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
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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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Things to Consider When Starting a Business

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The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss is immensely appealing to a lot of people because it’s often equated with freedom, unlimited potential, and the ability to control your own destiny.

The reality of being successful in your own business is a lot different the fantasy, however. I’m reminded of a musical line from the 2003 movie School of Rock:

“It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll!”

(It’s actually a classic rock song from the band AC/DC, but I associate it with School of Rock.)

But whether you want to be a rock star, a published author, or a successful small business owner, you need to be willing to work hard, believe in yourself, and keep trying until you succeed.

Read the biography of almost any successful musician, actor, entrepreneur, or business mogul, and you’ll notice several qualities and characteristics being described which average people don’t seem to possess:

  • Successful people view setbacks and “failure” as a temporary detour on the way to achieving their goals.
  • They recognize the fact that they’re not the only talented, ambitious, goal-oriented individual in the world, and that they need to continually find ways to improve, ferret out opportunities, create opportunities, and market themselves more effectively.
  • They don’t wonder IF they’ll be successful, they focus on WHEN.

So what are the main things to consider when starting a business? That’s actually a question I’ve given a lot of thought to since starting this blog, and have devoted several blog posts to the subject. I think you’ll find some helpful ideas and insights in these posts:

If you’re serious about starting a business, I believe you have to approach it with a sense of purpose and commitment.

As the character Yoda famously said in the movie Star Wars…

“Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.”

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on starting a business.

As you pursue your goals and dreams, keep this one thought in mind: “Persistence breaks down resistance!” (My father passed that along to me years ago, and I think it’s a great core thought to instill in your mind and reflect on whenever you’re tempted to get discouraged and quit.)

Best of luck!

—Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, entrepreneur
Website: Marketing Survival Kit

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Self Employment Ideas for Entrepreneurs

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The formula for small business success is relatively simple, but applying those steps and having the ability to follow through (over and over again) is the part that trips most people up!

The first step to starting a business or making extra money involves coming up with a viable idea. If you’re stuck at the starting gate when it comes to narrowing down the choices, here’s a list of some of the most popular business ideas to consider. Hopefully, the following list of entrepreneurial ideas will provide you with the inspiration and clarity to become gainfully self employed — either on a part-time or full-time basis.

  1. Photography
  2. Consulting
  3. Cleaning (commercial and/or residential cleaning)
  4. Lawn care
  5. Non-emergency medical transportation
  6. Landscaping
  7. Construction
  8. Graphic design and/or Website deign
  9. Real estate
  10. Property preservation services
  11. T-shirt business
  12. Tutoring
  13. Catering
  14. Retail shop
  15. Event planning
  16. Computer repair
  17. eCommerce business (online retail business*)
  18. eBay business
  19. Jewelry business
  20. Pet-related businesses:  Examples: pet sitting, pet boarding, dog walking, dog training, dog breeding, making and selling dog treats*
  21. Franchise business
  22. Trucking
  23. Food business, which could run the gamut from a food truck to a restaurant
  24. Home health care
  25. Personal training
  26. Carpentry/handyman services/contracting
  27. Interior design
  28. Interior/exterior house painting
  29. Payroll services/bookkeeping/accounting
  30. Tax services
  31. Medical billing and coding
  32. Vending machines
  33. Gym/health club/fitness facility
  34. Greeting cards
  35. Craft business
  36. Party bus business
  37. Carpet cleaning
  38. Daycare center
  39. Recycling
  40. Wholesale business
  41. Manufacturing
  42. Cake business/bakery/cookies/cupcakes
  43. Mobile oil change service
  44. Advertising/marketing services
  45. Junk removal
  46. Plumbing
  47. Silk screening
  48. Import export business
  49. Security guard service
  50. Wedding planning

The good news about starting your own business is that there are countless business ideas from which to choose — many of which can be started for a few hundred dollars or less. The caveat that sometimes prevents would-be entrepreneurs from launching a great business idea is that success is never guaranteed and there’s always an element of risk in any business venture.

The best business ideas are based on a variety of factors, including how competitive the business environment is, the demand for the product or service you’re thinking of offering, your financial resources, business management ability, customer service skills, persistence, positivity, marketing knowledge, and a little bit of luck!

It also helps to get the advice and guidance of a trusted accountant, business insurance advisor, and business attorney.

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To explore additional self employment options and business startup materials, check out my  list of 250 business ideas

Stay tuned for more entrepreneurial insights.

Thanks!

–Joel
Freelance writer, entrepreneur, business blogger
Contact me if you have any questions!

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the entrepreneurial products, services, software, marketing tools, and websites featured in this blog.

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.

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.

10 Reasons to Start a Business in 2017

road-363265_640Millions of people are thinking of starting their own business, right now.

