11 Great Business Ideas for 2017
11 Great Business Ideas for 2017
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Here are 11 new business ideas we think will be poised for success in 2017.
Car Repair Concierge
It is always time consuming and inconvenient to take a car in for repairs or scheduled service. It often requires that the car owner make alternative transportation arrangements for themselves and others while the vehicle is unavailable. Recent research shows that there are nearly 120,000 car repair and service type shops in the US that average nearly 60 vehicles a week through their doors.
Through all of this, there is a increasing need for those that the process as painful as possible.
Car service concierges can pick up your car at your work or home, take the car in for repairs or service and return it when the work is completed. The car service concierge can also provide rental cars for those who will be without the vehicle longer than a day.
The business is a great opportunity for individuals looking for a low cost, no inventory service type of the business to start and operate.
A major component of the recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was the cutting of Securities and Exchange Commission restrictions that prohibited crowdfunding. Crowdfunding allows groups of people to pool their money together to invest in startups. This pool of funds can be as small as $50 to $500 for each investor (person in the crowdfund).
With these constraints lifted, new startup business owners are turning to crowdfunding to help launch their new business. With the concept still new here in the United States, these business owners need help finding the best way to tap into this new source of investors. Opportunities now exist in organizing the crowdfund, educating the business owners about crowdfunding and potentially selecting businesses for a Crowdfund Group to invest.
A crowdfunding consultant helps others understand the practice and raise more money by helping plan, strategize and run campaigns to attract new backers. Crowdfunding is not quite fundraising and it is not quite pre-selling either. Crowdfunding is a whole new idea and business strategy.
With so many business owners looking for the cash to fund their new ventures, the need for crowdfunding consultants will grow over the years.
Today, the news is filled with stories of fires, floods and other tragedies around our country. These disasters can destroy years of hard work for a business owner. Then the reality sets in forcing many business owners to evaluate their own situation.
We are in a cycle of more frequent and severe weather events around the globe. These events are happening often. More and more leaders and business owners are realizing that if they are not prepared for these crisis events, the years of their hard work and growth can be lost within a moment’s notice.
The desire to be prepared for the worst is increasing the need for consultants who can help guide businesses through the necessary steps for protecting all the assets of their company in case of a natural or manmade disaster. This includes everything from the physical buildings to online documents. The demand for these services and experts to help these companies will only increase in the years to come.
Barriers and costs of publishing content have been decreasing and now the demand has been increasing at even a faster rate. It is easier to communicate today with books, blogs and social media posts. Audiences ready to devour the content.
Crafting that content can be tricky. Many companies are turning to ghostwriters to help organize and articulate their content to paper. Because of today’s technology and the Internet, publishing the written material is easier and cheaper than ever and sharing it has become even easier. All those words have to be written by someone and it could be you if you have the ability to write and organize information into written form.
Business leaders are authoring more books and articles to enhance their own credibility. These business leaders are using ghostwriters to help them author the books and articles. This is addition to the online writing opportunities today.
Some ghostwriters offer their services to these business leaders and show them a way to increase more and better speaking engagements, more appearances on business radio and television programs in addition to greater opportunities with their own clients. Great content can assist business leaders in building a foundation for a branding.
Businesses are feeling the pressure to adopt “green practices”. The pressure is growing for businesses to cut energy costs, reducing their carbon footprint and promote other green practices.
A recent study found that when over 80% of consumers are considering a purchase, these consumers consider a company’s history of sustainability as a factor of whether or not to buy from that company. If a business is aware of the premium that these consumers place on green companies, many of these businesses would look for sustainability consultants to help work through the process of becoming the type of company these consumers are look for today.
Business sustainability consultants provide consulting for companies that ultimately get the numerous benefits for going green. These benefits can include reduced costs, risks and liabilities. They can also experience increased employee retention, productivity and moral.
This is all quite new to many companies in the business world and they need help. Unfortunately, business schools did not have courses on sustainability five or ten years ago.
Multicultural Marketing Expert
Businesses are looking for new ways to connect with their customers. But many of these businesses are missing out altogether when it comes to connecting with minorities. Research data from the direct advertising firm AccurateLeads found that these businesses that don't target minorities are losing out on a $3 trillion market. Furthermore, the study shows many companies fail at reaching the minority customers because they don't take the time to understand that target market.
To reach those targeted shoppers, businesses must turn to individuals that are familiar with these minority target markets. The research showed that these individuals must recognize the places where these consumers reside and design a specific message not just for one ethnicity, but for cultures among those segments.
That's created an opening for individuals to assist the company marketers looking to stand out from the competition. That is truly more important today when minority populations are growing at a faster rate than Caucasians. Businesses that truly want to compete and succeed must tap into these minority markets.
The study also showed that the combined minority populations are the majority in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Las Vegas. It is very important that businesses don't ignore this data and they must start targeting these communities.
Outsourcing IT Functions
There is strong evidence from numerous studies that indicate that managed services can deliver significant cost savings, freeing up cash for other business needs. The studies have show this is the case even when implemented on a small scale. An important factor is that these savings can be accomplished without impacting the availability and reliability of the technology solutions the company already uses to conduct business.
Smart Product Developer
Smart products are going to be the next big thing and the possibilities are endless.
These smart products combine technology with everyday products to enhance functionality of those products. For instance, imagine a doorknob that knows whether to lock or unlock based on how a user grasps the doorknob. Or a smartphone that silences itself if the user holds a finger to their lips or a chair that can adjust the room lighting based on whether a person is reclining or leaning forward in the chair.
Researchers at Disney Research in Pittsburgh recently developed a new sensing technique that has the potential to enhance everyday objects via a single sensing electrode. The researchers know that this new technology can be used to create new and exciting ways for people to interact with objects and the world at large.
As more engineers and researchers work to develop smart products, retailers will be called upon to sell them. Getting involved now gives business owners the opportunity to be involved from the industry's beginning.
Strategic Technology Consulting
Strategic technology consulting is an innovative service that will continue to grow aggressively in 2013. As more companies struggle with cloud computing, scattered and complex technology and controlling offsite employees, there is more of need for an individual to assess the business operation and make recommendations for technological improvements that can provide significant business advantages and improvements.
Following a decline in the industry in the past few years during the recent recession, translation services are poised for huge growth.
According to recent research from IBISWorld, the Internet has been instrumental in increasing demand for translators. This is due to the fact that when businesses began moving into new countries, these companies used translations services to adapt websites and marketing materials to the new market regions.
These studies indicate that as companies focus on international growth over the next few years, these companies will turn to the translation industry to provide services specific to that new location. A growing population of immigrants is expected to contribute to further growth in the industry.
There is an immediate need for dual-language speakers with the ability to interpret speech from one language to another. These individuals can provide many services including document translation and the translation of website information into languages for use in other countries. These individuals have the advantage of computer translation software since they can take into account unique cultural and linguistic traits.
Our general population is growing older and living longer than ever before. The healthcare needs of this growing demographic group are growing exponentially.
Statistics show more nearly three million Americans are using a wheelchair for mobility. This mobility allows them greater independence in daily functioning, home life and the workplace. This wheelchair usage means there is a need for wheelchair maintenance and repair in addition to many other medical devices.
A recent study done just this year showed that nearly 55% of the existing wheelchair users reported one or more breakdowns requiring repairs between 2006 and 2011. So there is an immediate need for those who can fix both manual and electric wheelchairs quickly to get them back to those who depend on them in their everyday lives.