55 Small Business Ideas You Can Start Today pt2

55 Small Business Ideas You Can Start Today pt2

In this part 2 of two parts article, you will find a detailed breakdown of 27 through 55 small business ideas that can be started right now. Whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or just starting out, these businesses offer a range of options that require varying levels of experience and knowledge. From becoming an influencer online to starting a pet sitting business, there is something for everyone. Click here to read part 1.

27. Personal Trainer

To become a personal trainer, one needs experience, training, or licensing. Advertising fitness skills and training services in places like restaurants and grocery stores can attract clients. Personal trainers can also benefit from having a website and social media presence to allow potential clients to evaluate their approach. It is crucial to highlight the safety aspect of using a personal trainer, as they can help clients get fit without risking injury. Personal trainers can provide personalized plans for clients based on their fitness goals, physical abilities, and health conditions. They can also monitor progress and adjust plans accordingly to ensure clients achieve their desired results.

28. Property Management

In property management, the main goal is to ensure that rental properties are running smoothly. The property manager is responsible for maintaining the property, making sure it is ready for seasonal visits, and keeping it well-maintained when no one is around. If the owners go away for an extended period, the property manager makes regular checks on the property. Additionally, the property manager acts as the contact number if the security system operator needs to contact someone about a breach in security. A property manager must have experience, training, or licensing to perform the job effectively.

29. Small Engine Repair

To become a small engine repair technician, you can acquire work experience, training, or formal licensing. Community colleges offer engine-repair courses, and part-time positions at repair shops or rental facilities can provide on-the-job training. However, it is important to be transparent about your intentions. A small engine repair technician should be able to work on various equipment, including push-behind and riding lawn mowers, generators, garden tools, chainsaws, wood chippers, and snowblowers. Deciding to take on larger jobs like tractors, snowmobiles, and ATVs depends on the availability of space.

30. Solar Energy Consultant

To become a solar energy consultant, one may need experience, training, or licensing. The job offers expansion possibilities and involves conducting home inspections and providing clients with reports on solar options for their specific home and site. This can range from general solar installations that generate electricity to simple solar walkway lighting. Working in a solar products company can help one gain knowledge in the solar energy field, but it is often best for consultants not to be affiliated with any one company or product. This allows them to recommend products and options across the field of solar energy. For those interested in learning more about solar energy, the book “Solar Energy: Technologies and Project Delivery for Buildings” by Andy Walker is recommended.

31. Tax Preparer

To become a tax preparer, experience, training, or licensing may be required. Many tax preparation franchises offer courses, seminars, and training to prepare individuals to work for them. Working for a tax preparation company provides a great opportunity to learn about tax preparation and its complexities before starting an independent business. Tax preparation is a service that many individuals and businesses are willing to pay for, making it a potentially lucrative career path. By keeping an eye on tax breaks and tax burdens on behalf of clients, tax preparers can help them save money and avoid penalties.

32. Music Lessons

If you have experience, training, or licensing in music, you can turn your skills into a profitable business. Teaching music lessons can earn you between $50-$75 an hour. You can choose to be mobile and teach in your clients’ homes or run your music lessons out of your own space, such as a separate building or designated area of your home. To get started, you can connect with local music schools for part-time gigs. This will allow you to see if you enjoy teaching and help you build a reputation with potential clients.

To ensure a successful music teaching business, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

  • Develop a lesson plan that is tailored to the needs and skill level of each student.
  • Be patient and encouraging with your students.
  • Keep your teaching materials and equipment organized and easily accessible.
  • Market your services through social media, flyers, and word of mouth.
  • Continuously improve your skills and knowledge through workshops and training programs.

By following these tips, you can build a successful music teaching business and help your students achieve their musical goals.

33. Upholstering

Upholstery repair is a potential business idea for those with a talent for sewing. One way to learn the trade is to acquire discarded upholstered furniture and start dismantling it. Books and videos are available to assist in the learning process. Often, furniture that is ready for upholstering requires repairs. It is recommended to have a list of furniture repair professionals available to recommend to customers. Alternatively, one can take the piece in and have the repair work done by a professional, then add it to the overall cost. Minor repairs can also be done by the upholsterer.

Amanda Brown’s book, “Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design,” is a valuable resource for those looking to learn more about the trade. It is available on Amazon, eBooks.com, and Barnes & Noble.

