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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.

Top 10 Small Business Ideas

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

Setup 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.

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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.

Creative Small Business Ideas

11. Decorating Service

12. Party Planner

13. Indoor Painting

14. Sell Crafts

15. Sell Baked Goods

16. Design T-Shirts

17. Host Children Craft Parties

18. Virtual Home Office Designer

19. Photographer

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 arranged without spending time on the phone. As work at home moms and parents, phone jobs are increasingly more difficult to hold long term.

Small Business Ideas From Home

21. Virtual Assistant

22. Laundry Service

23. Transcribe Documents

24. Proofread Documents

25. Write For Money

26. Affiliate Marketing

27. Web Design Service

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.

Small Business Ideas For Small Towns

35. Dog Walking

36. Tax Professional

37. Bookkeeping

38. Sell Insurance

39. Fence or House Painting

40. Handyman or woman

41. Gardening

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

49. DJ

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 small business that works for you. Let me know which idea inspires you the most! I would love to hear your thoughts.

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