How to Start a Gift Basket Business From Home

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Even thought I’ve never personally started or owned a gift basket business, I like the concept and believe it has a lot of potential as a viable home-based enterprise. Here are a few reasons why this business idea appeals to me — and to many others:

  •  Gift basket services provide a valuable solution to many people’s gift-giving problems.
  • Consumer demand: While the demand for high-quality, reasonably priced gift baskets will vary from one location to the next, the availability of a gift basket service can be a real “life saver” for people who need either a last-minute gift or a personalized gift.
  • Almost everyone enjoys receiving a basketful of edible, drinkable, or otherwise useful gifts that are geared to their tastes, gender, a milestone, a special occasion, a holiday, a celebration, or even a personal hardship. Gift baskets make people feel special, supported, and appreciated. It can be the perfect way to acknowledge someone, provided it’s customized and appropriate to their situation, needs, and personal preferences.
  • Gift baskets are versatile and can be used for almost any occasion. Some examples include birthdays, Hanukkah, graduation, Easter gift baskets, Purim, Thanksgiving gift baskets, baby gift baskets, new mom gift baskets, pregnancy gift baskets, get well gift baskets, valentine gift baskets, corporate/executive gift baskets, retirement gifts, thank you gift baskets, Fathers’ Day and Mothers’ Day gift baskets, housewarming gift baskets, Wedding gift baskets, and condolence/sympathy gift baskets.
  • The startup costs for starting a gift basket business from home are relatively low
  • The complexity of running a gift basket business is less than many other home-based business ideas.
  • There’s an element of fun and satisfaction in preparing custom gift baskets that you know will be appreciated by both your customer and the person they’re buying the gift basket for.

Two of the main challenges of starting a successful gift basket business — whether it’s from home or rented office space — is effectively marketing your business and establishing a reputation as a company that provides quality products, great customer service, and prompt delivery.

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While you will be competing against well-known national gift-basket websites and mail-order companies, you can carve a niche for yourself by being unique, competitively priced, locally based, and/or distinctively branded. There are dozens of ways you can stand out from the competition — even the large, well-established companies.

Gift Basket Ideas

While you can’t be “all things to all people,” you can offer specialty products, unique combinations of gift items, and food baskets that appeal to specific groups. Here are a couple dozen popular (and specialty) items that are often searched for online by gift basket customers

  1. Chocolate
  2. Cookies
  3. Coffee
  4. Tea
  5. Fruit
  6. Cheese
  7. Candy
  8. Popcorn
  9. Nuts
  10. Meat, sausage
  11. Seafood
  12. Vegan gift baskets
  13. Kosher gift baskets
  14. Healthy gift baskets
  15. Sugar-free gift baskets
  16. Gluten-free gift basket
  17. Organic gift baskets
  18. Candle gift baskets
  19. Spa products
  20. Bath gift baskets
  21. Relaxation gift basket
  22. Beach gift baskets
  23. Golf gift baskets
  24. High end gift baskets
  25. Local gift baskets (some customers prefer buying local)
  26. Vermont gift baskets

So with some basic supplies, a good marketing strategy, and the determination to succeed in your own home-based business, you can start creating, promoting, and selling customized gift baskets, candy bouquets, crafts, spa products, and much more. All it takes is a little knowledge, a bit of creativity, and the mental focus to create a plan and follow though with it!

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Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts on starting a business, being your own boss, and finding legitimate ways to generate additional income from home. If you found this blog post to be helpful, inspirational, or useful, please follow, like, link to, or recommend this blog to others.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel

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How to Start a Cleaning Business

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Starting a cleaning business is one of the most popular ideas among people looking for ways to make money, generate a steady income, and be their own boss. Although it’s not exactly a “glamorous business,” there is almost always a high demand for cleaning services — both residential and commercial. Nearly everyone needs their businesses or homes cleaned on a regular basis, and most people are willing to pay for it.

Two other reasons so many people consider starting a cleaning business are the relatively low startup costs and the fact that you generally do not need college degrees, professional certification, or specialized training.

That being said, I believe successful business owners always look for ways to expand their knowledge, discover more efficient ways of doing things, and learn how to implement cost-effective marketing strategies. Although a general business education would be helpful in running a cleaning business, it’s not a prerequisite for starting a profitable cleaning business. If you are considering starting any kind of cleaning business, it does help to have some sort of business background or at least work experience in small business management, customer service, human resources, bookkeeping, accounting, and/or marketing.

Other requirements for being able to launch and operate a profitable cleaning service include a strong work ethic, problem-solving abilities, and tenacity. If you’re the kind of person who gives up easily, doesn’t get along well with people, or loses their patience when things don’t go smoothly, then a cleaning business may not be the right type of business for you. Although it can be both profitable and personally satisfying, owning a cleaning business is definitely not easy; I have yet to discover any legitimate, feasible business idea that doesn’t involve planning, hard work, and commitment.

