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13 Eco-Friendly Business Ideas
Why Start A Green Company
Society in general is becoming more environmentally conscious, meaning there is a huge opportunity to start a green company. People are turning to greener options for their households, personal care items, and transportation. Starting your own business doesn't have to cost more than a few hundred bucks, depending on which one you choose. An eco-friendly makeup artist, for example, only needs to invest in organic makeup, brushes, and the typical business marketing materials like a website, business cards, etc. A green cab company, however, would require much more start-up capital. Below are 13 eco-friendly and lucrative business ideas to help kick-start your creativity.
Eco-friendly Cleaning Company
Whether you choose to clean offices or homes, there is always a need for more environmentally friendly cleaners. You can make your own cleaning solutions, which are very inexpensive, and eliminate chemicals from people's homes and offices. Vinegar and baking soda are extremely versatile cleaning solutions that can effectively replace the harmful, toxic solutions most people use. This business requires minimal capital to start up and you can charge around $25 to $35 per hour or charge per square foot.
Sustainable Living Consultant
Teach businesses and homeowners to reduce their carbon footprints, save energy, and become more sustainable by offering your professional consulting services. Build your business around educating people and making a real difference their lives. Click here to become a Certified Eco Consultant and learn how to start your own Eco Consultant business. Full time consultants can earn $40,000 per year and much more, depending on the type of clients you serve.
Green Lifestyle Blogger
If you love to share information with others, you can start a green lifestyle blog on any green-related topic of your interest. Review green products, share your expertise, and help people around the world with your knowledge. Some bloggers are earning six figures by being an affiliate for products and services related to the blog topic. Starting a blog requires very little money - just hosting ($50 per year and up) and domain name ($15 per year). For information on how to start a profitable blog, check out this article.
Clear Air Transportation
Start your own "green" transportation company using hybrid and other clean-energy vehicles. If you already have a hybrid or electric vehicle, you obviously won't have much of a start-up cost. People always need transportation and you can help reduce pollutants by providing cleaner transportation. You could also specialize in senior or child transportation to stand out in your community.
Organic Catering Company
How many caterers specialize in providing locally-grown, organic foods? Not many. You can stand out from all the rest by providing higher quality, fresher foods for people's events. Catering is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US, accounting for over five billion dollars in annual revenue. Many caterers are earning $70,000 to $100,000 per year. Grow your own produce to cut costs.
Eco-Friendly Event Planning
Plan and execute events in an environmentally responsible manner, all while leaving a lasting impression on guests. If you're a creative person who enjoys making plans and working under pressure, this career can prove very lucrative. The average event planner earns an annual salary of $50,000 to $70,000, depending on the location. The global event-planning industry pulls in around 500 billion dollars per year, so you won't have to worry about your business going flat.
Farm-Fresh Food Truck
If you've always wanted your own food truck, consider the benefits of specializing in locally-grown, farm-fresh foods. You can even grow your own foods for your food cart business if you have yard space. You would have to invest in the food truck, which may set you back financially, but you save money by using a solar-powered kitchen. High-end food trucks are pulling in anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 in monthly credit card volume.
Natural Hair Stylist
Have a passion for doing hair? Use organic hair-care products on your clients instead of the usual salon products filled with parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and other harsh ingredients. You don't even need your own salon - you can cut and style people's hair in their home or yours. Hair stylists' salaries vary depending on experience and location, but they typically earn between $20,000 and $30,000 per year. Add in natural makeup services and double your income, or specialize in special occasions like weddings, graduations, proms, etc.
Natural Makeup Artist
Most makeup artists use the typical cosmetics like MAC, Urban Decay, and drugstore brands such as Maybelline and Revlon on their clients. Why settle for average when you could be standing out from the rest? As a natural makeup artist, you can use organic, high-quality cosmetics from brands like Pacifica Beauty and 100 Percent Pure to beautify your clients. Organic cosmetics cause less irritation since they don't contain all the synthetic ingredients like standard makeup. The average makeup artist earns around $60,000 per year.
Transform old, unwanted furniture into desirable, functional pieces by restoring them to a better condition. You can purchase used wooden furniture pieces at garage sales and furniture stores or even on Craigslist for inexpensive prices. Restore them and resell them for a profit. Open your own store and put the restored pieces on display. Depending on the quality of the item, you can earn earn several hundred dollars per piece.
Sustainable Gardening & Landscaping
Put your green thumb to use with a sustainable gardening and landscaping business. Most residential landscaping businesses use vast quantities of artificial fertilizers and chemical herbicides, all of which are harmful to native vegetation and can seep into our groundwater. You can be different by providing natural landscaping solutions to homeowners and businesses, using natural mulching and composting techniques. There are many natural, non-toxic weed control solutions you can make, as well. Landscaping can be a very profitable career as owners can earn up to around $90,000 annually.
Mix your creativity and passion for the environment by creating unique artwork from recycled items. The sky is really the limit here... you can literally turn any piece of trash into amazing artwork. Don't expect to earn a lot (or anything) at first, but you can find steady work once you establish yourself in the art community. Make connections with local artists and gallery owners to eventually have your work displayed in galleries. Although this career may not kick off quickly, the possibilities are endless and you can become a successful artist helping the environment.
Although not a glamourous business, bicycle repair is a needed service as more people are commuting via bicycle. You can start this business out of your garage and until you accumulate enough funds to open a store-front. Pedal to the People bicycle repair shop in Chicago charges $50 for a quick-tune and $160 for a full over-haul, so you can earn a steady income from a bicycle business. You can also make house-calls and stand out from other bicycle repair companies. With a bicycle repair business, you can feel good knowing you’re helping promote a cleaner method of transportation.
I hope you found these 13 green business ideas useful or at least thought-provoking. You can start a green business this month when minimal investment. The possibilities are truly endless, and you can feel great knowing you're doing something positive for the environment. Just remember to choose a business idea that aligns with your personal interests/passions, otherwise you are likely to lose interest and quit the business altogether.