Businesses For General Investment
Many business owners already have a good idea of what types of businesses will fit their schedule. Depending on your setup, you may be looking to create some part time business opportunities to further bolster your main job or business or you may be looking to create a full time new job. Regardless of the plan, the criteria for choosing a good business opportunity should be relatively similar.
Find a company that offers little startup capital.
This is important because some business opportunities will require a large amount of startup capital. These businesses should especially be avoided during recessionary times because loans will be harder to come by. In addition, extra cash on hand is even more important during the initial phase of starting a business and to help put out any fires that may occur in the process. This means that business that tend to offer services will be more popular because they do not require as a large of an overhead and some can be even transformed into information products that can be relatively easily be sold in a digital format online. These are particularly effective because they do not have significant inventory or manufacturing costs.
Promote services or products that are “need” items.
Essentially, this is important because during a recession consumer spending decreases. Consequently, your business should offer a product or service that customers will still fill they need to get above other items. One of the most popular service options during recession times is businesses that cater to the newly created problems. Usually, these take the form of foreclosure help, credit card help, job help or other forms of service that are geared towards helping those who are hurt by the recession.
Company should require minimal staff
During these times, it is better to outsource any additional work that is needed rather than take on additional employees. Contract labor will be more effective because it offers more flexibility than taking on full time employees. You should have reduced labor costs. In addition, you should be better able to adjust more changes in demand. This will also be helpful towards the end of the recession where some businesses’ demand decline will dry up or decline.
Choose companies you can market aggressively
You want to choose companies that allow you to promote them through various channels. Instead, of looking to scale back your advertising and promotion budget, you should be looking to expand it. Recessionary times can be a great time to find deals for advertising as other companies cut back on their budget. You should use this to your advantage by negotiating better terms when possible and also opting for businesses that can be promoted effectively through advertising.