August 11, 2022

100 Most Successful Small Business Ideas You Can Start For Under $5000

If you can bankroll $5,000 (some even less!) then pick your choice from this diverse list of 100 most successful small business ideas. Make your next business move, decide to be your own boss, and start making profits.

Finding a small business idea in this highly competitive market is like looking for a needle in the hay. 

That’s why, we’ve curated this massive list to help you out.

You need an idea that’s

  • Interesting and keeps you going
  • Easy to build
  • Takes not more than $5,000 to start
  • Has the potential to generate at least $5000 per month
  • Has a significant growth potential 

And all the ideas in this list have passed this checklist.

All righty, Let’s explore the ideas

Most Successful Small Business Ideas: List Begins

Software & Tools

Tools & Softwares are programs used to add new technology or enhance existing ones.

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - Software & Tools

1. Handyman Hiring Platform

Have you ever faced a tap leakage at home? Or an electrical issue? You then look out for someone who can carry out domestic repairs.

Build a handyman hiring platform using which people can book a handyman from their locality.

  • Industry/Category: Jobs & Hiring
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Commission Based
  • MVP Build Time: 5 - 8 weeks
  • Successful Examples: Handy, Porch

2. Chef Hiring Platform

Many people don’t have the time to cook two times a day, everyday.

But we still want to eat the best food. That’s possible only when you have a chef.

Build a platform using which people can hire chefs regularly or for occasional needs.

  • Industry/Category: Jobs & Hiring
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Commission Based
  • MVP Build Time: 5 - 8 weeks
  • Successful Examples: yhangry, TakeAChef, srve

 

3. AR Interior Design Software

Who doesn’t want their home to look elegant? But hiring an interior designer can be pocket draining.

Build an interior designing software through which, customers can design their homes by using AR and decide what works the best. 

  • Industry/Category: SaaS, AR
  • Possible Business Model/s: Freemium, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 10-15 weeks
  • Successful Examples: DecorMatters, Dulux Visualizer

4. Customer Service Software for Small Businesses

Small business owners are jack of all trades as they have to manage everything from ideation to execution to customer queries.

Build customer service software (for a specific niche of small businesses) that helps manage and handle customer queries.

  • Industry/Category: Customer Service
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 8 weeks
  • Successful Examples: ThriveDesk, ZohoDesk, Freshdesk

5. Corporate Event Planning Platform

Corporate events include seminars, trade shows, team events, etc. but it can be exhausting to host and plan them.

Build a platform that’ll help users plan various corporate events.

  • Industry/Category: Event Management
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 8-10 weeks
  • Successful Examples: PlanningPod, EventPro, rsvpBOOK

6. Voice-Over Artist Hiring Platform

People’s voices can be an asset too! Voice-overs are required in animation movies, commercials, audiobooks, and so much more.

Build a platform providing a market for voiceover artists to collab with those in need.

  • Industry/Category: Jobs & Hiring
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate/Commission
  • MVP Build Time: 5 - 8 weeks
  • Successful Examples: Voices, voyzapp, Voice123

     

7. Travel Planning Website

Efficient travel planning is important to make sure you cover every place without having to rush or face uncertainties. Without proper planning, one may not get the most out of one's travel. 

Build a website for planning a trip, from holidays to workation to corporate travel. 

  • Industry/Category: Travel
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 8 weeks
  • Successful Examples: inspirock, Wanderlog, TripIt

8. Employee Orientation Management Tool

Onboarding an employee is quite challenging, if you have to do it right. It involves several tasks.

Build employee orientation web app to efficiently plan, execute and manage these tasks.

  • Industry/Category: People & HR
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Custom
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 10 weeks
  • Successful Examples: Talmundo, ClickBoarding

9. No-Code Website Development Tool

No-code is soon gonna become mainstream. There isn't any clear winner yet, in any of the trending categories.

Build a niche no-code website builder to help non-tech business users take control of their online presence, fully.

  • Industry/Category: Web Development 
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 16 - 24 weeks
  • Successful Examples: Dorik, Weebly, WebFlow

 

10. All-In-One Social Media Marketing Tool

Social media is undoubtedly one of the top choices for marketing.