The following table provides a summary of the key points to consider when starting an upholstery repair business:

Key Points
Acquire discarded upholstered furniture to practice on
Books and videos are available to assist in the learning process
Have a list of furniture repair professionals available to recommend to customers
Minor repairs can be done by the upholsterer
“Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design” by Amanda Brown is a helpful resource

Remember that having some experience in sewing is essential to succeed in this business.

34. Used Book Sales

Starting a used book business is a great way to turn your love of books into a profitable venture. To attract and retain customers, it’s important to have regular shop hours and establish a niche for your business. Consider specializing in a specific category or two of books, offering first editions for sale, or implementing a swap program to encourage repeat visits. In addition to books, consider including maps, illustrations, postcards, greeting cards, and magazines as additional offerings. Pricing can be set at a dollar for paperbacks and two dollars for hardcovers to encourage sales.

35. Wedding Planner

A wedding planner is a professional who helps couples plan and organize their wedding day. To become a wedding planner, one needs to have experience, training, or licensing. A wedding planner must be up-to-date on the latest wedding trends and fads, dress styles, color trends, and almost everything related to weddings.

A wedding planner offers an à la carte menu of services, from helping pick flowers, the wedding gown, and bridesmaid dresses to picking the venue and hiring the caterer. To provide the best service to customers, wedding planners need to know every detail of the business, giving the accurate impression that they are the go-to person for anyone planning a wedding.

Before opening a wedding planning business, it’s essential to shop at all the wedding shops and even pretend to be a bride-to-be to see what kinds of services the wedding gown shop provides and how they treat potential customers.

In summary, becoming a wedding planner requires knowledge, experience, and attention to detail. Wedding planners must keep up with the latest wedding trends and offer a wide range of services to customers to make their special day unforgettable.

36. Appliance Repair

Appliance repair is a profitable business idea in any area. Whether working solo or contracted with appliance stores, repairing appliances is a much-needed service. Building a customer base through recommendations and referrals is key to success. Developing relationships with contractors can also lead to opportunities to install appliances in newly constructed houses. It is important to have experience, training, or licensing to ensure quality work. Being a handyman or handywoman in this field requires knowledge and skill, but can be a rewarding career choice for those who enjoy fixing things.

37. Computer Training

One potential business idea is to offer computer training services for individuals who want to learn how to use computers. This business has expansion possibilities, especially if the owner is proficient in both Macintosh and PC. One target market for this business could be seniors who want to learn how to use the internet and email to keep in touch with their loved ones. It is important to err on the side of caution and avoid overwhelming customers with technical jargon. Instead, focus on teaching practical skills that customers can use in their daily lives. By offering clear and easy-to-understand training, this business could be a profitable venture.

Potential for expansionOverwhelming customers with technical jargon
Can target seniors as a marketNeed experience, training or licensing
Practical skills can be taught
Profitable venture

Overall, computer training can be a valuable service for individuals who want to learn how to use computers and technology in their daily lives.

38. Desktop Publisher

Desktop publishing software is a powerful tool that enables users to create a wide range of publications including newsletters, magazines, books, and marketing materials. To become a desktop publisher, one can either create their own content or hire a writer to do it for them. Alternatively, one can offer desktop publishing services to others, designing and creating publications with their content. This job can be done from the comfort of one’s own home or a coffee shop, making it a flexible and convenient option. Experience, training, or licensing may be required to become a successful desktop publisher.

39. Fence Installations

Installing fences requires experience, training, or licensing. Fences are commonly made of wood, but vinyl has become a popular choice due to its durability and low maintenance. Wrought iron is also a common material, especially in urban areas. Vintage wrought iron fencing can be found at salvage yards. Fences need to be repaired or replaced periodically because they don’t last forever. Homeowners can choose from a variety of fence materials and styles to suit their needs and preferences.

40. Freelance Graphic Designer

Freelance graphic designers are professionals who create visual concepts and designs for various media platforms. They work with clients to understand their needs and develop designs that communicate their message effectively. While many businesses are shifting towards digital media, the demand for print media is still strong, and freelance graphic designers are hired to create fliers, newsletters, magazines, information sheets, letters, and advertisements. In addition to print media, graphic designers are also needed for website design and online advertising.

To be a successful freelance graphic designer, one must have experience, training, or licensing in graphic design. It is important to offer a full range of services to potential clients, including editorial creation, printing, and even mailing of the final product. Freelance graphic designers can also partner with other freelancers to provide a complete range of services to clients.

Resources such as “Start Your Own Graphic Design Business” by Entrepreneur Press and George Sheldon can provide valuable insights for those interested in pursuing a career in freelance graphic design.

