We all like the idea of having control over our time, working when we want and how we want to, and doing things at our own pace. These are good reasons to start your very own business. Then again, you may wonder what kind of business you should go into.

Well, there are actually a lot of business ideas out there. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for you. Just know that some businesses can give you heaps of profit, while others are only good for adding some cash to the income you already have. But whatever your goal may be, here are five business ideas for you to choose from.

Part-Time Businesses

Many people who want to start their own businesses also are employed. This means they cannot devote all of their time for their businesses. If you happen to be one of those people, consider starting a part-time business. The good thing about this is that you have full control of everything. You can set the standards, operating procedures, and targets yourself. Having a part-time business also involves having only a few staff, making management and performance monitoring easier. However, you need to really make time for the business, otherwise it will die out sooner than later. Also ensure that you don’t just treat it as a hobby. Treat it seriously, and it will seriously reward you soon enough!

Home-Based Startups

Thanks to the internet and mobile technology these days, your business may no longer need an office. You can run them from anywhere – even from your house! Many business ideas these days are based solely online, so it’s wise to cash into this trend yourself.

You could run a business based on the skills you have. For example, if you have a knack for graphic design, you can set up an online graphic design business. You may need to invest on some equipment, like a graphics tablet or better parts for your home PC. Even then, this is still a small investment compared to the capital you need for franchises and bigger businesses.

Low-Cost Businesses

If you’re a new entrepreneur on a tight budget, don’t worry. There are businesses that you can start for under £10,000 these days. There are even some that you can start without any capital outlay. Most probably you already have a PC or laptop, so you can start out being a freelance copywriter. If you have teaching experience, you could offer services as a personal tutor. And if you have a penchant for design, you can run a small graphic design business from home, just like the example above. Other good areas to start a business include green (environment friendly) industries, online advertising, and online retail.

Franchises

Running a franchise means you have to commit to it full-time. It is expensive, after all, so you don’t want your sizeable investment to go to waste. Despite the hefty price, there are some great advantages to it. One is the support and training you get from big-name brands. Another is their proven business model; you just have to follow it to get the franchise going. Additionally, you have the brand’s popularity to go with you. This means you don’t have to spend too much time on advertising and promotion, because the brand has already made a name for itself in the global market. The people who already know about the brand (and that’s a lot of people) serve as your client base as well.

Buying an Existing Business

This has a lot less risk than starting a new business from scratch. But of course, you have to make sure that the business you’re about to buy is legal, sound, and has the potential to give good returns. Most importantly, make sure that you can call it your own. After all, your objective is not to buy a job in a different company; you want to buy the proper business. If you can’t take charge of it, then it’s just as if you were working for another boss.

Just like in franchising, the business you will buy already has an established business model and client base. That takes a lot of the weight off of you, and you can focus on providing great quality and service to your customers. But unlike a franchise, you do not have to conform to a system; you can create your own rules. The legal rights to all aspects of the business are yours. You are free to run the business however you want to. You can even go as far as rebranding the business, which is really a way of calling it your own.