Want to start your own service business?
In that case, look no further. This list of 121 profitable service business ideas will show you exactly what business to start. The best part? All of these ideas can be started online while you’re still in your 9-5.
Ready to get started? Let’s dive right in.
2. Health and Fitness
3. Family and Relationships
4. Personal Development
5. Marketing and Sales
7. Support and Admin
10. Corporate Consulting
12. Personal Finance
13. Home and Pets
14. Creative Skills
15. Event Planning
16. Technical Skills
Why should you start a service business?
First things first:
Why should you start a service-based business?
Most of the time, people tend to think that in order to start a successful business, they need to come up with a billion-dollar tech business idea like Facebook or Amazon.
Actually, it’s VERY hard to come up with that type of business. And even harder to succeed in the tech startup world. Research shows that 75% of venture-backed startups fail.
A business with a much higher likelihood of success that you can start today (without any venture capital or even a lot of startup money)?
Simple: A service business.
And what’s a service business?
A business where you sell a service of some kind.
For example, that’s exactly what my student Ruby Le does. She’s a relationship coach who uses her work experience at eHarmony and It’s Just Lunch to help high-quality men attract more dates.
Service businesses have three clear benefits:
#1. High profits
You sell your own skills and talents so the only person you need in your business is yourself. And you can do it from anywhere- even your kitchen table. That means low overhead costs and high profits.
#2. Premium prices
Specialized services are considered high-value so you can sell your services at a premium price. For example, here’s what your service business could look like:
#3. You can start right away
You can (and should) use an existing skill so you can get started right now. In fact, I recommend that you read through the list of ideas here below, come up with an idea for yourself (and let us know your idea in the comments!) and get started building your business. Yes, it’s that simple.
But first, let’s look at what service business you should start and why.
How do you come up with a profitable service business idea?
Coming up with a service business idea doesn’t have to be hard.
The secret to building a profitable business is not about coming up with a revolutionary and market-transforming idea.
Nope. In fact, it’s MUCH simpler.
You already possess the foundations for a great business because you have experiences and skills that you are already selling.
Wait… what? Yes, if you have a job, your employer is already paying you for your services.
And you have even more skills that people can’t wait to pay you for.
Look at your existing skills and experiences to see what service business you can start:
- Professional skills (your 9-5) – Sales skills, technical skills, marketing skills
- Other skills (hobbies, interests) – Dancing, languages, fitness
- Education (college degrees, courses)
- Challenges you’ve overcome – Getting more confident, learning how to speak in front of others
Here’s how to figure out if your idea is the right one:
#1. Confirm that your idea is profitable
Not all service businesses are equally profitable. As an entrepreneur, you need to first figure out if there’s a market for your idea- so, if people are willing to pay for your services.
Here’s how to do just that:
Ability and willingness to pay
Do your clients have the ability and willingness to pay?
For example, if you sell a service to college students, there’s a risk that they won’t have the ability to pay even if they WANT your service.
And even if people have the ability to pay, they don’t necessarily want a specific service. For example, how many would be willing to pay a premium price to learn how to clean properly? Probably not that many.
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Next, you need to understand the size of your market.
If your market is too small, there simply won’t be enough demand for your services.
At the same time, a bigger market with lots of people who’re willing to pay for your services translates into a profitable business.
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#2. Not sure you’re an expert? Do this.
If you’re thinking:
“All this sounds good… But how can I call myself an expert?”
We all have those fears. But if you’ve worked in a job where you developed a certain skill or if you’ve gotten results for yourself or others, you’re good to go. No matter if you’re in a 9-5, a college student, or retired.
If you’re still doubting yourself, why not recruit a test client so you can practice your skills?
Let’s look at 121 businesses you can start today.
So, what business should you start? Read on to get my service business ideas list with profitable ideas for you.
Have you had a successful career and want to help others achieve the same? Maybe you’re good at writing cover letters? Or get promotions? Here are the best career service business ideas for you.
1. Career coach
As a career coach, you help others reach their career goals. You can specialize and help women get hired for executive positions or millennials get ahead. Or you can be a general career coach for people who want to reach their goals faster.
But who can become a career coach? If you’ve been successful in your own career, you can help others do the same.
