107 Business Ideas For Creative People

Within the design realm lies a mass of opportunities ready for the next great innovator to actualize. Technological advances and shifts in cultural values has made creative design a crucial part of many industries. Almost every business benefits from having creative people working closely to get the most out of a business. Whether it’s a graphic designer creating a logo or an advertiser coming up with a great new campaign, creativity drives the success of most businesses and their brands.

Perhaps one the greatest aspects of starting a business within this industry is the ample amount of resources at your disposal. As evolving technology is providing more need for creative work, it also provides potential entrepreneurs with access to resources that can be used to meet businesses’ specific needs. For example, laser cutting and engraving are services that are highly specialized with an array of equipment that allows you to perform specific functions for specific products and agencies.

If you are interested in entering a market space that celebrates creative design, innovation, and expression, the design and creative industry may be right for you. Outside of traditional market representation of art, creative work emerges within a culture growing to value the emotion behind consumption as much as the practicality. If you are someone who values work that provides you with the freedom to work in spaces and with content that you are passionate about, and still highly marketable, you may find this realm to be fulfilling and representative of you in ways that traditional businesses might not.

Whatever your motivation for wanting to start a business within the design and creative world, we have an excellent list of potential businesses to help you get started on your journey.

1. 3D Printing Design Business

A 3D printing business is usually affiliated with a larger business such as Shapeways. The benefit to this is that you focus on creating 3D designs and taking orders while Shapeways prints the actual objects. The eventual profits are then split between yourself and Shapeways.

This business is great for artists, particularly those who have created physical works (such as statues and carvings) before. Arguably, the most important part of this job is being able to take a good idea and use a combination of software and artistic skill to make it into a reality.

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The adult coloring book industry has exploded in recent years. In 2015, the Washington Post reports, an estimated 12 million coloring books were sold. For comparison, an estimated 1 million was sold in 2014.

An adult coloring book company helps provide grown-ups with a creative outlet by both designing and marketing coloring books. These coloring books are usually highly detailed.

People who are highly creative and have a knack for artistic expression may enjoy, and be good at running, an adult coloring book company. Business owners often design coloring books themselves, at least until their business is well established, and creating a coloring book requires a considerable amount of artistic skill.

A coloring book company doesn’t require a business owner to keep specific hours, so it’s possible to start a company while working at a traditional job.

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Modern adults are constantly having to balance demanding personal lives, responsibilities, and careers. The results of which are increased levels of stress, anxiety, and tension that negatively impact their ability to thrive, let alone survive their day to day. A rise in the mindfulness movement (the practices of intentional living) has inspired the development of tools for adults to utilize to facilitate self-care practices. Adult coloring books function as a fantastic way for adults to take space away from stress-inducing stimuli and spend time engaging in a creative, fun, and calming activity. The need for self-care as an effective buffer from stressors is in no short supply. Adults everywhere are beginning to incorporate practices that provide them with respite that allows them to perform in other critical areas of their lives. Adult coloring books are a fun, engaging, and approachable way to provide potential customers with a way to easily enter those practices.

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3. Advertising Agency

In today’s marketing-saturated world, businesses need creative and effective advertising campaigns to help attract customers. Advertising agencies specialize in creating and planning these campaigns. In the United States, which is the world’s largest advertising marketplace, the industry’s annual revenue is $44 billion and growing.

People who are both creative and have a mind for business may be well-suited for running an advertising agency. Creating pitches for clients requires great creativity, but this must be balanced with a business sense that considers the agency’s financial viability.

4. Affiliate Marketing Business

Affiliate marketing is the art of turning fame into a business. People who have managed to attract an audience are paid  to endorse related products or services on their public platform. For example, if a popular nutritionist blogger endorses a new line of supplements.

Affiliate marketing is excellent for a passionate person who enjoys being in the public spotlight. They should be good at promoting brands without coming across as a salesperson. They’ll need to be good at handling questions and potential criticisms from both their fans and the media.

5. App Development Company

Has every app conceivable already been invented? Not at all. There are literally millions of apps that have yet to be created. Some have an obvious demand while some apps introduce new emerging ideas. Going into this business is very rewarding because it is getting easier to create software applications. Additionally, new users tend to multiply, which continues to create more demand for apps.

Anyone who loves computer programming or general problem-solving would be great for this business. It helps if you have experience working on software development teams that produce popular applications before you try to go off on your own to start an application development company.

Software programmers often work very long hours without immediate reward, because solving the programming problem is the driver that pushes them forward. In this type of work, it is rare to have regular working hours, so you should be prepared to adopt a schedule that can adjust according to changing workloads.

6. Architecture Firm

Architecture firms may work for local, state, or national governments or for private companies that want to build buildings. They are engineering as well as design-driven and must solve many complex problems related to building structure as well as aesthetics. This business is needed today as competition in the country drives the need for expansion of infrastructure, business and, ultimately, new buildings and structures.

This business is perfect for individuals who love to work with their mind and have good attention to detail. Long hours are part of the job and companies that put in proposals for major projects don’t always hear back right away so business owners need to be good at managing cash flow.

7. Art Consulting Business

Art consultants serve two separate (but related) business functions. They may work with artists to help them find their best target audience and to promote the artist's work to increase sales. An art consultant may also work with collectors who wish to acquire specific kinds of art or galleries who wish to commission specific work from specific artists. Either way, a consultant is an important way for a community's artistic presence to grow and thrive.

Needless to say, this job is best for those with an artistic background. This includes practicing artists and those with a formal education in subjects such as art and art history. This provides the necessary background to understand both how the art world and artists themselves function.

8. Art Gallery

Art galleries provide local artists an opportunity to gain exposure and profit from their work. While the primary goal from a business standpoint is to make profit based on art sales and special events, providing a vibrant art scene can help create a more vibrant community. Customers for an art gallery's work typically include collectors, investors, decorators, and private companies.

The best art gallery manager is an artist himself: someone who is aware of different modes and styles of art as well as its history and future trends. The manager should have a sense of individual style that the different works on display help accentuate, which helps the business stand out from its competition. Running a gallery means having a somewhat flexible schedule, but sales can be contingent on a willingness to deliver and display artwork to prospective buyers' homes, and often on short notice.

9. Art Lessons Business

Art lessons may target one demographic (such as children, teens, or adults) or be offered to all demographics. Similarly, your lessons may focus on a single specialty (such as painting or ceramics), though it is in the artist's best interest to teach in as many disciplines as they can.

Obviously, this business is ideal for veteran, practicing artists. It is also educational in nature, so it is good for those who have formal or informal experience with being a teacher or teacher's assistant. Finally, it's a job that is best for a “people person,” as your entire business model revolves around prolonged contact with strangers, so being able to engage and connect with them immediately is crucial.

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A barrel making business, or cooperage, as traditionally named, is a business which specializes in the crafting and construction of wooden barrels and casks.

Experienced or knowledgeable woodworkers and carpenters are excellent fits for a barrel making business. Since most barrels are used in the packaging of different beers, wines and liquors, beverage industry experience would also be a bonus for a barrel making business.

Why we like this business:

Growing in tandem with artisanal crafts is the need for specialty tools, resources, and equipment. Barrels are used within a wide range of craft/artisanal environments, from distilling spirits and winemaking, to long-fermenting specialty foods and other consumables. Often, producers seek-out lasting partnerships between themselves and barrel makers allowing them to access a consistent flow of resources while providing your business with consistent revenue.  As such, this is a great business venture if you are interested in applying your skills with raw materials within a market that appreciates quality craftsmanship and specialization.

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11. Bead Store

A bead business sells beads, tools, and craft supplies to professional crafters and hobbyists. Inventory can be sold online or in a brick and mortar establishment, with some business owners working out of their home. Business owners have several market opportunities and revenue streams to choose from, including retail and wholesale sales.

Owning and managing a retail business requires hard work, dedication, and long hours. Entrepreneurs who love the craft and enjoy learning and educating others about various beads will find fulfillment and success in this business venture.

12. Billboard Advertising Company

Billboard advertising companies purchase or rent small lots of land to erect billboards that are used to display ads for their customers. Other types of outdoor billboard advertising include signage on public benches and buses. These businesses also buy billboards from other companies and resell the advertising space for a higher price. They perform a valuable community service by enabling property owners to earn income by leasing an unused portion of their land to provide advertising space for businesses.

