If you enjoy writing, find a topic you’re passionate about and start a website dedicated to covering that topic and anything else interesting you want to talk about. All you need is a computer, some time, and some energy to consistently write. It can start as a hobby and turn into a business over time. And blog hosting can cost less than $12 per month.
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.
Be sure it’s unique. Whatever your idea is, be sure it’s as unique as possible. This will help you eliminate or significantly combat competition, which will make your business more successful. Simply putting a small spin on a currently existing product (making blue Red vines or something like that) is not usually enough to build a business on, so push the envelope!
A. Yes, I will be selling a membership showing landscape guys/gals how to avoid paying SEO pro’s like me $2000.00 PLUS a month to rank their sites. Even though $2000.00 a month is reasonable given your ROI from the service, wouldn’t you rather pay the price of a pizza to learn how to do it yourself? It is based on the “give a man a fish|teach a man to fish” theory. However, this site will ALWAYS give you more real, actionable advice that blows the other “expert millionaire” lawn business marketing BS artists out of the water. If you don’t believe me, sign up for their free videos…you will learn nothing other than you need to pay them thousands to do it for you. I CRUSH those guys online, and I’ll show you how to do it too. Just be patient, I’m busy doing SEO every day for a living. I run a SEO business that only deals with surgeons + lawyers; i.e. the people that think $2K+ a month they pay me is a great deal. Most lawn guys/gals can’t afford me, so why not just let me show YOU how to rank your site on Google.com? It ain’t VooDoo, it is a process. Real easy, but you have to DO THE WORK 🙂 Hey, I’ve mowed thousands of acres of grass for BIG corporate companies (I won’t drop any names, but if you are in the lawn maintenace business you know the “Big 3”) before I “bailed” and went on my own. I will show you how to Kick Their A** online. I do it everyday and I ain’t no smarter than you: I just know what to do…
If you speak like James Earl Jones or Scarlett Johansson, quite a number of digital publishers (including game developers, animated film-makers, and training video producers) pay good money for voice talent and the time investment isn’t too intensive—making this a great side business idea. You can find these publishers looking for voice-over artists on sites like PeoplePerHour, Freelancer and Upwork, as well as their calls for talent directly on their websites or through voiceover agents. If you do pursue this as a side business idea, be prepared to invest for the long-haul as it can be a very competitive industry.
Over the years, I’ve gotten to know some people who have highly established art galleries in excellent locations. Despite these advantages, some still struggle in business at times, as art styles and sales cycles run up and down – the overhead and the rent just seem to go up and up. Enter the “floating art gallery,” where there is no rent or other overhead – just pure profit!
Service businesses typically require less capital to start and operate than product businesses, because you don’t have to finance inventory. Often, you can ask customers for immediate payment by credit or debit card upon completion of the work, so you don’t have to get involved in extending credit.
If you know how to play an instrument well (particularly the piano or the guitar) and have patience, you’ve got what you need to teach others how to play. Offer lessons in that instrument to others – this can also be an excellent service to barter with, too.
If you’re thinking of starting a new business, this list is helpful in some ways, less helpful in others. Four of the top 10 businesses are computer related; eight out of 10 are service businesses – both useful things to know. In this way, the list helpfully points you to industries that are growing the fastest as of late 2014 – more than 20 percent annually for “electronic shopping and mail-order businesses.” But the list isn’t detailed or specific about which areas within a category offer the best opportunities. If you’re thinking of getting into mail-order and online shopping, for example, you should probably avoid any online business that might be competing directly with Amazon. For small businesses, success may depend on specializing in an area that Amazon doesn’t serve. You could, for example, prepare to sell handmade products on Etsy, the largest online purveyor of craft and vintage goods.
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.
Follow the naming guidelines: Your entity name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) require additional paperwork and may require a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of the LLC. Prohibited words are those that would confuse the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency (e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.)
Marketing gluten-free products. Companies such as Whole Foods have already picked up on this fast-growing market segment. Is there a way you can combine Page’s #7, online subscription services, with gluten-free products?
Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.
Many individuals and businesses need cleaning and janitorial services. A cleaning service is an easy-to-start business concept that requires very little capital to get up and running. The business allows flexibility, because most clients prefer evening or weekend services.
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.
I’ve rented boats and bicycles and this can be a decent business. For canoes, you don’t need a waterfront location. You can rent canoes from a highly-trafficked location on the side of the road, and then provide roof racks for your customers’ cars.
Whether it be an app for simple entertainment or an app that solves people’s everyday problems, it’s all up to you. Your imagination is your limit. Knowledge about marketing can increase the rate of success of your business in this field so you better need to learn that too if you’ll choose this field.
