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50 Best Small-Business Ideas to Start in 2024

Meredith Wood

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The best small business to start is one that fills a market need or offers a unique product, service or solution. But a winning idea also plays to your strengths and interests.

This list of business ideas can help you brainstorm your next move. From there, you can take preliminary steps, like conducting a market analysis and calculating potential startup costs .

Potentially easy business ideas may have smaller price tags; consulting, tutoring, personal training and pet sitting are businesses you can likely launch with less than $1,000 in your pocket. Other endeavors will require significant capital. Either way, expect to work hard and invest a lot of time — so choose an idea you’re passionate about.

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1. accounting and bookkeeping.

Are you a licensed CPA or a business accounting software wizard? Use your expertise to help other entrepreneurs keep their personal and business finances in order.

As a bookkeeper, you'll process invoices and payroll, compile expense reports and more. If you have a CPA license, you can help business owners file taxes, generate balance sheets and other accounting documents and make your professional recommendations about your client’s bottom line.

2. Business consulting

If you’ve been in the business world for a long time, folks might be clamoring for your knowledge and expertise within your industry. Why not turn all that know-how into a new career as an independent consultant? You can get paid to speak at industry conferences or events, serve on a board of advisors for a fledgling business or lend your expertise to shape the strategy of an existing business on a contract basis.

» MORE: How to start a consulting business

3. Marketing services

As an independent marketing professional, you can work with small businesses who don’t have the in-house bandwidth to execute their marketing plans. Write their blogs, firm up their SEO strategy, generate ad campaigns and deploy inbound marketing tactics.

4. Real estate business

If property is your passion, start your own real estate agency, working with businesses or private citizens to find the office space, house or apartment that's right for them.

You can also buy property of your own (if you have the business funding, of course) and become a property manager or landlord, renting out residential or office space to tenants, maintaining the property and serving as their point of contact for any potential issues.

5. Event planning

Event planners manage the design, logistics and coordination of a variety of major events, from corporate retreats and fundraisers to weddings and birthday parties. If you’re detail-oriented and have a roster of vendor connections, offer your services to businesses and families in your community or personal network.

6. Video production

Demand for those who can shoot, edit and package videos is high. And a video production business can meet many needs — like wedding or event videos, brand and marketing content or social media videos for TikTok or Instagram — or focus on one specific niche.

7. Podcasting

For those who have something to say or important stories to tell, you might consider starting a podcasting business. With the popularity of podcasts from newspapers and other media providers, private individuals have been able to jump on the trend — turning a hobby into a fully fledged business.

Podcasting will require an initial investment in some audio equipment and editing software. But once you get started, you'll be able to grow as fast as you can talk, produce, and of course market your podcast. Moreover, if you're specifically interested in online business ideas , podcasting can be done from home, and completely online.

8. IT consulting

Do you have experience with computers and other types of technology? If so, use this knowledge to your advantage and consider starting an IT consulting business. With limited budgets and resources, many small businesses are apt to hire an outside consultant to help assist them with installing, managing, updating, and troubleshooting their technology. As an IT consultant, you can offer remote services as well as on-site assistance, giving you freedom and flexibility while working in a field that's in high demand.

9. Catering

If you're a professional chef but tired of the restaurant grind, starting a catering service is a great opportunity to strike out into the world of self-employment. You’ll need access to a commercial kitchen, a part-time staff of servers and a couple of assistant cooks to start. But compared to opening your own restaurant, the overhead costs of starting and running a catering company are much more manageable.

10. Social media management

Social media marketing is a marketing specialty that most business owners know they need, but few are capable of doing well. If you’re on top of the latest TikTok and Instagram trends, have a knack for creating viral videos or can convert social views into sales, consider cultivating a client base of business owners who need help managing their brand’s social media platforms.

» MORE: 5 simple ways to step up your business’s TikTok game

11. Business planning service

One of the best small-business ideas for seasoned business owners ready for their next venture is a business planning service. You can offer guidance and networking connections as businesses seek funding or scale, and provide services for startups like writing a business plan — including business funding plans, market analysis and competitor research.

12. Tax consulting

Filing and staying on top of business taxes can be one of the most complicated parts of running a business, so if you have experience in all things tax-related (and are a CPA or enrolled agent), business owners will be willing to hire you for your services. Plus, unlike individual taxes, many businesses are going to need a tax advisor to support them year-round, meaning your services will be in demand through tax season and beyond.

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13. PR agency

Have a background in public relations and an extensive network of media and business contacts? Consider striking out on your own and offer your services to other small businesses. Your agency can assist entrepreneurs and companies with their public image and presence — including business marketing, events, press releases, outreach and more. If you have a network of contacts in a specific industry, your services will be even more attractive to businesses in that industry.

Plus, you can start your own PR business without too much initial financial investment and can bring on employees or rent office space as it grows.

14. Professional organizing

Organizing professionals work with businesses and individuals alike to offer tips and strategies for organization based on their space, as well as get hands-on and help them sort through the clutter. With the time and effort it often takes to clean up a room, house or office, professional organizing has become a service that people are willing to pay for.

15. Photography

Professional photographers are in high demand for weddings, corporate events, family portraits and more. Plus, because you can build this business out of your home (with the right tools, of course), a freelance photography business has relatively low startup costs. Moreover, you're in charge of your client load and schedule, so professional photography is a great way to build a side hustle while working full time elsewhere.

» MORE: How to start a photography business

16. Event space

Take a look at your local market: If there's a demand for weddings, birthdays, corporate events and fundraisers, but few venues to host those events, seize the opportunity and start an event space yourself. You can offer planning services along with the venue, or partner up with another local event-planning business to become the ultimate party-planning team.

17. Interior decorating

Rather than redecorating your living room for the 14th time, apply your love of design to an interior decorating business . To start out, leverage your personal network to offer help decorating residential and commercial spaces. You can charge an hourly fee to clients for your work, partner with your favorite furniture stores or manufacturers to work on commission or do a combination of the two.

18. Woodworking or furniture building

Do you love working with your hands to build beautiful, custom furniture? Start your own custom woodworking business. You can take commissions, focus on a set of in-demand items or sell semi-custom options via Etsy or another online platform. You might start working weekends out of your garage, but as your business takes off, you’ll be well on your way to your own shop and a brand new, full-time career doing what you love.

» MORE: How to start an Etsy shop in 8 steps

19. Graphic design

With just a few handy computer programs — think Adobe, Sketch or Canva — you could be operating this lucrative business out of your home in weeks. You do need to find clients though, so try networking with small businesses in your community. Everyone could use a well-designed website, online materials, email campaigns, physical print work and more.

20. Clothing boutique

For the fashion-forward entrepreneurs out there, consider opening your own clothing boutique. Although you'll need some startup funding for this business idea , it can be successful if you find the perfect inventory and right market. Competing against large clothing retailers can be challenging, but if you can find a specific niche, like starting a T-shirt business or locally based store, you can use your creativity to stand out amongst all of the other generic options out there.

21. Bed and breakfast

Do you live in an interesting tourist destination? Does your home have a guest house, mother-in-law suite or even just a spare bedroom? Do you love to cook and entertain guests? If so, one of the best small business ideas for you might be to turn your home into your own B&B. Sites like VRBO and AirBnB have made it easier than ever to market your home to travelers in need, and you may even make new friends along the way.

22. Food truck

Food trucks are hugely popular, often offering unique, specialty foods that might not sell as easily in brick-and-mortar restaurants. Take your mom’s famous dumpling recipe or your off-the-wall dessert idea and hit the road to local events, farmer’s markets, your local town square, large corporate complexes at the lunchtime rush — wherever you’re likely to draw a crowd. Keep in mind that to run a food truck , you usually have to meet a special set of ordinances and safety compliance standards, so contact your local health department to determine what your mobile restaurant will require.

» MORE: Best point-of-sale systems for food truck businesses

23. Restaurant or cafe

Opening a restaurant is one of the more risky and expensive business ideas on our list. But if you're truly culinarily (and entrepreneurially) ambitious, the risk may be worth the rewards. Restaurateurs can test the waters with popups or a ghost kitchen before investing in a full-fledged brick-and-mortar deli, diner, cafe or full-service restaurant. Or you can open a franchise of an established restaurant chain, and reap the benefits of an already popular brand.

24. Craft brewery

Craft breweries, aka microbreweries, are booming in the United States. So, if you've been tinkering with beer-brewing in your garage, calling it official and opening up a microbrewery can be a great way to monetize your hobby.

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25. Ice cream shop

Ice cream shops are the perfect small town or neighborhood business idea — though this type of business can be prone to big seasonal revenue fluctuations. You will need some funding to get this kind of endeavor started, but an ice cream shop typically requires less of an investment than other food-service businesses.

26. Personal chef

Similar to a catering business, but less involved and perhaps more flexible, you might start your own business as a personal chef. You can use your culinary expertise to cook for families or individuals, as well as help them with meal planning and recipes. With this kind of service business, you'll get more personal with your cooking, giving you the opportunity to work one-on-one with all different kinds of people and navigating their dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes.

27. Landscape services

If you have a green thumb and an eye for design, starting a landscaping business could be your next move. You'll mow lawns, plant and maintain flowers, trees and shrubs, and even design elaborate landscape plans for homes and office complexes.

28. Pet grooming

Animal enthusiasts can probably think of nothing better than hanging out with pets all day. It might take some time to build up the funding to open up your own pet-grooming facility. So, keep overhead low in the beginning by offering a mobile service, and bring your grooming skills and tools directly to your clients' homes. You can also offer dog walking services to supplement your grooming business.

29. Florist

If you have a green thumb and eye for arrangements, open a flower shop and use your skills to connect with your community. In addition to creating beautiful bouquets, florists can also design big-ticket arrangements for weddings and events, or host in-person or virtual flower arranging classes.

» MORE: How to start a florist business

30. Massage therapist

As an occupation, massage therapy is in high demand: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 18% growth in massage therapy jobs between 2022 and 2032, a much higher rate than average.

You’ll need special training and licensing to legally operate as a massage therapist, so check your state requirements to make sure you’re operating within local laws. But once you’ve jumped through the licensing hoops, you’ll be free to open an in-home studio, travel to your clients or eventually open your own facility.

» MORE: Business insurance for massage therapists

31. Nutritionist

Nutritionists can help clients improve their relationship with food and build health goals and habits. Launching a nutrition business requires first getting trained and certified as a registered dietician. From there, you can offer custom meal plans or virtual nutrition coaching to help people achieve their nutrition goals.

32. Personal trainer or fitness instructor

If you're the first one in the gym every morning, or dream of taking over from your yoga instructor, the next step might be to take that physical energy and put it toward becoming a licensed trainer. As a licensed personal trainer, you can offer private training sessions in your own home or in clients’ homes, lead group sessions in local parks, become a certified instructor for a whole host of workouts (Zumba, anyone?) and, eventually, even open your own fitness studio or gym.

» MORE: A step-by-step guide to starting a fitness business

33. Beauty services

The beauty profession isn’t just for trained cosmetology graduates (though a degree can help). Thanks to social media, even self-taught makeup artists can develop a following — and build a business — giving makeup tutorials on TikTok and YouTube. Opening or working in a salon, or hiring out your services for events, typically requires you to have the appropriate licenses.

34. Life coach

If you have a passion for helping people reach their true potential, becoming a life coach might be the perfect small-business idea for you. As a life coach, you'll work with clients to sort through problems or parts of their lives that they'd like to change and help them create plans to move forward and reach their goals. Although you don't necessarily need a certification to become a life coach, getting certified can help you as you start out looking for clients.

Once you've marketed your services, and your clients can attest to your skills, however, you'll be well on your way to a successful business.

» MORE: How to become a life coach

Private tutors can earn between $40 to $80 an hour, depending on your location, as well as factors like the subjects and grade levels you’re teaching. You can opt to be a solopreneur, offering freelance in-person or online tutoring. Or enlist some equally qualified, eager-to-teach partners and establish a full-service tutoring business.

36. Daycare provider

Opening a home-based daycare or full-fledged daycare center can be a solid business idea for someone who has a passion for early childhood development. You can focus on a specific teaching approach, such as Montessori, or offer language immersion if you’re fluent in another language. Read up on the licensing and reporting requirements in your area before diving in; these can vary by state, city and municipality.

» MORE: How to start a daycare

37. Senior care provider

As the baby boomer population ages, more and more senior citizens are in need of at-home care. These needs range from medically specific requirements to simple companionship or help with cooking, tidying up or transportation to and from appointments. This is a great option for anyone with nursing experience who would like to move into working for themselves.

38. Interpreter or translator

If you can speak multiple languages, this is an easy and inexpensive way to start a small business where you can utilize those skills. If you become an interpreter or translator, you can work with individuals, businesses or even simply online clients — translating meetings, phone calls, articles and more. As you work successfully with more and more clients, they'll continue to turn to you when they require these kinds of services — and you'll be continuing to grow your language abilities on top of it all.

39. Housecleaning

Everyone wants to keep a clean house. If you have a great work ethic and you’re willing to get your hands dirty, you could start a cleaning business on the cheap. Or, if you have dreams of a larger enterprise, hire a few employees or contractors and you can manage several cleaning teams. Overhead might include equipment, marketing costs and wages for personnel, but otherwise starting a cleaning service is a relatively low-cost enterprise.


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40. Automotive repair

From oil changes and engine repairs, to tire services and bodywork, to interior and exterior deep-cleans, automotive repair businesses run the gamut of all things car-care. Alternatively, car repair businesses can focus on an automotive specialty, such as foreign cars, antique cars or specific brands. Whatever niche you choose for your car repair business, watch out for state licensing or insurance requirements to make sure your venture complies with local laws.

41. Handyman services

With a handyman (or woman) business, you can offer services ranging from small repairs and painting to more specialized trade work like plumbing, electrical, locksmith, home security installment or HVAC work. It all depends on your skill set, and on whether you have, or are willing to earn, special licensing (your state might require a contractor's license to do certain repair work). Once you've established a client base, you can hire a team of handymen with complementary skills to your own.

» MORE: How to get handyman business insurance

42. Dry cleaners

Starting a dry cleaning business will certainly require a storefront, some startup funding and supplies. But you can quickly become a go-to service in an area, especially with the right marketing and word-of-mouth recommendations.

43. Hardware store

Another local small-business staple, if you want to extend your handyman services into a storefront, you should consider opening a hardware store . When residents are doing home projects or spring cleaning, they're always going to find themselves in need of certain tools or supplies — and probably won't want to wait for online delivery. Your hardware store can service your local area and all the better if you can offer advice and tips along with the physical products you sell.

44. Self-storage business

Starting a self-storage business can be lucrative, especially close to a city — where apartments are small and people are going to need access to space to store their extra belongings. You'll certainly need the capital and real estate to get started in the self-storage game, but once you've gotten set up, it can be relatively simple to maintain this kind of business, especially once you've started bringing in clients and filling up your space.

45. Freelance copywriting and content creation

A copywriting or content creation business can be a great option for self-motivated wordsmiths who want to work from home full time. The startup cost for this business idea is low, but the time investment can be high as you build up a roster of regular clients to keep a steady income.

46. Rideshare driver

As a rideshare driver, you use your own car and mobile device and choose your own hours. If you don't mind driving, this can be a quick and easy way to make money—whether on the side or as a full-time gig.

47. Website development and design

Every business needs at least a basic website to succeed, but many business owners don’t know how to set one up for themselves. So, if you're an IT and design wizard, you'll have endless opportunities to custom-build websites. Use a platform like Upwork or Envato to gain your first clients, then use your portfolio and word-of-mouth recommendations to grow your client base (and eventually boost your prices).

48. Sell clothes online

Thanks to online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and Etsy, and apps like Poshmark, it's easier than ever to sell custom-made, vintage or secondhand clothing online. Opening an e-commerce clothing store helps minimize overhead costs — you don’t need to lease or staff a storefront — and you can reach customers beyond your immediate area.

49. SEO consultant

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving a website or webpage's rank for specific keywords in organic search engine results. An SEO agency is tasked with improving a client's organic search results to generate more inbound visitors and thus leads for top-of-funnel keywords by optimizing the client's website, building links to the website and/or optimizing the website technically.

50. App development

Launching a successful app is no easy task — but there have never been more resources at your disposal to help you get started, including AI tools that can help with potential technological roadblocks. Whether you want to develop apps for Android or iOS, there are large markets available for games, productivity tools and much more.

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70 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants to Run Their Own Business

Meg Prater (she/her)

Published: March 19, 2024

A good business idea may seem hard to come by, but with some planning and preparation, you can easily launch a small business to supplement your income — or become your own full-time boss.

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Maybe you already have an idea of the business you’d like to start. But while you might feel ready for a new venture and passionate about your idea, you might be looking for some direction.

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The first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur is finding a business idea that works for you. In this article, you’ll find dozens of small business ideas you can start from home and scale up as your clientele grows. Let’s get started.

What makes a good small business idea?

Not all small business ideas are made equal: Some require more effort and funding than others, while some can be launched with few resources — or resources you already have. As a potential small business owner, you’ll want to save as much money as possible on training, rent, supplies, and other necessities.

Let’s go over what makes a good business idea:

  • Requires little to no training . A good small business idea will ideally leverage your existing field of expertise and require little to no training. That will not only shorten your time-to-launch, but also lessen your expenses, since training courses can cost a significant amount of money. Plus, you’ll be more confident offering services that you feel prepared to deliver.
  • Requires low setup costs. Your business should be cheap to start. Maybe you only need to purchase a website domain or buy a desk for your garage.
  • Requires little hands-on inventory or supply management . A great business idea needs few supplies and little inventory management. If you want to sell physical goods, you can either try drop-shipping and manually make goods in small batches.
  • Is based online . The best small business ideas are based online and can be carried out from your personal computer. This will automatically lower your commuting costs and give you greater flexibility over your personal and work life.
  • Can sustainably be managed by few people . As a small business owner, you won’t have the funds to hire other people to help you run your business — at least not at first. A good business idea should give you the ability to run your business on your own.

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Airbnb Co-founder, Brian Chesky, said, “If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.”

If you’re like Brian and you’ve already thought about a solution for a problem you encounter in your life — or you’re on the path to doing so — then starting a small business may be in your future. It may also be for you if you dream of clocking out of your nine-to-five job for the last time and becoming your own boss.

Below, we include the best ideas for you to start your small business — with resources and examples to help you get started.

1. Handyman

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8. Life/Career Coach

If you have experience navigating career, personal, and social transitions successfully, put it to good use as a life or career coach. Many of us are looking for guidance in our careers — and finding someone with the time to mentor us can be tough.

Life/career coaches don’t come cheap, but they are able to offer clients the intense and hands-on training and advice they need to make serious moves in their personal and professional lives. After all, everyone needs some uplifting advice from time to time.

To start your life/career coaching business with confidence, you can look for a certification program (like the Life Coach School’s or Diane Hudson’s ), then apply your skills as you acquire new clients.

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A resume writing business is economical, has few overhead costs, and has few educational requirements. We still recommend having an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and a few resume samples on hand. If you still feel that you need to brush up on your resume writing skills, you can take a course like Coursera’s or LinkedIn Learning’s .

Once you’ve gotten resume writing down, you can expand your business to include cover letter writing and even offer career coaching services in conjunction with these services.

10. Freelance Writer

If you have writing skills , there’s someone out there willing to pay you for them. Write blog posts, magazine articles, and website copy galore — just make sure you have a body of work built up to share with potential clients. Even if you create a few sample pieces to have on hand, they’ll help exhibit your work and attract new business.

To become a freelance writer, it’s essential to choose a specialty. For instance, you might choose to only write for publications in the healthcare industry (maybe because you were previously a healthcare worker) or focus on lifestyle publications. Whatever the case, specializing will help you find your niche market and gain confidence as a new freelancer writer.

There are no educational requirements for freelance writing, but you do need strong writing skills. It also helps to enjoy writing. While certification may be beneficial, getting practice and writing every day is more important. Try these writing prompts to start.

11. Landscaper

Mowing, tree-trimming, and seasonal decor are all neighborhood needs. If you have or can acquire the equipment, a landscaping business can be a lucrative affair. It’s also a great choice if you enjoy doing it for your own home and have a good eye for landscape design.

The good news is that you can start small. For instance, you could offer your neighbors seasonal planting services and start with a few perennial plants, or simply offer mulching services.