This is a great business for those who enjoy making mutually beneficial connections between landowners and entrepreneurs. Billboard advertising business owners play an important role in increasing the visibility and success of businesses. Those who prefer to perform a wide variety of duties in a number of different work environments both indoor and outdoor, thrive exceptionally well in this business. Community-minded individuals are well-suited for meeting the challenge of matching the right location with the right advertiser at the right price.

13. Blogging Business

Lots of people read online content about topics they’re interested in on a daily basis. Blogging businesses create blog content around specific topics that inform, educate and entertain people interested in the topics the blogs cover.

Successfully starting a blogging business requires a lot of passion for a particular subject and a desire to share that passion with others. The passion is often more important than what the subject itself is, as there are blogs on all kinds of topics -- and readers interested in all kinds of subjects. Creating content for a blogging business requires a significant amount of time, but the tasks can easily be arranged around a full-time job or other obligations.

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Many people enjoy playing board games with family and friends. Board game businesses design and make board games for people to play.

Despite the growth of online platforms, the board game industry continues to remain strong. It’s grown since 2013, and the industry almost broke $10 billion in sales in 2016.

People who are passionate about board games may enjoy owning a board game business. Developing a good board game that people will want to play requires testing and retesting a game design many times. Therefore, only those who like playing board games should try developing one.

Why we like this business:

A board game company is a fantastic business venture as it allows people with a creative and strategic qualities to create enjoyable and engaging content for a mass audience. As was previously stated, the era of the analog board game is far from over. In fact, with a recent resurgence in popularity, board games are of a classic origin though are highly adaptable to contemporary market interests and play styles. Board games are a great way for creatives to capitalize on an established market by focusing solely on creating stellar products and marketing your content apart from your competitors’.

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Body piercing, also known as body modification, has become a popular form of self-expression for individuals of all ages. A professional piercer offers a wide variety of piercing options, from a simple ear piercing to more complex areas, such as the eyebrow, tongue, and nostril.

Piercing shop owners who have realized long-term success are fully engaged in the art and body modification community. They value the freedom to express oneself and embrace art in its many different forms. Individuals who encompass these values and possess the entrepreneurial spirit and drive to elevate the careers of other artists should consider opening their own body piercing business.

Why we like this business:

In the era of self-expression, body piercing is a fantastic business venture that intersects the evolution of cultural preferences within younger generations. For many, body piercing operates as a method for them to outwardly express personal aesthetic in radical and overt ways. The adornment of one's body with jewelry is a highly personal practice that requires highly skilled professionals to be performed well. As the owner of a body piercing shop, you will be working as a special breed of artist, one that partners with clients to create permanent statements of expression that are valuable and highly cherished.

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16. Bonsai Tree Business

As a result of urban growth, and more people moving to the city where their yards are small (frequently only a balcony), the bonsai tree business has boomed.  There is a great appeal in owning tiny bonsai trees, which might be only 18" high instead of 60' high. Business owners can be very successful since both local sales and Internet sales are becoming extremely popular.

This is a wonderful business for gardeners, tree aficionados, stay-at-home workers, and lovers of miniature objects. Business owners can start off selling starter plants to earn a living while they grow two to five-year-old trained bonsai trees for a larger income. It's a great opportunity for someone who doesn't have a lot of space to work with. This is also a great opportunity for someone to combine their growing skills with their Internet sales skills.

17. Bookbinding Business

A bookbinding business (or bookbindery) binds books together. Rates are generally based on the size of the book. Even though physical book sales have been a little uneven for the past several years, there’s no reason to fear they're going away anytime soon. Bookbinders have a unique opportunity to create more book buyers by using their creative visions to keep the public interested in having books on more than just their phone or e-reader.

This business is good for someone who has connections in the publishing world, and who has experience in what it takes to provide quality bookbinding services. Anyone thinking of trying bookbinding should be good with their hands, as it can end up being a very manual process.

18. Business Consulting Firm

Business consultants provide a necessary service to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. They help the business get off to a good start by providing the know-how and resources necessary for success. A business consultant usually retains a book of clients and may limit his or her business to just several hundred (or fewer) businesses or entrepreneurs.

This business is perfect for seasoned business owners or upper level managers who are looking for a career change. A business consulting firm must be experienced in business management, marketing, and team building and management. They must also understand how to generate revenue from a wide range of businesses and expand existing streams of income.

19. Cabinet Making Business

Almost every building with a kitchen or bathroom has cabinets, which are made by cabinet making businesses.

With new buildings constantly being constructed and existing ones regularly being remodeled, there is a strong and steady demand for these businesses. According to IBISWorld, the cabinet and manufacturing industry has been growing at 5.2 percent annually over the past five years and brings in more than $16 billion each year in revenue.

Anyone who enjoys woodworking and has an eye for detail may enjoy running a cabinet making business. Making cabinets involves working hands-on with wood, but all measurements and cuts must be precise.

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From birthday parties to weddings and other special occasions, cakes are an integral part of many celebrations. Industry innovations have made it possible for consumers to turn their confectioner’s dream into a reality and allow bakers to become more imaginative with their creations. Depending upon the business plan and overall goals of the entrepreneur, a cake business can be structured several different ways. Many business owners service the entire community, while targeting a specific niche market, based on their baking strengths and public need.

Some of the most skilled chefs claim to fall short when it comes to baking. Are you one of the fortunate few who are skilled at baking? Are you passionate about the art of cake decorating and enhancing someone’s life celebration? Have you often pondered the benefits of being your own boss? If your answers were “yes,” opening your own cake business could be the perfect opportunity to realize your professional and personal goals.

Why we like this business:

Cake baking is a great business that provides customers with a product that acts as an accessory to highly pivotal, emotional, and celebratory occasions. A nearly universal artifact, cakes are a great option for people to elevate their celebration in a way that (thanks to advancements in technique and technology) can be as representative of the intended message as is desired. This business is a great opportunity for you to share your love not only of quality confections, but also of your value of celebration and the emotional nature of the occasions that demand their inclusion.

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21. Calligraphy Business

Many people primarily rely on calligraphy businesses to create unforgettable wedding invitations or other special event stationery that they want to have a personal touch. However, others want to be able to write in calligraphy themselves, and they will look to your business to teach them.

Obviously, this business is best for someone that is highly skilled in calligraphy. Since much of the business comes from designing things like wedding invitations, this job is also good for artists or those with an artistic vision. For both the event-planning and instructional aspects of the business, being a “people person” is very helpful.

22. Candle Making Business

Candlemakers are artisans who pay critical attention to the sensory aesthetics of their product line and pragmatic business people adept at enticing buyers through smart marketing strategies.

The ideal candlemaker should love the craft of candle making and have skills involved with sales and marketing. Candlemakers can begin modestly—in the kitchen and storage space of your home or apartment, and with a limited budget and inventory. Since candles are often thought to be commodity products, you must constantly seek ways of branding your line to differentiate yourself from competitors. Showcase your product line attractively through excellent image photography, a strong online presence and savvy sales skills.

23. Caricature Business

Whether at an art fair, business convention, or community event, caricatures are a fun way to lighten the mood and get people to laugh at themselves. Caricatures are spontaneous illustrations that exaggerate or “cartoonize” the individual’s features. Initially, this artistic expression was simply done on ink and paper. The tradition has now grown to include digital illustrations, with a variety of printing options available.

Artistically inclined individuals who possess the drive and tenacity to manage their own stable business would be best suited for this business venture. As a caricature business owner, you must be both creative and business savvy, making critical financial and marketing decisions that will help your organization sustain long-term growth.

24. Carpentry Business

Carpentry businesses build, maintain, repair, or renovate residential and commercial buildings. Structural carpentry, such as framework, contributes to community safety by ensuring the structural integrity of homes and businesses. Finish carpentry, such as restoration of historical buildings, contributes to the environmental beauty and increased real estate values of the community.

A carpentry business is ideal for those who enjoy working with their hands and building things. It’s ideal for those who enjoy preserving and restoring historic landmarks as well as creating new ones for future generations. Those who take pride in their work and a sense of satisfaction in helping customers utilize space more effectively will enjoy this type of business.

25. Cartoon Service

As the owner of a cartoon service, you can take your talent for drawing and perhaps writing cartoons in a number of directions. You could create art for greeting cards, books and magazines, digital clients, animation studios, ads, comic books, merchandise, cartoon syndicates and almost endless other sales channels both online and off.

First and foremost, you must have a talent for cartooning. For many kinds of assignments, the ability to write—especially in a humorous vein—is also necessary. Beyond that, your marketing skills and self-promotional instincts will help you commercialize your talent in a number of ways.