Service: Jessica Sweet is a career coach and licensed therapist who helps people find out what they really want to do and make a rock solid plan for doing it. She uses her background as a therapist, her experience as a social worker, and 10 years of career coaching to support people in living into their potential. Her work has been featured in publications like CNBC, Business Insider, and Forbes, and she’s a member of Forbes Coaches Council. Jessica’s services include 1:1 career coaching and self-study guides and she specialized in helping creative, right-brained 40 and 50-something professional, executive and C-Level career people find or design work they want to be doing.
2. Executive coach
An executive coach helps executives achieve their goals and become better leaders. As an executive coach, you could be hired by an individual or by a company to coach one of their executives or high-potential employees.
Who can become an executive coach? You can have a varied background. For example, you might have worked in an executive role yourself. Or, you have a background in psychology, leadership, or education.
3. Cover letter and resume writer
Do you have a knack for writing cover letters and resumes? Then, you could start helping professionals achieve their career goals by teaching them how to write better job applications.
Health and Fitness
Do you have a passion for health and fitness? Maybe you like helping others eat healthily or lose weight? These home business ideas might be just what you’re looking for.
4. Health coach
Did you take specific steps to transform your own health? Maybe you lost weight or transformed your lifestyle for the better. Now you can help others do the same.
Who can become a health coach? You don’t need formal training. But you do need results. Have you helped yourself and/or others achieve health goals? In that case, health coaching could be that perfect business for you.
5. Personal fitness trainer
Like spending time at the gym? Set up shop as a personal fitness trainer. As a PT, you help your clients create exercise plans, you teach them proper exercise techniques, and motivate them to achieve their goals.
Who can become a personal trainer? If you’ve trained others, you’re a fitness expert, and you can get other people results, you could make a great personal trainer.
6. Running coach
Enjoy running? If you’re a running guru, helping others learn how to run could be your service business. For example, if you’ve trained for and participated in marathons, why not help others do the same?
7. Sports team coach
If you enjoy working with teams, you could sell your services as a sports team coach. For example, if you have team coaching experience, this could be your business idea.
8. Strength coach
As a strength coach, you help athletes improve their performance and prevent injuries. Have strength training experience? You could start offering this as a service.
9. Nutrition coach
Nutrition coaches help people eat better. You could specialize in many different ways. For example, you can help people eat clean or vegan, plan and prep meals, help them with their food allergies, help them lose weight, or help people get clearer skin. If you love all things food and nutrition and you know your gut health, why not get started as a nutrition coach?
Service: Amy Gorin is a nationally recognized, award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), media personality, speaker, nutrition consultant, and writer in the New York City area. Her background is in magazine publishing, as a health and nutrition magazine editor. Today, Amy is successfully running her nutrition communication business and she has completed and written more than 1,000 media interviews and freelance articles for top-tier media outlets, such as WeightWatchers.com, Women’s Health, NBCNews.com, FoxNews.com, Shape.com, WomansDay.com, FoodNetwork.com, EverydayHealth.com, ReadersDigest.com, and Runner’s World. Amy’s services include media coaching for health entrepreneurs and freelance writers, as well as a self-study media course. She’s a freelance writer, recipe developer, speaker and serves as a consultant to food- and nutrition-focused brands and commodity boards.
10. Weight coach
Want to help people lose weight? Maybe you’ve done it yourself or you’ve helped others do it? In that case, you could start a weight coaching business. You could teach exercise techniques and/or help people eat right. And think outside the box. To stand out, you can help busy women lose weight. Or you can specialize in herbs or spices to teach people how to lose weight with the right diet.
11. Meditation instructor
Love meditating? Becoming a meditation coach could be the right thing for you. You help others learn the right meditation techniques and that way, live a more mindful and balanced life.
12. Yoga instructor
And finally, you can become a yoga instructor. If you’re a passionate yogi, this might be the business for you. How do you become a yoga instructor? You need to be a skilled practitioner of a yoga variant. There are several courses and trainings you can take to build on your existing skills.
Relationships and Family
Are you good at advising friends on how to improve their dating life? Or do you love working with children? These are the best service businesses to start in the relationship and family niche.
