101 New Ideas to Inspire You to Start a Business

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Coming up with a business idea is the first step in starting a business. But how do you come up with a business idea that is right for you? 

If you are looking for a small business idea 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. Air Duct Cleaner
  2. Antique Furniture Sales
  3. App Developer
  4. Appliance Repair Technician
  5. Aquarium Maintenance
  6. Basement Remodeler
  7. Blog Consultant
  8. Bookkeeper
  9. Business Consultant
  10. Candle Maker
  11. Candy Maker
  12. Carpenter
  13. Catering Service
  14. Childproofing Expert
  15. Cloth Diaper Service
  16. Composting
  17. Computer Repair and Maintenance
  18. Computer Trainer
  19. Construction Cleanup
  20. Customer Service Professional
  21. Data Entry Service
  22. Desktop Publishing
  23. Direct Mail Marketing Service
  24. Disaster Planning and Prevention Service
  25. Dog Trainer
  26. Dog Treat Baker
  27. Dog Waste Remover (Pooper Scooper)
  28. Doula
  29. eBay Consultant
  30. eBay Seller
  31. Florist
  32. Freelance Writer
  33. Furniture Mover
  34. Gardener
  35. Genealogist
  36. Grant Writer
  37. Green Cleaner
  38. Green Consultant
  39. Gutter Cleaner
  40. Hair Salon Owner
  41. Handmade Crafter
  42. Handyman
  43. Hauling Services
  44. Holiday Decorator
  45. Home-Based Child Care Provider
  46. Home Stager
  47. Home Theater Designer
  48. Home Weatherization Professional
  1. House Painter
  2. Ice Cream Shop Business
  3. Image Consultant
  4. Ink and Toner Cartridge Refilling
  5. Interior Designer
  6. Internet Researcher
  7. Jewelry Maker
  8. Laundry Service
  9. Life Coach
  10. Locksmith
  11. Marketing Copywriter
  12. Massage Therapist
  13. Medical Transcriptionist
  14. Motivational Speaker
  15. Nutritionist
  16. Organic Hair Care Products Seller
  17. Organic Lawn Care Provider
  1. Party Planner
  2. Personal Chef
  3. Personal Concierge
  4. Personal Trainer
  5. Pest Control Professional
  6. Pet Couture Designer/Seller
  7. Pet Groomer
  8. Pet Sitter
  9. Photo Restoration Service
  10. Photographer
  11. Pizza Parlor
  12. Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Provider
  13. Private Tutor
  14. Professional Organizer
  15. Project Manager
  16. Proofreader
  17. Public Relations Agency
  18. Resume Writer
  19. Sales Consultant
  20. Scrapbooker for Hire
  21. Senior Care Provider
  22. SEO Consultant
  23. Snow and Ice Removal Service
  24. Soap Maker
  25. Social Media Consultant
  26. Speech Writer
  27. Tax Accountant
  28. Translation Service Provider
  29. Tree Farmer
  30. Video Producer
  31. Virtual Assistant
  32. Virtual Call Center
  33. Voice-Over Professional
  34. Web Designer
  35. Wedding Planner
  36. 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 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 idea, follow along with this step-by-step small business startup guide 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.