La plupart des articles que vous lisez sur les affaires ont été écrits par des écrivains indépendants qui n'ont aucune expérience en affaires et n'ont aucune idée de ce dont ils parlent.
Je m'appelle Bob Adams. J'ai démarré des dizaines d'entreprises et gagné des millions de dollars. J'ai également un MBA de la Harvard Business School. J'ai dirigé non seulement de nombreuses entreprises, mais aussi de nombreux types d'entreprises, y compris un certain nombre de très petites entreprises que j'ai dirigées avant d'aller à l'école de commerce.
J'ai appris ce qui fonctionne dans les affaires. Et j’ai appris ce qui ne fonctionne pas. J'ai appris ce qui est bon et ce qui ne l'est pas. J'ai également appris que vous n'avez pas besoin de beaucoup d'argent ou d'expérience pour démarrer la plupart des entreprises.
De nombreuses idées commerciales ne nécessitent qu'un petit investissement.
Bien qu'il s'agisse d'une longue liste d'idées commerciales, je l'ai soigneusement élaguée pour vous. J'ai commencé avec une liste initiale qui était plus de deux fois plus longue… et j'ai impitoyablement coupé les idées commerciales les plus faibles que je ne voulais pas que vous envisagiez de commencer.
Notez que beaucoup de ces idées auraient pu être répertoriées dans plus de la seule catégorie dans laquelle je les ai placées. Mais je pensais que ce serait plus facile et plus intéressant pour vous, si je ne listais chaque entreprise qu'une seule fois.
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Si vous voulez vraiment être votre propre patron et bâtir une entreprise très prospère, je suis sûr que vous trouverez une idée que vous aimez vraiment sur ma longue liste! Et une fois que vous avez choisi votre idée, consultez notre guide expliquant les 5 étapes essentielles que vous devez suivre pour démarrer votre propre entreprise.
Ce sont les catégories:
# 1 Idées d'affaires vraiment amusantes # 2 Meilleures idées d'affaires à domicile # 3 Meilleures idées d'affaires à temps partiel # 4 Meilleures idées d'affaires à faible coût # 5 Meilleures idées d'affaires en ligne # 6 Idées d'affaires à plus haut profit # 7 Idées d'affaires à revenu stable # 8 Facile à utiliser démarrer des idées commerciales # 9 Autres bonnes idées commerciales
Et ce sont les idées commerciales:
Idées commerciales vraiment amusantes
Vous pouvez démarrer cette entreprise dans votre garage avec un seul article!
Développer votre expertise est crucial pour cette idée d'entreprise.
Commencez à temps partiel et construisez cette entreprise avec soin! N'achetez que des articles dont vous êtes certain de pouvoir vendre relativement rapidement pour une bonne marge bénéficiaire, et évitez de vous retrouver avec un inventaire qui se déplace lentement. Pour vraiment réussir, développer une expertise approfondie dans une spécialité et bâtir une clientèle fidèle.
Je vois deux voies vers le succès dans cette entreprise: 1) Concentrez-vous sur les artistes avec des abonnements bien établis que vous êtes à l'aise de vendre ou 2) Embarquez des artistes moins connus en consignation, ce qui signifie que vous n'achetez pas réellement la peinture de l'artiste jusqu'au jour où vous la vendez. Cela peut être une entreprise capricieuse – les goûts des gens peuvent changer et une galerie qui réussit un an peut se trouver suffisamment en difficulté. Alors, gardez vos frais généraux gérables et surveillez les tendances changeantes.
Service de barman
Inscrivez-vous à un cours de bar au collège communautaire local ou au centre d'éducation des adultes, obtenez un certificat de sécurité si votre état l'exige, puis vous êtes prêt à commencer à servir. Habituellement, le client fournira l'alcool et les verres, vous pouvez apporter quelques outils de mélange ou même un chariot de service si vous voulez vous faire plaisir. La demande pour ce service sera plus forte le week-end, ce qui en fait un excellent concert à temps partiel!
Tours en bateau
Vous n'avez pas besoin de posséder un gros bateau pour emmener les gens faire des excursions en bateau le soir! Vous pouvez louer le bateau, commercialiser les visites et créer une entreprise sans les frais généraux.
Voulez-vous conduire un bateau pour gagner votre vie? C'est ta chance!
Pour le rendre plus amusant, vous pouvez acheter quelques petits vedettes rapides et conduire vos clients dans le port local. Quoi de plus amusant que ça!
Fabrication de gâteaux
Je peux à peine «cuisiner» un dîner surgelé, mais vous avez peut-être les compétences culinaires qui me manquent! Les gens paieront beaucoup d'argent pour un gâteau vraiment génial pour des occasions spéciales. Obtenez de superbes photos de gâteaux sur votre site Web, faites la promotion de vos compétences auprès des organisateurs d'événements et construisez votre clientèle!
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Boutique de vêtements
Mes enfants ont fait une boutique de baskets haut de gamme et de produits connexes. Cela peut être très amusant, mais il peut être plus difficile que vous ne le pensez de gagner de l'argent. Assurez-vous d'abord que votre emplacement est très fréquenté. Restez là et comptez les têtes avant de signer un bail! Élaborez ensuite un plan distinct pour le marchandisage et n’ayez pas peur de marquer ce qui ne bouge pas.
Ligne de vêtements
Oui, vous pouvez créer votre propre ligne de vêtements avec seulement quelques articles, réussir et vous amuser en chemin! Regardez Ralph Lauren qui a commencé par vendre quelques cravates, puis qui en a fait un empire de plusieurs milliards de dollars. Sous-traiter la fabrication qui est la partie vraiment difficile du travail. Concentrez-vous ensuite sur le développement de designs époustouflants et discutez-en avec des revendeurs potentiels, ou vendez les articles vous-même en ligne!
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Service de clown
N'aimeriez-vous pas faire sourire et rire les enfants? Quelle belle façon de gagner de l'argent, surtout lors des anniversaires des enfants et des bar-mitsva de bar et de batte! Les affaires seront fortement axées sur les week-ends, vous pouvez donc conserver votre travail de jour tout en développant votre clientèle. J'ai rencontré un clown professionnel qui m'a dit qu'il faisait payer 200 $ de l'heure… pour ce prix, je vais mettre le costume de clown dès maintenant!
Marchand de pièces ou de timbres
J'adorais collectionner des timbres et des pièces quand j'étais enfant. À Boston, les magasins des concessionnaires étaient tous côte à côte sur la rue Bromfield. Aujourd'hui, certains marchands de pièces et de timbres ont encore des magasins, mais beaucoup d'autres travaillent principalement en ligne. Il s'agit d'une excellente entreprise pour commencer à temps partiel, puis envisager de travailler à temps plein plus tard. Ou est-ce juste un passe-temps avec le potentiel de gagner beaucoup d'argent? Le président américain Franklin D Roosevelt passerait de nombreuses heures agréables seul avec sa collection de timbres.
"Certaines idées commerciales sont tout simplement plus amusantes que d'autres!"
Café / Salon de thé
Oui, vous pouvez rivaliser avec les Starbucks et Dunkin Donuts du monde! Cependant, ces chaînes ont relevé la barre, donc votre café ou thé doit être non seulement bon, mais génial! Votre ambiance vaut mieux aussi. Votre emplacement doit également être bon. De plus, vous devez être distinctif. Une façon de vous démarquer est de compléter vos boissons de classe mondiale avec des aliments fabuleux. Alors oui, vous pouvez rivaliser, mais vous devez tirer sur tous les cylindres dans cet espace compétitif!
Pour réussir, assurez-vous de différencier vos produits et n'hésitez pas à fixer des prix premium.
J'ai rencontré Wally Amos qui a fait un succès à succès avec les célèbres cookies Amos, qu'il a lancés après une carrière d'agent de talent hollywoodien. Wally a finalement perdu le contrôle de son entreprise au profit d'investisseurs extérieurs. Cependant, il est revenu avec une autre ligne de cookies. Tout le monde aime un biscuit fantaisie et c'est un aliment facile à différencier et à payer pour une prime.
Craft Beer Pub
Il y a quelques années, j'ai entendu une conversation dans un gymnase à propos d'un type qui envisageait de démarrer un pub irlandais, dont il y a près d'un million (enfin presque un million) à Boston, mais qui a ensuite changé d'avis et ouvert un pub en se concentrant sur les bières artisanales. Ce fut un succès retentissant! En plus d'être une idée unique à l'époque, il a également choisi un excellent emplacement et a développé un menu solide. À moins que vos frais généraux ne soient extrêmement bas, vous devrez probablement servir de la nourriture pour faire fonctionner cette entreprise, alors oui, vous pouvez être extrêmement prospère, mais ce n'est pas une mince affaire.
Camp de jour des arts créatifs
Vous pouvez organiser cela comme un camp saisonnier pendant l'été. Mais je trouve qu’il est plus difficile de gagner beaucoup d’argent dans les entreprises saisonnières, donc j’envisagerais plutôt d’offrir un camp de jour sur les arts créatifs après l’école ou le week-end. Je suggère de faire des sondages pour découvrir quels groupes d'âge d'enfants et quelles activités artistiques spécifiques ont le plus d'attrait.
Il y a quelque chose de magique dans un cupcake qui dit plaisir et bêtise et vous fait vous sentir bien! Vous pouvez profiter de ce sentiment et rendre les autres heureux. Mais si vous êtes spécialisé dans les cupcakes, les gens s'attendent à ce qu'ils soient excellents! Et si vous voulez qu'on se souvienne d'eux, ils devraient être géniaux de classe mondiale!
Le jardinage est grand et grandit. Et c'est une entreprise qui est moins susceptible de se déplacer totalement en ligne que de nombreuses autres entreprises. Vous pouvez commencer avec un centre d'approvisionnement, vous étendre au fil du temps pour ajouter des plantes à vendre, puis vous intégrer éventuellement verticalement à votre propre pépinière. Vous pouvez également vous développer en fournissant des services sur site.
Conception de panier-cadeau
Ne serait-il pas amusant de faire un panier-cadeau débordant avec un tas d'articles soigneusement sélectionnés et vraiment attrayants? Bien sûr, ce serait le cas! Vous pourriez avoir beaucoup de satisfaction à assembler des paniers-cadeaux distinctifs qui raviront vos clients et généreront des ventes!
Entraîneur de golf
Trouver des clients ne devrait pas être trop difficile car le golf est un sport très populaire.
Oui, j'ai eu quelques leçons de golf, mais vous ne le sauriez jamais pour me regarder jouer! Je ne pense pas que j'avais la bonne personnalité pour ce sport – se détendre et être patient n'est pas mon truc! Mais si vous avez du talent dans ce jeu stimulant, vous pouvez facturer un bon prix et apporter votre cadeau à d'autres. Le golf est un excellent sport à vie et les gens sont prêts à payer pour essayer de le maîtriser!
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Gourmet Candy Cart
Un de mes amis a développé une grande entreprise de vente au détail avec plusieurs petits emplacements de cadeaux à l'intérieur des centres commerciaux. Elle a appris à faire des bonbons alléchants en s'entraînant dans sa cuisine. Elle a fait la plupart de ses bonbons, mais elle a complimenté ses offres avec quelques produits qu'elle a achetés en gros.
Promenades en montgolfière
Je ne monte pas dans un de ces ballons, mais je connais beaucoup de gens qui ont vécu une expérience fabuleuse! C'est une bonne affaire pour les vacances, mais cela pourrait aussi être un bon cadeau pour des occasions spéciales. Clouez toutes les exigences en matière de licence et de sécurité, et cela pourrait être une entreprise amusante qui se construit rapidement par le bouche à oreille.
