Start an editing and proofreading business Similarly, editing and proofreading services are always needed and would make a great small business idea. Start a garden center If you love gardening, but would rather share your expertise than physically help others with their personal gardens, starting a garden center might be the right small business idea for you.
They may find it difficult or impossible to take care of household chores such as landscaping, cleaning, cooking or caring for their pets.
Others travel extensively and require house sitting or pet sitting and property maintenance services. All in all, a wealth of opportunities exist for entrepreneurs who wish to take advantage of the senior care trend. Think again. A new coffeehouse recently opened in my little town and it has been packed with customers from day one. Photography Professional photographers are in high demand for weddings, corporate events, family portraits, and more.
And because you can build this business out of your home with the right tools, of course , a freelance photography business has relatively low startup costs. Event Planning More and more individuals and companies are hiring freelance event planners to manage the design, logistics, and coordination of pulling off major events.
You just need to pull off one great party, to start, and your event-planning business will take off with all those word-of-mouth recommendations. You could offer planning services along with the venue, or partner up with another local event-planning business to become the ultimate party-planning team. Interior Decorating Rather than redecorating your living room for the 14th time, apply your love of design to an interior decorating business.
To start out, leverage your personal network to offer help decorating residential and commercial spaces. You can charge an hourly fee to clients for your work, partner with your favorite furniture stores or manufacturers to work on commission, or a combination of the two.
Woodworking or Furniture Building Do you love working with your hands to build beautiful, custom furniture? Take a page from Harp Design Co. Graphic Design If you have a background in design or art, then this business idea is a no-brainer. Plus, the tools to get this business started are pretty minimal. With just a few handy computer programs—think Adobe, Sketch, or Canva—you could be operating this lucrative business out of your home in weeks.
You do need to find clients though, so try networking with small businesses in your community. Everyone could use a well-designed website, online materials, email campaigns, physical print work, and more. Bed and Breakfast Do you live in an interesting tourist destination? Does your home have a guest house, mother-in-law suite, or even just a spare bedroom?
Do you love to cook and entertain guests? Sites like VRBO and AirBnB have made it easier than ever to market your home to travelers in need, and you may even make new friends along the way. But, compared to opening your own restaurant, the overhead costs of starting and running a catering company are much more manageable. Unlike caterers, bakers are often allowed to work out of a non-commercial home kitchen as long as they meet health department requirements.
Keep in mind that food trucks usually have to meet a special set of ordinances and safety compliance standards, so contact your local health department to determine what your mobile restaurant will require.
For example, being a model railroad buff, I notice the many model railroad vendors who travel to model railroad shows around the northeast, selling new or used model railroad supplies. You could make your own items to sell, trade used items, or sell new items that you buy wholesale. The options are endless. Floating Art Gallery This is one of the most-clever businesses I have seen!
Here you get to have your own art gallery with no overhead! You arrange with a restaurant or bar to host your pop up art gallery at no expense to you. The venue benefits from selling food or drinks and the publicity your event will bring.
Then you arrange the promotion. They key to this business is building your email list and social media contacts so that are able to build up a regular clientele without having to own a storefront or spend money for advertising. Like so many other fields, specialization will help get business, and it will allow you to charge much higher fees.
And, as you build a track record of successfully securing grants, you will also be able to charge more. Graphic Designer Yes, graphic design is hyper competitive. But everyone wants a little different style. So, if you get a highly appealing design in front of your prospective audience you can be successful. Then I would use SEO techniques, social media, and every other marketing tool I could think of to drive traffic to it.
Try really hard to geographically concentrate your gutter cleaning each day. This could be a great weekend business. Hat Making Business There are all kinds of directions this business can go! You could sell hats to retailers, you could sell them online, you could sell them to event planners to liven up their parties. You could eventually even open a hats-only store!
Often a home owner wants just one room done. And you are not weather dependent—so you know you will be able to get a job done on Saturday for example, come rain or shine. As your experience grows you can charge a lot of money for quality interior painting and wallpapering.
Life Coaching This is a natural for part time work because many people who have the money to pay for it are working full-time jobs themselves.
So, evenings and weekends could be your prime working hours. If you want to be a life coach, be ready to work on evenings and weekends. As people are demanding more fulfillment in their lives and have more options to consider, they are increasingly turning to coaches. You can build your skills in this field by reading up on it, signing up for some life coaching yourself, or taking a course about how to teach life coaching. To break into this field, I would start by offering some really attractive package deals.
Then I might try to upsell additional services once the parting host became more comfortable working with me, or at least on repeat engagements. Personal Shopping Service Go on a shopping spree and get paid for it! Now that could be fun! However, if your clients like your work, they could retain you forever…and talk up your services with their friends!
Scrapbooking This is a big business with lots of opportunities. It is largely a do-it-yourself hobby, so you make money by selling supplies, expertise or services to scrap bookers.
You could give courses or hold events on scrap booking. You invite friends and acquaintances to your house, tell them all about scrapbooking, and try to sell the supplies they will need to get started.
