When you’re launching a new business, it’s important to be unique. If you can offer your customers something different, you’ll have a niche product or service that can’t be replicated easily. Of course, in a crowded marketplace, it isn’t always easy to come up with something original. If you want to start a new venture but you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these unusual business ideas now:
1. Christmas Decoration Specialist
If you love the holidays and you’ve got an eye for detail, a career as a Christmas Decoration Specialist could await you. Both homeowners and businesses routinely pay third-party companies to decorate their properties, which means there is a substantial amount of money to be made.
While any seasonal business can leave you with cash flow issues, there’s no reason you can’t branch out and offer other services. From Easter decorations to Halloween paraphernalia, there are plenty of options to consider.
2. Crime Scene Clearance
After a crime has been committed, it is usually the victims or their relatives who are left to deal with the aftermath. Of course, this can be traumatic and overwhelming, not to mention dangerous. If you’ve got a strong stomach and you aren’t afraid of getting your hands dirty, a hazmat crime cleanup services business could be an excellent venture. Due to the nature of the tasks you’ll be undertaking, you can charge premium rates for cleanup services, so profitability can be high.
While you don’t need any formal qualifications to enter the industry, you can prepare yourself for the role by learning more about potential cross-contamination. Furthermore, educating yourself about safe cleaning protocols and handling hazardous materials will ensure you’re well-equipped for launching your new business.
3. Mannequin Rental
Millions of stores in the U.S. use mannequins to display their products but they can be a costly investment for store owners. By purchasing mannequins and making them available to rent, you can create a unique business that requires relatively little day-to-day input. Many business owners will rent mannequins and other display props on a long-term basis, so retaining clients is relatively easy. Once you’ve delivered or shipped the mannequins to the client, you’ll simply need to monitor their contract for any changes. With long-term contracts in place, you might find that mannequin rental is a great way to generate passive income.
4. Custom Masks
While business opportunities may have been scarce in 2020, there is one product that’s been in high demand: masks. Due to the on-going COVID-19 outbreak, masks are compulsory in many places, including stores, offices, and some schools. As the pandemic looks set to continue for some time, it’s likely that the continued demand for masks won’t end any time soon.
If you’re a talented craftsperson, creating custom masks could be your next business venture. With the right material and ingenious designs, you can create unique masks with a relatively low initial investment. What’s more – you can sell them in your local area and online to boost profitability. As well as generating an income for yourself, you can feel proud that you’re creating products designed to help keep people safe.
5. Virtual Babysitting
If you’ve always assumed babysitting is a face-to-face role, think again. As more and more kids are attending school online, parents and caregivers are hiring virtual babysitters to help keep them on track. When parents need to work from home, for example, they may be unable to sit with their kids while they’re attending online classes. With a virtual babysitter, parents can be confident that their kids are focusing on their schooling and have the freedom to focus on their own work.
While teaching credentials may be beneficial for this type of role, they aren’t a necessity. With a great reputation and good reviews, you’ll find that plenty of parents and caregivers are in need of your services.
Finding the Right Business Opportunity
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you can’t necessarily wait for the right business opportunity to land in your lap. Instead, you need to be proactive about finding potential ventures that could lead to viable businesses. By watching the markets and predicting customer demand, you can develop unique and unusual business ideas that will give you the chance to flex your entrepreneurial skills.
Remember – there is always the opportunity for new businesses to thrive, no matter how the economy is performing. Providing you find the right venture, 2020 could be a great year to launch your new business and start your career as a successful entrepreneur.