Business Ideas


Here are 130 Great business ideas & counting that will get you off to a great start on the business ladder, I have listed everything from Aquarium Maintenance to Carpentry to becoming a dog trainer and from a life coach to Photographer to a Yoga Instructor & will still be adding more ideas and improving the existing list.

 

  • AquariumAquarium Maintenance – You will find many people who own aquariums but either don’t maintain them or just don’t bother to maintain them and would prefer that they hired someone professional who could do the job for them for a fee, that person could be you.
  • Architect – As an Architect you can either work as part of a firm or contract out your service to other architecture firms and make great money while staying at home! You will need to be qualified with a BA which takes around 7 years if you have the patience and love for it, you could be paid handsomely for your passion.
  • Accountant / Financial Adviser – Accountant are needed by at least 99% of all business whether they are small, medium or a large business, they will always be in demand and is one of the highest paid professions around, but you do need to be qualified maybe have an ACCA or CEMA or just a BA in Accounting.
  • Artist – Are you an artist? well if yes then this could be your chance to show the world your talent. All you need is your Art work and the platform where you will sell your Art, this could be online, maybe on your own website or on a third party platform or you could just sell them in the market, Art fair or to a gallery.
  • Appliance Repair Technician – If your good with your hands and have good electrical knowledge of home appliances and how they work then you can make a ton of money just from your locality but you do need the NVQ level 3 in Electrotechnical Services accredited by City & Guilds at least.
  • Air Duct Cleaner – Most homes  & businesses in the UK have air ducts for ventilation, this could be a great source of income if you know what you are doing and market yourself well.
  • Antique Dealer – Anyone can become an antiques dealer no qualifications necessary, but you do need have good knowledge on how to spot and move on antiques to the next buyer, either through antique auctions or private antique collectors directly.
  • Basement / Loft Converter – You can set a up a company that specializes in Basement and Loft conversion or either if you have the building experience but you might need to contract out some of the jobs needed such as electrical or carpentry work but you could eventually make a fortune out of it.
  • Bookkeeper – Similar to an Accountant but on a junior level instead of studying 3 – 5 years to become an accountant you could study 6 – 24 months the AAT course and become a professional bookkeeper and earn a good living.
  • Business Consultant – Advise and support businesses on all aspects of their business. This is a very broad idea and covers SEO consultants to management consultants. Your experience will speak for you and your network will help you gain clients.
  • Carpenter / Joiner – Carpenters and Joiners average salary start is around £18,000 PA, you could get into the trade either via an apprenticeship or a 3 year NVQ qualification in Carpentry and Joinery. After you’ve got the experience and qualifications you could set up your own company or become a sole trader.
  • Carpet cleaning – You will need some specialist equipment for carpet cleaning and also a space where you can clean and dry the carpets maybe your garage if you can spare for that, it does involve a lot of water so you would need a drain, The average charge for cleaning a middle sized carpet is £10 -£15 per carpet.
  • Car boot sales – If you like selling and the hustling & bustling then this is for you. you can sell anything and everything (except illegal stuff!!) if you know how to sell. Just empty your home or shed of the stuff you don’t need or use starting with the attic or basement and get a permit to sell in a car boot sale and your off!
  • Car wash – This one can’t really be done out of your garage! you will need to rent a proper open place where cars can drive through and hire a small team of 3 to get this going, you will also need to spend a bit on local advertising but once you get going there’s nothing stopping you, hopefully.
  • Candle Maker – This is a great idea, take a short course, buy the material you need and off you go! you could probably start off at home but you would need to be extra careful then move out. Most people if not every one love candles so you could sell them at your local market or online or both.
  • Chauffeur / Minicab – Both do the same job but the difference is, a Chauffeur is much more experienced than a minicab driver, gets to drive luxury cars and gets paid much better than a minicab. You will have to get the PCO license and be subjected to Criminal Records CRB & health check.
  • Child proofing Expert – Here you will child proof homes and gardens and even cars professionally, so you will need to know what you are doing to ensure the safety the child at home. If something wrong happens after you have child proofed the place you could get into serious trouble, so take care.
  • Childminding – To become a childminder you will need to take a 6 month course run by your local council and be registered with ofsted which will monitor and grade your performance. You could expect to start earning around £5 hr which will increase by experience.
  • Chocolate / Candy / Cake / Baking Retailer – If you like to bake or make sweets and your guests like it then this is your treat. You can start at home and sell online then move up and open your own baker or two!
  • Catering Service – This is similar to the above but is much broader and encompasses backing and sweet making. It is also a mobile service as you would be travelling to private, business and wedding events to cater for the guests. If your good at what you do and service you could expect to make good money.
  • Computer & Mobile Repair and Maintenance – Do you have a spare room or secure shed and know how to repair & maintain computers and/or mobiles then this could be a gem for you as everyone has a computer and a mobile that will need to be repaired, this could be your job if you give a good service and price.
  • Computer Trainer – If you have good basic knowledge of how a computer works and Microsoft office then you could set up a class for beginners and get paid either in full by your clients or subsidized by the government. A good course for this is the European Computer Driving Licence ECDL / ICDL . If you have In-depth knowledge of a specific program then that would be even better and an added plus to your courses.
  • Construction Cleanup – This job is more labor-intensive, it involves heavy lifting, ladder work and some debris removal required. You will need to make sure newly built or renovated homes are spic-and-span before the owners move in and take possession. Rates are competitive in the UK its around £15 hr.
  • Cloth Nappy Service – Collection, delivery and laundering of the nappies is basically the job! As more mums are going for a more greener way to deal with their baby’s nappies, you probably would be onto a winner with this one as you could charge between £10 – £15 a week per baby.
