Look for industries that everyone needs regardless of their economic situation
By identifying industries that need help providing the day to day services that everyone needs – food, shelter, clothing, day to day amenities of sustenance, and health care – you will likely find ways to either find a job or identify a market you can serve with your talents.
Find companies that offer products for managing tough economic times
Look for companies that supply temp workers, handle business liquidations, or provide comfort items such as counseling services. They are all going to need help for the extra business they are flooded with.
Try brokering excess inventories through barter or trade
Act as the liaison between people who want to buy excess inventories and people who have them. If you build a network, you can end up getting some of the things you need directly easily.
Offer education, retraining, and tutoring
With people out of work, sometimes from industries that won’t rebound due to shifts in technology, you can offer paid classes that help retrain an obsolete workforce.
Package your own products in a new and interesting way
If you’re already in business selling products, try bundling them in a new, creative way. Make working with you more convenient, more complete, easier and more efficient than working with someone else.
Establish joint venture relationships that provide synergy
By partnering with another business person to offer both of your client bases more value, you both win and all of your clients win too.
Become a consultant
Many people who get laid off can go back to work as independent contractors for their old employers. It saves the employer benefit costs and you can often charge even more per hour than you used to get paid via a salary
For a very small amount, you can launch a website, sell products, promote your site and begin making money. Lots of people want to try something new during tough times – you could sell them what they need to make a change.
Don’t forget the needs of the wealthy
Affluent individuals who were more in cash than debt are open to finding great bargains and continuing to live their lifestyle. They see this economic time as an opportunity to get in low. You can cater to that.
Invest in you by starting your own business
By investing in your own business, instead of being subjected to the whims of an employer who can lay you off, you can choose your destiny. By establishing an additional revenue stream that allows you choices, you have more freedom.