Business Ideas For Starting Your Own Business

Here are the steps to take to start a business

If this is the year that you finally start your business, then it's important that once you take your idea and your desire, you turn the two it into something profitable by taking the necessary steps. 

Many of the initial steps in starting a business are free, or inexpensive, and can be done in your spare time. Because a large part of forming a business involves research and analysis, the sooner you start, the better. Here are the first steps to take to become the entrepreneur you were meant to be.

5 Low-Cost, Work-at-Home Business Opportunities for Women

The best business opportunities for women who want to work from home involve little to no start-up capital, and minimal risk. Industries that remain strong even during tough economic times include services that can save other companies money, and child- and pet-care related products and services.

Supplemental Income Business Ideas

Are you familiar with the term reluctant entrepreneur? A reluctant entrepreneur is someone who was not planning on—or dreaming of—starting a business. But suddenly they find themselves in a position (possibly a financial position) that requires them to find an alternative means of income or a supplemental income.

This can be something as simple as opening an eBay store and selling unwanted items you have lying around the house.

Become A Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopping scams do exist, but millions of people are working with legitimate companies as undercover shoppers. And they're getting paid for it. Here are FAQs about mystery shopping, what it is, what you do, how much mystery shoppers get paid, and certification. 

7 Easy Steps to Starting an Online Used Book Store for Less than $100

If you could gather enough books to fill an eStore and start an online business for less than $100 would you do it? It's a lot easier than you think. Of course, you'll have to first take the required steps such as registering your business, securing a federal tax ID, and getting a business license.

Since you're probably a book-lover, you may want to take a deep dive into How to Start a Used Book Sale Business For Less Than $100, a primer on the subject.

Baby Showers Are a Timeless Business Opportunity

If you are launching a business that caters to new moms, come up with a line of products that is affordable and serves a need—not just an impulse. While novelty items are fun, parents always need help with the basics. Remember, a fancy changing table loses its thrill when there are no diapers in the house.

Pet Products and Services: A Lucrative Industry

The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar entity, bringing in $69.5 billion in sales in 201  Pet owners buy everything from standards like water bowls and cat collars to designer rain gear and sterling silver picture frames. If you want to work in this industry you'll first need to do your research, decide exactly what you want to sell, to whom, and what to charge—among other big decision.

Ideas for Products and Services For Weddings and Brides

Wedding products and services are always in demand. Ideas for wedding-related businesses include writing people's vows for them, becoming a wedding planner, designing personalized wedding gifts, and working as a wedding video photographer.

Become A Dog Trainer

If you raised kids, you can train a dog. And, if you love animals, you may want to look into becoming a certified dog trainer. While formal training is not strictly necessary, completing an apprenticeship with an established dog trainer is one of the best ways to learn the business and gain hands-on experience.

There are also quite a few formal training programs including becoming certified by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) certification program.

12 Unique Business Ideas

From cat cafes to selling reef balls, there are a dozen different ways to make money by starting a unique business. As long as you have the capital and the time to launch your unique new business, you can make real money.

Over 75 Home Business Ideas

From virtual assistant to furniture restorer to tax consultant, here are seventy-five ideas for starting a home-based business. Think about what you love to do and what skills you have to offer and there's a good chance you'll find a business idea here that's perfect for you.

101 More Small Business Ideas

This list of 101 small business ideas includes everything from personal services, to retail opportunities, to environmental services. Perhaps you like to design jewelry, or you've always dreamt of having your own locksmith business. From marketing copywriter to massage therapist, the choices here seem endless.