Help me decide what business to get into
October 30, 2012 6:24 PM Subscribe
Help me decide what business to get into? I have some ideas to choose from.
posted by signsofrain to Work & Money (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I’ve decided that the 9-5 has sucked enough of my soul (12 years worth), and that I’m going to go into business for myself. I’m a sort of generalist/technologist with a lot of different skills and interests, so I’m having trouble deciding what my focus should be. Help me decide what business to busy myself with.
Phone/Remote Desktop Support, for businesses and individuals
I’m really excellent at diagnosing problems over the phone/remote desktop and finding quick solutions to computer problems with the knowledge I already have and/or my excellent Google-fu. This business appeals to me because I could sign businesses to contracts to get a bit of a stable cash flow going and could also charge an arm and a leg for anyone to just call in for computer help. A natural extension of this business would be to provide onsite training to businesses for various things, such as how they could use Google for Business tools to streamline e-mail, scheduling, document sharing etc... I also have a potential partner who is a real people person. I am more of an engineer and am more successful talking to detail/technically oriented people. My ‘bedside manner’ is also quite good for non-technical individuals but Mr. Potential Partner truly sparkles when he meets new people. This idea relies on my partner to do a lot of word-of-mouth marketing, going to entrepreneur events and shmoozing, etc. I do remote desktop/phone support in my current job, and get a very positive response when I help people do something or figure something out.
Video Games Dealer
I’m a long-time lover of games, collector of vintage consoles and games, and a veteran at small electronics repair/modification. My second idea is simply to buy and sell games and hardware en masse. I could acquire broken consoles and game collections off eBay and other sources (game collector forums, craigslist, eBay etc) and make a profit by cleaning up, repairing, combining old broken hardware into new working hardware etc... basically just buy low, sell high... I know that there is a market for pre-modified vintage consoles (a modded sega saturn can go for twice as much as an unmodded one, for instance) and of course for mod chips/devices. This idea appeals to me because it’s a field I’m passionate about, I get to work with my hands as well as my brain, and heck, I’d get to play and handle a lot of old games :) What worries me about this one is there is a lot of competition out there (how to stand out?) and also how I may make myself a target for litigation by either selling or installing mod chips. Oh, and I can do other non-backup-playing mods as well. Things like adding built-in AV outputs.
Can potentially be rolled into the Support business or operated as a business in its own right. Basically the same idea as the video game console business. Buy, sell, combine, repair, build custom machines as well as onsite installation/configuration. Also a lot of competition in this space, but people tend to ooh and aah when I sit down and fix their computers, so I think I could be competitive and develop loyal customers.
perl... in my current job one of my roles is to create and maintain web apps for internal company use. I can turn out clean, well documented code, usually pretty fast. My user interfaces aren’t beautiful but they’re easy to understand and straightforward to use. Another idea I had was to go on those contract jobs websites and just do as many jobs as I could, as well as marketing myself out as a coder/custom app designer. I haven’t done a lot of actual application programming but I believe I could learn the ropes of any language/IDE/libraries and develop good custom solutions for businesses. I am also a long-time FileMaker developer (5 years of experience with versions 8-12) and in my current job am responsible for extending and maintaining a fully custom CRM implemented in FileMaker
Custom Website Designer
Top-to-bottom website solutions, design, implementation, finding the right registrar/hosting. I could farm out the more design-y work to some designers I know, and do all the back-end stuff myself.
Feel free to make suggestions outside the options provided. Looking to hear experiences of people still early in their own business ventures too... thanks!