8 Populer Small Business Ideas for Beginner in 2019

Today, many people today are looking to leave the daily grind for something that feeds their passion. People do not want to retire at the age of 60 (or older) to look back on life and feel they have wasted it.

Luckily, it is now increasingly easy to start a business from scratch without spending a fortune. Below, I’ve highlighted 8 varied business ideas you can start cheaply from the comfort of your own home. Some of the business ideas listed require nothing more than an internet connection, while others demand a level of licensing or a specific set of vocational skills…the choice is yours!

House Painting

House Painting for business ideas

Description of Job

• Work with client to choose appropriate paint and method of application.

• Prepare interior or exterior surfaces for painting or repainting.

• Make minor repairs to wall surfaces, as needed, or arrange for repairs by a contractor.

• Apply paint with brush, rollers, or spray.

• Clean up the home.

The Need

Painting is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Some homeowners will tackle a small job like slapping a fresh coat of paint on their bathroom walls, but repainting the entire interior of a house or its exterior siding, trim, and decks may require the time, expertise, and equipment of a professional.

Challenges

Some jobs are much more complicated than others. Among difficulties requiring extra time, materials, and equipment are cathedral ceilings, multicolor rooms, textured applicators, and fancy trim. You will need to be able to recognize the type of surface to be painted and match it to the appropriate type of paint and method of application.

For a bathroom or kitchen,you may need to use mildew resistant glossy paint that cleans easily; bedrooms and common rooms may call for more subtle shades in a flat or nongloss finish. Do interior walls already have one or more coats of paint, or are some covered with wallpaper?

Is the underlying surface drywall, plaster, or wood? Is the home empty, with no carpeting or hardwood floor in place, or will you need to move and cover furniture and protect floors and rugs?

In some areas, many painters belong to a union. You may have to apprentice with the union or join as a full member to be considered for many business jobs and perhaps some house-painting assignments if a contractor or government agency is involved.

How to Get Started

Post flyers and ads in community centers, retail outlets, and bulletin boards. Place ads in newspapers and shopping guides. Make contact with contractors,real estate agents,and cleaning services; offer a bonus or commission on work they bring your way.

Chimney Cleaning

Chimney Cleaning for small business

Description of Job

• Inspect fireplace chimney,firebox,smoke shelf,and damper for blockages, cracks, and buildup of hazardous substances.

• Mechanically clean interior of the flue.

• Remove ash, creosote, and other substances dislodged during cleaning.

• Assist the homeowner in obtaining necessary repairs from a qualified mason.

The Need

A crackling blaze in a fireplace warms the soul and the body. Yet over time, the interior of a chimney can become inefficient and dangerous due to the buildup of creosote and other substances or because of blockages caused by leaves and nests. Cracks and other damage to the flue can divert carbon monoxide, smoke, or flames to the house itself.

The less frequently you use your fireplace, or the shorter the period of time a fire is permitted to burn at full heat, the more often the flue should be inspected and cleaned. A cold chimney causes more of the smoke to condense on the flue.

People who damp down a fire by closing fireplace doors or shutting off the flow of oxygen from a vent usually send more partially burnt solids up the chimney, which results in a more rapid buildup within the flue.

Experts recommend that homeowners who light fires three or more times a week during the winter season should have a chimney cleaning and inspection once a year; if homeowners burn unseasoned wood in a fireplace, twice yearly cleaning may be necessary.

Challenges

Some jobs are much more complex than others: exceptionally steep and high roofs; chimney designs with twists and turns; adverse environmental conditions, including severe weather, bird and rodent nests, and insect infestations. You’ll be working at heights and in a dirty environment.

You’ll also be entering the clean homes of clients and be responsible for keeping dirt away from carpeting and furniture. The bulk of work may be seasonal, as homeowners prepare to use fireplaces in the fall of each year. Make sure your insurance coverage offers protection against claims for liability in the event of a subsequent fire or structural problem.

How to Get Started

Chimney cleaning is not regulated in most states and localities. In some areas, though, licensing may be required. Several national groups offer certification to members who complete specified education and training. A credential from one of these groups, such as the Chimney Safety Institute of America, may help you in selling your services and in obtaining insurance.

Place flyers and ads in home supply stores and community centers. Make your services known to firewood suppliers, contractors, housecleaning companies, and real estate agencies. Ask them to recommend you to their clients; offer a commission for business they refer to you.

Ask satisfied customers to recommend you to friends and acquaintances, and offer a bonus or discount for new business that results. Make contact with masons and chimney repair specialists. You should be able to refer your clients to them for necessary repairs and maintenance; they may be willing to recommend your services to customers whose chimneys need cleaning.

Pool Services

Pool Services

Description of Job

• Prepare private swimming pools for seasonal openings.

• Clean the surface of pools and filter traps on a regular basis.

