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List of Small Business Ideas

Updated on April 29, 2016

Here is a big list of small business ideas to get you started on your quest to starting your small business? Before you start reviewing the list you really need to think about what it is that you want to do. What is it that you love and what gets you on your soapbox? Why do I say this? Business is hard (it can be really hard!) so you need to really love what you do. Don't just start a business because you think you are good at it ... this will wear off eventually. Doing something that you are really passionate about will make the hard times a bit more bearable. BUT when you hit the good times you will experience happiness like you would not believe!

The items on the list below may not be for everyone obviously (there are some really random ones there!) but it gives you a range of smallbiz opportunities that you can generally start from scratch, and if you love what you do you can make very good money and the success of your business is much easier.

Online transcription services

Photograph Restorer

Portrait photographer

Romantic gesture coordinator

Wedding singer

Children’s party entertainer

Honey trapper

Jewellery maker

T Shirt designer

Greeting card designer


Dog walker

Dog groomer

Home maintenance

Interior designer

Ebay seller

Custom tour operator

Eco taxi tandem


Nutritional consultant

Mobile IT support

Mobile Computer doctor

Online PA services

Laundry services

Candle maker


Bumper sticker designer

Airport taxi


Resume builder

Garden maintenance services

Landscape designer

Mobile snack bar service

Furniture restorer

Carpet cleaning services

House sitter

Furniture removal service

Occasion cake baker

Personal shopper

Family history researcher

Home movie editor

Self defence tutor

Web designer

Search engine marketer

Affiliate marketer

Life coach

Curtain maker

Local speed dating business

Bicycle repair


Business coach

Medical & legal transcription services

Herb grower

Freelance on sites such as oDesk & eLance

Soft toy maker

Wooden toy maker

Home brewery

Custom fancy dress maker

Life advice coach


Picture framing service

Mobile hairdresser

Mobile nail technicians

VHS media – DVD transfer service

Remodelling services

Pet portrait artist

Personalised gift producer

Rainbow chaser tours

Mystery shopper

Pet sitter

Product testers

Calendar producer


Event tent hire

Teach languages

Pushbike courier service

Greeting card verse writer

Event organiser

Event invitation designer

Bicycle tours

Karaoke machine hire

Leaflet printing business


Pub quiz organiser

Crossword solving hotline operator

Pet outfit maker

Buy and sell used furniture

Historic location tours

Picture frame maker

Event refrigerator hire

Ice cream van

Dating web site

Make crafts from natural products

Organise local business networking events

Buy and sell domain names

Mail order erotic accessories

Crazy golf course designer

Personal shopper

Local area tours

Ghost tour operator

Sandwich maker

Relationship advice hotline

Flyer distribution service

Rickshaw taxi rider

Yoga retreat organiser

Apron ,maker

Custom Play list generator

Flyer distributor

Weekly custom food delivery service

Golf equipment hire

Motorbike taxi


Ring-Bring local collection and delivery service

Tailoring services

Demolition services

Wildlife photographer

Doll clothing maker

Journal maker

Flower arranger

Private detective

Specialist recruitment consultant

Coffee shop owner

Custom gift basket producer

Personal gift finder

Property developer

Pushchair/pram customiser

Courier service

T-shirt design business (café press)

Face painting

Start an over phone unmanned journal transcription service

Home cinema hire services

Distribution/fulfilment warehouse

Specialist tutor

Decorative glassmaker

Vintage clothing seller

Storywriter for magazines

B&B proprietor

Banner ad designer

Dog breeder

Agency for entertainers

Business coach


Horse riding school

Maternity wear maker

Fashion accessories seller

Kids clothing website

Homemade food local deliveries

Fiction writer

Website selling items with images of cute animals

Market researcher

Bag and purse customiser

Lifestyle coach

Day care nursery

Online local video business directory

Freelance PR strategist

Blog about something you love and take advantage of affiliate marketing

Antique dealer

Domain name buyer

Linguist? Become a translator

Holiday home swap website

Hybrid taxi service

Kitchenware website

Vintage home wares seller

Mailbox designer

House clearance service

Baby nursery decorator

Knitting craft maker

Supply trade items (such as beads for jewellery makers)

Dog kennel designer

Birdhouse custom designer

Divorce party organiser

Bookbinder service

Unusual clock maker

Chocolate maker

Clothes making classes

Occasion wear rentals

Career advisor

Eco product developer

Organic baby food produce

Senior care local services

On-call flat pack furniture constructor

Online directory founder

Quilt maker

Brain gym classes

Fancy/Vintage clothing rental

Weight loss buddy

Unusual Gift finder

Freelance forum poster

Trophy/Award designer


Image consultant

Clothing advisor (via web cam)

Pampering business

House name and number maker

Sound effect collector

Star gazing event coordinator

Unusual locations mobile restaurant

Stress relief centre (A place to smash things!)

