2021 may be the year you start a side hustle or start your own full-time business. But, you may still be stuck in the brainstorming phase of how you are going to do that, or what you should do for that matter. And, you may consider starting a business that does good for the world — a green business.
Before you start drafting your business plan, you may want to get the basics covered. For instance, figure out what you want to do for your business, what and who your business will help out, and refine your mission statement and values to share with your soon-to-be customers. And, the closer you get to your end goal, the nicer it may feel.
Whether you’re wanting to start a part-time side hustle to carry out on the weekends or become a full-time entrepreneur, there are a few different ways you can do it. For instance, going through your closet and selling clothes you don’t use anymore. Or, you could start your own ethical products-based business. And, you could do this using sites like Poshmark, Etsy, or even take it upon yourself to start your own website to sell your products or services.
But, the first step to starting a business or side-hustle is by pin-pointing what you want to do, then figuring out the legalities of your new-found business. Keep reading on how valuable sustainable business practices are, and some additional ways you could start up an eco-friendly side hustle or business.
Why Should You Start a Green Business?
If you’re already considering starting a business of your own, why not give it a green and sustainable feel? Not only could you build your career and business aspirations, but you could also grow your knowledge in the eco-friendly market. Especially as the years progress, sustainability practices could give you the cutting edge when it comes to your competitors, hiring employees, and showing your audience and team how much you and your company care about the world.
And, you’re able to do it all on a small or large scale. You could start a side hustle that entails going through your closet every new season to sell your old items online. Or, you could become a green entrepreneur by making sustainable products at home. And, as everyday sustainable efforts become a habit, you could have the cutting edge to grow your business bigger than you ever thought you could with a strong startup strategy.
2 Side Hustles That Help the World
You may not have a ton of time to contribute to a new sustainable business idea. And, that’s 100% okay — you don’t always have to! To get your foot in the door and start building your resume and skills for an eco-friendly business idea, you can start with a few side hustles you’re able to in your spare time.
Keep reading to see our top eco-friendly side hustle ideas that could earn you a little extra cash this year. And, don’t forget to track your progress to add to your resume.
1. Used Recycled Goods on Fun Projects
You could turn your recycled goods into moneymakers. For instance, you could save all the materials you would need to recycle and earn cash from your community. To do this, round up all your trash that can be turned in for cash, or do an at-home project with your loved ones. You could have a craft night and create a board of art with wine corks or make a cook “painting” styled portrait made out of used cans.
And, don’t forget to have fun with your projects! If you have a strong creative eye, you could sell your favorite pieces on Etsy or to your loved ones. Over time as your portfolio grows, you may be able to take your passions full-time.
2. Create Sustainable Products for Good
Now, try and take it upon yourself to create a powerful sustainable company that’s rooted in eco-friendliness. You could learn how to make glass, silicone, or even recycled products that help your community. For instance, are you able to create reusable cups, straws, ceramic plates, etc. that could replace the materials we use daily. Or, you could even start a skincare company that’s from all-natural products.
To get your business up and running, you could sign up for an eCommerce website and invite your loved ones to go check it out. Or, you could sign up for an Etsy account to test the waters on your big business idea. Ensure that you have all your legal documents in order before you fully settle on a business name and market your business. It could save you time and money in the future.
2 Full-Time Gigs That Give Back
Now, you may have a little more time on your hands. And if you do, that’s great! You can get started on a more demanding sustainable business idea and take over the world with your eco-friendly focus. To do this, check out our top full-time sustainable gigs below.
1. Plan Sustainable Events
As the year carries out, you may be able to plan a little more into the future than we have last year. But, as we prepare to get back to normal, you may be ready to get the party started (quite literally). And, if you’re ready to host events, you’re likely to love organizing and moving quickly throughout your position — use these skills to party plan.
Use your expertise to host events for others that don’t want to. Startup your own event planning event with a sustainable mission. You could even partner with small businesses that have the same mission as you to empower strong events that you and your clients will love.
2. Make Your Own Farm (& Sell Your Goods)
If you have a green thumb, you should put it to work! Follow your passions and start up your own farm in your backyard to sell your produce. Every week, or month, you could sell produce boxes at a premium to your loved ones, neighbors, or even those you found online. Be sure to come up with a creative business name and market your business for your community to find you.
In most cases, consumers would rather support small businesses and eat local produce that touches fewer hands and transportation devices. You could go the extra mile and sell organic, locally created produce and products.
Check out our infographic below for more green business tips, stats, and ideas.