Build a one stop shop social media marketing solution for a very specific niche; catering to some of their special needs which other generic tools do not address.

  • Industry/Category: Social Media Marketing
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 12 - 18 weeks
  • Successful Examples: SocialChamp, SocialPilot, Sendible

 

11. Accounting Software

Technology is taking a charge and accounting software has played a major role in easing the work of professionals.

Build accounting software for a niche industry to make the accounting process easier for companies.

  • Industry/Category: Accounting
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 12 - 15 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: BeanNinjas, Bench

 

12. Income Tax Filing Software

Filing income tax returns is one hell of a task. Yet everyone in every nation has to do it.

Build an ITR filing software that will make it easier for a common person to file basic ITR or assist CAs in the process.

  • Industry/Category: Legal & Taxation
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 20 - 25 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Clear

 

13. Graffiti/Wall Art Marketplace

As a child, you must’ve doodled on the walls at least once. Wall artists make your walls exquisite by painting and doodling on the walls.

Build a platform to connect wall/graffiti artists with those in demand of wall art like corporate offices, cafes, or homeowners.

  • Industry/Category: Real Estate
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 6 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: WXLLSPACE

 

14. SEO Tool for Beginner Bloggers

SEO plays a vital role in ranking a website (like this one). There are enough tools out there but they can get too technical for a complete rookie.

Build an SEO tool to assist beginner bloggers in getting their SEO strategy right by providing keyword research, analytics, SEO opportunities, etc in the simplest layman terms possible.

  • Industry/Category: SEO
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 16 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Ubersuggest

 

15. Mental Health Platform

People have finally started paying required attention to their mental health. As the awareness, debats, and discussion around this topic increases (and it will), the demand for self help mental health platform also increases.

Build a specialised mental health platform for niche segment of users to provide them with therapies, community, and chat support.

  • Industry/Category: Health & Wellness
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Freemium, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 15 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: BetterHelp, TalkSpace, 7Cups

16. Website Flipping Marketplace

Website flipping refers to buying a website you seem to have potential, growing it and then selling it for a profit. 

Build a website flipping marketplace where people can buy and sell websites.

  • Industry/Category: Internet
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Commission Based
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Flippa, MotionInvest

17. Domain Flipping Marketplace

Domain flipping is the same as website flipping the only difference is, that a domain is traded.

Build a domain flipping marketplace letting people buy and sell domains.

  • Industry/Category: Internet
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Commission Based
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Namecheap, EmpireFlippers, Dan.com

18. Social Shopping Platform 

These platforms allow brands to convert their social media into social storefronts.

Build a social shopping platform for a niche audience or social platform.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Fee Based
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Taggshop

19. WordPress Themes Marketplace

WordPress is used by 43.2% of all websites on the internet. (W3Techs, 2022).  

WordPress themes, therefore, will always be in demand.

Build a marketplace where users can buy and sell WordPress themes.

  • Industry/Category: Internet
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Commission Based
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: TemplateMonster

20. WordPress Plugin

WordPress plugins can add new functionality or extend existing functionality on your WordPress site.

Identify a loophole and build a WordPress plugin for it or make an improved version of existing plugins.

  • Industry/Category: Internet
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based, Freemium
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: TemplateMonster

21. Social Media Automation Tool

Social media marketing has a long list of responsibilities to cover but it’s wiser to automate repetitive tasks.

Build a social media automation tool for various needs like, post scheduling, DM reply, resolving queries, etc.

  • Industry/Category: Social Media Marketing
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, freemium
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 15 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: MeetEdgar, AgoraPulse, SproutSocial

Also Read: Micro SaaS Ideas That You Can Build Within 4-10 Weeks

Web & Mobile Apps

Apps can be downloaded on a device and used to perform certain tasks whereas web apps run on the browser.

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - Web & Mobile Apps

22. Recipe Discovery App

There are many instances when we can't decide what to cook with the items we have at our disposal. Be it for hobby or compulsion or just for the heck of it - cooking food, presenting it, instagramming it - all of this is a growing trend.

