Interesting in starting a business? There are a number of opportunities to start a small business in London today.
Entrepreneurs have little trouble finding business ideas in the busy international city of London.
If you have a great idea for a business, all it takes is some research, a bit of start up financing and some perseverance to build a business that you enjoy running and growing.
1) Printing Shop
Walk in business for a print centre is not as prevalent today as it once was. Access to printing and design technology and the rise of paperless offices has hurt the printing industry. However, there is still a need for print centres. See this Gold Coast Printer as an example.
Working with small local businesses is still in demand. Business owners need help with designing printing jobs as well as colour copying, binding, collating and creating brochures, catalogues, flyers, business cards and other forms of advertising.
A successful print shop will be able to offer services in both traditional and digital printing. Online printing and design work can be added to the shops regular face to face services for increased revenue. The key to managing any successful business is good customer service and acquiring contracts with local businesses.
2) Fashion Boutique
Starting a fashion boutique can be a exciting endeavor. Like any small business, much research should be done and there will be start up costs. Research is very important to recognizing if there is a niche market for the type of boutique you would like to open. Researching lenders and start up costs, getting opinions and different perspectives, and knowing not to overreach yourself is all important.
Investigating other boutiques in the area you would like to invest can help you determine traffic flow, purchases and costs. Libraries and computer data can be a great source of information as well. The keys to success in the boutique business is to have something that is unique so it will draw people and to make good customer service your priority.
While you enjoy running your face to face boutique, you can couple it with online business for even better profit.
3) Personal Trainer
If you love fitness and working with others, personal training is a great small business idea. The fitness industry is doing well. With advertisements to fight obesity, celebrity fitness and reality show fitness programmes, personal training has potential to do very well.
Once reserved for the wealthy, personal training is more accessible to the general public. It is more personal and can be tailored to the needs and desires of the client. It can be done individually or in small groups. Start up costs include liability insurance, equipment and advertising. You could instruct general fitness or specialize such as weight loss, muscle tone, athletic training or pre-natal fitness.
If you enjoy cooking for very large groups and have a good imagination or if you are a good business manager and can find someone to handle the preparation, catering could be a successful business venture for you. Customers will expect the food that is served to be unique and imaginative.
Catering can be successful in the private sector such as family events, weddings, birthdays, funerals and dinners and/or in the corporate sector with businesses that need catering for events including meetings and receptions. You will most likely need a loan to start the business and much research and regulation is necessary for food services.
You must consider registering with Food Hygiene Regulations, getting a local license if you plan to serve alcohol, and regulations regarding business premises, equipment, containers, transportation, food storage and the business premise.
5) Victorian Themed Business
Although a bit more general, fascination with Victorian aged culture is popular in England and around the world right now. Television shows such as Sherlock Holmes, Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge have reinvigorated mainstream culture with all things Victorian.
It was a time of quaint etiquette, pleasantry, love, war, exploration, invention, kings, queens and emperors. In this modern age of technology, young people are drawn to a simpler time and a simpler culture for fun. Fashion boutiques, barbershops, accessory stores and even taxidermy shops are all examples of ways to market on the interest in Victorian culture.
If you have an interest or talent that you would like to share and create a small business with, there are many opportunities to do so. Use your imagination, research the market and apply your skills to successfully start your business venture. Success is more possible when you are doing something you love and are excited
Victorian themes for small businesses are wide ranging.