If you’ve spent any time in Key West, you’re probably trying to figure out how you can start a business that’ll support full-time living in this colorful, laid-back town. Here are a few new takes on some classic business ideas to get you started.
Hotels / Motels / Bed & Breakfasts
Lodging establishments abound in Key West. To attract your share of the market, you’ll want to understand your ideal customer. While many chains cater to party-loving 20-somethings, focus on satisfying the needs of a growing number of well-heeled, travel-savvy seniors. Your hotel or bed & breakfast should deliver the right mix of comfort, luxury, and activity. Partner with a local artist to offer painting lessons to guests. Key West is known for its art community, and seniors love educational vacations.
Bar / Restaurant
Conventional bars and restaurants that serve alcohol and fatty foods to patrons is so 20th century. Start a smoothie bar that uses fresh, organic produce to refresh tourists on sunny days. Bring your passion for plant-based eating to life by starting a vegan cafe. Feature completely new recipes and plant-based takes on classics such as key lime pie and conch fritters. Get your inventory from local farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture programs, and buying clubs such as Annie’s Buying Club that gets its seasonal organic produce from mainland Florida.
While it looks like everyone in Key West is living a lazy island lifestyle, some people still have to do standard office work to make it to their next weekend SCUBA diving excursion. Digital nomads who develop apps and maintain websites also choose to land in Key West when the right opportunity presents itself. Offering co-working office spaces for rent in Key West is that opportunity. Outfit the place with high-speed internet, snacks, and an ocean view, and you’re set.
Tourism in Key West largely centers around aquatic activities. Play host to water adventure sports outfitters with a marina. Make it a destination for other tourists by offering live music, street theater, and food trucks.
Nobody visits Key West without leaving with a souvenir. Start a retail shop that delivers high-quality, locally made products that reflect Key West’s unique atmosphere.
Key West’s thriving tourism industry makes it very attractive for entrepreneurs. Make your business dreams come true with fresh ideas and the right community connections.
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