18 possible ideas for your self-employment!

18 possible ideas for your self-employment!

Now it’s down to the nitty-gritty: the business idea. Basically, you can start your own business in any field. As long as there is a market for what you do, there is a chance that you will be successful. If you don’t have an idea of what you want to start your own business with, we have some inspiration for you here.

Here are all ideas at a glance:

  • Online store
  • Restaurant, café or store
  • Blogger
  • Author
  • Craftsman
  • Childminder
  • Photographer
  • Locksmith
  • Real estate agent
  • Personal trainer
  • Household help
  • Coach
  • Hairdresser
  • Educator
  • Truck driver
  • physiotherapist
  • Electrician
  • beautician

1. ONLINESHOP

If you’ve always wanted to sell your own products, whether it’s something homemade or as a middleman, having your own online store can be very profitable for you. Either you can build your own platform with the help of a website developer or you can take advantage of the opportunities offered by online marketplaces like Amazon.

If you decide to build your own store, you will have to do a bit more work. However, you are also completely independent and do not have to give up any of your earnings to any other provider. With providers like Amazon, you save the effort of storing and shipping your products. In return, however, Amazon would like to have a percentage of your income. Here you have to weigh up to what extent it is worthwhile for you to have your own store or whether it makes more sense for you to participate in

2. OPEN A RESTAURANT, CAFÉ OR STORE

Your own small café, your own boutique or your own restaurant – for many people it is a dream to own their own store one day. If you want to fulfill such a dream, you should think carefully about the concept and the location. Especially in big cities, there are many competitors who have similar plans. Here you need a unique selling point – something that others do not have. For a restaurant or café, for example, this would be that you only offer vegan dishes.

Of course, it is also possible to take over an existing store if the old owner no longer wants to run it. Here you save the brainstorming and some costs. However, you should first check exactly why the owner no longer wants to run the store. This way you can be sure that there will be no problems with the store.

3. BLOGGER

Even as a blogger you can start your own business and work full time on your blog. However, since there are already a lot of different blogs and blogging about every topic, you either have to be very creative and find a niche topic or your blog has to be better than the competition.

Once you have built up a good reach with your blog, there are several ways you can earn money with it. For example, you can place ads on your blog or cooperate with other companies. From a certain reach, bloggers are often contacted by companies so that they present their products on the blog. Affiliate marketing is also a very good way to monetize your blog.

4. AUTHOR

If you are a particularly creative person who really enjoys writing, you can also start your own business as an author. Writing books is not necessarily a profession that suits everyone, but it can be a lot of fun if you like writing stories. Of course, it doesn’t just have to be novels: Cookbooks or non-fiction books also need to be written by someone who has a clue in this field. So if you have a certain expertise in a subject area, the job as an author can be just right for you.

Here you can decide whether to self-publish your book or work with a publisher. Both can have advantages and disadvantages, which you should carefully consider beforehand.

5. CRAFTSMAN

If you have learned a trade, such as painting and varnishing, you should definitely think about becoming self-employed. After all, the skilled trades sector has been enjoying an excellent order situation for some years now. This is mainly due to the fact that fewer and fewer people are learning a skilled trade and the craftsmen are therefore completely understaffed. So if you open your own craft business, you can earn really good money. Of course, this is not something you can do quickly. Here, too, you need to read up thoroughly on how to set up a business. But if you are ready for it, the business can be really profitable for you.

6. DAY MOTHER

In the past, it was not uncommon to earn a little extra money on the side as a childminder. Today, things are a bit more complicated, as you have to adhere to strict guidelines. For example, you have to have acquired certain qualifications, for which you have to attend certain courses. In addition, you have to have certain premises that are child-friendly. For example, this means that you need a rest room, a play room and also a kitchen in your facility in order to provide the children with the best possible care. If all this is given, you can start your own business as a childminder.

7. PHOTOGRAPHER

If you like photography, you can also start your own business. Photographers are also constantly needed and also well paid. A classic example: photographers are always needed at weddings, but also at smaller local events. You can also earn a lot of money with your own photo studio, as many people still like to have family photos taken or a friends or couple photo shoot.

8. KEY SERVICE

Going into business for yourself with your own locksmith may not seem obvious at first. But in fact, it can also earn very good money. Have you ever locked yourself out and had to call a locksmith? Do you remember how much it cost you? Then you know at the latest now why it can be worthwhile. However, you must be aware that most of the money is made with the 24-hour emergency service. At night, people have the least desire to get a spare key from friends or family. This is where people prefer to call the locksmith. This means that you have to be available around the clock. If you don’t have a problem with this, it can also be a very profitable business.