Income example: My student Ruby, a relationship coach, makes 6-figures/year. See her case study here.
13. Relationship coach
You know what it takes to find the right partner? Perfect, then you could start your own relationship coaching business. For example, you might advise clients on how to find the perfect match on dating apps or how to find love even if your clients are busy professionals with high standards.
But who is an ideal relationship coach? If you have found the perfect match for yourself or people around you and you enjoy helping them improve their love life, this could be the right service business idea for you.
14. Coach for couples
If you enjoy advising couples on how to take their relationship to the next level, then coaching for couples might be the right business for you. If you have experience in this area, then you’re ready to get started.
15. Coach for divorced couples or individuals
Now, if you’ve instead gone through a divorce or adviced others who’ve gone through one, divorce coaching is a business worth considering. But what’s the difference between divorce coaching and counseling? Simple. A divorce counsel is a therapist. As a divorce coach, you don’t need a degree. Instead, you’re in a more supportive role to help couples or individuals navigate through their divorce.
16. Doula or birth coach
Doulas and birth coaches provide emotional support to women before, during, and after they give birth. The support might also extend to the woman’s partner or family. You don’t need a medical degree to become a birth coach, as you’re not giving health advice.
17. Parenting coach
Do you enjoy helping parents? Then, you might make an excellent parenting coach. As a parenting coach, you give advice on parenting-related issues. This could be general advice on how to raise children or more specialized advice on things like supporting children with ADHD. If you have experience of this yourself or you’ve worked with children, parenting coaching could be the right business idea for you.
18. Sleep coach for babies
If you have experience of sleep training babies and it’s something you enjoy doing, sleep coaching can be a rewarding business idea. Do you have results to show? Then, put sleep coaching on your list of business ideas.
19. Potty training coach for babies
Similarly, potty training coaching is a potential coaching business you could start if you have experience in this field. Why? Lots of parents are looking for help on how to make potty training easier.
20. Home baby proofing consultant
And last, baby proofing. If you have experience of baby proofing homes, why not help new parents make this a struggle-free (and safe!) experience?
You love helping people grow and achieve new levels in their lives? There are several unique service business ideas in the personal development space. Let’s take a look at them.
Income example: My student Spencer, a mindset coach, makes three times more than she used to at her job. Watch Spencer’s story here.
21. Life coach
First up: Life coaching. As a life coach, you help your clients maximize their full potential and reach their desired results. You can specialize and help a niche group of people like women, entrepreneurs or a religious group. Or you can focus on specific problems like resolving fears or goal-setting.
Who can become a life coach? You don’t need certificates or training (life coaching isn’t therapy), but to build your credibility, you need to have results to show.
22. Stress coach
You know how today’s workplace is full of stress? If you’re good at helping people manage their stress, stress coaching could be something for you.
23. Productivity coach
Similarly, more and more people want to become as productive as possible to get more work done and have more time outside of work. You can help them achieve that if you’re great at helping people manage their time better.
24. Public speaking trainer or speech coach
Are you a Toastmasters member? Or are you just great at giving speeches? Then, you could help others do the same. As a public speaking trainer or speech coach, you can help employees create better presentations, startup founders pitch for more funding or speakers train for their speaking engagements.
25. Social skills coach
A lack of social skills can be incredibly limiting. As a social skills coach, you can make a huge difference in your clients’ lives. So, if you have great social skills and you’ve helped others improve theirs, consider starting up your own business as a social skills coach.
26. Mindset coach
Are you familiar with Carol Dweck’s book “Growth Mindset”? Then, you know what we’re talking about here. Helping people change their mindset is highly rewarding work. If you’re good at identifying other people’s mindset blocks and helping them overcome them, you could make a great mindset coach.
Marketing and Sales
Do you have professional skills as a marketer or salesperson? Or have you developed them on your own? Then, marketing and sales consulting are small profitable business ideas that could work for you.
Income example: My student Sanae, a sales coach, earns 5-figures every month. See her story here.
If you enjoy writing, copywriting is a great business idea. As a copywriter, you could work with marketing or sales texts, such as web, email marketing, or sales copy. To become a copywriter, you don’t need formal training. Instead, you learn by writing.