Build an app to help users discover a variety of recipes using the items they have with them.

  • Industry/Category: Food
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription Based, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Yummly, Allrecipes

23. All-in-One App for Pet Care

Having a pet is all cool until it becomes tricky to manage them. Pets need care and attention too and it can be really tricky to grasp the hows, whys, whats of it for many breeds.

Build an all-in-one platform for pets providing services like pet sitting and walking, grooming, veterinary care, and more, focusing on one category of pet.

  • Industry/Category: Pet Care
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription Based
  • MVP Build Time: 8 -15 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Dogtopia, Wag

24. Workout App

Working out doesn't have to be tough. Once you build a habit and start enjoying the process it becomes easy peasy.

Build a workout app, making exercising fun by including videos and an accountability community.

  • Industry/Category: Health & Fitness
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Transactional, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: NTC, Peloton, Sweat

25. Yoga App

More and more people realize the importance of yoga in this fast-paced life. But information is scattered everywhere, making people overwhelmed.

Build a yoga app where people can get suggestions for yoga exercises and asanas based on their health problems.

  • Industry/Category: Health & Fitness
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 16 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Gaiam

26. Meditation App

It's a very well known and well accepted fact that there are numerous benefits of meditation. You know very well how effective meditation can be in shaping our lives for good. With all the woes around mental health and the increasing awareness/attention it's getting, adoption of meditation also on the rise.

Build a meditation app involving different categories of meditation and sounds to practice it.

  • Industry/Category: Health & Wellness
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Transactional, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Calm, Buddhify, Unplug

27. Stock Photos Web App

There are instances when we need stock photos for various uses, like the ones we’ve used in this blog. The number of websites, apps, web apps and all things digital is exploding and will continue to do so.

Build a platform where photographers can list their photos and people can use them commercially by paying a certain amount.

  • Industry/Category: Digital Goods
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Pexels, Unsplash, StockSnap

28. Stock Videos Web App

The same trend holds (as above) holds true for video needs as well. Build a stock videos web app that works just like a stock photos app but contains videos (of course)

  • Industry/Category: Digital Goods
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Dareful, Pixabay, Videezy

29. Tattoo Inspiration Web App

Tattoo and body arts is a growing trend too. Go to any beach destination, hipster destination, and you will see why. However, it’s usually confusing to decide what art to get inked.

Build a tattoo inspiration web app where people can get tattoo suggestions based on their interests.

  • Industry/Category: Body Art
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Tattoo, Tattooton

30. Kids’ Gaming App

There’s an increasing craze among kids for gaming. And it isn't refusing to wane down.

Build a gaming app for kids, focusing on either gender.

  • Industry/Category: Gaming
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription Based, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 12 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: SuperMarioRUN, Roblox, PBSKids

31. Kids’ Learning App

There is a lot of quality education that can be imparted through interactive learning apps. Not your typical monologue-type course apps but truly interactive quality learning apps. There are more than enough takers for such quality kids' products.

Build an interactive learning app for kids focusing on a particular topic/subject.

  • Industry/Category: Education
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 16 - 30 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: EndlessAlphabet, Prodigy, Wordscapes

32. Kids’ Video Streaming Platform

There is a real need today more than ever for a safe internet for kids. 

Build a video streaming platform dedicated to delivering kids-friendly content.

  • Industry/Category: Kids Education/Entertainment
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 8 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Hopster, Amaze, YouTubeKids

33. Video Editing Web App

As video content is taking over the internet, we must have a variety of video editing apps solving various problems.

Build a video editing app solving a very niche problem.

  • Industry/Category: Video Editor Software
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Freemium
  • MVP Build Time: 12 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Veed, VideoHusky, ClipChamp

34. Audio Editing Web App

Same trend (as above) is being seen in the audio content as well.

Build an audio editing web app assisting users in refining their audio.

  • Industry/Category: Audio Editor Software
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Freemium
  • MVP Build Time: 12 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Media, BearAudio, Podcastle

35. Used Books Marketplace

Many of us have so many books resting on our shelves for ages. Instead of discarding them, it’s better to lend or sell them.