  • Cleaning company – Probably widely regarded as the easiest business to make money from, print off some flyers and put them up in local shop windows and drop them in letterboxes nearby. The costs are minimal, just your cleaning supplies and the ink for your printer. Easy to scale too. rates are between £10 – £15 hr for most established companies.
  • Composting – This one is a debatable idea but i guess its worth mentioning. You would collect organic waste from your customers for a fee and turn that waste into compost which you will then sell to farmers. Debatable, because some councils could be already doing this, you will have to check.
  • Customer Service Professional – If you are good with dealing with people on a professional level you could contract out your customer services to small or start up companies on a hourly rate and make good money out of it. You should have good customer service experience beforehand.
  • CV/ Cover letter writer – Writing a CV or cover letter is really tough, most people hate talking about themselves and there’s a fine line between coming across as confident and seeming arrogant. If you know how to write a CV/Cover letter Professionally,then you will be in great demand and you could charge anything between £30 – £60 per CV.
  • Doula – Doulas support women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. This support is practical and emotional but non-medical in nature. The Average rate is around £300 – £500 per birth, but you will have to enroll on a course and be certified.
  • Dog Treat Baker – All dog lovers and most dog owners (and there’s a lot of them!) love to treat their dogs once a while but don’t have the time to bake them a treat, so why don’t you step up to the job and make yourself a business out of it especially if you could make them wholesome, tasty and cheaper then your competitors?!
  • Dog Trainer / walking – If you are a dog whisperer and really good in handling all kinds of dogs, then this could be a double business service in one for those who need to train there dog to do something in particular or just doesn’t have the time or strength to walk their dog once a day.
  • Dog Waste Remover – Believe it or not, people run businesses based around picking up dog poop. Most owners just let their pets do the business in the back yard and somebody has to clean it up. It’ll cost you about £5 to set up and you can market it just like pet sitting.
  • Data Entry Service – Many businesses require some type of manual information tracking, creating a vast amount of data entry work. Although there are many work-at-home scams associated with data entry work, there are a lot of legitimate opportunities available for legitimate data entry businesses. If you are an exceptional typist with an eye for detail, a data entry business might be a great business idea for you.
  • Direct Mail Marketing Service – Definition: A marketing effort that uses a mail service to deliver a promotional printed piece to a target audience. Direct Mail encompasses a wide variety of marketing materials, including brochures, catalogs, postcards, newsletters and sales letters, all of which you could start from your spare room and grow into a thriving business!
  • Delivery Company – Do you have a driving licence and own either a van, car or a bike? if yes and you like to travel around then this could be for you, but you must be warned that there is a lot of competition out there and you will need to do your research and marketing if you are going to go in to this business.
  • Desktop Publishing DTP – Is the creation of documents using page layout skills on a PC. DTP software can generate layouts and produce typographic quality text and images comparable to traditional typography and printing. If you specialize in a DTP software then you can just work from home and advertise online.
  • Debt Collector / Bailiffs – I guess this is one of the most hated professions out there but hey if its needed then someone needs to fill it, that could be you! You will need to obtain an FCA consumer credit licence to operate as a Debit collector firm or Bailiffs but you will have to do further investigation into this matter.
  • Disaster Planning and Prevention Service – Disaster Planning is about developing the ability to respond to an interruption in services by restoring an organization’s critical business functions. In essence, this is business continuity planning. Disaster recovery for computer systems and services is only one component of an effective business continuity plan. If you have prior experience in this field why not brush up on it and start your own firm?!
  • Drinks Company – I love this idea, that’s maybe because i love juice! If you love juice, lemonade or any king of soft drinks, why not open your own juice bar or market stall and sell your passion i cant imagine anyone going wrong here unless it was really bad!! you could make a ton of money especially in summer.
  • Editor (Copy) -An editor reviews and changes text with the intent to improve the flow and overall quality of writing. An editor has the freedom to remove entire sentences or rewrite entire paragraphs. A good editor will correct any obvious errors they come across, but their main goal is to use their expertise and intuition to ensure the document makes sense, cut down on wordiness, and clarify any ambiguity. Salaries start at around £16,000 a year, with experience this may rise to £25,000 or more. You could from home as a freelancer.
  • Event / Party Planner – An event planner creates, organizes, and supervises every element of an event, meeting, or incentive. Sounds simple enough, right? that’s just the event planning job description. The reality is so much more. Starters make between £13,000 to £18,000 PA, Managers make £30,000+ PA and senior mangers make £50,000+ PA.
  • Equipment Rental – This business has a lot of potential for future growth as more and more people turn to renting equipment instead buying them for all sorts of reasons mainly because it costs so much if your only going to use it temporarily. You will need to have a good amount of capital to start this business and buy & maintain the equipment needed but you should be making good income after the first two years of your business starting.
  • Freelancer – Do you have a passion or a skill in a particular field say voice-over professional or writer or something else? You probably do and some people might not know it, well freelancing is your way for financial freedom you just need to utilize it and make known to people what you can do and they will flock to you in no time check out these freelancing websites odesk.com, freelancer.co.uk and fiverr.com.
  • Fitness Program Class – If you have a passion for fitness and have a good physique, then why not rent a shop, basement or a hall and turn it into a gym! You would have to pay upfront for the equipment unless who ever’s providing you can give you some time to pay it back in installments or after a year or so. If you do some marketing and give some discounts and good service you will make some loyal customers that will ensure you have a regular income to start with.
  • Fitness Instructor – To be a fitness instructor, you could complete a recognised qualification before starting work. Or you could start as an assistant instructor and complete on the job training. As a full-time fitness instructor, you would usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, often on a shift or rota basis covering early mornings, evenings and weekends. Many instructors work part-time or freelance (self-employed). Starting salaries can be around £13,000 a year. This can rise to between £14,000 and over £20,000 a year. Freelance instructors can earn £10 to £20 an hour.