28. Travel writer
Love traveling? Love writing? Why not combine the two and become a travel writer? That’s right, you can earn you living traveling the world.
29. Content writer
Content writers write content for social media and websites. For example, you could get hired to write blog posts, whitepapers, or social media posts. A successful content writer is someone who can engage readers and optimize texts for lead-generation and conversions.
Service: Brittney Moffatt is the content writer and social media strategist who helps entrepreneurs grow their influence, visibility and engaged audience through content marketing with the mission to help women find their voices and confidence. She started blogging as a way to uplevel her career as a marketing professional. Her blog, According to Brittney, landed her a dream job and helped her start her own freelancing business. She also uses her Facebook group, Content Marketing for Women Entrepreneurs, to leverage content marketing as a business tool. Today, Brittney has worked with brands such as Uber, U.S. News and World Report, Dollar Tree and more. Brittney’s services include content management, a content clarity mastermind, and a membership community.
30. Sales page copywriter
Enjoy crafting texts that persuade others? Sales page copywriting is the business idea for you. As a sales page copywriter, you help companies create pages that sell their products. The most successful sales page copywriters earn six and seven figures… Because they know that their writing will bring in sales.
31. Proposal writer
Do you know how to write attention-grabbing proposals? That’s a skill you could turn into a business. Help individuals, startups, nonprofits, and other organizations write winning proposals.
32. Ebook writer
Want to write books? There’s a huge market for ebooks and ebook writers. You can turn your passion into a business and start ghostwriting fiction or nonfiction ebooks.
33. Technical writer
You’re a good writer AND you have a technical background? Great! As a technical writer, you write articles, instruction manuals, and more to make complex, technical information understandable.
34. Editor and proofreader
If you’re a grammar whiz and you love details, you can use your skills as an editor or a proofreader. But what’s the difference? As an editor, you polish texts and as a proofreader, you focus on correcting errors.
35. Web designer
Have web design skills? Turn those into a web design business. By helping individuals and business owners create websites, you can quickly grow a profitable business.
Service: Julie and Steve Harris are the founders of Whiskey & Red, a branding and WordPress website design agency that helps service-based small business owners translate their offline business into an online digital experience. Julie is the lead graphic designer and Steve is the lead developer. Whiskey & Red offers brand packages for small businesses, as well as website packages for small businesses and ecommerce stores.
36. Graphic designer
Love visual communication? Start up your own graphic design business. You help businesses create visuals for their websites, ads, brochures, and more.
37. Branding consultant
Have you worked with brands before? In that case, you can offer your services as a branding consultant or strategist. Help businesses define their brands and create brand strategies for them.
38. Social media manager
Are you great at getting likes, comments, and clicks on social media? Help businesses grow on social media by becoming a social media manager.
39. Facebook ads strategist
If you’ve worked with paid advertising, you could set up your own Facebook ads agency. That’s what I did to quit my corporate job.
Service: Andrea Vahl is a social media consultant and speaker who is passionate about helping businesses understand and leverage the power of social media to actually grow their business. She’s been using social media successfully to promote her own businesses for years. Andrea is the co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies and was the Community Manager for Social Media Examiner for over 2 years. She’s been featured on sites like Entrepreneur.com and Inc.com. Andrea even used her background in improvisational comedy to create a social media character, Grandma Mary the Social Media Edutainer. Her services include Facebook Advertising coaching and consulting, done-for-you Facebook ads, and a self-study course.
40. Instagram marketing strategist
If you enjoy using Instagram personally or professionally, you could become an Instagram marketing strategist.
41. Pinterest marketing strategist
Similarly, if you enjoy Pinterest as a platform, there are tons of businesses looking for help with their Pinterest marketing. So, you basically get paid to pin!
Service: Jana runs Jana O. Media, a content management and Pinterest strategy business. In her business, Jana uses her background in communications and marketing to help online entrepreneurs, such as relationship experts, business coaches, and wellness coaches, attract their ideal clients by managing their content strategies and marketing their businesses on Pinterest. Jana does this by offering different packages, like setting up and managing Pinterest profiles, strategy sessions, and content marketing services (for example, managing content and Facebook group administration), managing content automation, writing content, and managing email automation and lead magnets.
