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This article is written by Ginger Reid. She is an advocate for protecting our plant. She believes that we all can play a part in preserving the beauty of this planet for generations to come. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a difference in our environment. You can check out her website Ourpreciousresources.org for more tips on eco-friendly living.
Starting a business has never been easy. But the new wave of technology has eased the burden while also giving us a chance to treat Mother Nature with the respect she deserves. Here are the best careers to consider if you’re ready to make an impact on the world without impacting the earth.
1. Dropshipping eco-friendly products
There have been thousands of new environmentally-friendly products launched just within the last few years. The trend doesn’t appear to be waning. People today want products for their home and body they don’t have to feel guilty about. This could be clothing made from recycled fabrics, reusable coffee cups, or organic bedding. You can start your own business by selecting a product you are passionate about and working out a drop shipping agreement with its manufacturer.
Dropshipping is an environmentally conscientious way to start your own business since it eliminates extra shipping and the need to store inventory. Further, dropshipping cuts out waste as the manufacturer only needs to produce a product based on demand. Oberlo offers more insight and ideas on dropshipping, including how to market an e-commerce business effectively.
2. Urban organic farming
As an organic farmer, you can bring the benefits of fresh food to your community, and at the same time reduce your – and your customers’ – carbon footprint. Jennifer Chait of The Balance Small Business explains that becoming an organic farmer is a smart and rewarding career move.
If you live in an urban area, providing fresh fruits and vegetables could be even more lucrative. Many young professionals choose to make their homes in the city but also remain committed to protecting the earth for the next generation. More than ever, these individuals intentionally seek out domestic, chemical-free produce. The Ecology Center further explains that urban farms promote community building, public health, and food security.
3. Energy auditing
An energy auditor is an individual that works with homeowners to determine ways their property could be more energy-efficient. As an energy auditor, you will have an opportunity to help others both lower their monthly utility bills and live greener. If you have a background in building science or construction, this is an excellent side gig that carries a full-time potential of more than $45,000 annually.
4. Green landscaping
Sustainable landscape design is not something most landscapers offer. It’s an art, but also a science, that requires a keen eye for detail and a vast knowledge of the land and local climate and vegetation.
Starting your own landscape business requires expensive equipment and an understanding that the bulk of your income will be earned throughout the summer. This guide by Entrepreneur goes into basic detail on how to get started, and it provides valuable insight and resources that can help.
4. Water quality tech/product sales and installation
The career of a water quality technician means you get to test for chemical contamination, analyze data, and work with either private or governmental agencies for localized solutions to issues. If you are not science-minded, however, there are still ways to work with water that doesn’t require an in-depth understanding of microbes and bacteria.
Many homeowners are unaware of the issues that hard water can bring to their doorsteps, including premature appliance failure. This is an issue because hot-water heaters, dishwashers, and clothes washers take up room in landfills and are difficult to recycle. You might consider selling whole-home water treatment systems to help owners mitigate this and other problems associated with hard water.
Thanks to technology, you now have more options than ever when it comes to starting your own business. When that business makes you money while saving the world, it’s a win/win for everyone.