Rather than replacing sofas and chairs, many people prefer to save money and just replace the fabric, often changing colors in the process. This is a great service business—you can’t be underpriced by Amazon. Furthermore, not only will your customers come to you for more business at some point, but you bet that next time they are entertaining in their living room that your new fabric covering work will come up in the conversation! Eventually you may want to consider offering complete re-upholstering services.
I see two routes to success in this business: 1) Focus on artists with well- established followings that you are comfortable that you can sell or 2) Take on less well-known artists on a consignment basis, meaning you don’t actually buy the painting from the artist until the day you sell it. This can be a finicky business–people’s tastes can change and a gallery that is successful one year can find itself struggling enough. So, keep your overhead manageable and watch for changing trends.
When I was in high school, I started to event plan and produce parties at local halls. I made sure to work out a deal that had minimal risk by splitting the door proceeds with the hall to avoid a rental fee. I then got numerous students in different cliques and sports teams to promote the party and paid them based on how many people they brought. I then motivated the promoters with financial incentives to find sub-promoters under them to increase the marketing efforts. Being at the top of the pyramid obviously reaped the most benefits.
The member-managed LLC, where all the owners participate in running the business. This is the most commonly utilized structure, in large part because most LLCs are small businesses without a need for separate management.
It used to be that if you had a product to sell, you also had to have a storefront and all the costs associated with it. These days, you can sell anything to anyone anywhere in the world. Whether you’re marketing the organic honey from your backyard apiary, or selling personalized linens that you embroider yourself, you can find a market for your products online.
If you are into taking care of animals and want to make a business out of it, you may want to consider putting up a poultry business. You may want to start at your backyard to try things out then move on to a larger area if you think you can push it to the next level.
I like anything that is custom because it allows you to distinguish yourself with great customer service, and provides some upside for pricing. Offering this kind of service online means you can set your own hours and start the business part time.
Each of the above businesses has a high profit margin, which is critically important for the success of a small business. The list is less helpful in how it treats the “small” in small business. “Real estate leasing,” for instance, presupposes real-estate ownership and is only an available small business if you have from several hundred thousand to several million dollars to invest in real estate to begin with. Similarly, “Enterprise management,” becomes a business only when there is already an enterprise to manage. Legal services, physician offices and dental offices also all require you to have the educational background and licensure, so they’re not for just anyone looking to start a business. If you’re planning to start a business from the ground up with limited funds, other top 10 lists may be more helpful.
Michael is a business journalist focused on entrepreneurship. He is a mechanical engineer and freelance writer, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. His articles have appeared mostly online. He has blogged for the small business section of Chron writes about various business and entrepreneurial topics.
A catering service may be a large business serving meals to armies of people at special events. Or it may be a single person business serving dinner to just a few people. Specialization can help build your business. For example, here in New England some caterers specialize in clambakes.
If you’re a contractor that has a lot of connections with people, suppliers, laborers, and etc., this small business is can be really profitable. This is a good business because you don’t necessarily need a large budget to start or a large office space to rent.
Personally, I would tend to start with the simpler services, but even a weekend business would likely require some part-time, energetic people to help with the basic work as soon as possible. If you do hire people, make sure that you follow the labor laws and that includes getting worker’s compensation insurance!
It should go without saying, but it’s important to pay what you owe — especially when dealing with the IRS. The IRS can impose harsh penalties and even come after a business owner’s personal assets if the owner doesn’t remit payroll taxes on time.
You will need the following information to apply for an EIN: the name of your LLC, the name and social security number of the owner or managing member of the LLC, the business address, the country of incorporation (United States or a foreign country), the number of members in the LLC, and information about what types of services your business supplies.
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.
These people spend a lot of effort buying properties for great prices. They tend to focus on one town and one type of property, getting to know the ins and outs of that particular market. They don’t necessarily wait for properties to be advertised. Instead, they might approach potential sellers of rundown properties before they hit the market.
In his days as a commercial banker, my father financed a number of health clubs, and they all complained about the same issue: it was relatively easy to sign up new members but hard to retain them, as customers tired of exercising after just a few sessions. This is a business that you can make millions at with even a single location, but it is also a business that is riskier than it may first appear. I would suggest starting with a very small location, perhaps even a members-only key-card accessible location with no employees on site, and learn the ins and outs of the business before getting too carried away. And of course, there is all kind of potential for specialization in this field.
If you are looking for quick extra cash then signing up for sites like MySurvey can get you a nice side income with immediate results. You will not get rich doing surveys, but each site could net you anywhere from $30 to $100 per month. Some other popular survey sites include:
If you know a thing or two about paid internet marketing and are comfortable with Google, a great way to make some extra income as a side business idea is to sign a freelance contract to manage a company’s Google Ad Campaigns, and gradually start bringing on more clients as your consulting business grows. Just be sure to brush up on all the right business slang and industry jargon that’s pervasive in the online marketing world before you launch unprepared into this side business idea.
It’s clear by now that we’re major proponents of leveraging modern software when starting a business, and marketing is no exception. There are hundreds of programs out there designed to help entrepreneurs like you market their budding businesses, from ROI calculators to social media management tools.
Like other part-time businesses, I recommend starting small – with an eBay business I would recommend starting “in miniature.” Really get a feel for your market space with just a few items. Get a feeling for how customers will respond to your wares, how pricing will work, how bidders tend to respond if you go the auction route, and how to master the important details of processing transactions, packing goods, and shipping these wares.
We all have something that we are good at, so why not try to sell your services in the form of a private lesson: a very low risk start-up. You might find teaching the lesson to be the easiest part. Along the way you’ll gain valuable marketing and sales experience in your search for clients and practice skills like negotiation and client management.
No matter what kind of industry you’re in, you’re going to have to learn how to use social media as part of your marketing. Whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram, you’ll need to master at least one of these platforms.
Having built one of the largest independent book publishers in the US, I can tell you that book publishing is not the easy road to riches that so many people think it is. Furthermore, I believe getting really rich publishing your own eBook can even be harder. For one the competition is insane…you will be competing with everybody and their mother, including people who are literally giving away their product. Furthermore, it is increasingly hard to get attention for books in the media, and it is hard to convert website visitors into book buyers. But hard is not impossible, and you could publish that rare book that makes a lot of money. Several of the book authors I published earned over a million dollars, and that was just from their royalties.
It’s messy, dirty work that must be meticulously done, and done by someone dependable. That means it can be a high margin business. I would start this business by taking on very small jobs and working my way up.
Amazon partners. Many affiliate marketers have success with Amazon. There are literally millions of products to choose from, and it can be quite profitable. For more information, you can check out the Amazon Associates Program.