26. Casting Agency Business

Production companies regularly have specific talent needs for the productions they’re working on. Casting agencies help production companies find the talent they need. Most agencies specialize in a specific niche, such as theater performers, commercial actors, films and television show actors, or extras.

As video-based mediums continue to grow, there is a lot of opportunity for casting agencies. According to IBISWorld, agencies’ aggregate revenue in the United States is $875 million annually and growing at 4.3 percent.

Casting agencies are good businesses for people who have a passion for entertainment and previous experience in the industry. A love for the work will help business owners stay motivated when working long hours, and previous industry experience helps business owners network (see below).

Business owners should be prepared to work nights and weekends, as production companies rarely operate on a standard 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule. Most people who have experience in video or theater are already familiar with the hours that the industry requires.

27. Children's Book Business

Children’s books businesses publish children’s books, bringing illustrated stories to print. For businesses that have captivating books, the industry offers plenty of opportunity. Children’s book sales surpassed those of adult books in 2014, selling more than 2.7 billion books that year.

Additionally, business owners who start this type of business are in good company. Not only do many people have successful children’s book businesses today, but one of the most successful children’s authors in modern history began by self-publishing her work. Beatrix Potter funded the first runs of both Peter Rabbit and The Tailor of Gloucester. The two stories are popular even to this day.

Most people who start a children’s book business have either already written or plan to write their own children’s book(s). Some business owners first try to publish their stories through traditional publishers, and others go directly into self-publishing.

28. Christmas Lights Installation Business

Many people and businesses enjoy having decorations during the holiday season. Not everyone, however, likes decorating or is physically able to. Christmas lights installation businesses provide holiday decorating services for individuals and businesses who want or need assistance with the put-up and take-down of lights and other decorations.

Many Christmas lights installation businesses are started by painters, landscapers and other contractors who have a slow period around the holidays. The holiday decorating season is extremely short, lasting only a few months at the most, so it’s difficult to run a stand-alone Christmas lights installation business that offers no other services during the rest of the year. Such a business, however, is a potentially lucrative sideline business that can complement other seasonal businesses, such as exterior painting and landscaping.

29. Clothing Line

A clothing line is a collection of apparel designed for a target audience and sold in retail locations and/or through online stores. When you enter into the clothing industry, creating a clothing line includes establishing a company, designing the clothes, selecting materials, and sourcing the manufacturing process. You will then have to build sales channels to retail shops or create a brand is available through internet shops across the globe.

The person who starts a clothing line has a passion for fashion. This person sees clothes as a way each person expresses themselves. Most often, clothing line founders have an artistic vision and see clothing as their medium. They see clothing as a way to allow others to tap into their own expressive selves. If you have this type of artistic vision, a passion for clothing and design, and a desire to help others express themselves, then starting a clothing line may be just the right business for you. 

30. Commercial Photography Business

Commercial photographers capture artistic photographs with an emphasis on marketing and selling products and services. Photographs can be used in advertisements, brochures, leaflets, and even restaurant menus. 

The creative individual that is passionate about photography and inspiring others through their work is drawn to this profession. Those entering this specialized field often do so because of their passion and eye for both fashion and photography. The combination of these two art forms serves as a creative outlet. Successful photographers are often able to travel the world, earning an income that supports them, as they work to fulfill their dreams. 

31. Content Marketing Agency

While a content marketing agency focuses on creating content, the nature and purpose of that content may change from client to client. Some clients primarily want to increase their customers via traditional advertising, whereas others want content that integrates with their sales funnel and improves the process of gathering leads. Still other clients may want help developing their unique brand and creating a social media presence in which their target demographic may engage with that brand.

Content marketing is, put simply, an intersection of creativity, sales, and media management. Thus, this job is ideal for someone who is already experienced in one or more of those areas. For instance, someone with a background in writing will have an easier time creating certain kinds of content, whereas those with a background in advertising will approach content from a different angle. Sales veterans will understand how all of this impacts a company's bottom line, whereas savvy social media users will understand the need to use non-traditional channels to build, maintain, and propel a company's brand.

32. Countertop Business

Countertops are difficult to install. More importantly: They’re heavy. It takes professional skill, planning, and tools to install, remove, or repair a countertop. Because the homeowner decides on a countertop’s style, materials, and installation needs, services geared towards custom schedules are incredibly valued. Normally, countertop business operators are incredibly skilled maintenance workers. They understand home repairs, style needs and safety requirements.

Skilled craftsmen flock to countertop businesses, and for good reason: They’re expressive, they hold many opportunities, and they give contractors the freedom they seek, work-wise. Independent workers who love stone-crafting, interior design, repair work, and hands-on work are fantastic marble and granite contractors. While countertops needn’t be made of fine materials, a lot of countertop contractors love the artistic aspects of installation.

33. Craft Store

Craft store businesses provide the necessary supplies for creating unique handmade items for shoppers who prefer originality over mass production. A craft store business can exist online, in a physical location, or both. Some craft store businesses sell a wide range of various types of arts and crafts supplies, while others cater to specialized niche markets.

This type of business is ideal for people who enjoy providing supplies for people to participate in creating various types of arts and crafts.

34. Creative Agency

A creative agency helps businesses decide on a branding strategy to present to the public. From logos to slogans to blog content, creative agencies give a company a strong and consistent voice that will appeal to their target demographic. While an advertising service aims to spread the name of a company by buying media space, a creative agency will provide the public face of the company's values and mission. Creative agencies stimulate the local economy and support small businesses by giving their clients an edge in competitive industries.

This business is good for those who spend all day long coming up with ideas. The best entrepreneur will understand that most ideas can not (and should not) ever be brought to fruition, but will still value the process of brainstorming. Also, anyone hoping to get into this business should be comfortable with presenting their work and interacting with a variety of people.

35. Cupcake Business

Cupcake shops can be structured in a number of different ways, depending upon the goals and business plan of the entrepreneur. They may involve a brick-and-mortar storefront, a delivery service, selling directly to other businesses like restaurants and shops, or a combination of all three. Retail and delivery businesses are currently leading the cupcake trend. What they all have in common, is the ability to bring a smile to their customer’s faces by way of the delectable baked treats they provide.

Are you consistently assigned the task of bringing cupcakes to every family and friends event? Does everyone praise your baking skills? Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to be your own boss? If you answered “yes” to these questions, and genuinely enjoy the art of baking, starting a cupcake business might be your path to personal and professional freedom.

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This business is needed because of the large demand for vehicle customization. Since all jobs are customized or fabricated on-site, the complexity of each job varies with the customer and request. The market for this business consists mostly of automotive enthusiasts.

Custom car shops appeal to entrepreneurs who are automotive enthusiasts and love engineering and designing. As a custom car shop owner, you need to be willing to work long hours, manage a team of technicians, and love working with your hands. You also need to have a passion for the automotive enthusiast community, which tends to have its own unique culture apart from the general population.

Why we like this business:

Custom car shops are an excellent business as they encompass not only the automotive industry, but also the realm of artistry and fine craft. Work in this industry is highly profitable because of its being comprised of not only highly technical skill but also artistic license. Typically, your clientele will consist of individuals with the means to invest ample amounts of money into their visions. This business is a great opportunity for those who value both sides of the industry and are able to work collaboratively with clients to make their ideal vehicles a reality.

 

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37. Custom Doll Business

The demand for dolls has fluctuated over time, but they do continue to withstand the test of time. A custom doll maker will handcraft dolls for clients based on either public demand or personalized requests. For example, they may create dolls that reflect current pop culture or political icons, or they may handcraft dolls that resemble the client who ordered it.

Doll makers typically start off as hobbyists who make dolls for their friends, families, or even just for themselves. But a doll maker should also be creative enough to put clever spins on the general dolls they sell or custom requests.

38. Custom Phone Case Business

If trends hold steady, there will be an estimated 6 billion smartphones in the world by 2020. This is an incredible opportunity for those who want to break into this market, as there will be increased demand for products to protect these expensive investments from dents, scratches, and breaks. The majority of phone cases are sold online to decrease overhead costs. However, retail storefronts can be a good investment for entrepreneurs depending on the target customers.

This business is good for people who are both creative and practical. There are an infinite amount of design options for phone cases, but some will be more popular (and profitable) than others. A good business owner can both narrow down the choices, and predict trends to gain a market edge. Owners will also need some customer service and advertising experience as well.

39. Custom Portrait Business

A custom portrait business specializes in creating portraits in a variety of styles and mediums for a diverse array of clients. Your custom portrait business may specialize in mediums such as pencil, paint, or even crochet. You may run a business where customers order a portrait in advance, or you may offer to create a custom portrait on the spot for them.

