The Best 11 Business Ideas for Creative Entrepreneurs

Cameron Fleming | 4 August 2022 | 2 years ago

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Are you a creative person, sitting at a desk, stuck in a mundane, redundant job? You have a million creative ideas but you’re not sure how to turn them into a successful career and get you out of that cubicle? There are millions of highly creative people around the world who have all the skills and drive needed to go it alone and start their own business but just don’t know where to begin.

To help you take advantage of your skills and start a new career, here are 11 creative business ideas that will let you utilise and monetise your creativity.

1. Drone Photographer/Videographer 

Many businesses are looking for drone photographers for a wide array of reasons. You have no doubt seen the use of drones at sporting events or music festivals, but there are many businesses that pay top dollar for professional drone pilots. Farmers and industrial-scale agricultural companies utilise drone pilots to analyse their crops and improve yield by using drone footage to see which crops or fields they should water or fertilise more. Utility companies hire drone pilots to survey power lines in hard-to-reach areas so that they do not need to send people to do it. Real estate companies use drones for creating dramatic footage of the properties for their listings or to photograph potential plots. Most of these companies outsource their drone needs so setting up a drone videography business in your area can be lucrative. 

2. Develop Mobile Gaming Apps

The Mobile Gaming industry is expected to reach £97 billion in revenue by 2026. This means that if you are an app developer, the gaming industry could be your long-term cash cow and open up huge opportunities for you. For aspiring developers, now is the time to start learning the coding languages needed to build an app. There are many free resources you can use to start studying languages like Java, C++, Kotlin, C#, and HTML5 so that you have all the knowledge required. You can develop the game yourself, build a team to work together or outsource certain tasks to developers online. 

start a 3D printing business

3. 3D Printing

The rapid technological advancement and affordability of 3D printers have made starting a 3D printing business a viable, revenue-generating option for a creative entrepreneur. Entry-level 3D printers cost around £330, while industrial-grade printers can be upwards of £8,300, so you have a wide range of hardware options to start the company. Once you have your printer, you will need to choose your software. Some of the best software options are Kura, ideaMaker, and PrusaSlicer, just to name a few. These programs run on Windows, macOS, and Linux. There are even browser-based options like Kiri:Moto and AstroPrint. Build a website for your company and set up a YouTube channel with videos showing your skills and you will be off and running. 

4. Coding for the Cloud

There is a high demand and low supply of software engineers that can develop and manage the data storage for the cloud. This is why they are the highest-paid engineers in the industry. All the major tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, etc, are battling to find talented Data Storage Engineers. It’s no easy task, but if you possess the abilities to engineer anything related to the cloud or data storage, you can find a few other engineers, create your start-up and then sell your services. If you need capital to start your business, investors are throwing money at data warehousing start-ups. If you build a strong reputation then major companies will soon be knocking on your door with offers to acquire your company. 

5. Power Bank Kiosks

How many times have you hopped on a train, bus, or aeroplane and realised you’ve forgotten your phone charger? Well, Power Bank rental kiosks have created a unique, revenue-generating way to alleviate the stress that comes from a dying phone battery and not having a charger. A Power Bank kiosk business is a simple but effective business idea because you will immediately be solving a common problem that many people experience on a daily basis. This means you will have a ready-made customer base.

Creating a power bank business works like this: purchase the kiosks, then arrange to set up the kiosks with a local business or government transit authorities, customers will need to download the app that is associated with your brand of kiosks. They will need to enter their payment details. Most apps allow for payment with bank accounts, credit cards, and online payment companies like PayPal. Once their account is set up, they go to the kiosk and scan a QR code. When the code is scanned, a deposit is taken out of their account and the power bank pops out of the kiosk. 

When the customer returns the power bank to one of your kiosks, they are charged a fee and their deposit is then returned. The location and amount of foot traffic are the keys to making a  success of your venture. 2gocharger.com has an excellent breakdown of the financials for this type of business on their website so you can get a better idea of what to expect.

mobile hangover IV business

6. Mobile Hangover IV Services

Everyone knows that there are few things in the world worse than a hangover. How many times have you woken up after a night of partying at a wedding or holiday party and would give anything to make your hangover disappear? Well, with a Mobile IV business, it is now possible to instantly get rid of that hangover. It’s a business with premium customers that are willing to pay top dollar to make their headaches go away. 

It works like this: a customer schedules an appointment by phone or on your website, they request the service that best fits their needs, and one of your nurses goes to their address and administers the IV treatment. This will make them feel better and help them to get on with their day.

You can offer multiple different IV treatments as well, such as treatments for Jet Lag, Food Poisoning, Dehydration, and even Morning Sickness for women who are pregnant. Most IV services charge between £125 and £350 per session. This business is extremely rewarding. All of your customers will be anxiously anticipating the arrival of your Mobile IV. 

