If you had to set up your own business right now what could it realistically be?

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Anything business you would be capable of starting and running right now. For example: an online business? a restaurant? a consulting firm? sales, marketing, recruitment? Perhaps a charity or an ngo? Fashion design?

I feel like this is a silly question, but an important one, which is why I have chosen to post this anonymously😊.
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Anything business you would be capable of starting and running right now. For example: an online business? a restaurant? a consulting firm? sales, marketing, recruitment? Perhaps a charity or an ngo? Fashion design?

I feel like this is a silly question, but an important one, which is why I have chosen to post this anonymously😊.
So you have answered your own question quite well?
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Well, I already have my own registered business - I'm a writer/editor/proofreader and provide content, mostly for websites and blogs.

But, there is another business I have wanted to set up for years.

Being self employed has made me realise just how difficult it can be to work from home sometimes. Plus, hiring an office is expensive unless you're a big earner.

So I have wanted to create a sort of internet cafe, but aimed towards productivity rather than socialising. I have pretty much designed it, and know where I'd get everything - it's just I don't have the money for the initial investment.

I would want to go down the road of renting desks by the day, hour, week.. whatever. And also provide a corner for those who just want to eat/drink without settling down to work.

I also want to provide cheaper study areas for students, as I know it can be hard to get enough work done at home sometimes. So perhaps a student package of say a few quid for a couple of hours to study, plus a free drink, healthy snack, and WiFi code. Also access to things such as paper, printing services, meeting booths.. It's all in my head, but I don't have the money to start it.

There's nothing like that where I am at the moment. The closest is Costa, but that's not really a suitable working environment as it can just get too busy and noisy.

It'll never happen, but I can at least think about it.
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I have my own small business selling art but it's only really a hobby. If I wanted something full time I'dwork on growing it.
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(Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
Well, I already have my own registered business - I'm a writer/editor/proofreader and provide content, mostly for websites and blogs.

But, there is another business I have wanted to set up for years.

Being self employed has made me realise just how difficult it can be to work from home sometimes. Plus, hiring an office is expensive unless you're a big earner.

So I have wanted to create a sort of internet cafe, but aimed towards productivity rather than socialising. I have pretty much designed it, and know where I'd get everything - it's just I don't have the money for the initial investment.

I would want to go down the road of renting desks by the day, hour, week.. whatever. And also provide a corner for those who just want to eat/drink without settling down to work.

I also want to provide cheaper study areas for students, as I know it can be hard to get enough work done at home sometimes. So perhaps a student package of say a few quid for a couple of hours to study, plus a free drink, healthy snack, and WiFi code. Also access to things such as paper, printing services, meeting booths.. It's all in my head, but I don't have the money to start it.

There's nothing like that where I am at the moment. The closest is Costa, but that's not really a suitable working environment as it can just get too busy and noisy.

It'll never happen, but I can at least think about it.
I love this idea , you should def go for it , the profits would be unimaginable , ik a lot of people looking for cafes like these
You will get there , dont give up !!
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I love this idea , you should def go for it , the profits would be unimaginable , ik a lot of people looking for cafes like these
You will get there , dont give up !!
Thanks I just don't have the money to start it right now. I have worked out some numbers with various pricing structures, and I've spoken to other self employed people in the area, and it does seem that there would be some interest.

Plus, if the people using it are registered as self employed, they can claim back anything they pay for desk space via tax, so as long as they're earning enough on an annual basis, it's pretty much free for them anyway.
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Betta splenden breeder.

It's costly to do properly due to the fish being an aggressive species and needing to be separated (not to mention there can be ~200 in a single spawn), so for now it remains a retirement dream.
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A hamster pet sitting service
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Anything business you would be capable of starting and running right now. For example: an online business? a restaurant? a consulting firm? sales, marketing, recruitment? Perhaps a charity or an ngo? Fashion design?

I feel like this is a silly question, but an important one, which is why I have chosen to post this anonymously😊.
Take a look at where you live try to identify gaps in the market, pet walking and sitting is becoming increasingly demanding due to peoples busy lifestyles anything that could last is a good business idea
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So that you can steal my idea?

