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? 

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. Candle Maker
  6. Candy Maker
  7. Carpenter
  8. Catering Service
  9. Childproofing Expert
  10. Customer Service Professional
  11. Desktop Publishing
  12. Direct Mail Marketing Service
  13. Disaster Planning and Prevention Service
  1. Doula
  2. eBay Seller
  3. Florist
  4. Furniture Mover
  5. Genealogist
  6. Grant Writer
  7. Gutter Cleaner
  8. Hair Salon Owner
  9. Hauling Services
  10. Holiday Decorator
  11. Home Stager
  12. Home Theater Designer
  13. Ice Cream Shop Business
  14. Interior Designer
  15. Jewelry Maker
  16. Laundry Service
  17. Locksmith
  18. Marketing Copywriter
  19. Massage Therapist
  1. Motivational Speaker
  2. Nutritionist
  3. Personal Chef
  4. Personal Trainer
  5. Pest Control Professional
  6. Photo Restoration Service
  7. Photographer
  8. Pizza Parlor
  9. Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Provider
  10. Professional Organizer
  11. Public Relations Agency
  12. Resume Writer
  13. Sales Consultant
  14. Scrapbooker for Hire
  15. 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, follow along with this to work on each of the remaining steps in the small business startup process, and you'll be on your way to starting a new business in no time.