If you possess an entrepreneurial spirit, but lack the ideas for starting your own business, then take heart: there are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of ideas to help you launch your business initiative. Importantly, you don’t have to pursue something that aligns with your background and college major. You do need to explore ideas that can lead to a business path that not just interests you, but ones that you are passionate about. To that end, we have assembled a list of 10 small business ideas that may be right for you.
1. Appliance Repair Technician. Just think about this: every home has major appliances, including stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers as well as washers and dryers. What they struggle with is finding competent help to repair what breaks. If your talent lies in this area, you have a potentially lucrative business idea to pursue.
2. Candy Maker. Everyone loves your desserts and you have shown a flair for making original candies for the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. Why not take that hobby and turn it into a business? One thing that will never change is people’s interest in all things sweet. Think fudge, snicker doodles and licorice.
3. Computer Trainer. Young people and the tech savvy are skilled with all things computers, but there is a segment of the population, older people, who aren’t so inclined. Many would like to learn, but only if you show them how. One-on-one tutoring can be most advantageous as it allows them to learn in the privacy of their home.
4. Freelance Writer. You have a knack for words. Not only that you can piece together a very convincing story or news item. Imagine if you took that talent and applied it to the writing profession. There are a lot of small businesses that can use your skill sets and will pay you a fair wage for the work that you do.
5. Hauling Services. Do you have a pickup truck and a strong back? Providing a hauling service to take things to the dump, move them to a donation facility or simply remove them for reselling can be a great way to make money. Extend your service to haul yard waste and you are on to something potentially remunerative.
6. Internet Researcher. Who doesn’t need to know something about some things? That’s where your online skills can come in, enabling you to research information for clients. Help them manage their online reviews, identify outdated news and provide solutions to problems that few people have the time to handle.
7. Nutritionist. We can all stand to eat better, but did you notice that there are few people who are qualified to guide us? You will need official training here, but working as a nutritionist can help you help those who need dietary advice and guidance. Offer your services to individuals as well as to hospitals and other medical facilities.
8. Photographer. You are quite good with the camera and are certain that you have the skills to rival any photography studio. Moreover, you have the equipment and the experience photographing babies, anniversary events and weddings. Turn your talent into a job and cover those memory making moments everyone aspires to.
9. Social Media Consultant. It is true: you know Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and a handful of other social media sites so well that people come to you for advice. That’s the type of advice that many people will pay for, but only if you charge them for it. A social media consultant handles these matters for businesses, large and small.
10. Wedding Planner. You helped your sister, your cousin and your best friend plan their weddings and did a great job. Now, you can use your talent for working with brides and grooms by working as a wedding planner. You like people and you want to bring them happiness — you can do so on the most important day of their lives.
Small Business Aspirations
Starting a small business can take a lot of work and you may not know how to get going. Finding a mentor who has already blazed a trail can help you move forward. Contact your local Small Business Administration office or your nearby SCORE chapter to be connected to such an individual.