9. MAKER

As a real estate agent, your job is to broker unoccupied real estate properties to potential tenants or buyers. Especially in times of housing shortage in big cities, it can be very profitable to work as a real estate agent. Because you won’t have any problems to place the properties to new tenants. 

In addition, more and more people are letting a real estate agent find them a new apartment. As a real estate agent you also have a wide range of tasks. After all, you not only have to broker the properties, but also provide competent advice to interested parties and manage the properties. These are tasks for which you need commercial skills and empathy.

10. PERSONAL TRAINER

The fitness and health industry is still a growth market that continues to boom. More and more people are focusing on healthy nutrition and fitness. If you know a lot about both, you can start your own business as a personal trainer. Unfortunately, knowledge alone is not enough. In order to work as a personal trainer, you need to obtain certain licenses. The fitness trainer B license allows you to enter the profession of a fitness trainer, so that you fulfill all the important basics. The extension to a higher level is the fitness trainer A license. Complementary to this, there is then the nutritionist training, which you will need if you want to provide comprehensive care to your clients and advise them on nutrition.

11. HOUSEHOLD HELP

The job as a domestic helper is for many rather known as an activity in addition to the main profession. In fact, however, it is possible to become self-employed on a full-time basis. In Germany, the services of domestic helpers are in high demand. Around one in ten private households is even prepared to pay for a domestic helper.

 What many people also don’t know is that the job of a household help goes beyond cleaning the apartment. For example, household helpers also help with preparing meals, with laundry, with gardening or even with childcare. This makes the job particularly varied and also very profitable, if you can agree on a good hourly wage with the customers. The only thing that is important is that the job is registered, otherwise you could be fined for moonlighting.

12. COACH

If you have great or special expertise in a certain area, you can also think about the job as a coach to start your own business. Many people think of the job as a motivational trainer, but a coach trains other people in all conceivable areas. Since the term coach is not a protected job title, no special training is required to practice it. The only important thing is that you have extensive expertise in a specific area. 

This can be, for example, leadership skills, work methodology or start-up consulting. If you decide to do the job as a coach, you have to register it with the tax office, just like any other job. In addition, as a coach it is important that your target group learns about you. Since there are now many coaches, you have to show off with good and convincing marketing.

13. HAIRDRESSER

The profession of hairdresser is one of the traditional crafts and will never go out of fashion. The profession of hairdresser becomes particularly profitable when you start your own salon. An important prerequisite for this is the title of master, although there are also some exceptions, as you can start your own business without this title. In addition, there are various ways in which you can become self-employed as a hairdresser. For example, as a mobile hairdresser, with a salon takeover, through franchising or by opening a completely new salon.

14. EDUCATOR

If you want to become a self-employed educator, you must be aware that this is linked to strict requirements. Here you need an appropriate education, suitable premises to care for children, high organizational skills, a good way to deal with stress and the willingness to accept irregular working hours. If you can do all of this, then self-employment as an educator may be an option for you. This can also be really rewarding, because the earning potential here is anything but bad. The most important thing here is that you develop a good concept and record it in a business plan.

15. TRUCK DRIVER

If you want to start your own business as a truck driver, you basically want to establish a transport company in the road haulage industry. Here you should adhere exactly to the requirements of the IHK. You have to submit some proofs and you have to fulfill certain requirements. Among other things, you must prove the financial capacity of the company to be founded, provide proof of entrepreneurial reliability and prove your professional suitability as a self-employed driver.

16. PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Physiotherapist is a profession with which it is also good to be self-employed. However, it is important that you have already gained some years of experience in your profession as a physiotherapist. Of course, this requires that you have completed a state-recognized physiotherapeutic training.

 It can be particularly helpful if you have already gained several years of experience, especially with regard to patient contact. After that, it is important to take care of the other basic conditions. For example, you should consider whether you want to apply for a health insurance license in order to be able to bill the statutory health insurance funds for services.

17. ELECTRICIAN

Craftsmen are still very much in demand and can therefore still enjoy many orders. All the more you should think about your own self-employment as an electrician. Here, however, it must be said directly that you usually have to have a master’s degree to become self-employed, since the profession of electrician is one of the professions that requires licensing.

 In fact, however, it is also possible without a master title if you can already prove six years of professional experience. If you have then decided to become self-employed, it is advisable to also make technical innovations in order to stand out from the competition. This could be specializing in photovoltaic systems or smart home systems, for example.

18. COSMETICIAN

More and more people invest money in their appearance. So it makes sense to think about self-employment as a beautician. Ideally, this requires training as a beautician. If you don’t have this, however, you can also build up your specialist knowledge through various further training courses. In addition, you should also have commercial expertise. Because when you open your own studio, you will also be the manager of your own company. So you take care of the bookkeeping and have to calculate the prices so that you go home with a profit at the end of the day.