If you do possess people skills, business management experience, and organizational skills needed to succeed in this kind of business, then a cleaning business may be an affordable and practical way to become your own boss.

Whether you decide to start a specialized cleaning service or multi-faceted cleaning business, there are quite a few different options to choose from:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Commercial cleaning (janitorial services/office cleaning)
  • Window cleaning
  • Home cleaning (residential house cleaning /housekeeping services)
  • Rain gutter cleaning
  • Foreclosure cleaning business, which may include junk hauling
  • Parking lot cleaning
  • Pressure wash cleaning
  • Roof cleaning
  • Drain cleaning
  • Construction cleaning
  • Boat cleaning
  • Vehicle cleaning: cars, trucks, RVs, etc.
  • Swimming pool cleaning

Like any business, one of the secrets to success is to identify a need — especially one that’s not being adequately served in your community or target market — and fill it to the best of your ability. To be competitive and generate repeat business and referrals, it’s also necessary to continually focus on customer satisfaction, quality improvement, marketing, your bottom line, and plans for future growth.

How to Start a Cleaning Business

If you need information on how to start a cleaning business, obtain lucrative office cleaning contracts, and price your cleaning contracts, then the following information/training package* will help you learn what you need to know to get started and hit the ground running!

Find out today how to effectively start, manage, and grow your own cleaning business.

starting-a-cleaning-businessThis cleaning business startup kit* includes ten audio tutorial lessons that teach you how to grow your cleaning business, how to present your cleaning proposal to prospective clients, how to get free advertising, and what kinds of people you should talk to for referrals. The kit also features a janitorial software package that enables you to generate invoices, purchase orders, business plans, marketing plans, and price quotes.

The benefit of ordering the Ultimate Cleaning Business Package* is that it provides you with tools, techniques, and forms you need to get started correctly and on the right foot. You don’t have “reinvent the wheel” or make avoidable mistakes on your way to building a profitable cleaning business.

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Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on business ideas and tools for entrepreneurs. I invite you to “follow” this blog if you’d like to be notified of future blog posts.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel

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*I am a compensated affiliate of the cleaning business startup kit referenced in this blog post.

Work at Home Business Ideas List

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As I see it, there are two kinds of work-at-home businesses.

In a home-based business, your office is in your home, but you generally meet with clients or customers at their place of business, in their home, or at another location.

In the other type of home business, everything you do takes place in your home — often in front of your computer and on the phone. For people who consider themselves to be introverts, that can be the ideal way to make a living. Working at home can also be a good career path for professionals who are tired of commuting, being limited by the constraints of their job, and dealing with office politics.

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At any rate, being a home-based entrepreneur can be a rewarding way to make money and take charge of your economic destiny.

Starting your own business or being self employed is certainly not a guaranteed ticket to financial security, but it does open doors and create possibilities. How you develop those potential opportunities is up to you.

Probably the two biggest challenges to launching an at-home business (or any business) is to first come up with a viable business idea and then implement an effective marketing plan to attract and retain clients. Without a steady stream of prospective and actual customers, even “the best laid plans of mice and men” will be doomed to failure!

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50 Ideas For Starting Your Own Business

If you’re interested in starting a business but are still looking for ideas of what business to start, here’s a list of possibilities to consider. Many of them can be run out of your home.

  1. Commercial or residential cleaning services
  2. Photography
  3. Catering
  4. Landscaping
  5.  Lawn care
  6. Real estate business
  7. Academic tutoring, voice lessons, teaching guitar or piano
  8. Construction, home improvement, remodeling
  9. Making and selling jewelry
  10. Vending machine business
  11. Interior and exterior house painting
  12. Baking and selling cupcakes, cookies, muffins
  13. Clothing and/or fashion business
  14. Carpet cleaning
  15. Party planning, event planning, wedding planning
  16. Bookkeeping
  17. Medical billing
  18. Daycare/ child care service
  19. Web design, graphic design, Internet marketing
  20. Handyman business
  21. Craft business
  22. Pressure washing
  23. Limousine service
  24. eBay business
  25. Gift baskets
  26. Tax preparation
  27. DJ business
  28. Junk removal
  29. Swimming pool cleaning and maintenance
  30. Life coaching
  31. Dropship business
  32. Resale business (buying stuff and selling it for a profit)
  33. Property management
  34. Sewing business
  35. Locksmith business
  36. House flipping business
  37. Window washing
  38. Consulting
  39. Flea market business
  40. Freight brokerage
  41. Hauling services
  42. Financial planning
  43. Decorating business
  44. Staffing services
  45. Professional organizing
  46. T-shirt business
  47. Pottery business
  48. Telephone answering service
  49. Mortgage or loan brokerage
  50. Home party business

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Below, I’ve listed some informative articles, online guides, and free tools from Shopify* to help get you started in your own home-based business:

BTW… I’m always looking for new, unique, and viable business ideas to add to the list, so feel free to post a comment if you’d like to share your entrepreneurial success and experience with others. I also invite you to follow this blog to be notified when I post new home business ideas and self employment opportunities.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post!

