Quick business opportunities as Solopreneurs during and post lockdown:

1. Virtual Assistant: As a virtual assistant, you have to handle various tasks for businesses like handling emails, email responses, incoming call handling, cold calling to prospective clients, handling social media accounts, daily accounting, monthly GST filing, vendor registration, and sales reporting. If you are a business or commerce graduate, this freelancing opportunity will open the door for outsourcing the virtual assistants to businesses of various sizes in a few months.

2. Bookkeeper and GST assistant: Another opportunity to work with business clients, you could offer bookkeeping services for businesses looking to outsource that function. Approach small businesses and solopreneurs to manage their accounts and monthly filing of GST over the web portal.

3. E-commerce seller: You can set-up an e-commerce store within a few minutes at web services like Zepo, Shopify, or you can sell over Amazon and Flipkart. 

4. Social media manager: You can offer services to the solopreneurs to schedule posts, manage bloggers, avail paid promotional services, and manage social media accounts.

5. Blogger: This is what I am doing now! Choose your favorite topic or blogging domain you wish to start your blog. Use online application Grammarly to make your writing better, quick, and easy.

6. Graphic designer: Graphic design requires a creative approach, imaginary thinking, and regular practice over designing software. Learn or polish your skills with online courses before offering the service.

7. Web designer: If you are a tech-savvy or passionate bout technology, then you can start building websites over WordPress platforms, resale hosting plans, and website maintenance service. 

8. Event photographer: Photography is another area that lends itself to solopreneurship. As a beginner, you can focus on small parties like birthday, baby shower, pre-school events, community events, and anniversary surprises.

9. Home Baker: Turn your passion into a business. If you are a passionate baker, then turn this into an opportunity to start your home baking business. Network with party planners, pastry shops, birthday planners, and sell your cakes, cupcakes, and confectionary over a fixed commission. 

10. Home Chef: Home tiffin services are in demand especially in metro cities. Prepare a weekly food menu and circular it in Facebook groups, WhatsApp groups, and over apartment community notice boards. Take the help of vegetable vendors, and other community helpers to increase WOM (word of mouth).

11. Party planner: Join party planning workshops or follow YouTube videos sincerely to build your career in party planning, and party entertainment management.

12. Party entertainer: Freelancer and individual party entertainers are in demand. With basic workshops and regular practice, you can acquire skills like a magician, tattoo artist, balloon sculptor, party host, or cosplayer. 

13. Foot cart or stalls: Food cart and stall business need little investment but pay you back quickly. Start with SOS (Shop Outside Shop) option, and start selling quickies and most loved street food like momos, sandwiches, fresh juices, chai, chaats, and filter coffee. Also, look out for flea markets, festivals, and weekend parties to set up stalls like popcorn, cotton candy, potato twist, chocolate fountain, french fries, and chaats.

14. Travel consultant: Start selling the experiences of your city to foreigners and nationals online. Create various packages like the street tour, historical monument tour, city day-tour package, countryside tour, or adventure tour. Start with a city travel blog to attract tourists and share your virtual experiences.

15. Online tutor: Start with home tuition or as an online tutor to share your educational subject expertise. You can also join online tutorial platforms as a tutor to sell your service.

16. Child Care service: You can start with a child care service out of your home. If you are a mother, then use your skills and experience to help a working couple in the upbringing of a child.

17. Pet Grooming: Pet grooming is one of the fastest-growing sectors in India due to exponential demand for pets, and an increase in hectic and stressful lifestyles has led to a demand for professional services. You must acquire the necessary skills, either by completing a formal grooming program or through experience gained grooming own pets.

18. Auto Detailing: Start providing car wash service on a subscription basis, with auto detailing and interior decor services. Market your services online and then travel to your clients. Later, start with buying and selling second-hand cars on your online portal.

19. Translator: If you know more than one language, you can start a business as a freelance or contract translator.

20. Zumba instructor: Take the Zumba® Basic 1 Instructor Program Online and get everything you need to start teaching virtual and in-person Zumba classes and making money directly from your home.


