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Are you looking for small business startup ideas? Do you want to start your own business, but wonder what’s a good business to start? Maybe you’re tired of working for a boss who makes every workday stressful. Perhaps you are convinced you can make more on your own than you can working for someone else — or you just want to bring in a little extra money to pay for a few luxuries in life. Perhaps you’ve been laid off and haven’t been able to find a new job. Or it could be that your family really needs two incomes but you don’t want your kids to be latchkey kids.
Those are just a few of the possible reasons for starting a business. No matter what your reason is, what’s important is that staring a business can be personally and financially rewarding–if you come up with the right business idea.
What’s the Best Business To Start?
That’s one of the first questions most people ask. Others are “What’s an easy business to start?” and “What’s the best business to start at home?”
But the question you should be asking yourself is, “What’s the best business for me to start.”
Different businesses require different skills, abilities, and cash to get going. A great business for a programmer to start, might not be a good idea for physical therapist or waiter. Your own likes and dislikes also need to be considered. Some businesses might be lucrative, but involve doing work you dislike doing. Others can be highly enjoyable, but not produce enough income for your needs.
So, how do you find real business opportunities and avoid scams? The answer is as individual as you are. Here are some of the criteria you should consider when you are deciding what type of business to start:
- It is something you know how to do and can do well.
- It is something you LIKE to do and wouldn’t mind doing day after day.
- It is something with a broad enough appeal to sell on a steady basis.
- It can be sold at a price that will cover all of your expenses and overhead plus return a healthy profit.
- The market (your potential customers) is one you will be able to reach
- You have or can raise sufficient funds to get the business started and keep it running until it becomes a profitable venture.
If you haven’t yet found your entrepreneurial niche, perhaps you’ll spot a business that sounds promising (based on the criteria just mentioned) in the list of business ideas below. Some can be started as a home-based business, others really can’t. Some require you to be an expert in a particular task or industry. Others are in fields that can more easily be learned.
Many can be turned into full-time businesses, but some are ideal primarily for moonlighting or as add-on income streams in an existing business. All are viable ways to make money, if you know the business and become good at marketing.
The list below is not all-inclusive. There are many, many other ways to start a business. (If you know of anything you think we should add to our list use our site feedback form to let us know.)
To help you find ideas that match your skills and interests, we’ve grouped the business ideas into a number of categories. Under some of the types of businesses (Artist, for instance) we’ve mentioned particular products or services that might be offered either as the main business or as one of the business’ offerings. Once you find a business idea you think you’d like to start, check out our how to start a business guide to find out how to get ready to launch the business.
List of Business Ideas
Here are 330 small business ideas. To get to the businesses in any category, just click on the category name below. Alternately, you can just scroll through the entire list of business ideas to find one that stirs your interest.
Paint and sell original works of art
Draw original artwork for presentations
Paint wall murals
Hand paint designs on furniture, and decorative items
Create animated videos for businesses
Sell hand-painted or handmade holiday ornaments
Advertising specialty sales
Computer backup service
Data recovery service
Digital Forensics Specialist
Document scanning service
Email/marketing & newsletter services
Internet marketing agency
IT services provider
Search engine optimization
Search engine marketing
Social media marketing & management
Social Media Influencer
Warehouse automation systems
Web site development
Web site hosting
Web database developer
Web content provider
Web content marketing service
Labor relations consultant
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Arts and crafts instructor
Custom designed T-shirts
Custom designed jewelry
Custom-designed dried or silk flower arrangements
Design and sell craft patterns
Design and sell handmade jewelry
Handmade dolls and childrens’ toys
Handmade knitted goods
Crafts supply sales
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Book cover designer
Ebook design & production
Ghost writer / ghost blogger
Multimedia presentation creation
Newsletter production for clients
Write book jacket blurbs
Write Publicity Releases
Escape Rooms Musician
Business plan writing
Event Planning Service
Used book store or online seller
Chinese food take-out service
Coffee shop owner
College food delivery service
Gift basket Service
Manufacturer’s sales representative
Network marketing business
Real estate sales & rentals
Sales coach or trainer
Printer toner recharging
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