You’ve spent your quarantine time thinking of the innovative startup ideas which you can start during the COVID-19 era. Probably you’ve looked at a variety of startup ideas, such as creating a food delivery, cleaning company, or even opening a graphic design agency. But none of them appeal to your natural creative and innovative spirit.
“I want something more unique,” you say to a trusted friend. “A startup idea that is not so common and that I would love to do every day of my life until I’m old and wrinkled.”
If this is you and you feel the desire to create a different, more unique type of business but have run out of ideas, do not despair. We’ve searched high and low over the past weeks to find the top trending, hip, unique, and most innovative startup ideas which you can start during the coronavirus pandemic.
Have a look at our innovative startup ideas. Who knows, one of them might just be the one for you! Here’s the complete list:
- Standing Desks For Home Office
- Making Reusable Bags
- Practical Farming Courses
- Bamboo Toothbrush Supplier
- Beard Oil Production
- Adventure Tour Operation
- Mobile Car Wash & Detailing
- Retro Subscription Box Service
- Online Second-Hand Bookstore
- Senior Transportation Service
#1. Standing Desks For Home Office
With more and more people working from home, there’s a great concern about their health when sitting for numerous hours a day, so that the standing desks can support healthier working standards. Studies concluded that working at a standing desk for 1 – 2 hours a day improves blood circulation and can help against backaches and pains.
How To: First, you need to find a standing desks supplier that would allow you to sell their products locally. Connect with local businesses and entrepreneurs to educate them and their employees about the benefits of standing desks. Education helps in establishing you as an authority, and to gain the trust of business owners and employees. Pitch your proposal and support the local business setup standing desks in their work environment.
You can also create an advert about your products and installation services, post them up on social media, print them out and distribute in supermarkets, pubs, or anywhere people tend to hand out. Lots of businesses have adopted the work-from-home policy. Connect with them to seek a contract.
- Standing Desks
- Marketing Materials
#2. Making Reusable Bags
It seems young students are leading the way in creating reusable bags. In 2012, sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin won the Scientific America award after she found that everyday plastic bags could be replaced entirely with bags made of banana peel. Yes, you heard correctly, banana peels. Some years ago, a Brazilian student found the ability to create bio-degradable bags from orange peels, of which millions of tons are discarded each year. If students can do it, why not you?
Apart from being one of the coolest and the most innovative startup ideas, starting the production of reusable bags is perfect for environmentally cautious entrepreneurs.
How To: Decide from which type of recycled material you want to create your reusable bags. Connect with local companies or factories where you can find your chosen type of recycled material, often for free. Create a design for your bag, branding for your company, then create your first bag. Market to your local area or via your online store.
Alternative: If you are not into creating your bags, there is the option to liaise with an existing factory or company that is already producing reusable bags. Become an affiliate or sales agent for their product.
- Recycled Materials of Your Choice
- Graphic Design (Branding & Bag)
- Marketing Material
#3. Practical Farming Courses
Many young individuals aspire to live on and work their own land. But with college and university training being so expensive, many don’t have the means to get a formal education in farming. Farming, though, is a practical, hands-on industry that can be taught in person from an experienced farmer to apprentice farmers over several months or 1 – 4 years. This was done for thousands of years until colleges started providing agriculture courses. Unfortunately, many agriculture courses are focused on theory, with students having minimal practical experience once they finish their qualification. Why not offer your expertise and years of farming experience as a mentor to young apprentice farmers through practical farming training from the comfort of your farm?
Bonus, you get paid for training your students while they work on your farm for free as they learn the ins-and-outs of farming.
How To: Setup 1 – 3 dorm rooms in your home to accommodate students, and/or, if you have a cottage that is not being used on your farm, convert it into student accommodation. Outline and plan your training course, methodology, and length. Start with the basics of what every farmer should know and work your way through until you have covered advanced modules. Decide on the period of your course; 6-months, 1-year, or 2-years. Print flyers and advertise your farming course to local citizens in your area, at colleges and universities, or neighborhoods where there might be some young adults interested in your course.
- Student Accommodation
- Course Development
- Marketing Materials
#4. Bamboo Toothbrush Supplier
With so much pressure placed on our environment, more and more innovative startup ideas are popping up for products we use daily. One of them is bamboo toothbrushes. These brushes can either be designed by yourself if you are up to innovating and creating your own or by connecting with a manufacturer. Some manufacturers even offer white labeling, which means you can add your personal branding to the brushes they produce.
How To: Design your own or connect with a bamboo toothbrush manufacturer. Setup a website for your product and decide if you will also be selling locally. If you opt to sell locally, the possibilities are endless. Connect with local supermarkets and ask the manager if they would be interested in a mutually beneficial contract with you by supplying them with locally produced, environmentally friendly toothbrushes. You can also set up a stand weekly at your local market to sell your brushes.