Build a marketplace where readers can sell the books they no longer need & potential buyers can take ownership.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Commission-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 6 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: ThriftBooks, AbeBooks

36. Budget Planning App

"A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” -Dave Ramsey

This is an evergreen category. Build a budgeting platform for a niche audience like- house managers, salaried people, businesses, etc.

  • Industry/Category: Personal Finance
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Affliliate, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: YNAB, Mint, Goodbudget

37. Wedding Planning Web App

Wedding day has to be one of the most important days in a person's life and they’ll definitely wanna plan the day beforehand.

Build a wedding planning app to plan everything from outfits to guest lists to catering.

  • Industry/Category: Wedding & Events
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: WeddingWire, MyWed

38. Nutrition Tracker App

We’re getting deficient in nutrition day by day and as they say, tracking is the best way to change something.

Build an app to track nutrition intake per day and provide weekly analysis to users.

  • Industry/Category: Diet & Nutrition
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: MyFitnesspal, MyPlate

 

39. Illustration Designing Web App

You don't necessarily have to use an iPad for illustrating. With the advent of illustrating apps, it’s possible without burning a hole in your pockets.

Build a web app to design beautiful illustrations.

  • Industry/Category: Design
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 16 - 30 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Assembly, Affinity

40. Virtual Group Study App

It allows students to meet up on a common forum and prepare along with other students.

Build an app focusing on a niche study area, having study materials, tools, discussions, guides, etc.

  • Industry/Category: Education
  • Possible Business Model/s: Freemium, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 10 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: StudyTogether, BuddysCo

41. Pitch Deck Designing Web App

Pitch deck is a presentation created by businesses to pitch their startups to potential investors. With more and more people opting for starting up and applying for VC money and grants, there is definitely an increasing demand for creating impactful pitch decks.

Build a web app to design pitch decks using virtually engaging elements.

  • Industry/Category: Design
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 12 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: HighSpark, PitchDeck, Piktochart

42. University Admission Assistance Platform

As competition is increasing by the day, it’s head-scratching to apply for universities and get an admission.

Build a platform to assist students in uni admissions, taking care of all things from consulting to application and admission.

  • Industry/Category: Education, Higher Studies
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: CollegeTransitions, Upguide

43. Audio/Video Transcription Web App

Transcription refers to a written form of something. The best example of transcription is, subtitles you see on youtube videos.

Build a web app to let users transcribe their audio or video in just a matter of minutes.

  • Industry/Category: Editing Tools
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 8 -15 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Rev, Scribie

44. Digital Music Distribution Web App

Emerging out as a solo music artist was difficult earlier, but not anymore.

Build a platform where music enthusiasts can sell their music or songs to those willing to buy and earn royalties.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Sponsorship & Ads, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 6 - 12 weeks
  • Successful Examples: TuneCore, BandZoogle, BeatStars

45. Digital Goods Marketplace

Digital goods include templates, digital art, prints, illustrations, swipe files and so much more. More creators than ever are making a living (or at least some side income) by selling these. Trends indicate that this will more than double before 2030.

Build a marketplace to let users buy or sell digital goods.

  • Industry/Category: Digital Goods
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Sponsorship & Ads, Affiliate
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 10 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Sellfy, Gumroad

46. Membership Site for Hobbyists

Since pandemic happened, more people than ever are getting serious about having and nurturing a hobby or life skill.

Build a membership site targeting a specific hobby to provide users with a community and accountability partners.

  • Industry/Category: Hobby & Crafts
  • Possible Business Model/s: Sponsorship & Ads, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Hobify

47. Cloud Kitchen Service

Cloud kitchens are booming. They prepare food only for delivery or take-out with no dine-in service.

Become an end-to-end cloud kitchen setup service provider.

  • Industry/Category: Logistics & Infra
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Franchise, Maintenance Fee
  • MVP Build Time: Up to 25 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: CloudKitchens

48. Supermarket Checkout App

Do you like to wait in a long queue at the supermarket to checkout? No one does. That’s where you can address the pain point of customers.

