Are you really the person who carries a camera around with them all the time, or the kid who used to record all of your family’s happenings and memories on a video recorder? If that’s the case, video production might be one of the best small business ideas for you. With the increase in popularity of video on social media platforms and the internet as a whole, those who can shoot, edit, or both are in a growing market. Even if you have no prior video experience, such as graphic design, there are a plethora of online courses that can teach you how to cut and edit video using Adobe or Final Cut Pro. You can also use simple video makers like Invideo or Synthesia AI in your starting days of business.
Dog Walking Business
Dog walking may be a simple business, but it can be very profitable. My young niece started a dog walking business and quickly expanded it into a profitable full-time job. She supplemented her income by doing occasional dog training, dog sitting, and overnight dog boarding. Of course, it’s also a good side hustle! You can begin by walking one dog and work your way up. It doesn’t get any simpler than this. What makes dog walking such a lucrative business? You have a lot of regular repeat customers. So, if they like you, they will continue to use your service indefinitely and will recommend you to their friends at the dog park. As you grow your customer base, you are not only increasing your income but also increasing the value of your company. That means that if you get tired of walking dogs, you can sell your company for a profit. Several dog walking businesses have been sold for more than a million dollars. What is the key to dog walking success? Keeping your customers satisfied and finding new ones – that means digital marketing! Dog walking is an ideal business for digital marketing because you have a highly specific and passionate target market. Ads on social media and online ad networks can be targeted directly to dog owners in your zip code. And you can create content that they will enjoy reading about, such as the best dog parks nearby, great places to walk your dog, local Vets, pictures of local dogs, and more!
Another great business to start small and grow at your own pace is a moving company. You can even keep your day job and concentrate on the busiest moving days – weekends and holidays. Because most moves are local, the market for local moving services is enormous. You can start this business for free by renting vans or trucks as needed. This will allow you to get the exact vehicle size you require for each move. U-Haul and other truck rental companies will also sell you insurance and supplies. Hire helpers by the day or by the hour. I recommend that you bill by the hour rather than the job. As a result, even if the customer underestimates the number of items to be moved, you will still earn the same hourly rate. Offering packing services is a nice way to supplement your income. Let me use Larry O’Toole as an example of someone I know who started his own moving company. Larry began his career as an engineer but wanted to branch out. While he considered his options, he attempted to provide moving services by renting his roommate’s van. Today, his moving company has 20 locations in major cities across the country, over 100 trucks, and nearly 1,000 employees. How has Larry been so incredibly successful in such a crowded field? Gentle Giant is a fantastic name, to begin with. A great name can serve as free advertising for your company for years to come. Larry also set out from the start to clearly differentiate his company from his competitors, including building a strong employee team and a premium level of service. This enabled him to build a loyal base of repeat customers, increase word-of-mouth promotion, and charge premium prices.