41. Gift Basket Service

Starting a gift basket service is a great way to turn a passion or hobby into a profitable business. By finding a niche market, such as dog lovers, horse enthusiasts, or exercise gurus, you can create baskets that cater to their interests. Additionally, if you already have a product that can be built around, such as handmade soaps, you can create a basket that includes those products along with complementary items like hand lotion, a scrub brush, and a manicure kit.

Entrepreneur Press and Cheryl Kimball’s book, “Start Your Own Gift Basket Service,” provides valuable insights and tips for starting and expanding a gift basket business. With the potential for growth and the ability to tailor baskets to specific interests, a gift basket service can be a lucrative and enjoyable venture.

42. Graffiti Removal

Graffiti can be an eyesore for property owners and can lower the value of their property. A graffiti removal service can help property owners keep their properties clean and free from vandalism. To start a graffiti removal service, one does not need any prior experience. However, one must create an arsenal of cleaning products that can clean almost every kind of product (paint, chalk, markers) from every kind of surface (cement, wood, pavement). Offering a subscription-like arrangement can be an effective way to conduct a graffiti removal service. By charging a monthly or quarterly fee, property owners can have peace of mind knowing that their property will be regularly cleaned, and the service provider can focus on doing their job.

43. Hairstylist

Starting a home-based hairstylist business can be a profitable venture for those with cosmetology training and experience. With a significant following from a previous salon job, a hairstylist can easily transition to a home-based business. However, those without experience or training in cosmetology must first acquire the necessary skills and licensing before starting a business. Marketing is also crucial to attract new clients and maintain a steady stream of business. Entrepreneurs looking to start a hairstylist business may benefit from reading “Start Your Own Hair Salon and Day Spa” by Entrepreneur Press and Eileen F. Sandlin, available on Amazon, eBooks.com, and Barnes & Noble.

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4. Herbal Farm Stand

As an herbal farmer, you have several options for selling your products. You can sell live plants, picked or cut herbs packed in bunches, or dried herbs sold in baggies. If you plan to market to cooks, you may want to sell fresh cut herbs packed in sealed bags or dried herbs. A “pick-your-own” arrangement is another option, but be aware that herbs are more delicate than other P.Y.O. products, so it may be best to do the picking yourself. This can save your garden from damage and your plants from wear and tear. By carefully considering your options, you can create a successful herbal farm stand.

Some tips for running a successful herbal farm stand include:

  • Offering a variety of herbs to appeal to different customers
  • Providing information on how to use and care for the herbs
  • Displaying the herbs in an attractive and organized manner
  • Using clear and informative signage
  • Building relationships with customers to encourage repeat business.

By following these tips and carefully considering your options, you can create a profitable and successful herbal farm stand.

45. Landscaper

To become a landscaper, one does not necessarily need a degree but should have experience, training, or licensing. Landscaping work involves tidying up yards during different seasons, such as mowing lawns in summer, removing leaves in fall, and preparing driveways and shrubs for winter. Garden work such as planting annuals and perennials, preparing and planting vegetable gardens, and providing pest control and watering services can also be offered. In addition, tree care services, stone wall restoration, fencing, and irrigation system installation are other areas of work that can be provided. As a landscaper, one should have a knack for this type of work and be able to offer a wide range of services to clients. The book “Start Your Own Lawn Care or Landscaping Business” by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media and Cheryl Kimball offers valuable insights for those interested in starting their own landscaping business.

46. Massage Therapist

To effectively market massage therapy services, certification is required. Certification programs and associate degrees are available for those interested in becoming certified massage therapists. These courses cover human anatomy and physiology, the effects of massage on the body, and how to start a business in massage therapy. The cost of certification or an associate degree can be kept within the $5,000 range. Entrepreneur Press and Preethi Burkholder’s book, “Start Your Own Day Spa and More,” is a recommended resource for those interested in starting a massage therapy business.

47. Moving Service

For those who are looking for help with their local move, hiring a moving service can be a great option. While big moving companies may handle long-distance moves, a local moving service can take care of moving across town or to the next town over. Potential clients may initially consider doing the move themselves, but it is important to convince them to leave the heavy lifting to professionals. Effective marketing strategies, such as signs around town, can entice clients to let the moving service handle this aspect of their move, freeing up time for other tasks on their to-do list. It is recommended that the moving service have some experience in order to ensure a smooth and successful move.

48. Franchise Owner

To become a franchise owner, some business experience is needed. Owning a franchise has many benefits including a proven business model, a built-in brand, and corporate support. Starting a franchise can cost less than $10,000, with options such as Dream Vacations, Cruise Planners, and Jazzercise Inc. These franchises offer an opportunity to start a business with a lower investment, while still receiving support and guidance from the corporate office.

