Not every entrepreneur starts out with a specific business idea in mind. Some might start out as employees or apprentices for other businesses and then gradually build up the skills, experience and potential client base needed to set out on their own.
Some businesses are a bit easier to manage than others for those who have never actually owned their own businesses in the past. Here are 50 potential business ideas for beginners.
Business Ideas for Beginners
Virtual assistants can offer a variety of different online services to businesses and professionals, including email organization and communication, social media scheduling and bookkeeping. So you can start a virtual assistant business even if your experience in those areas comes from working for other companies.
Home Cleaning Service
For those who enjoy cleaning, or at least don’t mind it, starting a house cleaning business can provide a pretty straightforward path to business ownership.
Child Care Service
If you’re a kid person, you can start a child care business out of your home or even offer babysitting services where you go to the family’s home.
A courier simply provides a service that delivers messages from one person to another. So you don’t need much in the way of supplies or experience in order to get started.
Social Media Manager
If you’re knowledgeable about social media, you can potentially offer your services to various businesses managing their social media accounts.
Social Media Influencer
Or you could focus more on building up your own social media accounts and eventually build your business as a social media influencer who earns an income from posting about various brands and promotions.
If you have knowledge or experience in web design, you can offer your services to clients and build your own business as a web designer.
You can also take a more low-tech approach and offer services as a house-painter for local homeowners or even businesses.
If you enjoy spending time with four-legged friends, you can start a business that just offers dog walking services to pet owners who don’t have enough time to walk theirs regularly.
Starting a food service business can be pretty involved for a beginner. But if you enjoy making food and want to build your first business around it, you can start a baking business where you sell specific items or custom creations for events out of your home kitchen.
For those who have some strong organizational and communication skills, you can build up a client base and start a business planning weddings or various other events.
If you’re trained in cosmetology, you can start your own business as a hairdresser or hair stylist that travels to clients for events or other occasions.
Likewise, you can build up a client base and offer makeup services for events, photo shoots or special occasions.
If you’re skilled as a musician, you can build a business where you play at events or venues and earn a portion of the ticket sales or merchandising.
You can also fairly easily start a business offering photography services for events or local clients who want to schedule portrait photo shoots.
Car Washing or Detailing Service
Car washing or detailing services don’t always need to involve lots of complicated equipment or business acumen. You can set up a simple location where you provide services to customers or you can even travel to clients with your detailing supplies.
Online services like Redbubble and CafePress make selling custom t-shirts fairly simple. So you can create your own designs and sell them online or even order a supply of them to sell on your own.
Coffee Cart Operator
Coffee shops and cafes can be complicated operations. But you can simplify the process and make it more attainable for a first-time business owner by opting for a coffee cart business instead.
Meal Preparation Service
You can also prepare single-serve meals and sell them to consumers out of your home or a simple commercial kitchen as long as you have the supplies and necessary licenses.
For those who enjoy working with antiques, you can start a business where customers can bring you their items for repair or refurbishing.
If you have expertise in a given topic, even if you’ve never had your own business in that niche, you can start a business by offering public speaking services at events or conferences.
For those who have a lot of experience in physical fitness, you can build up a client base and start working as a personal trainer out of a home gym or even connect with a commercial gym.
Or you could get certified as a yoga instructor and build a business teaching yoga classes
You can also work one-on-one or in small groups to offer music lessons or classes in various instruments or styles.
Or you could opt to teach in a one-on-one setting in a variety of different subjects. Providing tutoring services to students can be a fairly straightforward way to start your first business.
If you have any design experience, you can work on attracting your own clients who need things like logo or branding design elements.
Tech Support Business
You can also start your own tech support company where you provide assistance to people over the phone or online when they experience tech issues.
If you’re able to build up your own online network or audience related to a specific topic, you can start working with different brands as an affiliate and earn a portion of each sale you send their way.
If you have some writing skills, you can get started with your own writing business fairly easily by offering your services to businesses on a freelance basis.
You can also fairly easily start your own blog where you post about topics that match up with your own experience and expertise.