18 business ideas to launch in 2022

Translation of an article by Jamie Walker originally published on Maddyness UK.

1. Get interested in NFTs

Who really understood what NFTs were for (non-fungible tokens or “non-fungible tokens” in good French). Now is the time to take a serious look at these tamper-proof digital certificates of ownership that are shaking up the art market. By 2021, this new market already represented $40 billion… or $10 billion less than its brick-and-mortar competitor. Did these numbers pique your curiosity? The digital Ethereum platform has created a small guide to get started here.

2. Create your own newsletter

Creating a newsletter on a specific topic is a great way to bring together a community that shares the same interests as you. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly… whatever the frequency, as long as it offers content that combines relevant information, announcements, offers and trends.

It is not a business in itself, but an excellent marketing tool to promote your brand or grow a business using the influence of your subscribers. It can also be used to direct readers to its products or create a paid advertising system.

3. Hold a stall in the market

The oldest ideas are the best. Do you make jewelry? Are you a fan of homemade hot sauce? Why not introduce them to the local market? Epicenter of coziness and closeness, the non-seated trade is an excellent way to test, not only the interest in your products, but also your brand image. And of course developing your network while meeting merchants with whom you can exchange advice and best practices.

4. Become a wellness coach

After Covid has somewhat abused our mental health and freedom of expression, there is a niche to be taken on the wellness side. Note for yoga, meditation, quidditch or fitness enthusiasts, but also for personal development or rigology enthusiasts. Any activity that helps with anxiety, depression and loneliness can potentially appeal to anyone who needs an outlet. Your hobby may hide a professional activity or, who knows, a retraining.

5. Pass the driving instructor diploma

The long queues to pass the driving test prove that this learning market has not dried up. The advantage if you choose to be an independent driving instructor is that you can choose your own working hours. If there are several training courses, this profession is only available with a specific diploma, provided by approved centers.

6. Walk with other people’s dogs!

The end of 100% remote work has come and employees are back in the office. Too bad for all the pets who had grown accustomed to this pleasant presence. What if you were the savior of employees who refuse to leave their dog alone with his bowl and want to take care of their pet? It’s easy to get started: Create a simple but effective website with your name, contact information and prices. All that’s left is to circulate the QR code of this new activity to find your prospects and customers!

7. Go freelance

Plus 33% in 6 years: freelancing is on the rise. Want to join the community of 1 million solopreneurs and deconstruct 4 received ideas about this status? First, choose the skill you want to earn money from (writer, web developer, data scientist). Next step: Create a profile on the many freelance platforms: Fiverr, Upwork, Malt, 99designs, Codeur, 404Works, Kang… There are almost as many as dating apps.

8. Create websites

All businesses, even the smallest, need a shop window. Today we can certainly create one quickly without even knowing how to code. But to stand out from the competition, it’s always better to delegate this task to connoisseurs… namely web designers! Whether we like it or not, marketing rains and shines over consumer behavior. Don’t panic if you haven’t mastered the basics yet, there are tons of online training courses, including free ones. To find your way through the mountain of content: see the thumbs up. The number of views is generally a good qualitative thermometer.

9. Become a graphic designer

Do you have a sense of aesthetics? An appetite for design or art? Do you have experience with editing and image software? An opportunity may open up within graphic design. Again, you will need to go through the training box. But this activity can constitute a lucrative side income and even, who knows, in the long run turn into a good career.

10. Learn to code

“main( ) { printf(“hello world\n”); }”: do you know how to speak code? If not yet, there is still time to polish it. Because unraveling the mysteries of this a priori abstruse language could be very rewarding. To decipher this strange grammar, consider the coding bootcamp, which will give you a general overview of the job. Then it’s just a matter of finding the training adapted to the language level you’re aiming for, like Vognen. The avalanche of possibilities is yours.

11. Sell your photos

Most websites use open source images from stock photo platforms. Very often the photos are free, but users can tip the photographer. On some sites, the photographer receives a commission from the host site. He can also sell his talent on social networks like Instagram. The opportunity to turn a creative look into a lucrative activity?

12. Give private lessons

Many children have suffered from a degraded education during the pandemic. To catch up, some parents look for private tutors, face-to-face or remotely. With 20 euros on average for a French or English course (but this varies between 10 and 150 depending on expertise and level of study), private lessons represent an interesting extra income. To develop this activity, you can join an organization or a platform that brings you in contact with customers to get a commission on your courses. If you prefer to go solo, it is better to spread this information on your social networks or through your close network.

13. Sell your clothes online

Your closet is overflowing with clothes, some of which still bear the purchase tag. It’s time to play Marie Kondo and let go of everything that doesn’t make you dream. Sell ​​in packages, by charging low prices or possibly barter, at Vinted, la Reboucle, Vide dressing or again. If you have a mercantile soul and a solid knowledge of fashion, it can be interesting to find beautiful vintage pieces to resell at high prices. Pre-owned luxury is booming and should even experience, according to a McKinsey report, an annual growth rate of 10 to 15% over the next ten years.

14. Do voiceovers

“With this cream, your skin will always be soft and silky!”. The voices in commercials don’t always sound human… they are! If you have a good tone or a unique voice, it would be interesting to experiment with voice-overs, for advertising slogans or animations. No degree or certification required. Just a very good microphone.

15. Consider passive income

Who can do more can do less. Passive income requires very little active management or input. Traditionally, there are stocks first, which will pay off over time. But you can also invest in renting a home, storage space or even a parking space. This provides a steady stream of income and requires little maintenance or expense.

16. Create and monetize your Youtube videos

A third of young people want to become vloggers on YouTube, according to a 2019 study. Not so surprising when you consider how juicy the market is: 5 billion videos are watched every day on the online video platform. Best of all, anyone can try their hand as there are few or no barriers to entry. It is still necessary for the thing to be profitable that said videos generate clicks. This is where it gets harder. How do you stand out in this sea of ​​content?

17. Become a streamer

Are Norman and Cyprien overwhelmed? Not if they become a streamer, like you, by the way. Streaming sites like Twitch allow anyone to live stream a performance online. Many aficionados broadcast live video game recordings. If you’re an avid gamer and have the drive to make the game exciting, you might as well make this time-consuming entertainment a living!

18. Invest in a startup

Investing in a startup isn’t just for big venture capitalists. Thanks to sites like Crowdcube, anyone can now put a little money into a start-up, which will then pay you, in cash or otherwise, if it succeeds and grows. Although traditional stock market investments may seem impersonal and artificial, putting your money into crowdfunding is a good solution to keep in touch with the founders of the project and follow their development step by step.

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