Veganism is here to stay. The number of people identifying as vegan continues to grow year on year and new vegan products are hitting the market every other day. Now is the time for new vegan startups!
If you are reading this you are probably already thinking about starting your own vegan home-based business but are just unsure of where to start. Maybe you’re looking for some inspiration or just interested in what opportunities are out there.
We all want the ability to work from home in our own space or even travel and work at the same time making money sat on the beach. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, it’s possible!
Combining two passions to form a new career is a wonderful thing and in this article, we will help you explore the different opportunities to launch your own vegan home-based business.
Vegan Business Statistics
- The number of vegans in the UK quadrupled between 2014 – 2019.
- One in six products launched in the UK in 2018 carried a vegan label, the highest number of new vegan products of any other nation.
- The UK plant-based market was worth £443m in 2018 and is set to grow to £658m in 2021.
Vegan Business Ideas
There are many different vegan business ideas and opportunities to consider, here are the top 5 that are likely to grow in demand and achieve the most success.
1) Vegan Nutritionist & Consultant
Let’s face it, the information surrounding vegan nutrition is a maze of conflicting information and can sometimes become very confusing.
As more people continue to go vegan, more people are going to need to seek the advice of those who know all there is to know about the diet.
Gaining a qualification in nutrition is not easy and will require a lot of time and hard work. You will need to first complete a certified diploma from one of these respected programs.
Once certified, you will have a number of opportunities including setting up your own vegan nutrition consultancy.
You could work privately with individuals to help them with shopping lists and meal plans or you could take your new skills to a corporate level. With the recent growth of plant-based living, there is now a lot of demand for nutritionists and vegan personal trainers.
Businesses and schools are now seeking the help of vegan nutritionists to help them adapt their products, services and employee/student meals.
The possibilities for a vegan nutritionist and consultant are endless, making for an interesting and flexible vegan home-based business.
2) Vegan Writer
Between 2012 – 2016 there was a 185% increase in the number of vegan products launched in the UK.
Companies see profit in veganism but launching said products require knowledgeable writers.
Businesses are good at putting vegan products together but they need help when it comes to talking about them and marketing them to consumers.
A genuine vegan voice is hard to replicate.
Vegans are loyal consumers and if they believe a company is genuine in their passion for veganism they will buy from them.
This puts vegans with a knack for writing at a unique advantage and opens the door for many writing opportunities – from press releases, marketing materials, blogging, newsletters, and social media writing.
This is the perfect opportunity to create your own vegan home-based business, building up a portfolio of clients and managing it all from the comfort of your own home.
If writing’s not your thing, how about web design or graphic design? There are vegan designers out there who create everything from corporate logos to vegan greeting cards!
3) Start a Vegan Franchise
Between 2016 – 2018 orders for vegan meals grew 388% and are now the fastest-growing takeaway food in 2019.
As a result, meals on wheels and grocery delivery services are popping up everywhere and proving to be very lucrative.
One of the most difficult aspects of going vegan for some people is adapting their meals at home which has opened the door for this opportunity.
One vegan franchise to consider is Riverford Organic Farmers. They offer both local and national services delivering quality foods to people’s homes and whilst not strictly a vegan business you can customise what you sell to people.
Opening a vegan franchise with Riverford will cost you from £40 – 60k with a potential turnover of £650k. Your job will be to source foods and goods from local farms within a specific county and manage the deliveries to local homes.
Whilst there are limited vegan franchise opportunities at the moment, this area will no doubt continue to grow for the foreseeable future.
4) Vegan Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistants (VA’s) are becoming more commonplace in modern business.
They allow you to work remotely for a business providing them with various administrative tasks such as answering emails, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, setting up meetings and contacting clients.
Vegan companies are opting to use VA’s as it allows them to stay flexible and keep employee costs low during their startup. New companies are opting for this virtual business set up during the first year or two of their operations.
To find virtual assistant jobs the best idea is to contact vegan companies directly and offer your services. You may require some experience in business administration but it is not essential.
Future opportunities could include setting up a VA agency managing a number of vegan VA’s who complete work for a number of different vegan startups or companies.
5) Vegan Digital Marketing and SEO Agency
Digital marketing is essential for businesses these days and there is always a demand for digital marketing agencies to help them build their brand, launch products and connect to their customers.
Vegan businesses are no different, except they might be a bit more picky with the type of agency they use.
A digital marketing agency that is focused on veganism and supporting ethical businesses will no doubt be preferred by some vegan startups and companies – just like the ethical digital agency we run here at VP Vegan Marketing!
Services you can offer to vegan startups include SEO, SEM, web design, PR, social media marketing, content marketing, and email marketing.
The Bottom Line
Veganism is growing exponentially.
The time for new vegan startups is now and there are tons of opportunities out there waiting to be grabbed.
We suggest sitting down with a pen and a piece of paper, list down all your strengths, skills and experience. Try to come up with as many vegan business ideas as possible that play to your strengths.
If you’re trying to think of a great new vegan business idea and need further inspiration, check out the extensive list of businesses on the vegan directory and community Ethical Globe.