Business Ideas and What’s Trending

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.

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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
Marketing Survival Kit
Visit my new blog: Mastering Life Takes Time
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

Small business advisories: 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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250 Ideas For Self Employment

 

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If you’re out of work, not meeting your financial goals, or frustrated with your present job, self employment is an option that may be worth considering. Self employment can either serve as an income supplement or an income replacement — depending on your objectives, your skills, and the demand for your products or services.

NOTE: One alternative to starting your own business from scratch is buying an established business that already has a customer base and a cash flow. According to one entrepreneur, it’s easier, less risky, and “the shortest route to realizing the dream of owning your own successful business.” While it’s not for everyone, here are four vital factors* which make this business strategy* an option worth seriously considering.

Information on Starting Your Own Business

Below are several articles,  free Internet tools, and useful resources which offer ideas and methods for launching and succeeding in your own business*:

Starting an Online Business

I started making extra money as a freelance writer and entrepreneur back in 1993, when the Internet was in its infancy. It took me a few years before I began to grasp its immense potential as a communication tool, a marketing vehicle, and a business platform.

Learn how to make money as a freelance writer*

Twenty-four years later, the Internet has taken on a life of its own and is a driving force in the business world, the media, and people’s personal lives. The existence and growth of the Internet has also spawned a new realm of business opportunities — many of which can be launched and operated from your own home.

This is extremely encouraging for entrepreneurs looking for ways to generate income online, expand the marketing reach of an existing business, and/or make money online as an e-commerce merchant (more details on that, below.)

However… The idea of starting an Internet business (or any other business, for that matter) can also be very daunting.

Not knowing where to begin or how to create an Internet presence are among the obstacles preventing many people from taking that all-important first step. The good news is that you do not have to waste time, energy, and money “reinventing the wheel.” It’s already been invented, refined, and successfully implemented.

For example: If you’ve been looking for ways to start your own online store, Shopify* can provide you with the tools, the software, and the marketing strategies to make it happen. In addition to helping you create your own e-commerce website, Shopify enables you to sell your products on Amazon and  social media sales channels, like Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

FAQ: What is Shopify? It’s an integrated e-commerce platform for managing products, orders, customers, sales channels, and analytics. It can help you streamline, centralize, and effectively manage everything (in an online business) from product marketing and customer payments to secure online checkout and shipping.

Find out how you can accept credit card payments online, fulfill orders in a single step, monitor sales (and sales growth), keep track of your inventory, and create your own customized business website and blog. Once you’ve accomplished that, you’re off and running!

Learn more about this versatile e-commerce tool and start your 14-day free trial today! *[adv]

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The Big Question is “What Business Should I Start?”

For many entrepreneurs, the first hurdle to being self employed and building their client list is not a lack of a marketing strategy, but something much more fundamental: deciding what business to start.

The following list of business ideas is intended to help you come up with viable ideas for starting your own part-time or full-time business. (The list consists mostly of service-oriented business ideas, but also includes product-based self employment ideas.)

Your decision of what business to start (or whether to start a business at all) depends on a lot of variables, such as your professional skills, your level of motivation, experience, talents, personal contacts, existing reputation, market conditions, competitive factors, your financial resources, tolerance for risk, salesmanship abilities, people skills, willingness to persist and continually improve, and work ethic.

Luck” can also be a factor in business and personal success, but you’ve probably heard the often-repeated quote about the relationship between work and luck. The quote has been attributed to everyone from movie producer Samuel Goldwyn to former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson: “The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” (…or some variation of that)

Resources for Starting a Business:

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List of 250+ Self Employment Ideas

Some of the more popular business ideas that people are now pursuing or researching include the following self employment options:

