If you are searching for ways to put extra money in your pocket or even to start your own business to break away from the “slave driven” job that keeps you hostage, then the service industry might be just the thing you are looking for. You can start with your hobbies, skills, experience, knowledge, combine it with a few service business ideas to get you off to a good start.
Anyone, including yourself, who has the need and the drive can certainly start and operate a part time service business which with the right management can literally go full time allowing you to reap the rewards.
Regardless of age, anyone with experience or a knack in a specific field, or perhaps years of knowledge can offer the public personal or speciality services. To twist it up, someone even with management/ boss skills can call the shots and delegate others to do the work for him.
In 2012 The U.S. professional services industry included some 760,000 firms with combined annual revenues of over 1.5 trillion dollars. The concept here that I want to share with you is that you can take ideas from big business and make it your own. Take a service business that interests you, scale it down, personalize it, make it classy, make it your own, and go out and offer your services to the public or to a certain niche of individuals that you want to reach.
Find a way to take your skills, hobbies, experience, knowledge to generate extra income on your terms
When determining the best small service business that you can offer consider these questions:
- What am I good at? What years of experience do I have, what knowledge do I hold, what can I offer to people?
- What do I love (or like) to do?
- What main type of business do I want to get into?
- How can I branch it off into other opportunities?
- Where and who is my market?
- Who would be interested in my service?
- Who is my competition?
- How much money is needed to start?
- Can I do this on my own?
- How will I get the work done?
- How much money do I need to get started, what type of supplies will I need to start
- How do I start? Where do I get help?
Take a good look at yourself, your lifestyle, your likes and dislikes, your interests. What type of business do you want to get into?
Are you good at a specific educational field: science, geology,art, music, math
Are you good with repairs: do you know how many washers, dryers, refrigerators, hot water tanks and every other major appliance goes on the blink and homeowners are scrambling to get help.
Are you into computers, all of this wonderful technology
Your best option would be to offer a service that demands continual maintenance, such as grass cutting, yard maintenance, car maintenance, hair cutting, web design, computer repairs, pet grooming, etc.
What about sports? What about food? Both of these are big! The areas you can start and operate a small service business is endless, how about the health area, gaming, technology, camping, house repairs, beauty.
A consulting business or being an advisor is huge and because people have such busy lifestyles that are paying big bucks to have someone provide the knowhow and solid quality advice.
Seasonal service businesses are another option to check out especially for tourist areas, and you also can benefit from the holiday times and special events. (omg my head is spinning with ideas…here you go…weddings, engagements, birthdays, retirement parties, special event parties, family gatherings,)
Take what you know and figure out how to turn it into dough!
People are living longer and finding out that running and maintaining a personal small service business can keep them active, involved and a way to stay mentally and physically healthy.
Selling your services, your knowledge, your skills can be beneficial for you to start on a parttime basis and work into a full time business owner status.
Finding what service business ideas works best for you gives you the advantage to make extra money, be your own boss, and to offer a specific service that others cannot do or they simply do not have the time.
Another excellent reason to start and maintain a service business is to supplement your retirement. Yes, you can offer experience in a variety of areas, make it fun and have that extra cash for your retirement needs.
To make more money, do what you already know, just get creative, get motivated, figure out a way to twist it up and offer quality, top notch service
Choosing a potential service business takes time and consideration. Your possible income will generate from your knowledge, your geographic area, or using the internet in some circumstances. Learn to capitalize on your skills and knowledge and find a way to accentuate all of your wonderful abilities that you can offer and don’t sweat the areas you lack knowledge in such as keeping accurate books and records (hey there are people who offer that service)
One very interesting service business that people are getting into is the collectable service. This is where you would offer your services to scourer swap meets, garage sales, flea markets, thrift shops, You could literally be hired by an individual to look for specific items or you could actually post your find on places such as ebay.
- Can you teach a self defense course
- Can you go shopping for those who are homebound
- Can you re-grip golf clubs
- Can you offer a pet sitting service. (you know pets are like kids nowadays)
- Do you enjoy organizing and paying bills on a monthly basis. (Most people hate this and will gladly allow someone to take over their monthly bills and expenses)
- Do you have organizational skills
- Do you have household repair skills Beat out the major stores that offer repairs with lower prices and quality service !!
- Are you good at web design what about computer repairs
- Do you enjoy cooking, ever consider a catering service
- Do you have the experience to do home inspections
- Can you cut hair, do hair designs , do makeup for wedding, special events
- Can you do car repairs
When searching for service business ideas for yourself to start, remember to be prepared to offer top notch quality service. Learn to think outside of the box, how can you offer something better than similar business, What type of uniqueness, quality and professional services can you supply to take care of someone’s needs and problems.