• Test water quality and make adjustments to chlorine and other chemicals in the system.

• Coordinate with pump and filter service companies for necessary repairs.

• Prepare pools for winter closing.

The Need

A backyard swimming pool is a great comfort and (for some) a huge chore. The cleanliness and chemical balance of the water in the pool has to be regularly maintained, and the surface of the water and its filter traps have to be cleared of leaves and debris.

Many homeowners hire a service to make scheduled visits to keep their pools in good health during the season and to close them down for the winter and reopen them in the spring.

Challenges

Although the basics of treatment and filtration systems are very similar from pool to pool,you will have to deal with variations in machinery and conditions at each client’s home.

You will also be responsible for keeping a close eye on health conditions in the water, taking into account such factors as number of children using the pool, trees and plants in the immediate vicinity, and the average ambient temperature, which also affects the temperature of the water (except in the case of heated pools, which maintain water temperature above the average ambient temperature). Pollutants that affect water quality may include anything from cosmetics to runoff to rainfall.

How to Get Started

Place flyers and ads in community centers and home supply stores. Place ads in newspapers and shopping guides. Ask satisfied customers to recommend you to friends and acquaintances; offer a bonus or discount for any business they bring your way.

Firewood Delivery

Firewood Delivery

Description of Job

• Pick up and deliver seasoned firewood to clients in rural and urban settings.

• Consult with clients about specialty woods for particular effects.

• Stack wood and protect it from rain and insects.

The Need

If you have a fireplace or a woodstove,you need a reliable source of good-quality firewood. Especially if you live in a city, it may be very difficult to find and store wood. City dwellers may need frequent deliveries of small quantities of wood, and they may need to store it inside.

Quality wood for inside storage is dry and free of insects. Rural and urban dwellers may be able to accept deliveries large enough to last a full season; they may not have a truck for pickup of the wood and may not have the time or inclination to properly stack and store the wood.

Some buyers may have needs or wants for wood of a particular species. Owners of woodstoves may need logs that are shorter and thinner than those used for a large fireplace.

Challenges

You will need to obtain a reliable source of quality wood in large quantities. The wood should be insect and disease-free, and should be seasoned about one year after cutting to reduce the water content. The wood will need to be cut into usable lengths and split to allow easy lighting and efficient burning; in the best situation, this work will be done by the wood wholesaler you deal with, leaving you to concentrate on resale and delivery.

How to Get Started

Post ads in community centers. Place ads in newspapers and shopping guides. Ask satisfied customers to recommend your services; offer a bonus or discount for any business they refer to you.

Up-front Expenses You will need to purchase or lease a heavy-duty truck and pay for licensing, maintenance,and repair. You may need a ramp and hand truck or cart to transport wood. Other expenses include advertising and promotion.

On-demand Trash Removal

On-demand Trash Removal

Description of Job

• Pick up appliances,furniture,boxes,and other large items and deliver them to the town dump or trash collection center.

• Assist homeowners and renters in clearing basements,attics,and closets of unwanted items.

The Need

As comedian George Carlin once said, a house is just a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. If you’ve lived in a house for any length of time, you know that, over time, it increasingly fills up with extra furniture,old appliances,boxes of magazines,and other stuff.

The basement may also become cluttered with cans of paint,solvents, insecticides, and other dangerous chemicals. The job of the on-demand trash pickup service is to help people move bulky or restricted items from their homes or apartments to dumps or trash collection centers.

Challenges

Among the requirements for this sort of job: a strong back, a truck or van, and observance of local ordinances. Some municipalities are very strict in regulating use of their facilities and require local residents to obtain a sticker. Others may not require identification from individuals, but may have separate regulations for commercial dumpers.

If you are bringing items to the dump,recycling center,or trash collection center on behalf of someone else, you may need to obtain a commercial license from your local government. The municipality may charge a fee for the disposal of large items such as appliances, tires, and furniture.

Most municipalities have strict regulations about the disposal of hazardous substances, including paint and chemicals; in some areas, there are designated days when such material is accepted, and there may be a fee for disposal.

How to Get Started

Advertise your availability in local newspapers, at community centers, and by word of mouth. Your vehicle will become a portable advertisement for your services; keep business cards and flyers handy as you load and unload.

Christmas Tree Services

Chrismast Tree Services

Description of Job

• Select a Christmas tree to the exact specifications of the client.

• Deliver and set up the tree in client’s home.

• Remove the tree from client’s home on request and dispose of it properly.

The Need

A fresh, perfectly shaped, fragrant pine tree is at the heart of some of our best Christmas memories. Yet most of us also have horror stories of the scrawny one that wouldn’t fit into the tree stand and immediately began shedding needles.

Even before that stage, there is the problem of finding the time to go out and choose the perfect tree, strap it to the top of the car, and lug it up the stairs and into the house or apartment. The job of the Christmas tree specialist is to locate, purchase, and deliver a tree that exactly meets the specifications of the client; this may involve trimming and shaping it.