–Joel
*Freelance writer, blogger, compensated affiliate

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Business Ideas and What’s Trending

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If you’re looking for good business ideas for creating a full-time income or making extra money on the side, here’s a recent list of what other entrepreneurs are searching for online. Hopefully, it will provide you with the inspiration to clarify your goals, create a proactive marketing plan, and get started in your own business.

  1. Photography business
  2. Consulting
  3. Cleaning business (house cleaning, office cleaning, or janitorial services)
  4. Lawn care business
  5. Landscaping
  6. Construction
  7. T-shirt business
  8. Real estate business
  9. Catering business
  10. Retail business
  11. Jewelry business
  12. Event planning
  13. Pet sitting
  14. Franchise business
  15. Web hosting business
  16. Ebay business
  17. Computer repair
  18. Trucking
  19. Clothing business
  20. Home health care
  21. Tutoring service
  22. Personal training
  23. Web design business
  24. Carpentry business
  25. Interior design
  26. Medical billing
  27. Cupcake business
  28. Vending machine business
  29. Painting
  30. Greeting card business
  31. Marketing services
  32. Party bus business
  33. Carpet cleaning
  34. Child daycare
  35. Craft business
  36. Recycling business
  37. Wholesale business
  38. Cake business (wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cake decorating)
  39. Graphic design
  40. Transportation
  41. Party business
  42. Property preservation services
  43. Online retail business (ecommerce)
  44. Junk removal
  45. Silk screening
  46. Dog walking
  47. Paintball business
  48. Import/export
  49. Baking
  50. Food truck business
  51. Clothing line business
  52. Gym business
  53. Tax preparation
  54. Security guard business
  55. Medical transportation
  56. Bail bonds business
  57. Wedding planning business
  58. Flea market business
  59. Window cleaning
  60. Rental business
  61. Pressure washing
  62. Coaching business
  63. Computer business
  64. Party planning
  65. Delivery services
  66. Fitness business
  67. Art business
  68. Real estate investment
  69. Swimming pool cleaning/maintenance
  70. Taxicab service
  71. Photo booth business
  72. Virtual assistant business
  73. Locksmith services
  74. Cookie business
  75. Roadside assistant services
  76. Restaurant
  77. Wine business
  78. Spa business
  79. Background checking services
  80. Recruiting business
  81. Moving services
  82. Home inspection business
  83. Manufacturing
  84. Social media marketing
  85. Cell phone business
  86. Dog breeding
  87. Personal chef service
  88. Property management
  89. Boat charter business
  90. Furniture business (woodworking, retail, wholesale, buying and selling antiques)
  91. Welding business
  92. HVAC services (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
  93. Massage therapy
  94. Distribution business
  95. Blogging
  96. Shoe business
  97. Plumbing services
  98. Floral business (flower shop, delivery, arranging, consulting)
  99. Home remodeling (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)
  100. Financial planning services
  101. Answering service
  102. Snow removal
  103. Pest control
  104. Gymnastics business
  105. Resume writing
  106. Makeup artist services
  107. Cell phone repair
  108. Handyman business
  109. Horse training business
  110. Bakery business
  111. Wedding photography
  112. Sewing business
  113. Tour business
  114. Candle business

That’s just a small sampling of the many legitimate business ideas that are available to ambitious entrepreneurs. One thing many people lose sight of, though, when starting their own business is that it’s not easy to create a profitable business, and not everyone can do it. Success takes tenacity, a positive attitude, and a plan. It also requires self discipline, marketing skills, and an unwavering belief in yourself.

 

Before plunging into a new business, it’s necessary to do an honest self-assessment and determine whether you possess the motivation, the resourcefulness, the knowledge, and the “people skills” to acquire customers or clients, provide them with outstanding service and product quality, and stay motivated throughout the process — especially when the going gets tough.

I sincerely hope that this blog post has provided you with some worthwhile ideas, inspiration, motivation, and resources to start your own profitable small business.

While none of these business ideas, plans, or startup manuals should be viewed as your “guaranteed ticket to success,” they can be used as a starting point on your journey to a profitable business and, hopefully, financial independence.

I wish you the best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits, and I invite you to follow this blog for new business ideas, inspiration, and updates.

–Joel
Blogger, Business Writer, Online Marketer
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Small business advisory: All business, including the ones mentioned above, entail an element of risk, both financial and otherwise. To increase the chances of starting your business on the right foot and reduce risks associated with starting your own business, it’s always advisable to consult an experienced CPA, business insurance specialist, and small business attorney.

