Careers Business Ownership 101 New Ideas to Inspire You to Start a Business Share PINTEREST Email Print Illustration by Catherine Song. © The Balance, 2018 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 10/25/20 Few things are as exciting as starting a new business. Before you start your own company, though, you've got to come up with some great ideas. The trick is finding a great small business idea that will be viable, excite you, and fit your skill set. So, 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. It's bound to include something that will inspire you and get you one step closer to your dream of running your own company. Air Duct Cleaner Antique Furniture Sales App Developer Appliance Repair Technician Aquarium Maintenance Basement Remodeler Blog Consultant Bookkeeper Business Consultant Candle Maker Candy Maker Carpenter Catering Service Childproofing Expert Cloth Diaper Service Composting Computer Repair and Maintenance Computer Trainer Construction Cleanup Customer Service Professional Data Entry Service Desktop Publishing Direct Mail Marketing Service Disaster Planning and Prevention Service Dog Trainer Dog Treat Baker Dog Waste Remover (Pooper Scooper) Doula eBay Consultant eBay Seller Florist Freelance Writer Furniture Mover Gardener Genealogist Grant Writer Green Cleaner Green Consultant Gutter Cleaner Hair Salon Owner Handmade Crafter Handyman Hauling Services Holiday Decorator Home-Based Child Care Provider Home Stager Home Theater Designer Home Weatherization Professional House Painter Ice Cream Shop Business Image Consultant Ink and Toner Cartridge Refilling Interior Designer Internet Researcher Jewelry Maker Laundry Service Life Coach Locksmith Marketing Copywriter Massage Therapist Medical Transcriptionist Motivational Speaker Nutritionist Organic Hair Care Products Seller Organic Lawn Care Provider Party Planner Personal Chef Personal Concierge Personal Trainer Pest Control Professional Pet Couture Designer/Seller Pet Groomer Pet Sitter Photo Restoration Service Photographer Pizza Parlor Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Provider Private Tutor Professional Organizer Project Manager Proofreader Public Relations Agency Resume Writer Sales Consultant Scrapbooker for Hire Senior Care Provider SEO Consultant Snow and Ice Removal Service Soap Maker Social Media Consultant Speech Writer Tax Accountant Translation Service Provider Tree Farmer Video Producer Virtual Assistant Virtual Call Center Voice-Over Professional Web Designer Wedding Planner Yoga Instructor Use this list to create your own smaller list of ideas. Once you have a few new business ideas in mind, you've completed the first step toward starting a company: 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, it's time to jump in on the small business startup process. Just a bit of hard work, and you'll be on your way to starting a new business in no time.