After Christmas, the specialist comes back to remove the tree and dispose of it properly. This sort of service may be especially popular in cities where residents don’t have easy access to a vehicle to transport a tree.

Challenges

It is very important to establish a good relationship with a nursery or tree supplier. You want first choice of the best trees of various species and shapes, and you want cooperation in trimming branches and cutting it to an exact height.

Your arrangement with the supplier will be built on your ability to buy in volume. It is also critical to have good communication with your client. You can post pictures of various types of trees on a web site, or include photos in brochures. Make sure your client measures the height of the room properly.

How to Get Started

Post flyers and ads at community bulletin boards and in stores. Place advertisements in local newspapers, shopping guides, and church bulletins.

Small Engine Repair

Small Engine Repair

Description of Job

• Repair small engines on lawn mowers, all-terrain vehicles, chainsaws, and generators.

• Provide scheduled maintenance including installation of filters,oil changes, and tune-ups on small engines.

The Need

We love our power tools and toys: lawn mowers, riding tractors, weed whackers, chainsaws, snowblowers, go-carts, and many other devices that use small gasoline engines. Though these engines are essentially similar to highly reliable automobile engines, they are by necessity much smaller, lighter, and constructed of much less expensive components.

The compromises that come from small size and low cost usually mean that these engines require regular attention and adjustment, and parts may wear out quickly. A small engine repair business can be done at your workshop, which allows you to keep all of your tools and spare parts right at hand.

However, another attractive opportunity exists for mobile repair service, where the workshop travels to the customer and work is done on-site. The advantage to the client is that a cumbersome lawn mower or snowblower does not have to be carted away to a shop for repair.

Challenges

Set the boundaries for the types and sizes of engines you will work on. The simplest and most common are air-cooled, one-cylinder, two- or four-cycle gasoline engines. More complex engines are (like most automobile engines) multicylinder, water-cooled plants. Complexity of repair and inventory of parts goes up dramatically when you come to engines with belts, generators, and power takeoffs. You’ll need some

Special expertise to take on outboard motors and mission-critical systems such as emergency electrical generators. Be aware of local ordinances that might limit your ability to work in residential neighborhoods, and many jurisdictions have strict regulations regarding the disposal of engine oil and other chemicals.

How to Get Started

Advertise your availability through sporting goods, home and garden, and other retail stores. Post ads and flyers on community bulletin boards and in schools. Your mobile van, if you have one, will become a portable billboard for your services.

Be sure to keep a supply of flyers and business cards at hand while doing repairs in someone’s driveway or garage; the neighbors may come knocking. Ask satisfied customers to recommend your services to friends and neighbors, and offer them a discount or bonus for new business they bring you.

Handy Person

Handy Person

Description of Job

• Perform almost any minor repair or maintenance chore for homeowners.

• Be available on short notice for urgent jobs.

• Supervise subcontractors and licensed plumbers and electricians.

The Need

Have you heard the old joke about the definition of homeowners? They’re people who sleep in their own bed at night but live at the hardware store! Every house needs care. Older houses need repairs to essential systems,from leaky sinks to broken light switches.

New homes need to have curtains and shades hung and minor landscaping; some homeowners need help in assembling gas grills or putting bicycles together. Houses in between new and old need all sorts of touch-ups, refurbishments, and installations.

Even the most handy of homeowners may not have time to work around the house or may just need help from time to time. Examples of jobs include changing smoke detectors, caulking windows and bathtubs, touch-up painting or staining, changing locks, replacing light fixtures, installing garage door openers, driveway sealing, repairing screens, and installing weather stripping.

Challenges

A handyperson is capable enough to do almost any job around the house and smart enough to know when to call in an expert. It is important to know when to draw the line; unless you have the qualifications, you should not perform substantial work on electrical, plumbing, heating, or cooling systems.

(That doesn’t mean you can’t change a light switch, hang a chandelier, fix a leaky faucet, change the filters on a heating system, or make simple adjustments to an air conditioner.) You also have to know your own abilities; don’t promise something you are not capable of completing in a professional manner.

You should be able to assist your client with your own list of plumbers and electricians and other professionals for more complex jobs, and you should be willing to take on the role of contractor to supervise their work. You’ll have to learn how to keep more than one client at a time happy. One customer may think that his or her blocked rain gutter is more important than someone else’s broken storm door.

How to Get Started

Make people aware of your services through ads and flyers placed in home centers, hardware stores, and community centers. Include postings at area senior centers, as older homeowners are a large market for handyperson services. Place an ad in local newspapers and shopping guides.

Church and club bulletins are also helpful. Contact area licensed professionals to find out about their services and to let them know about your availability. They may be able to steer some simple jobs your way in return for calls from your client for their services.

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