Clever Businesses You Could Start

  • Medical interpreters

As the number of non-English speakers in the United States who are seeking health care continues to grow, so does the need for medical interpreters who can serve as a liaison between these patients and their doctors.  Medical interpreters have been in short supply, and the demand for them is expected to increase even more, because standards that went into effect Jan. 1 require health care organizations to provide an interpreter for patients who speak limited English. Even before the new standards were introduced, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted jobs for interpreters and translators would grow by 22 percent over the next decade, faster than for all other occupations.

  • Age management services

The first group of Baby Boomers turns 65 in 2011. It is the beginning of an aging wave being called “the silver tsunami.” In fact, the number of Americans 65 and older will double between 2010 and 2050, and the number of those at least 85 will increase fourfold. This new set of aging and moneyed boomers presents big opportunities for small businesses. Richard Allman, a professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, said the need for specialized caregivers for geriatrics extends beyond physicians to include nurses, therapists, dietitians, social workers and community caregivers. Furthermore, there will be all sorts of business opportunities for people in a variety of related fields, from technology to product design to architecture.

  • Event planners

Like hungry bears awakening from hibernation, businesses will be eager this year to get back to schmoozing. Event planners are just the people to make it happen. “As companies slowly come out of the recession, it is now more important than ever to see your customer, motivate your team or allow people to experience the ‘serendipity’ effect of the randomness of the events,” said David Adler, founder and CEO of BizBash Media, an event-planning publication based in New York. Adler said event planners have to have an artistic eye as well as a talent for organizing. “Event planning has become an important art form as well as a skill. The bar has been raised, and when you take the time to create a face-to-face event, it better work perfectly and be effective,” he told BusinessNewsDaily. It’s not a one-person job, he added. You’ll need employees, even if only part-timers.

  • Celebrants

With the legalization of gay marriage in some states, the prevalence of civil unions and the general desire of people to find a unique way to mark and celebrate special events, there’s a growing demand for professional celebrants. Celebrants are part event planner and part spiritual adviser. They help people create ceremonies to mark events including marriage, divorce, birth and death. They officiate at all types of ceremonies and rituals of life, including baby namings,  adoption ceremonies, coming-of-age ceremonies, civil unions, commitment ceremonies, community and corporate events, funerals and memorials.