- Product: Bamboo Toothbrushes
- Branding Design (Optional)
#5. Beard Oil Production
The gentlemen’s grooming industry has been rapidly expanding over the past 10-years, boasting an astounding $63.63 billion US dollar in revenue during 2019. One of the most sought after and trending small-business opportunities within gents grooming products is beard oil. If you fancy starting a board oil company, there is no better time than 2019 to do it!
How To: You may decide to create your own home-made brand of beard oil or become a reseller. Decide which option will work best for you. Once you have finalized the details of your product, look towards marketing. If you want to start out slow, market to your local neighborhood, sell on Saturdays at your local farmers or outdoor market. Additionally, opt to provide add-on services at the market where your stall is located by offering beard trimming, shaving, or styling services. If you are not comfortable with this, hire a barber for the day to help you out.
- Product: Beard Oil
- Initial Startup Funds
- Marketing Materials
#6. Adventure Tour Operation
Millions of tourists travel each year to visit famous travel spots and going on adventurous excursions. Bonus? Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in most countries around the world. If you already own an SUV, minibus, or 4 x 4, consider starting an adventure tour company offering local tours in your area that focus on the adventurous at heart.
How To: Put together several itineraries that include adventure activities and excursions, and advertise these on your website. Furthermore, sub-contract your services to local businesses such as driving ranges, wildlife parks, adventure parks, and any others that offer adventure courses or activities. By working together with others, you win two ways. One, you help them earn money. Two, you don’t have to invest thousands of dollars to create your own adventure facilities.
- Advertisements (Marketing)
#7. Mobile Car Wash & Detailing
Customers not visiting your car wash anymore? Or perhaps, you want to start a car wash and detailing service, but the upfront investment costs to find and set up a facility is just too much?
No problem! Take your service to your customers by starting your mobile car wash and detailing business.
How To: Put together all the supplies and equipment you would need to wash and detail a car, such as a wash bucket, cleaning cloth, soap, etc. Place all these together in one box or holder. Connect with locals and ask them if you can wash their cars. You may also opt to create a car wash stand at your local Saturday market.
- Supplies & Equipment
- Advertisements (Marketing)
#8. Retro Subscription Box Service
Now, this sounds like an innovative startup idea!
There are endless possibilities and niches available when it comes to starting a retro subscription box company.
You can choose to create subscription boxes for events such as Valentine’s Day, weddings, birthdays, or subscription boxes for gaming, sports fans, meals, snacks, toys for kids, fruits & vegetables, books, etc.
How To: Start by selecting a specific market niche. For example, you can include in your portfolio up to 5 subscription boxes, with different items tailor to the customer interests. This can include vinyl, cassettes, comics, vintage video games, or some other vintage product. Create a subscription website through which your fans can subscribe to a retro box on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis.
If you are interested in starting a retro subscription service, begin by planning out a monthly lunch/dinner menu for your members. Create a subscription website that your customers could visit to subscribe to your retro subscription service. Connect with businesses in your area and advertise your service to their employees. Print adverts and distribute these to the postboxes of apartment buildings and your local neighborhood.
- Startup Supplies (Invest about $300 – $3,000 to get started since you will need stuff such as products for your boxes, boxes to add your goodies in, and postage stationery.)
- Marketing Materials
#9. Online Second-Hand Bookstore
Ever thought about starting a website where everyone could come and list their second-hand books? This is a fantastic startup idea if you love books and reading but still want to earn passive income while having your online website do the job for you. Second-hand book exchange and selling are good for the environment, and also helps connect book vendors with avid readers.
How To: Create an online marketplace website where users (vendors & buyers) can list their 2nd handbooks for sale or exchange with other book lovers. Charge a small fee for book sales or a stipend for exchanges. Users then login to your website, request to buy a book from another user, make the payment (including the shipping cost) to the other user, and you receive your commission while the seller also gets their money for their book. The seller will send the book to the buyer via mail or courier, as per the buyer’s preference.
- Marketplace Functionality for your Website
#10. Senior Transportation Service
Do you care about the elderly and feel a desire to be of assistance to them? This might not be the most innovative startup idea on the list, but it can definitely be successful.
A large number of elderly citizens do not own a car, nor understand technology to order an Uber or cab. Furthermore, since security in most countries is an issue for the elderly, many don’t feel safe to travel with just anyone. But they still need to go weekly to purchase their groceries if they are living on their own, or perhaps, they want to go out for coffee with a friend or a shopping trip to the mall. By starting an Elderly Transport & Assistance Service, you can offer services such as:
- Pick-Up & Drop-Off at a shopping mall, farmers market, coffee shop, etc.
- Assistance Service where you escort the older person to the shopping mall, farmers market, or supermarket to help them purchase their weekly goods
How To: Connect with local nursing homes and retirement villages and offer your services. It is always best to connect directly with the manager of the facility to pitch your idea and unique service. For marketing, consider printing pamphlets, and post these into the post boxes at nursing homes and retirement facilities.
- Marketing (Adverts)
Now that you got inspired with our top 10 list of innovative startup ideas, select an idea which appealed to do you the most, and spend some time developing your business model.
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