If you could start any small business?

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  1. profile image0
    Kevin Lamposted 13 years ago

    If you start any small business, what would it be. I would start a aquaculture farm. A aquaculture farm is basically a fish farm.

    1. Brooke Lorren profile image61
      Brooke Lorrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I'd start a writing business.

      Wait, I did.

    2. wealthseeker profile image60
      wealthseekerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I would start a blog business on fitness and gadgets.

    3. scutman032 profile image61
      scutman032posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      an aquaculture farm would be extremely exciting... but what kind of fish would you raise?

    4. HarvWhitman profile image60
      HarvWhitmanposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I have started a business on line for marketing multi-level and affiliate marketing.  It is a long term project, not a get rich scheme, or a pyramid.  Some of the benefits are:  I choose where and when I work with a laptop, the start up costs and risk are minimal, and the tax benefits are typical of a home based business.

      I'll also go with Alan's suggestion that if it were without strategy or budget constraints - vineyard.

    5. suffilover profile image62
      suffiloverposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I Would probably do web design for actors, male models, photographers and psychologists.  As well as article and press release submission as a way to promote their websites. As about small businesses, I would only provide article and press release submission services.

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      thebusinessladderposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I would recommend lettings and property management. It is a very solid industry in the UK and the trends are very positive both in terms of landlord and tenant demand. More information on this can be found at http://www.letting4success.co.uk.

  2. Daniel Carter profile image63
    Daniel Carterposted 13 years ago

    A small social networking site. Then write a book about it and make a movie.

  3. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 13 years ago

    some people start a copy writing business and set up  writers as independent contractors..

  4. Peter Hoggan profile image69
    Peter Hogganposted 13 years ago

    Marital Aids. I am not trying to be offensive or flippant but the fact is there is still a fair bit of embarrassment associated to walking into a shop and buying a replacement for the old worn out rabbit! This makes marital aids ideal for a more anonymous online sale. Probably not the market for shrinking violets and it is competitive.

    1. Jane@CM profile image62
      Jane@CMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      There are a few good ones online already - they are the home party type, but you can order online smile

  5. Jane@CM profile image62
    Jane@CMposted 13 years ago

    A local yarn shop.  Real old fashioned bakery/coffee shop.  A used book store.  A tea store.

  6. FloBe profile image64
    FloBeposted 13 years ago

    I would start an online book store where people could sell the books they've written and I'd get a percentage of each sale from my site. Like an affiliate site for books...does something like that already exist?

    1. Brooke Lorren profile image61
      Brooke Lorrenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Lulu.com will publish books for other people.

  7. AlanZimmerman profile image61
    AlanZimmermanposted 13 years ago

    The practical person inside says a hosting company - high demand, booming industry, plus you can scale yourself up fairly quickly.

    If I could start anything in the world, without strategy or budget constraints - vineyard.

    1. Ipeoney profile image69
      Ipeoneyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      when it comes to starting a business it sounds scary to me, lose some money before coz I didn't have the knowledge just a dream. Lose in apparel and movie rental store. Moral lesson? Study and Learn. Online Business nowadays is good, selling your own products, selling other peoples products, Ebay, Yahoo, Amazon. If you want you can join MLM, it's only good if you join when company is new, coz you're at the Top. In country like Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, etc.. I would say Goat farm is excellent business, or Cow, chicken raising. Goat is good because they only eat grass. All you have to do is plant more grass. And you don't really need to take care of them much, as long as they have shelter to sleep in. An engineer gave up his profession to raise goats.

    2. Stacie L profile image87
      Stacie Lposted 13 years ago

      I was a traveling private tutor and a pet sitter.
      How about starting an herb farm may be a good business. Reataurants want to use fresh ingredients.
      A small daycare in your home is a good start. Depending on your community,you may have up to 4 chldren without a license.

      Teaching crafts classes in your home is another option.
      I taught beading and polymer clay craft classes to a small group.
      There are many ideas...