To grow your landscaping business, you should consider taking some formal training. The following organizations offer courses:

  • New York Botanical Gardens

After completing a course and getting enough experience, you can apply for a certificate from a landscaping organization. While a certificate isn’t necessary to work in the field, it can build your credentials and help you make industry connections to take your landscaping business to the next level. The Association of Professional Landscape Designers offers one potential certificate you could pursue.

Some states require licensure, especially if you’ll be using pesticides and fertilizers. Be sure to review the requirements for your state.

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12. Videographer

Video production requires you to have invested in the equipment up front, which can be quite expensive. But that’s also what makes your services so valuable. Make sure you have a reel of your work to share or create a website with several selections of your work available for interested viewers.

There are no educational or licensure requirements for starting a video production business. As with writing and other creative arts, though, it pays to specialize. Real estate videos differ radically from wedding videos, and wedding videos differ radically from in-studio interviews and testimonials. By specializing, you target a highly specific customer who’ll benefit the most from your services, and you can also skill-up more effectively in one shooting style.

While you can find general classes on videography, you should consider taking a class in the type of videography you’d like to do. For instance, you could take The Complete Wedding Videography Course .

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13. Photographer

Start by conducting photo shoots for your family and friends. As you build a body of work, ask for referrals and reviews. Photography businesses often grow by word of mouth, so create a Facebook page where you can tag recent clients. Photos where you tag those clients will show up in their friends’ newsfeeds, where they can view your work. You can also ask them to leave reviews on your Facebook business page.

Like with a video production small business, you’ll want to specialize. Will you do product shoots or portraits? How about wedding or fashion photo shoots? Once you specialize, you’ll be able to create a body of work that most accurately represents your strengths.

There are no educational or licensure requirements for starting a small photography business. Still, we recommend investing in a few photography courses, especially if you haven’t used your camera in a while. Some courses you might start with include:

  • Cornell’s Digital Photography Certificate Program
  • New York Institute of Photography’s Course

From there, seek courses that help you build skills in your chosen specialty.

If you’re not sure where to start with freelance photography, take a look at Erica Clayton’s journey into the business below. Her advice? Give yourself a firm deadline to turn a profit.

14. Bed and Breakfast Owner

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Some consulting industries are more competitive than others, so be sure to complete your research before starting a small consulting business. One way to find out how competitive a consulting niche is by doing keyword search . If your target niche is highly searched or is already dominated by big companies, you may have a harder time breaking in. You can use keyword research tools to uncover keyword volume and local demand.

If there’s room for you to enter the market, the next step is to land your first clients. Be sure to participate in local networking events covering your niche and reach out to potential prospects through cold calling and emailing. Investing in dedicated sales software can also help measure and improve your emailing strategy, as well as keep track of worthwhile leads.  

12. Event Planner

An event planning business is an excellent choice if you have great organizational and interpersonal skills, and it’s relatively cheap to start. You might choose to specialize in a specific type of event — like weddings or company meetings — or set yourself up as an event planner of all trades.

The good news is that event planners are always in demand. It’s not an easily automated job, so this small business idea is set to thrive regardless of the digital landscape. To start, you’ll want to look for a platform that will easily allow you to advertise your availability, such as event planner directories like Eventective and WeddingWire .

If you’re highly organized, detail-oriented, and have experience planning large events, it might be time for others to benefit from your skills.

13. Personal Assistant

Personal assistants help business owners and executives take care of administrative tasks. To launch a freelance personal assistant business, you should leverage networking opportunities on LinkedIn and attend small business events at local chambers of commerce. Most local business owners might not even know they need a personal assistant until you market your services to them.

If you’re an organized, highly-detailed person, the life of a personal assistant might be for you. Don’t want to be tied to one office or person all day, every day? Consider becoming a virtual assistant, which allows you a more flexible work environment.

To become an assistant, choose a niche — will you be helping women business owners specifically? Do you have a specific field of expertise, like bookkeeping? A website can also go a long way, and be sure to print business cards for you to hand out during networking events.

14. Consignment Shop Owner

If you have an eye for style but don’t want to invest in the inventory of a brand-new boutique, consider starting a consignment shop. It will allow you to curate a collection of clothing that matches your goals and aesthetic without the overhead of a boutique selling entirely new garments.

The beauty of a small consignment business is that you can now start one online. You can sign up on a platform such as Poshmark , Depop , and even Etsy , then easily start selling your own used fashion from home.

Once you’ve defined your niche — such as vintage clothing, unique locally made art, or colorful shoes — you can begin sourcing new products from your local stores and thrift shops.

15. Caterer

If the personal chef gig is too restrictive for your schedule, consider catering instead. Pick your projects, work on fewer but larger events, and hone in on your time management skills.

Becoming a caterer is a natural step for those who are used to cooking for large events — for instance, you may have already catered your friend’s wedding or brought a 20-person meal to a potluck (that counts, too!).

It’s essential that you have enough temperature-regulated storage for the meals prior to each event, and that you arrange for reliable, temperature-controlled transportation to and from your home kitchen. Alternatively, you can lower your costs by inviting customers to pick up their order at your home.

16. Gym Owner

Kickboxing gyms, yoga studios, CrossFit, oh my! Turn your passion for fitness into a community for others by creating your own gym — start one from the ground up, become an affiliate, or open a franchise location.

Available franchise opportunities include Anytime Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, Pure Barre, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, and more. Be prepared to take out a loan to finance your franchise — most agreements start with fees upward of $20,000. But the payoff can be tremendous due to brand recognition. You’ll have no trouble recruiting new members as long as you use local marketing strategies .

Alternatively, you can create a local studio, but ideally, it should be for a specific activity instead of general fitness. Yoga, pilates, bootcamp-style gyms, and martial arts perform well as independent fitness studios.

17. Boutique Agency Owner

What’s your specialty? Whether it’s marketing, social media, or PR, it might be time to start your own agency. Many other small businesses need this type of help but don’t have the resources or volume to necessitate a full-time position.

To start an agency, you would ideally have worked in your specialty for a number of years. You should also be prepared to interface directly with clients, fulfill their requirements, and temper their expectations (if they want results in an unreasonably short amount of time).

Consider building a small team and learn from other entrepreneurs who’ve successfully started their own agencies, like Duane Brown of Take Some Risk .

18. Coffee Shop Owner

Turn your caffeine addiction into something a little more lucrative. Opening a franchise or buying an existing shop are lower-risk entry points to the coffee game, but they usually require a little more cash upfront. Starting a shop from scratch requires more planning and work — but it also maximizes your earning potential in the future.

A coffee shop is an excellent fit if you already have a full-time remote job and wish to supplement your income with a small business. You can manage the coffee shop as you work at one of the tables, but be sure to have the budget to hire an experienced barista who can pick up the slack.

If you would like to open a coffee shop and run it full-time on your own, you’ll need to undertake barista training, understand worldwide coffee sources, and have excellent customer service skills.

19. Moving Company

A truck, moving equipment, manpower, and the correct permits and insurance are the building blocks of starting your own moving company . Before you buy your first fleet of trucks, however, start small with a moving van and keep your costs low.

Still sound like too much of an initial investment? Consider offering packing services only, which have a much lower financial barrier to entry. You can partner with moving companies and offer to do their packing, or have them refer clients to you.

You could even take a niche approach to the industry as Astro International has by offering international moving services.

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2. Vending Machine Owner

Since 2015, the growth rate for vending machine businesses has increased 1.4%. Even as social distancing restrictions are still in place, this business can still be lucrative if you choose the right locations. High-traffic is key — places like hospitals, schools, and community centers are smart places to start placing your machines to generate enough revenue to cover cost and turn a profit.

3. Social Media Manager

Do you have a knack for social media? As a social media manager, you can use your skills to manage the social media accounts for companies and even individual people. Influencer marketing has become more common and many influencers rely on marketing agencies or employees to help them run their social channels.

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Online Business Ideas

If you want a business idea that you can run entirely online, check out the ones below. These ideas are ideal for those looking for a passive income stream. In other words, you shouldn’t need to do too much manual work to launch these businesses from your home or preferred business location.

1. Become an online reseller.

To become an online reseller, all you need is some business savvy and some funds to invest in product stock from manufacturers — or, of course,the willingness to sell your own used items. Generally, this is a low-touch but high-performance way of creating a passive income online business.

Online resellers usually use a platform, such as Facebook Marketplace or Amazon Sellers, to sell either their own or manufacturers’ stock. The benefit of using Facebook Marketplace is that you can begin today with your own Facebook account, and simply list items that you already own.

Interested buyers typically drive directly to your home for pick-up — but if you’re not interested in human interaction, you can leave it outside and have the buyer pay via an online platform.

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Blogging is one of the most accessible small businesses to start, and there are countless niches to choose from. That said, because there are many blogs online, you’ll need to learn blog SEO and keyword research to ensure your audience finds you. That way, you actually make money out of your blogging efforts.

The great news is that a small blogging business has a ridiculously low overhead. All you need is a custom domain and your time for writing blog posts. Although finding the right topic ideas and outlining your posts may seem challenging at first, especially if you’re new to writing, you can let a blog ideas generator do most of the grunt work for you.

These tools leverage Artificial Intelligence to help you brainstorm ideas and set up your content structure. That way, you can kickstart your creative juices and begin writing about what you love right away. 

5. Home-Baked Goods Seller

Warehouse-made, store-bought chocolate chip cookies will never compare to a batch made with love in someone’s home. Simple desserts can be easily baked and packaged to sell at local events or around your neighborhood. Use custom labels and watch the word spread about your goods!

You can begin a baked goods business easily by opening a Facebook and Instagram profile. Facebook and Instagram are both excellent platforms to market your goods, show pictures of your previous baked products, and even showcase happy clients.

Build a loyal following slowly, and save on costs by asking clients to drive to your home to pick up their order. Choosing a niche can be helpful here, or baking in a specific style that can’t be found at grocery store bakeries. The overhead can be especially low if you already have most essential baking supplies.

6. Ecommerce Store Owner

Do you create, collect, or curate anything special? Consider starting an ecommerce store and turning your hobby into a full-time job. Whether you need somewhere to sell all that pottery you’ve been making, or an excuse to search for the sports memorabilia you love tracking down, an ecommerce store can make it financially viable for you to pursue your passion.

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Starting an ecommerce store is simple and easy. You can set up a shop using an ecommerce website builder , all of which start at a minimal monthly subscription (some even start at free). Be sure to take good photos of your products and write descriptive product pages .

If you don’t have inventory, you can always own an ecommerce store by using dropshipping . Instead of creating and shipping your products yourself, you’ll instead partner with a dropshipping website and have them mail out the orders directly to your client.

7. House Cleaner

With a low barrier to entry, house cleaning can be a great way to start doing what you love — soon. Consider advertising to homes in your neighborhood and get more bang for your buck by earning a few small businesses as clients as well. They’ll usually bring in a higher paycheck for a similar amount of work.

To become a house cleaner, you should be prepared to invest in cleaning supplies and accessories, or be willing to use your own. If you plan to serve small businesses, you should buy industrial janitorial supplies so you can get work done more effectively.

Need some inspiration? This small business cleaning service grew virtually overnight on Instagram after their content went viral during the pandemic.

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Learn more about choosing the right structure for your business from the Small Business Administration.

6. Create a business bank account.

Once you have a legally formed business and have been issued an Employer Identification Number (EIN), open a bank account specifically for your business. Having a business bank account is essential for keeping your personal and business finances separate which can help you gain an accurate picture of your business’s cash flow and financial health.

Additionally, keeping your personal and business finances separate makes bookkeeping and tax preparation easier.

Many banks offer business checking and savings accounts. Business checking accounts typically do not have a limit on the number of transactions that can take place, and issue a debit card that can be used for making business purchases. However, these checking accounts do not accrue interest.

Business savings accounts typically earn interest over time but have a limited number of transactions that can occur each month. When you’re just starting out, look for a business bank account that does not have a minimum balance requirement so you are not penalized for having low funds as you work to build your business.

7. Determine if your business idea works well from home.

Ask yourself whether your business idea will work well from home. Some businesses simply aren’t suited to be based from home. If you want to run a dog boarding center but live in an apartment without a backyard, you might want to consider a dog walking business instead.

8. Set up an office.

If your business idea is well-suited for being run from home, it’s still important you have a designated workspace. While a home office might not be possible, consider setting aside a corner in your living room or putting a desk in your bedroom for a space that inspires you and creates the conditions for success.

Need a more professional space? If you conduct client-facing work requiring you to be on video calls, no one wants to see your rumpled sheets in the background. Check out local coworking spaces for memberships that earn you access to conference rooms, desk space, and more.

9. Get to work!

You’ve put in the hard work, but I’ve got bad news — it’s only going to get harder. But most entrepreneurs will agree that the payoff of being your own boss, making your own hours, and working on projects that you’re passionate about will pay dividends for the rest of your life.

What are the types of small businesses?

The types of small business structures are sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), and corporations.

  • Sole Proprietorship — The simplest type of business structure is a sole proprietorship, which is also the easiest to start. As a sole proprietor, you are personally responsible for the business's liabilities and profits, and you have complete control over your business. If you are a solopreneur, you are automatically considered a sole proprietor.
  • Partnership — A partnership is a business model involving two or more individuals who agree to share the business‘s profits and liabilities. Each partner contributes to the business and shares the risks and rewards. It’s essential to have a partnership agreement that defines each partner's roles and responsibilities to ensure clarity and prevent potential misunderstandings.
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC) — An LLC, or limited liability company, is a common option for small businesses because it protects its owners by separating personal assets from the company's liabilities. To form an LLC, the business owner must file the required paperwork with the state.
  • Corporation — A corporation is an independent legal entity distinct from its owners. It provides limited liability protection to its shareholders, who are not held personally accountable for the company's debts. Corporations have formal requirements and often raise capital by issuing stocks or shares.

Which business type is best?

The best business type is a limited liability company (LLC). Operating as an LLC means that your personal assets are separate from your business assets. If your business goes bankrupt, your personal holdings won’t be affected. That said, it’s also one of the costlier types, requiring a fee paid to the state.

The easiest business type to start is a sole proprietorship. The main downside is that there’s no differentiation between you and your business.

It's crucial to seek advice from legal or accounting professionals to determine the best business structure based on your unique needs and objectives. Each structure has advantages, legal requirements, tax implications, and flexibility considerations.

How do I create a business idea?

To create a business idea, determine your skill set, work preferences, startup budget, and available resources. It’s important to strike the right balance between what you can feasibly offer and what you can feasibly afford in the short and long term.

We recommend starting with your skill set so that you can easily determine the niche in which you can effectively compete. For instance, if you have ample experience as a writer, you might consider starting a freelance writing business. But if you know you’d prefer to work with clients face-to-face, you might choose to start a ghostwriting business instead. That’s why it’s so important to take your work preferences into account, as well.

After that, take a look at your budget and determine the type of business you can start based on the resources at your disposal. For instance, you might not be able to afford a physical office or location, so a location-based business will likely not be a good fit. In that case, starting an online business is your best option.

What resources or tools can I use to refine and validate my business ideas during the brainstorming process?

Online market research tools like Google Trends, Keyword Planner, and SEMrush can provide insights into market demand, competition, and keyword trends related to your business niche. Industry reports and market analyses from reputable sources such as IBISWorld, Gartner, Statista, and industry-specific publications can offer valuable data and trends to inform your decision-making. Ensure you know the industry risk before embarking on your small business venture.

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Additionally, joining entrepreneurial communities, forums, and social media groups can provide opportunities to seek feedback, network with like-minded people, and gain insights from experienced entrepreneurs. Finally, consider conducting surveys or interviews with potential customers to gather feedback and validate your business concept before investing significant time and resources.

What are some of the most successful small businesses?

Every small business has the potential to be successful and profitable, provided it’s backed by a strong product-market fit and a robust business plan . These two elements are essential. Maybe postnatal services are one of the most successful small businesses to launch, but if you live in an area with declining population or a large elderly population, then that small business idea won’t yield a high return on investment.

Think carefully about the market where you’re launching your business, and you’ll be more than likely to see lasting success.

What are the top growing small businesses?

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While this article presents the top 10 business ideas for 2021, the big question of course is: What is the #1 top business idea for you?

There are so many fabulous business ideas to choose from it was hard for me to narrow down this list just to the top 10. But I did it!

These business ideas offer robust and growing demand and high profit potential. They are also generally low cost and easy to start businesses. They are practical and proven businesses that many people are starting and succeeding at every day – including people without prior business experience.

I chose these top 10 business ideas based upon a number of factors including upside profit potential, ease of starting the business, popularity and a desire to give you a diverse mix of businesses.

My name is Bob Adams. I am a Harvard MBA serial entrepreneur. I have started 17 businesses including one business that I began in my basement apartment with just $1500 and later sold for $40 million.

I can tell you if you want to start a great business you should start with a great idea! So give these top ideas a good look over.

Here are The Top 10 Business Ideas for 2021:

#1 – Senior companion

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A senior companion service is an excellent repeat customer, steady income business. Check any licensing requirements before getting started.

#2 – Subscription box

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Skincare, socks, candles… You can sell virtually anything in your subscription box. For this business, your packaging, website, and marketing really matter.

#3 – Moving service

top 10 business ideas in 2021

You can start this business with no money by renting vans or trucks as you need them. You should charge by the hour rather than by the job.

#4 – Import/export

top 10 business ideas in 2021

Buy products from overseas and sell them back in your home country! Source your products by traveling abroad or using websites like Alibaba.

#5 – Pet sitting business

top 10 business ideas in 2021

People want someone to take good care of their pet while they are away. To succeed, always go the extra mile and send cute pictures and videos.

#6 – Online store

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Amazon and other websites make it easier than ever to sell online. The key to success is developing a solid plan before setting up your store.

#7 – Home staging business

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Find furniture and design ideas to help people sell their house faster and at a higher price. Meredith Baer built a $100 million home staging business in LA.

#8 – Tutoring business

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The demand and growth potential of this business is huge. You can tutor anyone, on any subject, and from virtually anywhere if you do it online.

#9 – Cleaning business

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This is a great repeat customer, steady income business. To make more money you should develop a specialty such as cleaning offices or industrial sites.

#10 – Start a blog

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A blog is a great business that you can start and grow at your own pace. Make sure to choose a niche, let your personality shine, and learn SEO.

Would you like to see more business ideas?

Check out my most popular article, The 300 Best Small Business Ideas . This comprehensive multi-page article offers expert advice on every single business idea (including all the ideas on this top 10 list). Includes home based, online, steady income, low cost, product and service ideas.

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Future Business Ideas for 2020

10 Future Businesses Ideas for 2021

January 7, 2020 nici pillemer, what is a future business idea.

Times are a’changing. What may have been a great business idea last decade may not necessarily be one of the best businesses to start in 2021 .

Ten years ago many of the hottest new business ideas for 2021 may not have even existed! For example Instagram was just in its infancy, but now it’s a social media marketing and business goldmine.

We predict that the next decade will be all about technology – the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, virtual reality, 3D printing to name a few. But there’s good news too for those of us who aren’t that technologically savvy – there’s always a market for traditional business ideas, as long as you cater to your target market’s needs.

Who are the next decade’s top spenders?

Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are aging while Millennials are on the cusp of their spending peak ( CB Insights ). The growing influence of the Millennial generation is starting to impact which will be the top industries of the next decade. Furthermore, Gen Z are growing up and reaching a point of having more significant spending power.

The key for business success in the next decade is to cater to the wants and whims of these two powerful generations: Millennials and Gen Zers.

Best Traditional Business Ideas for 2021

1. fitness center.

Gone are the days of the gym chains dominating the fitness industry, so us little guys have a chance of starting a fitness business in 2021. Millennials have proven to prefer boutique fitness studios over large, impersonal gyms – and aren’t afraid to spend money for such a sense of community and personalization.  According to a CB Insights study, 76% of Millennials exercise at least once a week, and collectively spend almost $7 billion per year on gym memberships (Gen Xers and Baby Boomers spend half of that).

You can start out small, offering classes in your area of expertise such as yoga, boxing, pilates or more. Once you start expanding, you could get an equipment loan or an unsecured business loan to help you grow into a fully-equipped boutique fitness center.

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2. Food truck

The foodie trend for this decade is fast, casual, healthy food. Almost 40% of Millennials ( CB Insights ) eat takeout food and, in line with their fit lifestyles, generally prefer healthy options.