Oui, vous pouvez gagner beaucoup d'argent avec un simple glacier! Perfectionnez votre crème glacée avant de commencer, trouvez un bon endroit occupé sans loyer fou et envisagez de commencer avec une empreinte plus petite pour minimiser vos frais généraux. Je vais avoir un sundae à la crème glacée s'il vous plaît – avec tout dessus!
Import / Export Business
Quelle excellente excuse pour voyager et être payé pour ça! Oui, il existe des objets d'artisanat vraiment cool que vous pouvez trouver dans le monde entier à des prix très bas. Cela peut prendre un peu de patience pour démarrer, et la spécialisation aide. Mais c'est une entreprise très faisable. Un de mes amis a créé une entreprise d'import / export réussie alors qu'il était encore à l'université.
Créateur de bijoux
Donc, vous commencez avec de superbes créations de bijoux, mais comment les transformez-vous en entreprise? L'une des sœurs de mes amis a transformé son passe-temps de joaillerie en un emploi à plein temps en vendant ses produits à quelques bijouteries locales. Une autre femme que je connais a fait de son entreprise une entreprise beaucoup plus grande… le tout construit autour d'un thème fort et fédérateur. C'est la clé ici, le succès sera beaucoup plus facile si vous créez une marque globale distinctive et, idéalement, avez des collections étroitement assorties au sein de la marque.
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Cours de tricot / crochet
Le plus près que je suis venu tricoter était de réparer les déchirures dans les voiles de mon bateau, mais il y a beaucoup de gens qui veulent tricoter et crocheter – et vous pouvez leur montrer comment! Vous pouvez commencer par un cours chez vous ou peut-être dans un magasin de tricot local. Peut-être offrir un cours d'entrée de gamme au programme local pour adultes pour commencer.
Création de logo
Il y a beaucoup de graphistes mais pas beaucoup de gens spécialisés dans les logos. Pourtant, à l'ère d'Internet, un beau logo est plus important que jamais! La plupart des entreprises ne réfléchissent pas suffisamment à leur logo et se retrouvent avec un résultat faible. Vous pouvez les aider à créer un super logo, qui peut aider à définir leur entreprise et à leur apporter des clients!
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Tout le monde veut se sentir spécial de temps en temps. Si vous pouvez créer le bon réglage, vous pourriez faire en sorte que vos clients se sentent bien et soient heureux de payer le meilleur prix pour une boisson sophistiquée! Obtenez tout juste ainsi – le nom, les meubles, les revêtements muraux, la tenue des serveurs, l'éclairage et la musique de fond. Si vous obtenez tous les détails, cela pourrait être une entreprise vraiment amusante et très rentable.
Parcours de golf miniature
Ce ne serait pas cool d'avoir son propre terrain de golf miniature! Voilà le type de golf que je pense pouvoir gérer! Avoir un cours bien conçu est bien, mais ce qui compte vraiment, c'est l'emplacement. Vous devez être sur une route très visible, une zone de vacances est un plus et, idéalement, vos concurrents sont à bonne distance.
Vous devriez avoir un équipement décent qui rend votre public heureux, mais cela pourrait signifier différents niveaux d'investissement pour différents publics. Allez-vous jouer pour de grands événements ou pour des fêtes d'anniversaire au collège? Je connais un type qui a lancé une entreprise de DJ mobile prospère avant même d’être assez âgé pour avoir un permis de conduire. Il aurait soit un ami lui donner et son équipement un trajet pour ses concerts, ou il prendrait un taxi.
Promoteur de boîte de nuit
Organisez des fêtes pour vos amis et soyez payé pour cela! Enregistre-moi! Pour commencer, vous devriez avoir une forte adhésion sur les médias sociaux. Ensuite, si vous avez un talent pour la promotion, voyez si une boîte de nuit vous paiera pour aider à augmenter leur fréquentation.
Être social et avoir un suivi aide vraiment à cette idée d'entreprise.
J'ai vu des promoteurs se lancer dans cette entreprise en faisant d'abord la promotion de soirées régulières dans des boîtes de nuit établies, puis en travaillant avec un club pour avoir leur propre soirée exclusive, puis en lançant finalement leur propre club.
Aventures en plein air
Choisissez une aventure très soigneusement. Un que les gens paieront facilement beaucoup d'argent. «Focus group». Demandez au moins de manière informelle à de nombreuses personnes de vous faire part de leurs commentaires sur une aventure suggérée avant de mettre de l'argent dans sa commercialisation. Ensuite, lorsque vous proposez votre premier voyage, rendez-le incroyable! Faites une recherche approfondie et surpassez les attentes des gens. Lors de vos premiers voyages, il est plus important de construire une grande expérience et une grande réputation, puis de gagner beaucoup d'argent dès le départ.
Vous pouvez commencer comme entraîneur personnel dans un gymnase local. Essayez ensuite de sortir par vous-même. Être connu pour une expertise particulière peut aider. Un jour, vous pourrez ouvrir votre propre salle de sport. Peut-être même le franchiser et devenir mondial!
Concessionnaire de livres rares / Service de recherche
Il y a quelque chose de spécial dans la première édition d'un livre rare et les gens dépenseront beaucoup d'argent pour trouver le livre exact qu'ils veulent. Et puis il y a la boutique elle-même, une librairie rare est un merveilleux antidote à notre monde Internet bien trop occupé. Oui, vous pouvez gagner de l'argent avec des livres rares, mais c'est une profession dans laquelle je vous suggère de vous familiariser progressivement, de vous familiariser avec la demande et les prix du marché, avant d'investir dans l'inventaire.
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Bateau de pêche sportive
Débuter dans le secteur de la pêche sportive peut ne pas être aussi coûteux et difficile que vous le pensez. Sauf si vous allez dans des eaux particulièrement agitées, vous n'avez pas besoin de commencer avec un grand bateau à cabine. De plus, vous pouvez financer une grande partie de votre achat. Et si vos compétences de pêche sont un peu faibles, louez un bateau avec une bonne connaissance de la pêche locale. Au bon endroit, vous pouvez facturer de l'argent sérieux dans cette entreprise.
Producteur de jouets vintage
Les parents et grands-parents ne sont prêts à acheter à leurs enfants que de nombreux jeux informatiques! Ce qu'ils préféreraient vraiment acheter, ce sont des jouets vintage magnifiquement fabriqués à la main avec lesquels les enfants peuvent utiliser leur propre imagination pour jouer! La fabrication à la main prend du temps, alors réfléchissez bien aux jouets intéressants que vous pouvez apporter sur le marché à un prix raisonnable.
Bar à vin
J'adore les bars à vin! Il y a même un bar à vin à succès dans le petit village de Cape Cod où se trouve ma maison d'été. Comment a-t-il réussi? Les propriétaires ont trouvé un emplacement près du centre du village mais à un loyer modique. Ils ont commencé avec un menu alimentaire très limité mais l'ont finalement élargi pour devenir un restaurant à service complet. Ils offrent également de la musique live presque tous les soirs. Attention, de nombreux clients attendent des vins vraiment exceptionnels dans un bar à vins.
Si vous démarrez un bar à vin, vous feriez mieux d'avoir des produits de qualité.
Vous n'avez pas besoin d'offrir un menu complet, mais vous devriez avoir une excellente assiette de fromages et quelques autres aliments d'excellente qualité, assortis aux vins.
Meilleures idées d'entreprise à domicile
Rénovateur de sous-sol
Mon père a passé année après année à remodeler notre sous-sol – et je suis content qu'il l'ait fait parce que c'est là que j'ai situé mon chemin de fer miniature! Cependant, beaucoup de propriétaires ne sont pas disposés à investir le temps énorme qu'il faut à un novice pour rénover leur sous-sol – c'est là que vous intervenez! Rénovez votre propre sous-sol, montez un site Web avec les photos avant et après et accrochez votre bardeau!
Nettoyage de tapis / tissus d'ameublement
J'ai publié un livre de Don Dwyer qui était le roi des nettoyeurs de tapis – ayant fait des millions de personnes en construisant un gigantesque système de franchise pour le nettoyage de tapis. Cette entreprise n'est pas glamour, je me souviens que Don a parlé des meilleures façons de retirer les taches d'urine de chien du tapis, mais la demande et les opportunités de gagner de l'argent sont énormes!
Faites la promotion du fait que les gens rentreront chez eux avec un projet terminé!
Un bonus intéressant de participer à un cours d'artisanat est que non seulement vous apprenez à faire quelque chose de nouveau, mais aussi que vous rentrez chez vous avec quelque chose de tangible – votre projet d'artisanat fini! Les gens sont souvent prêts à suivre un cours d'artisanat si vous pouvez le commercialiser de manière attrayante. Et se concentrer sur ce à quoi ressemblera le projet fini est une façon d'inciter les gens à s'inscrire!
Professeur de danse
Une des mères de mon ami qui avait joué en tant que Radio City Rockette, a fondé un studio de danse très réussi pour les jeunes filles. Elle a réussi à louer un grand espace commercial, mais c'est une entreprise que vous voudrez peut-être démarrer dans votre maison.
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Service de garde
Le marché des garderies est gigantesque! Bien sûr, vous pouvez commencer à la maison ou au travail. Les sociétés peuvent envisager de vous offrir un espace gratuit si vous offrez des services de garde aux enfants de leurs employés. La sécurité et les licences sont essentielles pour cette entreprise. Vous pouvez rapidement créer un revenu stable et une entreprise précieuse.
Bien que vous puissiez d'abord penser aux planificateurs de mariage ou aux organisateurs de réunions, il existe de nombreux types de planificateurs d'événements. Certains peuvent se spécialiser dans les fêtes pour jeunes enfants, d'autres dans les grands événements d'entreprise. Réfléchissez bien à une spécialité dans laquelle vous pourriez bien réussir et rencontrez des participants dans ce domaine, avant d'ouvrir votre boutique.
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Il y a des années, ma grand-mère a publié des articles indépendants pour des magazines nationaux sur la vie sur «Olde Cape Cod». Aujourd'hui, il existe encore des possibilités d'écriture indépendante dans les publications traditionnelles, mais la grande opportunité est en ligne dans le marketing de contenu. Les sites Web axés sur les entreprises et les consommateurs se précipitent pour publier de plus en plus de contenu lié à leur espace commercial, pour essayer d'attirer du trafic provenant des moteurs de recherche et de se positionner dans l'esprit des clients potentiels. Certaines entreprises exigeront que vous ayez une expertise dans leur industrie pour écrire pour elles, mais d'autres envisageront d'acheter des articles chez vous, tant qu'elles sont bien documentées et bien rédigées.
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Pour la plupart des gens, un investissement réussi impliquera la sélection de fonds communs de placement ou d'ETF, et non d'actions ou d'obligations individuelles. Cela signifie que pour devenir planificateur financier, vous n'avez pas besoin d'être un assistant de Wall Street. Vous devrez comprendre les bases de l'investissement (comme l'importance d'être diversifié, de comprendre et de respecter le profil de risque de votre client!), Mais cela est très apprenable. Étudiez dur pour cette profession et vous pouvez rendre un service formidable aux gens en les aidant à protéger et à accroître leur argent durement gagné.
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Consultant en jardinage
Le jardinage est vraiment grand. Beaucoup de gens aiment faire leur propre jardinage mais ils peuvent utiliser un peu d'aide! C’est là que vous intervenez! Peut-être que vous êtes spécialisé dans les jardins fleuris ou potagers, ou même quelque chose de plus exotique. Vous aurez besoin d'une solide expertise, mais vous trouverez une clientèle prête à payer pour cela.