  • Florist – Everyone loves some flowers in their home, it gives a good vibe and smell to the place. If you like flowers why not take a short course in floristry and open up your own shop or stall? You will be in constant demand especially around Valentines day.
  • Furniture Mover – If you have a bad back or cant lift up heavy things then stay away! if not then jump in and make your way through this industry. You will need to have a van and at least one other person with you to help in the job, but with good marketing and service you can make a name for yourself and a lot of money.
  • Furniture Refinishing – People love a little bit of old-school in their lives, and furniture is a great way to add character into a modern design, but it needs touching up. Pick up old tatty furniture (with character) and do it up then sell it on.
  • Fundraiser – Get paid a cut to help companies raise finance.  There’s a massive market for it and the contacts you’d build will be worth their weight in gold.
  • Franchisee – A franchisee is an individual who purchases the rights to use a company’s trademarked name and business model to do business. The franchisee purchases a franchise from the franchiser. The franchisee must follow certain rules and guidelines already established by the franchiser, and in most cases the franchisee must pay an ongoing franchise royalty fee to the franchiser. Good Luck.
  • Genealogist – If you enjoy tracking down historical evidence, you could have a rewarding career as a professional genealogist, helping people to discover their own family history, find long-lost relatives, or even reveal new facts about famous and infamous historical people. The rates are between £15 – £50+ per hr, you should Consider applying for certification or accreditation from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).
  • Gutter Cleaner – As 99.99% of homes and businesses have gutters your not get any shortage of work anytime soon. This is though quite a risky job so you will be dealing with heights and ladders on a regular basis, so health and safety is a must. the good thing is that you will be charging at least £20 per side usually £30 – £40 and its not only cleaning there’s resealing, fixing and other add-on services you could charge for separately.
  • Green Cleaner – Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. Green cleaners are in demand, so not only will you be making good money you will also be helping the environment! which is Great.
  • Green Consulting – Is a phrase used to describe a range of consulting services that are aimed at helping businesses become more ecologically friendly, or “green.” Green consulting is a relatively new field, and its popularity is increasing quickly as more businesses see greening their business practices as a route to attracting new customers or retaining old customers. Greening a business can also in some cases help businesses to earn financial credits for being ecologically sustainable.
  • Gardening company – One of the best aspects of starting a gardening business is the low costs, allowing you to set up without seeking outside funding, your outlay will go towards equipment, goods and travel. When starting up, it may be wise to combine buying smaller pieces of equipment with hiring the larger, You can expect to pay around £2,000 for everything you’ll need, including a good laptop or computer for design work.
  • Grant Writer – Grant writing refers to the practice of completing an application process for funding provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation or trust. Such application processes are often referred to as either grant “proposals” or “submissions.”
  • Holiday Decorator – If you enjoy decorating your home for the holidays and have a creative mind and are the slightest bit handy, you could enjoy this home business decorating homes for the holidays. Because of its seasonal nature, this could be a second home business that you could piggyback on another that is busy the rest of the year.
  • Hotel / Bed and Breakfast – If you have a family home and the kids have moved out, why not turn it into a B&B? or buy another home and turn it into a hotel which would pay for its self!
  • Hair Salon Owner / Hairdresser – Top professional hairdressers can earn £30,000 a year or more, depending on who they work for and the salon location. You can train to become a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college. Alternatively, you can start work as a trainee in a salon and learn on the job.
  • Handyman – Home ownership comes with an endless list of things to fix, improve and put together, and finding the time to get it all done is a common challenge for homeowners. If you have a well-rounded knowledge of how to fix things, starting a business as a handyman can provide you with a great business opportunity and a chance to help struggling homeowners finally get their homes in order.
  • Handmade Craft – If you have a unique craft where you make special objects at home or in a shed, you might be sitting on a goldmine ready to be discovered!  handmade crafts business isn’t limited to paper crafts; you could quilt, knit, crochet, work with glass, sew, make pottery, basket weave, or any other kind of craft that is marketable and salable. I’ve seen this guy who used to get rubbish from the street and case them in a glass rectangular box as if it was a work of art and he would sell each for about £10 he sold thousands, this was over 10 years ago.
  • House sitting – This is quite a nice job being paid to sit around homes while the owners are not in with a full fridge, king size bed, sofa & TV what more could you ask for?! well i would say that this is also one of the jobs you do on the side, unless your being overwhelmed by so many people asking you to sit in their homes!
  • Home Staging – Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. You do need to have good interior design experience in this field.  Hourly Rates for home staging services range from £20 – £75.00 per hour according to the individuals experience, professional qualifications and evidence based recommendations such as portfolio of work and client testimonials.
  • Home Theater Designer – Home theaters have become a very popular home renovation. Big-screen TVs, surround sound, and full contact audio products are all helping to fuel the demand for the perfect family entertainment room. Thus the demand for businesses that specialize in this field of design, consider establishing an alliance or joint venture with an existing audio/visual electronics retailer. Your company would provide the room designs and construction, while the retail business would provide the home theater electronics products. This type of joint venture would be very beneficial to both businesses and increase the profit band market share potential overall.
  • Home Weather Proofing – Is the practice of protecting a building and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and of modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency. As the government is rolling out the Green Deal scheme, where they will help pay home owners who cant afford energy-saving improvements to their home like insulation, you could be paid by the government to carry out the job on their behalf.
  • Interior Designer – Junior interior designers can earn from around £18,000 to £22,000 a year. Experienced designers can earn between £24,000 and £40,000 a year, with senior designers earning £45,000 or more a year. Freelance designers set their own hourly rates, usually between £30 – £50 hr. If you have an eye for detail and an artistic touch, why not enroll on a interior design course and start up your own business?!
