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 . 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 ) 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. Antique Furniture Sales
  2. App Developer
  3. Appliance Repair Technician
  4. Basement Remodeler
  5. Blog Consultant
  6. Candle Maker
  7. Candy Maker
  8. Carpenter
  9. Catering Service
  10. Childproofing Expert
  11. Customer Service Professional
  12. Desktop Publishing
  13. Direct Mail Marketing Service
  14. Disaster Planning and Prevention Service
  1. Doula
  2. eBay Consultant
  3. Florist
  4. Freelance Writer
  5. Furniture Mover
  6. Genealogist
  7. Grant Writer
  8. Gutter Cleaner
  9. Hair Salon Owner
  10. Hauling Services
  11. Holiday Decorator
  12. Home Stager
  13. Home Theater Designer
  14. Ice Cream Shop Business
  15. Interior Designer
  16. Jewelry Maker
  17. Laundry Service
  18. Locksmith
  19. Marketing Copywriter
  20. Massage Therapist
  1. Motivational Speaker
  2. Nutritionist
  3. Organic Lawn Care Provider
  4. Personal Chef
  5. Personal Trainer
  6. Pest Control Professional
  7. Photo Restoration Service
  8. Photographer
  9. Pizza Parlor
  10. Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Provider
  11. Professional Organizer
  12. Public Relations Agency
  13. Resume Writer
  14. Sales Consultant
  15. Scrapbooker for Hire
  16. Senior Care Provider
  1. Snow and Ice Removal Service
  2. Soap Maker
  3. Speech Writer
  4. Tax Accountant
  5. Tree Farmer
  6. Voice-Over Professional
  7. . Wedding Planner
  8. . 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 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 , and you'll be on your way to starting a new business in no time.