Small Business Trends 2021

Understanding small business trends will set your business up for success.

Whether you’re starting a small business or growing your startup, we have the information you need to make the right choices for your business.

Recommended: Visit our How to Start a Business guide for help with starting your business.

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Current Business Trends

The graphs below provide useful, interactive data to help business owners gain insight into current business trends. Keeping up on key trends can help you make the right business decisions in a quickly-evolving landscape.

US Business Application Trends (2011–2020)

The data below displays the total number of business applications submitted each year from 2011 to 2020. We can see a consistent upward trend that was interrupted in 2019.

For more detailed data on business applications, visit our US Business Formation Trends guide.

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US Business Applications by Month (2018–2021)

The data below displays the number of business applications submitted in each month of the year from 2018 to present.

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US Business Applications by Sector (2018–2020)

This graph represents the growing or shrinking popularity of various industries at a glance.

For detailed data on business applications by sector, visit our US Business Formation Trends by Sector guide.

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US Business Applications by State in September (2004–2021)

The graph below shows the number of business applications submitted in each state in September for the selected year. 

A state's color represents how many business applications were submitted in that state. The darker the blue, the more applications submitted.

For detailed data on business applications by state, visit our US Business Formation Trends by State guide.

Click on a state for the number of business applications submitted and which business ideas are most popular with our website visitors from that state:

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5 Most Popular States to Start a Business | September 2021

Most businesses in the US are started in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Georgia. We've included our most popular business idea guides for each state.

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TRUiC's Most Searched Business Ideas

These are the most popular business ideas people are interested in right now:

TRUiC’s Most Popular Business Videos

These are the most popular business topics on TRUiC’s YouTube channel, another great source for industry trends.

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