Build a supermarket checkout app, allowing the user to scan the products on their mobile while shopping and also make payments using it.

  • Industry/Category: Payments
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 15 - 30 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Wizcart, RetailCloud

49. Restaurant Reservation App

From booking a special seat for your date to booking an area for parties, restaurant reservation apps make it easier.

Build a restaurant reservation app listing your city restaurants.

  • Industry/Category: Hospitality
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, One Time Set Up Fee (Transactional)
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 10 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: OpenTable, thefork

Also Read: 25 Web App Ideas That Will Make You $5,000 to $50,000 Per Month

E-commerce

E-commerce is buying and selling of goods and services over the internet.

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - E-commerce

50. Thrift Shop

Thrift is the new trend in the market. A thrift store refers to a shop selling pre-loved clothes or goods.

Build a thrift store for selling used items, especially clothing.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Swap, ThredUP

51. Gluten-Free Snacks Store

With increasing gluten allergies people are still looking for snacks to binge on.

Build a store selling gluten-free tasty snacks that still tastes like traditional ones.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: LittleFoodDiary, WheaFree

52. Beauty Products Store

It’s easier to shop beauty products online rather than suffer in showrooms to find the perfect match.

Build a beauty products store designed for men or women providing all things cosmetic.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: ReadySetJet

53. Clothing Store

Though the clothing industry is nearly saturated but there’s always a place for super niche, specialized curations. 

Think about loopholes in the clothing industry and build on them.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Sponsorship & Ads
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Thrifted

54. Dropshipping

Dropshipping has made it to one of the most popular online business models due to a fair reason. It has low start-up costs and an inventory-free setup.

Set up an online dropshipping store focusing on a particular category of products.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Be Activewear, Mooshe Socks

55. Jewelry Store

People find it difficult to find elegant jewelry online, be it artificial or original. 

Build an e-commerce jewelry store providing customers with varieties. You can also niche down to artificial or original jewelry.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Qalo, Rebel Nell

56. Electronics Store

Our electronic gadgets' are increasing day by day. We are also starting find an expression of ourselves through an ownership of a certain type/class/brand of electronic gadgets.

Set up a niche online electronics store dealing in specific gadget categories.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: AudioCubes

57. Subscription-Box Platform

In this kind of business, people subscribe to your product to receive a weekly or monthly kit of it.

Build a subscription-box platform providing customers with products such as coffee kits, cookie kits, beauty kits, and pet food kits.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Graze, BlueApron, 

58. Paintings & DIY store

Who doesn’t love hanging cute or abstract paintings on their wall or using an aesthetic DIY product in your space? 

Build a marketplace where users will be able to buy and sell their paintings, DIY products and all things creative.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: DIY Art Shop

59. Print-on-Demand Marketplace

Print-on-demand sites are increasing their footsteps day by day with more people preferring customized products. 

Build an e-commerce platform to allow users to order customized products ranging from, T-shirts to mugs to stickers.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Sellfy, Printful

60. Specialty Food Marketplace

If you’re living in the US chances are, you’ll not find authentic Korean food.

Build a specialty food store to serve users a specialty food kit right from its origin. Focus only on one cuisine.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Bokksu

61. Hyperlocal Grocery Delivery

Need to cook something right away but don’t have groceries for it? With rising technology, you can get groceries delivered in less than 15 minutes.

Build a grocery delivery store, customers can use to order groceries from their locality.

  • Industry/Category: Local Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Crisp, Bring, OddBox

62. Hyperlocal Pharmacy Delivery

It’s not the food we need to be delivered in 15 minutes, it’s the medicines

Build a medical/pharmacy store to let users order medicines or essential medical items, delivered in a short period.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: GoodRx, HealthKart

63. Personalized Gifting Store

We find it difficult to choose gifts for our loved ones. It’s a head-scratching task to come up with a good gift.

