There is an argument that all businesses exist to make the world a better place. But let’s face it, the vast majority of entrepreneurs out there are concerned with making money rather than doing good for the world. And for those people who want a little more out of life than just earning megabucks and want to give something back to society, it’s easy to feel like there is nothing you can do.
However, there are plenty of things you can consider, whether you want to help improve people’s health, save lives, or do something ethical. And in today’s guide, we’re going to explore some of your options. Read on to find out more, and we hope you get inspired to make a difference!
Are you good with technology? If so, why not consider looking at the world of medicine and healthcare for your next big business idea. Technology is helping people with severe illnesses and poor health lead more comfortable lives. It’s also helping healthy people stay that way, with tracking and calorie counting. So, using your technology skills and linking up with a medical expert could prove dividends in more ways than one.
First of all, the thirst for healthy lifestyles is growing by the year, and tech is more than playing its part. Secondly, if you get your device or software just right, you could end up saving a serious amount of lives. If you are tired of creating silly apps or games that, ultimately, mean nothing, why not start thinking of ways to make your tech knowledge help people?
Teaching can come in many forms, from a private tuition service to business consulting. If you have the knowledge, why not share it? People of all kinds are looking for ways to improve themselves, and whether you want to help worried parents by teaching their children to pass their exams, or set up a life coaching service to help others achieve their dreams, it’s never been easier to get started.
Play a musical instrument? If you have your qualifications, there is nothing to stop you from getting in touch with local schools and building up a sizable client list. Good with arts and crafts? Again, why not set up some workshops for seniors who want to get a little more out of their retirement? If you have a skill, you can teach it – so think about how to get started and make it happen!
Start a Nonprofit
Starting a nonprofit is another popular choice for those that want to help people and serve their community. You will need a lot of passion and drive, and also be fantastic at networking so you can build up funds and backing, and encourage people to get involved. Start by researching the area you want to work in – are there any other charities or nonprofits doing the same thing?
Also, do you have enough research to prove that your service is needed? Bear in mind that nonprofits don’t operate in the same manner as regular businesses. You’ll need to file for tax-exempt status, for example, and it’s also best to work with a firm that does accounting for nonprofits. As for what you want to do – it’s entirely up to you. But we would advise that you think carefully and stick with something you are passionate about. Running a nonprofit can often be a lot of hard work for little reward, and it’s your passion that will see you through.
You will have noticed many companies taking the environment a little more seriously in recent years – but what about taking things a bit further by starting a green business? For example, you might try and get involved with the burgeoning alternative energy sector, or an eco-friendly retail store that only sources its products from ethical markets. If you have a scientific mind, maybe you could start a business developing the next big sustainable construction material?
Useful in the kitchen? How about getting your recipes out there with an organic catering stall? There is a multitude of options out there to start a green business, wherever your interests lie. And it’s also worth pointing out that the government and your state might be keen to encourage eco-friendly ideas and often will often hand over grants and tax breaks to new companies.
If you can write – and have something interesting to say – why not start a blog? It’s another great idea for anyone looking to start a new business, and there aren’t many financial barriers to entry. You will be able to access hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions of other people around the world who are just like you and suffer from the same things that have bothered you over the years.
So, if you have solutions to those problems, why not share them? People turn to blogs for many reasons, but improving their lives or learning something new are two of the biggest. Is there an area in life that you excel at, or have a different take on? Whether it’s a life coaching style website or even just a simple fashion blog, you can help plenty of people with your wisdom, wit, and words.
Want to make a difference to people that need looking after? Then why not set up a business in the care field. Again, there are hundreds of different options to explore, from getting qualified to run front line services to creating a blog or online service for the families of those who need special care.
You might go down the nonprofit route, or you could start some kind of subscription service that gives people instant access to help and assistance. The only thing standing in the way of your success is your imagination – so get creative and think about how your skills and knowledge will be valuable for other people.
Do you have any fantastic ideas for starting a business that improves the world? Why not share them with us by responding in the comments section below?