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Summer is lurking just over the horizon, almost ready to make parasol sellers very happy. With every seasonal shift comes a reminder of the possibilities of life. If you feel stuck in a rut, you must not get too downcast, because reinvention is closer than you think. You can feed off the energy and vibrancy of summer and parlay it into great success — and what avenue could be more satisfying than starting your own small business?
Of course, I can’t really avoid touching upon the other big change to the outside world: that being the relative dearth of people due to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping them indoors in an effort to slow the rate of infection and save lives. It does not look likely that things will be back to normal by the time summer arrives, so I can hardly recommend ideas that will not work then.
Consequently, I am going to set out 10 business ideas that you can consider for summer this year even if the pandemic refuses to relinquish its grip on the structure of our lives. Here we go:
Businesses need copy now more than ever before. Aware that people across the world are looking to the online world for entertainment and education, they are all hard at work putting out blog content, website updates, and new product descriptions. The more attention they can get, the better they can do in these trying circumstances.
Many of the businesses are used to being quite casual about content production, though, and are not sure how to meet demand. That is where you can enter the picture if you have copywriting skills. You can respond to freelance placements or just reach out to brands you think you could help, offering up suggestions for how you would get their content seen.
If you have a laptop (or a desktop, of course), then you have what you need to try: And rates vary wildly, so you can either power through some easy work (500-word posts, etc.) or focus on taking tougher assignments and really impressing with your work.
Have you ever been told you have a voice for radio, and filed that notion in the back of your mind with a label of “Hmm, one day”? If so, this might be the day for you to turn it into a reality… except not exactly, because it is not radio that I am recommending: It is podcasting. Podcasting has turned into a huge industry, with top podcasts getting massive numbers of listens every week.
The reason why it’s become such a viable business (and considered one of the top side hustles) is that it’s cheap, accessible, creatively flexible, and an excellent fit for monetization methods. Regarding cost, consider that a microphone that is good enough for recording podcasts is not expensive, and — again — a decent laptop can do everything else when it comes to production.
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