A food truck with healthy menu options gives Millennials the convenience, ambience and nutrition they crave. You could even cater to a niche market by offering, for example, vegan food or specialty dishes. If you decide you want to grow your business, you could always apply for a commercial vehicle loan , purchase a few more food trucks, and expand to various prime locations.

3. Micro-mobility services

Millennials are 21% more likely than Gen Xers to purchase homes in city centers. This growing trend towards urban living has birthed one of the most popular transportation options today – electric scooters.

Even if you can’t (understandably) afford to compete with the likes of Bird and Lime, don’t be discouraged. You don’t have to have your own line of electric scooters to get into the micro-mobility industry! Think of the bigger picture – accessories, branding of scooters, and scooter services.

If you have a knack for enterprising you could offer a full service solution including recovery and collection of scooters, charging them, maintaining them, and redeploying them to prime locations during the course of the day. If you’re willing to work at unusual times of the day, have basic handyman skills, and prefer not to sit in an office all day, this could be one of the best business ideas for 2021  for you.

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Best Online Business Ideas for 2021:

The world is moving more and more online so it’s no surprise that some of the best future business ideas are web-based:

4. Instagram consulting

Even those who use Instagram in their personal life – posting photos, tagging friends, sharing stories – probably don’t know the quirks and nuances of managing a business Instagram account and turning it into a successful marketing platform.

Simply by learning a few tricks of the trade online, you could start an Instagram consulting business in 2021 and help clients grow and manage their accounts. Master the art of hashtags, influencers, product and geographic tagging and you could become a pro in no time.

5. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing may not be a new concept but it’s one of our top business ideas 2021 because it’s tried-and-tested and, if you do it right, can bring you lots of success in the next decade. Starting an affiliate marketing business involves the following steps:

  • Find a niche
  • Utilize a website builder (build a website)
  • Create amazing content
  • Master SEO to rank in Google Search
  • Find partners or sellers
  • Add their banner ad or link to your website
  • Receive revenue each time your partner makes a sale, gets a lead or receives a visitor from your site (pay per click) – this depends on your agreement with your partner

6. Pet portal

With Millennials driving the economy, money is being pumped into their ‘pet’ preference – their pets. According to the US Chamber of Commerce , Millennials see their pets as their ‘starter kids’ and expect to spend more on their dog over its lifetime than they would on their own medical care. Tapping into the pet market is a potential goldmine for the next decade.

It’s also the perfect way to combine an online business with traditional services. You could source pet products and sell them online, or you could serve as an affiliate for pet product sellers. But aside from the retail element, you could offer a full pet services solution including dog walking, pet sitting, grooming, and even doggy daycare. You could expand your business by creating a portal matching dog sitters or walkers with pet owners.

7. Freelancing

You can join the gig economy and start a freelance business in 2021 based on your area of expertise. If you don’t specialize in any one thing, such as graphic design or social media, you can always start a Virtual Assistant business which often just requires basic admin and organizational skills. Freelancing requires very little startup costs and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

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Best Ecommerce Business Ideas for 2021

The difference between online business ideas 2021  and ecommerce business ideas for 2021  is that the latter involves selling products online, instead of being service-based.

And our top ecommerce business ideas for 2021 are…(drumroll please):

Side note: If you’re seriously considering eCommerce as the right route for your new business in 2021, then you’ll want to get caught up on all of the recent eCommerce trends .

8. Box subscription services

At Become , we eagerly await our monthly box subscription from Universal Yums, which sends us a mystery box each month, containing various treats from a different country. Subscription buying has become a hot trend and is a good way to secure a consistent monthly stream. The convenience and cost savings are of huge appeal to customers. You could get creative and build your box subscription business around anything including beauty boxes, healthcare boxes and more. Don’t be afraid to ‘think outside the box’!

9. Educational courses

Got knowledge to share? Write it down, or even better yet, create a podcast. Here are some key tips for launching and promoting your educational course :

  • Research your target market
  • Make your course interactive including checklists
  • Use text, video, audio and imagery
  • Decide on a format, for example PDF, Powerpoint and SCORM
  • Choose the right eLearning platform
  • Create a website and/or landing page
  • Promote using content, SEO and social media best practices

10. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is an eCommerce model whereby the dropshipper doesn’t own the goods at any point – it simply acts as a go-between for the customer and the supplier. All you need to set up your dropshipping business is a good strategy, an SEO-optimized website, a dropshipping platform, and a reliable supplier base with competitive prices.

Back to the Future: 2021 and Beyond!

There you have it! All the top future business ideas for 2021, both offline and online. Here’s a quick recap:

Top 10 business ideas for 2021:

  • Fitness center
  • Micro-mobility services
  • Instagram consulting
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Freelancing
  • Box subscription services
  • Educational courses
  • Dropshipping

Some of these new business ideas are easy to set up and have low startup costs. But if your dream business for the next decade requires an initial cash outlay, don’t let that deter you. There are many startup business loan options available for budding entrepreneurs.

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The Best Small Business Opportunities for 2021

Susan Ward wrote about small businesses for The Balance for 18 years. She has run an IT consulting firm and designed and presented courses on how to promote small businesses.

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Looking to launch a business this year? Welcome to our list of the best small business opportunities for 2021 chosen from across a variety of industries. To make the list, these businesses must: 

  • Have the potential to be profitable now and for many years in the future. 
  • Be resilient in uncertain economic times.
  • Not require a Ph.D. or decades of experience. Some require trade school training, a university degree, or an apprenticeship, while others need only some prior experience and a passion for the industry.
  • Not demand large amounts of startup capital, but only what every startup business requires: dedication, hard work, perseverance, and a desire to succeed.

Here are our picks for the best small business ideas based on current trends in business and demographics, in no particular order. 

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E-commerce is booming and expected to grow. While retail sales increased by 6.9% in the last quarter of 2020, e-commerce (online) sales increased by 32.1% from the previous year.

The Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program allows sellers of products to market their wares through Amazon, the largest online retail platform in the world.

Amazon takes most of the headaches out of running an online retail business. In exchange for fulfillment and monthly storage fees, it handles storage, packing, shipping, returns, and customer service queries.

Sellers are responsible for shipping their products to an Amazon fulfillment center and creating their product listings on their Amazon store. Once listings are live and sales are made, the seller begins receiving their portion of the proceeds on a weekly basis.

FBA sellers source products for their Amazon stores in a variety of ways, including:

  • From original product ideas that the seller gets manufactured to specifications.
  • From local or national wholesalers.
  • From overseas bulk discount suppliers such as Alibaba.
  • By arbitrage—purchasing discounted items online or from retail stores and reselling them for a profit.

If you wish to start a product sales business, the Amazon FBA program is an ideal way to get into the online retail marketplace.

Skilled Trades

While some people may have the wrong impression that skilled trades professionals are poorly paid, that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, skilled tradespeople are generally well paid and enjoy satisfying careers.

As the baby boomers retire from skilled trade jobs, the manufacturing sector is struggling to find new workers to fill these jobs. Such shortages have caused small and medium-sized manufacturers to turn away work due to the lack of skilled workers to complete the work.

These shortages reach across many sectors and create a huge demand for talented workers in trades such as:

  • Carpentry and general construction
  • Plumbing, pipefitting, and steamfitting
  • Electrical and electronic control systems
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC)
  • Machinists and metalworkers
  • Steelworking

The nature of skilled trades makes them ideally suited for self-employment.

  • Many have fairly high salaries and strong demand for experienced tradespeople in most locations.
  • Most trades can be operated as home-based businesses as the work is performed at the customer job site.
  • Compared to many businesses, startup capital costs are relatively low for most skilled trades, and most cannot be automated to any degree, ensuring future job security.
  • Demand exists everywhere. Some experienced tradespeople take advantage of opportunities in remote or overseas locations to command much higher levels of compensation.

Software Engineering and Development

Software engineers and developers create, test, and maintain software on a variety of platforms, from mainframes to mobile devices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for software developers is expected to increase by 22% through 2029, and they earned a median annual salary of $110,140 in 2020.

The nature of the software development industry makes it ideal for  contract employment . Many software engineers start out as salaried employees and eventually become self-employed contractors. Cloud computing and ease of remote access make software development an ideal home-based business.

Other high-demand, well-paid opportunities in the information technology sector include:

  • Systems analysts
  • Hardware and software technicians
  • Network engineers
  • Security specialists 

Meal Kit Sales and Delivery

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Meal kit services are becoming increasingly popular with busy people who don't have the time to shop and prepare healthy meals and wish to lower their environmental footprint by reducing food waste. The meal kit industry in the U.S. is expected to reach $11.6 billion in sales by 2022.

Customers select recipes online, and meal kits with pre-chopped and measured ingredients, along with instructions for cooking and final preparation, are delivered to their homes on the chosen date. Listed information such as calorie counts allows consumers to adhere to dietary requirements.

Meal kit suppliers often avoid large wholesalers and source ingredients from local farms, creating business opportunities for small to mid-size growers, ranchers, and seafood suppliers. Opportunities may also be available for delivery-service providers to collect ingredients from producers and deliver the end product to customers' homes.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) represent a huge leap forward in immersing the user in a realistic sensory experience. Hardware and software vendors are working furiously to bring new VR products to the marketplace, and the industry is growing rapidly—the global market is expected to expand by 18.0% from 2021 to 2028.  

The potential uses of virtual reality for business or pleasure are practically limitless. For example:

  • 3D movies : Movies are being developed in 360-degree VR.
  • Real estate marketing : Imagine searching for a new home and being able to take an online VR walkthrough of an advertised house from the comfort of your desk chair.
  • Gaming : VR is revolutionizing the gaming industry, with new VR titles being released on an almost-weekly basis.
  • Team-building exercises : Shake up team building events with a group VR experience.
  • Social media VR interaction : Friends will be able to interact in a virtual online space.
  • Training : VR can inject a much higher degree of realism into training scenarios. Businesses such as UPS are launching new delivery driver training programs using VR.
  • Meditation : VR is ideal for customized meditation. 

VR "escape rooms" and lounges (where groups of people get together to play VR games or go on VR adventures or solve group puzzles) are experiencing phenomenal growth. If you are tech savvy and interested in the technology, virtual reality could be the business opportunity for you.

Self-Storage Units

The self-storage industry continues to be a booming business across North America, fueled by a more transient workforce, downsizing homeowners, the general trend for people to accumulate more possessions, and the continued popularity of reality shows such as "Storage Wars." The amount of households renting storage units has risen steadily over the past 10 years, with 10.6% of U.S. households renting storage units in 2020.

The trend for businesses to reduce or eliminate storefront space has also contributed to the demand for storage space. Plumbers and electricians, for example, can store tools and equipment in self-storage at a much lower cost.

Modern self-storage requires a climate-controlled environment, lighting, and security. Initial capital costs for land and building construction are high but can be easily financed from rental income, assuming there is a steady demand for storage space in your area.

Trachte Building Systems has free  web-based calculators  for determining the profitability of self-storage based on demand, estimated capital expenses, operating expenses, and rental income.

Home Renovations

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Remodeling contractors are hard to find, and the good ones are always busy. Home renovation is one business that always seems to do well, even in uncertain economic times. If construction is in your blood and you think you would enjoy making clients' home renovation dreams come true, why not turn it into a business?

According to HomeAdvisor, homeowners spend an average of $8.305 per year on home improvements. That's a lot of business for carpenters, painters, electricians, plumbers, drywallers, roofers, tilers, and other tradespeople.

The home renovations business is ideally suited to self-employed individuals for a number of reasons:

  • Most renovations are performed on a contract basis.
  • Startup capital investment for tools and machinery is typically much less than required for new construction.
  • Business premises are not required as the work is performed at the customer location.

Remodeling contractors typically provide services individually or as subcontractors. They can also specialize in a particular area, such as bathroom or kitchen renovations, or niches such as restoring historic structures, improving energy efficiency, or solar installations.

To be a successful renovation contractor, you should have:

  • Extensive experience in building construction, with hands-on expertise in at least one of the trades and knowledge of the others.
  • Good contacts within the industry, so if needed you can call in subcontractors to get specialty work performed in a timely fashion.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the local building codes and safety regulations.
  • Licensing and certification if required in your jurisdiction.
  • Good organizational skills.

Bike Sales, Service, and Rentals

Given the health and environmental benefits, it's no wonder that bicycling has become one of the Top 5 outdoor activities in America by frequency of participation. According to the activity app company Strava Metro, there was a dramatic uptick in bike trips that coincided with the arrival of the coronavirus to the U.S. In Los Angeles, for example, bike trips increased by 93%.

Anything that’s healthy, popular, good for the environment, and heavily promoted by the government is a pretty good business bet. In addition to traditional pedal-powered bikes, e-bikes have become very popular. E-bikes can be pedaled without electric power or use electric power to assist, and sales are expected to rise to over 40 million units by 2023. Regular pedal bikes can even be converted to e-bikes with a special kit.

If cycling is your passion and you want to become an entrepreneur , this may be the perfect business opportunity for you.

Senior Care Services

Senior care services continue to rank as a great small business opportunity. The first baby boomers hit age 65 in 2011, and the entire baby boomer generation will reach age 65 by 2030. By 2050, seniors will make up a quarter of the entire U.S. population.

As the number of baby boomers increases, so does the need for senior services and care givers. The need for home health care workers increased 27% from 2018 to 2020.

For the most part, baby boomers are willing to pay for the services necessary to maintain their lifestyles. This includes continuing to live at home in their own communities. According to research by Aging In Place, 90% of seniors plan to stay in their home for at least the next five to 10 years.

Some seniors experience various health and mobility issues and are increasingly in need of assistance with daily activities including driving. They may find it difficult or impossible to take care of household chores such as landscaping, cleaning, cooking, or caring for their pets. Those who haven't experienced a decline in mobility may wish to travel extensively and require house sitting, pet sitting, and property maintenance services.

A wealth of opportunities exist for entrepreneurs who want to work with seniors. If you're not interested in starting your own business from scratch, various senior care franchise opportunities are available, too.

Gourmet Coffee

Think an independent coffee shop serving espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos can't compete with Starbucks? Think again.

The market for gourmet, high-end specialty coffee continues to grow, making plenty of room for independent shops. Seven in 10 Americans drink coffee at least once a week, while 62% report drinking coffee every day, according to the National Coffee Association. Perhaps you can find a niche in this market.

Facilities Support Services

Facilities support or management services are catch-all terms that encompass the full range of facilities services for businesses, including cleaning, security, building maintenance, painting, and moving.

The industry is expected to grow by 10.6% from 2020 to 2025. If you have a background in maintenance or construction and good organizational skills, why not consider a business as a facilities support services coordinator?

Markets on Wheels: Food Trucks

Food trucks have expanded far beyond the confines of fast food in recent years, and they show no signs of stopping. The food truck sector is expected to grow 2.4% in 2021, bringing in an expected $3.9 billion.

For example, enormously successful Clover Truck of Boston ran a fleet of trucks that provided a seasonally changing menu offering vegetarian meals made from mostly locally sourced, organic ingredients (and actually, they do serve french fries). It was so successful they've converted the business into all brick-and-mortar locations now.

GMonkey runs an "eco" food truck that uses biodiesel for fuel and serves delicious vegetarian fare to residents of Durham, Connecticut. If you've got a wild idea, there's probably a food truck concept to fit it.

Gain the Necessary Education, Skills, and Training

There are no shortcuts to starting your own business . You'll have to acquire the necessary credentials, skills, and training to take advantage of some of these opportunities. Working as an employee or apprentice in your chosen field can give you the training, business skills, and experience necessary to start your own business. It can also help you make a name for yourself and develop a list of clients and customers ready to patronize your new business.

Develop a Solid Business Plan

Having a solid business plan is crucial when starting a new business. The work involved in writing your business plan, which includes examining your market, will tell you whether your business idea is feasible in your locale. A business plan is also essential if you need startup capital such as  debt financing  from a bank or  equity financing  from investors. 

If your goal in life is to become very wealthy, chances are you won't get there as a small business owner. But you'll have a chance to generate a healthy income, be your own boss , and make all the decisions. You could potentially have a more flexible lifestyle. Building something from the ground up can make  starting a business  very rewarding. 

Coming up with a great business idea is just the first step in launching your business in 2021, but it's an important one. Without a winning concept, all the planning in the world won't make your business successful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good business to start with little money.

The best businesses to start with little money are those that don't require a large inventory or a dedicated space you'll need to pay for. Businesses you can start with a small upfront investment include online resale, drop shipping, online teaching, virtual assisting, home care and pet sitting, and transcription services.

How do I get a business startup loan?

There are several places you can look for money to start your business . You can start by considering how you can contribute to your own success by using money you have saved away. Friends and family may also be able to help with this. The Small Business Association offers loans for small business owners, and you can also find investors looking for viable startup companies in which to invest. Government grants are also available.

How do I calculate startup costs for a small business?

It's essential to calculate startup costs early on in your business planning by:

  • Identifying your expenses and how much they will cost.
  • Adding your expenses up.
  • Using this number to come up with a realistic startup cost figure.
  • Including this cost in any loan or grant you apply for.

A startup cost calculator can help walk you through figuring out how much money you need to start your business.

How do I value a startup business?

To come up with a value for your business, you will need to come up with your earnings after taxes and consider several other factors including tangible assets and intangible assets such as branding. You'll also factor in the profitability of the business along with any liabilities. If you are in the position of selling your company, a professional valuation is in order where an accountant will ascertain how much money your business is worth. You can help the process by keeping documents such as tax filings, profit and loss statements, and proprietary documents safe and available.

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If you are thinking about starting a business , you should be considering whether your idea fills a need in the way people live their lives and approach their work. If you can identify an unmet need and a target market, then you might just have a business idea with legs. But how can you come up with a good small business idea in the first place? This list of business ideas includes 26 great types of business to help you find success.

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26 great small business ideas

This list of 26 great business ideas will help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey. Note that many of the ideas below only require you to have a credit card processing partner to get started, so you can keep upfront expenses relatively low.

Read on for some inspiration into the many types of businesses that could launch you to success.

1. Online reselling

Online reselling

If you’re interested in clothing and sales, you might consider starting an online reseller business . Although it takes time, dedication and an eye for fashion, you can start your business as a side hustle and turn it into a full-time resale business. You could start by using online store websites like Poshmark and Mercari to sell your unwanted clothing and items, then expand to your own resale website.

Consider shopping estate sales and flea markets for hidden finds at a low cost and then listing them for a profit online. You may be able to collect a substantial inventory of items that are in good shape for very little overhead if you’re diligent enough and search the right places.

2. Pet sitting

pet sitting

About 70% of U.S. families have a pet . When these families go away for extended periods, your pet-sitting small business can give them peace of mind. As a pet sitter, you’ll watch over your clients’ dogs, cats or other pets at their house. As part of the job, you’ll need to feed them, give them water, play with them, and (with dogs) walk them as needed. To help keep clients satisfied, you’ll need to regularly update them on how their pets are doing.

If you have other sources of income that require nothing more than an internet connection and a laptop, pet sitting may be an especially apt small business idea. Almost all pet owners will be glad to let you work on your laptop while you spend time at their home with their pets, meaning that you can run two income streams simultaneously.

3. T-shirt printing

t-shirt printing

If you have a sense of fashion (or humor), you might enjoy launching a T-shirt printing business. You can also license someone else’s designs and screenprint them onto a blank tee. Either way, if you have space for a T-shirt printing setup, you can easily acquire the necessary tools to get started.

4. Cleaning service

cleaning service

If you like to clean, you can easily turn that into a business. With a few staff members, a host of cleaning supplies and transportation, you can offer cleaning services to homeowners, apartment complexes and commercial properties. Most cleaning services charge $25 to $50 per hour. Cleaning services are straightforward businesses that require relatively little overhead; you simply need planning, dedication and marketing to attract customers.

If you’re looking to differentiate yourself from other cleaning services, consider adding premium options like floor waxing or exterior power-washing for an additional fee. These services could be the deciding factor between your new cleaning service and seasoned companies that maintain too large a client list to provide that level of cleaning.

5. Online teaching

online teaching

The demand for online education has opened up possibilities for entrepreneurs. Since this is an online venture, you can choose any subject you know about and teach a course regardless of location. If you don’t have advanced knowledge in any particular subject, consider teaching English as a foreign language online to students overseas.