Build a customized gifting store where users will have access to several options to choose from and customize them as per their needs.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Confetti, Winni

64. Scented Candles Store

The global scented candles market size is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 3.3% from 2021 to 2028. (GrandViewResearch)

Build a scented candles e-commerce store and let users choose from a variety of shapes, sizes and scents.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Sand+Fog, Niana, CaiCaiHandmade

65. Indian Handicrafts Store

There’s no doubt in the fact that Indian handicraft is famous worldwide. However, there are only a few options to purchase them online.

Build a marketplace where Indian handicrafts could be sold right from their origin to the world audience.

66. Organic Products Store

Organic products industry has experienced a major boom, especially after the pandemic.

Build a niche organic products store for organic grocery or organic beauty products, etc.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Thrive Market, Fresh N Lean

67. Ceramic Jewelry Store

Ceramic pieces of jewelry are cute and diverse at the same time. You can shape ceramic clay into whatever you intend to, ranging from rings to earrings.

Build an e-commerce jewelry store focusing on selling ceramic jewelry.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: LS

68. Art Supplies Store

It’s easy to find basic art supplies at your nearest stationery shop but not high-end supplies.

Build an online art supplies store providing customers with all things art. From DIY, craft to painting supplies.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: ArtLounge, Blick, Michaels

69. Innovative Kitchen Supplies Store

You must've heard “Work smart not hard”. This applies while working in the kitchen. Using smart kitchen tools to make the process easier is the way to go. 

Build a store to sell innovative and smart kitchen supplies.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Everything Kitchens

70. Fitness Products Store

Your body is a temple and you must keep it clean and fit. How’s it possible? By taking care of your fitness through exercising.

Build a fitness products store dealing in supplies for gym or yoga or something else.

  • Industry/Category: Ecommerce
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 8 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Manduka, Rogue Fitness

Wondering how to start an e-commerce business? Check out this video:

Info Products

Info products are used to instruct, educate or guide the audience. It can be written, audio, video or a combination.

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - Info-products

71. E-book

Have something valuable to share with the world? Have a story to tell?

Write an e-book and publish it. Let the world read your writings.

72. Guides

Travel guide, career guide, business guide, marketing guide and we can’t stop. 

There are so many options for you to present your expertise in form of a guidebook.

  • Industry/Category: Info Products
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: The Futur Business Kits

73. Workbook

People love practical workbooks. They love to analyze their life. They love triggering questions.

Design a workbook in your niche of expertise with practical exercises to help the readers take action.

  • Industry/Category: Info Products
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Smart Insights

74. Cheat Sheets

Cheat sheets contain summarised information about a topic acting as a handy reference.

You can design cheat sheets for blog writing or laying out a business plan, etc.

  • Industry/Category: Info Products
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Cheatography

75. Templates

There is a vast market behind templates. Some of the options include - canva templates, notion templates, email templates, business plan templates, etc.

Design a template for your selected niche and monetize it.

  • Industry/Category: Info Products
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Notion Templates

76. Newsletter 

Newsletters aren’t out of the game. In fact, newsletter subscribers are increasing, you only have to target the right audience.

Start publishing a newsletter in your area of expertise.

  • Industry/Category: Info Products
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Category Pirates, Stratechery

Productized Services

Productized services are standardized services sold like products generally on a flat pricing basis.

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - Productized Services

77. UX Design

You want to make sure the user has the best time on your website and decrease the bounce rate.

Build a UX design service platform, assigning the user to a team of UX designers.

  • Industry/Category: Design
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Eleken, LeewayHertz

78. Logo Design

A logo represents your business and you surely don’t wanna go for anything not suitable for you. 

Build a logo design service platform designing a customized logo for the user, based on their requirements.

  • Industry/Category: Design
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Affiliate, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: FairPixels

79. Presentation Design

No matter if you’re presenting at a meeting or a TED talk, you need a presentation that engages your audience rather than a bland one.

Build a presentation design platform, covering storyline to captivating, professional presentation design.

  • Industry/Category: Design
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: TBD
  • Successful Examples: 24slides, HighSpark

80. WordPress Website Development 

Though WordPress has simple basic tools, creating a truly outstanding website calls for an expert.

Build a website design and development service platform targeted at WordPress websites.

