Top 10 Small Business Ideas 2012 – 2013

Micro-entrepreneurship or small business serves as the foundation of major companies. There are times that small business ideas are gateways to better and bigger business opportunities. One of the main concerns for small business is the selection of field or type of business. During the previous year, there are many small business ideas that have boomed but in the later part of the year, it drastically reduced due to the outnumbered of people who have the same manifestations in terms of services and products that they are offering. This year, we have searched across the globe to look for business opportunities that can somehow increase the probability of having a better net worth or income even by just starting at a minimum financial support. The following is the list of top 10 small business ideas for the year 2012  2013





Name of Business:      Online business/make money online

Description:                 Despite the potentially disruptive Stop Online Piracy Act law issues on online businesses, my all-time favorite small business idea, online business, will continue to thrive. Web-based business’ role has increased steadily over the years, revenue-wise and potential-wise. As cloud computing will become mainstream (or it’s already mainstream?) and plenty of web tools to help you build a web business easily, online revenues are more accessible to non-tech web entrepreneurs.





Name of Business:      Social media specialists

Description:                 Despite social media campaign’s ROI is still trivial to figure out, social media continues to be important vehicles for enhancing business branding, engaging prospects/customers and increasing business profits. That being said, businesses need someone who is social media savvy. Offering various social media-related services – managing clients’ social media profiles, etc. – establishing social media consulting business hiring social media savvy people will be a great, lucrative business.





Name of Business:      Remote/cloud working services

Description:                 Remote working or cloud working will even be more prominent in 2012. As companies are (finally) acknowledging the benefits of remote working, ranging from reducing office expenses to enhancing employee morale, cloud workers (who work remotely by utilizing cloud services) – and any other variations – need any helps possible to support them; establishing cloud working services business and offering various services to cloud workers – including services to plug their business/work to the cloud – proves to be a lucrative business.




Name of Business:      Crowdsourcing/crowdfunding services

Description:                 Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding continue to be great ways to get projects done or launched quickly. Crowdsourcing lets businesses to source for great ideas, while crowd funding lets budding entrepreneurs not to worry (too much) on project funding; they can focus on developing products/services. Starting a crowdfunding/crowdsourcing business to facilitate project owners to get things done/funded by allowing people to take part by offering their money and/or talent will present you with great chances of success.





Name of Business:      Personalized products

Description:                 Custom-made products will always attract creative customers. Ranging from design-your-own jewelries to make-your-own wines, starting a business offering not only customized products to total customer experience will always be lucrative.





Name of Business:      Reputation management

Description:                 With the ever-available Internet, managing your reputation – especially online – is challenging. A “not so professional” photo tagged on Facebook can ruin your business reputation. Getting tagged as a scammer by unhappy customers or “creative” competitors and be found online via search engines can ruin your business. Offering reputation management service can give you unlimited stream of customers.





Name of Business:      Business continuity services

Description:                 Business continuity is a big issue in the past few years – with all the natural disasters (earthquakes, snow storms, etc.) and people movements (such as Occupy Wall Street) – businesses need to do strategic planning in ensuring their business continuity – or seek help from others to help them in their disaster planning, to the least. Establishing a business that takes care of the whole process for companies is highly lucrative.





Name of Business:      Green and sustainable business

Description:                 Green business rocks. Establishing a company offering tools to generate green energies right from your home, constructing green buildings, renovating premises for less energy consumptions, building gadgets from recycled material, etc. – the possibilities are limitless. Go green, be profitable.





Name of Business:      Business technology Intermediaries

Description:                 Technology advances rapidly, and keeping up with such advances troubles businesses. Cloud computing is said to be beneficial for businesses; but integrating cloud computing solutions to existing IT infrastructure without proper help from a cloud consultant to overseer the integration process, things could backfire.





Name of Business:      Copywriting

Description:                 For websites, content is always important. But with the latest development in search engine arenas, such as Google Panda update that slams both low-quality sites and big user-contributed sites (i.e.,) quality content is even more important today. There’s no sign of slowing down; demand for quality content will grow even more significantly in 2012 – a big opportunity for both talented freelance copywriters and copywriting companies to grab.


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