50 Islamically Orientated Start-Up Business Ideas

Staff Writer, Halal Incorp

The Islamic economy is booming largely having avoided the recession as many other countries have suffered from. The Halal sector is estimated to reach $3.7 trillion by 2019. Therefore this is a prime period for any entrepreneurs to launch start-ups and businesses which can focus on faith based perspectives. Opening a business is the key to helping individuals economically prosper. Thinking about and conceptualising a product, service or goods can be challenging. However by turning a passion into an income generation idea and using monetisation strategies businesses can be created and individuals can empower and drive forward the economy from a grassroots business development angle. Here are fifty ideas to help you think about creating a start –up:

  1. Open up a food van/truck and sell hot food to passersby and workers in a built up area.
  2. You can set up a small shop selling personalised Holy Qurans and Islamic souvenirs.
  3. Create a Halal catering company supplying food to shops, cash & carries, restaurants, takeaways, community centres etc.
  4. Weddings are popular and happen throughout the year, why not set up a wedding planners business.
  5. Open up an Islamic marriage bureau helping Muslims complete half their deen (religion). Finding a marriage partner is becoming difficult for many people within Muslim communities. Introducing potential matches to suitors can be an economically beneficial business start-up idea.
  6. Are you great with tech, then setting up a Halal dating app is a viable option which is aligning with relationship trends as many people switch to finding life partners online. As smartphone technology develops apps are becoming ever more popular.
  7. Have you ever thought about digital self-publishing, are you good with words and writing. Then using platforms such as Amazon Self Kindle Publishing may be suitable for you. Publishing material digitally has never been easier. Amazon Kindle allows you to make money through receiving royalty payments depending on how many books you can sell. The digital market now allows you to sell across countries and even continents selling in places such as India, UK, USA, and Australia amongst many other geographical locations. Set up costs are low as there is no paper printing involved as all products are digital.

  8. Why not become a blogger discussing a range of issues in the Islamic economy such as modest fashion, Halal business news, Halal travel and lifestyle. Creating engaging content can help your blog grow. Increasing followers through social media links provided on your platform may allow you to uses adverts such as Halal Ad which will help you earn money pending on the amount of clicks the adverts receive.
  9. Set up a book shop selling specialist books on varying topics such as Islamic sciences, law, practices etc.
  10. Set up a store selling Historical books in the Islamic genre. Sell archeologically literary gems to keen collectors obtaining good prices for specialist and rare items.
  11. Become a Halal life coach providing advice and guidance for clients in relation to motivating and enhancing life experiences.
  12. Set up a fitness consultant company helping customers diet, lose weight, become more active and raise their self esteem.
  13. Set up a nutritionist consultancy providing specialist advice on vitamins, nutrients and weight loss techniques.
  14. Create an Islamically orientated nursery which could provide childcare and Halal food options for clients and children.
  15. Become a children’s story publisher, creating material around Islamic stories which are child friendly, full of colours and islamically educational.
  16. Private religious tutoring could be an option. Teach Arabic reading and writing skills for children and adults at community centres.
  17. Teach adults Arabic via online platforms and Skype providing one to one specialist tailored services in developing Arabic language skills.
  18. Become a calligraphy teacher and help students learn how to write Arabic in a majestic manner using ancient techniques, helping individuals boost their creativity and developing talent.
  19. Create an Islamic greeting cards business which also has special cards for periods such as Eid and Ramadan.
  20. Set up a printing service printing leaflets, business cards, outdoor banners and booklets for clients such as companies and takeaways.
  21. Use your voice to become a Nasheed artist and perform at events such as religious gatherings and weddings.
  22. Learn to play the duff and perform at events such as Eid parties, religious occasions, cultural gatherings and community fun days.
  23. Set up a digital magazine looking at areas around the Islamic economy and sell advertising space.
  24. Become an Islamic marriage counsellor dealing with situations effecting couples, training and accreditation may be required.
  25. Set up a Hijab clothing store either in a shop format, a market stall or through an online presence.
  26. Create sports Hijabs and sell to Muslim females who train in the gym or outdoors.
  27. Become an Islamic artist by painting canvasses, creating art, oil paintings and sketches and sell these to customers.
  28. Do you know the history of your local town or city then you could become a tour guide and take tourists around your locality explaining historical events, discussing architecture and showcasing interesting historical facts about the vicinity.
  29. Set up a Halal travel agency providing holiday packages to places such as the UAE, Turkey, Malaysia and the Maldives. Halal travel is on the rise and is becoming more popular with the emerging Muslim middle class who have excess income to spend. Halal travel packages could become big sellers in your area if marketed right with plenty of excursion opportunities included.
  30. Create a Hajj and Ummrah travel agency selling tickets and packages to Muslim holy places.
  31. Create specific wedding dresses for Muslim brides and sell them to shops and in your locality.
  32. Become a clothing alterations tailor specialising in shalwar kameez, abayas, garments and modest clothing.
  33. How about becoming a modest fashion designer. Muslim apparel reached around $253 billion in sales last year in 2015.
  34. How about setting up a flower stall or shop catering for occasions such as Eid, weddings and parties.
  35. Create a Halal friendly video game available for download on online platforms.
  36. Become a social media marketing specialist learn to sell products online through marketing.
  37. Create your own healthy snack or energy bar and sell to customers.
  38. Set up a handyman service doing odd jobs in your community i.e. painting, decorating, fixing leaks etc
  39. Offer cooking classes which create Halal dishes and foods. Help teach and train people to become better cooks.
  40. Set up a candle and incense business.
  41. Create Halal gift baskets full of goodies which can be given at weddings, as presents and on special occasions and sell to the public.
  42. Become an ethical business advisor helping people set up businesses, companies, charities and organisations. You could provide advice on business plans, funding, advertising, income generation, branding and marketing.
  43. Set up a website development company. Why not assist clients to create a website to sell goods more easily or help customers improve their designs on existing websites and provide guidance on driving traffic to client’s websites.
  44. Become a columnist for a newspaper or magazine.
  45. Set up a mobile hairdressing service.
  46. Set up an energy comparison site to help people choose economically better alternatives for their gas and electricity providers.
  47. Sell items and old junk on eBay and similar sites.
  48. Use ecommerce digital platforms to sell items to a wider audience.
  49. Provide a Halal bed and breakfast accommodation facility.
  50. Become a virtual assistant for an existing Halal business online.

Originally Published 16/10/16

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