  • Industry/Category: IT Services
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: LightSpeedWP, WPBellhop, ThemeLocation

81. Blog Writing

Blogs are an important part of content marketing strategy but it’s hard to keep pace with it while managing business.

Build a blog writing service platform, proving users with well-researched customized blogs .

  • Industry/Category: Content Services
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Marvel, Uppercase, Springzo

82. Social Media Management

Having a social presence is a must but it’s hard to maintain it when you already have soo much business to do.

Build a social media management platform that’ll assign social media experts to users to take care of their socials.

  • Industry/Category: Marketing Services
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Fanbase, Ampfluence

83. Shopify Optimization

Running a Shopify store but sucking at maintaining it, is the worst combination. A Shopify expert can help you with that.

Build a platform that’ll assign Shopify experts to users, helping them improve store and sell more.

  • Industry/Category: Marketing/IT Services
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: ShopSupport, TaskHusky, Whole

84. Google My Business Optimization

Search ‘bakeries near me’ on Google and the name of your nearest bakery shop may not be visible. This is because they don’t have an optimized GMB profile.

Build a Google my Business management service that’ll help users rank their listing higher on Google search results.

  • Industry/Category: Marketing Services
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: GMBGorilla, Kogneta

85. Press Release Writing

Press release is used to announce any information that is sent to journalists or media publishers.

Establish a press release writing agency by hiring a group of freelancers and working for several clients.

  • Industry/Category: PR
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Newswire, TextRoyal

Learn more about productized services in this video:

 

Education

It includes everything used to educate or teach the audience. 

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - Education

86. Fashion Design Course Platform

If you have a sound knowledge of fashion designing, launch a course or you can also hire some experts to shoot content for you.

Fashion industry is less about theoretical knowledge and more about skills. Focus on a practical course.

  • Industry/Category: Online Courses
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: University of Fashion

87. MUA Course Platform

Make-up artist industry is booming more than ever and you don’t have to miss out on the chance.

Include consulting, mentorship and lots of practical knowledge in the course.

  • Industry/Category: Online Courses
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: The Online Makeup School

88. Career Coaching Platform

With so many career options available today, many students either aren’t aware of them or are confused between various fields.

Build a platform providing career counseling and coaching to students. 

  • Industry/Category: Online Courses
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: BetterUp

89. Musical Instrument Learning Platform

You don't have to go for offline classes for learning music as long as you have really good material available online.

Build a musical instruments learning platform focusing on a specific instrument with practical implementation.

  • Industry/Category: Online Courses
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: JustinGuitar

90. Excel Crash Courses 

Though there are many excel alternatives available today most companies still use it.

Build an excel crash course divided into several lessons, each focusing on various functions.

  • Industry/Category: Online Courses
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: TrumpExcel

91. Test Prep Platform (GMAT, IELTS, LSAT)

Competitive exams are getting tougher to crack as years pass by and, also, the number of takers are increasing.

With so many students struggling to win in these exams, you can help them by building a platform making them test-ready.

  • Industry/Category: Online Courses
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 24 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Target Test Prep

Community

Communities are a group of people coming together and sharing a common interest.

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - Community

92. Readers’ Community 

Every reader has something to share.

Build a reader’s community to bring together diverse categories of avid readers like- sci-fi lovers, self-help enthusiasts, thriller fans, romance buffs, or mystery freaks.

  • Industry/Category: Online Communities
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 6 Weeks

93. Artists’ Community

“The artists see what others only catch a glimpse of” - Leonardo da Vinci

Build a community of artists who’ll come together to share, admire and inspire each other’s work.

  • Industry/Category: Online Communities
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 6 Weeks

94. Dancers’ Community

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” - Martha Graham

Build a community of dancers where dancers of various styles can connect.

  • Industry/Category: Online Communities
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 6 Weeks

95. MUA Community

Makeup artists are on the rise and so is their demand.

Build a community of make-up artists where they can share their work and learnings.

  • Industry/Category: Online Communities
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 6 Weeks

96. Writers’ Community

A writer has so many stories to tell.

