Smaller Scale Ideas for New Business Startups

Ideas for smaller scale businesses which work from home parents may wish to consider

by Rod Dunne on August 22, 2011

in Biz Dev, Entrepreneurial

There are many advantages to working from home, such as being able to have flexible work hours for yourself and not having to worry about being fired or laid off. Add to this the potential of setting up your own passive income stream.

The ability to be your own boss is attractive to many people and there is an ever-expanding list of successful entrepreneurs who have transitioned from being company employees to starting their own business.

Some examples of opportunities

Following are some home based small scale business ideas that you may want to consider:

  • Setting up an online retail site or selling items on eBay is one of the most common online business ideas.
    It is relatively straightforward and simple to do. Although it does take a fair bit of work in the beginning, even with the best small business concepts. As there is a lot of competition in this field, it is important to choose a product or products wisely and you have to be willing to engage in a fair bit of online marketing.
  • Start a consulting company from home.
    Any person with a fair bit of expertise in a technical field can easily become a freelance consultant. Analyze your past experience and look for opportunities where your skills may be applied. The more individual your experience is, the more unique or quirky business ideas and consultancy opportunities you can pursue.
  • There are many home based business ideas that revolve around tutoring or giving classes.
    A person does not necessarily need a diploma in order to teach a particular class; in many instances, experience alone will suffice. Some classes that can be taught at home are piano, guitar, baking, gourmet cooking, embroidery and woodworking. In fact, all you need is some basic customer service tips to ensure you know how to build rapport with your clients.

Think small-scale in your new business venture but dream large with the ideas you choose

Small Business Ideas & Their Hidden Costs

Small business ideas are not hard to come by. However, it is important to do some research before starting a small business.

Look into insurance requirements, the cost of leasing or renting an office or shop, what the competition is like in the field in question and whether or not you can expect a high demand for the product or service. Some small business ideas include:

  • Set up a repair shop. Appliances regularly break down and there will almost always be a demand for appliance repair work.
  • Set up a small retail shop. Such a shop could sell anything from candy to stationary supplies.
  • Set up a small shop to offer business services, such as photocopying, scanning, color printing and the like.
  • A company that provides pet care has the potential to be successful in most any city or town. Such a business would not handle veterinary care but instead focus on providing “pet-sitting” services for people who do not want to leave their pets along at home.
  • A cleaning service is also relatively easy to set up. You do not need to acquire a degree or even have a lot of experience in order to clean a house, apartment or condo. Furthermore, such work can more lucrative than you would imagine at first.

To sum up: Home business ideas and small scale business ideas can help you to earn a decent amount of money. You should consider the options and should do some research before starting any sort of business. See how much money can be invested, what products or services are in demand and how much competition there is in a particular field. A person who starts a small scale business should also be prepared to put in the hours, as small scale business ideas take work if they are to be successful.

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Blog owner and sole writer Rod DunneI am the owner and sole writer on This is my personal blog detailing troubleshooting tips for small businesses. Posts are based upon 2 decades in consultancy & innovation management within startups/maturing companies.

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