I created The Pay At Home Parent in February of 2018 to help you be a successful home-based business owner, blogger or side hustler. As a wife, mom and frugal homemaker, I still make a full-time income on a part-time work schedule and I know that you can too!
You’ve just landed on the most extensive small business ideas list on the internet (or at least it will be soon).
If you are toying with the idea of starting a business but you’re not sure what business to start, this list of small business ideas is for you.
Let’s not waste any time. Your small business idea is waiting for you to discover it!
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Small Business Ideas
Top 10 Small Business Ideas
If you don’t have time to read through the entire list of small business ideas, then at least consider my top 10 small business ideas. These businesses are some of the most successful small business ideas to consider.
1. Pet Care
To start a successful pet care business, you will need to have a love for animals and an unquenchable thirst for spending time with other peoples’ pets (not just your own). This isn’t for anyone, but it could go a long way!
2. Lawn Care and/or Snow Removal
Hoards of people need help cutting grass in the summer and removing snow in the winter (in the North). What better way to make money from home than to offer your own services?
3. Used Clothing Consignment
This can be as simple or as complicated as you’re willing to make it. Rent store space, a spot at your local flea market or sell the clothing online. The choice is yours! Give your consignors a cut of the profits and return the items that don’t sell.
4. Flea Market Flipping
Scope out your local flea market, thrift stores and garage sales and snag cheap items that have a great potential to sell online. You can even search each item on your smartphone to get an idea of price and demand before committing to buy.
5. House Flipping
Perhaps a little more complex, but if you’re a DIYer, purchase a cheap fixer upper and remodel it to your taste. Then sell at a profit. Many people will live in the house they are flipping to save on the additional mortgage or rental payment.
6. Uber Driver
Drive for Uber nights and weekends or replace your day job if the demand is high. Driving for Uber can be a fun side job or turn into your own business.
7. Car Detailing Service
Set up shop in your own garage or take your detailing to your clients. People will often pay a pretty penny to have their car cleaned from top to bottom (inside and out).
8. Cleaning and Organizing Service
Cleaners and organizers can charge top dollar for their services. You can build your own client base and one day build a team of professionals that work for you.
9. Start a Blog
Seriously. Real people make real money from home with a blog. You can read all about affiliate marketing and making money with it if you want to know the details. But in a nutshell, there are bloggers making anywhere from $10 to $150,00 per month with a blog! It all depends on if you treat it as a hobby or a business. Start a blog for only $3.95 per month – the cost of a specialty cup of coffee.
10. Rent Out Storage Space
Talk about residual income – renting storage space is just about as easy as it gets. Purchase property and build rental units or use an existing building that you already own.
Creative Small Business Ideas
The following creative small business ideas should give you inspiration for a home based business that works for you. Take one of these ideas and create a business plan that is perfect for you and your creative abilities.
11. Decorating Service
12. Party Planner
13. Indoor Painting
14. Sell Crafts
15. Sell Baked Goods
16. Design T-Shirts
20. Makeup Artist
Small Business Ideas From Home
These small business ideas are perfect to start and execute from home (without the need to meet clients face to face). Most of these ideas can be arranged without spending time on the phone. As work at home moms and parents, phone jobs are increasingly more difficult to hold long term.
21. Virtual Assistant
22. Laundry Service
24. Proofread Documents
25. Write For Money
28. SEO Service
29. Travel Agent
30. Voice Over Services
31. Video Editing
32. Closed Captioning Service
33. Virtual English Teacher
34. YouTube Star
Small Business Ideas For Small Towns
Every small town has a decent amount of demand for each of these small businesses. The hardest part is getting the word out and building a reliable customer and client base. But with the growth of local Facebook communities in recent years, it becomes increasingly easier to share your services locally.
35. Dog Walking
36. Tax Professional
38. Sell Insurance
39. Fence or House Painting
40. Handyman or woman
42. Grow and Sell Produce
43. Sell Eggs and Fresh Chicken
44. Sell Fresh Milk
45. Sell Piglets
46. Breed Dogs
47. Property Management
48. Open a Gym
50. Party Entertainment
51. Childcare Provider
And there you have it. 51 small business ideas for all types of people with varying talents. Whether you prefer to stay at home or get out in your neighborhood, you will definitely find a small business that works for you. Let me know which idea inspires you the most! I would love to hear your thoughts.