Small town business ideas

Small town business ideas
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Have you been thinking of launching your own business, but don't know where to start? Live in a small town community? With a little inspiration, you might find the spark of creativity that pushes you to follow your entrepreneurial dreams.

Starting a business can be intimidating, but with the power of a great idea, a little planning, and some wise investments, and you'll be well on your way to being your own boss and bringing your small business vision to life. Here are five ideas to inspire you and get you thinking about what you might be able to do as a small business owner.

Local farming

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People are increasingly conscious about eating healthy and eating local. For many, however, locally grown produce, meat, milk and eggs are hard to find or cost prohibitive. Urban and suburban backyard farming has already staged a comeback. Now, it's time for the small commercial farmer.

Farming is never going to be easy. But a combination of sophisticated marketing skills and modern farming techniques could position you to ride the local, organic wave – even if you're only leasing the land. Consider teaming up with a farm-to-table restaurant to ensure early success.

Landscaping and tree service

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If you've tried to call a tree service lately, you probably already know there's a big gap between supply and demand. Increasingly severe weather in all parts of the country is causing tree damage that only professionals can repair. It's not a business for the timid, but if you can find some experienced employees, you'll probably have all the work you can handle.

In addition to a tree service, landscaping businesses will always be in demand for homeowners and businesses alike. Commercial landscaping is hard work, but a talented landscaper can quickly make a reputation for themselves as a quality hire in their community.

Residential environmental assessment service

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People are increasingly aware of and concerned about indoor pollution. Fumes from paint, carpets, kitchen cabinets and furniture are of concern. Radon, electro-magnetic fields, lead toys and wireless device radiation are all concerns, too. The problem is, it's very hard for the average homeowner to figure out how to test for each of these concerns. For professionals, however, it's a different story.

Local health, children's, baby and environmental fairs would provide ample marketing opportunities for a business that offered a reasonably priced home-health assessment. If you want to go big, you could also offer remediation services, although that might require additional licensing and certification.

Kids consignment shop

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Everyone's looking for a way to save and earn extra money, and what better way to help consumers do that than helping them sell their children's old items – while offering gently used items for less? Kids consignment shops can include baby equipment, clothes, furniture and books. The inventory is cheap and, in most cases, you don't have to pay for it until the items have sold. For the cost of the monthly rent and a marketing plan, you could be in business in no time.

Home cleaning service

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A clean home is a happy home, and most everyone has experience cleaning. The trouble is, many people just don't want to do it, or don't have enough hours in the day to make their home sparkle. That's where a home cleaning service can come in. Like landscaping, a cleaning service means a bit of elbow grease, but it can pay off quickly once you make a name for yourself as a thorough, reliable cleaning company.