  • Image Consultant – Image consultants help people cultivate a professional or updated appearance. They may work with businesses and/or individual clients to make changes to their looks, communication skills and behavior. Many consultants specialize in a certain area, such as clothing, social etiquette or public speaking. Accredited courses meet City and Guild standards and take three months part-time or up to three weeks full-time to complete. Typical fees are £3,500. Someone just starting out may charge £20 for a simple 60-minute session. A more experienced professional may charge £75 for two hours. Top-drawer dressers command upwards of £750 a day, while celeb-style gurus ask for whatever they think they can get!
  • IT Consultant – This market is quite crowded, so you do need to know stuff. You’ll be up against people who live, breathe and dream ICT, and you’ll need to be on their level. IT consultants offer everything from run of the mill IT support, helpdesk and onsite services, to server monitoring, disaster recovery, security and offsite backup. From the get-go, you need to work out exactly what your offer is, on the other hand you could be making around £50,000 – £80,000 PA.
  • Ice Cream / Treat Shop – This seems to be a very good business especially in the summer and even in the winter as you don’t only sell ice cream & Gelato but cakes, hot beverages, Juice.. etc so if you are an artisan ice cream maker or cake baker and or both why not invest in your passion and start an Ic cream business!
  • Ink and Toner Cartridge Refilling – Replacing your empty printer or copier cartridges every time they run out is not only expensive, but it also takes a toll on the environment. Businesses that provide ink and toner cartridge refilling can save consumers money, and help protect the environment from unnecessary waste.
  • Jewelry Maker -As a jewelry designer, you can either make your pieces from scratch, if you’ve got the tools and the training to do things like lamp work and bead design, or you can buy your beads and other materials from a supplier. Any good jewelry design book will include lists of suppliers, many of which can also be found online. You can also choose the type of jewelry design you want to specialize in, such as earrings, rings, necklaces, handbags or a combination of specialties.
  • LawyerLawyer / Barrister – It’s not hugely easy unless you like studying. If you’re going to university you’ll need to do a 3 year LLB Hons course and pass it (ideally with a minimum 2:1 degree) if you want to get on to either the LPC or into Bar School. Both last one year. If you pass your LPC you’ll then need to interview with various law firms before getting a starting position where you’ll serve your “articles” i.e. apprenticeship. Assuming you pass that, you’ll then be a fully-fledged lawyer.Similarly, if you want to be a barrister, you’ll go through the one year of Bar School after which you’ll need to get a “pupillage” (apprenticeship) at a set of barrister’s chambers. If you do well and pass, you might be offered a “tenancy” or an invitation to join the chambers.Finally, if you’ve already got a degree in something, you can do a 1 year conversion course which potentially turns you into an entry-level law graduate. You’ll still need to do an LPC or attend Bar School to move on from there though.Starting £35,000, Experienced Lawyer: £60,000, Partner in a law firm: £100,000, Experienced Barrister: £225,000 – £750,000, Judge or QC: up to £1.5m.
  • Leaflet Agency – This business idea has two sides to it, the bad side is that it is a hell of a lot of work to get off the ground, say you were being paid £15 per 1000 leaflets you will need 4 customers to cover your minimum wage for that day! the good side though your start up costs are quite low and you are not confined to just distributing leaflets you can also design them and offer other marketing ideas to compliment the leaflet distribution business.
  • Life Coach – It can be difficult to overcome challenges when you feel overwhelmed, confused and misdirected. Life coaching is a growing field that helps people overcome life’s challenges; it can be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved both coaches and clients. You can run your entire business from home, coaching clients over the telephone. Your earning potential is high and you can start your business while training and taking steps to become certified.
  • Laundry Service – Go to big apartment blocks and Houses and flyer them as most will have a washing machine that will sometime in the future breakdown and you could be the first port of call for them. You can also partner with laundrettes to offer their existing customer base a delivery option.
  • Locksmith – This idea is quite a profitable business but you will need to put a lot of hard work and money in as it could take up to 4 years to get full MLA accreditation and the initial lease of the shop & purchase of the equipment needed might be high and also the  location of your business will make a difference.
  • Marital Arts Class – So you have a black belt in Kung-fu, Karate or some other form of martial arts and you are working in a fish and chip shop?! well now is the time to quite, you are so in demand as more and more people are taking up self defense classes. As self employed you would charge per lesson, and rates are usually between £5 and £15 per person depending on your experience. If you are employed by a gym or health centre, you may be paid a flat rate per class of around £30.
  • Makeup artist – As a make-up artist you would apply make-up and style hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience. You may work in film, television, theatre, concerts, photographic sessions or fashion shows. Make-up artists usually work on a freelance basis and are paid a fee for each contract. Rates can vary and will usually depend on the type of production you are working on. For example, a make-up artist working a 10-hour day on a TV drama could expect to earn around £210. The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) publishes recommended pay rates on its website.
  • Medical Transcriptionist (MT) – is an allied health profession, which deals in the process of transcription, or converting voice-recorded reports as dictated by physicians or other healthcare professionals, into text format. While a consistent, solid typing speed is important, the most important aspects of medical transcription are that the transcriptionist has excellent medical knowledge, good judgement and logic as well as the capability to find any medical issues or inconsistencies in the dictation. The average wage is around £13,500 PA and it can be home based.
  • Marketing Copywriter -Copywriting is writing copy for the purpose of advertising or marketing. The copy is meant to persuade someone to buy a product, or influence their beliefs, so you need to be good in writing. Starting salaries for a junior copywriter: £18,000 – £22,000 a year. Middleweight copywriters, those with 3+ years of experience, can earn £25,000 – £40,000. Senior creatives with 10-15 years of experience may earn from £45,000 to £70,000 or more. Creative directors who have won campaign awards can earn over £120,000. Freelancers set their own prices.