Unfortunately, the majority of them are going to procrastinate, talk about it endlessly, and ultimately do little or nothing about their lofty goals.

So “Why,” you may be wondering, would the year 2017 be a good time to take action on your goal to be your own boss… or at least create a nice part-time business to supplement your present income (and set the stage for more financial freedom, security, and independence in the future”)?

Here are a few of my off-the-cuff thoughts on that very subject:

  1. 2017 is a new year, a fresh beginning, and a clean slate!
  2. Well, if not now, when?
  3. Hey, you’re not getting any younger! 😉
  4. Ride the wave of your motivation at the beginning of the new year. It’s one of your most powerful resources, so tap into it while it’s at its peak. As the year progresses, your motivation to start a business may wane, so now may be the best time to take the plunge and allow your motivation to propel you forward. (It’s a winner’s strategy for “going with the flow.”)
  5. If you try to plan for every contingency and anticipate every possible problem, you’ll soon be suffering from a case of “analysis paralysis”! (I didn’t coin that phrase, but it’s a good one. Most people experience it at one time or another.) If you think about starting your own business for too long without doing anything about it, you’ll most likely talk yourself out of it. (Picture in your mind the image of a car spinning its wheels on the ice or in the mud. That’s you when you overthink something!) While an entrepreneur should do some basic planning and only take calculated risks before getting started, there is such a thing as “over planning” and “overthinking”! (Side note: In 2017, take personal responsibility for your life and make a commitment to succeed. It is up to you to develop your business idea within a reasonable period of time, determine whether there’s actually a market for your products or services, write and implement a realistic marketing plan, and secure the resources you’ll need, such as startup capital, supplies and equipment, a vehicle, marketing materials, office space, training, staffing or support from freelancers (independent contractors) and any necessary licenses or permits.) Every type of business is unique, so starting a business could either be complex and expensive or easy and cheap. It all depends on your goals and the business, industry, or profession you want to get into. Sometimes, starting a business is easy, but attracting customers and managing the day-to-day operation of the business is the challenging part.
  6. “He who hesitates is lost” — or, at least, is overtaken and left behind by those who are more decisive, ambitious, self-motivated, and goal oriented.
  7. There is no time like the present. Let’s face it: It is the only time you are capable of taking action, exerting power,  and producing an outcome.
  8. In general, you will always be surrounded by opportunities — but specific ones will come and go. In other words, when opportunity knocks, answer the door — otherwise it (“opportunity”) will get sore knuckles and go somewhere else! If you listen closely to your entrepreneurial spirit, it will whisper this message to you: “Now is the time; this is your opportunity; and YOU are the one who can make it happen! Keep trying… believe in yourself… don’t give up, and you will be rewarded!
  9. Conditions will never be absolutely perfect. If you wait for some future set of ideal circumstances to start your own business, chances are you’ll be waiting forever. If excuses are what you’re looking for, there’s never a shortage of them. The same principle applies to getting started in a business.
  10. Don’t forget… If you have a business idea that would serve the aging Baby Boomer generation, 2017 could be the ideal time to launch such an enterprise.

In 2017, there will be as many (or as few) opportunities to succeed in your own business as you think there are. As you contemplate your next move as an entrepreneur, remember the words of Dr.Wayne Dyer(1940-2015), one of my favorite inspirational authors and speakers:

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!”

(This saying has also been attributed to Max Planck, a German theoretical physicist, who, in 1918, won the Nobel Prize in physics for his groundbreaking and original ideas about quantum theory.)

I also encourage you to ask yourself this question every day:

“What would I do; what would I say; and what thoughts would I think if I knew I could not fail!”

On that note, I wish you the best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits in 2017!

–Joel
Entrepreneur, blogger, freelance writer
Creator of the website Marketing Survival Kit

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Questions to Ask When Starting a Business

 “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
― William G.T. Shedd (1820-1894)

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That quote by 19th century theologian William Shedd sums up what it means to be an entrepreneur.While it’s true that there’s a lot of risk involved in starting your own business, it can also be an opportunity for growth, prosperity, and self determination. There’s nothing wrong with working for someone else — and a lot of people need the security of a steady paycheck and company-provided benefits.  Entrepreneurs are a unique breed, however, and are not content having someone else call the shots and place a limit on their potential.

There’s Nothing Easy About Starting a Business

Starting a new business in not unlike preparing for a triathlon, sailing across the Atlantic, or climbing Mount Everest —  well maybe it’s not quite that grueling and treacherous!

In all cases, however, it pays to go into it with as much knowledge, training, preparation, supplies, equipment, and mental toughness as possible. Survival and success in any of these undertakings also depends on the cultivation of self belief, determination, and persistence.

While tenacity and preparation are usually prerequisites to success in any undertaking, one has to acknowledge, early on, whether or not they’re really up to the challenge.