  1. Cleaning business: house cleaning, housekeeping, office cleaning, janitorial
  2. Photography business
  3. Catering business
  4. Consulting business
  5. Landscaping business
  6. Lawn care business (lawn mowing, etc.)
  7. Dog walking business
  8. Online business (Create your own ecommerce website with Shopify*)
  9. Real estate business
  10. Academic tutoring services or music lessons
  11. Foreign language translation services
  12. Construction business/contracting
  13. Jewelry sales/jewelry making business: Learn how to get started!
  14. Vending machine business
  15. Cupcake business
  16. Painting business (house painting)
  17. Retail sales
  18. Food businesses, such as restaurants, food trucks, cafes, hot dog carts
  19. Recycling business
  20. Clothing business: [How and why to start your own clothing line*]
  21. Transportation
  22. Carpet cleaning
  23. Trucking
  24. Party planning business
  25. Pet sitting business
  26. Home health care business
  27. Courier business
  28. Bookkeeping services
  29. Daycare/childcare services
  30. Wedding planning
  31. Computer repair
  32. IT consulting
  33. Web design and/or graphic design business
  34. Handyman business [Book and video outline steps]*
  35. Greeting card business
  36. Craft business: [Tips on making money at craft markets]*
  37. Pressure washing
  38. Baking, bakery or cake business
  39. Repo business
  40. Credit repair business
  41. Fashion business [How to get your business up and running]*
  42. Limo business (limousine service)
  43. Marketing/advertising agency
  44. Social media marketing services
  45. Pizza shop
  46. Gym/fitness business
  47. Shoe business
  48. Bar business
  49. Pool hall business
  50. Wholesale business
  51. eBay business
  52. Pest control business
  53. Bail bonds business
  54. Medical transportation
  55. Tax preparation
  56. Cell phone business
  57. Gift basket business
  58. Cookie business
  59. Manufacturing
  60. Laundry business
  61. Delivery service
  62. Car rental business
  63. Car detailing
  64. DJ business
  65. Scrap metal business
  66. Junk removal business
  67. Concierge services
  68. Boutique business
  69. Party rental
  70. Dog boarding/kennel
  71. Swimming pool cleaning and maintenance
  72. Plumbing services
  73. Magazine publishing
  74. Medical supply business
  75. Medical billing business
  76. Lingerie business
  77. Life coaching
  78. Career counseling
  79. Background check business
  80. Agriculture: farming, ranching, raising poultry, aquaculture, growing crops,  growing organic mushrooms*
  81. Greenhouse business
  82. Coffee shop and/or coffee roasting business
  83. Check cashing service
  84. Hotel business
  85. Hot dog cart business
  86. Printing business
  87. Candle sales/candle making
  88. Travel agency [Pros and cons of being a travel agent]*
  89. Storage business (storage unit rental/self storage)
  90. Event planning [Complete business package available online*]
  91. Mail order business
  92. Dropship business [Tools and tips for getting started cheaply]*
  93. Security services or consulting (residential, commercial, personal security, etc)
  94. Dog training
  95. Dog grooming
  96. Laundromat business (coin laundry business)
  97. Senior care business
  98. Real estate investment business
  99. Property management business
  100. Fast food business
  101. Furniture business
  102. Massage business/massage therapy
  103. Fundraising business
  104. Resale business [Tips on selling thrift store finds]*
  105. Sewing business
  106. Consignment business
  107. Spa business
  108. Web hosting business
  109. Home staging business
  110. Home party business
  111. Locksmith business
  112. Website design
  113. Import export business
  114. Bottled water business
  115. Hair salon
  116. Call center
  117. Dump truck business
  118. House flipping
  119. Grocery delivery
  120. Ice cream business
  121. HVAC business
  122. Lead generation business
  123. Window washing
  124. Dog kennel
  125. Non medical home care business
  126. Stationery business
  127. Soap making business
  128. Paintball business
  129. Rental car business
  130. Coaching business
  131. Chocolate business
  132. Popcorn business
  133. Smoothie business
  134. Matchmaking business
  135. Flea market business
  136. BBQ business (barbecue food catering)
  137. eCommerce business [Create an online store with Shopify*]
  138. Franchise business
  139. Moving business
  140. Freight brokerage business
  141. Logging business
  142. Remodeling business
  143. Personal chef business
  144. Bed and breakfast
  145. Beauty supply business
  146. Nursing home business
  147. Nail salon
  148. Hauling business
  149. Handbag business
  150. Hair bow business
  151. Gas station
  152. Video game business
  153. Frozen food business
  154. Financial planning business
  155. Horse boarding
  156. Telemarketing
  157. Laser tag business
  158. Floral business (flower shop)
  159. Clothing business online
  160. Multi level marketing/network marketing business
  161. Referral business
  162. Decorating business
  163. Nursery business
  164. Concrete business
  165. Car wash and/or hand card wash business
  166. Staffing/recruiting business
  167. Perfume business and/or cosmetic business
  168. Powder coating business
  169. Go kart business
  170. Sign business
  171. Interior design business
  172. Bowling alley
  173. Rain gutter cleaning business
  174. PC repair business
  175. Computer consulting
  176. Beverage business
  177. Car audio business
  178. Insurance agency
  179. Tanning salon
  180. Professional organizing service [Startup guide]*
  181. Catalog business
  182. Pet store
  183. Group home business
  184. Paralegal business
  185. Dollar store
  186. Nanny business
  187. Dry cleaning
  188. Mystery shopping business
  189. Gardening business
  190. Export business
  191. Senior home care business
  192. Mobile oil change business
  193. Fashion design business [Helpful ideas for getting started]*
  194. Home healthcare business
  195. Liquor store
  196. Balloon business
  197. Horse business
  198. Voip business
  199. Direct sales
  200. Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: (Growing demand for this service)*
  201. T-shirt business [Free Course: How to Build an Online T-Shirt Store*]
  202. Wedding chapel business
  203. Retail clothing business
  204. Silk screen business
  205. Sporting goods business
  206. Security consulting
  207. Day spa business
  208. Feed store business
  209. Fishing business
  210. Home inventory business
  211. Honey business
  212. Hunting business
  213. Coffee cart business
  214. Boat charter business
  215. Bookstore business
  216. Beauty salon business
  217. Taxi cab business
  218. Cabinet making business
  219. Car transport business
  220. Chair massage business
  221. Knife sharpening business
  222. Psychic business
  223. Pet cremation business
  224. Pottery business [Sell your artwork]*
  225. Pet boarding business
  226. Pet photography business
  227. Motorcycle business
  228. Mobile dog grooming business
  229. Personal fitness training
  230. Dog bakery — [Check out this unique step-by-step business system*]
  231. Recruitment business
  232. Animal rescue business
  233. Answering service
  234. Barber shop
  235. BPO business
  236. Business card printing
  237. Pet shop
  238. Mailing service
  239. Loan broker
  240. Skateboard business
  241. Gift shop
  242. Newspaper publishing
  243. Stained glass business
  244. Woodworking
  245. Electronic dog fence installation
  246. Shoe repair
  247. Appliance repair
  248. Window tinting
  249. Foreclosure cleanups
  250. Dumpster rentals
  251. Concert promoter
  252. Talent agent
  253. Get paid to write online* (Write articles, blog posts, e-books, ghost writing assignments, grant writing, resumes, website content, online reviews, essays, documentation, entertainment writing, travel writing, medical writing, legal writing, financial writing, technical writing, sports, news writing, translation, transcription, research, press releases, business plans, scripts, interviews, and marketing material.)

