101 New Ideas to Inspire You to Start a Business

Illustration by Catherine Song. © The Balance, 2018

Coming up with a business idea is the first step in starting a business. But how do you come up with a business idea that is right for you? 

Small Business Ideas for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

If you are looking for a small business idea (or even a micro business) to kickstart your path to entrepreneurship, you are in the right place. This list of 101 small business ideas includes everything from personal services, to retail opportunities, to environmental services, to pet-related ideas, to technology businesses. Use this list to identify the business idea that is perfect for your situation.

  1. Air Duct Cleaner
  2. Antique Furniture Sales
  3. App Developer
  4. Appliance Repair Technician
  5. Aquarium Maintenance
  6. Basement Remodeler
  7. Blog Consultant
  8. Bookkeeper
  9. Business Consultant
  10. Candle Maker
  11. Candy Maker
  12. Carpenter
  13. Catering Service
  14. Childproofing Expert
  15. Cloth Diaper Service
  16. Composting
  17. Computer Repair and Maintenance
  18. Computer Trainer
  19. Construction Cleanup
  20. Customer Service Professional
  21. Data Entry Service
  22. Desktop Publishing
  23. Direct Mail Marketing Service
  24. Disaster Planning and Prevention Service
  25. Dog Trainer
  26. Dog Treat Baker
  27. Dog Waste Remover (Pooper Scooper)
  1. Doula
  2. eBay Consultant
  3. eBay Seller
  4. Florist
  5. Freelance Writer
  6. Furniture Mover
  7. Gardener
  8. Genealogist
  9. Grant Writer
  10. Green Cleaner
  11. Green Consultant
  12. Gutter Cleaner
  13. Hair Salon Owner
  14. Handmade Crafter
  15. Handyman
  16. Hauling Services
  17. Holiday Decorator
  18. Home-Based Child Care Provider
  19. Home Stager
  20. Home Theater Designer
  21. Home Weatherization Professional
  22. House Painter
  23. Ice Cream Shop Business
  24. Image Consultant
  25. Ink and Toner Cartridge Refilling
  26. Interior Designer
  27. Internet Researcher
  28. Jewelry Maker
  29. Laundry Service
  30. Life Coach
  31. Locksmith
  32. Marketing Copywriter
  33. Massage Therapist
  1. Medical Transcriptionist
  2. Motivational Speaker
  3. Nutritionist
  4. Organic Hair Care Products Seller
  5. Organic Lawn Care Provider
  6. Party Planner
  7. Personal Chef
  8. Personal Concierge
  9. Personal Trainer
  10. Pest Control Professional
  11. Pet Couture Designer/Seller
  12. Pet Groomer
  13. Pet Sitter
  14. Photo Restoration Service
  15. Photographer
  16. Pizza Parlor
  17. Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Provider
  18. Private Tutor
  19. Professional Organizer
  20. Project Manager
  21. Proofreader
  22. Public Relations Agency
  23. Resume Writer
  24. Sales Consultant
  25. Scrapbooker for Hire
  26. Senior Care Provider
  27. SEO Consultant
  1. Snow and Ice Removal Service
  2. Soap Maker
  3. Social Media Consultant
  4. Speech Writer
  5. Tax Accountant
  6. Translation Service Provider
  7. Tree Farmer
  8. Video Producer
  9. Virtual Assistant
  10. Virtual Call Center
  11. Voice-Over Professional
  12. Web Designer
  13. . Wedding Planner
  14. . Yoga Instructor

Now that you have a few business ideas in mind, you've completed the first step of starting a business: you're inspired! It's time to take the next step, and evaluate the business ideas that made it to the top of your list.

Doing this research at the beginning of the process is vital to avoid wasting time and money on a business idea that flops.

Once you have confirmed there is a market for your business idea, it's time to jump in on the small business startup process, and you'll be on your way to starting a new business in no time.