Working For Yourself: Business Ideas

AD | Running a business, being your own boss and working for yourself isn’t reserved for just a select amount of people any more. Being online gives us the freedom and range to be able to start our own businesses easier than ever before. And it’s not just a pipe dream but a reality for a lot of people these days.

Working For Yourself

Starting your own business might be the dream but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. With so many businesses cropping up everywhere you look, you want yours to stand out and have a chance at being successful. And of course it needs to be something you’re passionate about and willing to work at every single day.

Because running a business and working for yourself is no easy feat! It’s not an over-night job. Or not a method for a quick buck. It’s a lifestyle, more than anything and if you’re not totally passionate about what you’re selling or what you’re business vision is, then potential customers will be able to tell.

I had my own book touring business when I was a book blogger as well (book tours are extensive promotional events for books which take a lot of time and effort to organise) and I ended up falling out of love with it. And I think it showed.

So if you’re really passionate about running your own business but not entirely sure where to start with it all, here are some ideas to get you going!

Selling your art

If you’re a talented artist of any kind, opening an etsy shop to sell your art is a great idea if you’re wanting to start your own business. This will give you the freedom to express yourself creatively every day, whilst making money from doing what you love!

Buy and sell Women’s wholesale clothing

If you don’t have the means of opening a physical shop, an online shop can be just as worthwhile. This allows you to really focus on the things you’re passionate about. Whether that’s make-up, stationery or even clothes, sourcing women’s wholesale clothing from wholesale fashion retailers such as j5fashion is a great option for stocking up a shop!

Selling your services

If art isn’t your thing and like me, your artistic skills only go as far as stick people, then selling services instead might be your thing. Are you particularly talented at marketing? Or a whizz at social media? A social media manager might be a great option!

Create custom graphic designs

If getting personal and working closely with people is more your thing than just selling products, then create custom products for people might be a great option. Blog banners and blog graphics are a great market for talented graphic designers who are also active on social media and within the blogging community.

Selling products and/or courses

An important part of my own business (my blog – getting onto that in a second!) are the eBooks that I create and sell too. They’re not the main element of my business but they’re helping me grow and expand. So if you’re a blogger, then thinking about what areas you excel at and turning that into eBooks, workbooks or courses could be great!


And finally blogging. Running a blog can be a great business venture because you are essentially your own brand and the possibilities are endless. Of course you could also incorporate a few of the above into your blogging business. For example if you’re a blogger but also sell products (like me) or are a graphic designer too.

Or you can monetize your blog in different ways, such as sponsored posts, brand collaborations, advertising, affiliate marketing and more! Also, having a blog and a readership will open doors for other opportunities in the future!

Would you like to run your own business? If you already do, what’s your favourite part of it and what advice would you give to someone just starting out?

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  1. […] via Working For Yourself: Business Ideas — Jenny in Neverland […]

  2. it’s been an awesome article jenny in neverland, I really loved it.

  3. bethany jane says:

    I think I’d love to work for myself but I also know that I have zero creativity and am also a huge procrastinator! If I had your dedication and motivation, maybe! Haha 🙂
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    1. You definitely don’t have zero creativity – your photography is outstanding!

  4. Nice article and definitely great ways to start up a business for those with that little entrepreneur voice inside their head!

  5. I’d love to start my own business, would like to do something creative and perhaps design tshirts or make my own lip balms and candles – I know it’s all quite a random array of things haha. Great ideas though, thanks for sharing.

    Chloe xx

    1. Anything can definitely take off! Just weigh out what is worth the capital and inventory (expense until flipped into profit) and what can be strictly profit if it’s a service with very little to no capital needed to start.

  6. kayleigh Zara says:

    I really enjoyed reading this Jenny, there are some great ideas open this for working for yourself and make some money, I personally sell some prints on the side too!

    Kayleigh Zara |

    1. Oooh that’s cool! I wish I was creative enough to do something like that!

  7. There’s so many ways you can work for yourself isn’t there? x

    1. Absolutely!

  8. Loads of great ideas there. We are lucky to live in a time where we can be more free with our work.

  9. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    Honestly, is anybody LIVING in 2019 without having any sort of online side hustle? Haha. I’m interested to see how far working from home will go in the next few years! You have some great ideas here on how to get into that.

    1. Haha I think a lot of people are still figuring it out but it’s become so common!

  10. I would love to get to a point where I can blog for myself and work as a content creator!

    1. I’m sure you can – your blog is great!

  11. Blogging is the only one I’ve done and it can be great sometimes but the income can be very inconsistent x

    1. I find that too x

  12. You’ve shared some really awesome tips on how people can make some spare money and possibly turn their hobby into a business. I’m sending you all of my love 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

    1. Thank you

  13. I love how easy the internet has made it for people to try and start their own businesses through things like Etsy x


    1. Me too, it’s amazing.

  14. These are all great ideas! I have been considering selling my poetry or running a Etsy shop, I’m just nervous but I don’t know what I am nervous about. I guess I just need to get over it and start LOL

    1. You might as well start!

    2. Scribbles says:

      It’s better you start off now, test the waters and hone your skills more to increase your marketability. Trust me, you don’t want to regret not starting when you had a passion for it.

  15. These are some absolutely wonderful tips!

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Thank you

    1. Thank you.

  16. I dream of the day I make money from my blog! Maybe one day. How cool that you create and sell e-books. I want to look more into this.

    1. You’ll get there! If you need any advice on it then do give me a shout 🙂

  17. I would love to have my own teeny business but I’m too dim to make anything! xD

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. Oh I bet you’re not!

  18. There’s some good suggestions here! I’ve also enjoyed doing CV rewrites for people (though that does require qualifications if you want to be good at it) and also freelancing with writing, which I absolutely love doing and still do alongside my full-time job and blogging. Selling products and courses will be my next venture… Just need to work out what to start with!

    1. CV rewrites sound like a great idea if you have the qualifications! I really want to get into freelancing but I really don’t know where to start.

      1. Have you tried That’s where I got most of my CV writing gigs and also a long-term gig with CEX which I still do. It can take a bit of browsing through not so good opportunities but there’s good stuff on there!

  19. venturingventuras says:

    What a great read with some helpful tips – thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome.

  20. Sarah says:

    I would love to start a business but I don’t have any skills! I did think about selling clothing but never got round to doing anything xx

    1. I’m sure you have more skills than you think.

  21. I sell jewellery, it keeps me out of trouble, and I’m always loving the creativity side of it too

    1. I know you do! And that’s amazing!

      1. Awwww thank you xx

  22. I’d love to do this but I know I’d end up feeling too stressed and pressured. I think these are fantastic suggestions though! 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. It is stressful so you have to know you’ll be able to handle it I think!

  23. Life as The Lonsdales says:

    I would love to be able to work from home and it would be even better if it was my blog that allowed me to do that x

    1. Hope you manage to get there one day!

      1. Life as The Lonsdales says:

        Thank you! me too x

  24. These are all such good ideas! I’ve never been that good with the creative side of things but I’d love to do something alongside blogging one day xx

    Tiffany x

    1. Me neither – I wish I was more creative!

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