2017 New Business Ideas

1For many, 2017 is an opportunity for new beginnings, exciting changes and fresh business adventures. Worldwide, it’s estimated there are 100 million new businesses opening each year.

Are you’re ready to start a new business in 2017 but lacking an idea? Just in time for the new year, here are our top 217 business ideas for your new one-person shop. These ideas can take you from a weekend-only entrepreneur to full fledge, full time job new business owner.   

Business professional services

Creating a small business as an extension off what you currently do for a living is a natural progression into the entrepreneurial world. Many of these jobs can be done on the side in the evening or weekend. What’s best about creating a business-to-business company? Being able to see yours, and your client’s dreams come to fruition!

  1. Accountant
  2. Business networking coordinator
  3. Career coach
  4. Voice over artist
  5. Public speaking coach
  6. Delivery service owner
  7. Tax preparer
  8. Business plan writer
  9. Professional consultant
  10. Office decorator
  11. Notary
  12. Virtual assistant
  13. Professional pest control operator
  14. General business contractor
  15. Grant writer
  16. Computer consultant
  17. Property manager
  18. Office computer trainer
  19. Professional photographer
  20. Business courier
  21. PowerPoint freelancer
  22. Data entry freelancer
  23. Business caterer
  24. Financial advisor
  25. Small business lawyer
  26. Small business coach
  27. Stock photographer
  28. Business translator
  29. Freelance software developer
  30. Window cleaner
  31. Public speaker
  32. Resume writer
  33. Business freelancer

Car Services

If cars are your passion, there are a variety of car related business opportunities you can engage with to keep your enthusiasm going.

  1. Mechanic
  2. Car wash owner
  3. Private driver
  4. Taxi driver
  5. Car and limo service driver
  6. Auto collision repair
  7. Tire installation
  8. Airport car service shuttle
  9. Car detailing business owner
  10. Home and auto locksmith

Child related services

Child centric businesses are a booming market. From newborns through to college, there are numerous business ideas to help parents and children.

  1. Professional nanny
  2. New child software
  3. Toy maker
  4. Daycare facility owner
  5. In-home daycare owner
  6. Music lesson instructor
  7. College coach
  8. Private swim lesson instructor
  9. School tutor
  10. SAT and ACT prep instructor
  11. Driving instructor
  12. Lactation consultant
  13. Birthday party planner
  14. College application consultant

Editorial and design services

Let your creativity and attention to detail soar with a new business in design or writing.

  1. Caricature artist
  2. Copywriter
  3. Freelance journalist
  4. Ghost writer
  5. Website editor
  6. Graphic designer
  7. Logo and web designer
  8. Custom T-shirt designer
  9. App designer
  10. Proof reader

Food services

If cooking is your passion, consider opening your own food truck or catering company.

  1. Food truck owners
  2. Private caterer
  3. Organic produce farmer
  4. Dairy and egg farmer
  5. Specialty butcher

Home services

Maintaining a home can be a detailed, never ending list for homeowners. A business related to home maintenance and service includes an expansive list from real estate photography, appraisals to contractors and cleaning services.

  1. Chimney sweeper
  2. Home inspector
  3. Home remodeler
  4. Professional real estate photographer
  5. Residential house cleaner
  6. Home energy auditor
  7. Household manager
  8. Interior decorator
  9. Personal concierge
  10. Moving service owner
  11. House painting service owner
  12. House sitter
  13. Home chef
  14. Home stager
  15. Home gardener
  16. Landscape designer
  17. Fence repair installer
  18. Home pest control operator
  19. Gutter cleaning service owner
  20. Deck installer
  21. Home renovation contractor
  22. Window installation and repair
  23. Flooring installer and refinisher
  24. Roofing and siding installation
  25. Carpet cleaner
  26. Home appraiser
  27. Laundry service owner

Internet marketing and sales

Are you a digital marketing guru at your day job? Have you considered to take on clients for your own firm? Starting an internet marketing agency can be an exciting opportunity with unlimited possibilities.