42. YouTube marketing strategist
And if you create amazing videos and you know your way around YouTube, you can start a YouTube marketing business and help businesses grow that way.
43. SEO strategist
Do you know search engine optimization (SEO)? Help businesses rank on Google as an SEO strategist.
44. Email marketing manager
As an email marketing manager, you help businesses set up and implement their email marketing strategy. You will need some experience from a job or skills you’ve developed on your own.
45. Public relations consultant
A PR consultant spreads the word about businesses. If you’re great at building relationships, outreach, and storytelling, this might be the business idea you’ve been looking for.
46. Influencer marketing strategist
Influencer marketing is booming. If you have experience in this industry and/or a PR background, you can start your own influencer marketing agency and help businesses grow.
47. Sales consultant or coach
As a sales consultant, businesses outsource part of their sales activities to you. If you have experience from a sales role or similar, you could start your own sales consultancy. Alternatively, you can start a sales coaching business. Here, you help business owners improve their sales instead of doing the work for them.
Service: Susan McVea, one of my students, is a business sales strategist and consultant who helps ambitious and established entrepreneurs convert sales calls to paying clients. Before starting her business, Susan had a successful career in sales. Her track record includes helping her teams sell more than $600 million (personal sales over $40 million) and growing a business from scratch to $15 million. Susan helps business owners through group programs, digital courses and private consulting that help entrepreneurs establish and optimize sales processes to create more income and impact.
48. Google ads consultant
Are you an experienced search engine marketing expert? If you know how to get clicks on your Google ads, you can build a Google ads business.
49. Presentation designer
Enjoy creating presentations? Improve how businesses and other organizations communicate with their presentations by becoming a presentation designer. After all, many business deals, investments, and funding pitches rely on that presentation…
50. Conversion optimization consultant
Know how to improve conversion rates? You can set up shop as a conversion optimization consultant. Go general or specialize. For example, as a landing page specialist, you focus mainly on creating converting landing pages.
51. UX/UI designer
Are you a UX/UI designer? Offer your services independently by helping your clients design better apps and websites.
52. Conference marketing
Ever been part of a conference team? You could help businesses and other organizations set up and market their conferences successfully.
Service: Raelyn Tan, one of my students, is a blogger and blogging coach with years of experience in marketing and blogging. When she was 14, she started a fashion blog where she sold clothing and grew her blog to $1000/month. She then took her skills and grew a YMCA cafe by starting a website and focusing on social media. Raelyn majored in marketing at one of the best universities in the world and then worked in the corporate world for a billion-dollar company. Today, Raelyn runs her blog where she helps bloggers and online entrepreneurs grow their audiences, lists, and make money with their blogs. Her services include 1:1 blog coaching and self-study courses.
You know how to create and edit videos? Produce podcasts? Then, building a business around your existing media skills could be a great way to get started.
53. Video editor
Do you know how to edit videos? You can start a video editing business to help people create better videos. For example, helping businesses edit explainer videos, YouTube videos or ads can be a great way to get started.
54. Podcast producer
If you enjoy creating podcasts, you could become a podcast producer. Help individuals, businesses and other organizations share their message with podcasts.
55. Voice acting
Have a great voice? Have acting skills? Put them together and become a voice actor.
Support and Admin
Enjoy organizing, systematizing, and administrative work? There are tons of service businesses you could start in this niche.
56. Virtual assistant
One of the easiest businesses to start? A virtual assistant business. As a virtual assistant, you support your clients with administrative tasks.
The best part? You don’t need any formal training. What you do need is to be proactive, detail-oriented, and happy to help out.
57. Project manager
Are you a pro at organizing and managing projects? Start your own project management consultancy and help businesses save time and money by managing their projects.
Are you a bookkeeper? Then, start your own bookkeeping business. You can provide your services to different businesses.
And if you’re an accountant, you can start your own accounting business. Help businesses keep track of their expenses and income.
60. Financial auditor
If you’re a financial auditor in your corporate job, you could set up your own consultancy. You help businesses audit their own finances and that way, keep their businesses financially viable.