  • Market Stall – For some food sales you may need a qualification in food safety for retail or catering. Basic maths and English skills are useful and previous experience in retail or customer service can help. Your personality and ability as a salesperson are more important than qualifications. Market stalls are usually rented from the market operator, which may be the local authority. It can be difficult to get a regular stall on an established market, so you could start by helping out on a stall on a part-time basis or by doing car boot sales. With this experience you could become a ‘casual’ market trader, arriving at the market early and queuing for an available pitch. This may lead to getting a regular stall. You may stand a better chance if you’re selling something different from other traders, as authorities set limits on the number of stalls selling the same products.To be a market trader, you’ll usually need a driving licence and a vehicle such as a small van, money to buy stock, public liability insurance.The National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF) provides the necessary insurance to all their members. They also have a list of markets across the country on their website.
  • Massage Therapist – As a massage therapist, you would usually begin a session by checking the client’s medical history, diet and lifestyle. You would then plan a course of treatment. During treatment, you would apply pressure to specific areas of the body to ease tension. You may also use oil or powder to help reduce friction on the skin. Most massage therapists are self-employed so you could work from home and Sessions could take between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on your client’s needs. Therapists could charge clients between £25 and £60 an hour depending on the type of massage they are offering, and their location .As a skilled therapist, with a lot of clients, you could earn between £20,000 and £40,000 a year. You may also receive tips from clients and commission for the sale of beauty products.
  • Motivational Speaker – If you have a particularly inspiring story, or are just amazing on stage, you can make a lot of money touring the speaker circuit. Conferences shell out thousands of pounds for 1 hour long sessions. You need to be energetic, charismatic, humorous and above all you need to be excellent at speaking and speaking on front of large audiences.
  • Mystery Shopper – A mystery shopper is a person who poses as a real customer whilst assessing customer service levels provided by a company or organisation. A mystery shopping assignment can be a telephone call, visit, email, letter, website survey, face to face visit, a home visit – the list is endless! To become a mystery shopper you will need to join a mystery shopper network and have good command of written and spoken English, and regular access to the internet & email. Mystery Shopping is a great way to earn a few extra pounds in your spare time, but is unlikely to provide you with full time work.
  • Nutritionist – Nutritionists carry out research and use scientific knowledge to provide information and advice about the effects of food and nutrition on health and well being. As a nutritionist, you would work closely with dietitian and other health professionals, such as pharmacists, GPs, and hospital or community diet and nutrition teams. Note that nutritionists do not give dietary advice to individual patients or work directly with patients without supervision, this is done by a state registered dietitian. In the NHS you would generally work 37.5 hours a week, and be paid between £21,500 and £28,000 a year. In the food industry salaries can range from £20,000 to £50,000 a year, depending on experience and responsibility.
  • Organic Lawn Care Provider – The health risks that come with the chemicals used in traditional lawn care products can be significant. This is why many earth-conscious homeowners are starting to turn to organic lawn care businesses for help. If you have a green thumb and passion for organic and all-natural products, an organic lawn care business may be a good business idea for you.  After the initial start up investment, the overhead expenses are low. You can expand your products and services to include other lawn and home-related areas such as landscaping, outside lighting, leaf removal, etc and you can also become an organic lawn care specialist and join forces with other lawn services that may not offer organic solutions.
  • Organic Hair Care Products Seller – If you have knowledge in organic hair care products, or if this is something you’re interested in learning about, an organic hair care products small business can be an interesting career with good earning potential. There is a growing demand for organic products and your business can be entirely home-based on a part time basis. Your start up costs can be high if you’re developing and producing products on your own. You will need to do significant research on products before starting your business and the learning curve for developing products can be steep.
  • Painter/Decorator – To be a painter and decorator, you should have good practical and creative skills. You will need to be able to work carefully and pay attention to detail. Sometimes you’ll need a good head for heights. You would work around 40 hours a week. Starting salaries can be between £14,500 and £17,000 a year.  Average salaries for qualified painters and decorators are between £17,500 and £23,000 a year. Decorators with supervisor duties or specialist skills can earn over £23,000 a year.
  • Pest Control Professional – Do you have the stomach for it?! As a pest control Professional, it would be your job to get rid of infestations of pests and vermin. You would use a range of chemicals and equipment to deal with insect pests and animals such as rats, mice, foxes, moles and birds (known as vertebrate pests). You might treat infestations anywhere from people’s homes to restaurants, sewers, warehouses or farms. you will be working  30-40 hrs a week. Fully qualified technicians can earn around £18,000 PA. with extra experience can earn between £22,000 and £25,000 PA.  As a supervisor you could earn up to £28,000 a year. A pest control manager could earn £30,000+ PA.
  • Personal Concierge – As people in today’s society get busier and busier, the idea of having someone to handle your personal errands becomes very attractive. Think about your own schedule at your busiest. Imagine being able to save a few hours a week by hiring someone to run to the cleaners, take your dog to the vet and plan your travel itinerary for your next vacation. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Starting a personal concierge business can be a great small business idea for anyone who enjoys assisting others, has a flexible schedule, and thrives on variety.
  • Personal Chef – Imagining a private chef, we might conjure images of grand homes where butlers and maid also move about. While such homes do still exist, private chefs are no longer solely in the domain of the super rich. Private chefs are employed by many individuals who are health conscious, require highly specialized diets due to food allergies, or simply do not have the time to prepare meals for themselves and would rather not eat fast food every night of the week! Like other chefs, private chefs usually need a combination of education and experience. They may earn their degree from a vocational school, university, or culinary arts school.
  • Personal Trainer – If you are keen on health and fitness and you would enjoy working with a variety of different people, this job could be ideal for you. Personal trainers help their clients achieve their personal health and fitness goals. To become a personal trainer you would first need to be a fitness instructor with a high level of experience and recognised qualifications. Your working hours must suit the needs of your clients, which is likely to mean working evenings and weekends. Travelling between locations would add extra time. If Self-employed, you will need to rent space in a gym, set up your own facilities, or visit clients in their own homes. Self-employed instructors can earn between £20 and £40 an hour. Personal trainers in full-time employment can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 PA.