The concept of a “get rich quick” scheme that works is a pipe dream. Getting rich quickly, legally, and ethically may occasionally happen, but the chances of that actually happening are similar to winning a multi-million dollar lottery jackpot (The chances are infinitesimal, at best).

For more information, guidance, and authoritative advice on starting your own business, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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FAQ: What Business Should I Start?

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I’d make an educated guess that there are millions of people, right now, who would love to start their own business, but they’re hindered by a lack of focus and resolve. In my opinion, a lack of clarity is one of the top reasons aspiring entrepreneurs do not follow through and take the first step to starting their own business.

The second reason is fear. They’re afraid to fail. They’re afraid of being criticized. They’re afraid of losing money. And that’s the short list!

Are those fears realistic? To a certain extent they are realistic, although people often magnify the risks in their minds and blow them out of proportion. Small business failure is a common occurrence, but there are many ways to reduce risks, capitalize on opportunities,  make the most of your resources, and tip the scales in your direction.

One thing’s for sure, though: Starting your own business definitely requires courage, careful planning, and a willingness to take calculated risks.

Why Do Businesses Fail?

There are dozens of reasons businesses fail, but I believe that the undercurrent of fear that I mentioned is one of the primary causes. Here’s why: When you go into any endeavor in a fearful or tentative way, that state of mind saps your energy, diminishes your creativity, reduces your drive, and clouds your resourcefulness.

The harsh reality of business is that not everyone is cut out to deal with the challenges of setting up, marketing, and managing a small business. Establishing a business is often an uphill battle — at least in the beginning — and it takes a tenacious, goal-oriented, self-confident person to surmount obstacles, overcome setbacks, and persist until they succeed.

So whether you want to start a home business, an online business, or a bricks-and-mortar establishment, you need to first assess whether you possess the motivation, self belief, and mental fortitude to make a go of it. If you possess those qualities, then you already have an edge over much of the competition. It might take some time to realize that advantage, but — to quote one of my favorite sayings — “persistence breaks down resistance!”

How Do You Choose a Business to Start?

There is no simple answer to that question, but here are a two guiding principles and ideas which may help point you in the right direction.

  • Experience and marketable skills: If you have specialized skills, professional training, practical experience, or college degrees, then you may have the basis for a potentially profitable business. There are countless possibilities to consider, including service businessess, distributorships, consultancies, website businesses, retail stores, product lines, inventions to market, or other entrepreneurial pursuits. Note: Although skills, knowledge, and experience can be strong starting points, a stumbling block for many entrepreneurs and business owners is marketing and how to do it effectively. Without effective marketing tools and strategies, such as well-written business proposals, your chances for business survival and success are small. (For more insights into marketing techniques and tools, visit my website Marketing Survival Kit.) By the way, if you’re interested in learning more about the value and purpose of business proposals, then check out this article: “It’s All About Trust.”*
  • A passion for a product, service, or worthy cause: You’re probably familiar with the old expression (and book title) “Do what you love and the money will follow.” While that concept doesn’t necessarily hold water 100% of the time, it does contain more than a grain of truth. If you love what you’re doing and find it personally rewarding, then that enthusiasm will help win over customers and clients. A feeling of passion for a career or business also fuels your own motivation, resourcefulness, perseverance, and sense of purpose.

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100+ Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs

So getting back to the question of “What business should I start?”, here’s a variety of business ideas that will hopefully help you clarify your goals, narrow your focus, and trigger some actionable ideas for becoming your own boss.