Obviously, this is a business designed for an artist. However, not just any artist: you must be comfortable doing a lot of interaction with many kinds of customers (especially if you are doing portraits on the spot), and you must be able to work quickly, both to achieve customer satisfaction and to increase your margin of time and profit.

40. Custom Prints Business

A custom prints business is a “jack of all trades” kind of business. These businesses often focus on printing on everything from business cards to t-shirts. This also opens the door for turning some of your more successful screen printing endeavors into sideline businesses (that focus solely on something like t-shirts, for example).

This job is ideal for someone who is good with both technology and people. It is necessary to be good with technology because you must know your way around the hardware and software necessary to print onto a variety of different surfaces. You must be good with people because your clientele is potentially very diverse—the professional who needs new business cards may be very different from the college student who wants to order an ironic t-shirt.

41. Custom Treehouse Business

Since the beginning of time, trees have been used by humans as a form of shelter. In more modern times, treehouses have become fun places for children and even adults to spend their time. Tree house builders design and build treehouse structures in trees. This includes everything from a child’s tree house fort, complete with zip lines and rope bridges, all the way up to small family homes.

Individuals with a sound understanding of tree growth patterns, structural engineering, and a construction background are often a great fit for this type of business. Those who possess this knowledge and who enjoy being one with nature become the best candidates.

42. Deck Building Business

A deck building business specializes in the construction of outdoor decks and patios for customers.

A deck building business requires knowledge in carpentry, electrical, and sometimes plumbing construction. Experience in creating customer estimates and communication skills are also necessary to become and stay successful. The individual who enjoys working with his/her hands and in natural elements would be best fit for this profession.

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An escape room business provides customers with a place to play popular escape games. Games vary in complexity and duration, but most last for approximately one hour, including the pre-game instruction. Teams must work together to solve puzzles through the discovery of clues. Escape room businesses usually have one or more game rooms and consumers pay per game. They can also rent out rooms for private games.

Those who enjoy playing escape games themselves are prime candidates for starting this type of business. It’s also a good business for creative people with a flair for the dramatic who enjoy designing their own games and providing others with enjoyable gaming experiences.

Why we like this business:

Escape rooms offer customers away to interact with exhilarating situational environments and circumstances while being removed from any potential harm. These fantastical contexts are created by creative and strategic minds and are a great business option for people looking to curate experiences with clear objectives and engagement. The content of an escape room can be easily catered to a specific population and can be scaled to any degree of specialty desirable. Customers can range from groups of friends to corporations looking for a great way to workshop team building practices to increase efficiency and productivity. The realm of escape rooms is one that is highly marketable. Its content is highly engaging, markets highly pursued emotions such as excitement, and is malleable and completely determined by your creative interests and mind.

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Even in today’s modern age, people still seek out vintage and handmade goods. Often, they do so through online platforms like Etsy, Zazzle or CafePress. These platforms are dedicated to artsy goods.

An Etsy entrepreneur business sells vintage or handmade goods on Etsy or these other platforms. By selling through an established platform, businesses are often able to reach more customers than they could through their own website or storefront.

Anyone who enjoys making handmade goods or finding vintage items might enjoy running an Etsy entrepreneur business. This is a great outlet for artists looking to sell their works.

Why we like this business:

Starting a business as an Etsy entrepreneur is a great way to make money by selling your crafts. Etsy offers a wonderful platform for advertising and selling your products. All you will have to do is make your crafts and get them ready to sell. If your crafts are small enough, you can run this business out of your home, and you can also run the business part time if you have other obligations. Flexibility and accessibility make being an Etsy entrepreneur great.

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45. Event Planning Business

Event planners help their clients organize and orchestrate events of all types and sizes. Everything from weddings and social gatherings to an industry-specific, professional soiree, an event planner’s job is to make sure everything runs smoothly, ensuring that any problems will be handled appropriately.

Those with an eye for detail, applied creativity, and the ability to easily converse with the general public, will find a great match in event planning. You must also have patience, humility, and the ability to help materialize the customer’s vision for their event.

46. Fashion Consulting Business

A fashion consulting business can exist with a variety of scales. For instance, the business may be run by a lone consultant or as a major firm, and the clients may be individuals, retail stores, or major brands. The job can effectively be run from your home, which allows you to do this as a “side job” before making it your primary line of work.

Obviously, this business is ideal for fashionable people. If you regularly keep up with the latest trends, fashions, and styles, this job is ideal for you. It can also be good for those with previous backgrounds in things like the fashion retail industry, as this gives you the experience to find the best deals for your clients.

47. Fashion Photography Business

A fashion photographer is responsible for capturing images at fashion shoots and editing the photos they’ve captured. While they’re not usually involved in directing the shoot, they utilize their knowledge of lighting and eye for design to provide creative direction.

Those entering this specialized field often do so because of their passion and eye for both fashion and photography. The combination of these two art forms serves as a creative outlet. Successful photographers are often able to travel the world while earning an income that supports them as they work to fulfill their dreams.

48. Fidget Toy Business

The fidget spinner was the first “fidget toy” to be introduced into the marketplace. Designed to help alleviate and channel nervous energy in children, this popular toy is Googled over 100,000 times per month and has already generated over $500 million in sales since its introduction in early 2017. Due to its overwhelming popularity, inventors and entrepreneurs across the world are now focused on dreaming up the next fidget fad to take over the Internet marketplace.

While a significant amount of capital isn’t required, this industry does require an entrepreneurial spirit, an inventive mind, and a deep understanding of your target audience. If you possess these qualities, as well as the drive to be your own boss and manage a business in a dynamic industry, opening your own fidget toy business could be the “career change” you have been looking for.

49. Film Production Company

A film production company creates, produces and markets long- or short-form film or video content. As the owner of a film or video production company, you’ll create, produce, market and find distribution for digital or analog film or video content. This might take the form of movies, television programming, documentaries, industrial films, commercials or other related work.

You should be a creative storyteller and technologically adept in film or digital production. Your expertise might come from film school, employment in the film industry or a background in creating film content. Even a five-minute demo film counts if it’s a good portfolio piece.You must also have a strong knack for business, since a large percent of your time is likely to be involved in raising funds from investors and seeking partnerships for the production or distribution of your work.

50. Freelance Writing Business

Freelance writers generate written content about a variety of topics for readers of websites, newspapers, journals, magazines, books, and other publications.

This business is right for an individual who has an affinity for the written word and language in general. If you are a voracious reader, enjoy expressing yourself, and have a way with words, you should give consideration to working as a freelance writer. This line of work is also ideal for those who enjoy autonomy. The typical freelance writer does not have to deal with an overbearing boss. However, freelance writers must meet tight deadlines, satisfy clients' nuanced demands, and create captivating content.

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Part of upcycling can be simple refurbishment, and part of it is re-styling it. New covers, new coats of paint, and other new changes can make something old and worn down into something chic and modern. The business also scales nicely, letting you grow from a solo operation to a team, if necessary.

This business is great for veterans of yard sales and thrift shops—basically, anyone with a good eye for finding surprising items at low prices. It's also good for those with an eye for style and design, so you are able to see not just what the worn down furniture is but what it could be after some modifications. Finally, it's good for those with sales experience, as the job may involve a lot of individual interaction with a variety of customers.

Why we like this business:

Furniture upcycling is a great business option for those who are looking to help customers curate specific looks for their homes, offices, or other personal spaces, while requiring less intense woodworking or design skills. While your success as a furniture upcycler may be positively impacted by those skills, the only real requirements for beginning your journey are an eye for design and a keen ability to market, a sharp sense of customer service, and an ability to translate client vision into reality.

 

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52. Ghostwriting Business

Many people dream of seeing a book with their name on the cover, but not everyone has the ability to write one themselves. Ghostwriters are hired to write works for those who either cannot or do not want to write their own works. Ghostwriters deal with a range of clients from celebrities to everyday people who need their stories to be told.

Successful ghostwriters must like to work in the background and have no interest in gaining popularity through writing. They need to be adaptable and flexible, both in their writing style and their work schedule. At the same time, ghostwriters require the self-discipline to remain on task and see a project through by delivering exactly what they promise.

53. Gift Basket Business

Many occasions call for a gift, but people often struggle to find the right present. Even those who have an idea of what to get sometimes don’t have time to go shopping.

Gift basket services make purchasing and giving gifts easy. They provide both standard and customizable baskets that are appropriate for many different occasions. Many also make the actual giving of the gift simple by providing shipping or delivery options.

