Cryptocurrency mining is a great way for large groups to make some money. Solo mining is generally a terrible way to go for any cryptocurrency because your average pc can only do 600-4k hashes a second when the amount of hashes required to mine a bitcoin is 2.7 Quadrillion hashes. Personally I don't think bitcoin mining as an individual is very profitable however their are other coins that are a better option for solo miners. XMR BTG BCH and ETC are all decent for solo mining although you will not make very much money in the short term.
XMR is a great cryptocurrency to mine due to its unique properties. XMR is ASIC resistant because of its changing algorithm which means its easier for you a solo miner to get in on it because the other massive members wont take as much XMR. I personally choose to mine XMR due to its ease to mine and the smaller community as well as only requiring 51.04 Billion hashes or roughly 500x easier to mine than bitcoin, which is great for small miners. For XMR I recommend CUDO miner which has a variety of currencies, https://www.cudominer.com/?a=DP4EdRGhs
BTG is very easy to mine I suggest it for solo mining. The smaller network makes it much easier to stake your claim in a pool. the 800-4k hashes a second is enough to make a decent bit these days, just keep in mind as the network grows youll get less and less money but for now the mining is very profitable and the rigs arent very hard to set up, I recommend lolminer.
BCH and ETC are a bit worse for solo mining due to the coins difficulty level.
I recommend BTG and XMR for mining.