At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, many businesses from various industries closed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Some enterprises have managed to survive a year after, while a few others have shut for good. Yet surprisingly, new businesses have emerged out during the pandemic.
In fact, new business applications in the US have spiked despite the pandemic. It appears that the crisis has led to new business opportunities. Even the US Chambers of Commerce identified industries that are thriving during this COVID-19 crisis.
If you’re looking to launch a particular business in your locality, here are some top considerations:
1. Handmade Products
The e-commerce industry has boomed during this pandemic. It makes sense as the pandemic restrictions have led people to stay indoors. They perform business transactions in the comfort of their homes, from purchasing items to getting foods delivered to their houses.
The pandemic has presented crafters and artisans the opportunity to sell their handmade products online. Whether producing decorative candles, hand-knitted gloves, or face masks, you can launch your business online and cater to the locals in your area.
2. Beauty and Wellness Products
Health is a top priority during this pandemic. But the beauty and wellness industry comes next to it. The ultimate goal isn’t only to boost physical health and ensure mental wellness. This sector also endeavors to foster the overall well-being of people.
As the aesthetic clinics, spa centers, and wellness studios have remained restricted, consider offering beauty and wellness products in your area. That way, the locals can take good care of themselves in the comfort of their homes during this pandemic.
3. Delivery and Errand Services
It’s easy to see how delivery services have flourished during this pandemic. Think of Grubhub, Seamless, Uber Eats, Instacart, and DoorDash. Consumers can order foods online using apps and get them delivered right at their doorsteps. Even grocery services have become increasingly popular during this pandemic.
As such, it’s a good idea to start a delivery service in your area. You can create a website or social media for your delivery business. Be sure to work with local food and beverage suppliers or even grocery stores. That way, you can cater to the supply needs of your locality.
4. Cleaning Services and Supplies
Cleaning has become a top priority amid the COVID-19 crisis. The primary goal is to keep the space free of the various strains of novel coronavirus. That’s why cleaning service providers offer not only cleaning but sanitation and disinfection.
That said, consider launching your cleaning business or service. You can offer cleaning services for both residential and commercial properties (restaurants, offices, etc.) You can also promote cleaning products like EPA-approved disinfectants. You can even go as far as selling cleaning tools and equipment and considering dumpster and mini bin rentals.
5. Pet Products and Services
Did you know that many households have purchased or adopted pets during this pandemic? In fact, these furry members of the family help people cope with the pandemic. For this reason, you must consider selling pet products or offering pet services.
That said, you can provide at-home pet services such as pet grooming, training, and even vet services. On the other hand, you can sell pet products in your local area, from pet foods to vitamins and supplements down to pet supplies.
6. Home Improvement Projects
There’s no denying how home improvement projects have soared during this pandemic. As families have stayed indoors, they have thought about improving their living spaces and renovating their homes.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to offer home improvement services. If you’re a house contractor, consider launching your construction business. You can carry out home renovation projects such as bathroom remodeling, kitchen renovation, basement finishing, flooring installation, and interior and exterior painting.
7. Outdoor Landscaping Services
Apart from home improvement projects, you can also consider offering outdoor landscaping. Why? Many homeowners aren’t only looking to improve their living spaces. They are also hoping to boost their outdoor spaces. That said, you can launch your landscaping business and offer the following services:
- Hardscape installation
- Gate construction or fencing
- Lawn care service
- Outdoor gardening
- Tree pruning or removal service
At this point, you now have a robust idea of what local businesses to launch amid the COVID-19 crisis. Consider some recommendations outlined above, from handmade products to cleaning supplies and services down to landscaping services. However, perform due diligence to determine the thriving industries in your area and understand the local needs. From there, you’ll be able to decide on the right local business to start during this pandemic.