Unique small business ideas

Now that our new year is officially underway and everyone is back to the grindstone, it might be time to start looking at some of the goals you want to achieve in the next year for yourself both personally and professionally. For those of us who have an entrepreneurial spirit in our lives, we may even want to step away from the 9-5 jaunt and instead do something new for ourselves. If you are considering looking for a new career this year, here are some unique ones for you to try out.

Truck Driver

The first job which you can look into if you are no longer willing to sit in an office all day every day is opening up your own freight company. As far as skills go, you will need to be well versed in business, logistics, and finance for this job and it can be a really great career to go into. Freight companies are more and more in demand and this could be a great opportunity for you to be the head of something which works on an international scale. You’ll have the freedom to be on the roads at all times of the day and it can really take you to great places, figuratively and literally.

Private Lessons Instructor

If you have a skill which you aren’t utilising such as piano playing, painting, gardening or cooking: why not offer your services in the local area for people who want to learn a new skill or two? Being able to teach people something you know is an incredibly gratifying feeling and you will have the option of working at home or going out to local schools and centres to teach people. It’s the ideal way to use your skills to make a business which is fun and which can really thrive in the long term.

Event Planner

If most of your festive season as well as your summer is spent excitedly planning parties and events for your friends and family, why not do this full time? If you are an incredibly organised person and you have a knack for planning parties, an event planner can be the best job for you. You’ll be able to spend every day planning important events for others and you’ll be able to try out new things all the time. One day you could be planning a traditional wedding and the next you could be hosting a superhero party. Your days will be filled with looking at venues, speaking to clients and picking out colours.

Personal Trainer

If your new year’s resolution is to become fitter and stronger for yourself, you could use this to make a fulfilling career. Personal training is something anyone can do if they have a good workout and diet plan and as long as you spend time studying how the body works, you can really make a big difference to the lives of people in your local area and beyond. Helping people to better themselves is gratifying career choice and it can really make a good impact on your life too.


If you seem to always be the one controlling the speakers at a party, why not make a fun career out of it and become a DJ? You can purchase professional decks online and then spend some time practicing how to mix music and make some incredible playlists for parties and other events. The good thing about this kind of job is that it will mostly be in the evenings so you will be able to enjoy your days at home with your family.


If you find yourself a dab hand with a camera and you fancy yourself a little bit of an amateur YouTube star, you can use this skill to create some videos for companies and individuals. The main perk of having a job like this will be that you’ll be travelling around to scout out the best locations for video shoots and this can be a fun project to work on. Plus, you will have the creativity and the freedom to do anything you want with the project and it can be something which really gives you a sense of pride.


If an indoor job isn’t your style and you love being in the calm of the garden, you can consider setting up your own gardening business alone or with a family member. In the local area and beyond you will be able to go and mow lawns, prune trees, plant seeds and bulbs and maintain the beauty of the outside space of people’s homes. It can be a fun job because every garden will be different and you will be out in the fresh air which is always great compared to sitting in an office.

Massage Therapist

Are you a wizard with your hands? If you are great at releasing tension from people’s bodies every day, you can think about becoming a masseuse. This will give you the option to go freelance and travel around: or you can open up your own massage parlour in the area. It can be a lucrative business and over time you can add extra treatments and eventually open up a fully-fledged spa for your customers.

Pet Hotel Owner

We had to of course finish on a high, and what could be a more fun career option for 2019 than opening up your own dog hotel in the local area for people to use when they go on holiday? A dog hotel is a very real thing and it can honestly be a wonderful career option for everyone in your family and even your friends too. Think about finding a great location with a large outdoor area for running around during the day, and then you can create bedrooms for each dog to enjoy during their stay. Keep it simple or really go all in, the choice is yours, it will be a life changing career choice which will keep you on your toes every day!

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