In the current climate, losing a job can be devastating. The safety net has been eroded by people who have so much money that they are never likely to need it and the prospect of finding another job looks grim. This is why many people are turning to self employment in one form or another. Becoming self employed and starting a business can be risky, but it is a risk that anyone can take. There is no requirement to be educated to degree level or have hundreds of thousands of pounds in the bank.
For the purposes of this article we are going to assume that the person starting the business has less that one thousand pounds to invest and is handin in DIY etc. How could they hope to make a good living? Read on.
It makes sense that the first activity is to work as a handyman. There is an aging population in this country and they are crying out for people to do little, or large, jobs for them on an as needed basis. Even the smallest job should be charged at fifteen pounds minimum. A handyman will need some tools and ladders from http://www.lbsbmonline.co.uk/ or the local DIY store. A trailer will also be needed carry equipment, and public liability insurance in case of mishap. Here are some tools and equipment they are likely to need.
- Electric Drill
- Cordless Drill
- General Purpose Saw
Being a handyman may encompass some of the other businesses listed below.
By outfitting a shed as a workshop, rabbit, or other pet hutches can be produced and sold to the public and local pet shops. The way to get established is to produce well designed, attractive hutches that are a little different from the standard ones. Only by producing incredible designs can anyone compete with the other workshops out there.
As with handymen, the older generation are always looking for someone reliable to keep the borders weed free and the lawn in shape. A petrol mower and strimmer are ideal for this job. The trailer comes in handy for moving from job to job.
Landscape gardening is a step further where more money can be made. By installing ponds and patios to a high standard it is possible to build a very big business indeed, as these services are in heavy demand at the moment. Making the garden into more than a place to grow plants is a big trend as people look for more places to entertain.
If the person can work meticulously and to a high standard, tiling may be a great business for them to enter into. This occupation is more involved than the others with more scope for the job to turn out badly. Tiling is well paid, however and always in great demand, so it is ideal for many people.
Often carpentry is a hobby, so why not make some money out of it? Hanging doors is a job that not all people can do so there is a demand for these skills. Stuck window frames and jamming doors, locks that need fitting, new door furniture, all of these things will earn money from people willing to pay.
Restore Old Furniture
Buy old furniture cheaply and, using joinery skills, renovate it sympathetically and apply new paint, varnish, or wood stain as required. This is a therapeutic pastime and is highly enjoyable for those which have an eye for detail. Success is achieved by selecting the best items to restore in the first place.
If someone is able to hang wallpaper, paint to a good standard, and work hard, decorating is a lucrative business. There are no special qualifications needed, just a requirement to be fit. A wallpaper pasting table and good quality paintbrushes are the tools of the trade here.
Repairing computers is easier than many people thing. It just takes confidence and some knowledge. Since computers are modular, most problems come down to finding the faulty part and replacing it. There aren’t many parts and the fault is usually obvious. Here are some of the usual suspects.
- Hard Drive
- Power Supply
- Graphics Card
It is very rare indeed these days, to find a faulty microprocessor.
Laminate Floor Fitter
Laminate floor fitting is a fairly straightforward job to someone who can use a tape measure and saw in straight lines. It is, however, hard work on the knees and the constant standing and kneeling needs a good level of fitness if they are to to the job for any length of time. It is likely that furniture will need to be moved and old carpets, or other floor covering, lifted to make way for the modern boards. Tools required for this job are few and are easily within the range that was listed for the handyman.
Classic Car Restoration
Restoring classic cars is a big hobby in this country and many people take it a step further once their skills are homed. It is just possible to build a shed as a workshop and outfit it with basic tools for under one thousand pounds. By starting with a cheap car the business can be built and enlarged as required. Many people have made their fortunes by restoring cars that bring a sense of nostalgia to their customers who are thinking back to happier times.
Lawn Mower Restoration
There is demand for high quality petrol engined mowers and, if restoring classic cars is out of the question, this is the next best thing. High end lawn mowers for commercial use are very expensive and reconditioned models are in demand.
Being self employed is a great way for people to earn good money and work the hours of their choosing. When taking on the kinds of work listed above, the main requirement to be successful is to be reliable. Turn up on time on the correct day and regular customers will soon mount up. There is no reason to stick to one of the above occupations, they can be mixed and matched as required. Hopefully, everything will work out well and it will be a life changing experience for those brave enough to take the leap. Do you fall into this category?