Here are more of what I think are winning green business ideas, business ideas based on products and/or services that will help people concerned about the environment lead greener lives:
5) Show them what needs to be done.
As the price of energy goes up and being green becomes increasingly popular, more individuals and businesses want to become greener but don't know what the best course of action is. So green consulting is a business idea whose time has come.
Green consultants put together an action plan for their clients by examining their client's environment and analyzing their environmental strengths and weaknesses. For instance, a home or business may be using a lot more energy than necessary for heating because of a lack of weather-stripping.
Some green consulting businesses also offer event management. The green business idea is that the consulting company will see to it that every aspect of the event, from advertising through waste management, is handled in the most environmentally friendly way.
6) Help them get there.
Scooters and Bikes
Transportation is another venue of change for many people, whose need to go green is strengthened by increasingly high prices at the pump. Scooters and bikes are a very appealing "all-in-one" solution; as a scooter or bike rider you get to save money, be environmentally friendly, and, if you get the kind of bike that needs pedaling, improve your health, too!I have to admit that's not the kind that appeals to me; my favourites are the Vespa LXV and GTV and the three-wheeled Piaggio MP3. Becoming a dealer might be the green business idea you've been looking for.
All kinds of electric and gas scooters and electric bikes are going to increase in popularity though. Daymak Canada has a good range of green vehicles, including mopeds, scooters and electric bikes and offers franchises.
If you live in an urban area, renting out bikes and scooters might be a profitable green business.
7) Help them build green.
Green building is a trend rife with possibilities for starting new green businesses. Construction companies, architects, designers and contractors can specialize in green building. For instance, a contractor might become a LEED certified professional; a designer might focus on elements and materials that are the least environmentally destructive.
And green building calls for all kinds of green products that could become the foundation of your new small business, from water-saving toilets through salvaged wood (and solar water heating systems).
Learn more about LEED Canada (the environmental rating system used as a standard for new construction and major renovations) at the Canada Green Building Council website.
Green Businesses Deliver More Than Profits
Hopefully these green business ideas have got you excited about the possibilities. You may not get rich, and to be honest, you probably won't. But you will have the pleasure of running a business that helps people lead greener lives and combining what you do with what you believe in.