Successful entrepreneurs see a need and find a way to meet that need. Potential small business owners often overlook the needs of niche markets. Niche markets offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to provide a service where few competitors exist.
Puppy Party Planning
A puppy party planning service meets the needs of dog-loving families everywhere. When families add a new puppy to the household, everyone basks in the excitement. Puppies quickly become a valued member of the household, often receiving gifts during the holidays or on the anniversary date of joining the family. Some children wonder why their parents plan birthday parties for them, but not for the family dog. Meet with the family to determine if they prefer to invite people or other dogs to the party. Evaluate the space available for the party and plan goodie bags for the guests to take home. If the guests consist of other dogs, hold races where the owners run with their dogs or set up a wading pool for a relaxing swim. Advertise your puppy party planning service at veterinarian clinics or pet stores.
Home Cooked Dinners
Most people enjoy a home-cooked meal, but lack the time to prepare one. Sell your cooking ability to these families. Create a menu of dinners for the customers to choose from. Plan to cook and serve the meal in the customer’s home. Pack all the ingredients necessary for the meal along with the kitchen utensils necessary to prepare the meal. Visit the home at least 30 minutes before you start cooking in order to set up and clean the kitchen area. Cook and serve the meal to the family. Leave disposable Styrofoam containers for the family to use for storing leftovers.
Many Lamaze classes and parenting classes talk about the benefits massage for new babies. Many parents lack the patience or the time to learn the proper techniques for massaging the infant. Sell your infant-massage ability to these new parents. Set up a schedule for visiting the new family and providing an infant massage. Allow the parents to use this time for completing some of the tasks that sleep-deprived parents need to do.
Many families live across the country away from their own parents and relatives. The children in these families miss out on the benefits of building relationships with their grandparents. Offer your service as a visiting grandparent. Set up a schedule with the parents to visit the children and read together, walk around the block or play board games. Share your memories growing up with the children.