making opportunity that requires little to no tech knowledge. The market for car wash is driven by the purchase of cars and the increase in consumers’ spending – in essence, as the general economy of a country grows, more people will buy cars and more people will patronize the services of car wash on a regular basis especially if their driving habits encourages them to do so.
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