The best bed and breakfasts are run by sociable owners with a ‘nothing is a problem’ attitude. B&Bs are hard work, but incredibly rewarding. Now accounting for a fifth of the UK’s total serviced accommodation sector, B&Bs can offer a cosiness and warm, personalised service that hotels simply cannot match.
An online business is a great way to have a store that operates 24 hours a day, with you choosing your own hours. Many can be operated by a single person, and with some distributors offering dropshipping, you’re able to focus on the running and marketing of the website, rather than managing stock levels.
Hotels are the workhorses of the tourism industry. A tolerance of long hours, working weekends and out-of-season personal holidays; a strong worth ethic; and an eagerness to please are essential to the makeup of a successful hotelier. Meet these demanding criteria and you can enjoy a business where every day is different and the rewards lie in making people happy.
Owning a farm is a challenge for even the most seasoned of farmers, but offers unrivalled job satisfaction. Whether it’s crops or animals, you’re sure to be up early and working late in all conditions the sky decides to deliver to you. The job can vary dramatically with the seasons and having a strong back is a pre-requisite for a good farmer.
Supermarkets and convenience stores are the main stay of the local community. And few businesses are more recession-proof; whatever the economic weather, people still need milk, bread, washing powder and other basics. It’s also a business that requires no specialist skills – just a strong work ethic and a willingness to work long hours and weekends.
A car wash can come in various different forms. For some owners, the lower staffing and maintenance needs make self-serve car washes the more palatable choice, whereas staffed tunnel service brings prestige to the service. Car wash owners rarely have to compete with huge companies too, with 99.8% of all car wash owners falling in to the category of micro or small businesses.
Petrol stations can be highly profitable in the right hands. If you can master the basics of retail then this is a recession-proof business with consistent passing trade. Petrol is not an optional good for motorists, after all, and have you ever known the traffic on our roads to do anything but grow?