Small Business Ideas

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Going from employee to business owner can be both exciting and scary. Get started now by making sure you are prepared for the journey. Read our summary on How to Start a Business and get the help you need to succeed before you start.


Great Money-Making Ideas Regardless of Your Location:

A Shop on Etsy
If you are the creative type and enjoy handmade crafts like candle-making, knitting sweaters or making jewelry, consider opening your own shop online. Etsy is a huge global marketplace for items that are handmade or vintage. For further information, read our blog post, Home Business Idea: Becoming a Success on

Aging Services
The baby boomer population is aging. This presents a huge business opportunity since seniors (and their family members) will need a myriad of services from help with downsizing to in-home care. Explore the opportunities for capturing the seniors market.

Have a unique property? You can make great money renting it out to world travelers. Check out

Creating your own blog is the perfect, low-cost way to start an online business. Some bloggers, such as Liz Carlson, aka Young Adventuress, make a full-time living from their blogs- enough to travel the world! Learn how to start a blog.

Buy a Business
Why re-invent the wheel when you can buy into a business that already works? Check out for brick-and-mortar options or to buy established websites or apps.

One of the fastest growing markets in the US is for flying drones. Drones have a wide range of applications from agriculture to wedding photography. New businesses for renting and selling drones are popping up everywhere. In the last year, also featured several companies that are creating software solutions for managing fleets of drones. If you are interested in this area, but don't know where to start, try reading our blog post, How Drones Can Revolutionize Your Small Business Prospects.

Drop Shipping
This is one of the easiest ways to start an online business. Whether you choose to sell drop ship products through eBay or your own site, you can make good money as a retailer without purchasing inventory. Check out this Ultimate Guide to Dropshipping.

New Business Owner Handbook

Food Truck
Food Trucks have recently become very popular, and can be a lower-cost way to enter the culinary world or a great way for current restaurateurs to expand their services. Read this post at Food Truckr to learn more about this new business idea, and what you need to know before making the leap. 

Today's best jobs are moving online. Get paid for completing freelance projects in these categories: web development, graphic design, writing, translation, virtual office administration, marketing & sales, engineering & architecture, finance, law or management.
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Do you have a marketing or management background and a bit of a creative streak? A paint-n-sip business might be perfect for you. Check out this Forbes article on the drinking while painting trend.

Review Site
Start your own niche review site and earn money from product reviews. There are a lot of folks screaming about how to make money online, but very few showing you how to do it right. Check out Brendan's post on creating profitable Amazon review sites. He shows you his biggest mistakes, how to avoid them, and how to structure your own website for best results.

Not ready to quit your job and go all-in? Read more about ways to make money online from this great post from Shopify: 7 Ways to Start a Business (without Quitting Your Day Job).

Are you a laser-focused marketer with a bit of artistic talent? Try creating t-shirts for profit. Visit Shopify for everything you need to start selling t-shirts online.

Tutoring Services
Have skills in a specific topic like math or language? Consider charging for tutoring services. You can start by signing up with


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