Now it’s down to the nitty-gritty: the business idea. Basically, you can start your own business in any field. As long as there is a market for what you do, there is a chance that you will be successful. If you don’t have an idea of what you want to start your own business with, we have some inspiration for you here.

Here are all ideas at a glance:

  • Online storeRestaurant, café or storeBloggerAuthorCraftsmanChildminderPhotographerLocksmithReal estate agentPersonal trainerHousehold helpCoachHairdresserEducatorTruck driverphysiotherapistElectricianbeautician

1. ONLINESHOP

If you’ve always wanted to sell your own products, whether it’s something homemade or as a middleman, having your own online store can be very profitable for you. Either you can build your own platform with the help of a website developer or you can take advantage of the opportunities offered by online marketplaces like Amazon.

If you decide to build your own store, you will have to do a bit more work. However, you are also completely independent and do not have to give up any of your earnings to any other provider. With providers like Amazon, you save the effort of storing and shipping your products. In return, however, Amazon would like to have a percentage of your income. Here you have to weigh up to what extent it is worthwhile for you to have your own store or whether it makes more sense for you to participate in

2. OPEN A RESTAURANT, CAFÉ OR STORE

Your own small café, your own boutique or your own restaurant – for many people it is a dream to own their own store one day. If you want to fulfill such a dream, you should think carefully about the concept and the location. Especially in big cities, there are many competitors who have similar plans. Here you need a unique selling point – something that others do not have. For a restaurant or café, for example, this would be that you only offer vegan dishes.

Of course, it is also possible to take over an existing store if the old owner no longer wants to run it. Here you save the brainstorming and some costs. However, you should first check exactly why the owner no longer wants to run the store. This way you can be sure that there will be no problems with the store.

3. BLOGGER

Even as a blogger you can start your own business and work full time on your blog. However, since there are already a lot of different blogs and blogging about every topic, you either have to be very creative and find a niche topic or your blog has to be better than the competition.

Once you have built up a good reach with your blog, there are several ways you can earn money with it. For example, you can place ads on your blog or cooperate with other companies. From a certain reach, bloggers are often contacted by companies so that they present their products on the blog. Affiliate marketing is also a very good way to monetize your blog.

4. AUTHOR

If you are a particularly creative person who really enjoys writing, you can also start your own business as an author. Writing books is not necessarily a profession that suits everyone, but it can be a lot of fun if you like writing stories. Of course, it doesn’t just have to be novels: Cookbooks or non-fiction books also need to be written by someone who has a clue in this field. So if you have a certain expertise in a subject area, the job as an author can be just right for you.

Here you can decide whether to self-publish your book or work with a publisher. Both can have advantages and disadvantages, which you should carefully consider beforehand.

5. CRAFTSMAN

If you have learned a trade, such as painting and varnishing, you should definitely think about becoming self-employed. After all, the skilled trades sector has been enjoying an excellent order situation for some years now. This is mainly due to the fact that fewer and fewer people are learning a skilled trade and the craftsmen are therefore completely understaffed. So if you open your own craft business, you can earn really good money. Of course, this is not something you can do quickly. Here, too, you need to read up thoroughly on how to set up a business. But if you are ready for it, the business can be really profitable for you.

6. DAY MOTHER

In the past, it was not uncommon to earn a little extra money on the side as a childminder. Today, things are a bit more complicated, as you have to adhere to strict guidelines. For example, you have to have acquired certain qualifications, for which you have to attend certain courses. In addition, you have to have certain premises that are child-friendly. For example, this means that you need a rest room, a play room and also a kitchen in your facility in order to provide the children with the best possible care. If all this is given, you can start your own business as a childminder.

7. PHOTOGRAPHER

If you like photography, you can also start your own business. Photographers are also constantly needed and also well paid. A classic example: photographers are always needed at weddings, but also at smaller local events. You can also earn a lot of money with your own photo studio, as many people still like to have family photos taken or a friends or couple photo shoot.

8. KEY SERVICE

Going into business for yourself with your own locksmith may not seem obvious at first. But in fact, it can also earn very good money. Have you ever locked yourself out and had to call a locksmith? Do you remember how much it cost you? Then you know at the latest now why it can be worthwhile. However, you must be aware that most of the money is made with the 24-hour emergency service. At night, people have the least desire to get a spare key from friends or family. This is where people prefer to call the locksmith. This means that you have to be available around the clock. If you don’t have a problem with this, it can also be a very profitable business.

9. MAKER

As a real estate agent, your job is to broker unoccupied real estate properties to potential tenants or buyers. Especially in times of housing shortage in big cities, it can be very profitable to work as a real estate agent. Because you won’t have any problems to place the properties to new tenants. 

