Small Business Ideas For Women


In my opinion, most small business ideas are not gender specific. For example, there are a large number of both men and women in businesses like catering, photography, graphic design, public relations, real estate, and many others.

On the other hand, I’d make an educated guess that the landscaping and construction industries consist primarily of men, while daycare businesses and yoga studios are mostly run by women. There are probably more female wedding planners and interior decorators than males, but the gender gap may be much narrower than I think.

There is a handful of industries and professions that will probably continue to be either male- or female-dominated for the foreseeable future, but there are also countless other businesses in which gender is not a factor.

25 Business Ideas for Women

Since you’re searching the Web for actionable ideas for starting your own business, here’s  a list of 25 good small business ideas worth considering. The good news (and bad news) about starting your own business is that there are literally hundreds of possibilities to choose from!

The challenge is two-fold: First, you need to determine where your strengths, talents, and passions lie. The next step is to pick an affordable business idea for which there’s a sufficient demand and a low-to-moderate amount of competition. Before taking the plunge into your own business, it’s also important to make sure you have the organizational skills, self motivation, and “people skills” necessary to get a small business off the ground and running. Being a self starter is one of the most important qualities a self-employed entrepreneur needs to possess.

With that in mind, here is a list of some potentially good small business ideas for women:

  1. House cleaning business
  2. Hair salon
  3. Spa business
  4. Home health care
  5. Event planning business
  6. Tutoring business
  7. Web design or graphic design business
  8. Bookkeeping business
  9. Dance studio
  10. Craft Business
  11. Cake decorating, cupcake business, and/or cookie business
  12. Virtual assistant business
  13. Staffing business
  14. Medical billing business
  15. Personal training business
  16. Marketing consulting, including advertising, social media marketing, and PR
  17. Life coach or career coach
  18. Floral business
  19. Bed and Breakfast
  20. T-shirt business
  21. E-commerce business (online retail business)
  22. Magazine publishing
  23. Retail business, such as clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and cosmetics
  24. Restaurant, cafe, or coffee shop
  25. Pet grooming, training, boarding

For more small business ideas for women — and entrepreneurs, in general — visit my blog post on generating ideas for starting your own business.

If you’d like to download a guide to starting a business, I’ve posted links to a couple dozen business startup guides* at my website Marketing Survival Kit.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post, and best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

Marketing strategist, business blogger, freelance writer


Note: Since all business ideas entail a degree of financial risk, it’s generally wise to proceed with caution when deciding on, launching, or expanding a new business. It’s always advisable to consult with an experienced CPA, business insurance advisor, and attorney when setting up a new business. FYI: Additional business startup advice, educational programs, and mentoring can be found through websites and organizations like SCORE and the U.S.Small Business Administration.

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of ebooks and guides to starting a business.