10 Easy Businesses to Start by Belle Wong, J.D.

10 Easy Businesses to Start

There are lots of options for easy businesses to start quickly, cheaply, and easily but the best choices will always take advantage of your strengths and engage you.

by Belle Wong, J.D.
updated September 09, 2020 · 7 min read

The best business to start is usually the one that is a good fit for your talents and skills, lets you do something you enjoy and is within range of your start-up business budget. Here are ten business ideas that are easy to start and have proven successful time and time again.

1. Taking Care of Pets 

If you love animals and would enjoy working with them on a day to day basis, starting a pet care business might be the ideal option for you. You could offer dog walking services, pet sitting or even pet grooming. You should, of course, have experience working with animals. You should also check with your local and state authorities to see what permits or licenses might be required, as well as explore your insurance options.

2. Freelance Writing

Enjoy working with words? Or perhaps you find you have a way with words, and everyone is always complimenting you on the things you write. Setting up a freelance writing business may be the way to go. There are many options available to you: you can provide content for web sites in the form of blog posts or web articles; you could offer copywriting services, in which you help market your client's products or services; or you could provide articles for local, regional or national print publications.

In many ways starting up a freelance writing business is the easiest business to start, because you won't need much more than a computer and an Internet connection in order to begin. Because you'll most likely be working out of your home, be sure to check into local home business regulations.

3. Vintage Clothing and Accessory Sales 

If you spend all of your spare time wandering through thrift stores, open air markets and estate sales looking for that perfect scarf or necklace, you might want to consider selling your great finds. Online auction sites and marketplaces such as eBay and Etsy offer an easy way for you to sell your vintage treasures, and you can also rent space at local marketplaces and fairs. If you're interested in going into vintage clothing and accessory sales, make sure to check your state's sales tax laws, as your state may require you to collect sales tax for the items you sell.

4. Virtual Assistant

If you're good at administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments, writing emails, and getting things organized, working as a virtual assistant might be the perfect new business for you. These days many businesses can't afford to hire a full-time assistant but they still might need help occasionally with administrative matters. In such cases, the services of a virtual assistant can prove very helpful. Because this is likely a business you'll start within your home, remember to check local home business rules to make sure you're in compliance.

5. Website Publisher

Do you have a passion for something, perhaps a hobby with which you're obsessed? Starting up a website that discusses your passion or hobby may be an ideal business for you. These days, websites can earn money in a number of ways, including affiliate sales, in which you get a commission whenever someone buys some-thing through a link on your site, site sponsorships, advertising sales and even sales of your own product. As you'll likely be running your website from your home, you will need to comply with local home-based business regulations; and if you're considering selling your own products, make sure to check local state sales tax requirements.

6. Transcription Services

If you're a fast typist and good at taking dictation, a business that specializes in transcription services might be the right business for you. Medical transcriptionists are often in high demand, and you'll also find that journalists often also have a need for transcription services to transcribe their interviews. Again, this is another business you can easily start from your home, so make sure you've checked out local home business laws.

7. Cleaning Services 

If you enjoy cleaning tasks, a cleaning services business might be a good business start-up option for you. You can offer cleaning services not only for residences, but also for corporations and other businesses. You'll probably need a vehicle to transport your cleaning equipment from client to client, but other than that your equipment and supplies costs will likely be minimal, unless you offer specialized services such as carpet cleaning. Check with your local and state authorities to see if there are any special licenses or permits required. There may also be insurance or bonding requirements, as you'll be in and out of clients' homes and places of business.

8. Property Management 

If you live in an area that features a lot of rental property, or an area where there is a lot of property that gets rented out seasonally, a property management business might be a good business opportunity. Your job would entail things such as ensuring the rental properties in your care are well-maintained, and if they are vacant for long periods of time, checking in on the properties regularly to make sure everything is fine. When looking into setting up a property management business, don't forget to check into requirements such as liability insurance and bonding.

9. Handmade Goods 

Are you a whiz with the knitting needles? Or maybe you're a pro at designing jewelry everyone around you is always clamoring to wear. If your skills as a maker are stellar, it may be time to explore selling your handmade goods. You can sell your creations online at marketplaces like Etsy, and most cities and towns have craft fairs where you can rent a booth to sell your goods. Be sure to check in with your state sales tax department if you do decide to sell the things you create.

10. Personal Shopper

If you love to shop and live in an urban environment where you have access to lots of stores and boutiques, consider offering personal shopping services. Many executives and managers today often can't squeeze enough time into their busy calendars to do things like find the perfect gift for a loved one, but if they don't get that perfect gift, their personal relationships would suffer. As a personal shopper, you'd be coming to the rescue in situations like this. As always, it's a good idea to check to see what regulations apply to you, including home-based business laws if you'll have your base of business operations running out of your home.

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Belle Wong, J.D.

Belle Wong, J.D., is a freelance writer specializing in small business, personal finance, and marketing topics. Connect … Read more