Anyone who likes giving presents and is creative may be well-suited to run a gift basket service. A gift basket service can be started as a part-time business and, by shipping baskets, be coordinated around other obligations.

54. Gift Wrapping Business

Your gift wrapping business may be located inside a large department store, appear as a pop-up cart in a mall during the holidays, or offer personalized services for corporate clients and weddings. Unique wrapping paper designs can be sold in rolls in your pop-up store or retail location.

If you are always creating eye-popping packages by combining colorful and creative papers, ribbons, flowers, baskets, and bags, you may enjoy applying your gift wrapping skills to a business. It's a great add-on service for existing gift stores or as a seasonal service when everybody could use a little help making their holiday gifting easier.

55. Glass Blowing Business

Art comes in all forms. A glassblower uses techniques that have been around since the first century BC, shaping the glass into their creative vision. They sell their work in online stores and local galleries. Many also take on commissioned work.

Glassblowing is perfect for the individual who likes to work alone to turn their creative visions into works of art. It requires hard work, innovative instincts, and an entrepreneurial spirit. If you exhibit these qualities, glassblowing might be the career for you.

56. Graphic Design Business

Graphic design professionals create or maintain a visual look that might be carried out in signage, letterheads, ads, sales collateral material, website and digital content and virtually all other internal and external communications. This can involve logo design, fonts and typography, color and imagery selection and layout. The owner of a graphic design studio might work alone or have one or more employees to generate new business, work on existing projects and support the enterprise.

Ownership of a graphic design studio is ideal for artistically minded people who are adept at managing the aesthetics of the way their business and organizational clients address their various markets, communicating creative ideas and executing design decisions independently or through employees or vendors.

You should be able to work alone and in a collaborative environment as you grow or work alongside clients. And you must feel confident in both worlds—business and creative expression—because your work will span both.

57. Greeting Card Business

A greeting card business sells greeting cards to customers. These greeting cards can be for a number of occasions, including birthdays, holidays, reunions and even funerals. Cards can either be sold directly to customers or to retail dealers. If they’re sold to a retail dealer, the dealer then sells the cards to customers. Some greeting card businesses operate online, selling cards to shoppers and shipping them.

The greeting card business is great for those with a taste for design, poetry, celebratory occasions and creative expression. It’s also a fantastic business choice for those who want to become printing specialists.

Ideally, a greeting card business owner will be good at marketing different cards. From “everyday” cards to special occasion cards, each will need to be trendy, relevant and memorable. For this reason, a greeting card business owner needs to be culturally aware, have a knack for humor and be a decent marketer.

58. Home Automation Business

Also known as a smart home business, a home automation business uses technologies like sensors, Internet and automation control to create a centralized, digital system for homes. Normally, this system helps homeowners control the lighting, home security and HVAC services. It can also power the dryer, dishwasher and entertainment electronics.

A home automation business can also offer consultations and services to homeowners, helping them pick the best automation system for their home. Often, the business installs the system for them.

The home automation business is great for any tech-minded individual who wants to create ongoing relationships with homeowners. A great job for computer gurus, smart-technology-lovers and even HVAC workers, the home automation business is a high-tech job for those who understand the ins and outs of home operation.

Having a background in electrical engineering, programming, design or mechanical engineering helps. Management skills, too, are important. A home automation business owner will need to be a good people person, so as to help clients pick the best system.

59. House Painting Business

A house painting business owner has the opportunity to utilize a great many skills and perform a wide variety of duties. Responsibilities include estimating the cost of jobs, scheduling, creating contracts, advertising, and providing customer service. Depending on the terms of the contract, a painting contractor might also be expected to choose materials and mix colors. Depending on the size of the business, they may also either manage employees or engage the services of other independent contractors.

A house painting business is a good choice for people who enjoy home improvement projects and prefer a greater degree of physical activity than many jobs provide. Preserving and restoring buildings to their former beauty is a valuable and highly appreciated community service. Flexible hours, low overhead, and the opportunity to develop new skills while earning as much as your own energy level permits are all factors that make this a desirable business choice for many people.

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Ice sculpture business owners are typically adept at sculpting, from clear ice, figures for weddings, parties and other social events. Their finished work might include animals, logos, abstract shapes—anything requested. There's also a market for creating larger-scale sculptures for winter outdoor events. The business owner might be a sole proprietor or could employ others, including salespeople, other sculptors and support staff to load and deliver ice figures and help operate the business.

Many owners of such businesses are artistically inclined, skilled sculptors or graduates of ice-sculpting classes. They should be able to work quickly (before the ice block melts) and fulfill the design intent of the client.

Many ice sculpture businesses today use CNC machines for computer-aided carving and more are getting into robotic carving. With these technologies, even individuals with less artistic ability can get into the business. However, using these technologies can become very expensive.

Whichever approach you take, you should be a good salesperson to develop business relationships with caterers, restaurateurs, wedding planners and other prospective customers and influencers.

Why we like this business:

For those interested in working in a luxury industry, one that celebrates success and monument, ice sculpting businesses are a great option. Seamlessly incorporating artistic ability and design, artists can provide their customers a way to elevate their celebration by creating custom works of art. Additionally, this business is a great way to balance working creatively within a sector of the business world that appreciates class, elegance, and design and values their place within celebration.

 

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61. Illustration Business

Illustrators provide their artistic talents to a range of clients, including advertising agencies, publishers, stock image services, web content providers, and other businesses.

As a freelance illustrator, you can take your skills in a number of directions. You might work for advertising agencies, stock image houses, magazine or book publishers, record labels, greeting card companies, digital properties, merchandisers, or other businesses. Some illustrators serve such narrow specialty niches as courtroom sketch artists, or niches in fashion, medicine, or technology. Or you might primarily work in fine art to be sold to customers directly or through galleries or agents.

You must have artistic talents and an entrepreneurial drive. This means that your skill set must encompass both the ability to continually find work, to complete it to your clients’ satisfaction, and to continually find new clients.

62. Instagram Business

An Instagram business is run by someone who has a lot of Instagram followers, promoting the goods and services of other brands. Normally, Instagram business owners are paid on a post-to-post basis, representing a brand’s various goods in new, creative lights.

Some Instagram business owners may branch out, creating their own product lines. Others might create YouTube channels, creating cross-market opportunities for themselves. The best Instagram business owners target niche audiences, like those interested in fitness, beauty, or pets.

The life of an Instagram marketer is perfect for those who enjoy taking pictures. It’s also a good career for those who have specific passions. If you enjoy capturing life events, promoting a hobby or spreading artistic joy, the Instagram business is for you.

63. Interior Design Business

Interior designers have a deep understanding of human psychology, especially as it relates to how people react with a specific interpretation of interior design and physical space. An interior design firm may work on many different types of environments that can be created inside a building. Examples are office spaces in a corporate skyscraper, luxury hotels, fine homes, museums, and even churches. Typically, designers will specialize in either commercial or residential interior design, though some firms do both.

The people who work as interior designers have an in-depth understanding of color usage, textures, furniture styles, artwork, lighting, fashion trends, eco-materials, indoor plants, and a whole range of other things that can be used as design elements for interior spaces. They need to be very good at dealing with people, including clients that can be quite difficult and workers that make mistakes on occasion. Their main talent is aligning their own view of what the interior space will be made to look like with the client’s preferences and needs, so that both are very satisfied with the results.

64. Jingle Company

Jingles are short songs that usually contain a memorable line that serves as a slogan to help popularize a brand, product, or company. The power of music is used to create familiarity that leads to brand loyalty among consumers.

This business is ideal for musically creative people who enjoy using their talents to promote business ventures.

65. Landscape Design Business

Like landscaping, landscape architecture is a seasonal business; however, there is an important different between the two. Most landscapers provide clients with basic lawn services that help keep the property well-groomed. On the other hand, landscape architects are primarily concered with the design and layout of a lawn, such as where to place ponds, flower-beds, patios, and stone walkways. A good landscape architect can dramatically increase the value of a property.

This is very much a hands-on business. Business owners who start a landscape architect business should be very good with math and comfortable working around computers. A lot of the designer's job is spent at a desk. However, many architects make it out into the field with the contractors and so they must be comfortable working with their hands and getting dirty.

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Laser cutting is a versatile business idea that can be taken in a number of different directions. While it’s historically been used in large-scale industrial applications, it’s recently gained popularity for smaller applications as the selection of tools and services widens. Entrepreneurs may use their lasers to either create their own objects or to engrave existing objects for either professional or personal use.