61. Online business manager
What does an online business manager do? You manage online-based businesses by helping them with their day-to-day management. For example, you manage projects, team members, key performance indicators, and income streams. To run a successful online business management consultancy, you need to be organized and good at managing projects.
62. Online course consultant
Many businesses end up creating online courses, either as a marketing tool or to sell as an information product. If you have a background in education or have experience with creating courses, you can help these businesses create their own online courses.
Enjoy doing research? If yes, would you love to spend your days researching different topics? Offer your services as a researcher. You don’t need to have a research background, but you do need to love researching and helping people find answers.
64. Customer service operator
Love talking to people? Solving problems? Start a customer service operation business. You can handle businesses’ customer service and even improve it to help them make more money.
65. Business systems consultant
If you’re great at automating and streamlining, you could become a business systems consultant. You help business owners organize their businesses in a more cost-effective way.
66. Data analyst
Data analysis is an in-demand skill that can help businesses make better decisions. You analyze data and translate that into tangible outcomes. You don’t necessarily need a professional background as a data analyst. However, you do need the skills so if you’re unsure about your data analysis skills, you could take a course to freshen them up.
Are you bilingual or a polyglot? Love helping people learn new languages? If yes, you might want to start your business in this niche.
As a translator, you translate different documents, such as marketing content, legal documentation, or books. A general requirement is that you’re a native speaker of the target language, so the language you’re translating into.
68. Language tutor or coach
If instead, you would like to teach languages, you can become a language tutor or a coach. You can help employees improve their language skills, teach a language to people who’re interested in it, or helping expats learn their host language.
You love teaching? Or maybe you love consulting families and their children on how to get accepted by their dream schools? Here are businesses you can start in this niche.
Want to help students thrive? Then, tutoring might be a business for you. Fun fact: My first business was a tutoring business that I scaled to six figures.
70. Homeschool teacher
If you love teaching children, you could become a homeschool teacher. And yes, this works online. All you need is a reliable connection, email, and Skype.
71. SAT tutor
If your SAT score was exceptional and you want to teach others how to achieve the same, you could start an SAT tutoring business. Privately tutor students so they can improve their score.
72. Essay editor
And if you’re great at writing essays, why not start an essay editing business? You teach students how to improve their essays and that way, achieve more academically.
73. School applicant coach and consultant
Did you get into a great school? Or maybe you’ve helped someone else, like your children, achieve that? You could work as a school applicant coach or consultant and help students improve their applications so they get into their dream schools.
Want to work with bigger businesses? Then, you could become a corporate consultant. Here are a few examples of what that can look like.
74. Human resources consultant
Have you worked in HR? If yes, you could start a business in this field. Help businesses recruit the right talent as an HR consultant.
75. Executive headhunter
Or, if you enjoy working with executives, you can become an executive headhunter and help businesses find the right leadership.
76. Workshop instructor or speaker
Do you have a skill you love teaching? You can become a workshop instructor or speaker and train or motivate teams in different ways.
77. Corporate coach
If you love working 1-on-1 and helping employees thrive, you can become a corporate coach and coach entire teams.
78. Corporate retreat coordinator
And if you’re all about corporate consulting and you love setting up events, corporate retreat coordination might be the thing for you.
Are you a lawyer and you want to start your own service business? Here are the best business ideas for you.
79. Legal services
You could consult as a lawyer, help people with their legal contracts or a mix of these two services.
80. Paralegal services
Or, if you’re a paralegal, you can offer your paralegal services as an independent consultant.
You’re great with personal finance? You can help others with this. You can either offer done-for-you services or teach them the skills. Here are our best financial service business ideas.
81. Financial planner
If you want to offer financial plans to people and help them reach their financial goals, you can become a financial planner. Note that depending on where you live, you might need to obtain licenses to work as a financial planner.
82. Personal finance coach
Or, if you want to teach people how to do it on their own, you can instead become a personal finance coach. Teach people how to track their expenses, negotiate credit cards, and more.
Service: Cassandra Davis is a passive income strategist for female entrepreneurs who want to reach new income levels and have more freedom in their lives. Cass initially got started building passive income streams after making $1500 in 6 weeks with 11 people on her email list and 90 people in her Facebook group. Her services include 1:1 coaching and group coaching, as well as self-study programs, where she helps women build up their passive income streams.