Before taking the plunge into self employment or small business ownership, it’s wise to temper your enthusiasm with a reality check. In the same way that you wouldn’t want to attempt swimming the English Channel without being 100% sure you had the strength, endurance, and motivation to go the distance, it’s also inadvisable to attempt to start your own business if you’re ill prepared or poorly suited to the challenge ahead.

The First Step in Starting a Business

Although many entrepreneurs do not take the time to really think things through, doing a self assessment is a step that should precede all other steps. In the same way that a job interviewer assesses a candidate’s readiness or capability to handle the demands of a particular job, someone considering starting their own business should evaluate their own readiness.

Here are a few of the key questions one should ask themselves when starting a business:

  1. Do I possess the knowledge, skills, and credentials necessary to succeed in this business or profession? (And if not, would I be able to acquire them within a reasonable period of time?)
  2. Do I have access to the money I’ll need for startup costs, operating costs, and living expenses? (If not, have I explored options for obtaining a small business loan, government grant, or other forms of financing?)
  3. Have I demonstrated to myself and others that I can handle setbacks, work through frustration, and overcome obstacles in the pursuit of my goals?
  4. Do I possess the organizational skills, the “people skills,” and the work ethic to handle everything from sales and marketing to customers relations and record keeping?

One you’ve given serious consideration to those kind of probing questions, you’ll be in a better position to decide whether self employment and small business ownership is really the right path for you.

Although there are a lot of different ways one can approach self employment, it’s always best to make sure you’re a good match for the demands of an entrepreneurial lifestyle.

What Do I Need to Start a Business?

Once you’ve decided that you have what it takes to start and succeed in your own business, the U.S.Small Business Administration offers some additional points to ponder that will help you pinpoint your objectives, clarify what you need to do to start a business, and hone in on your strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and priorities. I would strongly recommend reading the SBA’s list of 20 questions to ask yourself before starting a business.

If you’re stuck on the answer to question #2, which is “What kind of business do I want?” then perhaps the following list of startup business ideas will help you narrow down the possibilities. I’ve gathered more than 100 small business ideas that include everything from property management to cake decorating.

What Business Should I Start?

Other than fear of failure, one of the biggest mental barriers to starting your own business is a lack of clarity about what kind of business you should start. There are literally hundreds of self employment options available to you, and each one has its own individual costs, challenges, potential rewards, and startup requirements.

So with that in mind, here’s a list of over 100 of the most popular business ideas — some of which may help you gravitate toward the best small business idea for your temperament, capabilities, tolerance for risk, market conditions, geographic location, and budget.

  1. Cleaning business
  2. Photography
  3. Catering
  4. Consulting
  5. Landscaping
  6. Lawn care
  7. Real estate
  8. Construction
  9. Jewelry
  10. Tutoring, giving group or private lessons, seminars
  11. Vending machine business
  12. Event planning services
  13. Painting services
  14. Retail
  15. eBay business
  16. Carpet cleaning
  17. Clothing business
  18. Fashion business
  19. Shoe business
  20. Food businesses: restaurant, deli, food truck, hot dog cart, ice cream shop
  21. Bakery, cupcake business, cookies, birthday and wedding cake baking and decorating
  22. Pizza shop
  23. Party planning
  24. Bar business
  25. Lawn mowing
  26. Recycling business
  27. Transportation or trucking business
  28. Bookkeeping services
  29. Computer repair services
  30. Courier services and/or delivery services
  31. Daycare center
  32. Home health care
  33. Senior care business
  34. Medical transportation
  35. Wedding planning services
  36. Limo business
  37. Import export business
  38. Wholesale business
  39. Craft business
  40. Gift basket business
  41. Handyman business
  42. Janitorial services
  43. Pressure washing
  44. Laundry business, dry cleaning service, laundromat
  45. Repo business
  46. Web design and/or graphic design business
  47. Printing services (print shop or print broker)
  48. Advertising or marketing business
  49. Credit repair
  50. Cell phone business
  51. Gym business
  52. Bail bonds business
  53. Manufacturing
  54. Pest control
  55. Tax preparation
  56. Insurance
  57. Financial services
  58. Home and business security services
  59. Chiropractic services
  60. Massage therapy
  61. Boutique business
  62. T shirt business
  63. Car detailing
  64. Car rental
  65. Concierge/personal assistant business
  66. DJ business
  67. Junk removal
  68. Scrap metal business
  69. Coffee business: coffee roasting, cafe business, coffee retailing, distribution
  70. Hotel or Bed and Breakfast business
  71. Candle business
  72. Dog boarding
  73. Dog training
  74. Dog grooming
  75. Farming, ranching, growing produce, aquaculture, greenhouse business
  76. Professional practices, such as medical, legal, dental, eye care, CPA, veterinarian
  77. Life coaching
  78. Magazine publishing
  79. Medical billing
  80. Medical supply business
  81. Storage business
  82. Secretarial services
  83. Travel agency
  84. Consignment business
  85. Lingerie business
  86. Party rental
  87. Interior design
  88. Swimming pool cleaning, opening and closing, and maintenance
  89. Fundraising business
  90. Dropship business
  91. Home staging services
  92. Furniture store (new or used), furniture making, woodworking
  93. Fundraising
  94. Mail order
  95. Recruiting business
  96. Property management business
  97. Spa business
  98. Web hosting business
  99. Sewing business, being a seamstress, tailor, clothing alterations
  100. Contracting business, such as construction, home improvement, remodeling, electrician services, HVAC services, plumbing, excavating, roofing, etc.

