Starting a business can be daunting, especially when you live in a small town. After all, you’re dealing with a smaller population and sometimes coming up with ideas can be tough. So today we’re going to give you some pretty awesome business ideas for small towns.
But first, check out this quote from Guy:
“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”
– Guy Kawasaki
Guy is right! These ideas are great but if you don’t take action, there’s no progress. You’re going to need action, perseverance and a strong determination to succeed.
Now with that out of the way, let’s get right to it.
1. Start a Construction Business
Owning your own construction business can be very lucrative. It’s something that people need, especially in small towns plus you don’t have to specialize in everything.
You can start with something like roof maintenance or home restoration. The start-up cost can be low or high, depending on what you decide to specialize in.
To save money on start-up cost, you can rent your tools from a company like Home Depot until you have enough business. When you’re quoting clients for service, don’t forget to include the cost of your tool rentals (you don’t have to disclose this).
2. Sell Organic Produce & Food
Organic foods are a thing again and you can cash in on this trend.
Thanks to the Internet, consumers are more informed about the foods that they eat. This makes organic produce and food delivery a good business venture.
You don’t necessarily need to open a store but you’ll probably need a car to make deliveries. At first, you can simply have customers come to your home or garage to pick up produce or food.
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3. Offer Computer Repair Services
This business doesn’t look like it’s going to die anytime soon. With the introduction of tablets, mini computers and other innovations in desktop/laptops, there’s ample business available.
Not to mention that it was recently estimated that 7.41 million new malware specimens will be released in 2017 (Source: G DATA). This sadly means that there will be more malware infected computers but at the same time, more business for you.
4. Offer Accounting Services
Businesses need smart accountants to help them save money.
Regardless of all the software tools out there like Turbo Tax, there’s no substitute for a brilliant accountant!
5. Mobile Cell Phone Repair Service
At least 80% or more of the world’s population own cell phones. This presents a huge business opportunity.
You can offer a mobile cell phone repair service. Why mobile?
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That’s because when you’re just starting out, you may not want to deal with the overhead of renting a storefront. Once your business is well established, you can acquire a store.
6. Cleaning Company
Pick a target market and start a cleaning business. Will you offer your services to businesses or households?
Usually, it’s better to focus your marketing on one ideal customer but this isn’t absolutely necessary. This is because small towns tend to have a lower population.
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7. Open a Salon
At first glance, this may seem like a very costly venture but it’s not. If you have a home, you can use that to serve your clients until you save enough money for a location.
Get a website and use local classified sites like Kijiji or Craigslist to get the word out.
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8. Buy and Sell Used Items
The buying and selling of used items can be a good business for a small town. It’s often better to focus on something that you’re passionate about. For instance, you can specialize in selling used computers, video game consoles or cars.
Also, if you can fix these items yourself, you won’t need to buy working items all the time, which can significantly reduce your initial investment.
9. Car Wash
Start a car wash business. Much like the previously mentioned cell phone repair business, you can go to people’s homes or locations. In fact, you may even be able to use your garage for this.
Once you start making enough revenue, you can get a location, preferably a centralized location in town.
10. Become a Personal Trainer
For the most part, we want to be fit but we don’t all have the mental toughness and knowledge to go through with it. If you’re good with people, calm and patient, then personal training might just be the business for you.
You’ll need to study and complete a personal training certification exam, which can be done over a weekend.
11. Start a Dog & Cat Grooming Business
This refers to the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog or cat, including the enhancement of the pet’s appearance. If you like animals, then you’ll enjoy this business.
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12. Dog Walking
With so many dogs and most people having to work 9-5 or daily, dog walking has quickly become a really profitable business. Since pets need consistent physical and social activity to stay healthy, dog walking is a necessity.
13. Sell Clothing
People in small towns normally have to travel significant distances to purchase certain things and one of them is clothing. This is because it’s a primary amenity that small towns tend to lack.
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That’s why selling clothes is a great business idea for a small town. Let your community know that they can come to you for clothing. You may need to go door-to-door when you first start but you can use a catalog to showcase your products.
14. Become a Florist
People need flowers for many occasions, some are sad, while most are happy ones. You’ll need to invest in a cooler to keep your flowers cool. If you’re the first florist in town, you can gain the first-mover advantage.
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15. Sell Coffee
You can open a coffee stand and start selling coffee to your community. The startup cost is relatively low but you may need to pay your government for a license or permit. Make sure you look into that.
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16. Start a Landscaping Business
You can offer lawn care and yard services to your community. Similar to the construction business idea mentioned earlier, you can also rent your tools until you have enough revenue.
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17. Tutor Students
If you’re an expert in something, you can offer to tutor students in your town. Tutors in subjects like mathematics, science and technology are always sought after. You can also offer these services to other people too.
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18. Barber Shop
You don’t need a storefront to start cutting hair and you can learn how to cut hair online. You can simply market your services and do this from home. You can also offer house calls and charge a little more for your time.
Some states or provinces require a license or certification to do this, so make sure that you look into that.
19. Sell Ice Cream
People love ice cream, especially during the summer. It requires little or no training and you can learn how to make different flavored ice creams for free online.
To avoid the capital investments of opening a shop, you can operate a mobile ice cream shop. There are a lot of bicycles and trucks specifically designed for this kind of business.
There you have it! You’ve got 19 low-cost business ideas for your small town. Now it’s your turn to share some of your ideas. Leave a comment.
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