As states begin to consider reopening their economies, Black entrepreneurs will have several opportunities. The business and social landscape, at least in the immediate future, will be altered from what we’ve known in that past but that shouldn’t discourage Black entrepreneurs. Black history is an unending story of change and evolution, birthed of necessity: this will be no different. Below are opportunities that you can dive into, immediately.
Delivery/Personal Valet Service
Even as things open up, many people will be leery of going out, for some time. In addition to the usual food delivery orders, people will want others to pick up their dry cleaning, make runs to the post office and just about anything else you can think of. Consider marketing your services to clients as a personal valet. You can charge clients by the run or put them on a retainer, where they pay you a monthly fee for an unlimited amount of services. If 50 people paid you $200 monthly to do this, you’d be plenty busy but also, plenty paid.
Businesses can’t find bottles, alcohol and a range of other things. As businesses begin to open back up and demand for just about everything actually increases, finding supplies will continue to be a headache. The grocery chain that wouldn’t think to talk to you last year about supplying them with a certain product, just might listen today. If you actually make products, many of the local mom and pops, who will be competing with WalMart for stock, will consider buying from you instead. The global supply chain is off and will be, for some time: that simply means it’s time to insert yourself into it.
Safety & Preparedness Consulting
Never before, in this generation, have businesses had to consider pandemics and “social distancing” in their operations. In times past, “security” simply meant loss mitigation and hoping no one came into your establishment with a gun. Today, however, businesses must prepare against infectious diseases and figure out how to make consumers feel safe doing business with them. Many companies would willingly pay a credible consultant to help them restructure their operations and make plans for reopening their establishments, as well as how to maintain them.
Let’s face it, America’s educational system left much to be desired before this pandemic. Children missing months of school can’t be helpful, at all. For many parents, it will be essential that their kids get the extra help and instruction they need to get caught up. Many engineers who will find it hard to get back to work will have a much easier time tutoring kids in math. Perhaps you are an attorney who can help prep people for the LSAT. Tutoring will be a huge need and if you’ve got the skills, start marketing yourself.