When you are having a hard time finding a career that meets your spiritual needs, creating one maybe your answer. Being their own boss is not the only reason why Christians are drawn to creating their own small businesses. They want to create an environment that draws on their beliefs and skills at the same time.
Coffee Shop and Bookstore
Create an environment where people can hang out with friends, conduct a casual meeting, sip on a hot mocha and read an inspiring book. A combined Christian bookstore and coffee shop can attract those who simply want a coffee, are looking for a gift, are interested in reading more about a theological topic or want to take a break from the busy world. This type of business is a great way to show the public your interests and beliefs, feature new Christian bands and distribute books by new Christian authors.
A thrift store can become a nonprofit venture for a Christian looking for a way to serve his community. A Christian thrift store can donate its proceeds to a charity and offer free products to those in need. It can also benefit the community by selling inexpensive products or crafts made by local artists. When you make a thrift store a nonprofit entity, community members will be encouraged to drop off unwanted items in exchange for a receipt they can use during tax season. If you decide to make your thrift unique by only selling particular items, you can give unwanted items to a charitable organization in need of those goods, to another thrift shop to sell or to your own customers free of charge.
If you find that others often come to you for advice and counseling, consider becoming a Christian life coach. Life coaches help individual set and achieve goals by breaking down barriers and pushing past excuses that have prevented success in the past. A Christian individual may feel more comfortable with a life coach that shares his beliefs and uses a Biblical, faith-based approach. Christian life coaches can help individuals have more confidence and better self-esteem, make wise career choices, have better relationships, improve their health, find a purpose in life and be more organized. While an individual interested in becoming a life coach does not need a degree in counseling, certification in a life coach program is a good credential to have.
If you are a good storyteller, are often asked to contribute to your church’s newsletter or find yourself with the ability to illustrate theological principles with your words creatively, you may have a fruitful career as a Christian writer. Christian writers may work with an agent or as a freelancer as they contribute Christian-themed articles to magazines or write Biblical study guides, a collection of faith-based essays, poetry, self-help books or even books for children.