Home and Pets
You love interior design or taking care of pets? Look no further- these are YOUR business ideas.
83. Interior design consultant
If you have a great eye for interior design, you can start your own interior design business. You don’t need formal qualifications, as long as you know how to create beautiful interiors.
84. Professional organizer
Love organizing? Then, become the next Marie Kondo and start your own professional organizing business. You help people organize their homes and businesses to become more productive.
Service: Rashelle Isip, founder of The Order Expert, is an organization, time management, and productivity coach and consultant for businesses and individuals. Rashelle’s love of order and organization is a lifelong passion (as a child, she organized her Halloween candy and asked her father to read Robert’s Rules of Order as a bedtime story), so her choice of profession is a natural fit. She started The Order Expert in 2011 as a creative side project and from there, it grew into a business. The Order Expert has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including: Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, The Atlantic, and Fast Company. Rashelle offers services like professional organizing, time management and productivity coaching and training.
85. Garden planner and consultant
Do you have green fingers? And an eye for beautiful gardens? Then, you could offer your services as a garden planner and consultant.
86. Pet care and grooming
Did you dream of becoming a veterinarian when you grew up? Here’s the next best thing. Help pet owners take care of, train, and groom their pets.
You’re a creative and you want to turn that into a business? Take a look at these service business ideas.
87. Makeup artist coach
Are you someone who can talk all day about makeup? Why not teach others how to choose the right makeup for themselves and makeup techniques they can use? Or teach others how to become a makeup artist.
88. Personal shopper or stylist
Love fashion? Start your own personal shopping and stylist business. As a personal shopper or stylist, you help people find their style and clothes that fit them.
89. Fashion designer
Do you know how to design clothes and accessories? You can sell your services as a fashion designer. You can either design for other businesses or set up shop as a specialized designer. For example, maybe you design wedding dresses for brides.
If you know a thing or two about haircare, you can help people with their hair problems, teaching them things like how to take care of their hair or create hairdos.
91. Crafts teacher
And if crafts are your thing, then you can teach your skills as a crafts teacher. Pottery, knitting, sewing… Whatever it is, you can teach people to improve their skills.
92. Portrait photographer
You love taking photographs? Set up a portrait photography business.
93. Wedding photographer
Or, a wedding photography business. And if you love traveling, why not do it as a location wedding photographer?
94. Birth or newborn photographer
In fact, you can start your photography business in many different niches. For example, as a birth or newborn photographer.
Are you an amazing calligrapher? Then, use your skills to set up a calligraphy business. A huge calligraphy market? Wedding and party invites.
Service: Jennifer Bianca is a calligrapher who first realized she had a passion for art and calligraphy at the age of 12. Before starting her business, Jennifer was studying to become a teacher. She didn’t enjoy it so she started dabbling in print design and opened an Etsy shop. Today, Jennifer offers wedding day stationery, art prints, and home decor. She also teaches others the art of calligraphy.
What if you could earn your living as a painter? Start offering your services as an illustrator to businesses, magazines, and individuals.
97. Cooking and baking coach
Are you always coming up with new recipes? And you love teaching? If yes, you can set up a business as a cooking and baking coach. Teach others how you create those delicious dishes so they can do the same.
98. Private music teacher
And if you know how to play an instrument, you can teach that to others. Guitar, the piano… There’s so much potential for you here.
99. Dance instructor
But that’s not all. If you’re a dancer, you can teach people how to dance. For example, set up online classes and show them how.
100. Art consultant
Have a passion for art? As an art consultant, you can help people or businesses decorate with the right art.
101. Writing coach
And if you know how to write, then why not start a business as a writing coach? As a writing coach, you help others improve their writing skills.
Do you enjoy planning and organizing events? Event planning might be something for you. Here are a few business ideas you can use right away.
102. Party or event planning
First up: Party or event planning. Set up private parties, birthdays, and anything in between. As a party planner, you don’t need a bunch of experience, but you do need top-notch organizational and communication skills.