L'un des défis de la gestion d'une boulangerie à domicile sera de trouver des clients. Cela signifie essentiellement sortir et vendre vos produits dans les magasins, restaurants, cafétérias, traiteurs ou toute autre personne. Vous voulez trouver des clients que vous pouvez entretenir sur une base continue et que vous n'aurez pas à voyager trop loin pour les atteindre. Vous voudrez peut-être canaliser les revendeurs potentiels avant même de décider quels produits vous prévoyez de cuire.
"Vous pouvez économiser une tonne d'argent en exploitant une entreprise à partir de votre domicile."
Entreprise d'inspection résidentielle
C'est une bonne affaire solide. Tout le monde a besoin que sa maison soit inspectée avant de l'acheter. Réseautez avec des agents immobiliers. Devenez connu pour être un inspecteur en bâtiment méticuleux. Laissez à vos clients un rapport complet et détaillé.
Il y a une grande différence entre tondre une pelouse et effectuer un service d'aménagement paysager complet. Les concepteurs paysagistes sont au plus haut niveau, qui conçoivent des changements de paysage élaborés et uniques pour votre propriété.
Concentrez-vous sur des projets haut de gamme pour rendre cette activité encore plus rentable.
Parfois, ce sont des entreprises à service complet qui non seulement réalisent la conception mais effectuent également le travail. Plus votre expertise et votre confiance vous permettront de vous orienter vers l'aménagement paysager haut de gamme, plus vous pourrez commander un revenu élevé.
Nettoyage de la maison
C'est l'une des petites entreprises les plus populaires, car tout le monde veut un nettoyeur de maison. Le travail est répétitif. Mais si vous pouvez vous présenter à temps et faire un bon travail de façon constante (je trouve que le travail de nombreux nettoyeurs se détériore après les premières semaines), vous bâtirez une clientèle saine. Et si vous pouvez facturer suffisamment pour pouvoir déléguer, vous pouvez en faire une grande entreprise.
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Cela semble être une entreprise amusante et facile et cela peut être très gratifiant. Cependant, il est très compétitif et peut être difficile à pénétrer. Le design d'intérieur est également de plus en plus sophistiqué, avec la simulation de conception de logiciels et les formations spécialisées se généralisant.
Service de marketing local
Avec le large éventail d'options de marketing numérique à considérer, sans parler des options traditionnelles, les entreprises locales ont de plus en plus besoin d'une aide extérieure pour développer et exécuter la meilleure stratégie de marketing. Pour vous lancer dans ce domaine, vous devrez vous familiariser avec les sites de marketing en ligne et hors ligne les plus populaires et être à l'aise pour vendre vos services à des hommes d'affaires locaux.
Représentant du fabricant
Même à l'ère numérique, il reste un énorme marché pour les commerciaux indépendants qui vendent les produits pour un certain nombre de sociétés différentes à d'autres entreprises. Vous travaillerez généralement sur une base de commission, ce qui signifie que les revenus commenceront lentement, mais les représentants des fabricants établis peuvent gagner beaucoup d'argent au fil des ans.
Enseignement de la musique
Refusant d'accepter que je n'avais aucun talent musical, mes parents m'ont emmené auprès de nombreux professeurs de musique au fil des ans, d'un professeur de piano à domicile à des professeurs de trompette à l'école. Si vous êtes patient avec de jeunes étudiants ou assez talentueux pour travailler avec des musiciens plus expérimentés, cela pourrait être un moyen très satisfaisant de gagner de l'argent.
Si vous aimez les animaux, la garde d'animaux est la parfaite idée d'entreprise pour vous.
Quoi de plus simple? Vous vous asseyez sur la chaise et regardez le chien chasser sa queue! D'accord, il y a donc un peu plus de travail que cela, mais ce n'est pas le travail le plus difficile au monde, surtout si vous aimez les animaux! Je suis surpris d'entendre combien d'argent les gens paieront pour les gardiens d'animaux s'ils croient que leurs animaux sont vraiment bien soignés.
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Vous pouvez transformer une pièce de votre maison en studio de photographie, mais vous devez sortir pour promouvoir vos services ou faire du marketing intelligent. Faire de la photographie pour des groupes (généralement à leur emplacement) est une façon de commencer. Une autre consiste à développer une spécialité (comme les portraits d’enfants).
Il y a un énorme marché et une grande opportunité de vendre du matériel promotionnel. Votre meilleur marché sera les moyennes et grandes entreprises, qui sont disposées à dépenser de l'argent pour promouvoir leur entreprise auprès de leurs clients ou pour utiliser des articles promotionnels comme incitations et récompenses pour leurs employés. Fondamentalement, vous revendez les gammes de produits pour d'autres sociétés. Je vous suggère d'avoir une bonne diversité de lignes pour augmenter vos chances de mettre le pied dans la porte, augmenter vos chances de retenir l'attention de vos prospects et augmenter vos revenus. T-shirts, stylos, chapeaux, vestes: il y a toutes sortes d'articles promotionnels que vous pouvez vendre.
Location de salle
Avez-vous une pièce supplémentaire dans votre maison ou votre condo? Vous pouvez le louer à la journée comme le modèle Airbnb, ou le louer à la semaine, ou le louer au mois. Alors peut-être pourriez-vous utiliser le revenu pour aider à subventionner vos dépenses lorsque vous démarrez une autre entreprise!
Formateur aux ventes
Bien qu'il existe toutes sortes de formations pour lesquelles les entreprises paieront, je me concentre sur la formation à la vente car la demande est très répandue. C'est une fonction absolument essentielle, même pour les petites entreprises. Si vous n'avez pas d'excellents contacts dans les grandes entreprises, je vous suggère de cibler les petites entreprises, telles que celles qui ont des forces de vente de 6 à 20 personnes. Assez petit pour que tout le monde n'essaye pas de leur vendre de la formation, mais suffisamment grand pour qu'ils soient prêts à payer pour cela.
Fabrication de savon et de lotion
Quelle est votre couleur et votre parfum de savon préférés? Ne serait-il pas amusant de jouer avec les variations pour le rendre encore meilleur? Et puis vous pourriez prendre votre produit fini et le montrer aux clients potentiels!
Coaching sportif et formation
Le coaching sportif individuel est le jeu évident ici. Mais vous pouvez créer des cliniques sportives ou des camps sportifs. Vous pouvez créer une entreprise en fonction de votre expertise dans un sport particulier ou vous pouvez offrir une formation physique plus générale aux athlètes de nombreux sports. Souvent, les entraîneurs sportifs commencent avec un travail à temps partiel comme entraîneur d'une équipe sportive scolaire, ce qui conduit ensuite à un travail d'entraîneur privé.
Être un assistant virtuel vous donne non seulement la flexibilité de travailler à domicile, mais vous pouvez souvent définir vos propres heures. Le travail d'assistant virtuel est souvent à temps partiel, donc cela pourrait être un moyen d'obtenir un revenu pendant que vous développez un plan pour une autre entreprise.
Meilleures idées d'affaires à temps partiel
"Je suis un grand partisan de garder votre travail de jour et de démarrer votre première entreprise à temps partiel."
Une des mères de mon amie a offert des cours d'art chez elle après l'école. Elle avait une clientèle stable et ils ont fait de l'art vraiment cool! Vous avez peut-être déjà une spécialité artistique que vous souhaitez enseigner aux autres. Ou vous trouverez peut-être qu'il vaut mieux apprendre les bases d'une nouvelle compétence artistique et enseigner cela, ou offrir un cours d'enquête couvrant un certain nombre de compétences artistiques – la plupart du marché sera probablement débutant de toute façon.
Réparation de vélos
La plupart des réparations de vélos ne sont pas si difficiles que ça. Je m'en suis enseigné quand, à 19 ans, j'ai ouvert ma première entreprise, Bob’s Rent-A-Bike.
Apprenez les bases de la réparation des engrenages, la partie la plus difficile de la réparation des vélos, puis vous êtes prêt à commencer. Vous pouvez démarrer cette entreprise lentement, à temps partiel, hors de votre maison.
Connexe: Exemple de plan d'affaires: Bob's Rent-A-Bike
Revente de voitures
Pour réussir la revente de voitures, vous devez trouver une excellente source de voitures d'occasion à un bon prix. Les sources d'achat de voitures comprennent: les ventes aux enchères de concessionnaires automobiles, les ventes aux enchères de faillites, les concessionnaires de voitures neuves vendant des voitures plus anciennes qu'ils ne veulent pas sur leur terrain, les ventes aux enchères de voitures gouvernementales et les agences de location de voitures. Vous pouvez également surveiller les voitures à prix réduit annoncées par des particuliers, mais vous devez obtenir les meilleures offres avant que quelqu'un d'autre ne le fasse. Concentrez-vous sur seulement quelques voitures à la fois, afin que vous puissiez essayer de réduire vos frais généraux en opérant hors de votre maison, et de maintenir vos bénéfices en choisissant vos voitures avec soin.
Aujourd'hui, les gens ne changent pas seulement d’emploi, ils changent de carrière. Et de nombreuses personnes qui changent de carrière veulent obtenir de l'aide de quelqu'un qui peut les aider à trouver l'emploi de leurs rêves – ce pourrait être vous. Vous pouvez vous mettre au courant dans ce domaine en lisant un certain nombre de livres et en trouvant des tests standardisés pour aider à analyser les compétences et les désirs de vos clients. Une fois, j'ai publié un livre qui vient d'énumérer et de décrire les services d'orientation professionnelle dans la région de Boston.
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Instructeur de cours de cuisine
Les cours de cuisine sont devenus bien plus qu'un simple moyen de former les gens à la cuisine. Ils sont devenus plus un événement social où, par exemple, les couples profitent d'un cours de cuisine ensemble, rencontrent d'autres personnes, aiment goûter la nourriture qu'ils cuisinent, peut-être essayer du bon vin et vivent une expérience formidable. Définissez donc soigneusement si vous vendez l'expertise, l'expérience ou les deux, et construisez votre modèle commercial en conséquence.
Commerce d'objets de collection
Je recommanderais seulement d'échanger un objet de collection que vous aimez vraiment! Si vous avez affaire à votre objet de collection préféré, le travail sera plus agréable, il sera plus facile d'augmenter votre expertise et vous aurez beaucoup plus de chances de réussir. Les options en ligne vous permettent aujourd'hui de vous spécialiser beaucoup plus profondément que par le passé car vous pouvez atteindre un marché mondial. Ainsi, dans votre espace de collection préféré, trouvez un créneau particulier ou deux et concentrez-vous dessus.
Beaucoup de gens font de l'artisanat vraiment soigné. Mais pour être en mesure de gagner de l'argent, vous devez également être en mesure de fixer le prix de vos produits de manière raisonnable et de vous accorder suffisamment d'argent pour mettre votre produit sur le marché. Cela dit, il y a plus de marchés que jamais pour vos produits! En plus des détaillants locaux et des foires artisanales, vous pouvez les vendre en ligne, sur votre propre site Web ou via des sites tiers comme Etsy ou EBay.
J'aime tout ce qui est personnalisé, car il vous permet de vous distinguer avec un excellent service client et offre des avantages pour les prix. Offrir ce type de service en ligne signifie que vous pouvez définir vos propres heures et démarrer l'entreprise à temps partiel.
Chaque entreprise a besoin d'éditeurs.
Il semble que presque toutes les entreprises dans lesquelles j'ai été engagé embauchent des rédacteurs à domicile, qui travaillent de manière indépendante et fixent leurs propres horaires. Généralement, ce travail se divise en trois catégories: 1) Édition de développement ou apport de changements très substantiels; 2) Copy editing or wording and grammar improvements; 3) Proof reading. Many editors specialize in one aspect of editing, others cover them all. You may further specialize such as in technical document editing.
