Small Business Startup Ideas

Thinking about starting a small business? Nervous about what industries can bear more competition? You’re wise to consider that. So we did extensive research to see what small businesses are doing well and seem to be ripe for revenue opportunities. Citing different sources, we compiled a list of businesses that are hot right now. To learn more about each, click on the article. We just hit the highlights here to give you some really creative business ideas others have done well with.

Best Small Businesses
(Source: U.S. News and World Report, Nov. 13, 2008)

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Career Counselor or Coach
  • Computer Services
  • Energy Auditing
  • Export Manager
  • Financial Adviser
  • Freelance Web Writer
  • Going Global Firm
  • Higher Education Services
  • Home Healthcare
  • Online Art Dealer
  • Online Farmers’ Market
  • Outsourcing Firm
  • Tutor

10 Best Small Business Ideas for Students

  • Lawn Care/Landscaping
  • Sports Equipment Rental
  • Guided Tours
  • Selling on eBay
  • Vegetable Delivery
  • Exterior House Cleaning
  • House/Pet Sitting
  • House Call IT Tech
  • Rubbish Pickup
  • Instructor

Top 10 Home Business Opportunities

  • Pet Sitting
  • E-Bay Aftermarket
  • Home-based Debt Collection Agency
  • Children Arts Education
  • Garage Organizers
  • Background Checks
  • Specialized Coaching
  • E-Learning
  • Specialized Outsourcing
  • Scrap Booking

Best Small Business Opportunities

  • Business Brokers
  • Garage Organizer
  • Smart Clothes
  • Medical Transcription
  • Anti-Aging Spa
  • College Admissions Consulting
  • Everything Poker

Best Business Opportunities

  • Hot Rod Accessories
  • Data Storage
  • Music Education
  • In-Home Care

Top Ten Business Opportunities

  • E-Learning
  • Contractor Referral Service
  • On-Site Computer Service
  • Direct Selling
  • Online Gaming
  • Management Consulting
  • Search Engine Optimization Business
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Home Inspection
  • Information Professional

The Best Industries for Starting a Business Right Now

  • Candy
  • iPhone Apps
  • Health Care Technology
  • Beer, Wine, and Liquor Wholesale
  • Software as a Service
  • Home Health Care
  • Yoga Products and Services
  • Technical and Trade Schools
  • Fast-Casual Dining
  • Green Construction
  • Niche Consulting
  • Education Technology
  • Temporary Staffing Firms
  • Government Services
  • Accounting Services
  • Repair Services
  • Self-Improvement
  • Energy


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