10 Small Business Ideas for 2019

Starting a small business can be a nice side hustle, but it can also turn into a full-time job. With the right idea and the willingness to make your dream a reality, you can go from working for someone else to enjoying the freedom and creative potential of being your own boss.

The small business ideas in this article are tailored towards specific interests. Sometimes, the best business ideas come from doing what you already love.

For health and environmentally conscious small business starters

Food truck small business idea

The options here are endless, from creating healthy meal plans to offering yoga classes:

  • Personal Trainer — Exercise is imperative if we want to remain healthy for as long as possible. People are more dedicated to maintaining healthy lifestyles than ever before. You might offer training sessions geared towards busy individuals, or specialize in personal training for elderly patrons.

  • Family Nutritionist — Similarly, maintaining a well-balanced diet is important for your health. You can create meal plans for families who don’t have a lot of time to cook, or offer affordable options to individuals on a budget. You could also specialize in creating nutritional plans for those with dietary restrictions.

  • Vegan Food Stands or Food Trucks — If you aren’t ready to open up a restaurant but have a knack for making delicious vegan meals, consider selling your dishes directly from a mobile food stand or truck.

  • Natural Cleaning Supplies — There’s no shortage of ideas for all-natural cleaning supplies. They’re environmentally friendly and cheap. The problem is that not everyone has time to mix apple cider vinegar with lime juice and several other liquids to create organic window wash. That’s where you come in: make them yourself and sell the finished products.

For internet-loving small business starters

Marketing online as a small business idea

If communicating online is second nature to you, consider the following small business ideas:

  • Social Media Consultant — Are you a pinning pro? Or, perhaps you’re fluent in Twitter? Consider offering your services to other small businesses that need help establishing their social media presences by creating marketing strategies or social media content.

  • Facebook Ads Specialist — According to Business Insider, Facebook is the most popular social media network, and many small business owners are interested in its advertising opportunities. If you know your way around the Power Editor and have a talent for writing compelling copy, you’ll feel at home as a Facebook Ads Specialist.

  • Blogger — Running a blog is a popular way to market a business, but many people lack writing experience. If you have a way with words, consider offering your services as a blogger or ghostwriter. You can even start your own blog to show off your skills.

For creative small business starters

Paintbrushes and a palette for creative small business ideas

If creativity is your forte, the following ideas might be right up your alley:

  • Calligraphy and Wedding Invitations — The wedding industry isn’t going out of business any time soon. Engaged couples are always on the lookout for wedding invitations and thank you notes with a personalized touch. If you love calligraphy or enjoy paper goods, rest assured there will always be a target audience in need of your services.

  • eBook or Worksheet Designer — Nowadays, many bloggers and small business owners are promoting eBooks or worksheets as free downloads to grow their email lists. If you love graphic design, consider offering your services to help them save time and impress their subscribers.

  • Photography — Attractive visuals are crucial for creating a good social media presence or website. If you know your way around a camera, put your talents to use by taking pictures for other small businesses. They’ll be excited about posting these images to their social media accounts and websites.

Once you land on a business idea, you’ll need to come up with a business plan (check out this helpful guide from Bplans) and create a website so you can spread the word and start bringing in an income.

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Brenda Barron

Brenda Barron is a freelance writer, editor, and SEO specialist from southern California. She is a contributor to The Motley Fool and blogs regularly at The Digital Inkwell.

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