Last Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Looking for business ideas for starting your own small business? Here is a list of 329 business startup ideas plus tips on how to choose the best type of business for you, personally, to start.
Are you looking for small business startup ideas? Do you want to start your own business, but aren’t sure what kind of 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.
Whatever your reason for wanting to start your own business, running the show can be personally and financially rewarding–if you come up with the right business idea.
What kind of business idea is the RIGHT idea to start? How do you find real business opportunities and avoid scams? What would be an easy startup business? 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:
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 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.
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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.
Here are the main categories. Click on the links to go directly to that section of the list of business startup ideas.
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
Business and Consumer Services
Advertising specialty sales
Computer & Internet
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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Editorial, Graphic Arts, Publishing
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
Planning and Organizing
Business plan writing
Event Planning Service
Retail and Commercial
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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About the author:
Janet Attard is the founder of the award-winning Business Know-How small business web site and information resource. Janet is also the author of The Home Office And Small Business Answer Book and of Business Know-How: An Operational Guide For Home-Based and Micro-Sized Businesses with Limited Budgets. Follow Janet on Twitter and on LinkedIn
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