One of the beautiful things about being an entrepreneur is that you don’t have to invent a new product or pay for expensive office space. Sometimes, the best businesses involve everyday products and services and are usually something you can run from your home.
If your house has a decent sized garage, you can probably get started on your entrepreneurship dream by running a business out of your garage.
Here, we look at a few businesses you can start without paying huge sums of money for office space rent.
1) Website design
If you have a bit of training or experience in web design or some coding or technical skills, you can venture into websites design from the comfort of your garage. To start this business, all you will need is a computer and your internet connection.
Web design is a very lucrative business in today’s digital society, and so long as you can deliver an impressive job, you will always have a project to work on.
You can always talk to friends and family members, or people you have other business dealings with, telling them of your new business and asking for your first gigs.
As your workload increases, you can always outsource any spill over to other people in your line of business. While today’s websites no longer require too many technical skills, especially as you can now design a fully functional website with a CMS like WordPress, it is always best to have some form of training or experience, so that you will at least know what you are doing.
2) E-commerce venture
Another profitable business you can run from the comfort of your garage is an eCommerce operation. Since you will be selling your products online, you don’t need a physical office or much in terms of facility and equipment. All you need is your eCommerce website or app, your computer, and the right range of products.
Also, you can start your foray into the eCommerce world by running as an affiliate and selling other people’s products for a commission. This will reduce the amount of money you will need for your initial capital investment.
But the good thing about operating from your garage is that you can use your garage as a warehouse to keep your stock and from there, process and fulfil any order you get.
If you intend to warehouse products in your garage, it is vital that you take steps to make the place more secure, particularly the door. A garage door service should be able to tell you the best way to make your garage secure so that your goods are safe from thieves.
A bakery is another great business to start from your garage. If you have recipes for baked goods you know people will like, or you enjoy baking and producing mouth-watering confectioneries, then you can quickly turn this knowledge and hobby into a business.
Once you are ready to get started, look around your neighbourhood for cafes and shops you can partner with so that you can be supplying them with cakes and pastries. If you are diligent, your business can grow to the point where need to employ extra hands to meet your productivity quota.
However, before you start, be sure to find out what the law says about operating an oven from a garage and if there are any fire and safety permits or approval you need to obtain before commencing operation.
4) Laundry service
If you live in an area where people have to travel far to access laundry services, then you can solve this problem and make money doing so.
If you have enough space in your garage and spare change lying around, you can convert this space into a laundry and install a couple of washing machines and dryers, then offer laundry services to people in your neighbourhood.
Depending on the business system you want to adopt, you can operate the machines by yourself or allow your customers to handle their washing on their own. Simply be sure that you can make enough money to pay for light and water bills and still earn a profit.
5) Repair service
If you are good at working with broken items, then converting your garage into a repair centre will make a lot of sense. People in the neighbourhood can walk into your garage with their electrical and electronic gadgets that need fixing. You can even partner with another repair person who will share your garage space and fix other things you don’t know how to repair, such as jewellery, wristwatches, and so on.
All you need to do is set up your space and get the word out in the neighbourhood about your repair services. You can even print out flyers and place in strategic places where your target customers will see them.
As you can see, starting a business does not mean you have to pay lots of money for an office space. By repurposing your garage, you can save a lot of money on rent, while doing the thing you enjoy.
However, be sure to check with your local council to find out if you need permits or approval in order to run a business from your garage so that you don’t get into trouble with the law.
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