Best Small Business Ideas

If you’re ready to become an entrepreneur, it’s important to choose the right business idea. We've brainstormed and researched hundreds of the best small business ideas of 2022 so you don’t have to. From online business ideas to low-cost business ideas, our business idea guides and tools will help you start a business with confidence.

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Popular Small Business Ideas

We feature more than 800 business ideas on our site. Currently, the most popular small business ideas on our site are:

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Popular Small Business Ideas by Category

We have included the most popular business ideas categories below to help you get started in finding the best one for you.

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Recession Proof Business Ideas

There are a few industries with recession-proof businesses that survive or even thrive during economic downturns. This is a list of our favorites from some robust industries. See All Recession Proof Business Ideas

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Home Business Ideas

There are a variety of businesses you can run out of your home, and because of the minimal overhead expenses, most of them can be started fairly cheaply. In this article, we outline our top 40 home-based small business ideas for the modern entrepreneur. See All Home Business Ideas

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Low-Cost Business Ideas

In this article, we outline our top 40 small business ideas with low startup costs to help you find a low-cost business idea that aligns with your interests and goals. See All Low-Cost Business Ideas

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Online Business Ideas

Whether you’re looking to build an online empire or just earn a little money on the side, there’s probably a business idea on this list that will allow you to achieve your goals. See All Online Business Ideas

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Side Hustle Business Ideas

Side hustles can help you make some extra money and even lead to more opportunities. In this article, we share our top 40 small business ideas that are best as side hustles to get you started. See All Side Hustle Business Ideas

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Green Business Ideas

In today’s world, taking care of the environment is becoming increasingly important. Read our list of green business ideas that are perfect for the eco-minded entrepreneur. See All Green Business Ideas

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Creative Business Ideas

From arts and crafts to performing arts to literature and writing, we outline the best small business ideas for innovators looking to boost their creative spirits and achieve success. See All Creative Business Ideas

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Family Friendly Business Ideas

If you are family-oriented and love working with children, we created a list of the top family-friendly business ideas that will be perfect for your unique entrepreneurial journey. See All Family Friendly Business Ideas

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Food Business Ideas

For all you foodies out there, our article shares a plethora of small business ideas that will help you break into the lucrative food industry. See All Food Business Ideas

Free Resources for your Small Business

Here are some free resources to help you with your new small business:

Small Business Ideas by Personality Type

Believe it or not your personality type can determine which type of business you are best suited for. We have categorized every business idea by introverts, extroverts, zodiac and the Myer Briggs Personality Test.

Small Business Ideas For Extroverts

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Extroversion tends to be a personality trait that is useful for making friends, but it can also be a valuable asset in business. In this guide, we break down our top business ideas for extroverts and evaluate each one based on startup costs, required skill level, and earning potential. See the Best Business Ideas for Extroverts

Small Business Ideas For Introverts

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If you are a budding entrepreneur and enjoy working by yourself or with a very small group, you may consider starting your own business. In this guide, we discuss some of the best business ideas for introverts. Best Business Ideas for Introverts

Small Business Ideas By Zodiac

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Aries love to be the boss and strong Taurus can power through any business situation. Find out where your sign will excel in our Business Ideas by Zodiac pages.

Popular Small Business Ideas Videos

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Franchise Opportunities

If you’re eager for an entrepreneurial career but are intimidated by the prospect of creating your own business concept, a franchise can be a great option. Check out our Franchise Guide to learn more about franchising, or browse some popular types of franchises below.

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Coffee Shop

Coffee shops are great for people who like to build long-lasting relationships—customers tend to be regulars, with some even coming in daily. Opening a coffee shop franchise typically requires $200,000-$700,000 of investment, in addition to long hours to get the business up and running.

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Opening a daycare franchise is an excellent option for people who love to nurture and influence children. It can also be a great choice for entrepreneurs interested in opening a business with stable demand and regular customers.

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Laundromats are great franchises for entrepreneurs who want to start a business but don’t want to put in a ton of time. Once they’re up-and-running, laundromats are typically low-maintenance.

Moving Company

Moving can be a hassle, so many look to hire a moving service to help take the stress off of their hands. If you live in a densely populated area, joining a strong moving company franchise ensures ready access to a large pool of customers.

Small Business Ideas: Complete Guides

So you’ve decided to take your love of coffee out into the business world, but where do you begin? Written by coffee professionals, our guides will help you navigate the necessary steps to make your dream cafe a reality from sourcing beans to hiring baristas, and everything in between.

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How to Start a Coffee Shop Complete Guide

Inspired by coffee professionals, our guides will steer you through the necessary steps to make your coffee dreams real, from picking a location to buying equipment, sourcing beans, hiring baristas, choosing a POS system, forming an actual company, and everything in between.

How to Start a Nail Salon Complete Guide

In this 6 part series we have collected all the resources you need to get your dream nail salon up and running. Start with an action plan, create goals you can follow through and learn to grow your new Nail Salon into a successful business.

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