business-idea-534228_640Whether you take inspiration from the new series of Dragon’s Den, want to emulate the success stories of our famous business men and women, or have been excited by one of the business events taking place across our region, the chances are that you’re thinking about starting your own business in 2015. More and more people are discovering the joys and freedoms that being an entrepreneur brings and with the economy on the up again there’s never been a better time to turn your business dream into a reality. You may already know exactly what you want to do, but if you need a little extra help here are ten exciting business ideas for 2015.

1. Crafty Ideas With A Virtual Store

Selling goods online is simple and inexpensive thanks to sights such as Ebay, Etsy, and Shopify, and hand crafted goods are some of the quickest selling items. If you have a talent for arts and crafts, then you can make a substantial income from it. Let your imagination run wild and indulge your passion: you could paint unique and vivid seascapes, make bespoke outfits for dolls and teddy bears, or make hand sewn made measure clothing. If the quality is good and it stands out from the crowd you’ll find a willing and growing market ready to buy it. By using a virtual store you can create your own quirky brand without having to worry about the costs of bricks and mortar stores.

2. Healthy Living And Local Produce

One of the great themes of 2015 is healthy living. People are realizing the example of healthy living, and especially healthy food. One of the treasures of Greater Lincolnshire is our high quality, organically grown, locally produced food. Health and food lovers like nothing more than home produced food, and it’s a business that can quickly be upscaled whether you make honey, preserves, or supply fruit and vegetables. Food production standards have to be followed, of course, but this can be much easier than you think.

3. Translate Your Skills Into Cash

If you’re multilingual then you can turn that skill into a new career. With business becoming increasingly global translators are really in high demand. You can register your talents with an online agency or use freelancer websites such as Upwork to find individuals and businesses who need the language skills you can offer.

4. Walking The Dog

The United Kingdom is a nation of pet lovers, but we’re also becoming busier than ever. Time is precious, and many people who don’t even have the time to walk their dogs. That’s why dog walkers are in high demand in 2015, as are pet sitters. Yes, you can make a real career out of spending time with other peoples’ pets. If you’re mad about animals then this is certainly an entrepreneurial option worth considering.

5. Ride The Bicycling Surge

The Tour de France missed a trick when it stayed within Yorkshire during its opening in 2014 rather than crossing the border into Lincolnshire. With beautiful countryside, and wide open flat spaces it’s the perfect county for cycling. You’re sure to have noticed that cycling has become hugely popular, so do you have an idea that can make the most of our two wheeled passions? Coming up with a cycling related invention, or selling unique bicycle products can put you on the road to a rewarding new career.

6. Property Investment

Property is big news, with the housing market beginning to boom once more. It’s not only in London that house prices are on the rise, as people are looking to buy property in areas such as Greater Lincolnshire as well. Investing in property, particularly in the buy to let market, can bring in a lucrative second income, but there are many other ways to make money out of housing. You could start a business selling items that new homeowners really need, or provide your expertise to potential buyers and sellers.

7. Blog Your Way To Success

Blogs have transformed the internet in recent years, and the numbers of bloggers and viewers is still on the rise. If you’ve been blogging as a hobby, and finding that people are really interested in what you have to say, then why not think about turning it into your home business? Successful bloggers can bring in four figure monthly salaries on the back of advertising revenue generated by their sites. To create a successful blog you’ll need to find a topic that grabs the attention, update it regularly, and make your posts relevant, interesting, and fun yet authoritative.

8. Your Own Café Culture

Cafés have evolved, and a hip café culture is now attracting younger customers who are prepared to pay for high quality drinks and food. If you love luxurious modern teas and coffees, have a passion for high quality food, and love interacting with people, then you have all the skills you need to open a modern café or delicatessen with your own personality stamped all over it. There are lots of suitable properties out there, and you may be able to get loans and grants to help with start up costs.

9. Get Fancy With Furniture

Are you good with your hands? Do you have a creative mind? Furniture upcycling could be just your thing. You can buy old or unloved tables, desks and chairs very cheaply, and then transform them with paint or upholstery. This shabby chic look is very 2015, and can be very profitable whether you sell the results via a retail store, online, or at craft fairs.

10. Antique Expertise

Antique programs are dominating our television schedules, which shows that there is money to be made in things from yesteryear. Antique hunting allows you to make money out of the things you love. If you have a specialist knowledge of old books, furniture, coins, or records this will enable you to spot a bargain and then sell it on for its real value. Specializing in this way can help you start an antiques business that makes profits from the very start.

These are just ten of the great business ideas that can put you in charge of your own future, and there’s expert help and advice available whenever you need it at our business events, seminars, and via our website.