- identifying a product or service that people want
- doing what you love to do
- doing something useful, or for which there’s a clear need
- creating something new
- improving people’s quality of life or work.
The wonderful thing about small business is that enterprise-ready ideas are all around you. Consider these activities as business opportunities:
- mowing lawns
- washing cars
- walking dogs or washing pets
- looking after younger children
- umpiring sports matches
- teaching people to swim
- organising discos, dances or school excursions
- finding information on the Internet
- designing and producing greeting cards
- printing brochures for local churches or associations
- baking biscuits
- translating for people who don’t speak much English
- reading for blind or elderly people
- lending books, toys or bikes.
People are prepared to pay you for these things for all sorts of reasons:
- They don’t have the know-how.
- They physically can’t do it by themselves and need assistance.
- They don’t know where to find the information they need.
- They don’t have the necessary equipment, such as the sound system or the computer.
- They want to use something, but don’t want to commit to buying it.
- They’re very busy.
- The job has to be done and there is nobody else to do it.