I cringe at the thought of “wasting” any time running errands. It is no wonder that many people love to hire others to run their errands, in addition to those people who may be home-bound for health reasons. Errands often take longer than you think, so you may be better off charging on an hourly basis.
Family History Writer (Genealogical Service)
While you can find terrific resources online about family history, it takes someone to patiently piece it all together—that’s where you come in as the family history writer. Do your research carefully, put it together in a snappy-looking package, be patient in answering customers’ questions, and you could grow this business nicely.
Financial Aid Consultant
Private school and private colleges and universities can cost a bloody fortune! Yet by carefully evaluating a family’s resources, reviewing school choices, assessing school financial aid offerings, and by exploring outside scholarships, a talented financial aid consultant could help a student attend a school that was previously viewed as completely unaffordable. To get going in this field, you will want to do extensive research, and then either help your own kids or perhaps those of friends, to get some experience under your belt, before seeking out the general public.
Flea Market Vendor
This could be a lot of fun, playing store merchant every now and then, when you decide to attend a flea market. There are general flea markets to attend, plus more specialized ones. 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. The paintings or other art you obtain on consignment so you don’t lay out any cash for that either. 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.
There’s a lot of money out there in grants, but writing grant proposals can take a lot of time, especially if you are not experienced at it. 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.
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. For this business, I would go crazy having a fabulous looking website with a totally “kickass” front page! Then I would use SEO techniques, social media, and every other marketing tool I could think of to drive traffic to it.
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I’m not getting up on that high ladder anymore! That’s why I spend $200 to have a service clean my gutters twice a year. Considering that even one person can clean several houses a day, you can see that it’s very good money potential. 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!
Interior Room Painting/Wallpapering
Interior room painting or wallpapering lends itself to part time work better than exterior house painting. 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.
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.
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While you might first think of parties for kids, parties for adults is a rapidly growing field. 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! But this work will also take some patience, such as getting to know your customers’ preferences and returning merchandise that your customer didn’t like as much as you did. However, if your clients like your work, they could retain you forever…and talk up your services with their friends!
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. A common way to break into this business is to hold “scrapbooking” parties. 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. You don’t have to be good at every subject. Just find one exam that you can study up on and excel at, and that’s all you need to become a great test prep coach!
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!
Sometimes I’d do a little touchup work, such as a new wood trim or a coat of paint, occasionally I would contract out an engine repair, and always I would clean them the boats. 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.
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!
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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.
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.
This is a really big business that you probably don’t think about a lot. 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. Then there are people who just want their old family portraits touched up…and that’s the part of the market you will first want to focus on if you don’t have a lot of expertise.
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? That’s where you come in, the expert art buyer. You could offer your services to private art buyers as well. Where do you start? You could simply start with one recommendation for one painting for a friend’s empty wall space.
“Carefully choosing a great business idea can vastly increase your chances of success!”
Baby Proofing Service
This is a nice little niche business with a strong personal service element and a market that’s not just looking for the cheapest product. 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.
Bob’s Rent-A-Bike was my first business which I started when I was 19 years old. 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.Here’s a sample business plan I did for Bob’s Rent-A-Bike.
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. Book packagers tended to sell more complex book projects, such as books that were heavily illustrated or books that were “packaged” with another component. For example, we bought a book about chess, boxed with a small chess set, from a book packager.
A lot of business people are good at producing their product or delivering their service, but less good about keeping careful accounting records. That’s where you come in. You may visit a small business every week or two, pay bills, send out invoices and keep accounting records.
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.
My father was a business broker for a number of years. The type of business he most frequently brokered was coin-operated laundromats. When you are dealing with the smaller businesses such as single location laundromats, you will need to achieve a reasonably good volume of transactions to make decent money. Another issue in this business is you tend to get a lot of “tire kickers,” who aren’t very serious about buying a business, but can take up your time.
There is solid demand for this business—and no wonder installing carpet including stretching it out to fit just right—is harder than it looks! Demand comes not just from homeowners but also from commercial businesses. You can land installation work from carpet retailers, from online business service directories, or from advertising on places like Craigslist.
Specialize in something that’s hard to get and exotic where you operate!
A catering service may be a large business serving meals to armies of people at special events. Or it may be a single person business serving dinner to just a few people. Specialization can help build your business. For example, here in New England some caterers specialize in clambakes.
One of my friends sold off his large family business that made industrial goods, and then embarked on a new career as an artisan furniture maker. He studied furniture making in a full-time study program and focused on very high wood furniture. He would display his furniture at shows and promote open studio nights. Clients were wealthy individuals and some high-end boutique hotels.
With never having painted a house, I opened a house painting business during a summer vacation from college. I hired a few school teachers to do most of the work, and we quickly all figured out what it takes to do a good house painting job. In a word a good house painting job requires: preparation–sanding and cleaning the surface carefully so the paint will adhere well and look good.
Human Resources Service
A small business typically doesn’t hire a full-time HR person until it reaches about 50 people in size. Until it reaches that size a company might contract for an HR person one or two days a week through a human resources service. One of my friends with experience in HR built up a good business on this model. It helps if you are a good networker or are comfortable approaching small business owners to sell them your service.
Like it or not, people tend to judge you instantly on that first impression! That’s why so many executives and business owners consider hiring an image consultant. If you have a good sense of dress and appearance, this could be a good niche business for you!
An irrigation service installs and services underground sprinkler systems at homes and businesses. I use a one-person irrigation service at one house and have a larger landscaping service handle the irrigation at another house. The big work comes when you install a new system. But an existing system needs service every year including being “blown out” and turned on, and always there are sprinkler heads that need to be adjusted or replaced.
Having been on television and done many videos, I can appreciate that makeup consulting isn’t just for women! With the Internet leading to more and more video production, makeup consulting is becoming more important than ever!
I started two different map businesses while in college, both of which I later sold. One was a street map of a local resort area, which I sold to retailers and also sold advertising on the back side of. The other was a tourist map of the island of Nantucket which I sold at retail. Today with everyone using navigation systems, I would be less excited about putting together a street map. But a fun illustrated map showing local business sponsors still makes for a viable business model.
You would think that in this day and age of electronic communication that messengers were something of the past—but no messenger services are still vibrant. In larger cities bicycle courier services are popular and in smaller cities local messenger services rely exclusively on cars.
Mobile Hair Salon
The first thought that comes to mind for mobile hair salon is that you save the overhead of having a storefront location. However, you are also offering a convenience for your customers. Assisted living facilities and senior citizens trying to minimize trips out of the home will especially appreciate mobile hair salon services.
Nursery Design Service
Getting ready for a child is a special time and having a nursery all set up is a wonderful way to get ready. You can really have fun developing striking nursery designs for your clients and make good money by bringing it all together for them.
Personal Computer Training
With this business, you could focus on providing PC training to employees at smaller to mid-sized companies that are too small to have their own IT departments. Or you could offer classes to individuals.
Pet Taxi Service
Taxi! Follow the mailman!
How do all the pets get to doggie day care or make their appointments at the vet? Your pet taxi service! As people offer more and more services for their pets the need to transport them will continue to grow for years to come.
In my book business, we had up to seven full time publicists on staff, and yet we would still hire outside publicity firms to promote our books. Most publicity work is promotion work—getting attention for businesses and their products. Most publicity firms specialize, for example one firm may specialize in promoting high tech firms in Boston, another may specialize in promoting restaurants in Providence. Many of the national publicity firms I have used were founded by somebody who had previously had experience working at a media outlet. But this business isn’t rocket science…if you are good at networking and you can get promotion for your clients then you can succeed at this business.
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Yes, you can learn how to repair smartphones. You can buy parts (you should inventory more common ones) and you can watch videos on YouTube that show you how to make repairs. I have been to a small shop in Cambridge that specializes just in fixing casing and glass on smartphones. You can make good money but it will take some patience to get going. A storefront, even a small one on a secondary street or second floor of an office building, will help make your business seem more established.
Stair Lift Business
Purchasing and installing a stair lift is a major decision for a mobility impaired customer. Offering excellent service including carefully presenting the best alternatives and being quickly available for follow-up service can help make your stair lift business stand out from the competition and build positive word of mouth.
Vintage Clothing Business
I like the vintage clothing business because you are not competing head to head with all the retailers and online sites selling new goods. Furthermore, you can have high margins. I would look to at least double my money on any vintage clothing that I buy, and I would try to pay for items with store credit not cash, as much as possible.
Best Online Business Ideas
“Many online businesses you can run without any technical expertise.”
What is affiliate marketing? You provide links on your website or blog to an affiliate marketing service that sells a third-party product or company that sells their own product. The largest affiliate marketer is Amazon whose commissions are in the 4-4.5% range. Then there are the affiliate marketing services like Click Bank and ShareASale, which offer thousands of products, some of which have commissions as high as 70%. It sounds like an easy way to make money and some people have made a lot of money on it…but many more people have been disappointed by their results. It is very hard to get your website and blog visitors to buy things!
One of my son’s classmates at Stanford created a new app every week and was usually able to generate hundreds if not thousands of dollars in sales.
You could make a lot of money building and selling apps. However be ready to face a ruthless competition. Especially from overseas.
Today, just a few years later, selling Apps is more competitive. In fact, there are large marketing firms that exclusively focus on marketing apps. Nonetheless, there is still money to be made in making and selling apps.
Every company needs content for their website to attract search engine traffic and develop a bond with their customers and potential customers. Hence the market for creating web-friendly content has exploded with both large firms and independent content marketers helping to fill the need. Specializing in the needs of a particular industry can help jump-start your business, but many companies are willing to hire content marketers who are good researchers and can write well, even if they lack specific industry expertise.
Related: 3 Keys to a Successful Content Marketing Strategy
Domain Name Trading
When I was running my book publishing company I developed a series of books called the Everything series and I negotiated a deal to buy the “everything.com” domain from a company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for over $100,000. The market for good domain names isn’t going away and you can make money trading these names, but I would be careful in putting too much money into names that are “almost” great names.
A dropship business means that you are selling physical goods that you have other companies ship out. For example, you may create a website selling desk lamps. You would take the order from the customer on your website and then you would have the order shipped out by the supplier. Drop shopping differs from affiliate marketing in that the customer stays on your website to complete the order. Furthermore, you process the order and then ask the drop shipper to fulfil the order. Affiliate marketing on the other hand, is more of a marketing service–providing traffic to the website of the company that provides the product. Drop shipping may have higher upside but if you are just getting started I would recommend that you keep things simple and start with affiliate marketing.
I think providing eBay selling and shipping services is a great, high-demand service business. This is a very different business than what I would call eBay trading where you buy and sell products on eBay. A trading business can have high potential but it also has higher risks and may take longer to make money at.
Having built one of the largest independent book publishers in the US, I can tell you that book publishing is not the easy road to riches that so many people think it is. Furthermore, I believe getting really rich publishing your own eBook can even be harder. For one the competition is insane…you will be competing with everybody and their mother, including people who are literally giving away their product. Furthermore, it is increasingly hard to get attention for books in the media, and it is hard to convert website visitors into book buyers. But hard is not impossible, and you could publish that rare book that makes a lot of money. Several of the book authors I published earned over a million dollars, and that was just from their royalties.
I would recommend that you hyper specialize if you are starting an e-commerce business. Pourquoi? Because many e-commerce websites have very deep pockets and patient investors and are willing to sell products for razor thin margins (i.e. Amazon) or even at a loss to build market share. That being said if you can show some solid revenue in this business, and especially if you have repeat customers, you will have a business that is worth a lot of money even before it is profitable.