    3. wychic profile image81
      wychicposted 13 years ago

      Woohoo, I'm not the only one who wants a fish farm! Actually, the starting point for my idea was with an aquatic supply shop. The only tropical fish supplier in this area is really horrible, and also doesn't offer the kind of selection I want, so I'd intended to supply it with fish I'd raised myself. The only way to make sure that the shop stays well-stocked is to raise more fish than I need, but then I'd have to sell off the extras through online sales or sales to pet stores elsewhere in the state. After all the considerations, I dropped the shop idea altogether and kept the fish and aquatic supplies. I've done a lot of online sales off of a 19-tank fish room, and once we get a permanent place on an acreage (about two years) we'll be building my fish house so I can start expanding on the idea. Thus far I've already done my business plan, cost estimates, found breeders for initial stock, and just about everything else I can do right now...all that's left is to wait for the facilities.

    4. IntimatEvolution profile image70
      IntimatEvolutionposted 13 years ago

      An old fashion whore house.

      1. John Holden profile image60
        John Holdenposted 13 years agoin reply to this


    5. Bob Ewing profile image65
      Bob Ewingposted 13 years ago

      Selling small wind turbines and solar panels

    6. lovetherain profile image81
      lovetherainposted 13 years ago

      pottery an art studio

    7. American_Choices profile image78
      American_Choicesposted 13 years ago

      An art gallery complete with authors once a month speaking about their books.

    8. Mikeydoes profile image44
      Mikeydoesposted 13 years ago

      Waste removal business.

      I'd plan on making it a bug business though.

    9. Disturbia profile image60
      Disturbiaposted 13 years ago

      I started my little interior design business some 20 years ago.

    10. Bill Manning profile image69
      Bill Manningposted 13 years ago

      I'd make a network of websites,,,, oh wait I do that already! lol

      Okay then, I'd make a network of websites,,,, that MAKE A LOT OF MONEY! big_smile

    11. steffer profile image61
      stefferposted 13 years ago

      i would start an article network (already have the script) (like ezinearticles or hubpages)
      and a membership website, a blog empire and adsense websites)

    12. profile image0
      Helpful Hannaposted 13 years ago

      I would have a stand at street fairs selling some sort of food.  Probably a delicious dessert that people would enjoy!

      1. steffer profile image61
        stefferposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Belgian people are making a fortune by selling fries and belgian waffles in New York and other big city's in the U.S.

        I actually know someone who moved to the states and became filthy rish by making and selling the real Belgian waffles from a stand in new york city.

    13. Stacie L profile image87
      Stacie Lposted 13 years ago

      my mom and i have been treasure hunters or pickers for years.
      the show American pickers and Antiques Roadshow have piqued the interest of many people who need to make money.

    14. businessesforsale profile image56
      businessesforsaleposted 13 years ago

      Seeing as though I already acheived what this question is asking, I'll let you in on what I did.

      I started an online business back in 2004. It started out as a hobby, but quickly grew into an authority website in its niche. So I have been working from home, being my own boss and doing something I love every day!

    15. businesstrader profile image39
      businesstraderposted 13 years ago

      I would start an online business for sale website in Australia, get it ranking very high in the search engines for our main terms, leave my job and work from home.........I actually acheived this about 6 months ago! visit http://www.business-trader.com.au.

      1. travelespresso profile image68
        travelespressoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Good for you.  It looks really good too and affordable.

    16. pilesnoway profile image61
      pilesnowayposted 13 years ago

      t-shirt printing or photography business.

    17. namktqs profile image41
      namktqsposted 13 years ago

      I am excited to see people have different ways to win money for yourself is the best.

      For me it is interesting that, since learning I was able to start a business online and it's really good for me to learn and start working.

      First choice is to become a afiliate to sell the products of others, the process makes me want to become a professional my work ...

      Now I can gently push his business that is very exciting to discover something new in many areas, other niche markets.

      It is important that we can make money on the internet and do not feel the hard work ... we still have time to do what you want in your spare time there.

      One important thing is to start looking for the best help initially ... I've found for her and I love this ...

      And I believe you always have these choices ...

      1. profile image57
        eurostarjewelryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Drop shipping is also the best way to make money online
        you can find Ton of good drop shippers at

        1. toknowinfo profile image72
          toknowinfoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I would start a business that would help motivate and coach people who want to start their own business

    18. habee profile image92
      habeeposted 13 years ago

      A restaurant that served Floribbean food. Yum!

    19. schoolgirlforreal profile image79
      schoolgirlforrealposted 13 years ago

      I'd make stickers, scratch and sniffs, all kinds, fuzzies, oils, puffy, etc and stationery and cards and sell them in a store, w/ all kinds of goodies, knick knacks, candy, etc.

