While we all have thoughts of tearing down our cubicle, like that infamous scene from Office Space, having a plan on how to make a living after ditching your 9-to-5 is pretty important. Food, rent, and the electric bill all still need to be paid. If the idea of working for yourself appeals to you, why not start a business? There is no need to grow it to be the biggest or the best or the fastest. You only need it to provide everything you need for a happy life, and if you like the view from outside that cubicle, you need it to be outdoors.
1. Window Cleaning: Starting a window-cleaning business has never been easier. There are thousands of videos online showing exactly how to hold a squeegee and how to 'snake a window' -- that's pro window cleaner talk for that 'S' shape move they do. Watch some videos and then practice, practice, practice. If you don't own a home, head over to your parents' house. Clean their windows every weekend until you get it perfect and -- who knows -- you may just have the neighbors ask you to clean their windows. Hello, first account!
2. Spray Foam Insulation: The construction industry has always been a surefire way to get out of the office and work outside. If swinging a hammer doesn't appeal to you, there are many more options, from roofing to basement waterproofing. Spray foam insulation is another great option because you can work both residential and commercial, new construction and existing. Get in touch with a company such as Spray Equipment and Coatings Inc for more information.
3. Delivery Driver: Everywhere you look these days, there are more grocery and convenience stores offering both delivery and store pickup options. This not only saves customers' time, but it helps stores compete with online shopping giant Amazon. You can cash in on this trend by signing up to deliver these purchases to individual homes. You can set your own hours, enjoy the scenery as you drive, and avoid fighting with the office printer.
4. Mobile Glass Repair: We've all been there. Smash -- a rock hits the windshield and leaves quite a hole. Who has time to deal with that? Luckily, there are now people that specialize in coming to your home or office to make the repairs. If you like the idea of different challenges and locations every day, this business model may appeal to you.
5. Food Truck: In the past, the food industry has had two options for employment. You either worked for someone as a waitress or line cook or you owned a restaurant, which requires a great deal of capital. Food trucks are now bridging that gap. The start-up costs for a food truck are much less than a full-fledged, location-dependent restaurant, allowing you to live out your foodie dream for less. As an added incentive to start this business, food trucks are hot right now. They are literally everywhere.
6. Adventure Travel: They say if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Use your talents -- kayaking, ice fishing, mountain biking -- to help other adventure seekers enjoy their time off. It just takes a website, some liability insurance, and your love of the activity to change a passion into a career. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to _____ (fill in your favorite adventure sport) every single day and get paid for it? What are you waiting for?
7. Urban Farming: Whether you love the idea of getting your hands in the soil or simply are not a fan of Big Ag, alternative farming is a great business for solopreneurs. From small, urban plots to aquaponics, the possibilities in small-scale farming are nearly limitless. You can sell your produce each week at the local farmer's market, participate in a CSA (community-sponsored agriculture offering weekly produce baskets), or sell heritage vegetables with a high profit margin to area restaurants.
Unscrew those cubicle walls and get outdoors. Working for yourself can be emotionally and financially satisfying. You can do it.Share