Before you get excited about starting your home based business idea, you first have to make sure you have the right tools in place. The main tool is a speedy Internet connection. Most home based businesses will require some sort of Internet connection. With a good Internet connection, you can also take care of a phone and fax. Isn’t technology great?
Do you have an expertise that you’d like to help people with? Then Skype coaching may be a potential option for you. Basically, you hop on Skype and provide assistance to your coaching clients. This can come in the form of daily, weekly, or monthly calls.
Obtain an required business licenses. License requirements will vary according to your state, or even according to the county where you plan to do business. Contact your county clerk’s office to determine if any licenses or permits are required for your type of business.
Subscribe to industry publications, join relevant associations, set Google alerts for key industry terms and news and follow other industry experts on social media. Absorb yourself in your industry and continually educate yourself on the latest techniques and trends.
Cigar shops can bring in decent and steady revenue. Better yet the profit margins are good, so you can be very profitable without hitting sky high sales levels. This is a relatively easy business without too many headaches. But choose your location carefully…then roll out your wooden Indian!
Television repair is not a dying business. Consumers don’t want to throw out their TVs at the first time of trouble. Furthermore, if you start this business you may want to expand into related businesses such as servicing computer monitors.
Busy schedules can stress people out. It can also disrupt family life to the point that busy parents and homework-laden kids barely have time to prepare decent dinners and weekend meals. Hence, the surprising demand for part-time family chefs as a business idea. If cooking healthy and delicious meals is your thing, then this lucrative side  business idea can supplement your regular income by helping feed busy homes. Hear Gaby Dalkin’s story of going from side business idea to full-time blogger while she was a part-time personal chef right here on my podcast.
Creating a profitable app for smart phones isn’t necessarily about having the best or most innovative idea: it’s about creating the best user experience for that idea. That’s how app designers are able to make their work-from-home a full time job—and then just live off the passive income.
As for wintertime work, a buddy of mine in Texas says his Christmas lighting installation business makes as much in two months as his landscaping business in 10. And, uh, whats with the flyers? It is cheaper to get on Google than to print + pass out flyers.
This is one of the most popular small businesses in the world! And no wonder! Everyone needs to have it done and many people don’t like to do it! It is also a business that can be challenging to get your employees to consistently do a fantastic job. That’s why this business is particularly well-suited for both solo entrepreneurs and an entrepreneur who runs one single crew of cleaners.
If you’re starting your own business and work full-time in your own company, you can claim back the income tax you paid in the previous 6 years to invest equity into a company (subscribed as shares) engaged in a qualifying trade.
A child-care business is a simple business concept, especially if you are a stay-at-home parent and already care for your own children during the day. If you have enough space in your home to accommodate a few children each day, most states allow you to run an in-home baby-sitting service without the licensing and regulations required for a full-time child-care center.
Uber is one of the most successful businesses that just recently boomed and here’s the thing: You can make an app similar to Uber where you can offer different service. There are a lot of other businesses that can fit inside Uber’s business model.

We’re all guilty of spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest sometimes, so why not get paid to put your expertise to work as a side business idea? Lots of companies, especially startups or those in retail and travel—even influencers have heavy social media presences and are constantly in need of people to help build their brands online. You can find these types of opportunities on sites like Flexjobs and CareerBuilder and most employers on these websites are conditioned to working with people who operate these services as their side business idea.
We all know that the traditional print media—newspapers and magazines—have been devastated by online advertising competition, so why not focus there? Isn’t everyone starting an online blog? How hard can it be? Well, it’s easy to start an online blog. But it is nearly impossible to make any significant money at it.
Stop worrying about stuff that doesn’t matter. So many people think PASSION is the key to business success. That if you just care enough the rest will take care of itself. First, any successful person that says this doesn’t take into account the PASSIONATE people that failed. Second, passion is just where we need to start. To truly succeed in business we need SYSTEMS. Three, specifically:
Really enjoyed your article..I am in the process of setting up a home based business of making and selling accent pieces and furniture. Please could you send me your pdf on this process I would be great full for any help.
Do you love taking photos and dream of building up a great Instagram following? As you grow your following, more sponsorship opportunities will become available. For example, if your account is focused on fitness, you may be able to sponsor products like protein powder, supplements, etc.
Use free resources. Your local library contains numerous useful references regarding incorporation, writing business plans, marketing, as well as information specific to your industry. The Small Business Association, Chambers of Commerce, AMEX Small Business website, associations for your industry, associations by ethnicity…all of these offer training, materials, networking and sometimes financing. Another good option is SCORE, a group of retired executives who provide business start-up advice.
Another key thing to remember about starting an ecommerce site is to choose the right software, and then design the website to look unique to your brand. My company, VenturaWebDesign.com, specializes in building ecommerce stores.