In addition, more and more people are letting a real estate agent find them a new apartment. As a real estate agent you also have a wide range of tasks. After all, you not only have to broker the properties, but also provide competent advice to interested parties and manage the properties. These are tasks for which you need commercial skills and empathy.

10. PERSONAL TRAINER

The fitness and health industry is still a growth market that continues to boom. More and more people are focusing on healthy nutrition and fitness. If you know a lot about both, you can start your own business as a personal trainer. Unfortunately, knowledge alone is not enough. In order to work as a personal trainer, you need to obtain certain licenses. The fitness trainer B license allows you to enter the profession of a fitness trainer, so that you fulfill all the important basics. The extension to a higher level is the fitness trainer A license. Complementary to this, there is then the nutritionist training, which you will need if you want to provide comprehensive care to your clients and advise them on nutrition.

11. HOUSEHOLD HELP

The job as a domestic helper is for many rather known as an activity in addition to the main profession. In fact, however, it is possible to become self-employed on a full-time basis. In Germany, the services of domestic helpers are in high demand. Around one in ten private households is even prepared to pay for a domestic helper.

 What many people also don’t know is that the job of a household help goes beyond cleaning the apartment. For example, household helpers also help with preparing meals, with laundry, with gardening or even with childcare. This makes the job particularly varied and also very profitable, if you can agree on a good hourly wage with the customers. The only thing that is important is that the job is registered, otherwise you could be fined for moonlighting.

12. COACH

If you have great or special expertise in a certain area, you can also think about the job as a coach to start your own business. Many people think of the job as a motivational trainer, but a coach trains other people in all conceivable areas. Since the term coach is not a protected job title, no special training is required to practice it. The only important thing is that you have extensive expertise in a specific area. 

This can be, for example, leadership skills, work methodology or start-up consulting. If you decide to do the job as a coach, you have to register it with the tax office, just like any other job. In addition, as a coach it is important that your target group learns about you. Since there are now many coaches, you have to show off with good and convincing marketing.

13. HAIRDRESSER

The profession of hairdresser is one of the traditional crafts and will never go out of fashion. The profession of hairdresser becomes particularly profitable when you start your own salon. An important prerequisite for this is the title of master, although there are also some exceptions, as you can start your own business without this title. In addition, there are various ways in which you can become self-employed as a hairdresser. For example, as a mobile hairdresser, with a salon takeover, through franchising or by opening a completely new salon.

14. EDUCATOR

If you want to become a self-employed educator, you must be aware that this is linked to strict requirements. Here you need an appropriate education, suitable premises to care for children, high organizational skills, a good way to deal with stress and the willingness to accept irregular working hours. If you can do all of this, then self-employment as an educator may be an option for you. This can also be really rewarding, because the earning potential here is anything but bad. The most important thing here is that you develop a good concept and record it in a business plan.

15. TRUCK DRIVER

If you want to start your own business as a truck driver, you basically want to establish a transport company in the road haulage industry. Here you should adhere exactly to the requirements of the IHK. You have to submit some proofs and you have to fulfill certain requirements. Among other things, you must prove the financial capacity of the company to be founded, provide proof of entrepreneurial reliability and prove your professional suitability as a self-employed driver.

16. PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Physiotherapist is a profession with which it is also good to be self-employed. However, it is important that you have already gained some years of experience in your profession as a physiotherapist. Of course, this requires that you have completed a state-recognized physiotherapeutic training.

 It can be particularly helpful if you have already gained several years of experience, especially with regard to patient contact. After that, it is important to take care of the other basic conditions. For example, you should consider whether you want to apply for a health insurance license in order to be able to bill the statutory health insurance funds for services.

17. ELECTRICIAN

Craftsmen are still very much in demand and can therefore still enjoy many orders. All the more you should think about your own self-employment as an electrician. Here, however, it must be said directly that you usually have to have a master’s degree to become self-employed, since the profession of electrician is one of the professions that requires licensing.

 In fact, however, it is also possible without a master title if you can already prove six years of professional experience. If you have then decided to become self-employed, it is advisable to also make technical innovations in order to stand out from the competition. This could be specializing in photovoltaic systems or smart home systems, for example.

18. COSMETICIAN

More and more people invest money in their appearance. So it makes sense to think about self-employment as a beautician. Ideally, this requires training as a beautician. If you don’t have this, however, you can also build up your specialist knowledge through various further training courses. In addition, you should also have commercial expertise. Because when you open your own studio, you will also be the manager of your own company. So you take care of the bookkeeping and have to calculate the prices so that you go home with a profit at the end of the day.

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