Owners should have the technical skills to work with the laser cutter, but they’ll also need to be creative. Even if you’re making relatively straightforward objects, it helps to have the element of imagination when it comes to improving upon or customizing your selection.

Why we like this business:

Laser cutting is a great business option as its owners are able to work in a variety of settings while providing a central service. Laser cutting is a highly technical way of actualizing artistic needs across a plethora of mediums. As the owner of a laser cutting business, you can easily access multiple clients from virtually any market who demonstrate a need for fabrication, engraving, branding, or prototyping. Also, because laser cutting is highly technical and requires a great deal of expertise to perform, you’re much less likely to have to face steep local competition.

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67. Longarm Quilting Business

Longarm quilting businesses offer a unique set of services, assisting hobbyist quilters with the parts of their quilts that require a special, larger machine, called a longarm machine and frame. Many longarm quilters will also sell their own artistic creations, accepting custom work when a customer comes to them with an inspiring piece.

Those who enter this industry truly enjoy the process of helping fulfill someone else’s vision. They enjoy working with their hands, adding the finishing touches to their clients’ artistic fabric pairings, which tell a story. Most quilters have spent years sewing quilts for family and friends and, at the encouragement of others, are ready to take their hobby to the next level.

68. Makeup Artist Business

A makeup artist specializes in changing the appearance of various customers. These changes are created by a combination of makeup, specialized tools, and artistic talent. Such businesses are an essential part in filling a community with confidence, spirit, and pride by making them feel better about their appearance or achieve a particular look.

First and foremost, this job is ideal for those who are very skilled in applying makeup to themselves and others. Those with artistic skills find it easier to transition into this line of work, while anyone with previous work experience in the cosmetic industry will be able to start their own business much easier.

69. Makeup Business

A makeup business sells beauty products, catering to customers' individual beauty needs. Products are sold to distributors, in a standalone store, or through independent consultants.

The business savvy entrepreneur who is passionate about experimenting with cosmetics will find success in this industry. As the owner of a makeup business, your role is to help others turn their visions into a reality and feel more positive about their appearance.

70. Mural Painting Business

Mural painters are artists who specialize in painting works of art on such physical structures as the interior walls, ceilings or floors of private, corporate, nonprofit or governmental settings. Muralists can also work on the exterior sides of buildings, or on gates, roofs or other surfaces.

Muralists should be talented artists who can (usually, but not always) work in oversized imagery. You should also be able to sell yourself on the basis of your talent and portfolio.

71. Online Magazine

Magazine publishers whose work is solely available online create and publish editorial content that might be supported by paid circulation or advertising revenue, or by a combination of both. Online magazines, also known as e-zines or digital magazines, feature articles, photography, typography and graphic layout design that can resemble print magazines. Some blogs are also published like e-zines, with guest post writers and advertising support.

The successful online magazine publisher has a skill set that includes the talents of a writer, editor, web developer, webmaster, advertising salesperson and business person. Your goal is to develop a niche audience and content to regularly fit your theme.

You should be highly motivated and driven to continually provide fresh, rich content that will make readers come back for more and also recommend it to their friends.

72. Online T-Shirt Business

Online t-shirt businesses design, customize, print, sell, and ship t-shirts to paying customers. They display their designs on a website storefront where customers can view and purchase them. Some online t-shirt businesses own the equipment used to print the shirts, while others partner with a separate company for that service.

Those who enjoy keeping up with current trends do exceptionally well in this business. A single timely slogan or artistic design that becomes popular can generate substantial profits. The ever-popular smiley face is a good example.

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A packaging design business enhances packages with visual graphics while also designing existing product packages. A package design business, ultimately, protects products for sale, transportation, distribution, storage, and use. A package’s design includes both its structural and aesthetic design. Ideally, a package design will be enhanced by graphics. In most cases, a package’s design is product-centric. From all angles, a package exists to serve the product.

The package design business is great for creative individuals. Products need both physical protection and visual representation, and a package can do both. A successful package design business owner will have a good perspective for branding, packaging, and forward-thinking designs. Typically, package design business owners are imaginative and hard-working. They also have a good eye for environmentally friendly designs. Package design business owners need to pay attention to regional packaging federations and they must similarly pay attention to the many packaging associations and institutes at play.

Why we like this business:

A product’s packaging does not operate merely as a means to house, ship, or otherwise be disseminated, but also as a customers first interaction with that product. First impressions are crucial interactions at any threshold. In the world of product, packaging is a way to communicate value, quality, and brand to customers with impact. Packaging design is a great business as it allows creatives to help promote a range of products from different creators. The work itself is original, fresh, and diverse and is universally required by all marketplaces that are product-centric.

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74. Personal Chef Business

Personal chefs prepare a wide array of delicious and healthy food for individuals, businesses, and other organizations. Some of these foods are prepared ahead of time for consumption throughout the upcoming week or month. Certain dishes are prepared at the client's home or place of business and consumed right away.

This business is perfect for individuals who have a passion for tasty food and the cooking process. Those who are interested in creating fulfilling meals and healthy dishes that suit the nuanced palates of clients will thrive in this business.

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A personal stylist helps to perfect the image of a client. The services of a stylist may be required before a major event or even be incorporated into daily life for certain clients. The role of a personal stylist includes handling hair, makeup, fashion, and anything else related to the image of a client. This business is a vital part of any community as it helps individuals achieve success in an increasingly image-conscious world.

This business is ideal for someone who has personal and/or professional experience in categories such as fashion, hair care, and makeup. It is also good for those who are already part of a network that may include actors, broadcasters, and anyone else who regularly requires personal styling before media appearances. Finally, it's a good job for a “people person,” as you may spend extensive amounts of time with very different kinds of clients.

Why we like this business:

On the fringes of typical marketplaces resides a demand for upscale services such as personal styling. At this threshold, the clients that you interact with are able to access your work with ample resources and can provide you with a substantial revenue stream. Personal styling is a great business as it allows you to work closely with clients in a personal capacity while not restricting your earning potential.  Additionally, work in this industry transcends typical client and owner relationships. If you are someone who values client relations and genuine connections to those who consume your work, personal styling is a great way to build lasting rapport with a small pool of clients. Many personal stylists even go so far as to completely devote their time to a single client connection in order to help them facilitate a deeply personal and unique aesthetic.

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76. Pet Bakery

Many dog and other pet owners are concerned about what’s in the food they feed their pets. Pet bakery businesses cater to these owners by providing specially formulated pet foods. The ingredients that pet bakeries use in their pet foods are usually healthy and natural, and they often come from known sources.

Anyone who is passionate about pets and nutrition may be interested in opening a pet bakery business. Pet bakeries usually start out selling through other retailers or online, rather than their own brick-and-mortar store. Because business owners don’t need to keep specific retail hours for customers, it’s possible to start this business up while maintaining another job.

77. Pet Photography Business

With pet specialty stores and dog-friendly restaurants becoming the new norm, more and more families are embracing the idea of openly expressing their love for their pets. Pet photographers, whether working in teams or as individuals, are there to catch a family’s four-legged loved one in action. Whether at an adoption event, dog show, horse race, or private photo shoot, these moments are captured on film, delivering pet lovers a keepsake they’ll cherish forever.

Pet photography is the perfect career for an individual who understands, and is inspired by, a family’s love for their pets. Whether photography is your hobby or your current chosen profession, uniting your passion for both is the ideal way to venture out on your own professionally.

78. Pet Portraits Business

People love their pets, and many pet owners want to memorialize their non-human friends through artwork. Pet portraits businesses create custom portraits of pets for customers. Many businesses are run by a single artist, but businesses can also have several artists on staff. The mediums these artists create offer a different feel than photographs -- which pet owners can take themselves -- provide.

Anyone who is artistically inclined and enjoys animals may like running a pet portraits business. For those who like to draw, paint, or work with another medium, doing commissioned portraits is a great way to earn an income creating art. Loving animals helps business owners stay interested in their work even when they’re working on animal portraits several days in a row.

This is a business that can be started as a part-time business. It’s easy to schedule taking orders, working on portraits and shipping completed pieces around another work schedule or a class schedule. Ramsey Beyer, for instance, go into this line of work as a “side hustle.”

79. Photo Editing Business

A photo editing business specializes in editing or retouching existing photos for clients. These services may range from simply cleaning up blemishes or lighting issues all the way to complex Photoshop work. Such a business is a major part of any community because of the constant need to have good-looking photos for publications, seasonal cards, social media profiles, and more.