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Not only is a fashion blog fun to create, but it is the kind of blog that you have one of the best chances of monetizing. If you can develop a significant following you may be able to earn money as a paid “influencer” for brands. Creating a successful blog can take a long time so make sure it’s something that you enjoy doing.
Internet Marketing Specialist
Every business needs help with their Internet marketing. And now I see even the smallest businesses hiring specialists for individual aspects of digital marketing. For example, they may hire one expert for pay-for-click search engine advertising, another for Facebook marketing and still another for SEO for their website. So, you could focus on one aspect of digital marketing, or you could be a generalist.
Knowing how powerful the reach of the Internet is for research, companies are very willing to outsource their research efforts to independent Internet researchers. Of course, the more specialized and experienced you are the more ability you will have to both land jobs and to charge premium pricing.
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Lead Generator for Local Businesses
Some local businesses don’t want to go through all of the necessary steps to do their inbound marketing themselves. They would rather have you just do it all for them and deliver leads to their doorstep. If you go into this business I would suggest that you consider building your expertise for a particular industry, instead of a particular location, as the results for a particular industry are more likely to be repeatable.
Local Interest Blog
I love Gene Mahon’s blog about Nantucket. Great photos and well presented. Overtime he has built up a good advertising base. Like any blog it takes time, energy, consistency and patience to build a following. But if you enjoy taking pictures, attending events and meeting people, a local blog can be a lot of fun.
Nowadays, it is easier for small gaming studios or individuals to compete with big established firms.
The biggest gaming companies spend millions developing their latest offerings and lots more money promoting them. Can you compete? Oui, vous pouvez. A recent college grad we hired had just launched her own game, and was getting hundreds of thousands of downloads. Sure, it’s a whole additional level to get people to start paying for your games, but it can be done.
I’m not as excited about the profit potential from podcasting as some other people are. It just seems to me that everyone is doing it and people generally expect podcasts to be free. But if you develop a strong enough following you can sell advertising or sponsorships for your podcast, then you can build a decent business.
How do you make money as a product reviewer? By cashing in on affiliate marketing links from products you review. Even if you give a product a negative review, you could mention a product that you prefer as an alternative and give an affiliate link to that product. Of course, books are an obvious product to review and that has helped propel Amazon into being the largest affiliate marketer on the web, despite their skimpy, circa 4%, commission levels.
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I learned a lot about resume writing as my book publishing company became the leading seller of resume books in the US. Resumes are not obsolete, even if you don’t always use one when applying for a position online, recruiters expect you to bring a resume to the interview. With the Internet, you can help write resumes and cover letters for anyone in the world. If you can write succinctly, you can write a good resume.
Sell on Etsy
The selling costs are remarkably low on the Etsy website. But you will be competing with some awesome looking crafts, so make sure you create some great stuff that is highly distinctive. Then take perfect photographs and write up snappy descriptions. Try to build a following by developing a related line of goods
With many websites getting the majority of their traffic from search engine results, it is no wonder that the demand is huge for SEO specialists. Sure, the days of playing “black hat” tricks on search engines are long gone, but there are many legitimate levers you can pull to help bring web pages to the first page of search engine results.
Social Media Influencer
If your social media postings develop a large enough, or a specialized enough, following you may be able to earn money as a social media influencer. There are social media influencer platforms you can get listed on, and there are advertising companies hired specifically to promote company brands via social media influencers.
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Social Media Specialist
The market and the work of social media specialists is endless.
A lot of businesses delegate their social media efforts. This is your chance!
Companies large and small need to be posting regularly to social media or they will be left behind. Many companies outsource this work to social media specialists. This is a great business because you will receive ongoing work and a recurring revenue stream. And the work is easy enough that over time you can delegate the day to day posting work and build a social media agency empire!
UI/UX Design Business
User interface and user experience matters big time on your website! That’s why they have often become a separate business from website development/coding. You can earn an advanced degree in this field, you can read books about it or you can learn it on your own.
Related: A List Of UI/UX Mistakes To Avoid While Building A Business Website
Virtual Consignment Store
Two of the biggest problems of operating a retail store are the overhead of having a storefront and the risk and cost of carrying inventory. With a virtual consignment store you eliminate both of these problems! You could take it one step further and have your suppliers drop ship the goods for you.
The market for website developers is huge and highly competitive. If you lack highly specialized coding skills, I would suggest you consider trying to break into this space by offering flat fee rates to develop new or re-launched websites for smaller businesses or organizations and limit your development work to one platform, such as WordPress.
Highest Profit Business Ideas
With new digital ad options abounding, developing a well thought out advertising program is more complex than ever! Hence, businesses are even more dependent upon third parties such as ad agencies to solve their marketing riddle and bring customers to their door. To get going as an ad agency you will need some broad marketing acumen. However, today no-one can be expected to be an expert in all aspects of marketing, so you’ll also need some contacts to bring in particular expertise when you need it.
Air Charter Service
Let’s go flying and get paid for it! You can finance your plane and contract out most of the work, including getting help to get your company certified to fly. This is a service business and those little touches can make a difference in keeping customers coming back.
Apartment Building Owner
You might like the idea of steady income from owning an apartment building but not like the hassles that come with it.
Owning an apartment building could be extremely profitable. However, it comes with a few hassles.
In that case, you buy the building and hire a management company to handle the day-to-day hassles. I once tried to sell one of my online businesses to a 40-year old real estate billionaire who started out his business with just a couple multi-family homes.
Automotive Parts Rebuilder
There is a huge upside potential rebuilding auto parts, like transmissions. However, I have friends who have gone into this business and it can take years to nail down your production process, develop your customer base and start to reap the big money.
In Boston one of the very best high skyscraper restaurant locations was taken over by a banquet facility company. The owner of this business grew up in the restaurant business but decided to build his own business exclusively around banquets. A banquet facility is an interesting alternative to the difficult restaurant business. You get to match your labor and food costs closely to your income. And by having a dedicated space and a tightly focused business you should be able to execute well.
Twice I have heard Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams beer, talk about how he started his business. I find this to be a tough business. First you need a brew master with deep expertise. Then you have to get your beer taste to be very distinctive and very pleasing. You need consistent quality. You need to stand out versus the many other small brewers, build a clientele, and arrange for transportation. Nonetheless the market is huge and because of the success of micro-breweries, established beer distributors are increasingly willing to take on smaller labels.
I find the car wash business highly attractive and even considered opening one at one point. You have a regular clientele, in many areas the competition isn’t too intense, and there is lots of room to upsell more expensive services like detailing. If I was going to go into this business, I might consider starting with a smaller facility in a smaller market, and really learning the business before going for a larger facility, in a more competitive marketplace.
Commercial Real Estate Broker
This is a boom or bust business. One relative went into this business out of college and just couldn’t get any momentum going. Whereas a friend of mine who had sold his retail store business has quickly become hugely successful at commercial real estate. My friend is highly charismatic, he could carry on a conversation with a tree, and he is always meeting new people. He also worked for an established broker for a year or so before going on his own, which is a typical path in this business. While it can be difficult to build momentum initially, the potential upside is much higher than selling residential real estate.
Related: 8 Steps to Get Started with Commercial Real Estate Property Investment
One of my business school classmates started a concert promotion business while still an undergrad at Harvard, and even as a student he was making a fortune at it. He started with lesser known groups and smaller venues, and within a couple years he was booking some of the largest venues in greater Boston. He also enjoyed partying with the rock stars!
Corporate Insurance Broker
Even small businesses need all kinds of insurance and you can help them by getting them the coverage that will help save their business on a rainy day. To succeed in this business, you need to be outgoing and network well. But you also need to come across with a smart, consultative sell, not a hard-core pitch. It will take some time to build a corporate insurance brokerage, but this kind of business offers both high income potential and the possibility of someday selling it for a high multiple of earnings.
Damage Restoration Service
It’s messy, dirty work that must be meticulously done, and done by someone dependable. That means it can be a high margin business. I would start this business by taking on very small jobs and working my way up.
The day spa business is hot as more and more overworked people seek rejuvenation for their tired bodies. I would pull first time customers in with very sweet deals, then try to tie them in with a membership model, such as so many day spa visits per month for one flat rate. Building out a day spa can be expensive and will usually cost more than you budget, so with your first spa I wouldn’t get too carried away with remodeling. Instead make the spa nice, but not lavish, and then offer great service.
One of my friends with a background in manufacturing started a business removing waste from building sites and then he progressed into the demolition of industrial buildings. Like other construction related services, one of the keys to success is very carefully bidding for your work. You also need to make sure you get paid–general contractors can be highly successful one minute and then short on money to pay bills the next.
Executive Search Firm
If you have the right touch, this business can be a goldmine, and very personally rewarding. One of my business school classmates changed into this career later in life and did very well, specializing in putting together highly talented teams for well financed startups, and early stage ventures. The typical head hunter makes endless cold calls–but at the higher end firms networking is much more important.
Fitness Rental Equipment
I see this as an arbitrage opportunity. You finance your fitness rental equipment as one package at a low rate, and then you rent it out to your clientele at a much higher rate, providing them a service they can afford. Nice for everyone! My experience in the rental business is you need to pay careful attention to what happens at the end of the rental period—is the equipment still rentable? Is it sellable? And what happens when the equipment breaks down? Work out these details and this could be a solid and very scalable business.
All those phone calls you get from non-profits looking for donations…the majority of those calls aren’t from the non-profits themselves, they are from fund-raising firms. Yes, you could put together a phone solicitation service for non-profits, but fundraising is increasingly turning to inbound marketing. You could develop strategic inbound marketing plans and/or execute these plans for your customers.
In his days as a commercial banker, my father financed a number of health clubs, and they all complained about the same issue: it was relatively easy to sign up new members but hard to retain them, as customers tired of exercising after just a few sessions. This is a business that you can make millions at with even a single location, but it is also a business that is riskier than it may first appear. I would suggest starting with a very small location, perhaps even a members-only key-card accessible location with no employees on site, and learn the ins and outs of the business before getting too carried away. And of course, there is all kind of potential for specialization in this field.
“High profit potential businesses can be exciting, but you need to weigh the risks.”
Home Health Care Service
This is a good solid service business. But it is competitive, you need to have fully qualified service providers, and you need to look into licensing. No matter how good a service you run, when you deal with the elderly especially there is always legal risk. You can mitigate the risk by incorporating, by getting insurance and by being sure your staff follows accepted medical protocols.
It is absurd how much money you can make in liquidation! One of my friends made hundreds of millions of dollars as a partner in a firm primarily specializing in liquidating retailers. Typically, a liquidator comes into a business and buys everything that is unsecured. Then if the company is a retailer, they hire the company’s staff themselves to run a going out of business sale. You could specialize in liquidating certain types of businesses or personal estates.
Meal Preparation Service
For this business idea, getting regular clients is key.
Meal preparation services are booming and the Internet is facilitating this, making it easier to attract and service customers. The market includes the elderly as well as busy working people, who don’t always want to take the time to cook. Typically, these services offer just a few meal choices each day, but they vary the selection constantly. Especially if you can build up regular subscribers to your service, you can determine in advance exactly what your food needs will be, minimizing both food and labor waste.
Mobile Billboard Service
You can put a big sign on top of your truck or pull it around on a trailer. This is particularly powerful for local businesses because you can offer pinpoint marketing—driving around the same business block for example. You could also offer a service to hire people to agree to have a commercial sign mounted on their cars as they drive around town doing their usual thing. For example, a Boston radio station arranged to have hundreds of small VWs to be painted with their logos, paying each car owner a monthly stipend. How big can this business go? Well CNN/Turner Broadcasting founder Ted Turner made his initial money in the billboard business!