  • Personal stylist – A personal stylist is a person who typically advises individuals on, for example, new fashion trends, clothing styles, colours and make-up, where’s an image consultant help people cultivate a professional or updated appearance. They may work with businesses and/or individual clients to make changes to their looks, communication skills and behavior.  If you have an eye for style, love to shop, and help others then this profession may be the perfect fit for you.
  • Personal shopper – Personal shoppers give advice to customers and suggest products that may suit their needs. This can be anything from gifts to household goods to clothing. They help people who don’t have the time to shop, or who need help with fashion choices. If you work in-house, you’ll usually work around 38 to 40 hours a week. This will include late opening hours, weekends and holiday periods, so you’ll need to be flexible to fit in with customers and staff. Part-time work is possible, especially if you’re self-employed. You may need your own transport if you have to travel to out-of-town shopping centres. Personal shoppers can earn anything from minimum wage in a supermarket to around £19,000 a year or more with high-end retailers. Assistants may earn around £16,000 a year and managers up to around £25,000. Self-employed personal shoppers set their own rates according to their reputation and location.
  • Pet Sitter – A love of animals, trustworthiness and consistent availability can be signs that you should start a pet sitting small business. Pet sitters are typically available during normal business hours, weekends and holidays to take care of animals by taking them for walks, feeding them, cleaning their cages, etc. There are no significant start up costs and you don’t need any special training or experience but you need to be comfortable handling animal emergencies and you may frequently be asked to work on weekends and holidays. Pet sitters usually charge per pet, per hour but weekly rates or discounts for multiple pets can be put in place. Rates tend to range from around £6 per visit up to £15, So this means that you could make between £12 and £30 a day for a couple of visits to one house.
  • Pet Couture Designer/Seller – A pet couture business allows you to design and produce your own brand of pet clothes, toys and accessories, or you can operate as distributor of ready-made products. Your business can be entirely home-based and you can sell your products online with low start up costs. On the other hand start up costs can be significant for a physical storefront business which you you can expand to provide on-site grooming services and it could take time to see a profit, depending on your initial investment.
  • Pet Groomer – Pet grooming is a vital part in the well-being and healthiness of a dog which can improve their lifespan. All Breeds require daily grooming, how much depends on the breed, age, or health of the pet. It’s highly advisable to seek professional schooling and certification for greater knowledge and confidence. Dog groomers can earn from around £12,000 to £18,000 or more a year. Self-employed dog groomers can charge between £25 and £70 an hour, depending on the breed of the pet.
  • PhotographerPhotographer – If you are artistic and love taking photographs, this could be a perfect career for you. A photographer is usually a creative person. You’ll also need to be able to make people feel relaxed. Most professional photographers take a college or university course to develop their technical skills. the areas you can specialize in are general or social events, advertising and editorial, press and photojournalism, fashion, corporate (industrial/commercial) and scientific or medicine. Hours of work can vary and may often include evenings and weekends. As a self-employed photographer, you would need to be flexible about when you worked. Part-time work may be possible. Starting salaries for assistant photographers can be between £12,000 -£17,000 PA. Full-time photographers can earn between £18,000 – £50,000 PA. Freelancers set their own rate.
  • Photo Restoration Service – Photo-restoration specialists use photo-editing software and image-manipulation techniques to restore old or damaged photographs. To start a business, you can work from home with a relatively small investment in essential equipment, which includes a computer, scanner, photo-editing software and printer. Unless you are already an expert with your photo-editing software, you should take a photography course and check out online video tutorials and articles that demonstrate step-by-step techniques for dealing with different types of image problems.
  • Swimming pool technician – As a swimming pool technician, you would make sure that the water is clean and safe for bathers. You would also install and service specialist water exercise equipment which is used in training and physiotherapy pools. To get started in this role, you do not need any formal qualifications as you would normally receive on-the-job training from your employer, but it may help if you have a background in heating, ventilation, air conditioning or water treatment systems. if you are self employed then you should take the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers’ (ISPE) Home Study course which leads to their Certified Technician status. Starting salaries for technicians range from £17,000 to £25,000 PA. With experience, you could earn up to £35,000 PA with experience.
  • Pop up Shop – A pop-up retail space is a venue that is temporary: the space could be a sample sale one day (or a week) and host a private cocktail party the next evening. The trend involves “popping up” one day, then disappearing anywhere from one day to several weeks later. These shops, while small and temporary, can build up interest by consumer exposure. Pop-up retail allows a company to create a unique environment that engages their customers and generates a feeling of relevance and interactivity. Just search google for pop up shops you should get a few websites that offer temporary shop spaces in cities around the UK.
  • Pizza Parlor – Are you a pizza artisan? can you make unique tastes with different crusts, thin & thick with great side dips? If yes then this could be your play ground! almost every one loves pizzas and are willing to try different ones. You could also franchise from one of the big pizza chains. Starting your own pizza business can be tricky and you must do some research before deciding if the pizza business is for you. If you haven’t already worked in a pizzeria, then perhaps you should work part time in a pizza place to learn the ropes.
  • Project Manager – A project manager can be an asset on every project that involves multiple people, whether it’s a home renovation project, a small business collaboration or a personal project. Project management is an excellent business idea for analytic thinkers, detailed-oriented and organized professionals. Start up costs are minimal if you are experienced in project management. If you work with homeowners and home-based business owners, your business can be home-based as well. If you work with corporate clients or large companies, you may need a professional space to meet with clients and your business may involve a lot of travel to accommodate remote clients.
  • Professional Organizer – Is a professional that helps individuals and businesses design systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring skills. if you are good at organizing stuff why whether at home or at work why not turn that skill into a business?!
