If you’re looking to change careers, start a full-fledged business, or simply create an additional income stream but need some 2022 business ideas, here are five industries to consider.

 

 

1. WELLNESS

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to significant changes in how people stayed fit. The pandemic however also highlighted the importance of holistic wellbeing more than ever. Products or services that promote self-care and, according to Glamour, trends around intuitive eating, plant-based eating, mental wellness, and energy healing, continue to be on the rise. Offering products around these areas of wellness can see you get a ‘healthy’ slice of a growing multi-billion rand health, beauty, and wellness industry.

 

 

 

2. SUSTAINABILITY

According to research by Mastercard, “81% of adults in South Africa are more mindful of their impact on the environment since COVID-19, with the trend being led by Gen Z (89%).” Considering a business that offers sustainable products or services is a great way to tap into this market. Think using ethically sourced ingredients, creating organic solutions to chemical products, or using recycled materials to create new products.

 

 

 

3. LANDSCAPING

Have green fingers and a keen eye for design? Then offering services in landscaping in 2022 could be the answer. As we spent more time indoors over the past two years, creating comfortable living spaces – affordably – became important for many, outdoor spaces included. So much so, that according to a 2021 House & Garden article, “outdoor renovations continue to be a priority as we approach 2022.”

 

 

 

4. PET LOVE

More South African households are growing with the addition of furry to scaly friends. As a result, the pet care industry is continuing to grow. From dog-walking to pet grooming, consider creating products or services that can help pet owners take better care of their pets.

 

 

 

5. CONTENT CREATION

Digital content creation is estimated to grow to the value of US$ 38.2 billion by 2030, according to data from InsightSLICE. Identifying a topic, hobby, or lifestyle you’re passionate about may be the start to growing a brand you can earn from through creating content for platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter..

 

GET INSPIRATION, TIPS, AND MOTIVATION FROM WINNING ENTREPRENEURS

While business seminars, conferences, and courses may often be pricey for new business owners looking to maximise the capital they have, following successful entrepreneurs and business leaders on social media, reading their books, or listening to their podcasts can be a more affordable alternative. Here’s our list of powerhouses to follow.

 

RCS PARTNERS WITH TSIBA IGNITION ACADEMY ON THE LEVEL UP PROGRAMME

Did you know, RCS has partnered with TSiBA Ignition Academy (TIA) to provide free training and develop skills among local start-ups. Our aim is to empower young entrepreneurs by providing the tools to grow their business. The current business owners are racially, age, and socio-economically diverse. This has set the ground for learning – for both participants, business advisory professionals, and training facilitators. Visit www.levelup-africa.co.za to learn more on how to become part of the Level Up programme.

 

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