Small businesses are the lifeblood of the global economy. According to this Salesforce report in 2019, small & medium-sized businesses make up 90% of the business population. This shows how important small businesses are to the economy of the world, not just your country. 

A lot of people want to start their own business but many challenges make it difficult for them, some of the issues are fear of failure, capital, platform, availability of customers, logistics, raw materials and more. If you are passionate about starting your own business, you should be ready to look at these challenges and overcome them. You don’t have to start big, you only need to start with what you have. Think of the things that are within your control and start from there before you face the other challenges. 

In this article, we’ll share 5 business ideas you can start using the Flutterwave Store. We’ll also show you similar businesses already serving their customers through our Store. 

The Flutterwave Store is the best and easiest way to launch and manage an e-commerce business that accepts payments from anywhere in the world without creating a website or knowing how to code. Our Store allows you to upload products, set prices, set product variations and more. The Store is 100% free, you don’t need to pay anything, you only need to sign up here

Now to the meat of the article, here are the 5 small business ideas you can start using the Flutterwave Store:

1. Barbecue & Grilled Foods

This goes without saying, humans will always be hungry and food will always be needed. We have a lot of food entrepreneurs on the Store, this is one of the easier businesses to start because what you need to start are not so much. You can use the cooking tools in your kitchen to make the food before you ship it to your customers. 

In the video below, the brains behind Smoke – BBQ In A Box shared their experience, check out their Store here.

2. Bakery – Cakes, Pastries & More

You can also start a bakeshop on the Flutterwave Store if you love making pastries & cakes. If your hobby is baking, you can make a lot of money from that hobby especially if you are good at it. Even if you aren’t good at it, this is enough motivation to learn more, improve and be great at it. 

In the video below, Bunmi Njugo, the Founder of EdibleLoaf spoke about how the Flutterwave Store helped her grow her business. 

3. Cocktails & Mocktails

Do you enjoy mixing drinks, making cocktails, mocktails and all kinds of tails? #punintended. You might have just found your idea! You might not be very experienced or perfect at it but you can learn more and become better. People love drinks and many of them enjoy trying out different tastes & blends. 

We recently chatted with Shedy Kay, the Head Mixologist at Big Fish Cocktails where she told us how the Flutterwave Store helps her structure her business, watch the video below.

4. Skincare Retailer, Expert, Consultant……… you name it! 

If you are a fan of skincare products and you use a lot of them and in fact, you are the go-to person for everything skincare amongst your friends, maybe you should consider starting a skincare business. With the knowledge & experience you’ve garnered, you can either start your own organic skincare products or retail other products that you know a lot about. You can take this to another level and become a skincare consultant. Customers can buy these products or book consultations on the Flutterwave Store. 

When we spoke with Olapeju Jolaoso, the CEO of Abebiorganics, she told us how the Flutterwave Store has made tracking customer payments seamless for her.

5. Phone Cases

Do you know that a phone case business is a great idea? If you are using an expensive smartphone, you are most likely very careful with your phone and you probably own a phone case for extra protection. You can start a phone case business and tell your friends about it. You can be very creative with the phone cases, you can collaborate with artists & designers to create beautiful designs that you can put on the case. You can help phone owners protect their phones while still maintaining beauty! 

Watch Prisca Ijeri, CEO of Abuja Phone Case talk about the Flutterwave Store transformed her business in the video below. 

You can sell virtually anything on the Flutterwave Store, we can’t wait to help you start selling and serving your customers via our Store. 

Published by Rotimi Okungbaye

Manager, Product Marketing