6. Online bookkeeping

Online bookkeeping

As with education, technology allows many bookkeeping services to be performed online. If you are an accountant or bookkeeper who wants the freedom and autonomy of running your own business, take advantage of modern technology to start your own online bookkeeping service.

7. Consulting


If you are knowledgeable and passionate about a specific topic (like business, social media, marketing, human resources, leadership or communication), consulting can be a lucrative option. You can start a consulting business on your own, then grow your business and hire other consultants over time.

8. Medical courier service

Medical courier

If you have a reliable vehicle and good time management skills, consider creating your own courier service – more specifically, a medical courier service. As a driver, you would be responsible for transporting medical items like lab specimens, prescription drugs and equipment. You could start your courier business on your own or hire other drivers to work for you.

9. App development

app development

If you are knowledgeable and experienced in technology, you may want to consider a career in app development. Smartphones are an everyday accessory for many Americans that has increased the demand for mobile apps. Similarly, virtual reality software has become popular in recent years, so there is also a demand for VR app development. 

10. Transcription service

transcription service

If you have a good ear and can type quickly, a transcription service would allow you to work from home with a flexible schedule. Medical transcription services are especially needed as voice recognition technology proliferates for healthcare provider dictation. 

You can accept as few or as many transcription jobs as you’d like. This flexibility can be especially beneficial if you’re not looking to start all at once or if you have a day job you would like to keep for now. To boost your business prospects and justify charging more, consider becoming a certified transcriptionist and delving into a few specialties.

Medical transcriptionists typically charge 6 to 14 cents per line of transcription, which adds up quickly. The typical turnaround time for transcription work is 24 hours, so it’s important to stay on top of the jobs you accept. However, the ability to accept only a few requests at first means you can scale up as you are ready. Best of all, there is very little startup cost and overhead. You only need a computer, the appropriate software and a secure messaging service.

11. Professional organizing

professional organizing

Looking for a small business idea that can really spark joy? Professional organizers, like Marie Kondo, help people declutter and minimize for a living. In an age of materialism, many people are desperate to downsize and take control over their possessions. Minimalism is becoming extremely popular, but people often find it hard to part with things they’ve owned for a long time. Part of being a professional organizer is helping clients develop a system for downsizing.

If you’re a highly organized person who enjoys making spaces functional and comfortable, you might be good at coaching others to do the same. People will pay you to help them devise a method of minimizing their possessions and maintaining an organized space. To promote your business, ask if your clients will let you take before-and-after photos of the areas of their homes you’ve organized. If so, you can use those to create a portfolio that you can put on social media to attract more clients.

12. Freelance copywriting or content writing

freelance copywriting

If you’re a natural wordsmith with a bit of marketing knowledge, you can establish yourself as a freelance copywriter or content writer. Whether you write blogs, web content or press releases, plenty of companies will pay for your services. Increase your value by using SEO knowledge to help clients craft a strategy around specific keywords that their target audience is already using in their online searches.

Freelance copywriting is a great business to run because as long as you have an internet connection, you can work. It’s a business that you can operate from the comfort of your own home or even from the road if you travel. If you establish a large enough network and gain referrals from satisfied clients, you could even make freelance writing your full-time job .

13. Home care service

home care

A background in care and hospitality can go a long way to support housebound seniors who require in-home care. It’s also a service for which demand is only going to grow. According to the Population Reference Bureau, between 2020 and 2060, the 85-and-over population is projected to triple from 6.7 million to 19 million. The global number of centenarians (those over age 100) has already reached nearly 600,000. Many will need care and assistance, often in their own homes.

Luckily, you don’t need a background in healthcare to help seniors and grow a successful business at the same time, although those skills will be in demand as well. Many seniors need help with all kinds of tasks, like errands or repairs around the house. With some experience, you could consider growing your business to help seniors transition from their homes to assisted living facilities, offering services such as packing, transporting, setting up, or storing their furniture and possessions.

14. Translation service

translation service

According to research from IBISWorld, the translation services industry saw a decline in 2020, as did many industries; however, IBISWorld forecasts a “major uptick” for the industry over the next five years. That projected growth isn’t surprising, as the internet has opened up entrepreneurs in other countries to English-speaking markets, and vice versa.

This trend has created an opening for multilingual speakers to offer specific services, such as document translation and the translation of website information into languages for use in other markets. If you’re fluent in multiple languages, you could be successful in carving out a niche in the translation services industry.

15. Digital marketing

digital marketing

The importance of the internet grows with every passing day, but it also becomes harder for businesses to cut through the online clutter and properly market themselves. Digital marketing services are always in demand. Yet, many small and midsize companies would rather outsource them than establish a costly in-house team. If you have chops in SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click advertising, web development or social media management, you could seize a business opportunity that allows you the freedom to work from home.

Digital marketing is an important part of any brand, so you’ll need to respond to developments in your clients’ marketing strategies. Social media management entails watching for comments and messages around the clock, not just scheduling posts with a set-it-and-forget-it mindset. If you enjoy strategizing and implementing marketing plans meticulously, digital marketing could be the right business for you. You may also consider becoming an affiliate marketer, which is another form of digital marketing.

16. Owning a food truck

food truck

Food trucks come in all shapes and sizes, serving up a wide range of snacks and cuisines. Take your favorite style of food on the road, and sell your culinary passions directly to hungry customers. Sure, you’ll be working, but you’ll be in a space you’re passionate about, with a chance to connect to people who have similar interests. 

Starting a food truck is a great small business idea for entrepreneurs with a taste for the culinary. The overhead and upkeep for a truck is significantly less than for a restaurant, and you have the added benefit of mobility. [Check out our recommendations for POS systems for your food truck.]

17. Lawn care service

lawn service

If you grew up with a lawn, chances are your parents made you maintain it. For many, lawn care is bothersome, but for some it offers a sense of peace and serenity. Working outdoors with your hands to tame and beautify the natural landscape can be a rewarding experience, but since so many people find the work tedious, it can also be profitable.

Lawn care services require little more than some basic equipment, a trailer and perhaps some staff, depending on how many clients you have and how big the jobs are. You can grow a small lawn care service into a full landscaping company by offering premium services and establishing a reputation as a brand that does a thorough job with a smile. If you like working outdoors and creating elegant landscapes, this could be the business for you.

18. Rideshare driving

rideshare driving

If starting your own business seems daunting or too much of a risk, you can always use your car to become a rideshare driver. The overhead and responsibility of running the company fall on the rideshare service, giving you the freedom to work as much or as little as you want. Rideshare applications such as Uber and Lyft allow people to start side hustles that pay well and require little more than a willingness to drive people to their destinations and make occasional friendly conversation.

Rideshare drivers have the independence of a small business owner without the heavy workload required to manage behind-the-scenes logistics. If any of the other business ideas seem to require too much effort or upfront capital, ridesharing might be the way to dip your toe into the world of entrepreneurship.

19. Real estate

real estate

For many people, navigating the housing market is overwhelming. As a real estate agent, you can help people find their dream home at a price that fits their budget. In many states, you only need to complete a few months of classes and pass an exam to qualify as a real estate agent. Keep in mind that even with a certification, you’ll need strong social skills, so if you’re not a people person, this might not be the route for you. [Read related article: How to Become a Real Estate Agent ]

20. Graphic design

graphic design

Corporations, small businesses and sole proprietors all need eye-catching promotional materials, but not everybody has an eye for what looks good. If you have an artistic streak and know how to organize content into a visually pleasing format, start a graphic design business to provide flyers, digital ads, posters and other engaging visual materials. Graphic design requires few physical tools beyond a laptop and a desk.

21. Dropshipping


Not all companies that sell goods store them on-site. In drop-shipping, people who run e-commerce sites go to a third party to fulfill all orders. The third party is likely a wholesale retailer or other entity that runs a warehouse and shipping operation. The minimal inventory and tools needed for drop-shipping make it an especially great startup idea if you’re worried about overhead costs and physical space.

22. Personal training

If the gym is like your second home, you might want to share some of your expertise and help others reach their fitness goals. As a personal trainer, you can offer in-home training sessions that cater to each of your clients’ exercise capabilities. You can also help clients build customized nutrition and meal plans so their diets complement their physical goals.

Many personal trainers start their client acquisition process with social media pages that detail their experience in the gym along with some motivational quotes. While a certification can help expand your customer base, you aren’t legally required to have any specialized training to start this type of business.

23. Resume writing

People are always applying for jobs, whether they want to make a career shift, increase their pay or switch work environments. Of course, most job applications require candidates to submit resumes to detail their professional background. As a resume writer, you can help job applicants’ resumes stand out from their competition.

You’ll also help your clients create cover letters and portfolios that show off the best of their work. Plus, you don’t need any special schooling to be a resume writer – just some basic organizing and proofreading skills. If you know what makes resumes appear professional and ready for employers’ eyes, you’re already off to a great start.

24. Host a podcast

Podcasts have become extremely popular, with more than 100 million active podcast listeners in the U.S. alone. Best of all, you can start a podcast on any topic that interests you, from business to history to pop culture and more. Starting a podcast requires consistency and dedication, as well as a basic understanding of audio editing (and video editing if you want to start a companion YouTube channel for subscribers to follow).

Once your podcast has built up a substantial following, you can sell time to advertisers or establish partnerships with companies that generate revenue. As your brand expands further, you may even be able to charge to speak at events or moderate panels on topics your podcast focuses on. Of course, in order to get to that level, you need to come up with a unique small business idea that you’re passionate and knowledgeable about, and then make sure you can relate to your target audience . 

25. Launch a newsletter

If podcasts aren’t your thing but you like the idea behind building a robust list of subscribers and then selling space to advertisers and partners, consider creating an email newsletter. More than 90% of Americans subscribe to email newsletters . This means if you can capture the attention of a particular audience, you could build a substantial following and monetize it. 

To do so, come up with an umbrella topic you can write about at length, and then work to establish a brand voice and mission. Explore the best email marketing software that can help you manage your subscriber list and email sends, and then you’re ready to get started. Solicit feedback from your audience over time to give them more of what they want and less of what they don’t. After all, their continued engagement with your newsletter is what will help you build it into a successful business. 

26. Event catering

Do you have a passion for the culinary arts? If so, event catering may be a great business idea for you. There’s no shortage of people who need delicious food to serve their guests, whether that’s at parties, weddings, fundraisers, or family reunions. If you have a knack for cooking or baking and love to serve hungry guests, event catering could be a fun and lucrative way to do just that.

To get started, you’ll need to set up a menu and price sheet, as well as obtain all necessary permits and licenses. Start small to get the word out about your catering service, but when your food speaks for itself don’t be surprised if your business grows by leaps and bounds through word of mouth alone.

What are the most successful small businesses?

Small businesses that involve website design, a subset of digital marketing, are among those that make the most sales and bring in the most profit. People learn about businesses on the internet more often than via other avenues, so finding clients and a steady income stream isn’t as difficult. Cleaning services and real estate businesses also have high success rates, which makes sense – all people need homes, and they prefer them to be clean.

What would be a good small business to start?

If you want to maximize your profit while minimizing your workload, try any of the small business ideas that most frequently prove successful. However, if you’re more interested in pursuing your passions while earning enough money to live, start a small business that fulfills you, requires you to use your skills and offers you a good work-life balance . There are so many great business ideas – and you know better than anyone what small business ideas will bring you happiness, success and stability.

How can I start my own business with no money?

You don’t need money to become a small business owner. The first step in starting a business with no money is to keep your current job and launch your small business as a side pursuit at first. Then, develop your business plan and analyze your consumer base, market and potential challenges. 

Near the final stages of planning, you’ll better understand how much money you need to make your business a full-time job. You can find this money through crowdfunding platforms and investors . Consider taking out a business loan only as a last resort.

You should also work with reliable professionals, including an attorney and an accountant. Most of the businesses on this list require particular permits or licenses, and legal counsel can help you make sure you do it all by the book. Meanwhile, an accountant is critical for managing finances properly, especially in the early days when you’re still establishing your revenue stream. While these professionals represent an upfront cost, they’re well worth it and can help you build a healthy business.

How do I start a small business from home?

Home-based businesses tend to be the most convenient and manageable ones. That said, not all great business ideas are suited for home offices, so make sure your business can be conducted from home – jobs with on-site needs and heavy in-person demands might not be suitable. In your business plan and budget, incorporate any office supplies and tools that make your online business ideas feasible, such as a separate business computer, a suitable desk, high-speed internet, filing cabinets and a business website.

What makes for a good work-from-home small business idea?

A good work-from-home small business idea boasts the following traits:

  • Minimal inventory and supplies: Presumably, your home isn’t a mansion (yet), and you have only so much space in which to store inventory and supplies. That means lawn care service is probably a no-go if you’re looking to work from home. The same might be true for T-shirt printing if you don’t have space to store your prints. Copywriting and graphic design, on the other hand, require little more than a laptop and a working internet connection, and you probably already have those.
  • Low startup costs : A viable work-from-home business shouldn’t cost much to launch. With minimal storage space, it’s not like you can pile up raw materials and inventory. You might need to buy some software or obtain licensure for certain small business ideas, but your financial obstacles should be few and far between.
  • Computer-based, online work: Many of the above small business ideas require the use of a computer with an internet connection. Drop-shipping, digital marketing and translation are all great examples. An exception to the rule is pet- sitting if you watch over pets at your house rather than the owner’s home. Then, all you need is a pair of watchful eyes and open ears. You can even do computer-based work while watching the pets.
  • Flexible schedule: Traditional office jobs often demand a rigid 9-to-5 schedule from employees. This schedule can feel less important to adhere to if you’re working from home , especially when you’re your own boss. As such, the best work-from-home small business ideas allow for a flexible schedule. If you do your best app development work at 3 a.m., who’s to stop you?
  • Modest collaboration needs: Although remote team collaboration is easy to achieve, working from home goes more smoothly when you’re almost fully independent. A small business in which you answer to just a handful of clients and one or two colleagues (if any) leads to greater independence. Then you can truly work on your own terms and see your small business idea through to full fruition.

What is the step-by-step process for starting a business?

Starting a business takes work, but with the right tools and guidelines, your company will be up and running in no time. Although your specific business journey will be unique to you, we identified a few steps that entrepreneurs can take to start their businesses.

  • Choose a business idea and find your niche
  • Analyze the current market
  • Create a business plan
  • Assess your finances and raise money as needed
  • Determine your legal business structure
  • Register your business with the government and IRS
  • Choose the appropriate business insurance policies
  • Hire employees and build your team
  • Choose your vendors
  • Market and advertise your business


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Sometimes a new venture begins with a small business idea. Other times, the entrepreneurial itch comes first. If you know you want to start your own business—or even think you might—we’re here to help you find your great business idea.

How can the evolution of AI help you along your journey? How can I scale my business as it grows? These are just some of the topics we will cover in this guide.

So, let’s get to it. Here are the best businesses to start in 2024.

The Best Way to Start a New Business

Validating your small business ideas before you pour resources into them can save you time and money, in addition to giving you the confidence of knowing you have a tested and proven idea on its way to becoming a successful business.

No one wants to end up with 500 squeaky clown toys for dogs taking up vital space in their garage.

Believe me.

So. what’s the best way to do that? Start your business as a side hustle . That way, you can get a sense of what your potential customers want and build a client base before you quit your job and commit full-time.

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1. AI Business

Would it really be an article about business ideas in 2024 if we didn’t talk about AI? Since it burst into the mainstream earlier this year, businesses have flooded social media adverts, claiming to offer a wide variety of AI solutions.

So you would be forgiven for thinking that the AI train has left the station and you’ve missed the departure time.

But you would be wrong. The battle for AI dominance across industries continues to roll on, giving you plenty of chances to join the fray as an early adopter.

To give yourself the best chance of success, try to utilize AI in a way that offers consumers something unique to differentiate yourself from other businesses.

How I Start a Business Using AI | Tony Matusiak

2. Content Creator

The days of judging content creators for their unique behavior online are long gone. Now, becoming a social media superstar is the number one dream job for teens.

American teens , that is.

Creating content is not an easy career to get into, but if you do, it can be extremely lucrative. Pick your niche, choose your platform, and start creating. Don’t worry about the quality of content at first. The main thing is to get started. You can always fine-tune your content as you progress.

Why You Need to Diversify Your Content Strategy | Talia Datt

3. Ecommerce Store

The world of ecommerce boomed during COVID, and while some business struggled in the aftermath, many continued to thrive, with others joining them along the way.

While this spike in demand has also brought more competition to the market, the industry continues to grow, providing more opportunities for entrepreneurs with the right branding, products, and marketing plans.

All of this, combined with the minimal startup cost, makes an ecommerce business one of the strongest bets you can make when starting a new business in 2024.

Ready to take the leap? Read the guide to learn How to Start an Ecommerce Business .

4. Consulting

Consulting can be an excellent business start, as it tends to be successful, regardless of the state of the economy.

The economy is growing? Let’s hire a consultant to help take us to the next level.

The economy is shrinking? Let’s hire a consultant to help get us back on track.

If you’re looking for low-cost business ideas, it can’t get much more appealing than a consulting business. Given that you and your expertise are the product, you can start your business with relatively low overhead. All you need is a solid consulting proposal and knowledge of how to set your fees/where to find clients, and you’re ready to go.

Consulting can also cover a wide variety of topics, allowing you to be flexible to the wants and needs of current consumers. For example, in the coming years, there is likely to be a need for AI consultancy, whether it be from a technical or marketing perspective.

Keep Learning: How to Get Clients – 16 Ways to Find (and Win) Your Dream Customers

5. Online Course

Online courses can be one of the most profitable small businesses to start. Once you complete the work of creating and marketing your course, the course can become a source of passive income. What’s more, the online education market is expanding at a record pace, and it’s expected to be a $350 billion market by 2025.

The minimal legwork required in maintaining an online course makes it ideal for aspiring entrepreneur who wants to start their business as a side hustle, either to validate their idea before they dive in or just for extra money while you keep your full-time job.

Sound like a dream? Learn how to make a 7 figure course from scratch .

6. Graphic Design

Graphic design will forever be one of the best businesses to start because there are so many businesses out there in need of graphic design services but they either can’t or won’t hire a graphic designer on staff. If you’ve got the design chops and have always dreamed of going out on your own, go for it.

Even in an era where AI image generation is possible, companies still require high-quality designers to tinker with the content generated, and fraphic design consistently ranks among the best businesses to start. There’s no time like the present to start making your dreams a reality.

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7. Content Marketing

The demand for content marketing has continued to grow along with the increases in demand for businesses to acquire customers without paid ads.  If you’re starting a content marketing business, you may want to consider specializing. As the market expands, it’s also becoming more crowded.

You’ll be better served by choosing one thing to do really well—social media campaigns, SEO-based content marketing—rather than trying to tackle it all to mixed results. This is especially true if you’re starting your business as a side hustle or one-person shop.

Keep Learning: The Ultimate Content Marketing Strategy for Startups

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8. Cleaning Service

Cleaning services experienced a massive spike in demand as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and it’s expected to continue for a while . That’s in addition to the attributes that consistently make cleaning services a good business idea. Cleaning services tend to generate repeat customers, reducing customer acquisition costs. There is steady demand—the windows will always need to be cleaned. And on top of all that, they’re profitable.

9. Affiliate Marketing

If there’s one industry that has consistently grown in recent years, it’s affiliate marketing. It has proliferated in the digital age, with many entrepreneurs seeing success from their SEO efforts.

It’s how Instagram influencers can make money, and even news organizations are getting in on the action (it’s the reason you see statements like “We may receive a commission if you purchase something from one of our links.”)

There’s no sign that affiliate marketing is going away or slowing down anytime soon, and the opportunities in the market continue to grow. There are a few ways to carve out a niche in affiliate marketing, but they all share one common denominator: you’ll need to build an audience first. Whether you choose YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, or your own website as your primary medium, you’ll need to build an audience to really break the bank with affiliate marketing.

Not sure about affiliate marketing? Read The Ultimate Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Beginners .

10. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a subset of ecommerce where a business owner sells goods online without actually keeping goods in stock.

It doesn’t have to just be random products, though, which is a common misconception. You can set up a brand and use tools like Printful to handle your stock levels until you have grown your audience to a substantial level.

As soon as a consumer places an order through your retailer, it’s automatically sent to the dropshipping supplier. They process the order and manage the shipment to the customer, and your business keeps a fee from the purchase.