103. Children’s party planning
Or, why not set up a children’s party planning business? Spend your days creating theme parties and treasure hunts.
104. Wedding planner
Another event planning service business idea is wedding planning. As a wedding planner, you help couples organize their dream weddings.
105. Corporate event planning
And if you enjoy setting up business events, why not become a corporate event planner? You help businesses organize talks, workshops, parties, marketing events, and more. And remember… The events you plan can be online, too. For example, help businesses create webinars, summits, and conferences online.
Are you all about tech? Start a business where you use those technical skills. Considering that businesses have a lot of need for tech talent, these are some of the most profitable service businesses out there.
106. IT systems consultant
You work in IT? Start offering your services as an IT systems consultant.
107. App developer
If you know app development because you’ve done it at work or it’s a skill you’ve developed on your own, you can become an app developer. Alternatively, consider teaching others how to develop apps.
108. Online security consultant
Online security is quickly becoming a bigger priority for businesses and individuals. If you’re an online security expert, you can help others protect their online presence and assets.
109. WordPress website consultant
And if you know WordPress, you can help businesses and individuals set up WordPress websites. Or consider other platforms, like SquareSpace.
Service: Krista Rae is a WordPress developer specializing in designer collaborations. She helps designers focus on the things they do best and takes care of all the development for them on a custom or retainer basis. She has years of coding experience- Krista has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering, as well as experience from being a software and web developer for a large corporation. Krista’s services include custom WordPress theme development and monthly retainers to take care of coding, tech, and maintenance tasks.
110. Computer programmer
As a programmer, you can set up a consultancy and sell your services. Or teach others how to program and become programmers.
111. Microsoft Excel coaching
Almost any skill can be monetized. And the same applies to Microsoft Excel. If you know Excel, you can help others become better at using the tool.
If you’re all about spirituality, you can offer your services to help guide others in this. Here are the best service business ideas in the spiritual niche.
Income example: My student Summer, a spiritual coach, has a 6-figure business. Read her story here.
112. Spiritual coach
Want to help others find their spiritual self? As a spiritual coach, you help people do things such as living closer to their religion or spirituality, living a more meaningful life, and getting past spiritual blocks.
113. Psychic business
You can start your own psychic business and help people with tarot card and psychic readings to help them overcome blocks and achieve their goals.
Or, if you’re a healer, you can set up your own healing practice to help people cope with emotional stress, challenges, and other difficulties. You can also become a Reiki healer and offer those services.
Love traveling? Then, starting a business in the travel niche could be a good way for you to build a business you love. Here are a few examples of travel businesses.
115. Travel planner
If you’re great at planning and organizing, you could become a travel planner. Help people put together their dream vacations and trips. And if you want to niche down, you can become a travel planner for honeymoons, ecological trips, or unusual travel experiences.
116. Teaching people how to travel smart
Look: If you know how to save money on things like flights, hotels, attractions, or even Disneyland entrance tickets, you have a lucrative skill. You see, people love to save money on these things and you can help them.
117. Expat consultant
Ever moved to a different city? A different country? Help people make their move easier and more comfortable. For example, help them find the perfect apartment, figure out their paperwork, and make sure their luggage arrives where it should.
118. Cruise booker
A lot of people love cruises. But some prefer to travel without all the hassle of finding the best deals or the best routes. If you know what cruises to book and why, offer your help as a cruise booker.
Need even more ideas? Use one of these service business ideas.
119. Sustainability consultant
If you want to work in sustainability and have the experience, you can set up your own sustainability consultancy business. Help businesses become greener or individuals live more sustainable lives.
120. Exhibition consultant
You work with exhibitions? Become an exhibition consultant and help museums, art galleries, and even small businesses create engaging exhibitions.
121. Book writing or launch coach
And if you’ve written and marketed a book, you can teach others how to do the same.
Service: Angela J. Ford is an award-winning blogger and author of the international bestselling epic fantasy series, The Four Worlds. In her business, she uses her decade-long experience working with marketing technology in several industries, as well as her experience as a published author, to help other authors build their platforms (websites, landing pages, and shops). Plus, Angela helps authors with book launch plans, 1:1 coaching, and self-study courses so that they can launch, market, and sell their books.
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