This business is good for photographers, as they will already know a lot about improving an image via specific editing. It can also be good for those with extensive skills in editing software such as Photoshop. Finally, it's good for those who use social media extensively, as such a person will be able to offer creative editing services to help customers build their online brand through unique visuals.

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Are you a master of digital photo editing? Do you have a passion for history and family stories? A photo restoration service combines all your passions while helping your customers rediscover and preserve their past through transferring beloved snapshots, photo albums, and old wedding images into a digital format and repairing damage caused by time and light.

You will actually enjoy working on your business if you like correcting many tiny details, working independently, are self-motivated, and are always learning how to fully employ the latest digital image editing software. In order to be successful, you do need some serious background in image manipulation before you open your doors to the public.

Why we like this business:

Photography is an artistic medium that has undergone drastic technological advancements. However, its core use and format has not. Since its genesis, photography has served as a medium for people to capture exact images in a way that can articulate emotions, events, and connections in a unique way. Photographs that come from earlier generations achieved exactly that, though without access to the technology we have today, those images need revival. Doing so is a great business as it helps customers to reclaim pieces of their history and preserve the very moments they worked to capture. By working in this industry, you are not only able to market your skills as an artist, but you are also able to support yourself while providing a cherishable and highly valued service.

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Photography is essentially an art form which captures the moments in life we cherish. If you are thinking about sharing the beauty of your work with others while generating some cash flow, a photography business might be right for you. There’s a need for professional photographers in every market, but the majority of photographers make money either by serving individual clients or by working as a freelancer for magazines, websites, and other venues. Here is an overview of each type of photographer:

 

  • Client-based: These photographers are hired by different clients and charge a certain rate per hour or per session. Their clients range from individuals, couples, families, advertisement companies, fashion brands, travel agencies, schools and corporations, etc. For instance, wedding, portrait, and headshot photography are all client-based business models.
  • Freelancer: These photographers envision themselves primarily as artists and see their own self-expression as the core of their work. Their source of income often comes from selling or licensing photos to various stock image companies, magazines or books, and also from making large prints to sell at craft shows, art fairs, private galleries, etc.

This business is great for people who have a creative eye, like flexible work schedules, and enjoy creating and editing photography of all kinds.

Why we like this business:

Photography is an artistic medium that has undergone drastic technological advancements. However, its core use and format has not. Since its genesis, photography has served as a medium for people to capture exact images in a way that can articulate emotions, events, and connections in a unique way. Photographs that come from earlier generations achieved exactly that, though without access to the technology we have today, those images need revival. Doing so is a great business as it helps customers to reclaim pieces of their history and preserve the very moments they worked to capture. By working in this industry, you are not only able to market your skills as an artist, but you are also able to support yourself while providing a cherishable and highly valued service.

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82. Picture Framing Business

Everyone that buys a painting or has a nice photograph or a portrait made of their family may also need to have that work framed. Framing requires a specialized skill set that includes having craft-person talents, the ability to do simple carpentry, to know how to safely run a table saw, and have a good eye for pleasing aesthetic designs. You will need to understand color combinations and how to make a painting or a photo nicely framed to fit in well with the intended surroundings.

People drawn to this business have a keen aesthetic eye for the details that make a framed item attractive. They also like to interface with the public and encourage their customers’ personal style and expression in how a customer wants something framed. A custom framing shop is all about serving others to help them make their decorative ideas come true.

83. Portrait Photography Business

A portrait photography business provides high-quality, professional photos of individuals and families. Many businesses offer specialized services for things such as school photos, holiday cards, and family portraits. Because of the ability to offer these useful services year-round, portrait photography businesses play a vital role in the communities that they are located in.

Obviously, this business is perfect for photographers. By extension, it is also great for those who have some formal training in photography or have any formal education in photography. Finally, because the job involves interacting with many different demographics, the job is ideal for a “people person.”

84. Pottery Business

Many potters dream of turning their talents into a full-time business venture; of ditching the suit and corporate world to spend their days in the studio creating pieces that will bring joy to others for years to come. Such a business leaves the soul fulfilled and offers the opportunity to interact with other artists within the community.

Being able to craft a quality clay piece is only half the challenge. You must also possess the creativity and drive to continuously seek out new avenues for displaying and selling your work. An artist who has a knack for self promotion and networking amongst other artists and clients is an ideal match.

85. Professional Speech Writing Business

A speech writer will write a script for a speaker to follow when they address a crowd. While most people think of politics when it comes to speech writing, there are plenty of other markets for this skill. Everyone from business executives to motivational professionals may need someone to help them create a speech that speaks to their audience.

This business is excellent for someone who loves inspiring people with words. It’s a niche form of writing that is far more dependent on choice of vocabulary and syntax than it is on technical writing skills (e.g., formal grammar, etc).

86. Quilt Business

A quilting business translates customer’s ideas, fabrics, and other materials and transforms them into beautiful and functional pieces of art. Through the process of creating the quilt, the quilter and customer decide an overall pattern and color scheme and the quilter then completes the quilt by hand or on a consumer or “domestic” machine.

For individuals who enjoy sewing or seamstress work, have some artistic talent, or have an eye for patterning and organizing ideas into a tangible object, quilting can be the perfect career. A background in sewing is preferable, although some quilters started because of a love or passion for creating and quickly found their niche in the quilting community.

87. Real Estate Photography Business

This business consists of an individual, or a team, who are hired to take quality pictures of properties for sale. The purpose is to attract potential buyers who view the property online. Due to the competitive nature of the real estate industry, the demand for quality property photos is elevated and perpetual. Proper lighting and point of view helps a property stand out above the competition, driving potential buyers to view the property.

Ideally, individuals with photography experience and an eye for architectural detail will be the best fits. Contacts in the real estate industry are an added bonus. It is also beneficial for the person to enjoy working outside or away from an office setting. Being in the field requires reliable transportation and an ability to transport gear, sometimes on foot for extended amounts of time, as well.

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Your remodeling business might be a one person show where you personally complete kitchen, bathroom, bedroom remodels or additions to homes and businesses. In another business model, you could serve as a general contractor and hire employees or subcontractors to help complete jobs in a more efficient manner.

A remodeling business is a great investment for the person who has a passion for home improvement, with extensive knowledge of multiple construction skills and enjoys a background of business and accounting.  Dedication to completing work thoroughly with close attention to detail while providing superior customer service is also required.

Why we like this business:

Remodeling businesses are great because they provide their owners a way to access high-paying clients while having to manage less volume than traditional contractors. For people looking to reshape their home in their own image, remodeling is the best solution. While the real estate market remains saturated with pre-built homes, potential owners are spending more time and resources in finding companies to make their homes more personal, modern, and upscale.

If you are interested in working as not only a contractor but also as a creative, this business is a great way for you to find success in that balance.

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89. Robotics Company

The age of robotics is upon us. Robotics businesses have a seemingly endless number of customers, from consumers to products manufacturers and private businesses across a wide array of industries. There is a strong push for the automation of labor, product manufacturing, construction, and beyond. Robotics businesses stand to benefit quite handsomely from this society-wide shift toward automation.

An individual who has a background in electrical engineering, product development, electronics, physics, and/or general engineering will stand a good chance of launching a successful robotics business.

90. Scrapbooking Business

Scrapbooking is a popular way to memorialize life events, but many people don’t have time to create scrapbooks. Those who would like a scrapbook but are too busy to assemble it themselves may hire a professional scrapbooking business to make one for them. Scrapbooking businesses use customers’ photos and other memorabilia to create scrapbooks for them.

Reports show that 29 percent of U.S. households have at least attempted scrapbooking, and the industry has brought in more than $4 billion in a single year. For the business owner who can transform customers’ visions into physical scrapbooks, there is plenty of opportunity.

Anyone who enjoys scrapbooking personally might like it doing it on a professional level. Scrapbooking for others isn’t the same as doing it for yourself, but many people enjoy getting paid for applying their creative skills.

91. Screenwriting Business

Screenwriters write scripts and stage directions for the film industry. Screenwriters may either write their own original stories, or they may adapt their scripts based on previously written stories (e.g., from books, short films, etc.)

This business is excellent for someone who loves film and understands how a movie comes together on the big screen. They should love to put their own creative twist on stories, whether they're new and bold or a tale as old as time. Writers need to understand what audiences are looking for, and how to merge their creative vision with public demand.

92. Sewing Business

In addition to making and altering clothes, sewing businesses also customize clothing through the use of embroidery and other decorative arts to create one-of-a-kind personalized fashions.

