21 WORK FROM HOME OPPORTUNITIES POST LOCKDOWN | HOME STARTUP IDEAS

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.

I HOPE YOU WILL FIND THIS BLOG INFORMATIVE AND THIS MAY ENCOURAGE YOU OR DEAR ONES TO START THEIR FREELANCE BUSINESS FROM HOME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND SUPPORT.

You must be skilled in the following before you wish to be an event stylist

EVENT STYLING- A BRAND NEW CAREER….

Are you looking for a career in Event Styling, hiring one for an event but are completely confused about where to start, what exactly to look for, what qualities are required for the job? Don’t worry; we have you covered. This article answers all of your queries, from Event Styling to what qualities an event styler must possess. But first, let’s start with the basics! 

What is Event Styling? Who is an Event Styler?

Event styling is the art of decorating an event. An event stylist is a person in charge of the visual identity of an occasion. 

While event planners primarily focus on logisticsevent stylists take care of the aesthetics. An event stylist is mainly in charge of the overall visual theme, seating arrangements, plants and flowers, lighting, graphic designs, props, furniture, colours, special effects etc.  

Why is an Event Stylist required?

Event stylists are visual detail freaks that provide the picture-perfect decor for the event. Hiring an event stylist will have you covered if you want to take your business to the next level for a particular event by giving it a stylish touch and an outstanding setting. Event stylists help you provide the “feel” of an event.

What are the qualities essential to become a successful Event Stylist?

Following are the skills required by an Event Stylist, at least at a basic level, for a successful career.

  • Marketeer- For any business to run smoothly, especially for someone opting for event styling as a carrier where everything depends on the client base and market availability. A person has to be a proficient marketeer with the required market knowledge and a varied client base for the proper and timely supply of goods and services required for setting up an event successfully.
  • Graphic Designer- From invitations for weddings and birthdays to identity cards for conferences to pamphlets for exhibitions, an event stylist requires a certain level of graphic design proficiency to complete the task flawlessly.
  • Food/ catering Curator- Food is an essential part of all types of events. Therefore, an event stylist is required to shortlist food items and hire professionals or DIY them according to the taste preferences and requirements of the client and theme.
  • Florist- Event stylists must create pleasing, artistic compositions using floral or botanical elements for events like weddings, editorial shoots, commercial displays, etc. Not an in-depth but basic knowledge of different types of flowers and design principles like balance, rhythm, contrast, harmony, unity is anticipated.
  • Balloonist- Various events like birthdays, bridal showers, engagements, weddings, and corporate events require creating one of a kind, custom balloon decorations by the Event Stylist. Hence, elemental composition and balloon handling skills are must-have event stylist qualities.
  • Crafter- Events come with various tasks like assembling, decorating, designing, installing, etc., requiring an event stylist to have hands-on crafting ability to create one of a kind props in the stipulated period of time.
  • Personal Shopper- An event stylist for events like weddings, engagements, bridal showers, theme birthdays, etc., are required to shop for or advise the VIPs and sometimes for the entire family throwing the party, as garments are an integral part of the visual essence. Hence, he must have adequate knowledge of brands, fashion trends, market availabilities, etc., for a smooth event flow.
  • Visual Artist- There are numerous elements or tools for creating an event like flowers, balloons, installations, decorations, food, etc. But for an event to come together and marry aesthetically, an event stylist has to have visual artistic abilities enabling him to imagine, design, and create experiences efficiently using these tools.
  • Electrician- An electrician could be hired for intricate electric works. Still, a basic knowledge of various lighting fixtures, their uses, etc., help the event stylist style the event better.
  • Anchor/Party Host/DJ/ Social Soul- While hiring a host/ anchor/DJ for a large budget event is conducive, an event stylist with confident social interactive quality is preferable for anchoring budget-friendly, family-friendly events.
  • Painter- Various events require painting, colouring hands-on to add little details needed for the theme completion of the event. While professionals can be hired for the same, small events where budget is a key along with proper decorations, having painting abilities adds on as a plus point for an event stylist.
  • Fabricators/ Carpenters- Certain detailed theme events require one of a kind fabrications by cutting, blending, assembling materials like wood, plastic, steel, etc. While professional fabricators can be hired to do the job, an event stylist able to take command over them by designing the object according to the event’s theme is preferable.
  • Baker- While food items like cakes can be ordered from professionals, the baking ability of the event stylist helps in small scale events.
  • Sound Engineer- Music and sound play an important role in making or breaking events like theme-based weddings, galas, DJ parties, press conferences, concerts, etc. Though hiring a professional for intricate details is preferable, an event stylist must coordinate and produce the best sound effects required for the event.
  • Photographer- While one can hire a professional event photographer for various occasions like trade shows, press conferences and meetings, galas and fundraisers, award ceremonies, weddings, etc. Photography of small scale or budget-friendly events could be handled proficiently by an event stylist.