  • Proofreader – Proofreading is the process of examining the final draft of a document or text after it has been edited to ensure there are absolutely no errors. A proofreader will review for spelling errors, punctuation errors, typos or incorrect use of regional English (i.e. ensuring that you’re using American English or British English when necessary). The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) suggest that the minimum rate should be £21.40 an hour. The SfEP website has more information about suggested minimum freelance rates. freelancers can work from home.
  • Private Investigator – Private investigators carry out secret inquiries for their clients to find out information and check facts. Their clients include the legal profession, councils and insurance companies. They can also include private companies and individuals. Regulations are being brought in which will require that you complete recognized training and are licensed by the Security Industry Authority. Your hours of work could be irregular, and could include nights and weekends.
  • Printing – You could start this business from home, either printing leaflets, brochures,…etc or printing on cloths or other products. You will need to invest in a good laptop, high quality commercial laser and inc jet based printers which are specialized in the printing niche you’re in. You also will need to market your business at least locally to all the business in you area and surrounding areas too. It is advisable to take courses in printing while your still home-based so when your business grows you can keep up with the demand.
  • Public Relations (PR) Agency – After years of in-house or agency work, you’ve decided to go out on your own and start your own public relations company. Make decisions on your own terms. Represent clients that fit your personal beliefs and passions. Shape your company from the ground up. This is a good idea if you have the knowledge & experience of the industry and your competitors to design services and set prices. You also need to have the contact, in PR, you’re only as good as your contacts, there are other stuff to consider, you do need to do your research before setting up you business, good luck.
  • Removal Company – Compared to some businesses, starting a removals company is very easy. For smaller jobs such as bedsits and flats you’ll just need a medium-sized van and any materials to secure fragile items inside, alongside essentials such as insurance. The main additional cost will be marketing and promotion as it’ll be difficult to drum up business by word-of-mouth only. Whilst the majority of removals contracts will inevitably come from local residents business owners are able to look further afield, increasing the potential for revenue.
  • Recruitment Consultant -As a recruitment consultant, you would help employers to find suitable staff, and match people to permanent and temporary jobs. If you are a confident person, have sales skills and can communicate well with people, this could be a business you would enjoy.Most recruitment consultants earn a basic salary plus commission. Basic starting salaries for trainees are usually between £16,000 and £20,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to between £20,000 and £40,000 plus commission. Highly experienced recruitment consultants or recruitment managers can earn £40,000 or more.
  • Recycling – Recycling is a growing sector of waste management and promises to get even bigger as companies become more aware of the need to establish positive environmental credentials. However, it’s a highly volatile market and commodities prices can affect demand for recycled goods, which influences the amount you are paid. Recycling is a broad market and there are a number of avenues start-ups can take. The biggest choice will be between collection (collecting recyclable materials from businesses and consumers) and production (making new products from recycled goods). Production is a difficult market for start-ups. The initial costs can be significant. The first option is more practical for start-ups; initial costs are lower and there are a number of different angles to take e.g. the types of material collected or the frequency of collection.
  • Scrapbooker – People from all walks of life have photos and mementos cluttering their homes. They’d love to organize and arrange them, but don’t have the time (or, in some cases, the ability.) That’s where you, as a professional scrapbooker, can step in! Through creative scrapbooking, you can create delightful, entertaining, and touching memory books that will be certain to have a very long shelf life. Most expenditure will go on marketing. This is motley a home based business but can be office based too.
  • Soap Maker – This is just one of those ideas you think to yourself why didn’t i think of this before?! I love this business idea i think there’s a lot of earning potential & creativity in it. There’s this story i came across lately about this sottish lady, Denice Purdie, her husband had a car accident in 2005 where he was told he could never walk again, so she became the main bread earner for her family of six. she decided to start a company in making soaps as she had learnt the craft from her grandmother, but she didn’t have any funds, the banks wouldn’t give her a loan at the time and she could only afford £35 on ingredients. she sold her first products at a fair which brought her back treble that amount she had invested originally £35! she now has a soap empire by the name ‘Scottish Soaps’ which is worth millions! There are short courses you can find on the net, probably study at home types of courses which is worth a try.
  • Sales Consultant – Sales consultants are the middlemen between companies and clients, promoting products and services and building long-term commercial relationships. They may work on either an employed or self-employed basis. Those working for employers often receive benefits and bonuses on top of a set salary, while self-employed consultants work independently, setting their own hours and level of income. Income is in the region of £15,000 to £30,000 but may be determined by several factors, including the number of hours worked, sales performance and the degree of independency of the individual consultant.
  • Speech Writer – Most people don’t have time to prepare properly a speech, or they don’t know what’s required, or they need some humour to lift their message. A good speech can get you where you want to be, A bad speech will damage your reputation. If your good at writing why not use it to set up a speech writing company which could be B2B and B2C and charge any where between £20 -£50 and even more if your really good at it!
  • Security Firm – Are you an ex army soldier, police officer, security personnel or have good security experience in the private sector? well then, why not set up your own security firm instead of trying to learn something else from scratch?! You have have a gem that’s in demand with all the security threats that’s going on these days you will find plenty of clients who will need your help.
  • Senior Care Provider – This is one of the most self rewarding business ideas around, you will be providing high quality care to elderly & frail people who need your help and care, you never know you might need it yourself one day?! High quality care is key as no one would like to see their close relative/s go through pain and anguish, the better the quality, the better your reputation will get, the more clients will come to you. You will need to be registered with the care quality commission.
