It’s 2013, and the economic crisis isn’t over yet. The unemployment rates are at historical peaks allover the world. But there is still room for people who want to make money, provided they have the right determination and a minimum capital to start a small business. Who says you must have a boss to yank at you all day, when you can start your own business? So giving up on your 9 to 5 job and starting your own business may seem a good idea these days, given that the economic crisis is (allegedly) over and unemployment rates are going down. We have analyzed a lot of business opportunities and have come up with a list of the top 10 small business ideas in 2013.
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10. Delivery services
The delivery industry is fairly large, and there are some big players on the market. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t enough room for the small fish. If you can deliver things quickly and know the area like the back of your hand, you can succeed.
What can you deliver? Anything, really. Sign some contracts with local retailers and offer them the chance to accept online or phone orders. A delivery business can work particularly well for party supplies – when people run out of booze, they can call you up and ask for a refill of their stock. Groceries will also work nicely.
Requirements: a car, good knowledge of the area, a GPS device, a clean driving record.
9. Residential cleaning services
Having your home cleaned by a professional service isn’t a thing for the rich people. Given that everyone is getting busier and busier these days, a lot of people are willing to save some time by hiring a cleaning service to do the dirty work.
The competition is pretty harsh in this field – there are many great cleaning services out there – but there is enough room for new upstarts to enter the market. You can gradually build a customer base and – here comes the good part – the number of returning customers is usually very high, provided that you do a good job. Once a family or a company sees that you are reliable, they will keep calling you every time they need their residence cleaned.
Requirements: ability to hire good staff, strong knowledge of modern cleaning products, knowledge of cleaning procedures.
With the increasingly high number of websites these days, there will always be a need for fresh and good content. If you have a strong command of the English language, then you can start offering copywriting services.
Join some webmaster forums and look for content writing deals. You won’t make a lot of money in the beginning, at least not until you get the hang of it, but if you are willing to work and improve your skills then this can turn out to be a good full-time business opportunity.
Requirements: a computer with an Internet connection, a good command of English, willingness to learn and improve your skills.
7. Leaflet distribution
Any small business can benefit from a proper leaflet campaign, so there will never be a shortage of potential customers. You can start with virtually no investment – all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes. You can then grow gradually and hire as many employees as you need.
Your rates can depend on the routes where you are supposed to distribute the leaflets. Residential areas with houses and large gardens will take you longer than areas with blocks of flats, and you should charge accordingly.
Requirements: a pleasant look.
Blogging was and will always be a good way to make money, if you know what you’re doing. If you are passionate about something, then a blog may bring a good side income at first, and then turn into a full-time income.
A lot of people start on blogging because the investments are minimal. You can use a free platform like WordPress.com or Blogger.com, but it’s highly recommended to get a domain name and paid hosting if you want to appear a bit more professional.
However, you shouldn’t start blogging just because it’s an activity that pays well. If you don’t have a passion for what you are going to write about, then you are bound to fail, sooner or later.
Requirements: a computer with an Internet connection, a good command of the English language, something that you are passionate (and knowledgeable) about.
5. Translation services
In today’s global business environment, with a lot of non-English speakers who need to communicate with Americans, as well as American companies who want to expand their customer base abroad, there is an increasingly high need for good translation services. You don’t even need a brick and mortar office – you can start working online, from the comfort of your living room.
If you speak more than one language fluently, then translation might do the trick for you. A good translator must understand cultural nuances, and the better you do it, the more popular your service will be. Don’t try to be a translator if you can barely make your way across a conversation in that language – you will need to know that language at native level.
Requirements: a good command of English and some other language, a website and/or a brick and mortar office.
4. Social network game development
People are spending more and more time on social networks like Google Plus or Facebook. Since Facebook is aiming to be a full-fledged gateway to the Internet, much like AOL used to be in the nineties, games for such platforms will always be successful. If you have a Facebook account, for instance, you must have played at least one game by Zynga. Hundreds of millions of people play every day, and the revenues are in the range of billions of dollars every month.
Don’t expect it to be easy though. The competition is huge – there are many big companies who are already doing it. However, the industry is still young, and there is enough room for a newcomer who can provide quality games.
Requirements: programming skills, a good vision of the market.
3. Computer repair services
We are living in 2013, and there is at least one computer in every household. The less tech-savvy users will always break something, and there is always room for a good repair service. The big repair stores usually charge an arm and a leg, because they have huge overheads related to offices and auxiliary personnel. You, on the other hand, can easily enter the market if you charge less. And it’s easy to make yourself known – just hand out flyers in a crowded area, or start a website.
The majority of your customers will come from word of mouth advertising. If you do a good job, people will recommend you to their friends, because everybody breaks their computer every once in a while and everybody is in need for a good repairman.
Requirements: strong computer debugging skills, a car.
2. eBay trader
eBay is a hugely popular platform – it is only outranked by Facebook or Google. If you pick 10 random people, you will find that at least 6 have bought or sold something on eBay at least once.
Becoming an eBay trader isn’t rocket science – you can learn the ropes in as little as a few months. It’s all about buying low and selling high, or buying from wholesalers and re-selling to end-users. You will basically be selling for other people, and charging them a commission.
You will need an almost spotless feedback score to make it through. eBay will offer you the power seller status if you have more than 98% positive ratings, but you should aim even higher. Don’t aim at a full 100% though, because you will always find some rotten apples who can never be satisfied with what they get.
Requirements: a computer with an Internet connection, abilities to negotiate prices, a phone.
1. Consultancy services
If you are good in a field, you can have people pay for your knowledge. Rather than having an underpaid 9 to 5 job, you can be your own boss and charge whatever you want for your knowledge.
Since you are going to be teaching people how to do stuff, your investments are minimal. As opposed to, let’s say, a factory, you can start off with your consultancy office with a desk, a computer, an Internet connection and a phone – and you most likely already own all of these.
Requirements: strong knowledge of your area of expertise, probably a formal degree/formal accreditation too (depending on the field), abilities to pass your knowledge onto others.
The key to succeeding in all these 10 fields is hard work and dedication. Forget everything you thought you knew about making money. Put yourself in the shoes of your prospective customer and see if you would buy something from yourself. Analyze what a prospective customer would want, then do your best to meet and exceed those expectations. This list is by far non-exhaustive. We only listed 10 of the best ideas that are guaranteed to work in 2013, but you can come up with many more. The key is to think out of the box, and not to be afraid to innovate and go down paths that no one has tried before. There is still a huge market for localized and global services that are underexploited or haven’t been tackled at all – why wouldn’t you be the first to start such a service? Please let us know that how do you like our list of best small business ideas – 2013, in the comments section below, keep visiting.