    20. businessesforsale profile image56
      businessesforsaleposted 13 years ago

      Always remember to never give up on your dreams. I nearly through it all in at one point, only to turn it into a million dollar business. http://www.BusinessesforSales.com

    21. recommend1 profile image60
      recommend1posted 13 years ago

      I would start a website selling my own products and then market it through affiliate members from Hupages, and a few other sites, then I would call the affiliate site

      Just opened to neew members !   travel writers especially welcome travelespresso big_smile

      1. travelespresso profile image68
        travelespressoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks so much for your welcome and PM recommend1.  Good luck with it!

    22. briancassingena profile image61
      briancassingenaposted 13 years ago

      How about a Home Staging business? Is anyone out there a home stager? I have a small amount of info on it here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Home-Staging-Review , would love some feedback smile

    23. raincloud2010 profile image61
      raincloud2010posted 13 years ago

      Hm, I'd like to start Dropship business. My present job gives me more chances to go deep into Dropship. If I do dropship, I don't need to have an inventory. So I can put more efforts to promote my site and products.

    24. The LEAP man profile image61
      The LEAP manposted 13 years ago

      Hi Run a start up business programme in Ireland if you need help please contact me.

    25. moonbugster profile image59
      moonbugsterposted 13 years ago

      I would start a small hobby shop that specializes in Needlework, especially Cross Stitch!

    26. Dale Nelson profile image38
      Dale Nelsonposted 13 years ago

      I sold my carwash about 15 years ago. Loved it.

      Wouldnt mind opening another.

      1. GmaGoldie profile image82
        GmaGoldieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Fascinating - I almost - within 24 hours did that - the land I wanted was sold - then wasn't able to find land that would support the car wash.  Sadly, the land I wanted was sold to a similar minded person and she opened a car wash.  No regrets but always interesting to look back.

        Any thoughts on the revenue forecasting for potential new car wash entrepreneurs?  Supposedly there was some scandal on that years ago.

    27. Candelish profile image61
      Candelishposted 13 years ago

      Let's see, I've been in Real Estate, Insurance sales, Elder care, IT, marketing and my all time favorite, massage therapy, just to name a few. (I loved making people feel better but it took a lot out of me.) 

      I just can't seem to choose what I want to be when I grow up!

      Through all of my business ventures I've gained an extensive knowledge base.  Some knowledge is in-depth while other knowledge just skimmed the surface.  (Enough to get my feet wet and realize it just wasn't for me. Like when I was young and tried setting appointments for a funeral home.  I gained a skewed sense of humor from that job, YIKES!)

      But everything I did was just an additional outlet to gain real world knowledge and experience for me. 

      Now I want to take everything I have learned and experienced and FINALLY start working on the dream I've had since I was 9 years old. 

      Become a published author that makes enough money to support myself and my kids in the life to which I would like to become accustomed.  lol

      I'm hoping that becoming an affiliate will help ensure my goals.  So here's to following a dream no matter how old it is!

    28. AnythingArtzy profile image66
      AnythingArtzyposted 13 years ago

      I would love to have a quaint little what-not shop with all kinds of unusual finds from different eras and a space for  selling books. Books are a passion of mine.

    29. GmaGoldie profile image82
      GmaGoldieposted 13 years ago

      I have dreamed of an art shop.  And in many ways, with my Hubs, I have achieved this dream - only via the virtual world not a physical shop.  I love the photos and the artistic works - visual and writing, etc...

      Oh, now if I could have a coffee house with the art shop....hmmm...too much fun!

    30. cheaptrick profile image75
      cheaptrickposted 13 years ago

      I'd start an In door farm in an abandoned building right in the heart of the city
      Buy the building cheap
      setup for light and water
      Plant your crops...and off you go...
      Indoor Farming...the future is here.

    31. profile image49
      jeb4321posted 13 years ago

      There's a huge future in products and services for aging baby boomers. And another business that just keeps growing despite the bad economy is the office cleaning business.

      1. The LEAP man profile image61
        The LEAP manposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        wow such positive feed back its great to read a page like this when here in Ireland we are surrounded by such doom and gloom. Fantastic to hear

    32. BrankoZecevic profile image61
      BrankoZecevicposted 13 years ago

      It would be deffinitely something about internet marketing.
      I mean look at the potential of internet.
      Millions of people are using it.
      This is a chance to build mz own business and tanks God for that.