The lack of inventory makes dropshipping one of the easiest ecommerce businesses to start. Plus, the dropshipping market is estimated to experience a 28.8% compound annual growth rate through 2025, making it an ideal time to make your move into this online business.

Dropshipping isn’t a get-rich scheme. Learn why .

11. Online Bookkeeping

Online bookkeeping, the practice of managing finance for individuals and businesses, will forever be one of the best businesses to start .

Why? It’s a truth universally acknowledged that most people don’t want to manage their own financials or taxes. In fact, I’m pretty sure even tax accounts don’t enjoy it, but it’s hard to argue with the income they generate!

Online bookkeeping generates steady business with repeat clients without limiting you to a geographic area—you can do it from anywhere and service clients in a broader area

Keep Learning: What’s the Most Profitable Business to Start?

12. Lawn Care Service

Lawn care is another industry segment that benefitted from the home-industry boom that occurred during the pandemic. With many of us spending more time at home due to hybrid or remote work, the desire to keep everything neat and tidy has risen substantially, which is great news for any lawn care business.

A lawn business is ideal to start because it’s customizable, stable, and reliable.

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13. App Development

Smartphones have created an entirely new market for apps. If you know how to code—or if you’re good with tech and a quick study—you might want to consider working in app development. There are two ways to approach this.

First, you can develop your own app.

Second, you can work with an agency model, providing app development services for other companies.

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14. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant specializes in providing administrative tasks from a remote location, including scheduling meetings, making phone calls, arranging travel, and managing email. Virtual assistant work can be a flexible home business that’s accessible to a wide range of skills and experience. It’s ideal for anyone who is looking for full-time or part-time work.

You can find virtual assistant work through an agency, you can start your own sole proprietorship, or you can work as a consultant. It’s up to you!

Best Small Business to Start

So what’s the best small business to start? First, it needs to be something you’re passionate about. Without a desire to do the work, you’ll be stuck with a business that’s great in theory but not practical. Start by thinking about your purpose . Why are you going into business? What do you hope to accomplish? And how can you get there? The best small business to start is the one you’ll be committed to for the long haul, not a get-rich-quick scheme.

Fortunately for you, we have a 500 product ideas guide to jumpstart your business.

This article was updated with support from Graeme Whiles .

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Mary Kate Miller writes about small business, real estate, and finance. In addition to writing for Foundr, her work has been published by The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Bustle, and more. She lives in Chicago.

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The COVID-19 pandemic snowballed the transition from regular retail to online retail for many customers. In a nutshell, more people are turning online for products and services. This exponential rise in the user base has opened up many business opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. However, finding the right niche is easier said than done. Finding the  best drop servicing niches  can be a great way to make big money.

That’s why we are writing this short guide to help you make an informed choice. It is not just about short-term profits. This e-commerce business guide is all about ensuring long-term sustainability. 

What is an e-commerce business?

E-commerce is defined as the activity of buying or selling products or services using the internet. In a nutshell, any kind of commercial transaction that is initiated online is e-commerce. And Etsy is a good place to start selling .

An e-commerce business is an entity that is involved in selling goods or services to consumers or other businesses. In e-commerce, you can also sell digital products .

How do you start an eCommerce business? You can read this detailed eCommerce business guide to learn more.

All ready to kick-start your e-commerce enterprise? Here are the top 10 e-commerce business opportunities that we think are going to be big in 2021.   

#1 Beauty and health products

There is one thing that never goes out of fashion – the beauty industry. The industry had combined revenue of over $49 billion in the United States alone! This is despite the lockdowns across the country. So, you can expect a sharp increase in demand in 2021, a lot of it online. 

There are plenty of niches to explore in the industry as well. For instance, vegan and cruelty-free products will help you tap into a sizable market. You could even focus on men’s grooming and beauty products as well. There has been a concerted effort by marketers to get men to buy more beauty products and it is working. You can tap into that demand as well. 

How do you sell these products? 

I recommend using Amazon if you are thinking of retail arbitrage . If you plan to create a private label brand, both Shopify and Amazon are great options early on. Make sure you set up your own website as well. 

Additionally, should your product in beauty and health, or any specific category, involve a softgel (including CBD Hemp Softgel, Fish Oil Softgel, Immune Support Softgel, Vitamin D and Softgels, and more), make sure to get it created by a trustworthy manufacturer. For example, if you are looking to create  private label vitamin d softgels , look towards working with a trusted company like SSNutra. Like capsules and tablets, softgels are an easy to use delivery method for custom softgel formulations.

#2 Digital learning 

Closed schools and colleges were a blessing in disguise for the Edtech industry. The demand for online courses and digital learning platforms is steadily rising. If you are an educator, or even an entrepreneur passionate about the education industry, this is right up your alley. 

The global Edtech industry was worth $252 billion in 2020, and it is expected to breach the $350 billion mark by 2025. 

So, how can you build a business in the education industry? I recommend focusing on a niche. There are way too many fields and vocations across the world, and you cannot target all of them. Build a business that creates courses or content on a niche that is not being targeted by your competition. You’ll need to do a bit of homework, but it is more than worth the effort. 

#3 Affiliate marketing

This is a way to earn a steady stream of income by promoting other businesses or their products and services. Many platforms are actively looking for partners who can amplify their brand. All you need is a flair for writing and an enamored following. 

Affiliate marketing is more of a long-term plan. You need to grow your social media channels or your blog, and you need to keep pushing content that engages your audience. Once you have a following, you can start partnering with brands.  For a head start on how to get going in the world of affiliate marketing, check out The Authority Site System review!

For instance, SellerApp has an affiliate program that is perfect for you if your audience is e-commerce entrepreneurs. Even Amazon has an affiliate program !

#4 Publish ebooks

Authors don’t need publishers anymore. With kindle publishing and the proliferation of the internet, ebooks have quickly found an audience. Reading habits have changed. According to Statista, 335.7 million ebooks were sold in the US in 2019. That number is expected to grow. 

Amazon is usually the way to go if you are planning to self-publish. You can also set up your website to sell your books. This allows you to get critical customer information that you otherwise would not on Amazon. 

#5 Sell personalized art

According to Statista , the online art market amounted to approximately $4.82 billion in 2019. This number is expected to hit $9.32 billion in 2024. So the experts are clearly pointing to a surge in demand. 

You can tap into this demand by opening up a niche art store or creating personalized art pieces for customers. You don’t need to restrict yourself to a canvas, everything from handicrafts to music is fair game. 

Etsy is a good place to start selling handmade vintage items, handicrafts, and anything artsy!  

#6 Reuse and recycle

There is an increasing demand for used goods in online retail. There could be a couple of reasons for that. The obvious one is the lower prices. The other has to do with climate change. 

People are becoming more conscious about the impact of our consumption on the environment. Therefore, there is a steadily increasing number of customers who want to reuse products instead of buying new ones. You can leverage this increasing demand with a niche online store that deals only in reused products. You could even list used products on eBay or Amazon. You will have a larger reach early-on by using established online marketplaces. However, the reach comes at the cost of branding opportunities. 

#7 Smart home products

Automation and smart home products are some of the best niche markets to explore. The market value is expected to hit $246 billion by 2025. So, this is a trend you do not want to miss. There is one potential drawback – these are not cheap products, and you will be competing with heavyweights if you are trying to launch a private label. 

Retail arbitrage is one way to get started. However, that doesn’t guarantee long-term profits. If you are tech-savvy and if you are capable of tapping into the niche market, smart home products can be incredibly profitable.

#8 Subscription boxes

This isn’t a specific product. It is a general business idea. Millennials seem to love subscription boxes and the market is so big that Target, Walmart, and Amazon all want a piece of the pie.

What is a subscription box?

Just like customers subscribe to Netflix, there are subscription services where companies send a curated collection of products to subscribers. The recurring delivery is usually monthly.

Why is the business model so profitable?

Why would customers give up their ability to choose and decide between multiple brands and products? Decision fatigue is a real problem and in some cases, fewer options are better.

Subscription boxes like Dollar Shave Club have given consumers the freedom of not having to choose! There is also the anticipation of waiting for the monthly subscription box as well as the joy of unboxing! It’s also profitable since subscription box fulfillment services  are quite affordable and reliable these days, so it won’t be a big problem for your budget and won’t affect the profits.

#9 Supplements 

Supplements Condensed nutrition is in vogue. Dietary supplements are forecast to hit $230 billion in revenue by 2027. With people always on the move, a balanced diet is a farfetched dream for many consumers. That is where supplements come in.

It is not just about supplements critical nutrition though. A lot of the market is focused on fitness enthusiasts who are on the lookout for effective protein powder and protein bars, testosterone pills, glutamine, creatine etc. Since the protein market is too saturated and competitive, selling testosterone might be the best option. Find a private label trt supplier , think of a good name for the product and flashy design.

This is a great opportunity for those who understand the science behind supplements, especially if you are planning to branch away from just protein products.”

#10 Focus on pets

We noticed an interesting Halloween trend last year. There were a lot of people buying costumes for their pets! There are two key reasons for this trend. 

  • As a result of COVID-19, people are spending more time with their pets at home. Pets are now part of the family and pet parents want the best for their four-legged friends well, usually four-legged anyway. 
  • More people bought or adopted pets during the pandemic. 

A smart entrepreneur can tap into the demand for better handmade treats and costumes for pets. The market is seeing steady growth. 

This is already a niche market so your success will depend on the quality of your product and marketing. I suggest selling on Amazon early-on to reach a wider audience. Once you have an established brand, you can consider switching most of your sales to Shopify or through your brand’s website! 

Final thoughts

The future of retail is online. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed businesses and customers online. This was a common trend across the globe. If you start your e-commerce business now, you have the opportunity to leverage this increased global demand. Unlike a regular brick-and-mortar store, e-commerce is not restricted by national boundaries.

Good luck with your new e-commerce venture! 

Author’s Bio

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Arishekar N , the Head of Marketing at SellerApp, specializes in digital marketing, in addition to website keyword optimization for search engines.  His areas of expertise include enhancing the organic ranking of webpages on search engines with innovative SEO strategies and online promotions .

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Top 10 Small Business Ideas In 2021

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Are you planning on starting a business in 2021? We have compiled ten small business ideas to make money fast in 2021. Some of these ideas have existed for a long period, while some are pretty new. All you need to do is identify the business idea that suits your preferences and start making money!

1. Dropshipping

Dropshipping involves partnering with suppliers who will store, package, and ship orders to your customers. This business idea is excellent for individuals who do not have money to buy and keep a product inventory. By using apps like Oberlo, you can easily find great products to sell to your clients.

2. Online tutoring

Do you have a specific skill that you’d like to share with interested individuals? Don’t do it for free! Online classes are becoming increasingly popular, especially following the Coronavirus pandemic. There are countless online course platforms where you can share your knowledge and earn a living from the comfort of your home.

3. Online bookkeeping

Still, on online small business ideas, many companies are trying to cut down the costs of running physical businesses by hiring remote employees. Thousands of companies worldwide look for online bookkeepers regularly, and you can easily earn a steady income from this gig.

4. Content writing

There are millions of websites on the internet all in need of great content. If you consider yourself a great writer, you can always find clients who are willing to pay decently for a well-written blog post. For best results, you may consider learning more about SEO and digital marketing.

Another great way to make money through writing is by specializing in a specific niche. For example, if you are passionate about the law, you can set up legal content writing services and target clients such as law firms and individual attorneys.

5. Email Marketing

Still, under content writing and marketing, you can specialize in email marketing . This kind of marketing involves writing professional emails for individuals and companies, earning a decent paycheck in the process. If you choose this patch, consider investing in a great email marketing tool and actually learning more about this form of marketing to keep yourself above the competition.

6. Lawn care service

This is one of the best small business ideas for men, although it is not gendered. If you love gardening, lawn mowing, and operating similar equipment, this could be a great gig for you! The only downside of this type of business is that it tends to be seasonal; you’ll make more money in the fall, spring, and summer than during winter.

7. Food truck

Having a food truck is also one of the best business ideas for small towns. Such towns usually have limited places to dine, and you can take advantage of this by setting up a food truck and selling delicious meals on the go.

8. Catering

Do you love to cook? Well, there are tons of ways to make money cooking your favourite meals. This small business idea entails cooking for individuals and events. For best results, consider opening a website and creating a professional social media presence. You can partner with local food markets to create local-based meals, which provide a sense of pride and belonging among local customers.

9. Handwritten cards

Do you have great handwriting and a passion for art? Handwritten cards are becoming popular because they feel a little more authentic than those processed by machines. You can easily set up a card writing business, focusing on specific seasons of the year, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter, etc.

For best results, consider researching business quotes from reputable blogs such as Turtle Quote. The blog has all kinds of quotes to choose from; whether you are looking for movie quotes, celebrity quotes, moving on quotes, love quotes, or anything in between, you’ll find them on TurtleQuote.com.

10. Digital Marketing

Due to the rising competition among businesses in the world of technology, especially on the internet, digital marketing is becoming a lucrative career. Many businesses are struggling to maintain a solid online presence, and that’s where you’d come in as a digital marketer.

Your role would involve studying the market, including competitors, and then formulating a digital marketing plan to promote your client’s business. Digital marketing involves Search Engine Optimization (SEO), social media marketing, data analytics, and more.

You can actually sign up for online business marketing courses offered on platforms such as Udemy to learn more about this form of marketing. With a digital marketing certificate in hand, you can begin marketing yourself professionally as a digital marketer to attract clients to your business.

To sum up, these are 10 small business ideas for 2021:

  • Dropshipping : No need for an inventory.
  • Online tutoring : You’ll need to be really good at whatever niche you choose, e.g., programming, math, blogging, etc.
  • Online bookkeeping : Some knowledge of accounting, math, coupled with bookkeeping experience, would be great to have.
  • Content writing : You’ll be writing blogs, web copies, newsletters, etc., for digital brands.
  • Email marketing : Writing professional emails for individuals and businesses.
  • Lawn care service : Taking care of lawns, especially during spring, summer, and fall. This kind of business has the potential to grow into a landscaping company.
  • Food truck : Think of food items you are really good at preparing and showcase them to your local community!
  • Catering : Start small, catering for home parties as you work your way up to bigger events such as weddings.
  • Handwritten cards : You can easily do this from the comfort of your home and by utilizing quotes from Turtle Quote.

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Andrew Wandola is a web designer, digital marketer, and above all, a proud dad based in Tacoma, Washington. He enjoys writing just about everything, and when he isn't writing and designing websites, he's hanging out with his lovely family. He curates best quotes for turtlequote.com .

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It seems that there’s no shortage of good online business ideas. The truth is, the internet has made it easy to create a business. With just a website, you can reach anyone in any location in the world. Target the right people with the right offering, and you would be making your own money in no time. Other benefits of running an online business include cost savings, increased flexibility, and less paper waste.

So if you’re quietly contemplating the idea of starting something of your own , here’s a list of the best small online business ideas that are within the reach of almost anyone who’s willing to take the plunge. From social media manager, to public speaking coach, to interior design consultant, the options are endless.

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36 Best Online Business Ideas for 2024

Here is the list of the top online business ideas to get you started instantly. The best part is that all of these ideas have money-making potential, meaning you don’t need to validate them before you start. If you are looking for the best online business to start, this is the only list you will need.

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1. open a t-shirt online shop.

Platforms like Printful and Shopify have made it insanely simple to start an online t-shirt business for anyone with a speck of imagination and an eye for design. But it doesn’t need to be an online t-shirt shop; you can set up an ecommerce shop selling anything. The key here is to learn about print on demand, which forms the base for such businesses.

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2. Dropshipping Business

Dropshipping is the easiest option to start an ecommerce business without having to buy any products in advance. Use dropshipping apps to find thousands of products from suppliers to sell online. Then sell to customers across the world while building and promoting your own brand, all without needing to invest in warehousing or manufacturing costs. You don’t need to pay for inventory until it’s sold to an actual customer. From online boutique to jewelry store to women’s clothing store to one-product store, dropshipping works for most online store ideas.Check out our guide to starting a dropshipping business to learn more about this great opportunity.

3. Kickstarter/Indiegogo Advisor

Grabbing the attention of curious browsers on the most popular crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is a tough job. If you’re inventive and know how to tap into human emotion, then this is a niche worth exploring. Many aspiring entrepreneurs look for personalized advice to carry their campaigns to the finish line, so try offering action-oriented eBooks or online courses targeted at this particular audience.

4. SEO Expert

One of the online world’s hottest professions at the moment, this business is a gold mine for the tech-savvy entrepreneurs. While everyone’s slightly obsessed with getting their sites SEO optimized, not many people can actually wrap their heads around this topic. If you decide to go into this field, you can think about offering link building, content creation, ecommerce SEO optimization , and similar one-off packages.

5. Selling Online Courses

Derek Halpern has built a really strong personal brand. He’s the founder of a software and business training company called Social Triggers and makes a LOT of money teaching people how to sell what they know best. And what he knows best is how to sell. If you’ve got some serious expertise, start making money out of it by selling online courses or simply teaching online.

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6. Bug Testing

Bug testing is a service that no software company can ignore. If you can build a platform to crowdsource expert skills and resources to tackle this area, then you have solid chances of turning a profit. One of the most unique online business ideas, providing bug testing resources can be a lucrative way to boost your income. To find relevant jobs, go through the listings on ZipRecruiter and Indeed .

7. Video Producer

YouTube is the second largest site in the world , so there’s no surprise that video is becoming one of the main communication mediums for businesses of all types and sizes. If you have video filming or editing knowledge, it won’t take you long to build your clientele. Everything from video production workshops and video editing services to soundtrack libraries and DIY tutorials can appeal to the business world. Producing a video might be one of the most attractive online business ideas with lots of creativity and challenges.

8. Graphic Designer

Graphic designers are always in demand from small businesses to large multinationals. Starting a graphic design business can allow you to tap into this great opportunity. Showcasing your experience with your past portfolio can help you gain customers without aggressive outreach.

9. Website Developer

In the same vein as graphic design, website development is in constant demand as businesses are always trying to upgrade and improve their websites to get more sales. This means that you can work on new and existing websites concurrently, and get to try new things all the time. If being constantly challenged is what you are looking for, website development could be the best online business for you.

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10. App Development

Apps are an amazing lucrative market, so it is not surprising that more and more companies are investing in them. This means that there is a growing need for app developers to create their applications. Offering app development  is a great opportunity as you can work on vastly different applications on a daily basis.

11. Theme Designer

Just like a website developer, a theme designer is working with websites but in a different way. Choosing theme designer as your side hustle idea means building new website themes for business to use for their website. This could mean researching popular themes, identifying their shortcomings, and creating a theme that solves these pain points while remaining true to the popularity of the previous theme. If you are an expert in a certain industry, creating themes for this industry could see you reap much success.

12. Translator

If you are gifted with more than one language but have no interest in teaching others, try translating. Many companies need their website and collateral translated when they move into a different market. You can help them achieve it, while also keeping active in more than one language. Keep in mind the most common way of billing is cost per word, so price wisely to make smart money from this great online business idea.

13. Social Media Manager

Social media is an integral part of any business but it’s time-consuming and ever-changing – so really quite difficult to keep up with and, more importantly, capitalize on. Many business owners are willing to outsource this time-intensive task, so it’s a great opportunity for social media fanatics. Bundle together a few interesting offers, such as “Startup social media kit” or “Small Business Social Media Starter Kit” that encompass everything from social media graphics to analytics reports and the seamless experience will bring you more clients than you expect.

14. Remote Customer Service Agent

If you enjoy helping people but don’t want to be stuck in a call center or office all day, become a remote customer service agent and help people from the comfort of your own home. Choose between helping people via chat, email, phone, video, or other ways and save the day for people every day. This may not make you your first million, but it feels great to help people.

15. Virtual Assistant

This is one of the best online business ideas to pursue from home . As a virtual assistant, you would be answering emails, writing content, and doing other tasks on behalf of businesses   The role can mean anything from a data entry person to a researcher, so, be open to trying new things and uncover new skills while getting paid.

16.  Remote Sales Team

As more and more companies take on the lean, mean approach to business, outsourcing cold calling and telesales functions becomes a sort of standard in the startup and small business environment. Whether you want to sell highly-targeted sales pitches or customer data, such as phone numbers and email addresses, the potential is vast.

17. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is where a person promotes a product that another merchant sells. Using advertising, social media, blogging, and more, an affiliate marketer can attract customers to their landing page. When customers click a link to buy the product they will then be brought to the merchant’s store to buy the product. As an internet business idea, this is great for anyone no matter their previous experience. Check out our guide, Affiliate Marketing: Everything You Need to Know , to learn more about this business model. 

18. Lead Generation Service Provider

Most businesses are chasing customers and looking for ways to increase conversion rates . This means investing in activities like lead generation that could be time-consuming. Because of this, many companies outsource the task to a lead generation service provider. If you are good on the phone and enjoy researching and doing outreach to strangers, then this is your calling!

19. Become an Influencer

An influencer is someone with a large follower base on social media who is seen as an expert in a particular area, like makeup or fitness. These people keep busy by posting regularly about their lives and promote products which they feel are good to possess. What is great about this internet business idea is that you can get paid to promote a business to your following, similar to affiliate marketing. Influencer marketing is a huge online business trend right now that you can capitalize on. Try your hand at Vlogging and starting a Podcast , which are under-utilized channels of communication for influencers right now.

20. Handmade Goods Shop

It can take you less than a day to build a storefront to showcase your work and connect with customers on platforms like Amazon and Etsy . If you’re into crafts and DIY, it’s definitely a viable business option to consider. You can make the goods yourself or source them from suppliers in Hong Kong and China.  If you’re in a country that has ePacket shipping , sourcing products is likely to be a better and more cost-effective option.

21. Become a Private Chef

If cooking is one of your personal passions, there are dozens of opportunities to turn it into a decent business venture . You can start by setting up a catering website, experimenting with pop-up food stalls and local food markets, or joining platforms that encourage cooking enthusiasts to squeeze some money out of their passion. And if you’re not camera-shy, you can teach people how to cook special meals by selling online classes.

22. Nutritionist

The trend of healthy eating is here to say. Yet with so much contradictory advice online about what is good for us and what is not, more and more people turn to professional nutritionists for specialist tips and guidance. You can easily find free online courses to learn the fundamentals of this profession and start offering personalized nutrition plans online.

23. Get Baking!

From freshly baked butter croissants to colorful macaroons and pillow-soft morning bagels – the world of the great bake-off is a rich and ever-growing place. The beautiful thing about the online world is that a great passion can be turned into a great business almost overnight. You can start an online bakery or move your existing bakeshop online. Platforms like Shopify make it easy to sell baked goods online .

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24. Natural & Organic Beauty Shop

Online shoppers are getting more and more conscientious about their choices, and especially so when it comes to beauty products. Running a beauty shop that’s built on strong ethos and values that resonate with nature and animal lovers is one of the hottest online business ideas right now. Tropic Skin Care seems to be doing a great job connecting with these shoppers.

25. Women’s Sportswear

With LuluLemon spearheading the way, online sportswear shops for women are quickly climbing to the top of the most popular idea amongst ecommerce entrepreneurs. Since yoga pants are clearly here to stay, it’s safe to say that the athleisure trend is one of the best and, perhaps, the least explored niches in ecommerce right now.

26. 3D-Printed Products

One of the biggest technological breakthroughs of this age, 3D printing is dictating a new strategy in the ecommerce world. Some of the best selling 3D-printed products include jewelry, home accessories, bicycle parts, tech accessories and more. For some beautiful examples check out 3DigitalCooks , and DanitPeleg .

27. Ethical Fashion Brand

One thing is clear – clothes and accessories will always be one of the super-profitable online business ideas for an ecommerce site. However, with so many boutiques and fashion online stores in existence, rising above the noise is extremely difficult. Yet, one promising idea that savvy entrepreneurs have probably already noticed is the booming trend of “ethical fashion”. Brands, such as Pachacuti , People Tree , Sea Salt, and Matt & Nat have successfully crafted their brands around the concept of organic, ethical production of fashion items and are riding the trend to the top of the strongest brands list.

28. Mystery Objects Shop

If you have an eye for quirky stuff, maybe running a mystery object shop could help you combine the desire for unusual business ideas with a steady source of income.

Muddy Creatures are nailing the concept of a surprise purchase that taps into the explorer instinct many of us possess. There’s no exact science or skill fueling this business idea – let your imagination go wild…

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29. Online Researcher

Although it sounds like a too-good-to-be-true idea, some people are successfully earning a living off their skill to find information online. From data research for infographics to market research for budding startups, talented researchers know that you can put a price tag on knowledge.

30. Proofreader

If you love reading, becoming a proofreader could be your calling. Have other people send you their manuscripts for books, research papers, or whatever else you are interested in reading about, and give them honest feedback before they publish their works of art. This job requires attention to detail and expertise in the area to ensure that everything is ready to print.

31. CV Writing

Banging out a winning CV is a mission impossible for many. If you’re good with words and know how to highlight people’s best qualities, CV writing could be a pretty sweet place to start a business. Additionally, you can sell slick CV templates that will help job hunters to get noticed faster and yield better results.

32. Speechwriting

Giving speeches is a terrifying experience. Giving bad speeches… Well, no one wants to be in that situation. Wordsmiths have a hugely valuable skill to win people over using nothing else but the power of well-strung sentences. If you can write, cash in on this skill by crafting speeches that make birthdays, weddings, award ceremonies, or political debates a more memorable experience.

33. Self-Published Author

If you have the next Harry Potter manuscript sitting in your drawer and the publishing industry hasn’t been kind to you, try self-publishing. Using tools like Amazon’s direct publishing or working with dedicated consultants like I_Am . You not only get the satisfaction of pushing your work out there, but also an opportunity to earn residual income .Don’t think you can write a good novel? Then stick to what you know – self-help is a money-making genre!

34. Ghostwriter

If writing is your thing but you are lacking a topic to write about, become a ghostwriter for someone else. If normally requires you to write about someone or something in a lot of detail. It can take time and much research to finish this type of project so be sure to have a few months free to give to it.

35. Content Curation

The German Economist Schumpeter once said that there are “no original ideas”, only new combinations of old ones. Curation of curiosity-fueling content is an intriguing and little-known business model. One of the best success stories out there is Brainpickings – a platform that describes itself as “an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more”. The subscription-based model and successful utilization of affiliate links have turned the blog into a self-sustaining business.

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36. Foreign Language Teacher

Everyone knows that the quickest way to learn a new language is to mingle with native speakers. If you were lucky enough to be born in an English, French, Spanish (insert any of the world’s main languages) speaking country, then missing out on the opportunity to cash in on the skills you take for granted is exactly that – missing out! Use online communication tools, such as Skype or Google Hangouts, to connect with learners and leverage your privileges. Time is money, so package your hours into teaching sessions and you’re good to go.

How to Start an Online Business

Starting an online business, no matter how small you aim to have it can take time and money. It can also involve legal research and some accounting knowledge so you may find there is some upskilling involved in many different areas. Have no fear though because once you get the wheels moving on your adventure, starting an online venture will be fun and motivating. As a great source of income , side hustle opportunities are abundant as you don’t need to be located next to a customer in order to provide the goods or services to them.

The most important first step in how to start an online business is to:

1. Decide Your Business

This is the most important step as without it you don’t have a business. Check out our above list of the most popular online business ideas and choose which one suits you best.

2. Research Your Industry

Get to know what your industry is like. Maybe there is a pricing structure most of your competitor follow that will be good for you. Or maybe once you discover your competitors you will decide that your industry is over-saturated and you need to change your business idea slightly to compete.

3. Create Your Brand

With every good business comes a good brand and if you figure this out at the start you can become a more successful online business in the beginning. This includes having an amazing website, and social media (if your customers are there), killer logo creation , engaging in some PR, and some more outreach and marketing activities.

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4. Begin Getting Customers

The final step to getting started is actually getting your first customer. Having great customers behind you means success for your business. To find these customers you should discover how to get in front of your audience, sending out the right message to entice customers, and devising a pricing structure that works for the majority of customers to effectively give customers what they need.

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  • Where to search online for the best small business ideas?

You can search for the best small business ideas on entrepreneurial blogs like Oberlo, Shopify, or 99designs.com. Alternatively, you can use Google to provide insight by searching around topics that you are interested in.

  • What to sell as your online business idea?

You can sell almost anything as your online business idea. If you want to sell clothing, you could consider dropshipping or print-on-demand. If you are an expert in a particular field you could sell your knowledge through consulting or courses. The sky's the limit when it comes to online business ideas.

Online business ideas are endless and all-inclusive. Most office-based jobs can now be done online through freelancing or remote working. The beauty of technology means that profitable online businesses will keep growing and growing, making the world a truly global marketplace. If you are considering moving away from the traditional career path and want to start your own business, read through our list of business ideas a few times and contemplate the many ways you can start a successful online business today.

Summary: Best Online Business Ideas for 2024

  • Start an online t-shirt business
  • Launch a dropshipping website
  • Offer advice on Indiegogo/Kickstarter
  • Start an SEO business
  • Sell online courses
  • Offer software bug testing resources  
  • Launch a video production company
  • Offer graphic design services
  • Sell web development services
  • Create apps for companies
  • Build website themes
  • Provide translation services
  • Manage social media for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)
  • Offer remote customer support services
  • Provide virtual assistant services 
  • Become a remote sales agent
  • Launch an affiliate marketing business
  • Provide lead generation services
  • Do influencer marketing
  • Build a handmade goods store
  • Become a private chef
  • Offer nutrition consultancy 
  • Sell baked goods online
  • Build a natural & organic beauty store
  • Sell women’s sportswear online
  • Offer 3D-printed products
  • Create an ethical fashion brand
  • Start a mystery objects shop
  • Work as an online researcher
  • Become a proofreader
  • Offer CV writing services
  • Become a speechwriter
  • Self-publish books and e-books
  • Ghostwrite content 
  • Curate interesting content
  • Teach foreign languages

Which of these online business ideas are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Indian business landscape is changing over the years. Earlier when people wanted to find a good job after completing education, today Indian youth is moving towards business opportunities. There are many factors that are encouraging them to think about new inventions and make in value for society and the country. Today here I am here with the top 10 unique business Ideas which anyone can start in 2021 and make it a handsome source of Income.

Today Indian youth is well aware of job culture, government policies, and international trade. This is the reason, in the 21st-century new college pass-outs are moving towards new business opportunities. They are well known that their future is much more secure with their own business in spite of using their skills for others.

As much as technology is growing, it is helping people to learn everything easily and fast. It is also a big reason that India is the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world, according to Nasscom.

We are a software development company situated in Jaipur over the last 6 years. We provide varies business startup software solution, which is fully customized and based on the latest technology.

Here is the list of top 10 unique business ideas that anyone can start in 2021 at a low investment with small practicing.

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1. B2B Business

Most of us are aware of the term B2B known as business to business. B2B software solution provides an online platform to deal between two or more businesses in terms of product and services.

For example support, there are two businesses that deal with each other like one person has a Murgi farm and another one has egg shop. If we talk about the traditional method, where egg shopkeeper has to go to Murgi farm to buy eggs while in b2b software it has done on an online platform which is known as b2b business.

Don’t worry, I am not saying to you that you open any Murgi farm or egg shop, it is just an example to clear the concept in your mind.

There are ample of businesses that can be started on b2b module. Here any number of businesses can be deal with each other in terms of product or services.

So If you want to learn more b2b business and want to start a business at low investment , Apply for a free live demo now.

2. B2C Business

B2C known as business to customer type where businesses can directly deal with customers like Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm etc. These all are examples of b2c businesses but don’t be discouraged by the names of big players. There are plenty of new b2c business startups that are growing exponentially.

This can be a great business startup opportunity in 2021 especially after lockdown. Consumer’s behaviour is changing and they tend to deal online in spite of walking to shop. This is the reason in upcoming years, the b2c business scale is going to be a boom in India. Learn more about b2c business free.

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3. Loan Module System

This is one of the latest business ideas which are coming new in the market. In the loan module system, you can create your own short-term personal loan application like Cashbean or RupeeRedee and can earn interest on a daily basis.

Anyone can start this business at low investment and can manage it easily. One thing that is very important is low competition in the market. This means If you are planning to go ahead in the loan business , this is the right time for you.

Apply for a free live demo to learn more about Loan Business.

4. eCommerce Shopping Portal

eCommerce shopping portal is also a well-known term but it has still too much scope to explore. It is estimated by many business gurus that till 2030 this field is gonna grow at a very high scale. So If you are planning to start your business, it can be a great opportunity on an online shopping business.

To learn more visit eCommerce shopping website development where I will explain you types of eCommerce shopping business where you can choose as per your capability, resources, and skills.

5. Reseller Type Business

Before understanding this business opportunity we have to understand this term.

According to its name, Re-Seller means a type of seller which can be sell again, right. In the reseller business, you can buy any service to market, and then you can resell this service further to customers as a white label by your brand name.

In short, we can say here you can sell a product or service which is originally produced by any other business. Don’t be confused, it quite different from affiliate marketing.

To learn more about reseller business, apply for a free live demo of the business.

6. Cab Booking Business

Have you heard about Ola and Uber?

They both are big players in this cab booking industry but there are many newcomers are coming in the industry like Jugnoo, Rapido, Regoolur. But still this industry has lots of potential because there are not too much competition. ‘

You can create your own brand cab booking application as Ola, Uber and can provide service by adding drivers.

You can make a different place in the market by adding on more value to its original Idea. You can start this from small level as in your city area.

For more details about Cab booking application, apply for a free demo of the live cab business.

7. Home Service Provider Business

This is one of the best unique online business ideas which you can start in 2021 with a small investment.

Have you heard about Urban Clap?

Asia’s largest home service provider company over the last 14 years. You can also start a home service provider business by creating your own brand home service provider software. Here you can type up with multiple small businesses who can offer their service by visiting to customer’s home.

This business has huge potential and you can start this business from a small level in your city or district.

For more details about home service provider software, visit Free Suggest Room for a live demo.

8. Food Delivery Business

Most of us know about food delivery business ideas but never try to think about It. Swiggy and Zomato are big players in this industry but it doesn’t mean you can’t take place in the market.

Before coming to Google, Yahoo was the biggest search engine but today how many of us use Yahoo.

I would like to say If you are planning to utilize your money into a great business startup then this is for you. You can start a food delivery business with a small investment and can grow with time and skills.

If you want to learn more about this business, its functionality, and how you can start, visit I want to know more.

9. Gaming Application

Do you have your own mobile without any gaming application?

If you say Yes, I can’t believe or maybe you are some percentage of exceptional people who are living on this earth.

Today most of people not only school or college students but aunties and uncles are addicted to mobile games.

Recently when I was travelling to my hometown, A uncle (Age must be more than 60) was playing the game on the mobile. This is very common nowadays.

But is it helping you increase your bank balance?

But you can make it a handsome source of Income by using as a business opportunity. You can create your own gaming app and can earn in lacs.

To learn more about games, game applications,s and how you can start this business, Visit Here .

10. Online Education System

One side where lockdown destroys most of the businesses, economy etc. another side it arises many new business startup opportunities.

The online education system is growing exponentially. People are creating educational apps to provide online education facility at doorsteps so that students don’t have to visit anywhere.

You can also start your own educational application and can provide an education facility to students at their homes.

This field of business is still very new and you can win the race by starting first.

For more details apply for a free live demo to understand this business.

So these are all unique business Ideas that you can start with a small investment in 2021 and can make it a handsome source of Income.

These all businesses don’t have so much competition except 2-3 key players. So If you are looking for a new business startup, this can be a huge opportunity for you. Make these Ideas big for you can motivate others as a key player of the future business name.

Ezulix software is a leading software and mobile app development company . We provide customized software solutions for all businesses with free counselling and technical support.

So If you want to start your any one of business, and want to learn more about these, visit my blog or apply for a free live demo where our executives contacts you and give you all the information which you need to start a new business.

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Securing a degree is always worth celebrating, but the past few graduating classes have overcome more than the standard all-nighters and strict professors. After dealing with an ongoing pandemic, remote learning, and the rising prices of everything from food to fuel, the graduates of 2024 have succeeded against all odds.

It may feel tough to find a gift that perfectly summarizes how proud of them you are, but we've compiled a list that might help. There are gifts for their first grown-up job, a move to a new city, or some well-deserved summer relaxation as they plot their next adventure. Don't see anything here you like? Check out our other buying guides , like the Best Laptop Backpacks , Best Electric Scooters , Best Electric Bikes , and Best Cheap Headphones .

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A Cash Gift

There was nothing I needed more than cash after spending every dime on college textbooks and food for four years, with a lifetime of student loans to look forward to. If you aren't in the same place to be able to physically hand cash or a check to the new grads in your life, consider GiftCast. It's a simple app that lets you virtually gift-wrap your cash with a heartfelt video message and a promise to see them in person as soon as you can. WIRED reviewers have also used and liked services such as Givingli .

★  Gift cards are great, too: A gift card to somewhere like Amazon or Target lets them pick exactly what they want or need for the next phase in life. Other useful options include Grubhub for easy dinners, or a membership to a big box store like Costco .

A Great Leather Purse

Whether your college grad is starting a job in the big city or their local school system, they need a bag that functions as well as it looks and will actually last. Cuyana's System Tote is our favorite laptop tote . It has a simple but elegant design and works with a system of add-ons that snap in for customized organization, like a laptop sleeve , organizational insert , or zippered pouch .

Cuyana has a bunch of other designs, but all are quite pricey. For a little bit less, Longchamp's Le Pliage is a classic that's durable and spacious, and also zips shut. Our favorite one is made from recycled canvas. See our full guide on laptop totes and purses for even more designs and styles.

Or an All-Purpose Backpack

Rains' Backpack Mini is the most stylish pick in our Best Laptop Backpacks guide . It's available in a wide range of colors, and the 8.5-liter capacity offers enough room to stash a laptop in addition to accessories, chargers, and other odds and ends. The elegant design will ensure your college grad won't look like a kid when they commute to their new grown-up job—or that your high school grad won't look like a kid when they head to college classes. (There's also a large version if they tend to pack a lot.)

Ambient Lighting for Their New Home

Smart light panels are great for setting the vibe in a new dorm room. Our top pick , the Nanoleaf Triangles, can be rearranged to create all sorts of shapes. There are tons of color combinations and modes—for example, a party-friendly setting that'll pulse the lights to the beat of music, or a daylight setting to get grads through short winter days. Nanoleaf has tons of other designs we like, like the Nanoleaf Lines . Don't forget to check out our guide to the Best Smart Lighting for more options.

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A Plant Subscription Box

Flowers are a nice thought for events and milestones, but plants can potentially last years, as grads go from first apartment to second, and from entry-entry level job to executive office. Horti sends a plant and pot in each box, as well as other accessories occasionally. You can choose between pet-friendly or beginner plants or opt for Horti's pick. A subscription starts at $28 a month with a plain terracotta pot, or more if you want a painted pot. There are a few subscription options you can choose from if you'd rather pay upfront instead of month-to-month.

Subscription boxes make great gifts because it's literally the gift that keeps giving, with a new surprise every month you’re signed up for. We have a bunch of recommendations for all types of personalities.

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For the Artist

Is your recent grad a photo editor, graphic designer, or digital artist who would really benefit from a dedicated drawing tablet ? The Wacom One 13 Touch ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) is our favorite for most situations. It has a bright 13-inch screen for accurate colors, and the stylus precision rivals that of more expensive drawing tablets. It's not wireless, though, and needs to be plugged in to a computer via USB-C cable.

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A Luxury Hair Tool

Giving the gift of good hair means your new college graduate can start all meetings, appointments, and dates on the right foot. Dyson's Airwrap is coveted for its luxury and multiple uses—you can dry your hair , blow it out, or curl it (or do all three!). But that luxury also comes with the Dyson price tag, which is why it'd be a great gift to receive.

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Literally Everything

Two things are genuine markers of adulthood these days: getting your own Netflix account and getting your own Amazon Prime subscription. The benefits of Amazon Prime are legion , from free shipping and access to Prime Video to exclusive savings on Prime-only products. Your recent graduate's student discount may be disappearing, but you can save the day by gifting them another year. This is the graduation gift that keeps on giving. They will likely save the money several times over.

