In recent years, there has been a drastic increase in the number of small business owners. In times of pandemic, when the large businesses are struggling to even touch the minimal point of sales, the small businesses are enjoying returning customers.
If you are thinking to start a business at this point and kindle the entrepreneur in you, then take note of these small business ideas.
1. Cleaning services
Coronavirus has necessitated the importance of hygiene and sanitation. A lot of cleaning services businesses around the world are seeing a steep rise in the number of assignments.
It doesn’t take a very huge investment to start a cleaning business. All you need is a good labor force and the necessary cleaning equipment.
Once the business picks up, you can invest in buying better cleaning equipment for taking up hospital cleaning services.
2. Delivery services
With the rise in e-commerce services, people have gotten used to buying goods online. With the retail stores all across the world operating only on restricted timings, the demand for delivery services has gone up drastically.
The delivery services that ran on a huge scale are facing more demand from places that haven’t been the source of projects ever in the past.
The budding entrepreneurs with tech skills can build an application where the people can book for items and get it delivered at the doorstep.
In times of pandemic, the demand for local delivery services has gone up drastically. Gone are those days, when people preferred only old and trusted names in the delivery services industry for delivering their products.
A lot of successful local level delivery services are doing the rounds in the news channels. All it requires is building an application, recruiting delivery staff within your locale, and having tie-ups with the stores.
3. Drive-in theatres
Theatres have been closed all over the world as it is hard to maintain the social distancing norms and curb the spread of disease in closed air-conditioned environments.
A lot of drive-in theatres are picking up. If you own a piece of land and invest a little amount on the screen and projector, you can start your drive-in theatre.
In times of pandemic, when real estate business is not doing that great, you can even lease out lands for your business in case you don’t own one. Limited staffs for providing refreshments to the customers are more than enough.
As theatres don’t fall under the essential services category, they aren’t set to open anytime soon shortly. Investing in this small business is one of the best ideas you will be proud of during a pandemic.
4. Grocery stores
If you can put up a grocery store in your locality, then things are sure to work in your favor during these hard trying times.
A lot of grocery stores having tie-up with supermarket chains have reported a spike in sales. People aren’t allowed to buy stock from the wholesale market due to social distancing norms.
The government aims to deliver things at the doorstep. Register yourself as a grocer in the particular locality, obtain all vegetables, fruits, fish, and other essentials from the wholesaler.
In case, you possess tech skills, you can build an application and start selling products online. You just need to develop a team of delivery services personnel along with the application.
5. Liquor stores
Bars and other places of the public congregation have been shut to maintain social distancing norms.
Opening up a liquor store in the locality would fetch immense profits for your small business. You can have tie-ups with local wine manufacturers and sell them via your shop.
Once in a while, the government decides to open up the liquor stores and people swam in queues to fetch their bottle of wine/spirit. You can open an application as well and try to get the liquor delivered at one’s own home. You can also open an online vape store.
If you are well versed with the fragrance and the odor quality, you can set up one without any second thought.
6. Cooked meals delivery services
If you are exceptionally good at cooking and longing to start a restaurant, wait for a while until the jitters around the pandemic calm down.
You can have a test of the customer’s taste by having a tie-up with one of the best food delivery services in the locality.
Being a first-timer, it is not a great idea to invest in developing an application for yourself.
When you see a surge in the orders, it becomes the right time to have an application of your own.
7. Game developers
Be it the traditional board games or puzzles and video gaming, it has picked up much pace in recent times.
If you want to start a tech company of your own, use up this quarantine time to develop a gaming application and release it in the play store and app store.
Based on the kind of response you get from the audience, you can proceed ahead.
8. Packaged foods
People are spending their time binge-watching a lot of movies and series on OTT Services providers. As they chill by watching movies, they need something to gorge on.
Chips and other crunchy food items never go out of fashion. You can start your own packaged food delivery services.
As food falls under the essential commodities category, you will face less to no hurdle in setting up one in times of pandemic. You can make huge money out of this and invest it in other avenues in later stages.
Coronavirus has pushed a lot of people to stay indoors. When the entire news medium is flooded with news about lay off and employees being chucked out from work, the news of small businesses doing well has come as a great hope to the budding entrepreneurs.
One can say that the pandemic has turned the entire game upside down. The small businesses that were once considered offbeat and less profitable are doing exceptionally well in these times.
The world is preparing itself for Post Covid-19 times. The budding entrepreneurs need to prepare themselves for the wider and newer challenges that lie ahead of them.
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I am Adeyemi Adetilewa, a media consultant, entrepreneur, husband, and father. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Ideas Plus Business Magazine, online business resources for entrepreneurs. I help brands share unique and impactful stories through the use of public relations, advertising, and online marketing. My work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success, Hackernoon, The Good Men Project, and other publications.