  • Snack / Coffee Stall – You can buy a coffee stand for a few hundred pounds, they’re all over big cities and the markup on a cup of coffee or tea is typically over 60%, the start up costs are quite low and is it no longer a seasonal trade with an added advantage of work hour flexibility. There’s also some disadvantage such as the competition with coffee shops & other mobile vending stalls, Limited Trading Hours as you will need to serve people early in the morning as they go into work and you may have some licencing issues to deal with for each place you intend to service at. It takes skill to make a nice cup of coffee you will need to research how to make a good cup and get practicing. Your level of skill and understanding of your business may well determine whether your business is successful or not.
  • Snow and Ice Removal Service – This business idea is a seasonal business only 3-4 months of the year. you will be dealing with private businesses clearing ice and snow off their property such as driveways and open areas of factories. Local councils across the UK deal with removing ice and snow from pavements, streets and high ways but might hire out private contractors to do the job on their behalf, so you would need to do some research into this.
  • Ticket Broker – sell tickets for shows, concerts, conferences, sports events and other events, either directly for the venue as a re-seller or buy them yourself and sell them at a premium closer to time. You will need to do your research & buy the tickets way ahead of time, probably 6-12 months before the event is due.
  • Tree Farmer – This is largely a seasonal business as you would mostly be selling Christmas trees. you will need to have a good amount of land and experience for this job, but with good nurturing and patience you could turn a handsome amount of profit at the year end.
  • Translation Service Provider – If you are fluent in more than one language and can efficiently translate from one language to another, a small business providing translation services could be the perfect small business for you.  Start up costs & overheads are very low with a potential to make significant profits and it’s a great home-based business, especially because you can work via the Internet. You have a very broad target market, including legal, commercial, medical, technical editing, interpretation and more. You must have complete and thorough command of whatever languages you plan to offer translation services for. Among your competition may be computerized translation programs and voice recognition technology.  You may want to become certified before offering your services. You need standard office equipment, including a computer with an Internet connection and possibly transcription equipment if you will be doing audio translation from tapes.
  • Tutor – Are you good in Maths, English, physics or some other subject? Some people just love teaching, they really enjoy helping others learn. If that’s you, then you should be making money out of it! The tutoring industry is massive and there’s apps like Sooqini that can help you monetize your skills on a one-off basis.
  • Tourist Guide – You will need excellent communication skills in this job. You will also need to have a good memory for facts, figures and events. If you’re good at public speaking, and are interested in history and the arts, this could be the ideal business for you. Tourist guiding is often seasonal work, so your working hours will vary. You could work up to 40 hours a week during the summer, you are likely to work at weekends and sometimes in the evening. A lot of tourist guides are self-employed and charge fees. Rates of pay vary depending on your location, and the type of guiding you are doing. Tourist guides working in London and the South East could earn between £10 and £15 per hour. In other parts of the UK, you would earn between £6 and £7 per hour. If you’re a freelance English speaking Blue Badge tourist guide, you could charge around £140 for a half day. Driver guides and those with a second language have the potential to earn more.
  • Video Producer – If you understand the technology behind video production, and enjoy the process of taking raw video footage and creating a video that flows, a video production business may be a great business idea for you. You can provide a full range of video services, including editing, producing, adding special effects, digitizing, etc. Your business can be home-based or you can even offer a mobile service, going “on location” for clients and completing editing projects from your home office. You can partner with videographers, photographers and party planners for increased business. You will need to purchase the necessary equipment, which can be very expensive. Your business may be limited to your geographic area, so you will need to maximize local advertising.
  • Virtual Call Center – A virtual call center is a call center in which the organization’s representatives are geographically dispersed, rather than being situated at work stations in a building operated by the organization. If you are reliable and have a highly professional telephone presence, a virtual call center business could be for you. Start up costs are low, and there is the potential for high profits. this is typically a home-based businesses. You may need to be flexible on your hours of operation and willing to work evenings and weekends.The greatest competition comes from offshore services, so you need to differentiate yourself.
  • Virtual Assistant -A virtual assistant (VA) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office. As outsourcing becomes a standard process for small business owners everywhere, more and more entrepreneurs will be looking to virtual assistants for help in advancing their businesses, which could be a great business opportunity for you. Start up costs are minimal, and You can grow your business to the point where you outsource extra work to subcontractors. on the other hand it can be difficult to get clients when you first start your business & Your work could be high-stress and deadline-driven.
  • Wedding Planner – This could mean planning and organizing the whole wedding from start to finish or just sorting out certain aspects of the day. Good communication skills and the ability the get on well with different kinds of people are something you will need in this job. You’ll also need to have good problem solving skills and be able to keep calm under pressure. You are likely to work long hours, particularly during peak wedding season (May to September). Meetings with couples often take place in the evening and at weekends. On the day of the wedding you may work a 12-hour day, or longer.You could be based at an office or work from home. You would also spend time travelling to see clients, suppliers and venues.
  • Window cleaning – As a window cleaner you would work on domestic and commercial premises, cleaning windows, doors and other glass surfaces. You may use a ladder to reach the first floor of a building or use water-fed poles, or work from a safety cradle, moving up and down the outside of the building. If you’ve got a head for heights and like working outdoors, there could be opportunities for you in this career. You need to have a good awareness of health and safety. A good level of fitness will help you manage the physical side of the job. Window cleaners working for a contract cleaning company can earn between £16,000 and £18,000 PA. A team leader could earn between £20,000 and £23,000 PA or more.
  • Yoga Teacher –  As a yoga teacher, you will teach yoga as a form of exercise that increases fitness and well being. To become a yoga teacher, you will need to have a background in exercise, or a related physical therapy, and have been attending regular yoga classes. You can then take a recognized yoga teaching qualification, and join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). As a yoga teacher, you would usually set your own working hours, which may include evenings and weekends to meet the needs of your clients. Teachers often charge a session or hourly rate. They can charge between £5 and £12 for group sessions. For private sessions, they could charge between £35 and £60.

 

All figures & information on this list are for guidance only and you should do your own research.