As today’s job market becomes more unpredictable, more people than ever are turning to self-employment as their new career. The idea of being one’s own boss, not having to answer to anyone but yourself is intriguing and liberating. While working for yourself often means putting in 50, 60 or 70 hours per week on the job, for many people it doesn’t even feel like work. Making a living pursuing your passion is a dream come true for those who do it, and once they achieve a small taste of success at self-employment they never want to return to working for others. As layoffs have impacted many workers, particularly men, many are looking at ideas for small businesses that combine their interests and skills into money-making ventures.
1. Personal Stylist
Everybody would love to have their own personal shopper and stylist, even men. Having someone to help in selecting the right clothing, hairstyle, furniture and more would be a great help to most guys who either don’t have the time or motivation to figure out what works best for them. This is an easy business to start on a part-time basis, working at it on evenings and weekends. Wives would be very interested in hiring the services of a personal shopper and stylist for their husbands, hoping to upgrade the looks of their men.
If you have a knack for cutting hair, opening a barbershop is a great option. Also a business that could be easily started on a part-time basis, it’s a virtually recession-proof business. You can specialize in men only, or expand to women and kids to offer service to the entire family. Once you get a few clients and get some word-of-mouth advertising going, this is a business that can quickly expand into a full-time venture.
3. Internet Marketing
Internet services such as freelance writing, blogging, website development and others can make a great business for someone with a knowledge of computers and some creativity. One of the fastest-growing internet businesses is having an e-commerce store or selling products on sites such as Ebay. There are a wealth of freelance writing sites online, offering would-be authors the chance to make a living while doing what they love. Easily started part-time, these businesses offer chances to make a full-time income while working part-time hours.
Jacob Hagberg, an experienced internet entrepreneur with Orange Fox, says, “Having the right mentality is the key to being successful online. Anyone thinking about starting an online business shouldn’t expect to become an overnight millionaire. There are hundreds of make money online programs promising riches, but most of them fall short. If you’re just starting out, approach every purchased as an investment in yourself and your own education. Most people fail because they chase ‘shiny objects’ hoping for that ‘big breakthrough’ instead of mastering one skill that others will pay for.”
4. Home Repair Handyman
Becoming a Home Handyman, doing repairs for homeowners and rental properties can be very lucrative. Many of these jack-of-all-trades charge $50 per hour or more, leading to lots of money in a relatively short period of time. Another aspect of this business is lawn care and landscaping, providing a service to those who can’t mow their yards or those who just want someone else to do so. Once again, word-of-mouth works wonders with this business, often leading to more work than one can handle.
3. Beef Jerky
Making and selling beef jerky can be an unusual and interesting way to make a living. As more people are wanting to purchase local foods from local people, selling beef jerky at farmer’s markets, fairs and local stores can be very lucrative. Using some creative marketing along with being willing to ask stores to stock your goodies can lead to big orders and big money.
4. Automotive Detailing
A nice-looking car is something everyone wants, so staring an automotive detailing business can become very popular very quickly. If you love giving a car that new-car look and feel, this could be the business for you. An easy business to start with a handful of car-cleaning supplies, putting up a few fliers around town at gas stations, grocery stores and garages can start the customers heading your way.
5. Restaurant Owner or Personal Chef
If you love to cook and entertain, opening up your own restaurant or becoming a personal chef to families can be a fun and profitable way to earn a living. However, opening a restaurant costs lots of money and takes a tremendous amount of time, and they have some of the highest failure rates of any small business. Being a personal chef, starting a grocery delivery service or operating a food stand at a local outdoor market can be a fun way to capitalize on turning a hobby into a business. Another small business idea for men that’s relevant to the food industry would be to start your own brewery.
6. Fitness Coach or Personal Trainer
With America’s obsession with weight and fitness, becoming a personal trainer or selling health products can be very lucrative. Busy moms who want to get back in shape, athletes needing some individualized attention or guys who have a beer belly all are potential customers. The sessions can be conducted at a local gym or at the client’s home if they have the necessary equipment. Selling vitamins, fitness books and other products online can bring in a nice sideline income while still maintaining a full-time job, or even become a full-time venture all to itself. Whatever business is chosen, the opportunity to be one’s own boss is simply too good to pass up.
7. Homemade Crafting
You can produce almost anything these days in your own home thanks to speedy shipping and easy access to raw materials online. For instance you could get started in leather working, and make hand-crafted briefcases and travel bags for men. Leather working does require a strenuous amount of hours, however it’s worth noting that these handmade goods seem to always sell for a premium price. Although note quite homemade, another similar idea to leather working would be shoe repair.