NOTE: One alternative to starting your own business from scratch is buying an established business that already has a customer base and a cash flow. According to one entrepreneur, it’s easier, less risky, and “the shortest route to realizing the dream of owning your own successful business.” While it’s not for everyone, here are four vital factors* which make this business strategy* an option worth seriously considering.

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While this list of self employment ideas is far from all inclusive, I think it does cover a lot of possibilities. If you can think of any other unique ideas for starting a small business, feel free to post a comment on this blog or email me your thoughts at prowriter30years@yahoo.com

Stay tuned to this blog for more small business ideas, resources, marketing strategies, and guides to starting and succeeding in your own business.

Small Business Marketing Ideas

One of the biggest challenges that face many entrepreneurs is finding customers. You can be the most talented graphic designer, event planner, consultant, or handyman in town, but if you don’t have any customers, your skills and talents aren’t going to do you much good — at least not financially!

In addition to the freelancing and self employment ideas listed above, I ‘d also like to offer some basic business marketing ideas, which will hopefully help you attract and retain customers and clients (without having to spend a bundle of money).

Advertising, direct sales, and marketing can be a bit of a rocky road if you’re not sure where to begin or how to go about it, but as the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

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What is Marketing?

Marketing, which entails everything from advertising and public relations to blogging and SEO (search engine optimization), is one of the cornerstones of any successful business. The ability to generate leads, inquiries, referrals, and customers depends — to a large degree — on your willingness to create and implement a marketing plan for your business.

Marketing plans do not have to be lengthy or complicated to provide you with a practical and useful road map to customer acquisition, but should be well thought out, researched, flexible, and cost effective. A starting point to creating a small business marketing plan would be to think about and write a “SWOT” analysis, which stands for “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.”