Astrohaus Freewrite Traveler

A Modern-Day Typewriter

Writing is hard. Writing when you're barraged by distracting notifications is even harder. If your graduate will be writing for a living, the Freewrite Traveler ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) might make an excellent gift. It serves a simple purpose, offering users a blank text field and a keyboard. The recipient will be able to work on their novel or type up a cover letter, free from tempting web links or distracting advertisements. Unlike on typewriters of the past, drafts can be uploaded to services like Google Docs or Evernote with a simple keystroke. Another key difference is that the Freewrite Traveler doesn't weigh a gajillion pounds—the entire device folds down flat and weighs less than 2 pounds.

Leatherman Wave MultiTool

A Great Multi-Tool

Multi-tools aren't just for outdoorsy folks or handymen. They open up the world of ease to the rest of us, and Leatherman makes the best. The Wave Plus has two stainless steel knives and 16 other handy tools like a file, scissors, bottle and can openers, and an 8-inch ruler. With its 25-year warranty, the company will repair it too.

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Luxury Headphones

The WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones ( 9/10, WIRED Recommends ) have long been a favorite of ours . They have some of the best sound quality we've heard, with 30 hours of battery life and the ability to automatically pause the music if they sense you talking.

If you're gifting to an Apple fanatic and you can stomach the cost, the Apple AirPods Max ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) deliver great sound and style. But don't worry, we have plenty of cheap picks too.

A Pair of Smart Glasses

We admit that our first review of the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses was skeptical ( 6/10, WIRED Review ). However, several WIRED staff members have since purchased both the sunglasses and the clear prescription versions and love being able to take calls and listen to audio without having to put on yet another pair of earbuds or headphones. The glasses also now come in a wider variety of styles , can be ordered in a clear prescription version , and weigh (and cost) only a fraction more than than regular specs.

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For Automated Cleaning

A vacuum is not the most exciting gift, but hear us out. It's likely that a new graduate will be moving into an apartment or house, and they'll probably be busy with a new adult job. In that case, a robot vacuum can pick up the cleaning slack.

Using the app, you can control the Tapo RV30C to start cleaning even if you aren't home, choose which room, or set schedules so it does a sweep each day. It returns to its base to automatically empty the dustbin. It's one of the prettiest new robot vacuums we've seen, too.

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An Electric Bike

An electric bike or scooter can make a big difference to a recent high school graduate who has to figure out how to move around a new campus or city. The Trek FX+ 2 ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) is our pick for most people . It doesn't really look like an e-bike, thanks to the cables, battery, and motor hidden inside the frame, but it will get you through a commute without constant recharges. There's some fun extras like lights and a bell, too. It's not the lightest bike we've tried, but at 40 pounds, it also isn't heavy.

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An Electric Scooter

If your recent graduate doesn't know how to bike, we also love electric scooters . The Unagi Model One Voyager ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) is our lightweight pick. It's just 30 pounds, but you can still cruise at 15 miles per hour. Riders will likely get a bit more than 10 miles out of a charge, but since it's not too heavy and folds up, it's easily paired with public transportation if necessary. Make sure you get them a helmet , too.

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For Easy Meals

Sometimes cooking is exhausting. MìLà's soup dumplings are noodles are delicious and take precisely zero cooking skills to perfect. The founders of MìLà have a restaurant in Washington, and they ship their already popular soup dumplings, flash-freezing them while raw to keep the authentic taste. The quality is obvious. If you can, sending the full experience box allows your recent grad to try one bag of pork dumplings, a noodle variety box, three dipping sauces, a bamboo steamer, and rose lychee ice cream.

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A Racing Setup

This is a lot of money to drop on gaming accessories (and it's even more expensive than when we first reviewed it). But if you can afford it and your giftee loves sim racing, then they'll very much love this . They can decompress after work by feeling like they're actually racing alongside their favorite F1 driver. You can use the wheels and pedals alone as long as they have a desk that the wheel can clamp onto, but adding the seat gives it more of a real-world feel.

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A Coffee Upgrade

If your grad loves their cup of joe, give them a coffee upgrade. KitchenAid's Semi Automatic Espresso Machine is one of our favorites . The grinder is whisper quiet, and the machine makes great espresso with perfectly frothed milk. It looks great too, especially in white, and has extra features like wheels for moving it out of the way when you aren't using it.

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If They Prefer a French Press

An espresso machine is luxurious if your giftee will use it, but a French press is easy, low-maintenance, and hard to mess up. It takes up less room and doesn't even need to be plugged in. We love the Clara because of its minimalist modern design that's shatter-resistant. It also comes with one more filter than most French presses. One pushes the grind down and the other catches any stray sediment. Our morning coffee tasted smoother, with not a hint of bitterness.

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A Forever Suitcase

Set your new graduate up for a lifetime of travel with this suitcase that's lasted us well over 20 years. It's made from water-repellent and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon, and the low-profile wheels and handles are still going strong. There's a lifetime warranty, so should anything go wrong, they can visit a Briggs & Riley–approved dealership for free fixes. It's heavy, though, at 9.3 pounds.

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A Smartwatch for iPhone Users

At one time, fancy analog watches would have been a top graduation gift. They still can be for the right person, but your giftee might prefer the usefulness of a smartwatch. The Series 9 ( 7/10, WIRED Recommends ) is our favorite for Apple fans. It has wonderful health tracking features and a spate of safety tools, like fall detection and the option for automated emergency calls. This one also can quickly process Siri requests on the device. Read more about it in our Best Apple Watches guide .

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A Smartwatch for Android Users

The Galaxy Watch6 and Watch6 Classic ( 7/10, WIRED Recommends ) will work for any Android user, but they're best paired with Samsungs, since certain health data only works with those phones. They look more like a traditional watch than Apple Watches do, and the Classic has a rotating bezel for scrolling through menus—it has the same satisfaction of putting in your school locker combination (without having to remember numbers).

For other Android users, we like the Google Pixel Watch 2 ( 7/10, WIRED Recommends ), which is beautiful, comfortable, and has a speedy processor to crunch all their fitness data.

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Or a Mechanical Watch

Smartwatches do tend to be more popular, but an analog watch is a classic gift—even if it's just for the occasional dressing up. We like this watch for its military look with a stealthy black coating. It's water resistant up to 100 meters and it gets an impressive 80-hour power reserve.

Keychron Q1 Pro keyboard

If They Work From Home

When you work in an office, you're generally provided with monitors and keyboards, but if you work from home, you shouldn't have to suffer. The Keychron Q1 Pro mechanical keyboard is our gift recommendation for those who work from home. It has satisfying clickety-clackety switches for long typing sessions, and there's a programmable knob that your giftee can set for volume control, zooming in and out of projects, plus other options.

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An Aesthetic Office Chair

The Herman Miller Zeph is an aesthetically-pleasing office chair upgrade, whether your giftee is working from home full time or needs a place to sit while they write their novel. The Zeph is shaped to mold around your body, so despite its lack of adjustability, both our 6'4 and 5'1 testers found it comfortable. We recommend adding the arms and seat pad for the most comfort, but that does raise the price.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Distraction-Free Reading

Bookish grads will appreciate the Kindle Paperwhite, which is the Best Kindle for most people. The e-reader interface is simple and straightforward. With no intrusive vibrations, notifications, or inane newsfeeds to scroll through, Kindle enthusiasts find these devices to be a much better option than phones for distraction-free reading. Analog books are still a thing, of course, but you can't carry 1,000 of them around in your pocket. The Paperwhite is waterproof for reading beside the pool or in the tub and the Signature edition gets adjustable warm light to ensure maximum visibility at night. There are many free or cheap ebooks available online, but if your grad is a particularly voracious reader , you may want to consider including an ebook or audiobook subscription .

Do they enjoy jotting down notes all the time? Consider the newer Kindle Scribe ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ), which is much more expensive but it doubles as a notepad and comes with a stylus. The Kobo Libra Colour ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) also has note-taking abilities with a great color E Ink screen.

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For Digital Notes

If they need more digital notebook than e-reader, the ReMarkable 2 is our favorite option . The matte screen feels like paper, there's little lag while writing on it, and the battery lasts for several weeks. On the device, you can organize your work into notebooks and sort them all with tags and folders and then export them to Google Drive or Dropbox. There's also a keyboard attachment that we haven't tried, but it will help during particularly heavy note-taking sessions.

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A Keepsake Pen

A good fountain pen is a classic graduation gift, and the Lamy 2000 is one of our favorites. Whether your giftee likes to hand write poems and journal entries, or keeps track of all their new daily tasks with a paper planner , they can do so with the luxurious 14-carat gold nib that surfs effortlessly across the page. Pair it with our favorite ink for a truly satisfying experience.

Happy Planner

A Setup for Success

Everyone can benefit from a good paper planner, but that's especially true for young adults entering the workforce. The Happy Planner is one of our favorites . It's affordable, customizable, and suitable for beginners as well as experts. Whether they're keeping track of deadlines, interviews, monthly payments, or their five-year plan, graduates will be able to stay on top of life's endless to-do lists.

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A Recycled Workout Mat

Establishing a new workout routine after graduating from high school or college doesn't have to be difficult. It can be as easy as a few pushups in the morning or a 15-minute walk around the block. Cassey Ho , from the wildly popular Blogilates fitness platform, recommends starting with a simple yoga mat to anchor your new grad's working-out-at-home routine. It will also dampen the sound of their footfalls for any downstairs neighbors.

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A Simple Cookbook

Help your new college graduate embark on the next phase of their adult life by giving them a jumpstart in the kitchen with an easy, simple cookbook . Some days you just feel uninspired in the kitchen, and other day, you only have so much time. This collection of recipes has delicious, varied recipes that don't require much effort, and it includes estimated prep times as well as cook times.

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A Picnic Blanket

Is your new grad planning a big trip for the summer? I own two of these, and they're particularly versatile and useful gifts. These unbelievably soft, warm blankets are made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester material with a durable water-repellent finish to fend off dirt and prevent stains. I've used mine for everything from impromptu picnics and warming up on the couch to an emergency layer after the car broke down on a snowy day. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu used it as a blanket on his road trip in Iceland. They pack down into a small compression sack for easy storage.

Bearaby Tree Napper braided weighted blanket

An On-Demand Hug

Nothing signals adulthood like random existential crises. Weighted blankets can help squish away bad feelings. There are tons of good choices available, but this is our absolute favorite . It's satisfyingly heavy, cooling, and one of the prettiest weighted blankets around. Read our Best Weighted Blankets guide for other options, as well as advice on what weight works best. While they can help with some symptoms, remember that weighted blankets are not a substitute for medical treatment.

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A Compact Countertop Appliance

We love waffle makers . So will your grad. They've likely seen a tiny model from Dash already, since it went viral on TikTok , but even newcomers will have a blast making single-serve waffles with this gadget. For something a bit more robust, this Black and Decker Waffle Maker may suffice. Neither will take up too much space on compact counters, and both are capable of making magical creations out of everything from potatoes to pie. Pair the maker with this cookbook for an easy, surprisingly useful gift. 

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A Coffee Subscription

Nickel and dime expenses like a daily café run can add up—especially for a grad living on an entry-level salary. A coffee subscription, like Mistobox, can make a difference. There are more than 500 coffee options to choose from, so even the most discerning drinkers will be able to enjoy this gift. Check out our Best Coffee Subscription Services guide for more.

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Fancy Furniture for Their Cat

Cat parents might tell you that they wouldn't have gotten through those late-night study sessions and term papers without their felines by their side. Perhaps they too deserve a fancy graduation present. Mau's Cento cat tree is pricey, but it's one of the best cat trees we've tried. Not only is it very pretty—and when you live in a small space, everything's design matters—but it's well made, with replaceable parts . Our cats loved lounging on it.

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Top 10 Most Profitable Businesses In India [Best Business Ideas]

Table of Contents:

1. Best Business In India

2. Most Profitable Businesses In India

3. Most Profitable Business Opportunities In India

4. Best Low Investment Businesses In India

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We're in 2022, and this year is expected to be one of the most rewarding years for you, if you're planning to start a business in India. From advancements in technologies such as BNPL and contactless payments to government initiatives for MSMEs, 2022 could be indeed one of the best year for you, if you're looking to start a new business.  To help you out, we have listed some of the top profitable businesses that you can start. After the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there has been a drastic change in the user behaviour and priorities, and people are now more inclined to online businesses than before. Market trends are constantly changing everyday, as a result, the businesses such as cloud kitchen, online bakery, and digital marketing services have seen a massive boom . In a nation like India, which is a fast developing country, there are always new avenues for investment and exploration. However, the overall state of economy and society play a vital role in determining the demand for various services and products.

With the growth of e-commerce and artificial intelligence, the digital sector of India continues to boom. Also, there is an increase in the per capita income of the average Indian, hence increasing the disposable income. Products which were perceived as wants are now classified as needs and there is an overall shift towards better standards of living.

Here, in this article, we'll take a look at some of the best businesses ideas in India.

2. Most Profitable Businesses In India [2022]

Soon after the COVID 19 lockdown, there has been a paradigm shift in the user behaviours. With work from home being the new normal, the demands for certain things has risen, especially in Tier II and Tier III cities. This is the reason why most of the people are switching to businesses. If you're also one of those people, we have listed best profitable businesses in India in 2022 for you.

  • Website Designing
  • Interior Designing & Decoration
  • Real Estate
  • Building Materials
  • Wedding Planning
  • Pharmaceutical Business
  • Travel Agency
  • Organic Farming
  • Food & Beverage Business
  • Cloud Kitchen
  • Home-based Bakery
  • Virtual Event Planning
  • Online Tuition
  • Online Saree Business

1. Website Designing: A profitable business for techies

Blogging and digital marketing are some of the most popular options for employment. This has created a heavy demand for online resources. Almost every firm today has a website of its own. According to a report by Adobe , 48% of people cited that the design of the website was the primary factor in determining the credibility of a business. Furthermore, the lockdown has rendered physical spaces almost obsolete. Reports note that online shoppers in India reached 120 million in 2018 and are expected to reach around 220 million by 2025. This high demand for websites makes it one of the best businesses in India.

Also Read: How to start website designing business?

2. Interior Designing and Decoration: Best business for the creative folks

According to reports, the market for interior designing and renovation in India is estimated to be between USD 20 Billion- USD 30 Billion. Aesthetics is no longer a concept in the homes of the uber-rich. A large number of middle class families are opting for modern kitchens, fancy interior decorating, quality upholstery and new colour schemes. There is also a high demand for furniture and lighting, especially antiques. As a result, interior designing and decoration had become a popular topic in not just architectural and designing firms, but across social media as well. The domain is witnessing a large number of influencers particularly on Instagram and Facebook. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most profitable businesses in India.

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Also Read: How to start interior designing business?

3. Real Estate: A booming business in India

Real estate has always been a thriving sector in India. The real estate sector in India is expected to reach US$ 1 trillion by 2030 . Rapid rate of urbanisation, as well as a growing rate of nuclear families, real estate is a booming sector across India. Housing sales alone reached 2.61 lakh units across seven major cities of India in 2019. However, a real estate business is quite expensive. It requires a high amount of capital for high returns, and lower investments do not fetch much profits. Indeed, it is one of the best business in India.

Also Read: How to start real estate business?

4. Building Materials: 'Make in India and Build in India'

When we talk about the best businesses to start in India, we must not ignore building materials business. With a growing market for real estate, one can also expect an increase in building materials. This is particularly with steel, as current trends indicate that India might grow to become the second largest exporter of steel. Reports suggest that Indian steel industry would produce about 300 million tonnes by 2029-2030 . This demand is also fuelled by the growing auto industry. While steel is imported too, the government has recently placed a lot of emphasis on 'Make in India and Build in India'. These initiatives have been very successful in domestic production.

Also Read: How to start building materials business?

5. Wedding Planning: A business with huge potential

Gone are the days of two day weddings and a simple ceremony! India is seeing a spike in destination weddings or atleast themed weddings over the past few years. The wedding industry is developing so rapidly so as to inspire multiple cinemas and TV shows as well. The 'Big Fat Indian Wedding' market is around $40-50 million in worth and is growing at a rate of 30-40% every year. This is an excellent business option for a beginner as it caters to multiple income brackets and you can make a choice based on your budget.

Also Read: How to start wedding planning business?

6. Pharmaceutical Businesses: A business that you can rely on

Next on our list of best business in India is the pharmaceutical business. Today, India is reportedly the world’s largest exporter of generic drugs. The Indian pharmaceutical market is the fastest-growing and the most competitive amongst all in the world. The revenue in financial year 2020 was $55 million, clearly indicating the scope for profit in the domain. The pandemic has increased the purchase of drugs further over the past months. The industry is very competitive with a large workforce including scientists and engineers, as well as entrepreneurs and other businessmen who are a part of the distribution.

Also Read: How to start pharmaceutical business?

7. Travel Agency: For the wanderlusts

India is a very common tourist destination owing to its picturesque landscapes, stunning architecture as well as myriad cultures. Starting a travel agency anywhere in India is sure to fetch a significant profit. According to the WTTC, India ranks 10 out of 185 countries for contribution of tourism to the GDP. However, the business will require good collaboration between multiple stakeholders such as for, hospitality and transport.

Also Read: How to start a travel agency?

8. Organic Farming: One of the most popular businesses in India

Organic farming has become extremely popular in India. Recent concerns over chemicals used as pesticides as well as preservatives has propelled a lot of people to explore the organic farming market. One can enter the organic farming business in two capacities- as a cultivator of the crops or as the distributor of the same.India comprises close to 30 percent of the total organic producers across the globe.

Also Read: How to start organic farm business?

9. Food and Beverage: A business with good profit margin

India is the fastest growing economy in the world with 1.25 billion consumers of food and beverages. It is home to a large variety of cuisines, each of a different flavour and appeal. These are primarily due to the use of a number of spices during cooking. Exporting of these spices is a very lucrative business idea. Most of these spices are produced in small scale industries . Once a network is developed, and export permits are obtained, the business can be highly profitable as India is one of the largest exporters of spices. Similarly, taking up franchise of a beverage chain can also reap significant profits. These all factors make it one of the best types of business in India

Also Read: How to start cooking business from home?

10. Labour Contractor: The business with evergreen demand

With, with a developing economy and a population as large as India, recruitment is undeniably one of the most happening sectors.Contract workers make up 34% of India's massive workforce. It is a fairly easy business to enter with minimal capital requirements. There are quite a few legal requirements around this business as you will be working directly with human capital. However, the business will always be on demand and is very viable for people with minimal financial investment.

Also Read: Labour laws in India

11. Cloud Kitchen: A Futuristic-business

A cloud kitchen is also called a ‘ghost’ kitchen, delivery kitchen, or virtual kitchen. It is a commercial kitchen space that provides food businesses, facilities and services to prepare food. It focuses solely on fulfilling online food orders and delivery.

Cloud technology can facilitate online ordering at a low cost. A cloud kitchen can be a centralized commercial food production facility where several restaurants can share the resources and prepare food.  The number of cloud kitchens in India is expected to grow at above 50% year on year, and it is one of the best businesses to start in 2022.

Also Read: How to start cloud kitchen business?

12. Home-Based Bakery: Trending Business In India

There is nothing better than following your passion and starting a business with it. If baking is your passion, it is time to use your skills and start a cake and bakery product delivery business from home. The set-up does not require much investment, and you can start by selling to family, friends, and neighbours and gradually expand to taking online orders.Hence, it is one of the top business in India that you should definitely consider

Also Read: How to start a home-based bakery?

13- Virtual Event Planning: For the party lovers

The pandemic has pushed organisations to resort to online event management, and you can see the influence of this strategy in small and large businesses alike. While the pandemic has been a curse to many companies, it has been a blessing to a few, including the virtual event planning businesses.Indeed it one of the best businesses that you can consider in 2022.

Also Read: How to start virtual event planning business?

14. Online Tutions: For life-long learners

Despite the challenges that have emerged in an era of online learning, there are various perks of online education. In a space designed for virtual learning, having the right educators and resources can help students thrive. Not only students but instructors can also avail themselves the maximum benefits by starting an online tutoring business.

Online classes have emerged as a significant career choice. Students are looking for online tuition, specifically at the graduation level. Online tutors for graduation level are more in demand these days. Thus, if you have the required knowledge in particular subjects along with the zeal of earning money online, you must consider providing online classes.

Also Read: How to start online classes

15. Online Saree Business: Growing Business In India

Online Saree Business in the current landscape can be extremely profitable. Sarees are always in demand in India. That’s why this industry has been consistently making profits. Due to the sheer variety that they offer, Sarees never go out of fashion. That, paired with the digital boom that we’ve been witnessing, is reason enough to start your online Saree business today. Although it can be overwhelming initially, Saree businesses are rewarding in the long run.

