One Person Business Ideas For Aspiring Foundersby Emma Siemasko Published in Miscellaneous on
Looking to get your feet wet with your own business?
There are tons of things you can do all by yourself– without the help of a college professor, coach, or business partner. These tried-and-true one person business ideas are perfect for aspiring founders looking to drop the 9-5 and try something new.
There’s hope for the world’s want-rapreneurs. Here are some time-tested one person business ideas:
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
Pet sitting is a great business model for those that already have a love for animals. While people are away on vacation or at work, you can take care of their pets, either in your home, theirs, or at a separate facility. Get your pet CPR and first aid certification so that people know you’re trustworthy. It won’t hurt if you have a few healthy animals of your own to show off. Begin by taking care of friends and family’s pets. Usually dog walkers charge about $20 per hour, but that depends on location.
Requires: a love for animals, a safe and large space or the ability to travel, potentially pet sitting certifications
Residential Cleaning Services
Cleaning people’s homes is a lucrative business! Many are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars (depending on the size of their space) for a house that’s spic-and-span. It’s hard work, but doesn’t cost much to start. As you grow and take on more clients, you can begin to hire people you trust to help, expanding your operation. You’ll need an arsenal of cleaning products and the world’s best vacuum, but you won’t need an office space.
Requires: a really decent vacuum, a mode of transportation to get you to client homes
eBay, Scrap Metal, or Craiglist Selling
What if there was someone in your neighborhood willing to take all your old clothes, furniture, and other junky stuff? We might not pay them to take it off our hands, but we’d be more than happy to unload it. If you start a business that cleans up after yard sales and sells it on eBay or Craigslist, you can make a decent living.
Requires: a large-sized vehicle to move stuff around, the internet
Health and/or Beauty Experts
There’s a wide array of business options for those that love health and beauty. From wellness coaches to spray tan artists, to massage therapists and makeup artists, there’s plenty to do. You just need a little know-how, some certifications, and a client-base. Before you dive head first into an idea, read some books to see what interests you.
Requires: Certifications, depending on what you want to go for
Food trucks have taken large American cities by storm. Many drive around selling things like fancy grilled cheese, Vietnamese sandwiches, and even creative takes on ice cream. If you have a crazy idea for a food that everyone loves, a food truck is a great way to go. You might have to hire staff if things get cooking, but you can start out with just ‘lil old you.
Requires: A great food idea, a truck (usually costs about $50,000)
Gluten-free and Allergy-Proof Food Products and Restaurants
Many people are discovering an allergy to gluten, so many restauraunts and supermarkets have begun carrying gluten-free and other allergy-proof items. Jump on the trend and create a gluten-free dessert that makes everyone smile.
Requires: Cooking skills, an interest in food
Home Care Services
Elderly people are often cared for in their own home by an expert, who is usually known as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Provider. Offering home care services is a good business venture for someone who has a kind heart, a lot of compassion, and a calming demeanor. Depending on where you live, you will need to complete a short program to become eligible.
Requires: Nursing certifications depending on state
Ecommerce Shops (Yep, Your Very Own T-Shirt Shop!)
It’s really easy to start an ecommerce shop these days. You don’t even need to be able to code a website. You can sell t-shirts, knicks-and-knacks, jewelry, or any other item using Shopify or Storenvy. You can even begin selling your wares on Etsy.
Requires: Ability to print t-shirts or create other items
It’s a fight to get into college, so why not help high school students make the decision that’s right for them? Partner with local schools, offer your services to parents, and help get students into the college of their dreams. You can help students pick out a list of schools, write college essays, and eas
Requires: A college degree, some knowledge of college applications, writing and editing abilities
Niche One Person Business Ideas
Some of the most lucrative businesses are oddball, niche businesses you’d never even think of. When you’re out and about, notice the small details and see if you can figure out who sells them. Here are a few crazy niche businesses that are run by one person: selling mannequins, repairing dolls, selling goggles for pets, chicken rentals (yes, that’s really a thing), personal jellyfish tanks, and parking lot striping.
Requires: Creativity, an ability to see a need in an unexpected place
You’re One Great Person, So Start a Business!
Your Turn: Do you have any ideas for a one person business? Please share with us!