No, thanks.
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I can see this working out...maybe you could find funding from a venture capitalist firm? or try a normal retail bank first maybe? Funding can be found if you look for it, and if its a good idea. Lastly you could always look for personal investors! Go for it!
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So you have answered your own question quite well?
I've listed a couple of general ideas but nothing really specific, I was thinking someone could maybe expand on what they would actually do, i.e. an online business - what sort of business and how that would actually bring money/revenue.
(Original post by xoxAngel_Kxox)
Well, I already have my own registered business - I'm a writer/editor/proofreader and provide content, mostly for websites and blogs.

But, there is another business I have wanted to set up for years.

Being self employed has made me realise just how difficult it can be to work from home sometimes. Plus, hiring an office is expensive unless you're a big earner.

So I have wanted to create a sort of internet cafe, but aimed towards productivity rather than socialising. I have pretty much designed it, and know where I'd get everything - it's just I don't have the money for the initial investment.

I would want to go down the road of renting desks by the day, hour, week.. whatever. And also provide a corner for those who just want to eat/drink without settling down to work.

I also want to provide cheaper study areas for students, as I know it can be hard to get enough work done at home sometimes. So perhaps a student package of say a few quid for a couple of hours to study, plus a free drink, healthy snack, and WiFi code. Also access to things such as paper, printing services, meeting booths.. It's all in my head, but I don't have the money to start it.

There's nothing like that where I am at the moment. The closest is Costa, but that's not really a suitable working environment as it can just get too busy and noisy.

It'll never happen, but I can at least think about it.
That's actually a great business idea in my opinion.
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I have my own small business selling art but it's only really a hobby. If I wanted something full time I'dwork on growing it.
Nice, that's a really good start. What sort of art is it and how much do you "spend" on making this art and for how much do you sell? I understand that it is mostly a hobby at this stage
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I love this idea , you should def go for it , the profits would be unimaginable , ik a lot of people looking for cafes like these
You will get there , dont give up !!
Same - it's really interesting.
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Betta splenden breeder.

It's costly to do properly due to the fish being an aggressive species and needing to be separated (not to mention there can be ~200 in a single spawn), so for now it remains a retirement dream.
That's an interesting idea I'm not familiar with the Aquarium / amphibious industry. I've googled this and I've heard of Siamese fighting fish, but not in any detail
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A hamster pet sitting service
Nice
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I can see this working out...maybe you could find funding from a venture capitalist firm? or try a normal retail bank first maybe? Funding can be found if you look for it, and if its a good idea. Lastly you could always look for personal investors! Go for it!
Which idea are you referring to? Thanks
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Oh sorry, I was replying to the idea about the study café.
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I've listed a couple of general ideas but nothing really specific, I was thinking someone could maybe expand on what they would actually do, i.e. an online business - what sort of business and how that would actually bring money/revenue.

That's actually a great business idea in my opinion.

Nice, that's a really good start. What sort of art is it and how much do you "spend" on making this art and for how much do you sell? I understand that it is mostly a hobby at this stage

Same - it's really interesting.

That's an interesting idea I'm not familiar with the Aquarium / amphibious industry. I've googled this and I've heard of Siamese fighting fish, but not in any detail

Nice

Which idea are you referring to? Thanks
You could consider selling your favourite products online? You train in a trade such as gas engineer or electrician and then start up your own self employed business like my friend did.
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Nice, that's a really good start. What sort of art is it and how much do you "spend" on making this art and for how much do you sell? I understand that it is mostly a hobby at this stage
I spend very little. A card costs under 10p for the card, 10-15 minutes to produce and I sell for £4-7. A notebook is around £1 to buy and I sell for £10 (30-45 min work). A sketchbook is £5 to buy, 30-45 min work and I sell for £18-25. A pet portrait is maybe 50p for the paper, 30-60 min work and i sell for 25-60£ depending on size.

Then there's listing fees on etsy 20p per item.

I do drawings of animals mostly although I've done commissions of people. I do a lot of custom work with people's pets on.
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