Build a community of writers to take inspiration, share their work, build in public and learn from everyone around them.

  • Industry/Category: Online Communities
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription Based, Transactional
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 6 Weeks

Miscellaneous 

Most Successful Small Business Ideas - Miscellaneous

97. Blog

77% of internet users read blogs (Social Media Today) 

With this number, you have a fair opportunity to build your business around blogging.

Start a blog in your niche of interest and create content around it.

  • Industry/Category: Blogs
  • Possible Business Model/s: Sponsorships & Ads, Advertorials, Affiliate, Info Products
  • MVP Build Time: 1 - 2 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Succulents & Sunshine, Abby Organizes

98. Podcast

Almost 60% of all US consumers older than 12 listen to podcasts (Statista). You have a great opportunity to dive deeper into the waters of podcasting.

Start a podcast and talk about your area of interest or expertise.

  • Industry/Category: Podcasts
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based, Sponsorships & Ads, Affiliates
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: Indie Bites, Software Social

99. Consulting Agency

Consulting industry is large enough and you can make a decent amount of money starting a business around it.

Build a consulting agency focusing on a particular niche. 

  • Industry/Category: Consulting
  • Possible Business Model/s: Transactional, Value Based Pricing
  • MVP Build Time: 2 - 4 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: April Dunford, Maya Grossman

100. Chrome Extension

Extensions are small software that customizes or adds to your browsing experience.

Find a problem and build an extension for chrome around it.

  • Industry/Category: Browser Extension
  • Possible Business Model/s: Subscription-Based
  • MVP Build Time: 4 - 12 Weeks
  • Successful Examples: GMass, GoFullPage, WeatherExtension

Summing Up

If you are looking to find a most successful small business idea, then you only need to look around yourself, the people around you and the problems they are facing in their day-to-day life.

There is no shortage of problems in this world.

You only need to have a keen eye, a deep connection with the problem you choose to solve, and a genuine desire to make life easy for the people you want to serve.

Always remember, your revenue is directly proportional to the number of people you help and the urgency/intensity of their problem you solve.

It's as simple as that.

But do implement deep market research before you take the plunge. We have tried to help you out a bit with this massive, well-researched list of small business ideas. We hope you find resonance with some of these and "take that plunge".

Now, time to answer some of your most common questions on most successful small business ideas:  

What small business has the highest success rate?

According to statistics, the following industries/categories of small businesses have the highest success rate:

  • Software & Tech
  • Niche Ecommerce
  • Digital Agency
  • Consulting
  • Education

Which small businesses are most profitable?

The profitability of a small business depends upon several factors. However, here are some highly profitable categories:

  • Consulting: Have a very low upfront cost and comparatively high revenue. You just need to master any one skill/area/field.
  • Info Products: You just need in-depth knowledge about a topic and build content products around it.
  • Online Courses/Tutoring: Build a trusted community and sell your specialised knowledge in the form of courses and workshops.

What are the top 5 small businesses to start?

You can consider starting any of the ideas from the massive list we’ve laid out for you.

Some of the broad ideas include - Info Products, Online Courses, Consulting, Web Development, and Micro SaaS.

What is the easiest small business to start?

With no-code, it’s easy to start almost any online small business idea. “Easy” could be defined by:

  • MVP build time
  • Selling efforts
  • Resources required

We’ll vouch for info products being the easiest category to start a small business.

Can I start a small business with less than 5k?

There is a long list of businesses you can start with less than 5k, some of them are:

  • Consulting
  • Info Products
  • Productized Services
  • Micro SaaS

What business will always be needed?

Evergreen businesses target markets that’ll never go out of the scene. These businesses are a necessity for the mankind. Some of them are:

  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food
  • Education
  • Financial services

What small businesses will thrive in 2022?

The consumer internet industry is booming so here are some small business categories to lookout for in 2022:

  • SaaS
  • Productized Services
  • Info Products
  • Online Courses

What industry will boom in 2022?

The Creator economy is expected to grow largely in 2022 and beyond. The number of creators increased by 48% from 2020 to 2021 alone (Stripe).

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