  1. Photography business
  2. Consulting
  3. Residential or commercial cleaning business
  4. Lawn care, lawn mowing, or landscaping
  5. Construction
  6. Graphic design and/or website design
  7. T-shirt business
  8. Real estate sales or investing
  9. Tutoring business
  10. Catering
  11. Retail
  12. Computer repair
  13. eCommerce*
  14. Jewelry business
  15. Pet-related business: grooming, dog walking, pet sitting, boarding, breeding, dog training, or making dog treats*
  16. Clothing business
  17. Trucking
  18. Food business: restaurant, food truck business
  19. Home health care
  20. Personal training/coaching
  21. Carpentry
  22. Wedding planning
  23. Event planning services
  24. Payroll service
  25. Tax preparation
  26. Handyman services
  27. Medical billing and coding
  28. Vending machine business
  29. Gym/ fitness center/ health club
  30. Painting business
  31. Greeting cards
  32. Marketing and advertising agency
  33. Party bus business
  34. Carpet cleaning
  35. Daycare business
  36. Craft business
  37. Wholesale business
  38. Cake business
  39. Non-emergency medical transportation
  40. Mobile oil change service
  41. Property preservation or management services
  42. Junk removal
  43. Plumbing
  44. Silk screening
  45. Paintball business
  46. Bookkeeping
  47. Tax preparation
  48. Security guard business
  49. Bail bonds business
  50. Contracting business
  51. eBay business
  52. Flea market business
  53. Window cleaning
  54. Pressure washing
  55. Rental business
  56. Swimming pool cleaning and maintenance
  57. Taxicab service
  58. Photo booth rental
  59. Lead generation service
  60. Virtual assistant business
  61. Mobile locksmith services
  62. Print shop
  63. Roadside assistance services
  64. Wine business
  65. Spa
  66. Welding services
  67. Background check services
  68. Staffing and employee recruiting
  69. Moving company
  70. Home inspection services
  71. Furniture business (retailing, woodworking, being an antique dealer, etc.)
  72. Manufacturing
  73. Social media marketing
  74. Balloon business
  75. Hair salon
  76. Food delivery
  77. Financial planning services
  78. Personal chef services
  79. Fashion business
  80. Boat charter business
  81. Senior care services
  82. Decorating business/ interior design
  83. Massage business
  84. Candy business
  85. Trash removal
  86. Shoe store
  87. Floral business/ flower shop
  88. Courier services
  89. House flipping
  90. Gift baskets
  91. Sign business
  92. Counseling practice
  93. Snow removal
  94. Recycling
  95. Pest control
  96. Gymnastics business
  97. Contracting: Home remodeling, roofing, siding, plumbing, electrical services, HVAC services (heating/ventilation/air conditioning)
  98. Resume writing
  99. Makeup artist services
  100. Solar panel installation

Is There a Market for Your Business Idea?

If you have reason to believe there’s a market for a particular product or service you’re considering, then you may have the basis for a viable small business. Keep in mind, however, that a viable business idea is only the “raw material” for a successful small business.

To succeed, you may also need resources like marketing skills, specialized knowledge, funding, permits and licenses, salesmanship ability, customer service skills, equipment, machinery, supplies, vendor relationships, a physical place to do business, insurance coverage, employees, additional training and education, and the advice of a qualified accountant, attorney, and business insurance advisor.

For more entrepreneurial and small business startup ideas, I invite you to check out other posts on this blog, such as 250 Ideas For Self Employment.

Feel free to link to this post or pass it along to other entrepreneurs you know.

Contact me if you have any questions!

Thanks!

–Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, Internet entrepreneur

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the websites, training materials, software, and marketing tools mentioned (linked to) in this blog. Unless otherwise noted, I am not currently endorsing specific products, services, or websites.

Entrepreneurial Success Begins in Your Mind

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How powerful are your thoughts? Psychologists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers have been saying that the quality and content of our thoughts has a direct bearing on our potential for happiness, success, and self realization.

Many books, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, go into great detail about how this power can be harnessed to achieve success in any endeavor. The title of the book intrigued me, as did the first chapter:”Thoughts Are Things.” Even though that’s an ancient metaphysical concept that’s been around since forever, it may seem like a revolutionary concept when you first stumble upon it. For most people, it’s an unfamiliar premise because society and even pop culture tends to instill beliefs in us that run counter to the entrepreneurial spirit.

When I was growing up, there was a trendy expression which said “What you see is what you get!” It was kind of catchy (and it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously), but it also represents the kind of self-limiting, short-sighted attitude that prevents a lot of people from reaching their true potential.

The title of a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “You’ll See it When You Believe It,” captures the essence of what it means to be a visionary and design your own future. The sequence of believing something before you see it is counterintuitive — but if it was logical, then everyone would be doing it! (That may explain why so few are willing to put their faith in an outcome that hasn’t materialized, yet.)

Inspiration Is The Starting Point

Since most people in this world are affiliated with religions that are “faith based,” it’s surprising that more of them aren’t able to apply the power of faith to more areas of their personal lives, such as careers and business goals. While I’m not promoting organized religion in any way, I do believe that we can accomplish more when we open our mind to the possibility that we’re part of something much larger than ourselves and that we’re not alone.

I subscribe to a daily inspirational email from Abraham-Hicks Publications. One of their recent messages focused on this affirmation: “By [giving] my attention to things, I am making choices.” I interpret that to mean “Choose your thoughts with care and cultivate only the ones that serve you.”

I’d also like to pass along a meaningful quote from personal development author Debbie Ford. In her book “The Right Questions; Ten Essential Questions to Guide You to an Extraordinary Life,” she writes about a vision she experienced while participating in a spiritual retreat. While meditating, she came to the following profound realization :

“Each of us has an internal flame that is the keeper of our life force. Each choice we make either adds to this force, making it stronger, igniting and feeding our flame, or diminishes the force, dampening our internal flame, reducing its power.”