Make sure you check your local government regulations regarding who can administer the treatment and whether you need any licences or insurance.

7. Extreme Travel Guide

Do you live in an amazing metropolitan city and know the hippest dive bars, the best locals-only food joints, and where to hear the best live music? Or maybe you live in a foreign country and know the best local street food. Perhaps you are an outdoorsman/woman that knows how to find secret waterfalls and beaches in the jungle. 

Many people that visit a new city or foreign country want to immerse themselves in the local culture and surroundings but they are intimidated to stray off the beaten path. This is how your Extreme Travel Guide business makes money. Most major cities and tourist destinations have Facebook groups for expats, travellers, nomads, and new residents. Set up your own social media pages for your guide business, promote your unique tours in these groups and ask your customers to leave reviews when they are satisfied with your service. Referrals and word of mouth will be key to your success. 

8. Screen Printing Shirts

There are many different methods for decorating shirts, but the demand for screen printing continues to rise year over year. The market for custom printed clothing is expected to grow to £5.9 billion by 2027 and screen printing has become the most desirable method for making custom gear. Screen printing produces a higher quality, more durable product with colours that are more vivid and textured than other methods. 

It is also a very cost-effective business to start. The equipment needed is significantly cheaper than the other options. It will take time to master, but with enough devotion, trial & error, and YouTube tutorials, your business will be making money in no time. There are 3 stages to printing: Pre-printing, Printing, and Post-printing. For pre-printing, you will need the following: software, any Inkjet or Laser printer, transparency film for your artwork designs, prefabricated wood or aluminium frames, emulsion and an emulsion scoop coater, a drying rack, and an exposure unit. 

For the actual screen printing, you will need a screen printing press, ink, squeegees and a squeegee holder, t-shirts, test pellons, spray adhesive, masking tape, and a flash curing unit. Finally, for post-printing, you will need a curing element, degreaser, dehazer, emulsion remover, and a wash-out booth. Sure, it sounds like a big investment but it is actually quite affordable. You can set up your screen printing studio with all of the aforementioned gear for less than £3,500. 

mobile tattoo business

9. Mobile Tattoo Artist

Are you a Tattoo Artist that is tired of paying constantly increasing rent for your parlour? If the answer is yes, it’s time to take your tattoo business mobile. There are many mechanics that will retrofit vans, RVs and trailers to your exact specifications. The upfront investment may be high, but the savings on monthly rent and expenses at your brick-and-mortar location will be recouped quickly.

Take your shop to music festivals, farmers’ markets, local art fairs, or basically anywhere you can park it. Advertise your location on social media to let your customers know where your mobile parlour will be. Most governmental jurisdictions allow mobile tattooing as long as you have your health and safety certificate, but be sure to check your local regulations. 

10. Podcasting

Do you have intricate knowledge of football? Maybe you are a history connoisseur. Perhaps politics is your thing. Or maybe you and your mates just want to banter. Almost literally, there are no topics that are off-limits when it comes to podcasting. Pick a niche, buy a microphone, download audio editing software, and start a podcast. It’s as simple as that. There is no barrier to entry into the world of podcasting. 

Once you have recorded a podcast and edited the audio, you can upload it to a variety of platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and many more, for free. You should promote your podcast on your social media for free or you can pay the platforms to boost your podcast higher up their search rankings. If your podcast gains enough traction, companies will approach you to promote their products because advertising on podcasts is an excellent way to target their customers. 

Many podcasts also record videos to accompany their audio. Upload the video to YouTube or any other sites that host video content and you can increase your subscribers, therefore increasing your monetization as well. Millions of people listen to podcasts every day on their way to and from work, on aeroplanes, or just to relax. It’s a massive industry worth exploring if you are a creative person looking to start a business.

graffiti mural business

11. Graffiti Artist/Mural Painter

Spray painting on the side of buildings used to be a crime. Now, it’s a big business. It started with graffiti artist David Choe when he was hired by Facebook to paint a mural at the Facebook corporate offices. Facebook offered him £50,000 or the option to take shares of stock in the company. Choe chose to take the shares and when Facebook had their IPO, he made £165 million. Odds are you won’t be as lucky as Choe, but there is still plenty of money to be made in the mural business. 

Restaurants, bars, shopping malls, and many other businesses are always looking for creative ways to reach their customers. Having a mural or intricately done graffiti on their building instantly creates a photo opportunity that can be tagged and shared on social media, in turn, promoting their brand. Take photos of your finished projects and post them to your social media to promote yourself and local businesses will be lining up for your services.  

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many options for creative business ideas. With a lot of motivation and ingenuity, all of these careers are ready and waiting for you. Look at your skill set, research market opportunities and start putting your knowledge and experience to use. Good luck with your new venture!

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