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If you want to become your own boss, or have a lucrative sideline that could be scaled up, you’ll be delighted to know that there’s lots of ideas for start-ups that you can get working on as soon as you finish reading here. This selection is but a few of the many one-man (or woman) enterprises that you can choose from.

Upcycling for profit

We all know that one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure, but it’s not just a saying, you can actually make money from it. If you’re a crafty sort of person, you can turn junk into jewellery, for example. Everyone loves quirky jewellery – Manchester’s Reuben Singh made his fortune out of fun accessories with his chain of Miss Attitude shops, for example. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can turn baby clothes into keepsake quilts or wall hangings.

Ladder to success

If you’re a dab hand with a shovel and a rake, you could make a decent living by doing the gardening tasks householders don’t have time to do. Most gardeners cut grass, but don’t want to do weeding, snow shovelling or putting up and taking down seasonal decorations. With a bit of promotion and a ladder, you could be a goer.

Kitchen table business

If you love to cook and bake, there’s an entire market out there waiting for your wares. You could start up a sandwich round for local businesses, or a cupcake service for parties and meetings. Of course you’ll need to comply with all the food hygiene regulations, and make sure to get regular Restaurant Hood Cleaning in Charleston (or in your business location) to mitigate hazards in your kitchen, but people love cakes!

Errands a go-go

People are working more hours these days, as well as looking after their families and trying to carve out some time to themselves. This means there’s always things left undone – the dry cleaning, walking the dog, buying supplies from out-of-town shops – which is where you could come in. If you have a mobile phone, a car (or even a bike) and a good reputation, you could fill in these gaps for people.


One of the side-effects of a longer working week and long commutes is that people can’t always nip home at lunchtime to walk the dog, or they may not be home in time in the evenings. If you’re organised, trustworthy and good with animals, you could become a dogwalker, as well as providing evening or weekend care for beloved pets of all kinds.

Speak the same language

Companies, even larger ones, don’t always have the budget to retain a translator, so they tend to hire one occasionally. If you have one or more foreign languages at your command, you could put them to good use by providing translation services to businesses, councils, hospitals and individuals.

A helping hand

For elderly people who want to stay in their own homes, a big factor is having someone nearby who can run errands and perform chores for them. Bringing in shopping, cleaning, paying bills and just being there for an older person provides company, independence and peace of mind for the family.

Andy McGowan
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