Here’s my take on that concept: Since it requires a lot of motivation, mental fortitude, and inspiration to succeed in a small business, it’s necessary to continually feed your inner flame with uplifting thoughts, positive imagery, and self-affirming words. Once you’ve identified a potential opportunity and created a realistic marketing plan to build your client base, then self belief and persistence play a key role in creating momentum and setting a positive course for your business.

Note: I’ve recently begun devoting more attention to the topics of personal development, human potential, and spirituality in a new blog (about life) called Mastering Life Takes Time!

131 Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs

If you’re still looking for a business idea that inspires you, here are some possibilities to consider…

  1. Photography business
  2. Consulting
  3. Lawn care business
  4. Cleaning business
  5. Non-emergency medical transportation
  6. Landscaping
  7. Construction
  8. Graphic design
  9. Real estate
  10. T-shirt business
  11. Tutoring
  12. Catering business
  13. Retail
  14. Event planning
  15. Computer repair
  16. ecommerce (online retail business)
  17. ebay business
  18. Pet sitting
  19. Franchise business
  20. Clothing business/ Clothing line
  21. Trucking
  22. Food business
  23. Home health care business
  24. Personal training
  25. Web design
  26. Carpentry
  27. Wedding planning business
  28. Interior design
  29. Handyman business
  30. Medical billing and coding
  31. Cupcake business, bakery, cakes, cookies, etc.)
  32. Vending machine business
  33. Gym/Fitness center/Health club
  34. Painting business
  35. Greeting card business
  36. Marketing or advertising agency
  37. Party bus business
  38. Carpet cleaning
  39. Daycare
  40. Jewelry business
  41. Bookkeeping
  42. Craft business
  43. Recycling business
  44. Wholesale business
  45. Web hosting
  46. Mobile oil change service
  47. Property preservation
  48. Junk removal/ Trash removal
  49. Silk screening/ screenprinting
  50. Dog walking
  51. Paintball business
  52. Import/export
  53. Food truck
  54. Tax preparation
  55. Security guard services
  56. Bail bonds business
  57. Flea market business
  58. Window cleaning
  59. Pressure washing
  60. Rental business
  61. Coaching
  62. Delivery services
  63. Real estate investment
  64. Swimming pool maintenance/cleaning
  65. Taxi service
  66. Photo booth business
  67. Lead generation business
  68. Virtual assistant services
  69. Locksmith services
  70. Printing business
  71. Roadside assistant business
  72. Restaurant
  73. Wine business
  74. Spa business
  75. Welding services
  76. Background check business
  77. Recruiting business
  78. Cell phone business
  79. Moving business
  80. Furniture business
  81. Janitorial services (commercial cleaning)
  82. Cell phone business
  83. Manufacturing business
  84. Social media services
  85. Balloon business
  86. Dog breeding business
  87. Hair salon
  88. Home inspection business
  89. Financial planning
  90. Personal chef services
  91. Property management
  92. Crime scene cleanup business
  93. Boat charter business
  94. Senior care services
  95. Candle business
  96. Dropship business
  97. HVAC business (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
  98. Distribution business
  99. Candy business
  100. Shoe business
  101. Plumbing
  102. Courier service
  103. Floral business/ flower shop
  104. House flipping
  105. Gift basket business
  106. Remodeling
  107. Sign business
  108. Answering service
  109. Snow removal
  110. Pest control
  111. Roofing
  112. Gymnastics business
  113. Resume writing services
  114. Cell phone repair
  115. Horse training
  116. Solar panel business
  117. Car rental business
  118. Rental property
  119. Sewing business
  120. Tour business
  121. Pizza shop
  122. Electrician business
  123. Hotel business
  124. Tax preparation / accounting business
  125. Limo business
  126. Soap business
  127. Home staging service
  128. Linen rental business
  129. Used car sales
  130. Lingerie business
  131. Dog grooming

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on small business ideas. I hope it’s sparked ideas and motivation for getting started on a path of entrepreneurial success!

Feel free to bookmark this site, follow this blog, pass it along to others, or add business ideas to the comments section.

Contact me if you have any questions, inquiries, or feedback!

Best of luck in all your marketing and small business pursuits!

–Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, Internet entrepreneur
Visit my website Marketing Survival Kit

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the websites, software, digital products, and services featured (and/or linked to) in this blog.

Note: Starting and owning your own business entails a degree of risk that can be affected by a number of things, including competitive factors, timing, your financial resources, relevant skills, business management ability, the local economy, and other conditions. To properly set up and run a small business, it’s often necessary to consult with a qualified accountant, an insurance professional, and a business attorney.

Mentoring programs and free small business advice is available from SCORE. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers online training modules, articles on starting and managing a small business, and information on loan programs, government contracting opportunities, and getting local assistance.

