6 not-so-usual startup ideas for female entrepreneurs
by Alex Williams
It’s a man’s world we’re living in, and it’s not easy for female entrepreneurs to establish themselves as successful and relevant in their fields. The fact that they mainly choose overcrowded, traditional niches makes it even more difficult for them to stand out and be noticed.
But, if we change our perspective and consider other possible options, there’s a whole new set of choices to explore. Women usually don’t even think about certain business ideas because they think that running, for example, a car shop or a construction company is something reserved for men, but the point is not to eliminate some ideas simply because they belong to traditionally male-dominated industries.
Remember that if you really want something, only the sky’s the limit.
Wait, what? That’s probably how you would react if someone suggested you to start a moving company business. However, we’re not implying that you should carry heavy stuff around and lift furniture.
The idea is that people hire moving companies only when they want to move to another city, while they believe that moving across the city is something that they can do themselves. More often than not, this turns out to be too complicated and they eventually need help, which is where you come in.
Start by buying a moving van and hiring people for packing, loading, and unloading services. You can even take advantage of the fact that you’re a woman by advertising your company as the one that will provide a woman’s touch to the whole process and make sure that all your clients’ valuable possessions are handled with the utmost care.
Breaking into this industry is no doubt difficult for a woman, but there are several factors that should be taken into consideration. For example, women make or influence a significant portion of new car purchases, but they’re still scarce in the automotive industry, and this is where can spot a gap in the market and try to fill it. Statistics say that they account for only 21.2% of the workforce in this field. If helping people find the right car sounds interesting, then you should get a relevant auto dealer license and start crafting your winning sales pitch.
This business definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted or squeamish, but on the other hand, it’s a craft (some even consider it an art) that preserves animals and gives them a second life.
First of all, you should know that taxidermy is so much more than stuffing dead animals as it requires you to have a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the specimen that you’re working on, have its accurate measurements, and know how to recreate it in a true-to-life manner. Apart from that, taxidermy also deals with creating specimens by using artificial materials, so if you’re concerned about the ethical treatment of animals, you can specialize in faux taxidermy.
When it comes to jewelry, women are usually on the other side of the counter – purchasing it, and not many of them specialize in making it. So, why not get the best of both worlds and make a living by means of this fine art?
There are many different materials that you can use, and metal is one of the most challenging, which means that you’ll require additional training in this field. However, many women are creative and they make small works of art out of plastic, wood, glass, and all kinds of other non-traditional materials.
Despite a growing number of women in the computer industry, repairs are still in a way reserved for men. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, less than 25% of science, tech, engineering and math jobs are filled by women. However, this doesn’t have to be so, because if you have a knack for mending things, and if you consider yourself a geek or a tech enthusiast, you can easily turn your hobby into a lucrative job.
Specialize in either Windows or macOS, and learn as much as possible about both software and hardware options and issues. The fact that you’re a woman in this field might even score you some more job opportunities since tech is still a mystery to many people, and let’s be honest and admit that guys tend to mansplain things which can be frustrating, so a friendly and non-condescending attitude is a necessary ingredient for the success in this job.
Golf is one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S., so there’s enough room for everyone who wants to work as a coach. If you enjoy this relaxing, elegant sport, you don’t even have to be a successful player in order to show others the ropes. Even an average golfer with decent teaching skills and abilities can become a reputable coach.
Although there aren’t many women in this field, you can grow your business relying on your corporate connections, as many companies favor golf for their team-building activities.
If you aren’t interested in traditional female entrepreneurship interests such as an event planning business, interior decoration, or fashion, you can find your inspiration in niches traditionally occupied by men.
About the Author
Alex Williams is a journalism graduate and an enthusiastic blogger. She believes writing for blogs is the perfect opportunity for presenting herself to wider audience. She is a regular contributor at Bizzmark Blog. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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