Many people are fearful of starting a business during a recession. Times are tough, and people are curbing their spending, which makes the idea of starting a business in a downturn economy even more daunting.
However, for many families and individuals affected by the recession (whether they lost their homes or their jobs), finding more ways to make a living or supplement income streams is a crucial need right now. Even for those still employed, many are thinking of putting in place a backup plan in case they are laid off from their jobs. Then there are those who have recently graduated from college or about to graduate and are finding it to be quite a challenge to find a job.
As such, starting a home business is a viable option for many. Home-based businesses are great during recession because of little to no overhead costs.
Even during these tough economic times, there are great income opportunities for those who are willing to take the risk. After all, the right time to start a business is when you have a great idea where your product or service benefits customers, recession or not. The right business idea can help you beat the odds and succeed even in a recession.
Here are some types of home-based businesses that thrive during an economic downturns and present opportunities for home-based entrepreneurs:
1. Food business.
Food is one business that remains strong during a recession. People still need to eat and drink no matter how bad the economy, though many are cutting on dining out and instead are staying at home and cook! People still line up in groceries to get their fresh bread supplies. Brides still need their wedding cakes, and so do children celebrating birthdays. The key is to customize your products to fit in your buyers’ shrinking budget. Sales of chocolates are also up as consumers treat themselves to smaller (and cheaper) indulgences that they can do from the comforts of their homes.
However, do check out your county’s laws regarding cooking and preparing food for commercial purposes from your home kitchen.
2. Financial advisor home business.
In times of confusion and fear — shrinking retirement funds, increasing debt, downhill investments, etc — there’s a huge number of people who need guidance on the steps they need to take. Small business owners are looking for advice on how to deal with unexpected financial constraints. Families and individuals may be looking for advice on how to manage their finances given their new budget reality. Investors, particularly retirees, need help in protecting their nest eggs and finding any opportunities in a down market.
3. Home staging.
With the real estate hardest hit by the recession, home sellers need all the help they can get to increase the appeal of their properties and find buyers. The real estate market has increasingly turned to home staging experts, who prepares the property for showing from furniture arrangement, landscaping, even removing funky smells in the house. Banks handling foreclosures and real estate agents are in need of home stagers to get their properties sold more quickly. This is one recession resistant home business that interior-decorating aficionados and those with a keen eye for design can seriously consider.
4. Auto Repair and Maintenance.
People tend to forego buying new cars when money becomes hard to come by and cheap credit is not as easy to get. Instead, they’re more likely to keep their cars, which entail spending money on car maintenance. As such, there is a big opportunity for this business when the market goes down. An auto repair business has a lot of opportunities in a recession. You can opt to go with an automobile franchise, or find a troubled shop with potential to buy at a bargain price.
5. “Green” Home Businesses.
Every industry is turning green, from manufacturing to fashion designing. Helping the environment is starting to seep into the mindset of the consumers, as more and more are turning to products and services that protect the environment. There are huge opportunities in a “green” home business, such as business opportunities offering environment-friendly gardening practices through organic products. Business waste consulting is also a growing field where home based entrepreneurs can advice businesses on how to efficiently deal with waste disposal, trim down their waste disposal costs and realize extraordinary savings.
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