In the UK, starting your own business has never been more popular than it is right now. Figures show that 80 new companies were created every hour in 2016, and when you consider the freedom and benefits that come with being our own boss, it’s easy to see why.
However, there’s a common misconception that to start your own business, you need to an entrepreneur with a million-dollar idea. Thankfully, this simply isn’t true.
In fact, there are many businesses you can start from home that utilise your DIY skills.
Cake Making and Decorating
Do you love baking or have a flair for decorating? Starting a cake doing a decorating business could be perfect. You could specialise in cute cupcakes, use icing to create figures and decorations, or design huge DIY sculptural wedding cakes.
This is an area that has huge business potential. Whether you’re a graphic designer and would love to make your own bespoke wallpaper, an illustrator who is considering creating wedding invitations, or someone with a great sense of humour who would like to make birthday cards. The possibilities are endless!
Upcycling and Repurposing
If you have a flair for woodwork, consider going into a furniture business. You could offer specialist services, such as refurbishing and restoring treasured antiques or creating one-of-a-kind bespoke pieces. Repurposing and upcycling furniture is another great option, too.
Repairs and Renovations
Almost everyone has those annoying little jobs that need doing, so if you enjoy DIY, selling your services and sorting those odd-jobs can be a great business idea. Whether it’s plastering a wall or building flat-pack furniture, to fixing the openings on cupboard doors or trunk lids.
If you’re interested in metal crafts, jewellery making could be a great way to go. If you’re a beginner, consider taking a class to learn the basics, or watch online tutorials. Getting your tools and production space set up is going to be one of the biggest challenges. Make sure you get a laser engraving machine and have plenty of raw material to work with. Once you’ve started creating, you can then set up an online store or contact local boutiques to sell your pieces.
Sewing, Knitting and Alterations
When it comes to sewing and knitting, there’s so much you can do. If you’re a whizz with a sewing machine, why not go into alterations? Offering bespoke bridal services could be a lucrative business. Or, take your knitting hobby to the next level and sell personalised blankets, bedding or knitwear.
There are so many DIY businesses you can start from home. If you’re not sure where to start, think about expanding your hobby, or starting something small as a side project. Working from home or ‘remote working’ as it is more often called today has been expedited with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you started your business in 2016-17, it’s probably rewarding you in many ways, one being profit. 🙂
If you’re considering your options, the suggestions above are relevant and arguably recession-proof so forge ahead with confidence and remember to use social media and a blog to promote your fledgeling business.