Speaking and Presentation Coaching I like this idea! Instead of making the speeches and presentations yourself, you are coaching the presenters. I see this market as largely three-fold. First you have professional speakers who are making or trying to make a living giving paid presentations.
Then you have people who are regularly called upon to make speeches or presentations in connection with their business. Then you have the person who occasionally is called upon to make a speech or presentation without being paid for it, but nonetheless wants to improve their presenting skills. This third market is the one I would suggest focusing on, to get started in this business.
Test Prep Coach This is a great part time business that can pay very good money. For my kids, I hired coaches who were usually still students themselves, and had very little paid test prep experience. But I did make sure to hire test prep coaches who had scored exceedingly well themselves on the exams being targeted.
Used Boat Sales This might have been one of the most fun businesses I ever had: buying and selling used boats, which I did on a couple summer vacations from college. Know what sells well and study the prices!
Like any trading business, you need to find out what sells easily and at what price, and what you want to stay away from. Brand name outboards, specifically Boston Whalers, sold well for me.
Sailboats, on the other hand, took forever to move. Yard Sales People have discovered that they can make so much money at yard sales that they turn it into a regular business, including buying additional merchandise such as at flea markets or online specifically to sell at their yard sales. One town that I vacation in decided that too many people were turning yard sales into a business, and passed an ordinance limiting how many yard sales you were legally allowed to conduct.
This is of course another indicator that yard sales can be highly lucrative! Best Low Cost Business Ideas Antique Refurbishment You will need some expertise to get going in antique refurbishment, but some skills can be learned fairly easily, such as stripping off old paint or varnish, and refinishing.
I would suggest you get started refurbishing antiques for others. Eventually, you may want to buy antiques on spec and refurbish them to resell for a profit, but get to know the market before you start laying out cash for antiques. Arbitration Service Everyone knows legal proceedings take forever, can be very expensive, and the outcomes can be uncertain. I became involved in litigation with a service vendor and it looked like we had no alternative but to go to court.
However, our opposing attorneys agreed to hire an arbitrator and we ended up with a much better result, with much less time and agony. A great business—and a great service for individuals and businesses. Art Restoration Services You will need to develop your expertise before you target museums and bigger institutions.
On the high end are the museums. For example, in Boston the Museum of Fine Arts performs art restoration services for other institutions. Then there are the serious individual collectors. Art-Buying Consultant The local bank or investment advisory service may decide to add a touch of class and the feel of quiet success to their office by adding art to its walls, but which paintings should they buy?
You could offer your services to private art buyers as well. Where do you start? Netting for railings, cabinet door catches, safety coverings for electric outlets, door locks…there are lots of safety elements that need to be changed to make houses safe for babies and toddlers. Do your research carefully and make sure you are not missing any safety elements. For this business, you can set up service stations or other local business as your agents, giving them a percentage of the rental fees.
Vacation areas and being near bike trails are great places for bike rentals. Book Packager My book publishing business often bought books from packagers. What is a packager? Typically, a book packager would sell to a publisher a completed manuscript with the pages already laid out, and a book cover all ready to go. For example, we bought a book about chess, boxed with a small chess set, from a book packager. Bookkeeping A lot of business people are good at producing their product or delivering their service, but less good about keeping careful accounting records.
You may visit a small business every week or two, pay bills, send out invoices and keep accounting records. Boudoir Photography Photography can be very competitive and having a specialty, such as boudoir, can help attract customers and justify higher fees. The market for this tends to be brides and young wives buying pictures as a gift for their husband. Business Broker My father was a business broker for a number of years.
One way to stand out is to compliment your world class beverages with some fabulous foods. Irrigation Services An irrigation service installs and services underground sprinkler systems at homes and businesses. The process to becoming a licensed child care provider is relatively simple, but be aware that requirements vary by state. Tutoring Have you worked as a teacher before?
If you start a wine bar, you better have quality products.
All of these things will help you tailor an organizing plan and become a family's hero. Or personally, like knitting? You invite friends and acquaintances to your house, tell them all about scrapbooking, and try to sell the supplies they will need to get started. This is an editorial service provided for manuscripts written by experts. Offer your customers an ala carte menu of services, from helping pick flowers, the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses to picking the venue and hiring the caterer.
Create a website and other marketing materials to get your name out there Charge them a monthly or quarterly fee and make it simple for everyone--they don't have to think about graffiti, and you just do your job. That accounts for a lot of boxes, sofas, refrigerators, and dining room tables that need to be hauled from place and place every single day.
For example, in Boston the Museum of Fine Arts performs art restoration services for other institutions. Freelance Copywriting and Content Creation Need to support yourself while you chip away at your magnum opus? Event and Project Planning Event and project planning can be done remotely, but having a hands-on approach and offering your services in your local area will be more beneficial to you from both a quality control and monetary point of view. But to be able to make money at it, you also need to be able to price your products reasonably—and allow yourself enough money to bring your product to market. If cycling is your passion and you want to become an entrepreneur , this may be the perfect business opportunity for you. Hat Making Business There are all kinds of directions this business can go!