  1. eBay assistant
  2. PPC consultant
  3. Social media brand manager
  4. Display media buyer
  5. SEO professional
  6. Website developer
  7. Domain name buyer
  8. Blogger
  9. Estate sale service owner


If your expertise is really to be hands-on, then consider a product related business instead of service. Here are just a few of the different ways you can translate your creative juices into your own business.

  1. Custom embroidery designer
  2. Jewelry designer
  3. Home crafts designer
  4. Handbag designer
  5. Soap and bath oil maker
  6. Clothing designer
  7. Pottery maker
  8. Wreath maker
  9. E-book author
  10. Taxidermist
  11. Antique re-furbisher
  12. Re-upholstery repair
  13. T-shirt printer
  14. Small crafts design
  15. Photo restoration owner
  16. Furniture maker

Pet Services

Up to 47% of all US households have a pet and spend an estimated +62 billion each year. If you also have a soft spot for all creatures furry (and scaly) then creating a pet-centric business is a great way to marry your interests to your career.

  1. Dog walker
  2. Animal waste removal service owner
  3. Pet groomer
  4. Dog trainer
  5. Pet sitter
  6. Pet photographer
  7. Dog daycare provider
  8. Aquarium service owner
  9. Horse and barn owner
  10. Gourmet pet treat maker

Personal and wellness services

A large opportunity for entrepreneurs in 2017 is in the personal and wellness industry. Consumers are consistently looking for new innovations, services and expertise in the personal, health and wellness fields.

  1. Elderly caregiver
  2. Diet coach
  3. Nutritionist
  4. Personal trainer
  5. Personal chef
  6. Doula
  7. Massage therapist
  8. Chiropractor
  9. Health and wellness coach
  10. Psychologist
  11. Hair dresser
  12. Makeup artist
  13. Esthetician
  14. Life coach
  15. Personal assistant
  16. Manicurist
  17. Pedicurist
  18. Tattoo artist
  19. Piercing artist
  20. Online dating consultant
  21. Mobile spa owner
  22. Lice removal services owner

Planning services

Are you secretly a planner? Do you love managing every detail and thinking about the user’s experiences? If so, then one of these below planning businesses might be exactly what you’re looking to do.

  1. Corporate event planner
  2. Party planner
  3. Financial planner
  4. Retirement planner
  5. Independent travel agent
  6. Corporate event planner
  7. Party planner
  8. Financial planner
  9. Retirement planner
  10. Independent travel agent


Business is booming for the repair service industry. Whether your interests be in repairing small engines, instruments or computers, running a repair centric business is a great opportunity.

  1. Bicycle repair
  2. Small engine repair
  3. Computer repair
  4. Small electronics repair
  5. Cobblestone, shoe repair
  6. Appliance repair
  7. Garage repair
  8. String instrument repair
  9. Piano maintenance and repair
  10. Cell phone repair

Sports, hobbies and recreation

There are lots of opportunities to create businesses related to your favorite hobby or sport. Here are just several of the companies our merchants have made into successful small businesses.

  1. Boat cleaning
  2. Boat rental company
  3. Boating lesson instructor
  4. Fishing guide
  5. Golf lesson coach
  6. Horseback riding instructor
  7. Horse & tackle supply owner
  8. Tennis coach
  9. Soccer coach
  10. Swim instructor
  11. Swimming coach
  12. Surfing instructor
  13. Pool installation and repair
  14. Hunting guide
  15. Music instructor
  16. Small gym operator
  17. Motorcycle instructor
  18. Tour guide operator
  19. Snow mobile operator
  20. Game official
  21. Dance instructor
  22. Cheerleader instructor
  23. Coin and paper money appraiser
  24. Yoga instructor

Weddings and events

The weddings and events industry is growing globally. Now, you can say your own “I do …” to one of these business opportunities.

  1. Wedding planner
  2. Balloon sculpture
  3. Officiant
  4. Clown and magician service owner
  5. Hair and makeup artist
  6. Baker
  7. Piano player
  8. Private catering company owner
  9. Venue operator
  10. Event coordinator
  11. Wedding photographer
  12. DJ company owner
  13. Photo booth owner
  14. Chocolate fountain owner
  15. Wedding florist
  16. Calligrapher
  17. Bartending service owner