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.
Have great customer service skills. Be good at interacting with people. Practice reading between the lines of what people say. Learn how to meet needs they didn’t know they had. Figure out how to make people happy. Be charming. Most importantly, be humble. The customer may not always be right but you need to be able to let them think they are.
To be successful, you have to rent a lot of items, because the rental fees on even expensive products like cars or boats can be relatively modest. On the expense side, you have marketing costs, repair, and maintenance, to name a few. Liability insurance can also be high. Even if you get people to sign a release, you can still get sued on the basis of having rented out faulty equipment.
If your house is placed in a very strategic location where there’s a huge traffic of people passing by your house, then you might want to consider putting up a sari-sari store. Based in my own experience, the sales can actually go up to P20,000 a day. Well, it’s  because our house is situated on the main road of the subdivision and almost everybody is passing by our store.
How do you promote a floating art gallery? I would totally focus on free promotion – no advertising at all! I would get on the events listings section of every local newspaper, magazine, and website. Then, I’d relentlessly try to get picked up in blogs that might possibly be related. I would reach out to every person I ever knew on social media and email and get them to reach out to their friends. Then, I’d carefully develop, cultivate, and nourish a mailing list. Of course, I would also put posters everywhere I could possibly think of!
A money broker is basically someone who arranges short-term loans to people. A common variant on this is “pay-day lending” where businesses lend money to people who are typically looking for funds to hold them over to the next paycheck. These are usually storefront locations, closely regulated and not allowed in all states. This can be a solid business, but the regulatory climate is shifting against these businesses, so evaluate the risk of future regulatory changes, before hanging out your shingle.
If you are living in a not-so-developed subdivision or at least know a subdivision where there is still no Water Station, be the first to put up the business there. Water stations can really be profitable. Imagine the cost of your capital, water, vs the price when you sell it. Although you need quite big amount of capital to start but it is actually easy to get your investment back.
Put together a comprehensive marketing plan including signage, online and local newspaper listings, and neighborhood flyers. Don’t be shy about contacting everyone in your email database and trumpeting your event on social media!
During summer and even regular days, a lot of people are traveling going to schools, work, and etc. One of the businesses I’ve personally tried is selling drinks that quenches the thirst of people who are on-the-go. I’ve tried selling coconut juice and chocolate drinks which only requires small amount of capital like around P150 pesos.
Today in the Philippines, there’s a lot of people travelling and the numbers keep on getting higher. If you’re also into travelling, it’s now possible to put up a travel agency business at home with low capital.
Sign up for a bar-tending course at the local community college or adult education center, get a safety certificate if your state requires it, and then you’re ready to start serving. Usually the client will provide the booze and the glasses, you might bring a few mixing tools or even a service cart if you want to get fancy. Demand for this service will run strongest on the weekends, making it a great part time gig!
What could be easier? You sit in the chair and watch the dog chase its tail! OK so there’s a little more work to it than that, but still this is not the toughest job in the world–especially if you like animals! I am surprised to hear how much money people will pay for pet sitters if they believe their pets are being really well cared for.
Yes, you can make a lot of money with a simple ice cream shop! Perfect your ice cream before you start, find a good busy location without a crazy rent and consider starting with a smaller footprint to minimize your overhead. I’ll have an ice cream sundae please—with everything on it!
When you don’t have money to start your business, it’s essential you find the right people who can help. You may attend events and trade shows where you can find potential investors. You may also join various online forums on social networking sites where you can find useful tips and resources to bring your business to life.
Would you mind giving up a life outside of work? And, if you have a family, how do they feel about it? “As an entrepreneur, you’re always on call, including nights, weekends, and holidays,” notes Gottlieb. “I’ve had to miss a lot of birthdays and events, and let down a lot of family and friends. At one point, I realized I hadn’t taken a vacation in 14 years.” In what has to be in the running for Understatement of the Year, Gottlieb adds, “The life of an entrepreneur is not in everyone’s DNA.” Many entrepreneurs — including those who have real-life, flesh-and-blood spouses or significant others — say they feel married to their companies.
Some people have no time. They may have a job that requires lots of travel or an executive position that has them working around the clock. But you can make their life easier offering personal concierge services!
Don’t just hire the first person to come along with the basic qualifications you need. Look for someone with motivation, creativity and the right kind of personality to make it in your industry and fit in with your business. Then, once you’ve found that person, treat them well, engage them and make sure that you create the environment that they will thrive and give their all in.
If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? Take my friend, Mark Jackson’s lead with what he’s doing to build a travel consulting side business idea. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals and eventually you could spin this business idea into a full-time consultancy teaching people how to make your dream trip a reality.