49. Photographer

To make a living as a photographer, one can specialize in various areas, with weddings being the most common. Other niches include portraits of people and their pets, families, and homes, as well as photographs of holiday events, birthday parties, or Christmas cards. There are endless possibilities for photographers to explore. Experience, training, or licensing may be required to pursue a career in photography. Entrepreneur Press and Charlene Davis’s book, “Start Your Own Photography Business,” provides valuable insights into starting a successful photography business.

50. Rug Cleaning

Rug cleaning is a lucrative business that requires no prior experience. It involves working with various carpet fabrics, including synthetic and wool carpets. To handle valuable antique carpets and family heirlooms, specialized training is recommended. Rug cleaners must learn how to effectively remove tough stains and odors, such as those caused by pets. With this skillset, rug cleaning services will be in high demand. By providing exceptional service and utilizing specialized techniques, rug cleaners can establish a loyal customer base.

51. Website Developer

To become a website developer, one may require experience, training, or licensing. Several online courses are available to learn website creation and the technicalities involved, such as setting up shopping cart systems and security concerns. Every company has a unique atmosphere that needs to be reflected in the website design. For instance, a contemporary company may need bright colors and fun graphics, while classic colors like black, navy blue, and maroon may be more suitable for others. A website developer must be knowledgeable and capable of creating a website that aligns with the company’s vision and goals.

52. Bed and Breakfast

Running a bed and breakfast (B&B) can be a lucrative business for those with a spare room and hosting experience. A private room with its own bathroom in a location near tourist attractions, sports stadiums, or annual events can be rented out for $150 a night for Friday and Saturday nights for 48 weeks a year, generating $14,400 in revenue.

To start a successful B&B, it’s important to create a unique experience for guests. This can be achieved by utilizing what you have, such as a beautiful garden or a cozy fireplace. Cheryl Kimball’s book, “Start Your Own Bed and Breakfast,” provides valuable insights on how to get started and run a successful B&B.

Some key factors to consider when running a B&B include providing exceptional customer service, maintaining a clean and comfortable living space, and offering unique amenities such as homemade breakfast or a guided tour of the local area. By creating a welcoming and memorable experience for guests, a B&B owner can establish a loyal customer base and generate a steady stream of income.

53. Christmas Tree Sales

Starting a Christmas tree farm requires planning ahead since it takes around seven years for a Balsam fir to grow from a small sapling to a 5- to 6-foot tree. The best option is to sell the trees yourself. Consumers visit the property, select the tree they want, and you harvest it for them. Alternatively, you can purchase trees from a wholesaler and sell them in your yard or in a rented vacant lot from Thanksgiving to Christmas. No experience is needed to start a Christmas tree farm, but planning and preparation are essential for success.

54. Daycare

Starting a home-based daycare business can be a great opportunity for those who love children and want to work from home. With the increasing demand for childcare services in the US, a home-based daycare can get up and running quickly. However, it is important to note that experience, training, or licensing may be required to start a daycare business.

Parents often prefer a home-based daycare as it provides a more comfortable and personalized environment for their children. Moreover, it offers an alternative to institutional-like settings. To start a daycare business, it is recommended to research and comply with state regulations, obtain necessary licenses and certifications, and create a safe and nurturing environment for children.

Resources such as “Start Your Own Child-Care Service” by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media and Jacquelyn Lynn can provide valuable guidance for starting a successful daycare business.

55. Pet Sitting

Starting a pet sitting business requires minimal startup costs and can be an excellent way to turn your love for animals into a profitable venture. However, before you get started, there are a few things to consider.

Firstly, it is essential to have some general credentials, including personal pet ownership or other pet-related experience. Working at a pet food store, an animal hospital, or any other animal-related business can also be valuable experience. Additionally, you will need to become bonded, which requires a small investment to purchase honesty insurance. This insurance ensures pet owners that their valuables are safe while you are pet sitting.

Once you have acquired the necessary credentials, you can start your pet sitting business. As a pet sitter, you are your own boss, and while you do not set your own hours, you can still enjoy a flexible schedule. If you run a good business, you may even be able to expand your services and branch out into grooming pets.

In conclusion, starting a pet sitting business can be a rewarding and profitable venture if done correctly. With minimal startup costs and a love for animals, anyone can start their pet sitting business with the right credentials and dedication.

*In case you missed part 1 you can read that article here.

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