BTW… If you’d like to download a guide to starting a specific business, I’ve posted links to several small business startup guides* at my website Marketing Survival Kit.

Cool Business Ideas

So if you’ve been asking yourself and others “What kind of business can I start?” I hope the above list will help you generate some great business ideas.

If none of these entrepreneurial ideas resonated with you, then perhaps you’d like to peruse 999 more business ideas developed by the creative minds from Seth Godin’s Alternative MBA program. Whether you’re looking for so-called “crazy business ideas,” fun business ideas, or innovative business ideas, this list is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

If you’ve stumbled across any other cool business ideas that you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to post a comment on this blog or contact me via my email address at prowriter30years@yahoo.com

Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts, observations, and opinions about the ever-challenging and exciting world of self employment and business development. It kind of brings to mind the opening lines from the old TV show The Wide World of Sports: “The thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat.” (The memory of the skier who took that nasty spill at the beginning the program still makes me cringe decades later!)

As you pursue your entrepreneurial goals, may you experience many more victories than defeats!

–Joel
Business blogger, freelance writer, marketing strategist

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*Disclaimer: This blog, as well as my website Marketing Survival Kit, contain links to digital products, websites, and marketing services for which I am a compensated affiliate. Although my mission is to feature only high-quality products and services, at the present time I am not personally endorsing any of them.

Business startup tip: Always consult with licensed business advisors, like Certified Public Accountants, business attorneys, and insurance experts when seeking advice on starting, expanding, and protecting your business.

 

 

The First Step in Starting a Business

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The statistics on small business failures can be sobering if you’re considering starting your own business.

The question to ponder is this: “Is the percentage of small business failures a reflection of a bigger picture?” In other words, failure in any endeavor is a natural outcome of poor or faulty planning, a lack of persistence, counterproductive habits, and negative attitudes. Perhaps the number one reason many small businesses fizzle out before they have a chance to build up a head of steam is that their owners don’t possess an entrepreneurial mindset.

To put it another way: Most people are more comfortable working for someone else, rather than being responsible for making sure a business is set up properly, marketing it proactively, addressing customer service issues, solving problems, managing people, complying with government regulations, and always working to stay one step of the competition.

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Steps to Starting a Business

In my opinion, the first step to starting a business is doing an honest self assessment. Do you honestly have the temperament, the organizational skills, the long-term commitment, and the energy to start and run your own business? Although the idea of it may appeal to you, not everyone has the resilience, the foresight, the self belief, and the determination to stay the course and persist until they succeed.

One of the few guarantees of starting your own business is that there will be difficulties, challenges, and setbacks on the road to profitability. If you don’t approach it in a methodical, focused, and steadfast way, your probability of success in a small business startup will be low.

On the other hand, if you’re passionate about a particular business idea and are prepared to navigate around or through the difficulties and setbacks that are sure to come your way, then self employment and the entrepreneurial life style may be a good fit for you!

Once you’ve resolved that big question, you’ll be ready to proceed to the next steps, such as developing a business plan, a marketing plan, business startup costs, deciding on a business structure, coming up with a distinctive business name and logo, and obtaining the necessary permits, working space, supplies, and equipment needed to get your business underway. Every business had different requirements and steps to getting started, so it pays to ask questions, talk  with certified business advisors, and, if possible, find a mentor to point you in the right direction. Check with your local SCORE organization to inquire about the availability of small business mentoring programs.

If you’re looking for a list of steps for starting a business, the U.S. Small Business Administration is one of the best websites to turn to for guidance and information. A checklist for starting a business is available from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). When starting a new business, it’s also wise to consult with a CPA, a business insurance specialist, and a business attorney to help  you anticipate and plan for all your business, financial, and legal needs.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments, especially if they relate to small business marketing.

I also invite you to visit my website, Marketing Survival Kit, to get access to step-by-step manuals* for a variety of business startups, service business ideas, and self-employment options.

Thanks!

–Joel
Business blogger, journalist, marketing strategist
Email address: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

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!

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of the  business startup books featured on my website, Marketing Survival Kit, as well as other templates, software products, and business marketing services.