Why I have bid farewell to cubical culture in my startups | Developing remote assets | DIY Business

One and half-year after this novel coronavirus started spreading in India, the business community now understands how radically the world of business has transformed. We had automation and remote tools, case studies, and best practices to evolve beyond the outdated cubical culture for decades. What we lacked was the willpower to leave the office and cubicle behind!

As pandemic accelerated and lockdown came into effect, the proportion of remote workers skyrocketed 10-15 folds across the globe. Willingly or unwillingly, pre-schools, schools, colleges, and offices registered their presence at zoom calls. 

Amid the devastation of COVID-19, it’s worth pausing to reflect on what this future portends. Reduced commute times, asynchronous communication, less carbon in the atmosphere, and more livable cities. A world in which employees are more productive, business organizations are more resilient, and workplaces are more equitable.

Work from home has proven to be a boon for a lot of employees. It has cut travel time, saved money, allowed one to dedicate more time to family, and manage households better. WFH is not a one-sided love; companies have managed to save and control overheads, lubricative perks, and reward more bonuses in comparison. For example, the tech-giant GOOGLE saved around $1 billion as employees worked from home amid the pandemic.

As a startup or small business owner, rentals and avoidable reimbursements are the two biggest hindrances in the organization growth. Also, in the cubicle culture, the focus is majorly on availability and attendance. However, in remote work culture, the focus is on project or target competition. By decoupling work from a single location, organizations become better insulated from regional challenges such as natural disasters, outbreaks, or infrastructure outages. At the same time, studies suggest that employees who can choose where they live and work are more engaged, productive, and loyal to their employer.

I decided to adapt and experiment with this remote work culture and building remote assets because:

  1. It gives me confidence and the opportunity to explore the pool of talents from across India with the help of the internet. 
  2. It is helping me in eliminating real estate costs, and my teammates get geographic flexibility, eliminate commutes, and reports a better work-life balance.
  3. Teammates on dedicated digital projects, requiring focus or creative, critical thinking, working remotely can be far more productive than working in an office. 

Thus, I have decided to begin with creating and managing remote assets in the digital department of my hobby brand- Bunny Bash.

Content Writers: Team of 2 assets

  • Blog Manager: Creating interactive and DIY (Do It Yourself) related blog ideas and content. Responsible for handling the niche blog content, virtual interviews of bootstrap business owners across India.
  • Web Content Manager: Web page content development for static pages related to business keywords like party planner in Bangalore, surprise planner in Bangalore, birthday planner in Bangalore.

Digital Marketing & PR: Team of 2 assets

  • Marketing Expert: Responsible for handling Google ads, Facebook and Instagram ads, social media handling, digital collaborations, creating and handling campus ambassadors.
  • PR Expert: Digital press releases at websites with good DA/PA, digital backlink creation from niche websites, organising digital events.

Dash and Dot Team: Team of 2 assets

  • Pixel Expert: Responsible for photo manipulation, photo retouching, GIF art
  • Line Expert: Digital Illustrations, Minimal Art, Presentations, Web Layouts, Backdrops, Cutouts, Brand Designs

Virtual Marketeer

Responsible for assisting me (Anurag) with meeting management, calendar management, franchisee expansion of Bunny Bash, NETWORK MARKETING OF MARKETING AND CORPORATE EVENT SERVICES.

HR and Intern Management Specialist

Responsible for recruiting, onboarding, managing, issue of certificates and offer letters, and delivery of digital or physical gifts to unpaid interns and campus ambassadors. 

Weekly assessments of paid interns, feedbacks, and essential HR initiatives.

Coders: Team of 2 assets

  • WordPress Expert: Responsible for developing blog pages, applications, third-party application integration
  • JS Expert: Responsible for developing blog pages, applications, third-party application integration

Remote work culture may affect communication, including brainstorming, knowledge sharing, socialisation, mentoring, performance evaluation, and data security & regulation. Thus I have decided for organising a physical meetup every quarter to minimise the consequences of this trending and new work culture. 

Tasks and activities, not occupations, determine the potential for remote work.