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Also Read: How to start online saree business?

3. Most Profitable Business Opportunities In India [2022]

These are the top ten businesses that are currently flourishing in India. The Indian market is also home to many other ventures. Finally, it is the ability of the entrepreneur in terms of finance, skill and effort that determines the scope of development of any business. Let us walk you through ten most profitable business opportunities in India that you can start in 2022.

  • Digital Marketing Services
  • Content Writing
  • App development
  • Drop shipping Business
  • Home-based catering
  • Stock Photographer
  • Accounting Services
  • Medical courier service

By going through the above-mentioned ideas, we hope that you’re pumped up to explore these most profitable businesses in India.

There is an old-school thought that states that to start a business, you need high investment. Times have changed and the truth is completely different. Now in 2022, you don't need heavy investments and can easily start a business with zero investment . Check out the best business opportunities in India that need low to zero investment:

  • Paintings And Arts- If you are a painter or an artist, this could be the perfect zero investment business for you. You can sell your art pieces and paintings on various social media and online platforms.
  • Coaching Classes- You can start teaching junior classes to build confidence before targeting advanced classes.
  • Customised Gift Baskets- People need gift baskets for all occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, etc. This is a high-profit zero business idea to start your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Customised Printing On Merchandise- This zero investment business involves printing customised merchandise like t-shirts and caps. This small business idea is relatively easy to handle because payments are mostly made in advance.
  • Sell a service online- Many websites allow you to list yourself as a service provider like photographer, content writer, fitness trainer, dietician, etc.
  • Career Guidance And Counselling- Career guidance and consulting business can easily be started online, and you can work from home. You can list yourself on any online platform and provide students with online counselling.
  • Dropshipping And Resale Store- Dropshipping is a completely zero investment business where you act as a middleman between manufacturers and customers. In the resale business, you first purchase products at discounted prices and then sell the same to other customers at higher prices.

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Q. Which business is best in India?

Ans- There are a lot of businesses that are booming in India in 2022. However, online businesses such as cloud kitchen, digital marketing services, freelance writing services are some of the top businesses that are considered best in current times.

Q. What businesses are in demand in 2022?

Ans- These great business ideas will make you hit gold in 2022:

  • Medical Delivery Services
  • Consultancy Services
  • Counselling Service
  • Online bookkeeping eg: OkCredit
  • Online Reselling
  • Online Teaching

Q. Which business is highly profitable in India?

Ans- Event Management is one of the most profitable businesses in India. It is one of the few businesses that were still operational in smaller frequencies even during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Q. What is the fastest growing business in India?

Ans- The Indian pharmaceutical market is the fastest - growing and the most competitive amongst all in the world. The revenue in the financial year 2020 was $55 million, clearly indicating the scope for profit in the domain.

Q. What is the best upcoming business?

Ans- These are the top 10 best business ideas for India (2022):

  • Online Courses and Coaching
  • Sell Custom Printed Products (T-shirts, Mugs)
  • Instagram Influencing
  • Youtube Channel (Food, Travel, Lifestyle)
  • Graphic Designing
  • Web Development Services
  • Starting an Ecommerce Business
  • Affiliate Marketing

Q. What is the easiest business to start?

Ans- The easiest business to start is the Service Business if you're a beginner. It is basically selling your skill, labour or expertise in the place of goods and products.

Q. What business is in high demand in India?

Ans- Indian handicraft items manufacturing business is in high demand in India. It helps in bridging the gap amongst customers and artisans and can be started via low investments. Hence, guaranteeing a future monetary benefit.

Q. What are some of the most profitable business in India?

Ans- Some examples of the most profitable business in India are:

  • Personal Training or Coaching
  • Food Trucks
  • Information Technology
  • Repairing Services (Plumbing, Automobiles, Phone)

Q. What are the most successful small businesses?

Ans- This is a list of the 10 most profitable small businesses :

  • Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
  • Legal Services
  • Real Estate Leasing
  • Dental Practices
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Financial Planning & Advising
  • Bookkeeping
  • Tax Preparation
  • Storage & Warehousing

Q. What are the different types of business ownership in India?

Ans. The following are the different type of business ownership in India:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Private limited
  • Public Limited company
  • Co-operative organisation

Q. Can you suggest some small business ideas in India under Rs 10000?

Ans- Here is a List of Businesses You Can Start Within 10000 Rupees in India:

  • Candle Marketing
  • Copywriting business
  • Mobile Repair Shop
  • Tuition Classes
  • Homemade Healthy Sweets & Savories

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The Best Toilets of 2024, Tested by Experts

Our top picks combine flushing performance, comfort and efficiency.

the best toilets of 2021

We've been independently researching and testing products for over 120 years. If you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Learn more about our review process.

Corbelle Comfort Height Toilet

Best Overall Toilet

Kohler corbelle comfort height toilet.

One-Piece Toilet in White

Best Value One-Piece Toilet

Glacier bay one-piece toilet in white.

Innate Smart Toilet

Best Smart Toilet

Kohler innate smart toilet.

Sensowash Starck F Shower Toilet Seat

Best Wall-Mounted Toilet

Duravit sensowash starck f shower toilet seat.

Foundations Two-Piece Toilet

Best Value Two-Piece Toilet

Delta foundations two-piece toilet.


Best Two-Piece Toilet

Well Made Forever One-Piece Toilet

Best Toilet for Modern Spaces

Swiss madison well made forever one-piece toilet.

Vormax Ultra High Efficiency Toilet

Best High-Efficiency Toilet

American standard vormax ultra high efficiency toilet.

S7A Washlet

Best Smart Toilet Bidet

Toto s7a washlet.

Over the last five years, our team inside the Institute's Home Improvement & Outdoor Lab has tested more than 20 toilets from all the top brands, including American Standard, Delta, Glacier Bay and Kohler, to name just a few. In the Lab, we put toilets through a torture test that includes flushing golf balls and sponges. We also send toilets into the homes of consumer testers, who share real-world experience, like how noisy the toilet is in the dead of night or if it’s easy enough to keep clean. And we hear from professional remodelers, who share insights into installation.

After reading through our picks, you’ll find more information on the qualities to look for when shopping for the best toilets. Be sure to check out other expert advice for bathroom upgrades, including our round-up of the best showerheads , towel warmers for your favorite bath towels , toilet risers and waterproof vinyl flooring .

Kohler is one of the brands our experts have tested the most, both in-Lab and through extended use in actual homes. This Corbelle two-piece toilet ranks as our best overall toilet, combining superb flushing performance with an elegant shape and water-efficient mechanics. "It was able to down 21 tissues, seven sponges and 14 golf balls in a single flush," says Alec Scherma , a test engineer at the Good Housekeeping Institute. You can spend less on a toilet, but if the Corbelle is in your budget, several features make it worth the splurge. The comfort-height design offers superb ergonomics for older homeowners, and the toilet is extremely water-efficient, using just 1.28 gallons per flush. Testers also say the Corbelle doesn’t need to be cleaned as often, thanks to the surface treatment that helps inhibit the growth of water scale and mineral stains. It also features a skirted trapway — a smooth facade at the base of the toilet which means fewer bends and curves to trap dust and grime.

If you're looking to spend a bit less, take a look at the Kohler Highline Classic . Our experts say the two-piece, comfort-height toilet should deliver capable flushing performance for a couple hundred dollars less than the Corbelle, though you'll have to live without a skirted trapway.

Glacier Bay is one of The Home Depot's exclusive brands, so it's a solid option if value and convenience are top priorities. And you won't have to compromise much on performance, either. In fact, the one-piece toilet was one of the best in our tests at flushing away solid and liquid waste. It's also held up well in extended home testing too. "We installed the toilet in a rental unit more than a year ago," notes one of our testers. "Renters can be forgiven for not being hyper-vigilant with use and maintenance, but the Glacier Bay hasn't had any maintenance or performance issues."

"Less expensive toilets tend to be two-piece, which are a little harder to keep clean," adds Scherma. "This Glacier Bay offers a great price in a one-piece design." It also has a bunch of innovative features, including dual-flush technology, nice for keeping your water bill in check. The soft-close lid is another touch of luxury. The elongated seat offers maximum comfort, though you'll have to be diligent about cleaning, since the bowl doesn't have any of the surface treatments that help prevent stains and water scale. One more possible drawback: The toilet is only available in basic white.

If you're doing a high-end bathroom remodel, chances are you're considering a smart toilet. The built-in cleansing bidet is the key feature of these high-tech commodes, and most people who experience it become quick converts. That was clearly the case with our home testers who evaluated Kohler's Innate Smart Toilet, which combines sleek contours with a long list of enhancements, including precision water pressure and temperature control, plus electrolyzed pre-rinsing of the bowl to minimize stains. "I really appreciate the bidet features," our tester noted, adding that "the auto-flush is amazing, it's nice to look at and it's much easier to clean than a regular toilet." The Innate can even flush on its own and lift and lower its seat automatically, for start-to-finish hands-free control.

Our expert Lab review found all the specs our engineers look for in a top-performing toilet, starting with a 1.28 gallons-per-flush efficiency rating that qualifies it for the EPA’s WaterSense certification. Its comfort-height design makes sitting down and getting up easier, another "aging in place" benefit of smart toilets, along with the hands-free cleaning.

Make no mistake: This high-end toilet is priced 10 times higher than other perfectly serviceable models in our round-up, plus the heated seat and warm water are an added energy cost. But if the Innate is in the budget, it certainly won't disappoint.

Wall-hung toilets are particularly well-suited to urban dwellers or others who have small bathrooms. That's because the tank is hidden behind the wall, giving back about six inches of floor space. Duravit's Sensowash Starck F was designed by renowned industrial and interior designer Philippe Starck, adding to the fixture's conceptual flair.

But does it work? Our experts say yes. “The bidet for back and front really delivers a sense of clean that you might find surprising at first, but then really love," says the general manager of the Good Housekeeping Institute Laurie Jennings , who installed the Sensowash in her home. "The night-light feature is cool, and the powerful heated seat is next-level awesome.” Our engineers also like that the Sensowash Starck F's automatic open-and-close lid and the fact that it can be operated via remote control or an app on your phone that allows you to program profile settings.

As with all wall mounts, installation is more complicated because it requires opening the wall, rerouting the waste pipe and possibly reconfiguring the wall studs. Keep in mind that this model needs to be plugged in so you'll need a power source nearby as well.

The least expensive toilet from our latest round of testing is also one of the most capable. "In our Lab tests, we were able to flush 21 golf balls down this Delta," reports Scherma.

The two-piecer with an elongated bowl and comfort height offers solid flushing performance, using just 1.28 gallons at a time , good enough for the EPA WaterSense label. The plain design only comes in white, but the slow-close lid is a feature usually reserved for more expensive models, and there’s even a splash guard to keep liquid from getting under the tank, a common complaint with two-piece toilets.

Still, there are more crevices in the two-piece design, so keeping the exterior clean will take extra work, and the bowl is susceptible to stains and water scale.

Two-piece toilets have a more traditional look. If that matches the design of your bathroom, Toto's Drake from Toto is one to consider. Though we haven't tested it in our Lab, our engineers expect it to perform similarly to other tested Toto toilets.

That's because it features the same cyclonic flushing technology, which we have found to be extremely effective at sending solid and liquid waste on its way. The trade-off with this model is that it uses a bit more water — 1.6 gallons per flush. But Toto sells another version of the Drake that meets the EPA’s WaterSense label requirement of 1.28 gallons per flush.

The line's comfort-height design makes it an excellent choice for homeowners with more limited mobility. The rimless toilet bowl design facilitates cleaning by eliminating the build-up of hidden waste. Take note, however, that the seat is sold separately with both models.

In our tests, we find one-piece toilets are the easiest to keep clean because there are fewer cracks and crevices to trap grime. Our design experts say they also offer a more sleek, modern look. Both points are true with this eye-catching commode from Swiss Madison.

In addition to its shapely design, the dual-flush technology makes it water-efficient. "This toilet is the standard 15 inches, if you prefer a traditional height," says Scherma, noting that some testers find comfort height to be a little awkward. All of our testers like the soft-close lid which, combined with the quiet, gravity-fed flush, won't wake the house in the middle of the night. Another nice feature: The quick-release seat removes easily from the seat without the need for tools, for deep cleaning.

One note: This is the largest toilet we tested, and the heaviest too, weighing a good 20 pounds more than other models. So it's not ideal for smaller bathrooms and its heft makes installation more challenging.

Our experts have seen steady improvements in toilet water efficiency over the decades (some of them even remember when they needed upwards of 5 gallons for a single flush!). The Vormax shows how far the industry has come. Using just one gallon per flush, the WaterSense-certified unit is among the most water-efficient toilets on the market, without any sacrifice in flushing power of both solid and liquid waste, based on our testing. Its 17-inch height straddles the line between standard and comfort (American Standard uses the term “right height").

It may be a little pricey, but antimicrobial agents in the material are designed to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria, though as with any toilet, you’ll still need to clean it regularly — just maybe not quite as often. As is fairly common with toilets, the seat of the Vormax is sold separately.

Bidet seats replace your existing seat, effectively turning any standard toilet into a smart one. Japan-based Toto invented the bidet-style toilet seat in 1980, and it remains the market leader. In recent years, we've tested several iterations of the brand’s flagship model, the Washlet, including the recently launched S7A. Easy installation and feature-rich performance make it our current favorite in the fast-growing category.

Testers called out the heated seat, night-light, water temperature controls and the pre-mist feature that helps keep waste from sticking to the bowl. “I also love how easy the seat is to remove for a deep clean,” noted one tester, who installed the S7A as part of a bathroom renovation. The S7A has a particularly sleek, streamlined profile compared with other bidets we’ve tested. We also like that the S7A's seamless seat design minimizes gaps and crevices for dirt and grime to collect.

In addition to the steep upfront cost, the Toto uses more energy and water than a traditional toilet seat, as is the case with all premium bidets. If you're curious about bidets but have a smaller budget, consider the Tushy Classic 3.0 , which won a 2023 Home Reno Award . It's a manual bidet, meaning no heated water or pressure controls, but it's a fraction of the price of premium electric bidets and doesn't need to be plugged into an outlet.

How we test toilets

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Our market experts keep constant tabs on the bathroom fixture market to identify the toilets you’re most likely to find at home centers, bath showrooms, plumbing supply stores and online. They are also regulars at trade shows and industry events, including the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

Continuous hands-on toilet tests start in our Home Improvement & Outdoor Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where our engineers perform a thorough spec review, checking factors like water efficiency and flush mechanism, and verify any third-party certifications related to performance and efficiency.

Rigorous Lab tests are carried out by our engineers, who put each toilet through a battery of tough tests. This includes clog tests involving colored powder, wads of toilet paper , sponges and even golf balls. Our top toilets were able to handle more than 12 golf balls in a single flush (some more than 20!). We also used sensitive sound equipment to measure noise.

Consumer testing takes place over several months in our homes, where we were able to evaluate the toilets under real-world conditions. Home-based consumer testing captures usability, with consumer testers assessing factors like comfort, cleanability and intuitiveness of the high-tech features.

the rig used for testing toilets by good housekeeping

Experts use this rig to elevate toilets during testing. A bucket underneath catches the flushed water — along with sponges, golf balls and other items used to simulate waste.

What to look for when shopping for the best toilet

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Toilets have become more complicated in recent years, thanks to improvements in design, efficiency and technological innovations. Consider these options to find the model that’s right for you.

✔️ Height: Newer toilets are available in "comfort height," usually between 17 and 19 inches high, versus the 15 inches of traditional toilets. Older homeowners or those with knee issues may appreciate the extra few inches, since it makes the toilet easier to get on and off. You should also think about the overall height of the toilet, tank included; it can vary from model to model by six inches or more, which might make a difference in a powder room or other small bathroom.

Another important size consideration is the toilet’s rough opening or the distance from the finished wall to the center of the toilet's floor drain. Twelve inches is the standard, but some models come with 10-inch and 14-inch openings. It’s important to match the new toilet with the existing one, otherwise, you’ll have to make pricey modifications to the floor and plumbing.

✔️ Weight: No toilets are heavy enough to require additional structural support, but an extra hefty toilet will be harder to install, especially if you're tackling the job on our own. A 75-pound toilet is more DIY-friendly than one weighing 120 pounds or more.

✔️ Flush mechanism: Toilets used to have one flushing option, typically a lever on the tank that you press down. They still exist, but dual-flush toilets are now common. These typically have two buttons on the top of the tank that let you do a partial flush for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste. Dual-flush toilets can save water, but our tests have found the flushing power to be a little weak with some models, so you end up having to flush twice. The dual-flush models that made our round-up don't have that issue.

✔️ Flush system: There are two main options: gravity-feed and pressure-assisted. Unless you have a large household, our experts say stick with a gravity-feed toilet, which uses a traditional tank and the law of gravity to move waste down the drain. Pressure-assisted toilets use compressed air to force water and waste down the line, making for a very noisy flush. They’re extremely effective and can handle flush after flush without waiting for the tank to refill, which is why they’re more common in commercial buildings.

✔️ Style: The main decision here is between a one-piece and two-piece design. One-piece toilets are fabricated using a single mold, integrating the tank and the bowl. They have a sleeker look with fewer cracks and crevices in their exteriors, which makes for easier cleaning. But they usually cost more than two-piece toilets, which have a separate bowl and tank, for a more traditional look. Two-piece toilets are also lighter, which along with their simpler mechanics, makes them easier to install.

✔️ Bowl shape: It’s not a huge factor, but if you’re short on space (say in a powder room), you’re better off with a round bowl, since those toilets are a bit smaller than elongated models. If space is really tight, you might want to consider a wall-mounted toilet. With this option, the tank is hidden behind the wall, so you gain a good six inches. They tend to be more expensive and installation is more involved and pricey, but they’re a great fit for tight spaces.

✔️ Water efficiency: All toilets made today must meet the federal limit of 1.6 gallons per flush (compared with the 3 to 5 gallons per flush that used to be the norm). The EPA's WaterSense label recognizes toilets that use 1.28 gallons per flush. Some dual-flush models in our tests do even better by using a single gallon for their liquid-waste flush.

How often should a toilet be replaced?


Toilets have an unlimited lifespan, according to a study of home components by the National Association of Home Builders. But parts inside the toilet tank, like the flapper or valve, will need occasional maintenance or replacement.

Even if you have an older toilet in your home that's still working, it might be worth an upgrade to take advantage of improved water efficiency. In 1992, a new federal law required all new toilets to use 6 gallons per flush (gpf) or less; prior to that, 3 to 5 gallons was the norm. The EPA's WaterSense certification calls for a stricter 1.28 gpf and the most efficient toilets in our tests get the job done using a single gallon.

What is a toilet’s MaP score?


Short for “maximum performance,” the MaP score is an industry test that measures the number of grams of soybean paste (used to simulate solid waste) and toilet paper that a toilet can flush away completely in a single flush. While the information is available to plumbing suppliers and contractors, it’s not always easy to find for consumers, which is why we don’t list it alongside other specs. But if you’re working with a pro, you can ask them for the MaP score of any toilets they recommend. A score of 600 or higher is considered high-performing.

What are smart toilets?

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The latest innovation in toilet design, smart toilets are loaded with high-tech features, including night-lights, self-opening and closing lids and even built-in digital assistants ("Hey Google, is it going to rain today?"). But the key distinguishing feature is the built-in bidet that provides a gentle cleaning spray, eliminating, or at least reducing, the need for toilet paper. The market for smart toilets has grown significantly in recent years, so much so that we now have a separate report on them. Check out our top smart toilet picks for all the details.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?


Dan DiClerico has tested and written about bathroom fixtures, including toilets, for more than two decades. As Director of Home Improvement & Outdoor at the Good Housekeeping Institute , Dan oversaw the latest round of toilet testing in our Lab, as well as the in-home, survey-based consumer testing that allows us to evaluate these devices under real-world conditions.

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Having written thousands of product reviews and how-to articles on all aspects of home ownership, from routine maintenance to major renovations, Dan (he/him) brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his role as the director of the Home Improvement & Outdoor Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute . A one-time roofer and a serial remodeler, Dan can often be found keeping house at his restored Brooklyn brownstone, where he lives with his wife and kids.

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