A money broker is basically someone who arranges short-term loans to people. A common variant on this is “pay-day lending” where businesses lend money to people who are typically looking for funds to hold them over to the next paycheck. These are usually storefront locations, closely regulated and not allowed in all states. This can be a solid business, but the regulatory climate is shifting against these businesses, so evaluate the risk of future regulatory changes, before hanging out your shingle.
Musical Instrument Leasing
The key to get going with this business is to build relationships with schools and school music directors, who can recommend your services. Chances are a larger school isn’t going to recommend you unless you have a track record, so you will probably have to start with some very small schools. Musical instruments, especially those that are rented out, are highly financeable for low rates, so this is a business you can get into with very little money, and expand aggressively.
One of my friends and his wife liked having a nanny so much that they kept her to help out around the house even after the kids went off to boarding school. This same friend told me they went through 23 nannies in 22 years! No wonder there is a demand for nanny services! This business is all about trust. If you don’t have successful placements under your belt, you can build trust other ways. Show off your background, describe your thorough vetting process, and have a very professional looking website and marketing materials.
The bigger market for this is companies hiring outplacement services for employees they have laid off or fired. Companies hire outplacement services to help out their ex-employees, to show current employees that they are compassionate and to decrease the chances of wrongful termination lawsuits. It will be a lot easier to land your first assignments if you have some related experience, such as having worked in HR or at an employment agency. The real reward in this business comes when you win an assignment to outplace hundreds or thousands of employees that are laid off in a large corporate business re-organization.
Related: An Ex-Google Recruiter’s Guide to Hiring Success
Porta Potty Rental Business
Not everyone wants to tell people that their business is porta potties! That’s OK, you can make good money doing this business. The key is being willing to go out and sell your services to prospective organizations. Once you line up a customer your chance of landing repeat business is huge.
Prefab Home Sales/Construction
I invested in a friend’s prefab home construction once and lost all of my investment when a huge downturn hit the real estate market. Nonetheless this is a powerful business concept. By doing much of the house construction process in a fully equipped, controllable environment, the building process can be much more efficient. Furthermore, by using prebuilt modules, a builder can still construct a gorgeous customized house. You can get involved in this business by building the prefab homes or modules yourself, or as a housing contractor using prefab modules.
Real Estate Investor
Contrary to popular wisdom, real estate prices don’t always go up and catching the trends can tremendously amplify your success in this market. One of my business school classmates caught the trend just right in the Houston commercial real estate market, and then did the same in Boston. Another business school classmate took advantage of the huge 2008 real estate sell-off by scooping up thousands of homes in particularly hard-hit areas like Las Vegas with his hedge fund. The safest way to buy real estate is to make sure that your cash flows from current rents will justify the minimum return you need, then you can look at any appreciation as pure gravy!
Several of my friends have done this both as a side business and a main business. The ones doing it as a side business have actually done better. I think that is partly because they have waited patiently for better deals to buy.
Knowing the housing market is recommended…
This is a great part-time business because you decide when you want to work. And except for work requiring licenses, you can decide how much work you want to contract out and how much you want to do yourself.
Residence for the Elderly
I have seen people do very well building and renting residences for the elderly. This is a highly-regulated field and you do need to manage it carefully. Staff turnover can be sky high and “one-time” issues with residents and their families may seem endless, but there is a lot of upside here.
Let me be clear. This is not my first choice of businesses to go into, even if you are experienced in the food business. Restaurants are very risky. You need a great location, good build-out which can cost a lot of money, great food and a talented and dependable staff. Furthermore, customers can be fickle-they may love your restaurant one day and then tire of it the next. Restaurant staffing is notoriously difficult. So, while the failure rate for restaurants is high, many that survive become highly profitable.
This is another heavily regulated business and it’s competitive. But companies that need security need it on an on-going basis and typically they need more than one person. That means every assignment you get can be an annuity stream as long as you service the customer well.
Senior Care Business
There are basically two businesses here and I would tend to focus on one or the other. One is providing medical help such as skilled nurses. The other is providing senior companions. Both can be great businesses with long term revenue streams and high demand.
Shipping/Freight Forwarding Service
Arranging for shipping, especially overseas, is complex and the rates can vary widely, even for nearby truck shipments. A shipping or freight forwarding service can find the best shipper for you, arrange the paperwork and a lot more. This can be a great business, with long term customers and steady work, but it can take a while to build up a large clientele.
Temporary Employment Agency
These businesses have been around forever, and I have hired temp workers through them from time to time, typically for simple packing or assembly type work. Historically your success would be largely dependent upon how successful you were at making sales calls on companies that hire temporary help. But today you can also bring sales leads to you through online marketing.
Tree services charge a lot of money for their services and one reason is that this can be dangerous work. A tenant of mine was injured working for his own tree service. So, think safety first. Don’t take on a job that is over your head–or don’t be afraid to ask someone more experienced to help when you need it. You can also rent lift trucks and other specialized equipment when you need it.
Used Car Leasing
To jumpstart a used car leasing service, I would approach used car dealers and get them to offer leasing instead of just car financing. This way the used car dealer can increase their chances of closing a sale and you can even offer to sell the car back to the used car dealer for a fixed attractive price at the end of the lease term.
Used Industrial Equipment Sales
When my book publishing business grew to the point when we needed forklifts, I was shocked by how expensive they were. So, we went to a used industrial equipment dealer and bought all of our forklifts there. Selling industrial equipment allows for specialization and it also allows for you to build up long-term relationships with customers. Furthermore, you can have add-on sales such as maintenance, supplies and repairs.
If you think you have a reasonably good ability to judge which early stage businesses have the best chances to succeed then this is the business for you! However, the odds against any particular venture backed business succeeding are low, so you need to spread your bets widely, especially if you are betting on very early stage companies. To get started you may first want to invest with a group of angel investors, typically plucking down $25k or $50k for each company you invest in.
Wedding Venue Business
To take this business to the next level, partner with caterers and wedding photographers.
This is similar to the banquet facility business but built around a facility that is ideal for weddings. People will pay a lot of money for a wedding venue that excites them! You could provide the catering and related services yourself, allow customers to bring their own caterers or require your customers work with a particular caterer that you chose.
Weight Loss Center
Even in the Internet age, there is something about physically going to a weight loss center that helps bring commitment and seriousness to the weight loss process. The business models vary from a mixture of fees to just making money from selling prepackaged food. You want to make sure your customers not just lose some weight but also feel great about themselves, because then they will also feel great about you and your business, and become raving fans.
Window Treatment Specialist
I couldn’t believe it when I first heard how expensive window treatments were! But now I understand, they add a lot to the appearance of a house, and to the utility of particular room. There are lots of reasons why this is a great business. It is a combination of sales and service, especially if you are doing the installation. And people like to see the textures and colors you have to offer in person. You can start this business on a mobile basis with low overhead, calling on customers at their homes and eventually open up your own storefront.
Steady Income Business Ideas
Alterations is a great steady income business, easy to start on the side. Then after you’ve begun to build a clientele, you may want to quit your day job and open a small storefront location. Begin by promoting to friends and friends of friends on social media. I would charge by the job, but carefully estimate how long each job will take you and base your job rates on your time estimates.
The big money in aquarium maintenance is commercial accounts, but some individuals will want their aquariums cleaned too!
Once you start servicing someone’s aquarium regularly they will come to trust you and view you as an expert, so you will be a in a great position to sell them new fish, new accessories or perhaps once they have seen the pictures or a video—that big new aquarium!
Association Management Service
Many business and non-profit associations are too small to hire a full-time administrator but still have a lot of administrative work to be done. Some of the business groups I belong to, such as local chapter of The Young President’s Organization and The Harvard Business School Association of Boston, have hired an association management service which is typically a single individual or in one case a mother/daughter team. For these businesses, the management service processes membership dues and event payments, fields questions about events, arranges logistics for events, and attends events and welcomes members. Payment is usually on a monthly retainer basis.
Boat Maintenance/Cleaning Service
I’ve owned a lot of boats (and even built a couple) and I’ll tell you most boat owners want their boats totally ship-shape! And yet boats tend to get dirty easily! Which leads to a great demand for boat maintenance and cleaning. To make a go of this, you want to have a good concentration of boats in one town, at one harbor or ideally on one dock. So, do a great job (this is a finicky crowd), don’t sell on price, be dependable and you will build word of mouth. I would also do as much work as possible wearing my company T-shirt, when boat owners are around cleaning their own boats…such as on Saturday mornings.
“Steady income businesses may not be the most glamorous but it sure is nice to have a constant flow of income!”
Building Maintenance Service
There are a lot of building maintenance services that don’t require an electrician or a plumber and can be done by someone with basic handyman skills. You could provide that service for commercial, industrial or multi-family housing units. You could also have highly skilled people such as plumbers and electricians on call too.
People get into this business thinking it is a totally passive way to make money and then they find out—they actually have to do some work! Heavily used washing machines and dryers can break down, and the laundromat will need to be cleaned constantly. That being said people need clean clothes so this is a classic steady income business!
Commercial Plant-Watering Service
I am currently sitting in my co-share work space and beside me sits a green potted plant about 15” in height. Every day or two, the commercial watering service person comes by and pours a little water on the plant. Once a week or so, the service person may take out his plant clippers, and trim a leaf or two. Hou la la! I think I could master this work! And I bet you could too!
This is basically an employment temp service, but you may be “leasing out” employees for longer stints of time. The advantage to the customer is that they don’t have to get involved in sourcing, screening and qualifying candidates, and importantly, they are not responsible for employment taxes, withholding and reporting. To succeed at this business, you need a strong ability to sell your services and place employees. This can be a “messy” business with employees coming and going, tax filing requirements, and customers to please. However, the upside is unlimited, some employee leasing firms have grown into mammoth enterprises!
Rather than replacing sofas and chairs, many people prefer to save money and just replace the fabric, often changing colors in the process. This is a great service business—you can’t be underpriced by Amazon. Furthermore, not only will your customers come to you for more business at some point, but you bet that next time they are entertaining in their living room that your new fabric covering work will come up in the conversation! Eventually you may want to consider offering complete re-upholstering services.
When my Rolex needed repair, I was determined to save some money so I went to an independent repair service. I visited his shop in Ft. Lauderdale and it was a relatively large operation with half a dozen technicians or so serving not just the local community, but shipping watches back and forth all over. Then there is my father’s grandfather clock which I just arranged to have shipped to me. Just to have it shipped, I needed an expert clock service to take it apart, and then on the receiving end I needed another expert service to put it back together. You get the point…there’s lots of demand here!
If you tell people you run a lawn-cutting service they might laugh at you, but so what! You can make a lot of money cutting lawns! You can start with one lawn and a second-hand lawn mower, and grow your business into riding mowers, full landscaping services, fancy trucks and trailers, and lots of happy customers! Click here to see the sample marketing plan I wrote for a lawn service business.
Have you ever had to call a locksmith? If yes, you already know that this business could be very profitable.
I hate being locked out! And I hate how much money I have to pay a locksmith! Let alone how much I have to pay to have locks changed or a better lock system installed! Wouldn’t it be nice to be receiving this money instead of paying it out? Not only is there a constant need for this service, but with more elaborate door systems there is more room for upselling your customers—wouldn’t it be cool to have a keyless lock system?
Mobile Car Inspection/Repair
A lot of car repairs don’t require a car lift and you can do them at the customer’s location. Not only does it eliminate the cost of owning a service bay, but it saves your customer the time to drive and wait at a service station.
It’s hard especially for really small companies to hire someone dependable and that they can trust, to do their cleaning at night in the office alone. That’s why if you are willing to work hard and be dependable, you can make good money at this. I met a fellow who earned an excellent living cleaning offices, and he only worked 4-5 hours a night, and had no employees.
