Some of us were just never meant to work for other people. The 9 to 5 routine suits some, but a certain type of worker will never find satisfaction in that kind of environment. Unfortunately, many of us spend too many years in a job we don’t like before we realise that being self-employed is the only way to make a living.
However, just resigning from our day job and jumping into the self-employed world has its risks. There’s a lot to think about: which industry should I become involved in? How much should I invest? Should I retrain? These are important decisions and ones which need a lot of thought, but with a little pre-planning a would-be business owner can clearly set out his or her goals for a future away for the shackles of servitude.
Here are some things to consider:
What can you do? – Do you have a skill that can be transferred into a business? Are you passionate about something? For example, some people may love to keep-fit in their spare time and might be great at motivating friends and family to join them. If that sound like you then it’s well worth thinking about becoming a personal trainer. There is a big demand for people who can motivate others into a healthy lifestyle. The key is to be fit and show others why being fit is something they need in their life. If you are a walking advertisement of the benefits of exercise you are missing out on an opportunity to make a living in a very rewarding way. If you can inspire people to get into a healthy regime you will always be in demand, and any client you had who reached their goals will also become a walking advertisement for your services.
Can you spot an unfulfilled demand? – If you can see something in your neighborhood which isn’t being serviced chances are it isn’t being serviced in neighborhoods around the country. Find out what the average guy on the street is lacking and fill that void. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Just look at every market and look for a weakness. For example, is there a need for an early morning coffee shop in your area? Usually, there are coffee shops in every town but are they catering the early morning trade? If not maybe a 5 am opening could change everything.
Also. any merchant who has a household product for sale needs to let the local community know that his business exists. Maybe residents in the area need to travel for a particular item. If you can position your business closer to those who need it you will most surely get their custom. Whether it be a furniture shop or a shades sales company, you can make a business very successful if the right location can be sourced and secured.