Small Town Business Ideas
Very Small Towns
to identify small town business ideas when your town only has 4,356
inhabitants? I was surprised to find some great business ideas for small towns.
in just such a town. Two friends and I decided we wanted to start a new venture. But, we had no clue what to start.
So, we did the following.
visited the County Extension Office, the County Development Office and the
Regional Chamber of Commerce and asked for advice
visited the 4 churches in town and spoke before their members
searched on the Internet for small town business ideas
visited 8 other small towns to see if they had a business that our town didn’t
Our Small Town Business Ideas Conclusion
1. Start a Mobile Parts Selling Business
determined there was a need to start a route with a large van visiting our
small town area (and other small towns). We would carry popular car and farm
implement parts visiting repair garages and sell those parts directly to
would take special orders for parts. Our hope was to set up a system where
parts could be expressed shipped right to the repair garage or individual
needing the parts. Faster delivery of needed parts would give us a competitive
interested another entrepreneur two towns over to implement this small town
business idea. She is still operating her firm and doing fine.
2. Start a Bakery Café
an existing bakery in town but people complained about it. It seemed the
product was not always fresh and the store left an unclean impression (paint
would have done wonders plus keeping the windows clean).
the three of us did not know how to bake, my friend’s wife did. We spent $4,826
to lease a larger spot down the street, buy the minimally needed used
equipment, fixed the place up very nicely and opened a bakery combined with a
café. Our hours were 6 AM to 3 PM. We later stayed open until 5:30 PM. (The
other bakery is long gone.)
3. A Steam Vapor Cleaning Business
the small town needs that we discovered was a vapor steam
identified a number of uses/customers that wanted us to start this company.
- The 19
restaurants in town and surrounding towns wanted periodic steam cleaning of
their bathrooms, tile floors, prep areas and some upholstery.
- We had
multiple independent store owners wanting us to steam clean their storefronts
and sidewalks on a regular basis.
repair shops needed their floors degreased and occasionally cars to be steam
- Dairy, crop and livestock
farms needed their equipment cleaned.
want the outside of their homes cleaned.
- All the
small towns and elementary schools needed play ground equipment cleaned.
new or used steam vapor equipment is inexpensive.
Here is a
source to learn about vapor steam cleaning.
4. Start an Internet Business
anywhere who knows how to send an email or type a Word document can create a
business website. Really, no website building knowledge is needed.
exactly my skill level when I wanted to have an Internet based company.
exploring this online opportunity, I discovered three facts.
- There are so many how-to-build-a-website
marketers on the Internet that I wondered who I could believe. The deciding
factor for me was, “what company could show me proof that their system would
absolutely get results and that I could contact users of their system prior to my
purchasing it so I could interview them. Only one company that I could fine did
- Any build
you own website system had to be so simple that even I could do it. I didn’t
want to learn html, CSS or any other language. I wanted simple. I didn’t want
to learn all the technical SEO stuff. I wanted this company to do this all for
- Lastly, any “how-to-build-a-website” company
must have all the website building tools in one place, at one price, with no
nickel and dime extra charges. I wanted to pay one low price that included
searching for about 5 weeks, I came across a firm called Solo Build It (SBI).
They did all of the above and more. In fact, they guided me on how to select
the most profitable niche to match my passion.
Here is how to build a website yourself or have one built for you...one that works!
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Helpful Professional Resources
Small Town Economic Development
National Association of Towns and Townships
Additional Small Business Ideas