    33. dingdondingdon profile image60
      dingdondingdonposted 13 years ago

      I've always wanted to set up a service where if someone's feeling lonely or depressed, they can log on to a site and someone will just talk to them. They could talk by phone or IM, and not even necessarily about what was making them sad. It'd just be for anyone who needed some friendly company.

      I wouldn't feel good charging people for something like that though. sad

    34. profile image0
      MarcLecposted 12 years ago

      Just go for it, you only live once -should you need any help with accounting and bookkeeping contact me at : justfinance@hotmail.co.uk or follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/Thejustfinance

    35. skisy profile image90
      skisyposted 12 years ago

      A small kayaking river guide business, maybe expand it to rafting and possibly land activities such as climbing and stuff as well. But most importantly it would have to be in an amazing and unique and probably remote location, taking small groups on an epic adventure.

    36. profile image55
      Letting Visionposted 12 years ago

      The lettings industry is a good one. A booming market which is recession safe. You can start a letting agency from home for as little as £279.00 with full support, training, letter templates, a complete step by step training manual, property website and software and much more. For more info visit http://www.lettingvision.co.uk

    37. Victoria Stephens profile image76
      Victoria Stephensposted 12 years ago

      I'd like to have a small orchard and veg patch and sell the goods along the road side.

      1. LoisRyan13903 profile image61
        LoisRyan13903posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        My sister does something similar.  She grows flowers on her property and sells them just outside her house.  This is a good income for a couple of months.

    38. profile image0
      Home Girlposted 12 years ago

      I'd like to buy some small business, like a small store or smth. that does not require extensive labour everyday, so I can live semiretired lifestyle and support myself at the same time. Do not think though it is realistically possible in Canada. Way too many rules,regulations, taxes, what not. And most important no money and not a very good credit history.

    39. classicalgeek profile image81
      classicalgeekposted 12 years ago

      I've started four small businesses, and am looking to start a fifth. Nobody who knew me growing up would ever have believed that I had a head for business (I even surprised myself!).

      1) teaching voice and piano
      2) performing at different events, either my students or myself
      3) CD promotion services for my students (I hire a local audio engineer and a local company to manufacture the CDs, and a local photographer and graphic designer to do the covers), then set up a website to sell them.)
      4) internet writing/online designing and marketing
      5) publishing company

    40. profile image0
      Motown2Chitownposted 12 years ago

      I want a small coffee shop/bookstore.  Bland, I know, but it would encompass everything I love and make me happy.  And, as long as I had a small apartment above, I'd have everything I needed.

    41. paintcontractor profile image55
      paintcontractorposted 12 years ago

      I already have my own business and as i found out, it is a lot of stress and hard work to be a small business owner. I do not want my own small business any longer. I want a large business. So I can hire a lot of managers to run it and do very little myself. Only show up to pick up the profits. If someone knows how to open a big business, with very little money and effort, pleas let me know.

    42. WriteAngled profile image73
      WriteAngledposted 12 years ago

      I would love to sell secondhand books, but (a) haven't got the storage space to do it properly and (b) can't be competing against the one-penny prices sellers put up on Amazon.

      It would be great to have a local wholefood shop. Apparently, there was one here some years back, which did well until the couple running it moved away. However, no way would I want to work shop hours myself and I do not have enough to invest in premises, stock and staff to run the shop.

    43. WhitneyNZ profile image62
      WhitneyNZposted 12 years ago

      A little bookstore...  I think that while Amazon may be the end of big box stores like Borders and Barnes and Noble, they can't take away the appeal of browsing through a nice, niche bookstore. 

      Though I'd only consider doing this kind of thing if I was independently wealthy enough not to need to make a profit...  I'd like to spend all day in a bookstore but not if I have to stress over profit margins and expenses. smile

    44. DrMikeFitzpatrick profile image37
      DrMikeFitzpatrickposted 12 years ago

      the purpose of any business to make a profit-since i have been self-employed for 20 years including owning major franchises, but did much better in a direct sales/network opportunity. find something people need, and get it to them! right now almost 50% of the planet is dying of heart disease and diabetes complications. most would not get on a plane you only had a 50/50 chance of getting off of, but you are ALREADY on that plane now! my company (40 years in business and A+ rated)i consult with found a product to address both those issues readily. again, find a need for others and fill it with your product or services.


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