Property finding service

Paparazzi photographer

Health juice deliveries

Dream dictation hotline operator


DIY advice hotline

Battle re enactment organiser

Watch and clock repairs

Car maintenance services

Trend spotter

Window cleaner

Home technology advisor

Organic food deliveries

Money saving advisor

Bouncy castle hire

Investment advisor

Local business health food lunchtime delivery

Unusual crafts website

Exquisite food caterer

Homebuyer’s consultancy

Travel agent specialising in large groups

Pool cleaning services

Gold plating service

Opulent event coordinator

Source and supple lost instruction manuals

Start a pet share company

High-end pet jewellery maker

Custom screensaver producer

Shoe customiser

Custom coffin decorator

House painter

Online ezine writer

Toy designer

Professional competition entrant

Mobile coffee deliveries

Pet taxi services

Poetry event organiser

Audio book voice over artist

Independent publisher

Seed and plant bulb mail order service

Insect breeder for film & TV hire

Rare plant/flower provider

Mural painter

Social networking application developer


Ironing service

Mail order pet supplies

Tree house builder

Wake up call & chat provider

Kite maker

Mobile garden produce upkeep service

Toy swap & sell event organiser

Baby shower gifts website

Office organiser

Music and Film download service

Resell working electrical components from broken electrical items

Events musical performer organisation

Screen-printing services

Graffiti artist

Graffiti removal service

Plumbing services

Decorating service provider

Tool rental business

Carpet cleaner

Treasure hunt coordinator

New product inventor

Advertising on beach imprinter

Escort business

Custom rubber stamp maker

Musical instrument rental

Storage space rental

Children’s book illustrator

Boat cleaner

Online proofreading services


Camera equipment rental

Web page content provider

Golf coach

Swimming tutor

Home organiser

Import export services

Local babysitting referral website

Marketing copywriter

Used bookseller

Mini bus and coach hire business

Independent driving instructor

School run drop off and collection service

Cosmetic sales agent

Doll maker

Online researcher

Energy saving consultant

Recycled products business

Write a quiz book

Taxidermist business

Wine taste & buy club

Custom scrap booking

Bookmark designer

Text driving instruction business

Personalised travel guide

Internet training services

Elite pet bed designer

Mobile advertising driver

House moving services

Educational film producer

Recipe book writer

Local business telephone answering service

Pub quiz text answer provider

Topiary services

Comedy night organiser

Band promoter

Disability product website

Locksmith services

Hire out fitness equipment

Branding consultant

Garden gnome designer

Climbing instructor

Small pet breeder

Jam and pickle maker

Unusual or novelty car hire business

Custom children’s storywriter

Custom poetry writer

Make up artist

Local after school club organiser

Soap maker

Car breaking service

Mobile DJ

Hot air balloon rides

Bungee jumping mobile crane

Furniture rental business

Arcade game hire

Custom corporate gift supplier

Rent out pool and casino tables for events

Local restaurant review database

Jewellery restorer

Trailer hire service

Custom home storage unit designer

Beauty therapist

Perfume maker

Tropical fish breeder


Local news reporter

Film reviewer

Chicken breeder

Walking holiday organiser


Unusual experience coordinator


Rent out caravan for holiday market

Text message ‘answer any question’ service

Difficult decision helpline

Birdcage builder

Flea market trader

Hammocks and outdoor leisure website

Large barbecue hire service

Educational toy website

Soft furnishing website

Create innovative online marketing campaigns

Write a storybook

Source and sell vintage car parts

Buy, restore and re-sell old radios

Mobile mechanic

Local are beauty spot photographer

Pest controller

Model making services

Landscaping services

Photograph scanner service

After owning and managing small to medium businesses for over 18 years Tammy Love is Ms Small Biz -- she has a love/hate relationship with business! She believes that it is really exciting to grow something and provide the best possible service/product for customers but yet it can also be tiring, hard and down right exhausting! She knows that it can also be lonely being a business owner. She is using her website | Facebook page and Twitter to help others achieve their dream of starting or getting through the beast that is small business!


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    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Great ideas, some funny, some would need more marketing than I have the power to do, but I might be able to try others.... I live in a small town so there are different challenges vs. big city.



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      Himatbhai Parmar 

      9 years ago

      Very usefull and inspirative

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      9 years ago

      its a nice and intersting list

    • ellahall2011 profile image


      10 years ago

      Fantastic list.Wanna try my gig/

    • Nicky Smart profile image

      Nicky Smart 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom


      It's really big list. But almost it covers all ideas related to any business.

    • jessparis profile image


      11 years ago

      hi there!! ^^ this sure is a long list of good small business ideas. I was looking at the list a while back and then suddenly it struck me, i now have more ideas on what to do with my own business as well. Still on the starting up stage so not yet fully established and tips like these ones help a lot of us! Good work there ms small biz.

    • sanam_valani profile image


      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      good idea bank. Keep up the good work.


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