Service Business Ideas:
Serving Others and Making Money

Serving others is not a gift everyone has, but if it’s one of your gifts, maybe you should consider looking into service business ideas. There are plenty of ways you can get into the business of serving others. It just depends on the type of service you want to offer.

15 Service Business Ideas


Let’s start by looking at some service business ideas that have been proven to work.

1. Consulting business ideas enable you to teach others how to do something that you are excellent at.

2. Become a personal chef.

3. Become a collectibles searcher if you like going to garage sales and antique shops.

4. Share your skills with others by becoming an instructor.

5. Become a mobile masseuse.

6. Start your own courier service to deliver documents and other small items.

7. Open up a restaurant or cafe.

8. Start a mobile mechanic service.

9. Offer computer repair services.

10. Start an independent recruiting service.

11. Start offering chauffer services.

12. Offer residential or commercial cleaning services.

13. Start a florist shop.

14. Open up your own bakery.

15. Put your language skills to work by becoming a translator, or a language tutor.

How to Start a Small Business


The steps to start a business in any of these service based business ideas will vary depending on which idea you choose, but here is a general list of steps you should follow.

  1. Whether you’re starting an e-business or a traditional brick and mortar business, you need a business plan. This will not only enable you to create a step by step process to follow and put all of your ideas down on paper, but it will also make it possible for you to get funding, if you need it. A professionally written business plan can make or break funding opportunities.

  2. Don’t forget to file all the necessary paperwork for your business to create it on paper. Some common business forms are S corporations, C corporations, and LLCs. Research each of these business forms and choose the one that’s right for you. If you decide to go the easy route and be a sole proprietor, don’t forget to register your business with the local government, even though it’s not always necessary to register at the state level.

After your paper and funding are both in place, it’s time to purchase supplies, equipment, and anything else you need to start your business. Then set up your operation with everything you need, including phone numbers and a website so that customers can find you.

Run ads in the local paper or use SEO (search engine optimization) on your website to bring customers to you. Marketing your business and services is key to your business success, and the number of ways you can do it both offline and online is limited only by your imagination.

Service Business Ideas - Successful Examples


Of course it helps to see some of the above service type business ideas in action. Here are a few examples of companies that have hit the big time in the service industry:

  • Merry Maids – Now a franchise you can buy into.

  • Chipotle – a relatively new restaurant franchise.

  • Echo Limousines

  • First Delivery Service

So which of the many service business ideas have you chosen? Are you ready to start hauling in the cash?



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