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Successful Startup Business Ideas

I’m Bob Adams. I’m a Harvard MBA and serial entrepreneur.  I’ve started over a dozen different businesses. Most of my businesses I actually started with less than $2,000. Including my book publishing company that I started in my basement apartment with just $1500 and eventually sold for $40 million.

And some I even started with virtually nothing. Most of the business ideas on this list you can start with very little money. A few you can start with almost no money. And some will require a little larger investment.I call these “two shoe string businesses.” Nonetheless these businesses have the potential to become highly profitable and highly successful.

Choosing a good business idea can be a very important factor in determining your success in business. But it is also very important to develop your idea into a distinctive and competitive business model. And it’s important to carefully make the best decisions possible on the key issues you will face as you start your business.  You should learn all the you can about starting and running businesses. And you should carefully create your business plan.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for startup businesses:

  • Abstracting Service
  • Accountant
  • Adoption Search Service
  • Advertising Sales Representative
  • Alterations/Seamstress Business
  • Arbitration Service
  • Art Broker/Corporate Art Consultant
  • Association Management Service
  • Audio Recording for Trade Shows and Seminars
  • Auto Maintenance
  • Background Music Leasing
  • Boat Maintenance/Cleaning Service
  • Book Packager
  • Bookbinder
  • Bookkeeping Service
  • Bridal Consultant
  • Broadcast Sales/Advertising Broker
  • Bulletin Board Service
  • Business Broker
  • Buyer’s Information Service
  • Calendar Service
  • Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning
  • Chimney Sweep
  • City Planner
  • Clip Art Service
  • Clipping Service
  • College Internship Placement
  • Color Consultant
  • Commercial Actor
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Conference Call Facilitator
  • Construction Management Service
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Cooking Class Instructor
  • Counselor/Psychologist
  • Credit Card Merchant Broker
  • Credit Cardholders’ Service
  • Credit Consultant
  • Dance Instructor
  • Data Retrieval Service
  • Day Care Service
  • Desktop Publisher: Community-Based Coupon Books
  • Direct Marketing/Sales
  • Disability Consultant
  • Dog Trainer
  • Economic Development Consultant
  • Emergency Response Service
  • Employee Harmony Consultant
  • Environmental Consultant/Contractor
  • Factory-Locating Consultant
  • Fan Club Management
  • Farm-Sitting
  • Farmer of Fruits or Vegetables
  • Feed Consultant/Broker
  • Financial Aid Consultant
  • Flea Market Organizer
  • Food Delivery Service
  • Food Item Manufacturer
  • Food Manufacturing Consultant
  • Forensic Consultant
  • Freelance Writer/Editor/Illustrator
  • Fund-Raising Firm
  • Government Contract Consulting
  • Grants/Proposal Writer
  • Herb/Flower Farming
  • Image Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Internet Marketing Specialist
  • Interviewer
  • Invention Consultant/Broker
  • Investment Broker/Club
  • Jewelry/Clock/Watch Repair
  • Labor Relations Consultant
  • Licensing Agent
  • Liquidator
  • Lobbyist
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Management Consultant
  • Meeting Planner
  • Meteorological Consultant
  • Mobile Hair Salon
  • Money Broker
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Mover
  • Murder Mystery Producer
  • Newspaper Delivery Service
  • Oil and Gas Field Service
  • Online Job Search
  • Online Services Consultant
  • Paralegal
  • Parenting Specialist
  • Payroll Administrative Services
  • Personality Analysis/Testing Service
  • Personalized Check Service
  • Personnel Safety Consultant
  • Pharmaceutical Returns Consulting
  • Political Campaign Management
  • Pollster
  • Printing Broker
  • Product Developer
  • Profit Sharing Plan Consultant
  • Property Management Service
  • Recreation Activities Consultant
  • Recycling
  • Referral Service
  • Relocation Consultant
  • Respiratory Equipment Repair
  • Resume Service
  • Retail Bakery/Specialty Food Store
  • Retirement Planner
  • Reunion Organizer
  • Sales of Novelty and Promotional Products
  • Seamstress/Alterations Business
  • Secretarial Service
  • Software Conversion Service
  • Speechwriter
  • Standardized Test Preparatory Service
  • Stenciling
  • Stenography Service
  • Systems Integrator
  • Taxidermist
  • Time-Management Specialist
  • Trademark Agent
  • Translation Service
  • Travel Agent
  • Tree Service
  • Tropical Fish Servicing
  • Upholsterer
  • Vending Machine Owner
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Water Pumping Service
  • Web Designer
  • Window Treatment Specialist
  • Window Washing Service
  • Wood Splitter

For More Business Ideas

Check out BusinessTown’s most popular article, The 300 Best Small Business Ideas. This comprehensive multi-page article offers expert advice on every single business idea. Includes home based, online, steady income, low cost, product and service ideas.  Many of the businesses on this extensive list can be started with less than $2,000. 

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About Bob Adams

Bob Adams is a Harvard MBA serial entrepreneur. He has started over a dozen businesses including one that he launched with $1500 and sold for $40 million. He has written 17 books and created 52 online courses for entrepreneurs. Bob also founded BusinessTown, the go-to learning platform for starting and running a business.

QUIZ: WHAT BUSINESS IS BEST FOR YOU?

QUIZ: WHAT BUSINESS IS BEST FOR YOU?