Careers Business Ownership The Best Small Business Ideas Share PINTEREST Email Print Leanincollection/Getty Images Business Ownership Becoming an Owner Small Business Online Business Home Business Entrepreneurship Operations & Success Industries By Alyssa Gregory Alyssa Gregory Alyssa Gregory is an entrepreneur, writer, and marketer with 20 years of experience in the business world. She is the founder of the Small Business Bonfire, a community for entrepreneurs, and has authored more than 2,500 articles for popular small business websites. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 04/22/19 Small businesses have the power to change the economy, and now is the perfect time to leverage some of the many tools and resources available to start a business. Fortified with new resolve, incentives, and potential, small business owners are finally taking steps to start, rejuvenate and grow their small businesses. Here are some of the best small business ideas that represent a big potential for small business owners. 1. Low-Cost Business Ideas Starting a business doesn't have to require a large investment. In fact, there are many types of small businesses that are not only relatively inexpensive to start, but also have the potential to produce significant profits. Browse this collection of 10 low-cost small business ideas that won't exhaust your savings, and can get you on the road to successful small business ownership. 2. Home-Based Business Ideas With determination, focus, and drive, you can build a profitable business right from your home. But it takes research, planning and a bit of forethought. Explore these 10 home-based business ideas, including the pros and cons, and a list of resources for each idea, to help you start exploring your options. 3. Green Business Ideas From green cleaning to composting to organic products, there are hundreds of green business ideas available for the eco-conscious business owner. Will one of these 10 green business ideas be the one that allows you to build a profitable business while helping the environment? 4. Technology-Related Business Ideas There are many technology-related business ideas out there that allow tech-savvy business owners to use their technical experience to build a successful business. Review these 10 technology-related business ideas, including the pros and cons, and a list of resources for each idea to help you get started. 5. Seasonal Business Ideas Seasonal, part-time businesses are an excellent way to dip your toe into business ownership without making the move on a full-time basis. These 15 seasonal business ideas cover every season, and many have the potential to transform into a full-time gig if you decide to expand in the future. 6. Pet-Related Business Ideas There's no denying that most pet owners love their animals, and many will do anything to make sure their pets are happy, healthy and safe. Because of the dedication of pet owners, there is tremendous potential for starting a pet-related small business that caters to animal lovers. Explore this list of pet-related business ideas to see if starting a pet-related business is the right small business path for you. 7. Economy-Proof Business Ideas Some business ideas are wholly dependent on the economic climate. Consider service-based businesses such as house cleaning or health clubs. These are generally the first to be cut from a household budget when money gets tight. These 14 business ideas are sustainable from bull to bear markets and everything in between. 8. More 101 Business Ideas If the ideas above aren't enough to get you started, here is a list of 101 business ideas that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Once you have a business idea in mind, make sure you qualify it, then follow these 10 steps to starting a business.