23 Top Small Business Ideas For 2017



Have you thought about starting a small scale business but you have a challenge finding that great idea that can make you a business owner and a boss? Not to worry, I will be sharing with you 23 great ideas that you should implement in 2016.


1. Day Care Centre

Do you have a passion for taking care of kids? If you do, establishing a home day-care centre can just be the idea you need to become a boss. With more parents requiring this service you are sure to make it big if you are able to properly market the business.

2. Become a Copywriter

Do you love writing or penning down a journal? It’s perhaps time for you dabble into copywriting which is a lucrative venture. However, to succeed, you’ll need to get some of the best books on copywriting and sink your teeth into them. This is to enable you easily raise your rate on Fiverr.com, Freelancer or Upwork.
Some of these brilliant copywriters’ books include:

*Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins
*Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples
*The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing Copy That Sells by Bob Bly

3. Become a Foreign Language Expert

There are lots of busy businesses executive who need this service during the weekend.

These people are however unable to do so because there’s a dearth of personnel who are able to offer this personalized service.

So setting out to offer this category of people home service is a plus to you - as you can easily up your price for personalized service. It is, however, important you learn how to market yourself as a language expert to your target audience.

4. Start a Social Media Consultancy Firm

Do you know how to curate great content or how to build followers on Facebook, and Twitter or Instagram?
Do you know how to determine the kind of post that’ll do well on the above-named platform?

If your answer is yes, then diving into social media consultancy will be a great way to monetize your passion.

All it takes is for you to promote yourself on social media and establish your own social media consultancy blog.

5. Start a Health and Fitness Business

Are you skilled in health related matters?

Do you have the requisite degree or experience? If you do, then offering your service online is a great way to monetize your skill. While informing people about the dangers of certain lifestyle – you should go out of your way to offer equipment or pills that can be used to solve specific issues.

6. Start a Small Business Consultancy Company

Have you written a business plan before?
Do you know how to do break-even analysis?

If yes! You should count yourself lucky as there a lots of people out there who want to start their business but find it difficult writing a business plan. So this is a great opportunity for you to reach out to these class of people and render your service to them.


7. Start an Online Shop

If you’ve worked in an online shopping company, it may be time for you to set up your own business. All it takes is for you to source the product list on your shop.

As a small biz entrepreneur, try to focus on a few products. This will enable you to differentiate yourself from bigger competitors. To get started, you can use Shopify.

8. Become a Sit at Home Translator

Simply, setting up Freelancer, Fiverr, or Upwork account is what you need to start your Home Translator business. You will, however, also need to create a stunning profile and provide samples of your expertise when you bid for projects.

9. Set Up a Grilled Catfish Business

Do you reside in an area where catfish is a popular delicacy? If your answer is positive, then this could be a life-changing opportunity. What it takes is to site the business at a busy spot and start churning this amazing delicacy. When you check your pocket at the end of the month you’ll not be disappointed.

10. Become an Affiliate Shopper

You are scared of the nitty-gritty of owning a shop, but you have the skill set to convince people to make purchases online. If you’re such a person, what you need to do is to set up a Facebook page post and promote the life-changing product.

11. Become a Virtual Assistant

Have you ever been a customer care representative or officer? Do you know the nitty-gritty of providing excellent customer service?

If yes, then becoming a virtual assistant is the dream job for you. You will, however, require a laptop and a website where you will advertise your service.

As a virtual assistant, you will work remotely and do those things a secretary will normally do. These activities which include opening and replying emails, following up on customers can all be done from the comfort of your home.

12. Computer repair Expert

Do you know how to repair laptops? Then this is an opportunity for you to make a living. If you do not have a shop, this should not deter you. Just create an appealing business card and erect banners at strategic places.

However, differentiate yourself from other repairers.

In the beginning, offer your service as a home SERVICE DELIVERY business. When the clients start trickling in you can take in more hands. But ensure you vet these people before contracting work to them.

13. Start your Cleaning Firm

There are people out there who need people to clean their homes. This is, therefore, a good business to set up. To, however, excel in this business you need the right tool to start up the business this will enable you set yourself apart from your competitors.

14. Become an inverter Installation Expert

In Nigeria, inverters are becoming a must have equipment by the middle class and super rich. It is noiseless and provides them with all day supply of electricity. If you have an excellent electrical expertise, you should learn how to install and maintain an inverter. This is a small price to pay to be part of a booming market.

15. Interior Décor

Do you have the ability to make a plain looking room breath-taking? Then interior decoration is your fort. You just need to showcase your design and boom you are in cash. Set up a Facebook page and promote it to reach more people.

16. Bead Making

If you have the skillset to make eye-popping bead design - why not showcase your works on Facebook and see the orders pouring in.

17. Start a Photography Business

If you have a knack for capturing small details then photography is sure bet for you.

You will, however, need to polish your skill. You can do this by any attending any online photography school.

You will, however, need to procure great camera to stand out from the average Joe. This in turn will make the money to pour in as people who request for your service increases.

18. Content Marketer

There are lots of businesses out there who require people to update their site in exchange for a fee. If you, therefore, have excellent writing skills, you can reach out to this business and become a ghost-writer.

19. Offer your Gardening Service

Have you ever converted your despicable lawn or garden into a blistering beauty?


If yes, then it’s time to print out your business card and offer your service to those who have a lawn in their houses.

20. Set Up an Errand Service

If you are passionate about driving - setting up an errand service is a sure way to monetize you passion. All it requires is a car and cell phone together with marketing skills in order to obtain new clients.

You can elect to deliver grocery items, farm produce, or even laundry to your customer.

21. Start an Event Company

Are you always called upon to organize a party or get together?
Do you have the ability to generate wow! ideas?
Are you patient?
Can you manage and perform under pressure?

If your answer is yes, I suggest you start an event company.

22. Become a Food Vendor

If you have excellent culinary expertise, becoming a food vendor can be a rewarding business.
You will, however, need to liaise with event planners to sell yourself to them.

To get started, Google the "list of event planners" in your state of residence. Give them a call and find out what it takes to be a food vendor for their events. Also, go for meet-ups so you can build networks.

23. Become a Dog Walker

The other day I read an amazing story on Humans of New York of a man who why lying on his sick bed – decided never to walk as a waiter again. So he searched inside of himself and asked: “what am I passionate about?” And you know what? He discovered he has always had a passion for dogs.

So, he decided he was going to be a dog-walker.

He had no dogs -for some that would have been the end of their dream.

This guy was, however, resilient.

So he did something amazing.

He borrowed the dogs of a friend, wore customized uniform, made a bunch of appealing business cards and moved round his street: handing them to potential clients.

Do you know what? He got not less than three clients on the first day of his campaign.


So the question is what's holding you from starting up that dream business?

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