This business is ideal for people who enjoy creating fashion and helping people achieve the confidence that comes with looking their best. Many fashions are not ideal for all body types and sizes, and sewing businesses provide an alternative for people who do not conform to existing rigid size measurements.

93. Shoe Line

A shoe line is a designer’s collection of footwear focused on a particular niche (e.g., atheletic, street, dress, etc). It usually refers to lines sold at luxury shoe stores, though not always. Entrepreneurs may concentrate their shoes for a variety of budgets, designing two or even three different lines to bring fashion to everyone.

Ideally, the person who starts a shoe line will be able to match their ideas to the current public taste. They’ll also have an inherent love of shoes, as well as a sense of how to create footwear to fit a variety of types of feet/body types.

94. Sign Business

From business street signs to vinyl prints for local events, sign businesses manufacture and sell custom-made signs to the public. Some customers provide their own creative design. Others come with a vision, relying on the manufacturer’s artistic background and knowledge regarding images, placement, and size. Since signs can be manufactured a number of ways, most sign businesses specialize in a couple different methods, outsourcing the rest to trade-only suppliers.

Individuals who are talented creatively and enjoy regular interaction and collaboration with the public are best suited for the sign sales and manufacturing industry. Like most business ventures, success requires hard work and dedication, but is very rewarding. Industry leaders indicate they’ve had the unique opportunity of watching long-time customers grow their businesses from small start-ups to million dollar enterprises.

95. Software Development Business

Software is ubiquitous in today’s world, and many people and organizations can no longer function without the programs they rely on. These programs, of course, must be created, distributed and maintained. That’s the work of software development companies.

The software development industry is both big and strong. According to IBISWorld, the software publishing industry has an annual revenue of $238 billion and a growth rate of 3.9 percent per year. In total, the industry employs more than a half-million people.

While many different types of people work within the software development industry, business founders tend to be people who bridge the gap between logic and creativity. Writing programs, of course, requires a strong command of logic. Having the vision for a software program that’ll be useful, however, requires creativity.

96. Sports Photography Business

Have your family pics of your kids playing soccer always garnered oohs and aahs from your friends? Maybe it's time to turn that past time into a business by launching a sports photography business. Snap team photos, fun action shots, and cover local Little League excitement. Sell print packages to loving parents, local newspapers, and schools.

A sports photography business owner should find excitement in watching all types of sporting events. An owner should get a thrill from capturing awesome action shots that freeze important moments in sporting history. If you share these passions and would like to share your excitement with all those who see your photos, then starting a sports photography business is perfect for you.

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A stained glass business creates and sells original and commissioned pieces of stained glass in the form of windows, sun catchers, lamps, and jewelry. Depending upon the business owner’s skill level, they may offer repair and architectural installation as an additional service.

Have you always been enamored by stained glass? Do you enjoy working with your hands, creating one-of-a-kind art pieces that bring lasting joy to your customers? Are you passionate about continuously expanding your knowledge, technique, and artistic talents? If so, owning a stained glass business could be the perfect fit for you.

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If you are someone who values working technically while also utilizing design and artistic vision, stained glass businesses are a great potential option for you. These businesses are a great way to highlight your ability as an artist within an audience of customers who are looking for highly specialized pieces of art to be showcased in a variety of settings. These businesses are great as they can be completely established around a self-determined schedule by using commissions as a consistent revenue stream while leaving space for personal projects.

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98. Stationery Business

A stationery business sells custom printed and designed paper products for event promotions and personal announcements, such as weddings or baby showers.

If you have an eye for style and a passion for graphic design, the stationery business could prove a lucrative opportunity for you. This business venture offers entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to get involved with the public on a more personal level, as your responsibility is to help clients announce some of their greatest moments.

99. Sunglasses Line

A sunglass line is usually a luxury line of eyewear for upper-crust buyers. Sunglasses generated close to $3.6 billion in revenue in 2016, making this an attractive career for many. The owner is generally responsible for designing and marketing their sunglasses on their own. They may either produce the sunglasses on their own, or work with a manufacturer to complete the job. Sunglasses may be sold either online or in a brick-and-mortar store. Owners will also usually work with distributors to have their goods sold in other retail stores.

The right owner will have an excellent eye for design and style. Sunglasses are as much about fashion as they are about protection from UV rays. An ideal owner will create a unique look that still manages to fit the popular trends of the day. An owner should also have a certain amount of people skills, as they may need to network with manufacturers and distributors.

100. Tattoo Parlor

Dr. John Martin, a professor at London’s University College, once said, “Life depends on science but the arts make it worth living.” One of the most popular modern forms of expressing ourselves and sharing our love of art is through tattoos. Tattoo artists turn their client’s visions into reality through the process of inserting pigment into the skin’s dermis with needles.

Tattoo shop owners who have found the most success are fully engulfed in the art community. They value free expression and recognize that art comes in many different forms. Tattoo artists with an entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to take their career to the next level should consider opening their own studio.

101. Tiny House Business

Tiny houses are all the rage. These uber-small homes have just enough space for a minimalist individual or small family. A tiny house business builds, sells and/or rents tiny houses to those looking for a place to live or stay.

If you are interested in architecture, construction and/or real estate, this business is perfect for you. It is also quite appealing to those who pride themselves on staying up to date with the latest trends.

102. Travel Photography Business

A travel photographer uses their camera to provide high quality images to a variety of clients that may include websites, travel blogs, print magazines, television ads, and framed prints for sale. You will need to travel extensively to a variety of locations to deliver the landscapes, hotel rooms, and recreational shots that your clients are looking for. You'll work hard to develop a variety of clients who work with you to determine where your next shoot should be while your self-promotion and marketing will reach out to new clients.

A successful travel photographer will have extensive knowledge of how to use their camera to get the highest definition images containing dramatic landscapes. They will need to enjoy living on the road, hiking, and exploring distant locales to get the perfect shot. They should be sociable and able to toot their own horn in order to develop new clients and customers.

103. Web Design Business

As a web design business owner, your company’s primary responsibility is to ensure the client’s website is visually pleasing. Depending upon the customer’s needs, the designer will either use a site template or create the design and develop the site.

In our current business environment, websites are a major component to an enterprise’s success. As a web design business owner, it’s critical to possess determination, meticulousness, and creativity. If you’re a technological innovator, who’s ready to begin building towards success, web design is a tremendous industry.

104. Wedding Photography Business

There are few things more important to a bride and groom than their wedding photos. Each photo takes them back to that special day surrounded by all their loved ones. The wedding photographer is an integral part of the process, there to capture the little moments the couple was too busy to enjoy at the time. Many couples also hire their wedding photographer for the events leading up to that special day, such as the engagement photos and engagement party.

Individuals who have gained firsthand experience in the photography profession and are confident enough in their skills to venture out on their own will realize the greatest success in this business.

105. Wedding Planning Business

A wedding planning business may help couples with any and every aspect of planning for the wedding. This may include helping pick clothing for all parties, creating thematic decorations and décor, picking a wedding cake, handling photography and video, and more.

This business is good for those who thrive on interactions with new people. It is also good for those who grew up playing “matchmaker” and get a thrill out of helping bring two lives together. Much of the planning business is visual, so those with a flair for design and/or a good eye for stylish clothing and skill at creating a unique atmosphere in any room will do very well.

106. Woodworking Business

Wood, being both beautiful and practical, has always been a popular material to make products from. Today, many people continue to seek out -- and pay good amounts for -- wood products. A woodworking business specializes in producing such products, carving furniture or other items from wood.

According to IBISWorld, the wood product manufacturing industry is a $6 billion industry that continues to grow. The top 50 companies in the sector command only about 30 percent of the market, leaving plenty of opportunities for new and smaller wood shops.

Anyone who is detail-oriented, decent at math and skilled with their hands may be well-suited for running a woodworking business. These skills are necessary when carving wood and building products.

107. Yarn Store

Also called a “knitting store,” a yarn store sells supplies related to the knitting craft. Normally, they sell yarn balls, crochet hooks, knitting needles, patterns, knitting accessories, and crocheting accessories. Yarn stores can sometimes supply other crafts, giving buyers the materials they need for a number of hobbies.

A yarn store should be owned by someone who truly enjoys knitting. Good yarn store owners like supplying knitting supplies at low prices. They also enjoy spreading the knitting craft with others. Normally, yarn store owners host retreats, giveaways, and fun activities for customers.

Yarn store owners should be people-oriented. They need to connect with customers, focus on developing relationships, and enjoy ongoing knitting projects.

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