While job uncertainty is increasing every day, there has been a variety of startups taking birth in the country. While there is no 100% guarantee that all the startups will succeed, innovative startup ideas are taking birth every day to solve problems existing in the country from time immemorial.
It is often said that “none of the startup ideas are unique” and the ones we provide below may hold the same argument but these are definitely the hot business areas of today’s startup era which you may start and make them unique in your own way! Very aptly, “uniqueness depends on execution”. So, to keep the startup spirit afloat, here are 50 startup ideas that you may start in 2016.
1. Selling homemade products online
Indian women are adept in creating home based products and this is a proven fact. Even if they are often not given the opportunity to step out of home and convert their skills into business, they do it perfectly even from home. This sector is still relatively untapped in the country and Indian women can be helped to showcase their skills online under a common platform. Customers will also get the privilege to choose the best among many.
2. Selling healthy and organic food
Who doesn’t love junk food and who doesn’t understand the importance of nutritious food? Why not make an amalgamation of the two with technology and sell healthy foods with less spice and oil.
3. Food delivery
So, are you fed up with everyday news of stud downs and layoffs from food-tech startups? Don’t be! Food industry of India is a billion dollar market and food related startup ideas definitely hold potential. And if implemented in the right direction, it has got an immense potential to change food habits of the citizens.
4. Car Wash
If you have a car, that doesn’t imply you have a driver as well. And that also doesn’t mean that you are quite happy with the way your precious treasure, i.e., your car is maintained. Automated Car Wash is definitely one of the best startup ideas to look for in 2016!
5. Selling personalized gifts
This is definitely what home-based women entrepreneurs can try. They can make personalized gifts based on their customers’ taste and occasion and sell them online. There are innumerable things that can be done centered around this.
6. Data security
With so much information online, there is a definite need to secure data by offering content protection solution for online businesses to protect their website content from competitors and fraudsters.
7. Social media consultancy
Social media is ruling the modern world. And in the business world, social media is the king. With that being said, social media consultancy has emerged as a new career opportunity which if used in the right way can take someone to millions.
8. Selling handmade crafts online
It is in the nature of human beings that they want to keep beautiful things with them and crafts definitely fit this category. There are several home based craftsmen making amazing products who can be aggregated so that they ca sell their products through a common platform.
9. Customized packages for content service
With 90% of companies relying on content marketing these days to market their products and services, there is a definite need for more agencies which can assure trusted content service in customized packages to companies.
10. Showcasing talent online
Why not build a platform for the commoners where they can show their skills related to anything and everything and they are rated by the viewers. Based on the number of likes and reaction from the viewers, they can be given opportunity to showcase their talent on big platforms. These types of startup ideas are a definitive way to provide equal opportunity to all the talented people out there where discrimination depends only on talent!
11. A platform for storytellers
Suppose you got high last night or did something very fishy based on a dare given by your friend. What did you do in those situations? Think, think! Funny, right? why not share this with the world or just your friend circle through a story. Well, it doesn’t always have to be your own personal blog.
12. Video Dating website
There can be a platform where users and their friends can upload videos and talk about their friends as well. Users can add videos of themselves talking about their interests, who they are and who they are looking for which can help them to find the perfect partner real-time!
We all know this very well that most of the food we eat are adulterated. And hence we are getting more conscious about our health with each passing day. Having a slim and trim figure, if not a zero figure, is in trend! But do we exactly know how to go about it? Most of us don’t. And that’s where nutritionists can find their business!
14. Personal makeup and beauty services
Everything is going online – from clothes to accessories, food to cars! So why should our makeup services stay back to the traditional beauty parlors! Today each of us wants to have services at our footsteps and so there is a great need for personal makeup and beauty services who can come to your rescue even in emergency situations.
15. Career Counselling
While outside India, most of the schools provides the students with personal mentors, this is not very common in India. We are lost in our traditional education system which doesn’t seem to change. Hence there is a much need for startup ideas based on career counselling services which can be reachable to each and every student so that they don’t get trapped in the rat race.
16. Pay it forward coupons
May be in restaurants or beauty salons, spas etc. pay-it-forward idea can prove to be the new selling and retailing process. When a customer eats at your restaurant or uses your service, issue him/her a coupon for another restaurant which expires in a month or so. The process goes on and the result is some new faces and increased sales!
17. Rent out any personal stuff
We do rent out cars , but what about personal stuff. If we have some special guest coming in and need a beautiful cutlery set but don’t want to spend a lot and also know we may not need it in future. Similarly I have a guitar which I don’t use often but still do not wish to depart with it. In India we don’t have any such platform for renting out personal stuff. The scope is limitless from clothes, furniture, cookware, gadget etc.
18. Online Courses
It is not always feasible for everyone to pay huge amount of money in online courses provided by Coursera, Udemy etc. Also it is not necessary that everyone will comprehend the lectures completely since a significant number of Indian population still studies in regional languages. Whatever may be the case, what is similar between everyone is the eagerness to learn things apart from academic lessons. Hence, multilingual online courses are bound to work in India.
19. Your personal assistant
Nowadays people have become so busy that the startup ideas which save even 10-15 minutes can also turn into a billion dollar one! They want to have dinner; online food delivery is at their service. They want to go somewhere, online cab companies are at their disposal. Every small thing is at hand. So in that case, a startup which provides a personal assistance doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Just a Whatsapp message or a call, and any kind of work will be done!
20. Laundry Services
E-laundry services are catching up quite fast and the reason is quite simple – Everything is going online and so are laundry services! It has got wide scope in a country like India where population is ever increasing.
(To Be Continued)
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Fardeen Faisal is the Fountainhead and CEO of DiveToHunt, an award-winning blog that aims at helping people be their own boss. He had started blogging at the age of 9. He is a blog scientist, SEO Expert and an entrepreneur.