4 Basic Steps to Starting a Business

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If you’ve ever read about or reflected on Zen philosophy and the Law of Attraction, you realize that pursuing and achieving goals is more of a journey than a destination. If you don’t find the journey itself to be engaging and motivating, then there’s a good chance you’ll lose your momentum and quit.

Having faith is also a component of making progress in life and getting ahead: faith in yourself… faith in your unlimited potential… and faith in unseen forces that motivate, inspire, and propel you forward every day.

Did you ever see the Christmas classic movie Miracle on 34th Street? A line spoken by the character Fred Gailey distills the essence of what faith is and why it’s so fundamental to our existence:

“Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris [Kringle] that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles”

When it comes to pursuing any goal or dream, I think a lot of people get so overwhelmed by all the details and tasks they have to do, that they get discouraged and stop trying. Not only do they undermine themselves with their own self-defeating thinking, but they also allow themselves to be influenced by the negativity from others.

The best, most concise advice I’ve ever heard, thus far, is Nike’s brilliant three-word slogan:  “JUST DO IT!”

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Granted, it’s possible to create problems for yourself and others by taking those words too literally. For example, it’s not wise to just plunge into an undertaking or pursuit without giving it a little thought and consideration.

In my opinion, the underpinning of that philosophy is that entrepreneurs need to be action-oriented and spontaneous, but it’s also vital to base your spontaneity on planning, research, personal integrity, ethics, and other values. If that sounds like a contradiction, then all I can say is “Life is a paradox! — so deal with it ;-)”

Clarify and Live By Your Values

Speaking of personal values… If you’re not sure what your values are — or if you feel they need clarification — then check out these free worksheets from Russ Harris, the author of the book The Confidence Gap. He lists and describes 58 personal values and provides exercises to help guide you in your quest to identify and live by your own set of personal values.(Note: I’m not affiliated in any way with the author or publisher of this book. I’m just passing along this resource because I believe it’s useful. BTW… I did read the book The Confidence Gap, and I’m ready to read it again! Like many self-improvement/personal development books, it contains strategies and ideas that need to be reinforced. If you read any self-help book just once — especially if you don’t take notes — it probably won’t change your attitudes, negative belief systems, and behavior patterns. While it may be true that “old habits die hard,” they can be changed and replaced with productive ones. One of my favorite motivational quotes is “Persistence breaks down resistance!”)

The minute you fully grasp the power of persistence , you’ll no longer be searching for the secret of success.

Recommendation: If you’re looking for more inspiration and motivational quotes, visit Brainy Quote.com. (I’m not affiliated with them, but I love their website! It’s meticulously organized, contains a wealth of meaningful quotes, and is presented in a lighthearted and visually appealing way.)

Update: I’ve recently begun devoting more attention to the topics of personal development, human potential, and spirituality in a new blog (about life) called Mastering Life Takes Time!

Steps to Starting a Business

So getting back to the title of this blog post, the four most basic steps to starting your own business are as follows:

  1. Do some self reflection to make sure you have the tenacity, motivation, personality, and initiative to start your own business. Most people are much more suited to working for someone else than being self employed.
  2. Decide what type of business you want to start, based on your interests, talents, passions, skills, and financial resources (and needs).
  3. Create a plan and implement it (Oops! That’s actually two steps, if not much more!)
  4. Persist until you succeed and then keep going … assuming that you’re finding the work and the results you’re producing to be fulfilling, rewarding, and personally satisfying.

But, What Business Should I Start?

The question “What business should I start?” is something only you can answer. Everyone has a different work ethic, marketable skills, knowledge, ambition, financial needs, money to invest, and opportunities.

Since that question is a stumbling block for many entrepreneurs, I’ve created a list of small business ideas that will hopefully help you narrow your focus and identify some possibilities worth pursuing.

