As the witty George Burns once said, “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” Unless you find work that fulfills you, you will probably be frustrated and bored every working day.
While a large majority of people consider the dismal experience of going to a job they hate to be just the way life works, others find work that deeply satisfies them. However, what do you do if you can’t find the right work? In this case, you might decide to start your own business.
Starting your own business is difficult, and you may have a long road ahead before you make it a success. However, your chances of success increase by many levels of magnitude if you choose something that you naturally enjoy doing because you will then have the passion to push through the inevitable obstacles that stand in your way.
With that in mind, here are 5 ideas for different types of personal service businesses you could start:
- Massage Therapist:
Do you want to help people reduce stress or recover from an illness or injury? If you do, then you might be interested in becoming a massage therapist.
If you want to become a massage therapist, you will have to enroll in a massage therapy education program. On average, you will need about 1,000 hours of training to earn $60 or more an hour. After you’re qualified, you can start your own business, renting a small office and create a clientele by giving demo massages with a portable massage chair at places like health food stores for a $1 a minute.
If you’d rather not build a practice, you have many other possible choices, including working as a private contractor or employee for a health practitioner, a health club, a sports team, a hotel, spa, or salon.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) , the first step is to finish “ a training program at a massage therapy school that will qualify you to practice in the location you choose.” Then, after you graduate, the second step is to “meet the requirements of your state or municipality (such as obtaining a license or other credential, if you practice in an area where massage therapy is regulated). This will most likely require passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).”
- Professional Organizer:
Do you love to sort things out, turn chaos into order, and help people become more efficient and productive? If you do, then you might be interested in becoming a professional organizer.
Busy households and businesses often get overwhelmed by their workload. In time, clutter builds up into chaos and confusion. As a professional organizer, you will be working with all sorts of issues.
- You might help a small office reorganize their filing cabinet.
- You might assist a housewife reorganize her entire home.
- You might help a computer store to get their defective returns organized in categories to return to the manufacturers.
However, you’ll be doing more than helping people sift and sort, label and store things, you’ll also be teaching people systems to stay organized after you’re done with getting them all sorted out.
- Party planner:
When people have big events, from a dinner party to a corporate event, they often get stressed by all the details. As a party planner, you will manage all the services that they will need so that the host, manager, or community leader can have a well-organized party. You might even specialize as a children’s birthday party planner or a wedding planner.
Do you have academic skills that are in high demand? Perhaps, you’re good at math or speak more than one language? If you do, then you might be interested in becoming a tutor.
Many students struggle in school and need additional help to catch up. Others are preparing for a professional certification and need someone to coach them. Often parents of home schooled children may need help with a subject for which they have little knowledge of experience like math. You can even coach online, using a video conferencing app like Skype or Zoom and teach someone in another country.
- Personal Trainer:
Do you find it easy to diet and exercise? You’ve spent years learning how to stay in shape. Perhaps, you lift weights, run, and do yoga. If you do, then you might be interested in becoming a personal trainer because what comes easily to you is hard for other people.
Your chances of finding clients will increase significantly if you can get certified by a recognized organization. This will assure clients that you understand correct exercise mechanics and can set up realistic exercise routines and dietary plans for them. It will also be easier for you to be allowed to teach classes in studios or help clients learn how to use the exercise equipment in a gym.
The Value of Certification
If you do decide to offer personal services, you should get certified in the work you do if it’s a commonly accepted practice. This will make it easier to convince clients to hire you. It will also allow you to approach companies in a position to provide you with clients. For instance, a gym is unlikely to recommend your services to their members if you’re a certified fitness trainer.