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Pest Control Service
This is a great business and I can’t tell you how many times I have used pest control services for my residences as well as commercial locations. The rates vary hugely from one locale to the next, so carefully survey nearby markets to determine which market may be the best opportunity for you.
You can provide full service grooming without any overhead by visiting pets at their homes. Or you can have a store front with full service grooming. Or you can provide a do-it-yourself pet grooming facility. Location matters. One do-it-yourself pet grooming facility was highly successful with a location on a busy road, but another location they had on a secondary road, just off the center of town, did not work out.
Pool Maintenance and Cleaning
Pools being outside, require endless cleaning. But the people who can afford pools tend to be willing to pay for full service to keep them sparkling clean!
Property Management Service
If you are thinking of becoming a property tycoon but can’t swing the down payment on your first property, this is a good business to start in. It’s good steady income and you get to learn the ins and outs of owning property. You also may come across multi-family properties that are for sale before they get advertised.
Forget the restaurant business! This is the food business to be in.
Like most food-related businesses, the location is CRUCIAL.
Sure, there are national chains, but if you really focus on it, you can come up with a few sandwiches that are totally delicious! For this business, I would want a location that services office or industrial workers. That way you can get their business every single work day of the year! And forget a fancy buildout, I would focus instead on fancy sandwiches!
Spa Service Business
I had a beautiful wooden hot tub once. It was a massive job to clean, and it was hard to find supplies and get the equipment repaired. This is a great niche business!
What a great business. It’s like an apartment building without people, without running water, without heat and without electricity! In other words, money flowing in without the headaches! And with today’s sophisticated lock and security systems, you may be able to operate this business without any staff onsite.
Putting on a little weight, let the suit out. Losing a little weight, pull it back in. Then those new pants never seem to come in my short size, so they need to go to the tailor too! You might not be able to live at Trump Tower, but you should have a good steady income as a tailor.
Television repair is not a dying business. Consumers don’t want to throw out their TVs at the first time of trouble. Furthermore, if you start this business you may want to expand into related businesses such as servicing computer monitors.
Companies that provide employees with uniforms often also arrange for them to be cleaned and pressed every single day. You can specialize in certain types of uniforms and/or certain types of services. For example, you could rent uniforms to companies and handle all of their cleaning and pressing needs. You could lease or sell uniforms to companies and then either provide cleaning and pressing services or not.
Vending Machine Owner
You can make good money at this business but you need great locations that provide enough volume to make it worthwhile to service provide a decent return on your investment. I have even seen some entrepreneurs try selling snacks at companies without any machine at all…totally on the honor system. Still another variant you could do is provide coffee, soft drinks or basic snack food for a company location and try to get the company to pick up the cost as a benefit for its employees.
Easy-to-Start Business Ideas
Apartment Preparation Service
Every time an apartment turns over there is some work to be done: cleaning, painting and often minor repairs. If you can provide these services, this could be a good business for you!
Not everyone wants to find a babysitter by responding to a hand-scribbled note on the bulletin board at the local coffee shop. That’s where you come in. Set up a babysitting service that includes vetting your sitters and giving your customers confidence that they are dealing with safe and dependable service providers!
Balloon Delivery Service
This is like a simplified version of a flower delivery service, but without an inventory that is constantly becoming obsolete! Plus, balloons suggest fun and light-hearted cheerfulness, perfect for many occasions!
Boat Operation Instructor
I’ve been around boats almost since I could walk so I forget that some people need to be educated in how to run a powerboat or captain a sailboat. Now taking a boat for a spin and introducing someone to the pleasures of boating…how fun!
Bridal consulting/wedding planning seems like a lot of fun to get into, but it is also a lot of work, stressful at times and competitive. Nonetheless an established bridal consultant can earn very good money.
Bulletin Board Service
When I was promoting my job search books I started to put up advertisements on bulletin boards around local colleges. Then, seeing my advertisements people who were running bulletin board services called me, and I hired them to do the work for me instead. You can either offer your services putting up notices for clients on public bulletin boards, or you can get more sophisticated and develop proprietary bulletin boards that you get local businesses or organizations to agree to display for you. For example, you could list tourist attractions and post the bulletin board at local hotels.
Business Plan Writer
I believe that every business, even a lemonade stand, should have a business plan. But many people either hesitate to create a plan or don’t know how to do it. That’s where you come in. But remember your big value added is to help your clients learn how to develop a framework for making critical strategic decisions for their business, not just to create a nice-looking document.
Chef for Hire
This is a take-off on the catering business that makes it clear that you aren’t going to provide the dishes or the food. You just do the cooking. Furthermore, don’t bite off more than you can chew! People expect the chef to prepare a great meal, so don’t take on a menu that you’re not totally comfortable with!
I’m thinking here of selling cosmetics to co-workers, friends and neighbors. Maybe have a party-sales event. Give it a shot and see if you can develop traction!
I really like the idea of the outdoor deck business. I envision beautiful wood, wonderfully stained and maybe an attractive awning or roof. Outdoor furniture could be beautifully made out of wood too!
Dog Walking Service
All you need is one dog to walk and you’ve broken into this business. And at the same time, I have seen people build this into a big business, including to the point where they have to hire additional dog walkers. Dogs need to be walked regularly—just ask them! Trame! Trame! Oui! So, you’re guaranteed a steady income and a good business model!
“I have started many businesses just on vacation from college, usually with no experience and very little money.”
People with wood burning stoves and fireplaces need wood to burn and they love to have it delivered, all cut up into bite-sized pieces! They don’t want to have to carry logs around, they don’t want to get their nice car dirty and they don’t want to split up logs.
Garage Clean Out and Trick Out
Everyone puts off cleaning up their messy garage! They need your help! And lots of people, especially guys would jump at the chance to have a beautifully finished garage to proudly house their favorite automobile!
If you can rent a truck or a trailer, you’re all set to start a hauling service. Help people get rid of all that junk that’s been piling up in the attic, the basement, the garage and out in the backyard.
Home Entertainment System Service
Home entertainment systems don’t install themselves! That’s where you come in. Then you can go back and provide service as needed as well.
Home Office Consultant
People save a lot of money setting up an office in their home instead of a commercial space, but they want it to feel like a “real” office and to be efficient. You can show them how!
To be a good tutor, you need to specialize in a subject.
You just have to be good enough at one subject at a basic level to be qualified as a tutor. If you can add 2 plus 2 and get 4 most of the time, then you could tutor first-grade math!
This is one of the most popular small businesses in the world! And no wonder! Everyone needs to have it done and many people don’t like to do it! It is also a business that can be challenging to get your employees to consistently do a fantastic job. That’s why this business is particularly well-suited for both solo entrepreneurs and an entrepreneur who runs one single crew of cleaners.
I suppose I can say I did this business once too! Or more specifically my father paid me to deliver promotional flyers for his candidacy for town meeting member. The flyers worked and he won! The cool thing about leaflets is you can truly pinpoint marketing for your clients not just in a particular town, but to houses in a particular neighborhood, or on cars in a particular parking lot!
Mobile Auto Washing
It’s expensive to build a car wash service. But it’s not so expensive to buy a bucket, some soap, some old rags and then ride your bicycle to your client’s home or office to wash their car!
Put up some flyers at apartment complexes and wait for the phone to ring. Get an advance deposit and then go rent the van, truck or trailer that you will need to get the job done.
Some people have no time. They may have a job that requires lots of travel or an executive position that has them working around the clock. But you can make their life easier offering personal concierge services!
People love to be organized but often they never find the time to make it happen. And a lot of people just aren’t very good at it either. You can help people organize their house. And in the process, you can make them feel more organized about their life! What a great service!
If you want to make a good income producing t-shirts then create custom shirts on demand, using your customer’s designs, or perhaps different designs that you have on hand.
Your T-shirt doesn’t have to be good looking. You just have to find the right audience.
On the other hand, if you want to market your own t-shirts you might have more upside potential but the downside is greater too! The brothers who started “Life is Good” t-shirt business for example, lived out of their van for several years until their business finally gained momentum.
This is a business you could start in a couple hours with literally zero investment. In the public library on the resort island of Nantucket, I watched a man create a flyer for his walking tour business on a free public access computer. Then he went outside and posted the newly created flyer on the public bulletin board. A few hours later he greeted his customers as they gathered on the advertised street corner, collected their money, and then took them on the walking tour. Not sure how to set up your walking tour? Get a history or even a self-walking tour guide at the public library.
Window Washing Service
Washing windows for retail stores is about as simple as it gets. Just get your cleaning supplies and knock on the doors of retail stores, asking if they want their windows cleaned. If you get some takers you could arrange to make it into a regular service.
Good fun! Meet interesting people! And stay in shape! You can set up a room in your house for yoga classes, sublet a studio for a few hours, or lease or buy your own studio.
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Other Good Business Ideas
3D Printing Business
You could dream up your own product to make with your 3D printer. But instead I would tend to create products for other people, and not even finished products, but prototypes. I would develop a specialty within prototypes, such as for a particular industry.
All-Day Breakfast Restaurant
I’ve said repeatedly that I don’t like the restaurant business, I think it’s too risky. But the all-day breakfast restaurant is a niche that I do find appealing.
There is a real demand for all day breakfast places.
Part of the reason is that I often want a great breakfast later in the day and yet I frequently can’t find a convenient place to go. Also, breakfast foods cost little money, allowing for higher markups. And breakfasts are easier to prepare than gourmet dinners. Also, this kind of restaurant would potentially be busy for many hours during the day.
You could find some space on a busy street, perhaps in a resort area, and equip it with arcade games. But I would try instead renting a cool collection of arcade games for parties. The overhead is less, you could start out with just a few games, and you know how much money you will be making before you go to work!
With all my experience in book publishing I am not going to tell you that this is an easy business, especially with the domination of players like Amazon. But if you pick a defensible niche, keep your overhead low, you could develop a decent business.
Bed & Breakfast
You need to start out with a good location and you need to do some marketing to get going. This business may also end up being more work than you envision. Something will often need repair, every guest will seem to have a special request, and there will frequently be some renovation or upgrade project you will want to work on. But if you like meeting and entertaining new people, and have lots of energy, this can be good solid business.
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Bridal Show Promotions
Bridal shows can be an important marketing venue for the purveyors of wedding goods and services. You could start in this business by helping vendors prepare their display spaces at various shows, and then at some point you may want to organize your own bridal shows.
I view a café as positioned somewhere between a sandwich shop and full service gourmet restaurant. You will be cooking a lot of items but not everything, and your dining space will be simpler than a fancy dinner spot. So, you save money on buildout both in the kitchen, the equipment and the dining space. And you won’t need as expensive a chef as you would for a full-service restaurant. Furthermore, if you choose your location well you could have a good lunch business, as well as a dinner time business, and you could do fine in the late afternoon time slot too. Then of course you could offer breakfast as well and really fill in your day!
I’ve rented boats and bicycles and this can be a decent business. For canoes, you don’t need a waterfront location. You can rent canoes from a highly-trafficked location on the side of the road, and then provide roof racks for your customers’ cars.
Cataloging Art Collections
This is very specialized and you need to have a good amount of expertise to get started. But what a fun way to make a living! Visiting clients’ homes, viewing and researching their art: what could be a more fun business than this?
Child Development Center
Early childhood learning seems to be the rage. Even many games have an educational bent. With such high interest this is a competitive space, so you need to specialize. Perhaps specialize in children with learning disabilities, slow learners, creative play, or “gifted” kids.
Choose your location carefully and offer quality products.
