By Rachelle Wilber, Special for USDR
Those ready to take on the challenge of entrepreneurship will find no better time to begin their journey than right now. Emerging cultural and technological trends make this season a perfect time for taking action on one’s small business ambitions. What follows is a brief overview of some of today’s most interesting, fresh, and timely new small business startup ideas and continuing education tips to get tomorrow’s entrepreneurs ready for anything that might come their way.
Child-Friendly Smartphone Apps
The younger generation is where your future customers are, so making an appeal to gain their loyalty right now is beyond cutting-edge when it comes to new ideas. Mobile technology industry insiders suggest that internet connectivity for kids will be a growing trend and that it is just taking off right now. At present, almost 75 percent of children in the western world have access to some kind of mobile device. For this reason, those innovative souls are able to create smartphone apps useful for this market demographic can look forward to many years of steady growth. Taking advantage of this market can create an increase in production and profits.
Get a Degree and Run Your Business
An advanced degree in business is a valuable asset that can put you on a meaningful career path. For those born with the entrepreneurial itch, missing out on higher education opportunities because of a compelling desire to launch a business is an unabashed shame. It would seem on the face of it that there are simply not enough hours in the day to accomplish both of these goals. The genuine truth of the matter is that thousands of highly-driven graduate students do somehow manage to earn a master’s of business administration while also running their own business. How do they manage to do it? The key to this is attending a school with flexible graduate program options. Such options should include evening and online classes. The growing popularity of distance learning combined with an increase in the number of students who work full-time has garnered the attention of schools and universities that are rapidly adopting policy changes to accommodate students with very busy work schedules.
A Second Bachelor’s Degree as a Career Boost
One very high hurdle for business owners who are considering entering a graduate program while working full-time for their business is that there are a dearth of schools that don’t offer the opportunity to get a second bachelor’s degree. At present, there are a few schools that will entertain a second bachelor’s on a case-by-case basis. Although the requirements for that second bachelor’s degree vary between institutions, you can count on being able to rely on some of your former classes to count toward your new degree. More education leads to better success in the business world, as entrepreneurs are able to accumulate more skills for their business and apply them accordingly.
Energy Independence and Savings Solutions
Renewable energy is on the rise, especially with things like solar power, for instance. This market is ripe for harvesting, because businesses and households alike are forever seeking ways to cut costs and save money. In the future, fully energy-efficient office buildings and dwellings will be standard issue. Until that day, consumers and businesses will continue to struggle to find ways to save money on energy use while operating in a sustainable fashion. This very need will create an opportunity for energy consultants to provide renewable and sustainable energy solutions to commercial accounts and homeowners that care about the environment. These new energy consultants will advise their clients in connection with solar power products, wind turbine systems, and all other renewable energy solutions pertaining to their specific situations.
Thanks to social media, crowdsourcing, and advances in mobile technology, this year will prove to be a banner year for small enterprises. Anyone buying into the notion that there are simply no more genuinely “new” small business ideas out there will soon find themselves alone on an island. The small business development ideas and education pointers presented above will provide sufficient evidence to prove that today’s aspiring entrepreneurs have good reason to begin capitalizing on their creative energies.
Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends earning a master’s of business administration for those interested in running their own business. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700