The great thing about the internet is that you can sell products/services you don’t actually have to deliver/fulfill. Look into commission junction, amazon and ebay and find some things you know a lot about. Sign up as an affiliate for products/services you feel comfortable selling. Create a blog, facebook page or simply try to get your friends to buy these products through your affiliate links.
What kind of business idea is the RIGHT idea? The answer is as individual as you are. But in general, to be a good fit, and have a chance to be profitable, the business you select should meet these criteria:
Sure, there are national chains, but if you really focus on it, you can come up with a few sandwiches that are totally delicious! For this business, I would want a location that services office or industrial workers. That way you can get their business every single work day of the year! And forget a fancy buildout, I would focus instead on fancy sandwiches!
Although if you already have built yourself a strong audience, whether through your content or your social media, then you can dive straight into their “Growing Business” plan, which gives you access to even more features for just $10.
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These startups represent social-media stars who need help turning Instagram followers into cash. As social media’s influence continues to surge, revenue for the industry is expected to increase to $10.8 billion in 2022, a 2.2 percent jump from 2017, according to IBIS.

It gives you a place to deliver your content, allows your community members to interact with each other, allows you to limit access to qualified members, and also allows you to moderate and control the group.
Know your target market. We already discussed this briefly in Step 1, but it’s worth drilling in. If you don’t know who you’re selling to — specifically — there’s no way you’ll be able to market to them successfully.
Hey, that’s life with the “big boys.” Sites like Home Advisor (used to be Service Magic), Thumb Tack, Lawn Love, Green Pal, Lawn Starter etc. are just SEO companies that realized that in the Green Industry landscaping websites were doing a piss poor job of optimizing for ranking. If you look in most big cities, it is those type of sites that rank because they understand how to get on Google.
If you really want all those things, you need learn to dig deep into what your customers really want and put their needs first. This takes work, and you need to be prepared to dedicate time EVERY week to make it happen.
Thanks to sites like TaskRabbit, plenty of people have learned to pick up work doing a variety of side jobs that other people just don’t have time to do. Common tasks can include anything from picking up dry cleaning to making dinner or assembling Ikea furniture.
If you don’t already have an audience, it might be better to self-publish on Amazon first. That way, you can validate your course idea, grow your email list (just make sure to have an email opt-in at the front and back of the book!), and more or less create a rough draft of the course (since it will probably be similar to the book).
I believe that every business, even a lemonade stand, should have a business plan. But many people either hesitate to create a plan or don’t know how to do it. That’s where you come in. But remember your big value added is to help your clients learn how to develop a framework for making critical strategic decisions for their business, not just to create a nice-looking document.
Be willing to evolve. If you come to find that your initial marketing plan just isn’t working, it’s time to do some more research and reevaluate your approach. Don’t just keep pouring time and money into a strategy that isn’t getting results.
Thus, garage services could take several different routes – or you could offer a complete line of services. You could only do removal and disposal of all that junk that clutters garages. You could offer an extensive cleaning service. Or you could offer to turn the garage into a car palace.
Another number of people growing in numbers are the parents with very hectic schedules, single parents included. This calls for a solution to a climbing child care problems. This is a business opportunity for those people who love taking care of kids and want to make money of it.
Remember my earlier post about breakfast burritos? Making meals in advance is a great way to save money for yourself – but you can often prepare these for others as well and sell them for a markup. Prepare eight casseroles, for example, then sell six of them to cover your costs, and you’ve got two free dinners for your family (and maybe a bit more). You can grow this by taking orders from others and finding out what they like.
Hey great article man, tons of good info. I’m 18 and have been working for an excavation company and have saved up enough money to buy a zero turn mower, a trailer, a weedwacker, and a blower. I’m ready to go out on my own and make my own money. Any additional advice?
There’s a reason we haven’t really been noting the Archies cards making the rounds anymore. It is because card-making businesses have begun to spring up all over the country, with manufacturers taking custom-made orders for nominal prices. For this too, the key factor lies in using the internet and the appropriate software and tools, for which you have to pay a standard price to enjoy unlimited usage. However, the main investment will be in maintaining an attractive website and making it a powerful presence on social media, so that enough people begin to talk it up and recommend it.
Got a thing for numbers? Plenty of companies need to hire talented contractors who are good at data analysis, making this a potentially lucrative side business idea if you have the right credentials and experience. Platforms like Upwork and Digiserved are but a two of many websites that are great for freelancers with an analytical prowess, looking for extra work as a side business idea around their full-time jobs.
Back in the 90’s, if you’re just a small entrepreneur, competing with big companies is impossible. With today’s technology, through the power of the internet, websites, social media, mobile apps and etc., small scale businesses can now compete with a lot of big names in many different industries.