Cigar shops can bring in decent and steady revenue. Better yet the profit margins are good, so you can be very profitable without hitting sky high sales levels. This is a relatively easy business without too many headaches. But choose your location carefully…then roll out your wooden Indian!
This is one of those businesses that not everyone wants to do, so the profits tend to be above average. Furthermore, you don’t have to collect just by telephone. You can send emails, mail letters and more. Make sure you know all the legal restrictions before you start!
Of course, you can try your hand at building homes and other large endeavors or you can specialize in smaller projects. Maybe driveways? Patios? Outside waterfalls? Closet renovations? There is no limit to what you can do, but to be highly successful or to build a scalable business I suggest you carefully find a highly profitable niche.
Consultant on Foreign Cultures
One of our strongest selling books at my book publishing company was “Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands?” Traveling business people and others want to know how to fit in with foreign cultures. With a little bit a research or overseas exposure you could offer basic courses and consulting, and then you could provide more in-depth expertise as you build your knowledge overtime.
People will pay a lot of money to get their dog trained and you can provide the service. To get going you can read a book or take a dog training class yourself. This business would also be a great source of clients for dog walking services, if you want to expand your dog services empire!
Doggie Bed and Breakfast
A lot of people don’t want to leave their bowser at the busy kennel along with all the other dogs. They are willing to pay a premium and even drive a distance to a place where they believe their dog will be pampered.
OK there is not really “a” drone business—there are many possible drone businesses.
Security, filming, racing… There is a lot you can do with a drone.
You could sell or repair drones, or you could provide one of an unlimited number of drone services. You could provide drone photography or video-taping such as of sporting events, you could offer drones for parties, you could offer drones to inspect infrastructure. There is almost no limit to what you can do with drones!
Dry Cleaning Business
One of my friends took over her father’s dry cleaning business that over a lifetime he had built into a dozen stores. This is really hard work. Every item has to be handled many times. Customers can be demanding. And it is competitive. But if you are willing to work hard, you can make a very solid income.
You would think that you get your electrical contractor license and the money would rain on you forever more! I have been shocked with the prices some electricians have tried to charge me. Then again, I called back a more reasonably priced electrician who had done some work for me a couple years ago and he told me he went out of business for lack of work. This goes to remind you that in any business there is always some risk.
Fence Installation Service
To get started in fence installation I would first offer fence repair services. I think a lot people like me first try to repair their aging fence a few times before totally replacing it. This is a good niche business.
Flea Market Organizer
Even in the Internet age a lot of people enjoy going to flea markets. To succeed in this business, you first need to be able to sell space to vendors. Then right from the first event you need to bring in enough visitors, so that your vendors are happy, and will come back again and again.
With the right location and careful buying you can have a nice income from your floral shop. But the big upside will be special events such as weddings, funerals, etc. I’ve also came across a floral shop crossed with a coffee shop which I thought was a clever variant.
Food Delivery Service
This is very competitive. Just a few feet away from me in the co-share space I am working in currently, several young people started an Internet based food service, but gave up after a few months. But there is a huge demand for food delivery both from restaurants and grocery stores, and you just might be able to make a go of it!
Food Truck or Food Cart
Food trucks and food carts are booming! And no wonder! They allow you to get into the food service business with a lot less overhead than a restaurant, and increasingly people are willing to buy more gourmet fare from food trucks.
To succeed, choose a location where workers take their lunch breaks.
You might notice these trucks at specials events like fares and parades, but I think you would do better trying to find steadier income and more consistent clientele, at office parks or other city locations where workers are congregated.
Formal Wear Rental Service
You could try to do this business online…but of course the issue is getting people the right size. You could even send several sizes if they are not sure of their size. Or you could have a storefront. You don’t need a fancy location or expensive buildout. There is a formal wear rental facility near me that has been very successful for decades, and the storefront looks like it was last remodeled about 50 years ago.
Framing services are everywhere and often they are franchised operations with prime retail locations. But you don’t have to be. You could try this service online. Or you could try this service on a mobile basis, going to your customers’ homes. Or you could get that storefront.
Gift Show Organizer
The key to these show businesses is all the same. Make sure you get plenty of buying visitors to your first show to make your vendors happy, so that they will buy exhibit space at your next show.
Golf Driving Range
I can’t believe how busy the driving range near me is. They must have 50 driving stations. And they don’t even have a real golf course, although they do have kind of a long pitch and put course. You might think you don’t have enough money to finance a driving range. But you can lease the land and drop a store-built little shed on the property to get started.
Home Staging Business
Home buyers today are getting increasingly used to seeing vacant homes set up with staged furniture. And if you are choosing furniture specifically for the purpose of making a house look great, you can both increase the likelihood that the house will sell quickly, and that it will sell for a higher price. Stage some rooms in your own house, take pictures, and then get customers by networking with real estate brokers.
Horse/Cargo Trailer Service
This is good specialized business with a specific, clearly defined market to target. Until you have started to gain momentum you might want to find someone you can rent a horse trailer from on an as-needed basis. Then buy your own trailer after you start to build your customer base.
A lot of these sign businesses are franchise operations, but you don’t have to be. The key is marketing. Watch what other players in this field do, explore the hundreds of marketing videos on BusinessTown.com. Unless you are really strapped for cash I would recommend starting with a storefront but not a third-rate location, and a simple and small facility should be fine. Alternatively, you could try this business totally online, shipping signs to customers.
Invisible Fencing Sales and Installation
This is a specialized niche of the fencing business, but so differentiated that it is basically a totally separate, non-competitive business—and that’s the best kind of niche to find! Your market is dog owners, and probably the owners of some types or dogs, or maybe multiple dogs, are much more likely to be customers than others, which means that you can really target your marketing!
Jet Ski Rentals
My cousin worked for a jet ski rental firm in Sarasota Florida. Was that a fun job! Problem was that now and then when people panic on a jet ski, they will run it right into another boat! So, try to avoid renting jet skis in a busy boat anchorage and make sure your customers are confident operators before you set them loose!
Key Control Systems
Selling and installing key control systems for hotels and other commercial businesses has a lot going for it. You are selling the latest technology, there is a strong service component, and your target market is businesses that can afford to spend a lot of money for this valuable service. For example, with a key control system a company can limit the hours that some employees may access their facility and if they let go an employee they can just de-activate their card, rather than having to call a locksmith to redo every lock.
Mailbox Rental Service
This is a good solid little business but the income just from mail boxes is probably not going to set the world on fire. However, by the nature of this business you have a captive audience that you can try to sell just about anything else to. Often people combine mailbox rentals with shipping services for example.
Massage is a big business and there are many variations you can offer to be distinctive. To get going you may want to promote your services through local hotels or health clubs.
Companies and non-profits spend a lot of money on meetings, and even when they have in-house staff they will often hire a meeting planner service. They are particularly likely to hire a meeting planner when they are planning a meeting in a distant city. To get going in this business take advantage of any contacts you have, approach local associations and businesses, and build up a strong online-presence.
Motivational speakers can earn a lot of money for even a short presentation. But you need to be awesome! And you need to market yourself. I’ve hired motivational speakers for large group business retreats, and I can tell you that once you start giving stand-out presentations that word of mouth travels quickly!
Murder Mystery Producer
Guest interactive murder mystery productions are very popular and no wonder–they are a lot of fun. You could do this on your own, renting a public venue and all that. But instead I would recommend that you partner up with a local business, such as an inn or restaurant, which could use an event like this to promote their business.
This is not my favorite business on this list but I feel compelled to list it because it is so popular. So why is it not my favorite? It tends be very competitive, hard work and relatively low profits. So, if you do go into this business I would do everything possible to differentiate your business and to be able to charge premium pricing.
I will tell you a secret. You can make a lot of money from a non-profit business. You can pay yourself a good salary and reasonable expenses. And you can even sell the enterprise. Better yet, you can create an organization that will really help others. I strongly suggest you approach running a non-profit with the same discipline that you would a profit-making business, and almost all of the how-to videos on BusinessTown.com apply to non-profits as well.
Partnering with a gym could take your nutritionist business to the next level.
My friend’s wife earned an advanced degree in nutrition, put out her shingle, and tried some marketing, but her business progressed very slowly. Then she teamed up with a local gym and her business took off.
The idea of this business is that you can personalize just about anything your customers may want. T-shirts, hats, mugs, pens…you name it. Initially you may want to outsource all of the work, but if your business takes off you may want to bring some of the personalization processes in–house to further boost your profit margins.
A lot of my friends fly planes. And in many cases their teenage kids do too! They all started with flying lessons. To get certified to the point where you can teach basic flying lessons in a simple, single engine plane, may be easier than you think.
Pizza Delivery Business
If you are offering pizza delivery you don’t need a storefront at all. You could just get an inexpensive industrial quality space, as long as it is convenient to your customers. Lure your first customers in with juicy offers. Then try to keep them with great quality. But beware that a lot of pizza delivery sales even to repeat customers involve some kind of discount or special offer.
Power Wash Service
You can power wash houses, commercial buildings, driveways, patios, motor vehicles and more. You will need to be registered, probably have to post a bond, and there may be environmental issues because of the water usage. This is a business you will want to learn carefully. But the upside is that there are many potential markets for your services.
Real Estate Appraiser
Before the bank grants a mortgage, they will require a real estate appraisal. So, this is a great, steady income business with the only overhead being your scooter to get you to your homes to be appraised.
The big drawback to most retail ventures is that they are competing head to head with bigger retailers, as well as online sellers, who may sell brand name goods for lower prices than you can buy them for. Well a resale shop takes all that competition away. Choose your specialty carefully. Sporting goods and vintage clothing are good bets to consider.
Specialty Food Store
You can succeed with a specialty food store but it is tricky. You must be ruthless in your research, in both what the market can support, and which competitors currently have overlapping offerings. I would also look at what specialty food stores have succeeded in nearby markets.
For this business, the location is everything.
To succeed at this business, I would carefully perfect a few interesting smoothies drinks. Then I would search hard for a location with very high foot traffic location. I would much rather have a tiny location with lots of traffic and high rent per square foot, than a much larger location with the same total rent but less traffic.
Snow Plow Service
If you are in a climate that consistently gets a lot of snow each year, then this could be a good business. But if the snowfall is inconsistent, you could get stuck with having a nice new snowplow and truck, but no business.
Sports Equipment Sales/Service
I like sporting goods. It is a good local business. If you can go out and connect with local sports teams, you can further solidify your franchise. And you can further bolster your business still more by also selling used equipment.
Tow Boat Operator
In the US, the coast guard has redefined their mission to be rescuing people not rescuing boats, so this has further increased the market for tow boat operators to respond to disabled recreational boaters and bring their boat back to port. Running around on the ocean with a high-powered tow boat seems like a pretty fun way to make a living to me!
Another great “personalization” business. Historically this business has been conducted out of local store fronts but you could try it online.
Vacuum Cleaner Repair
This is a good steady service business. To get started you don’t have to handle every single brand or every single repair. You can study manufacturer’s repair guides or watch instructional videos to get going.
Video Production Company
Everyone wants videos for their website, and corporations and non-profits are willing to pay good money for high quality service. This is a local business because you need to be onsite with your camera.
This is one of the more difficult business on this list. But if you really want to do it, you can! First, it will take about 3-5 years to grow your grapes. Secondly, you need the right climate. Third, selling what you produce is like a whole separate business. However, people do like to visit and buy wine from local wineries. And I have seen some wineries that are initially producing just a small amount of wine themselves, jumpstart their business and supplement their sales by reselling wine from other vineyards.
Bob AdamsBob Adams is the founder of BusinessTown the go-to learning platform for people starting and running their own businesses. Bob has started dozens of successful businesses, including one he launched with $1500 and sold for $40 million. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School.