Two other components of a marketing plan would involve identifying your target market (demographics), listing as many feasible marketing tactics as you can think of, and pinpointing your business’s USP, which is often referred to as either a “Unique Selling Proposition,” “Unique Selling Points,” and/or “Unique Value Proposition (UVP).” Obviously, the operative word there is “unique.”

To a large degree, marketing is all about two things:

  • Offering your customers unique advantages and benefits that they can not get elsewhere
  • Being able to effectively communicate those unique advantages to as many targeted and “qualified” prospects as possible

In a nutshell, here is a handful of cost-effective and, in some cases, low-cost business marketing ideas that are worth considering.

  1. Handing out business cards, promotional flyers, brochures, inexpensive advertising specialties, door hangers, post card mailers, and coupons (if applicable and appropriate).
  2. Written business proposals: I’m a big proponent of using business proposals to solicit new clients, respond to RFPs, and to pursue corporate and government accounts. Here’s why: First of all, back in the 1990s, I worked as a proposal writer for a major IT company for five years, so I can appreciate the pivotal role that a well-written business proposal plays in the competitive bidding process. Secondly, I’m an affiliate of a company that sells proposal-writing software, templates, sample proposals, and frequently needed service contracts. They’ve been in business for 20 years and are obsessed with continually improving and fine-tuning their software products. For more information on how and why written business proposals are important (and can help you land more clients, customers, and lucrative accounts), check out their article “It’s All About Trust.”*
  3. Building up an Internet following, either through blogging, developing a social media presence, or inviting your website visitors to subscribe to your monthly newsletter, periodic offers, mailing list, or special announcements.
  4. Face-to-face networking can also be an extremely valuable way to connect with prospective clients and develop mutually beneficial relationships with other entrepreneurs, organizations, influencers, potential clients, and mentors. It’s old-fashioned, but it’s not going to go out of style anytime in the foreseeable future!
  5. Sending out newsworthy press releases to local media outlets, reporters, editors, bloggers, and websites. Press releases can often result in a free publicity in the form of a feature article, listing of an event, interview opportunity, or business profile in your local newspaper, regional magazine, miscellaneous websites, business blogs, podcasts, editorial pages, radio stations, and TV news and interview programs. Visibility in the media helps boost your credibility and recognition factor. [BTW… Did I mention that I worked in the public relations field for nine years and have been a journalist and news reporter — mostly on a freelance basis — for 34 years?]

Software for Creating Winning Business Proposals*

This is the proposal-writing kit I mentioned, earlier: “Accurately quote your projects, create winning proposals, negotiate your contracts, multiply your profitability, brand yourself as a top professional and close the sale. Proposal Kit helps you demonstrate to prospects and clients that you are the right professional for the job. It’s the mission-critical tool for writing effective business proposals on a moments notice. Proven for two decades to be fast, easy, and accurate.” [adv]

Order and download Proposal Kit software here.*

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e-Books on Starting a Business*

BTW… If you’d like to download  other step-by-step guides for starting a business, I’ve posted links to several small business startup guides* at my website Marketing Survival Kit. Startup guides are available for the following small businesses:  import/export car business, roofing, roof cleaning, flea market business, kettle corn business, cupcake business, fruit bouquets, candy bouquets, event planning, party rental services, record label business plan, t-shirt business, freight broker business,  professional organizing, Kindle book publishing,  transcription business, computer repair business, farming, aquaculture, ranching, and more. More startup guides will be added in coming weeks. Contact me if you need more information on a specific kind of business that you don’t see mentioned here.

Thanks for checking out my latest small business marketing tips and self employment ideas.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel

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Business blogger, freelance writer, affiliate marketer

Question: Are you interested in starting your own affiliate marketing business? It’s no get-rich-quick scheme, but it’s an opportunity to start your own potentially profitable Internet business. To learn more, read the inspiring success story of Rosalind Gardner.* It’s a great business model most people are unfamiliar with. (I’ve been doing it for 16 years.)

Important: Starting a businesses of any kind involves an element of financial risk, so it’s always wise to consult a CPA, business insurance advisor, and a business attorney when setting up, expanding, or anticipating future needs for a new or existing business.

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the websites, marketing software, digital products, e-commerce software, templates, books on starting your own business, marketing services, courses, tutorials, and informational products features in this blog. With a couple possible exceptions, I am currently not endorsing specific products or services at this time. Contact me if you have any questions.

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

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