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Calling Out To The Inner-Entrepreneur In You

Are you the type of person that finds it monotonous to stick to a routine lifestyle with a typical 9-5 job? Where you sit behind the glaring light of a computer screen all day, go home, eat, sleep and repeat? It might be safe to assume that an office job is not your calling. But what better time is there than now, to reflect and renew your career goals.

According to the Financial Times, statistics for start-up businesses in the UK last year were at 660,000 which is a massive increase from 608,000 in 2015. The prospect of starting up your own business and doing something you love may seem like an unconquerable task at first, because you might not know where to begin. But thanks to accessible and affordable cloud based technology and convenient schemes to finance a new venture, your dream of becoming your own boss may be much closer than you think.

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Ryan Holmes, Co-founder of the immensely successful social media management platform, Hootsuite quotes: “When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself.”

So with that thought in mind, here are a few ambitious start-up ideas for you to consider:


1. Social Media Management
 – Who doesn’t have a Facebook account these days, right? Social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat and YouTube have almost become a day-to-day part of our lives as people dedicate a considerable portion of their day to browse, communicate and shop. Even if you don’t have any experience in social media management, there are plenty of free online courses as well as paid courses offered by many education providers today. What’s more, you can turn this into a work-from-home job, saving you the trouble of getting yourself some office space. This is a trend that is unlikely to die out any time soon and with time, more and more platforms will be released each year. Digital marketing start-up companies such as Redberries have become extremely successful despite being a small-scale business.

2. Event Management – Talk about a fun business venture! Much like being a social media manager, you can start out small at the comforts of your home and meet with potential clients at a café or restaurant. All it takes is some creativity to design a fancy business page on Facebook and Instagram and you’re good to go. You can rely on your acquaintances to get the word around that there’s a new event planner in town and think about paid ads through social media, once business picks up a little. There’s the added satisfaction you get at the end of successfully pulling off a wedding or a 21st birthday party celebration, because it means you get to make a lot of people happy. Let’s also throw in all those free drinks and food that you get to enjoy when attending such events.

3. Professional Photographer – People nowadays pay good money for professional photography. Sure anyone can click a picture even with a phone, but today, photography is considered a form of art and sign up for courses to study further about it. If you are passionate about photography, then why not make a career out of it? The only monetary investment you will have to make is for a good camera. Thanks to social media, it won’t be hard to establish yourself as a businessman or businesswoman. What could be more satisfying than clicking pictures of the happiest moments of people’s lives, helping them to capture memories that they could treasure forever.

4. Matcha Tea Sales – Matcha tea is rapidly growing in popularity due to its various nutritional benefits. Packed with antioxidants, this tea helps improve metabolism and helps detoxify the body. Owing to its versatility, matcha tea is now being increasingly used as a core ingredient in various recipes such as matcha pancakes (which is surprisingly delicious by the way). Tea is easily the second most popular drink after water and with more and more people being concerned about drinking tea to promote a healthier lifestyle; this is a great business idea to make money. Matcha tea and other tea accessories can easily be obtained through online distributors such as AliExpress or eBay. Unlike other start-up ideas, this venture needs some careful research to evaluate your best options on how to obtain the products. The marketing part is more easier and you can simply take to social media as well as kick start a blog that promotes the benefits of drinking matcha tea and throw in a few different recipes as well.

5. Meal Planning – Fitness and all things fitness-related are fast becoming a popular trend. More and more people can be seen investing in a gym membership or purchasing fitbits to track the number of calories burned on a daily basis. In fact, every time you go on Instagram, you are most likely to see sponsored ads of fitness instructors promoting workout plans. To compliment this ongoing trend, becoming a meal planner is an interesting concept to pursue. For those who have no clue what to eat and what not to eat, what foods contain protein and what foods contain those deadly carbs, a meal planner can provide customised meal plans to suit each individual’s lifestyle and budget. This could easily be a home-operated business and a fun one at that, too. 


The first few steps taken towards your new business venture may seem difficult at first and there is always an element of risk involved. But success cannot be achieved without hard work. Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone says ”Passion, creativity and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.”

An MBA degree in Entrepreneurship can provide you with just the right skills you need to chase after your entrepreneurial dreams. Skills such as negotiation, leadership, decision making and business management taught through an MBA are just what you need to shift the odds of success in your favour.

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