As the first steps of a new year are being taken around the world, many people, perhaps yourself included, are also taking a few steps back to analyze and review the overall picture of their lives. A new year has long been synonymous with the making of resolutions. It makes sense. New year, new plan, new opportunity, new chance to improve, etc.
You might be one of many throughout the nation whose 2018 goals include a dream to start your own business. As Dylan said in the 1960s: The times, they are a-changin‘. When rock and roll fans of the “make love not war” era were grooving to Dylan, most households contained nuclear, single-income families.
Well, the times definitely did change, didn’t they? Most would agree that raising a family on a single income nowadays is often not possible. However, just as it’s said that hunger is the best spice in life, so too do changing times and economic challenges breed creative thinking in the marketplace. Why, even people who are not yet old enough to obtain valid drivers’ licenses are putting their ideas to the test and becoming small business owners.
Technology advancement has obviously played a significant role in how times have changed. Regarding business, new technologies have brought global business opportunities that create what many might call endless opportunities for those searching for ways to generate income.
No matter what your particular reasons might be for wanting to launch a business, perhaps you want to work from home, increase your cashflow, create an asset you can pass down to your children or simply desire to put your dreams and ideas to the test, starting your own business may be key to accomplishing your goals.
The following list includes top small business ideas for 2018, one or more of which may be a good fit for you:
- Event planning: Let’s face it. Everyone loves a great party but not everyone enjoys or feels capable of planning a successful event. If you have skills that are useful for planning weddings, business conferences, birthday parties or other special events, you may want to consider launching an event planning business.
- Blogging: This small business idea continues to trend and the number of people earning income through blogging is steadily increasing. Your choices are virtually limitless when it comes to developing a niche and generating income.
- Web development: If you don’t want to be a blogger but love helping others create, launch and maintain blogs and websites, a web development company may be the perfect small business for you.
- Local tour guides: Do you live in an area that has an interesting backstory with many historical landmarks or modern amenities? By launching a local tour guide business, you can share your knowledge with others and build a solid source of income in the process!
Pet sitting, child care, food trucks and photography are other services and products that can be turned into small businesses. Your skills, talents, ideas and dreams can propel you toward small business success. Have a product or simply an idea for one? Are you a good problem solver? Do you love organizing things?
Next time you’re out and about wherever you happen to live, take note of each corner shop, gym, produce market and business sign hanging over a doorway. None of them materialized on their own. Each one started as someone’s dream.
If becoming a small business owner is on your radar for new year resolutions in 2018 – go for it!
Writer Bio: Judy Dudich
Judy Dudich resides in the beautiful woods of Pennsylvania, where 24 acres of land and a home-office provide the perfect setting for her children’s home-education and her own homesteading and business ventures. Life is full of blessings (and challenges!) for Judy, as a wife, mother of 10 and Grammy to six. She is a published author, whose book, “I Surrender/A Study Guide for Women” continues to encourage and support others in Christian family lifestyles throughout the world. Judy has also previously worked in the online speaking circuit. Her passion for permaculture, re-purposing, foraging and organic gardening fills her days with learning and adventure that she loves to share.