Start a business, save the planet
It takes a lot to start a business, and it's not always easy. However, some entrepreneurs are worried about more than just getting their new company off the ground because they're concerned about the environment, too. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to start a business and keep things green.
Reaching sustainable success requires a lot of research and creativity — you need to know how things affect the environment and come up with unique, business-worthy ways to make a positive impact.
Ready to become an eco-friendly entrepreneur but not sure where to start? Get inspired by these 14 cool business ideas that keep Mother Nature in mind.
Organic or recycled fashion
Green app developer
Sustainable event planning
Air duct cleaning
Bicycle repair and refurbishing
Farmers market vendor
Handmade all-natural/organic products
Green house cleaning
Want to run an established business with a brand and customer base already in place? Investing in a franchise might be the answer. While "franchising" might call to mind fast-food joints and hotel chains, there are quite a few eco-friendly businesses that are willing to sell you your own branch. Visit Green Franchise Directory for a list of opportunities.
Originally published on Business News Daily on Sept. 13, 2013. Updated on Dec. 17, 2014. Brittney Helmrich also contributed to this story.