When should one hire an Event Stylist?

Conclusively, small events that require precise detailing, decor and visual theme but little planning are practically benefited in hiring an Event Stylist over an Event Planner. On the other hand, themeless large scale events requiring little to no decorations don’t practically benefit from hiring an Event Stylist than an Event Planner. For large themed events like weddings, theme birthday parties, both an event stylist and an event planner are required to work in coordination to bring out the unified theme and perfect feel in a given amount of time.

In many cases, both Event Planning and Event Styling are done by a single person or company. 

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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.

5 REASONS TO START AN EVENT PLANNING BUSINESS FROM HOME | DIY Business

Setting up a business at home may not look like the natural choice, but business engagement like event planning from home is an intelligent choice adding a personal touch to it. This step keeps the early overheads down and maximizes productivity if there is no leniency towards the daily to-do list. 

I will also share some tips to get an enquiry call from your very first customer without spending on advertisements or promotions after justifying my stand- starting an event planning business at home.

Storage

At the beginning of your event planning business, you do not have to invest in event equipment, better printers, laser cutters, marketing materials, and theme-based reusable stocks. So there is no practical use of office or storage spaces.

Client Meetings

I have found out personally that out of 100 customers, 95 do not travel to your office or workspace. Practically, it makes sense to visit the venue for an overview and share your thoughts with your prospective client or customer. Your initial conversation boosts confidence within the customer, and client conversion is highest.

Work From Home (WFH) Perks

Event management is a business of ideas! I keep my phone handy, document each budding notion, even sit at the hot seat (toilet seat). At home, you can use your same favourite couch or bed as your workstation. You do not have to pay separately electric bills, wifi bills or maintenance costs.

Remote Team

Amid the devastation of COVID-19, it’s worth pausing to reflect on what this future portends. A world in which employees are more productive, business organizations are more resilient, and workplaces are more equitable. In the beginning, you can hire an event planner and marketing intern with little experience; this will reduce your effort and recurring expenses drastically.

Change in the customer overview

In recent times, urban customers perceive that home-based business has a personalization touch due to less commercialization, small team, and no quality or creative issues due to micro specialization. The home-based growing business works for the recognition, word of mouth references, and serving a limited radius.

As promised at the beginning of this blog, let me share some tips to get an enquiry call from your very first customer without spending on advertisements or promotions. Here it goes:

  • Create decor samples at home: You can take inspiration from Pinterest media to create at-home decoration samples for birthdays, anniversaries or baby showers. Try it and share your creation on Pinterest and other popular social media like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube Shorts, WhatsApp status and your blog page. Regular engagement will inspire your prospective customers to experience your service.
  • Host Games In Your Community: Start hosting one-minute games, karaoke nights, talent hunts within your community—shout out your event at the community portal, WhatsApp group and close neighbours.
  • Network with home bakers personally or digitally: Baked products like cake, cupcakes, muffins and biscuits are essentials for any personal event. Start building the business network or join one to fast track your customer reach. References from established home bakers will help you to grab your first customer soon.

I will blog about grabbing your first customer in event planning comprehensively in a separate blog. Request you to follow our blog to get updates about new blogs on startups, business ideas, inspirations, and skills.