I was browsing the web for business ideas and I came across this forum, so hopefully someone can give me an idea I haven't thought of
I'm an 22yo Australian currently at university studying Bachelor of Arts (french major) and Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Marketing major).
As a university student I don't have a lot of capital to invest in a venture (which for obvious reasons excludes anything with a shopfront). This is my main restriction at the moment as I still have 1.5 years of university left. I was hoping to start a small business where I could contribute my time (maybe 10-20 hours per week) to gain experience and hopefully start a successful business.
I am very logical and I would prefer to have a business plan, research the venture and set up business systems before I start. I am open minded, straight forward, organised, willing to invest my time in a venture that excites me, autonomous, a perfectionist and have strong problem solving skills.
I have (very) basic web designing skills, basic/good finance skills, good project management skills, good marketing and business knowledge but no practical experience as yet.
One of my weaknesses is lacking people skills - which I'm trying to improve. I am aware that I'm not the most tactful person which can come across as too forceful when I express my opinions. I also get extremely frustrated with inefficiency and especially when I can see how to improve a process but I don't have the authority to. However I'm willing to admit I know very little, and would be grateful to accept help from people who are more knowledgeable and with more experience than me.
I think I would prefer a business to business venture as it allows room for larger sales and expansion in the long term.
I speak french fluently which is one of my other main interests, along with traveling, cooking, philosophy, astrophysics, xbox360, micro-financing and learning about other cultures.
Ideally, I would like to start a business that benefits someone other than myself. At the very least by donating a percentage of the profits to a charity, but I'm very motivated by doing "social good" rather than just a pure money making venture. Something with a positive tangible outcome to a community would suit me as I like to see the effect of my hard work (rather than just donating money and not knowing what is done with it). If I can incorporate business with philanthropy it would be a my ideal venture - maybe something like importing Fair Trade products?
Anyway that's everything that I can think of! Any questions/ideas/comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading