Building a Green Business from the Bottom Up   

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This article is written and contributed by a guest author, Tina Martin of Ideaspired.com.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve heard about the green movement that has been growing in homes and businesses around the world. More people are becoming cognizant of adopting a sustainable lifestyle and making changes to foster the environment.

Entrepreneurs and corporations alike are now taking the environment more seriously, and more consumers are looking to give their business to green companies. If you’re an entrepreneur, now might be the time to go green!

Not really sure how to kickstart your career as an ecopreneur? These tips and resources will help!

Learn What Makes a Business Green

First of all, let’s touch on the primary qualities of a green business:

  • Sustainability must be a priority in all of your business decisions.
  • Your service or products must be environmentally friendly.
  • No matter the operation, you must implement eco-conscious principles.
  • And you should never settle; always seek to improve your business so that it’s greener!
  • Finally, before you take things any further, be sure to establish your business with the state. Many new entrepreneurs choose an LLC thanks to the accompanying tax perks and asset protection.

Research Green Business Options

Green businesses are becoming more commonplace, and there’s really no shortage of eco-conscious career paths you can take:

  • Start a housecleaning business where you use only green cleaning products and techniques.
  • Open an energy consulting firm that conducts energy audits or advises other companies on how they can make their operations more sustainable.
  • Start a greenhouse business that sells plants, flowers, vegetables, and other natural products.
  • Sell eco-friendly products through an online store.

Think Sustainability at Every Turn

Finally, sustainability should be considered in every detail of your organization.

  • Recycle all of your paper materials in the workplace, and partner with a licensed recycler to dispose of e-waste.
  • For the times when you’re doing business away from your computer, keep a sustainable charger at the ready to power your smartphone or other device, and don’t forget to unplug the charger when not in use, as it consumes power even when not in use.
  • Use post-consumer waste (PCW) paper as much as possible.
  • If you’ll be building a structure for your business, whether now or down the road, work with a green construction company.

If you want to make a difference in your community and the world as a whole, consider becoming an ecopreneur. There are more green business options to choose from than ever before. Just keep researching and choose a career path that you can thrive in!

This article is brought to you by PATHFINDER, which strategically collaborates with partners to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Partners may be academic institutions, social entrepreneurs and multinational organizations, policymakers, and other experts in global development. These partnerships have contributed to the global narrative of social entrepreneurship for the common good, through the work and the development of policy papers. For more information, contact us today!

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