20 Small Business Ideas to Spark Your Entrepreneurial Flame

Do you dream of being your own boss? Where you call the shots and dance to the beat of your drum, not someone else’s. If so, then its time to launch your own business and turn your dream into reality.

Thankfully, we live in an age where the potential opportunities are near endless, an age where anyone with a little savvy and a lot of determination can start a business.

All you need is an idea!

And in this post, I am going to share 20 with you. I have also shared links to resources where you can explore each idea in more about detail.

Some of these small business ideas you can launch with just a laptop and an internet connection. Others will require some capital and maybe cutting through a little red tape to get off the ground. However, all are doable and within your reach.

1. Photographer

Are you a bit of shutterbug? If so, you can turn your photography passion into a business. You can be the go-to local photographer for weddings, family portraits, corporate events, real-estate brochures, etc.

Learn more about how to start a photography business

2. Gardening Services

Gardening services usually consist of lawn care, planting, and general garden maintenance. These services are always in demand for both residential and business properties. While you don’t need any special skills to start a gardening services business having a green thumb does help.

Learn more about how to start a gardening business

3. Beauty Services

If you like doing make-overs and beautifying your friends and family, you might consider doing it as a professional.

There are lots of different services you can offer – manicures, pedicures, make-up, hair styling, facials. You could specialize in one type of service, or you could provide a full-service menu.

Learn more about starting a home-based beauty business

4. Cleaning Services

As we live busier lives, it gets harder to make time for some of the essential chores like house cleaning, which creates an opportunity for you to offer cleaning services.

You don’t have to restrict yourself to just residential properties; you can also provide your service to commercial offices.

Learn more about how to start a cleaning business

5. Handyman

Are you good at fixing things around the house? Do you know your way around a toolbox? Are you often asked by friends and family to do maintenance and repair jobs?

If this is you, then you why not go professional. Handymen are always in demand, and you could be fulfilling this demand in your local area.

Learn more about how to start a handyman business

6. Freelancer

Do you have a skill that people or businesses need? If so, starting a freelance business might be a good option.

Some popular freelance opportunities include content writing, web development, graphic design, programming, and language translation – but that’s just scratching the surface.

You can offer your services on freelancer platforms like Upwork, and Fiverr, Freelancer.com (there are many more).

Learn more about starting a freelancing business

7. Blogging

If you have knowledge or passion for a particular subject (topic) and you like writing, then you might consider becoming a blogger. Top bloggers can make tens of thousands per month.

Some popular blogging topics include health and fitness, sports, gaming, pets, crafting, parenting, personal finance, business.

Learn how to start a blog

8. Life Coaching

Are you the person that friends and family turn to when they need advice on life, love, and work? Then becoming a life coach might be the ideal small business idea.

You can help people reach their true potential by providing them with guidance and an action plan so they can achieve their desired goals.

Learn more about starting a coaching business

9. Food Truck

Ever thought of owning a Restaurant, but the expense of opening one was an obstacle? Why not, think smaller a start with a Food Truck – they have become super-popular in recent years.

When you own a food truck, there are no limits to what you type of food you can sell – cupcakes, sandwiches, street food, or gourmet dishes – it’s totally up to you. It depends on where you foodie passion lies!

Learn more about starting a food truck business

10. Catering Business

Another food-related small business idea is catering. If you are a chef or culinary whizz you could start a catering service. You can do the food for corporate events, parties, weddings, festivals, etc.

Learn more about starting a catering business

11. Tutoring

Are you a great guitarist? Do you have a flair for math or maybe biology?

Do you like the idea of teaching people? If so, why not start a tutoring business.

Your tutoring business doesn’t have to be restricted to your local area either. You create a profile on platforms like Tutorme or Mytutor and teach students online.

Learn more about becoming a tutor

12. E-commerce Store

More and more people are shopping online, and you can cash in on this trend by starting an e-commerce business where you sell products through an online store.

Launching an online store is not as hard as you might think. Platforms like Shopify enable anyone to do it. You can also sell your products on Amazon through their FBA program.

Learn how to start an e-commerce business

13. Fitness Trainer

If you have a passion for fitness, eating well and being in peak shape, then becoming a fitness trainer might be a good business fit. As a fitness trainer, you can offer private customized one to one training or group sessions.

Learn more about starting a fitness trainer business

14. Event Planner

Event planning is a growing industry as more businesses and individuals are turning to event planners to design, organize, and manage corporate and private events.

To become a successful event planner, you need to be creative, have excellent project management skills, be highly organized, and be a people person.

Learn how to start an event planning business

15. Guest House

Booking.com and other such platforms have transformed the guest house business and made it easier than ever for guest house owners to get clients.

If you have a house in a tourist location turning it into a guest house and offering accommodation to travelers could be a great business move.

Learn more about starting guest house (B&B) business

16. Consulting

Experience and knowledge of a particular industry or field is a valuable commodity, and you can turn your expertise and insights into a consulting business.

Consulting, like other businesses mentioned in this list, is not restricted to only local clients, you can reach a global audience with the internet.

Learn how to start a consulting business

17. Etsy Seller

Are you an artisan skilled in making handmade goods such as jewelry, clothes, leather goods? Maybe you enjoy crafting or dabbling in vintage items? If so, you can open an Etsy store.

Etsy is a thriving e-commerce marketplace. It serves over 39 million shoppers from around the world who are looking to buy handmade goods, vintage items, and craft supplies.

Learn how to start selling on Etsy

18. Virtual Assistant

Startups, small businesses, and solopreneurs often hire virtual assistants to handle day to day administrative tasks such as responding to emails, scheduling meetings, managing diaries, and making travel arrangements.

As a virtual assistant, you can work remotely from your home and serve clients from around the world.

You don’t need a degree or specific qualification to become a virtual assistant. However, you will find it easier to land initial clients if you have previous experience as a secretary or office manager.

Learn how to become a virtual assistant

19. Security Services

Night clubs, shopping malls, building sites, and many other premises need security to protect against criminals, vandals, and people who are generally up to no good.

If you know how to handle yourself and are willing to put yourself in potential danger, starting a security services business could be right up your alley.

Learn more about starting a security business

20. Courier Business

When you think of courier services, you probably think of UPS, DHL, and other big-name carriers. You might also think that because of these giants there is no room for competition. But, this could not be further from the truth!

Courier services are flourishing at the moment, and you can get in on the action by starting your own courier business. You could deliver packages and parcels in your local area or even nationally.

Learn more about starting a courier business

Time to take the next step

Starting a business is a big deal. It’s not for everyone! However, if you really want to be your own boss – master of your destiny – then you have to go for it.

If one of the above ideas put a spark to the entrepreneurial flame that’s burning inside, you then take the next step and start exploring what’s needed to make that idea a real-life business.

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