2018 is going to see a big increase in startup business, with many new businesses and products coming to the market. If you’re looking to get your own business started then now could be the perfect time. With many new domain names becoming available and new sources of finance such as crowd funding, there is now no excuse to get started.
One of the biggest decisions you will have to make is choosing an idea for your business. With many popular markets now being saturated, if you are looking for a successful idea then you are going to have to come up with something that is creative and unique. A new business with a difference has a much higher chance of success than a business that is attempting to start in a saturated market.
Take a look at these startup ideas below for some inspiration.
Social Photo Applications
One of the most popular mobile trends at the moment is photos. People are taking and sharing photos more than ever thanks to the help of app such as Snapchat and Instagram. Social photo applications allow users to connect with each other in more ways than just sending a message and this trend is increasing.
There are plenty of new ideas that you could use for a social photo app such as games involving pictures. With Snapchat currently dominating the private photo sharing trend, there is plenty of room for competition with an application that allows private sharing of photos.
Websites teaching full courses
The main reason we use the internet is to view new information. All the time we are looking for new information, whether that’s the latest news or a tutorial on how to cook. However one of the main problems is that there are lots of different websites out their, all providing different information. None of these websites tend to supply everything we need to know about a particular subject in one. For example if you want to create a mobile application you would have to visit different websites for each part of your app, all of these giving you different information and answers.
You could create a website offering full courses that users could pay to access. These courses could be detailed with step-by-step instructions for the user. If the course is beneficial for the user then it could be very valuable. You could even expand and create a membership site with access to courses in a specific niche.
Personalised online fashion
A growing trend is personalising fashion items such as trainers. As customers look for more unique ways to stand-out, personalised clothing is going to become more popular. There are several small businesses already offering this service where they customer popular trainers by adding jewels etc and selling them for often over double of the original price.
You could start this business from home. If you have an eye for fashion then you could start customising clothing items such as trainers and then selling them on local marketplaces such as eBay.
Sell my website
There are many people who do not have the time to run their websites anymore and instead just leave the hosting and domain name to expire. However many of these websites will have consistent traffic and also content. For the right buyers, both of these are worth paying for. Buying a website can save you starting from scratch and spending a lot of time building the website up.
To start this you find people who do not want their website anymore. You could then buy it off them to resell or you could sell it for them and take a fee as commission. This creates a win-win situation as the website owner makes money from their own site and the buyer doesn’t have to start from scratch.
City parking locations
One of the biggest problems for visitors coming into a city is find a location of where to park. Car parks are usually hard to find and when you eventually do find them, many of them are full.This means you need to spend time looking for somewhere else to park and wasting valuable time.
To solve this problem you could create a website or mobile application that tells users where their nearest car parks are and whether or not there are spaces available. Users would be willing to pay for this app as it adds value by saving them time and money when looking for somewhere to park for the day. It could also allow them to plan their parking in advance.
Website backup service
Website security is becoming more important these days, with hackers targeting all sizes of websites looking for ways to make money and steal data. For owners of online businesses, this can be a nightmare if they get hacked as they could potentially lose everything. A backup service would allow them to quickly get back online if they were attacked.
You could provide a backup service that takes website backups every few hours for users, ensuring that their data is secure. You could also target niches such as WordPress users and offer this service exclusively for them. Backups are value for all online businesses and are well worth paying for.
Niche job boards
If you are ever searching for a job then it can often take a lot of time to go through jobs one at a time until you find a job that you are interested in. Furthermore it can also be time-consuming with a lot of different job boards, meaning that you can never just look in one place. A niche job board would allow people interested in a specific niche e.g. programming to just look at jobs that are revelant to them.
Starting a niche job board is fairly easy to set up and could be run from home. It could take some more work to actually get employers posting jobs on your site but you could try contacting them directly.
Many of use have goals to achieve but do not know where to start or often even have the motivation to get started. Personal trainers and teachers are there to work with us individually to help us achieve our goals. Personal coaching can often be very profitable and you will have minimal outcomes.
You could provide coaching in anything from maths to fitness. You could start by advertising locally to build up your first clients and then expand from there.
eBook publishing for authors
There are many authors out there who spend time writing their own books and guides from home but do not know what to do with them. An eBook publisher would help authors to get their books published on various online stores and increase their earnings. This would be a service worth paying for, for many authors who look to make a profit and distribute their books.
You could start by researching the best marketplaces to sell eBooks and what makes them sell. From this you could help your clients by taking care of the distribution for them. You could also offer premium services such as cover design.
With over 90% of all the information on the internet being created in the last few years, there is big business in big data. Gathering information from data is valuable to all businesses as it allows them to see trends and gather customer information. A data analytics startup would allow businesses to make their data valuable.
To start this you could begin analysing data and selling that to firms. You could also look to niche data analytics to identify business trends.