  1. Cleaning business, such as housecleaning, office cleaning [Business manual]*, janitorial services [How to get started*]
  2. Photography business [Learn wedding photography techniques*]
  3. T-shirt business [Get 700 T-shirt designs*]
  4. Consulting business
  5. Catering
  6. Landscaping
  7. Dog walking/pet sitting business
  8. Lawn care/lawn mowing [Tips and techniques*]
  9. Online business
  10. Construction business
  11. Real estate
  12. Clothing business
  13. Food truck business
  14. Tutoring business
  15. Vending machines
  16. Website business
  17. Event planning business [Steps for getting started*]
  18. Jewelry business
  19. Painting business
  20. Retail
  21. Trucking/transportation business
  22. Ebay business
  23. Cupcake business [Startup plan*]
  24. Bookkeeping
  25. Craft business [How-to get started info*]
  26. Credit repair business
  27. Handyman business [Startup manual*]
  28. Party planning business
  29. Property preservation business
  30. Recycling (metal, plastic recycling, etc.)
  31. Import/Export
  32. Home health care
  33. Cellphone business
  34. Marketing
  35. eCommerce
  36. Wedding planning business
  37. Computer repair
  38. Personal training
  39. Web design business
  40. Baking  business/ cake business/ bakery/ cookies
  41. Blog business
  42. Daycare center [Helpful tools: Daycare management software*]
  43. Fashion business
  44. Marijuana business/medical marijuana
  45. Pest control [Startup manual*]
  46. Shoe business
  47. Restaurant [Strategies and techniques*]
  48. Tax business
  49. Window cleaning
  50. Carpet cleaning
  51. Candle business [Learn how to make candles*]
  52. Delivery services
  53. Franchise business
  54. Gift basket business [Startup tips and resources*]
  55. Graphic design services
  56. Greeting cards
  57. Hair salon [Professional hair styling video tutorials*]
  58. Gym, fitness club
  59. Home staging business
  60. Manufacturing
  61. Medical transportation
  62. Photo booth business [How to get started*]
  63. Recruiting/staffing/employment business
  64. Rental business
  65. Welding
  66. Interior design
  67. Pressure washing
  68. Contracting business
  69. Distribution business
  70. Dog breeding [Intructional guides and videos*]
  71. Dropship business [Resources: Tools, data, marketplaces*]
  72. Furniture: woodworking, sales, retailing, manufacturing, etc.
  73. House flipping
  74. Life coaching
  75. Limo service
  76. Massage business
  77. Pizza business
  78. Plumbing services
  79. Printing business
  80. Property management
  81. Rental property
  82. Screen printing
  83. Virtual assistant business
  84. Candy business [Info on candy bouquet business*]
  85. Dog grooming
  86. Flea market business [What you need to get started*]
  87. Freelance business
  88. Hotel business
  89. Junk removal
  90. Medical billing [Resource: medical coding study guide*]
  91. Party rental [Startup manual*]
  92. Real estate investment
  93. Sewing business
  94. Spa business
  95. Art business
  96. Home inspection business
  97. Interior design
  98. Paintball business
  99. Party bus business
  100. Social media business
  101. Web hosting
  102. Wine business
  103. Soap business
  104. Bail bond business
  105. Carpentry
  106. Crime scene cleanup
  107. Floral business
  108. Lending business
  109. Locksmith services
  110. Non-medical home care business
  111. Non-emergency medical transportation*
  112. Personal chef services
  113. Resume writing
  114. Snow removal
  115. Vacation rental
  116. IT consulting
  117. Swimming pool cleaning/maintenance
  118. Roofing business [Startup kit*]
  119. Accounting services
  120. Car dealership or used car business [How-to videos]*
  121. Lead generation business
  122. Lingerie business
  123. Music business [Record label business plan template*]
  124. Party business
  125. Security guard services
  126. Tour business
  127. Web development business
  128. Background check business
  129. Financial planning
  130. Senior care business
  131. Sign business
  132. Solar energy/solar panel business
  133. Home remodeling
  134. Linen rental
  135. Princess party business [Business guide*]
  136. Answering service
  137. Sports business
  138. Gymnastics business
  139. Moving company
  140. Repossession/ repo business
  141. Trash business
  142. Video game business
  143. Balloon  business
  144. Mobile oil change business
  145. Entertainment business
  146. Charter boat business
  147. Horse training business
  148. Roadside service business
  149. Safety consulting
  150. Silk screening
  151. Professional organizer [Resource: Business guide and advertising templates*]

I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s no shortage of startup business ideas, only a shortage of self confidence, training, marketable skills, motivation, knowledge, and startup capitol. Many of those barriers are easily correctable, while others require tenacity, persistence, and sometimes help, mentoring, support, participation, and money from other people.

Need Help Starting a Business?

Just remember the words of 17th century English poet John Donne, who wrote that “No man is an island.” The moral of the story is, if you need help, support, or mentoring, don’t be afraid to seek it out.

BTW… Free mentoring, helpful in formation, and other small business help is available from government agencies, such as SCORE, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and various state small business development agencies.

Inspirational Business Quotes

Even though I wouldn’t describe myself as a religious person (I’m more “spiritual” than “religious,”) I do find some of the verses in Matthew 7:7 to be very inspiring:

“Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

(I did a little minor editing, there, but there are dozens of different versions and interpretations of those wise words.)

Anyway… Thank you for checking out my latest entrepreneurial thoughts, musings, and business ideas.

I invite you to “follow”, link to, “like” or recommend this blog to others if you found value in the information and ideas I’m offering.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel
Blogger, freelance writer, entrepreneur
Send me an email

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate for most of the entrepreneurial, inspirational, and marketing materials, books, templates, software, and courses that are linked to in this blog.