21 small business ideas for 2021

Another lockdown? stuck at home watching Netflix? (sound like I am gonna sell you the new trend pillow butt but not), Here I’m gonna show you 21 small business ideas for 2021.

So you have the desire and you know that you want to start a small business now! but you don’t have a concrete idea of what you want to do, that’s why we are here, let me show you 21 small business ideas for 2021:  

The pandemic changes the way companies work business push us, to what was a growing tendency, to go pretty 80% online, many of the 21 small business ideas I am gonna show you are an online business model that can be done perfectly from home.

Before to dive in in these 21 great small business ideas let me give you some tips:

a.- Choose a business idea that you are comfortable with having the knowledge of or willing to learn and most important you are passionate about

b.- Check if there’s a demand for the product or service you want to provide.

c.- Last but not least read this blog I am a ure you can find the inspiration to start your business.

21 business ideas for 2021:

1.- Start an eCommerce business

With the worldwide pandemic taking us 4-6 years ahead of the eCommerce tendency, retailers are moving online faster than ever. 

With eCommerce, there are multiple routes you can go – Amazon FBA, dropshipping, or full-fledged manufacturing your own products and selling them on your own website. Dropshipping is a good option for beginners since you don’t have to fulfill orders or ship them yourself. 

2.- Virtual assistant services:

If you have excellent organizational skills, the virtual assistant business is a perfect opportunity for you. Virtual assistants (VAs) are in high demand by corporations, freelancers, and every kind of business.

It is also an excellent opportunity to know successful and influential people from different fields of work to build your professional network and learn from experts. At the same time, it also provides you the opportunity to work from anywhere in the world while developing your professional skills.

3.- Social media manager

If you love to be on Instagram and have knowledge of how social media works, becoming a social media manager is a great way to start a small business in 2021.

With the huge demand for businesses going online, your knowledge can help them to grow and establish their business position on the media. 

If you want to improve your skills you can start with free courses on the Facebook blueprint, and even youtube (you can learn basically everything on youtube).

4.- Consultant

If you are knowledgeable and passionate about a specific topic (business, social media, marketing, human resources, leadership, communication, etc.), starting a consultant business can be a lucrative option. You can start your consulting business on your own, then grow your business and hire other consultants over time.

5.- Online bookkeeping

As with education, technology allows many bookkeeping services to be performed online. If you are an accountant or bookkeeper who wants the freedom and autonomy of running your own business, you can take advantage of modern technology to start your own online bookkeeping service, taking on other companies as clients. 

6.- Digital marketing agency (you can start on your own)

The importance of the internet grows with every passing day, making it harder all the time for businesses to cut through the clutter and properly market themselves. Digital marketing services are always in demand, and many small and midsize companies would rather outsource it than establish a costly in-house team. If you’ve got chops in SEO, content marketing, pay-per-click, web development, or social media management, you could have a business opportunity that allows you the freedom to work from home.

Digital marketing is an important part of a brand, so it’s critical for you to respond to developments in your clients’ marketing strategies. Social media management entails watching for comments and messages around the clock, not just scheduling posts in a “set-it-and-forget-it” mindset. If you enjoy strategizing and implementing plans meticulously, digital marketing could be the right business for you. You may also consider becoming an affiliate marketer, which is another form of digital marketing.

7.- WordPress website consultant

WordPress is the go-to platform for small businesses and budding bloggers to start a website of their own. If you are well-versed in setting up WordPress websites, use this skill to build a business.

Apart from WordPress consulting, you can also offer digital marketing services to your clients to diversify your revenue streams.

If you build a successful business as a WordPress website consultant, you can even transform your business into a full-fledged digital marketing agency.

You can learn more about building websites on WordPress through courses on Skillshare.

8.- Freelance content writing

Content writers are in huge demand. If you have a knack for crafting engaging stories and writing articles, then you can turn your skills into a lucrative freelance writing business.

From website copy and sales pages to blog posts and email newsletters, you can write content for a variety of purposes. Experienced freelancers earn anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000 per week. You can also take up editing and proofreading work and use the latest grammar tools to help clients publish and upload error-free work.

Freelance copywriting gives you the opportunity to earn money from any location. 

Once you build your portfolio, you can even launch your own website and generate inbound leads. Other than this, you can connect with potential clients on social media platforms like LinkedIn and offer anything from content writing to SEO writing. 

9.- SEO specialist

With lots of fishes in the sea is necessary to stand up and try to be on the top, SEO courses are all over the internet and if you are really passionate about to build a small business in this field you can get basic knowledge and start your business, this time is the best opportunity to do it.

10.- Personal trainer and wellness coach

Personal fitness trainers are always in high demand. If you’re into fitness and know the technicalities of workouts and diet plans, then you can make some extra money by helping people become physically fit. 

Once you find the right clients and build a stellar reputation, the job is both physically and financially beneficial. With a lot of temporary gym closures and social distancing in place, it may be beneficial to start an at-home fitness business, where you travel to the client’s locations or workout outside.

There’s also the option of starting your own fitness blog to share your fitness tips with a wider audience and position yourself as an authority in your niche.

Strive to learn more about fitness training and earn certifications to add more credibility to your profession. You can also opt to become a wellness or mental health coach land offer continuing education credits like Core Wellness.


If you are an expert in another language besides your native you can offer professional services as a translator and create a small business in this field, there’s a lot of translators but high-quality translators are hard to find.

Your knowledge combined with the best grammar checker is key to ensure your written content is of the highest standards and with this guarantee a successful and good reputation translator small business.

12.- Content Marketing Strategist

Startups, small businesses, and influencers are always looking to scale up their online presence by promoting high-quality, engaging content.

Your expertise in providing highly-effective content marketing strategies can help you get some high-ticket clients. Once you start building a portfolio of established clientele, you stand a chance to earn thousands of dollars per project.

13.- Home-based catering

If you have a knack for cooking and see it as a creative outlet, you can make a decent income by opening a home-based catering business. The initial investment depends much on how big you want the setup to be. For example, if you start with smaller events that you can manage on your own, you should be able to start your business for less. Most home-based caterers start by creating a website, experimenting with local food markets, or joining platforms that allow cooking experts to squeeze some profits out of their culinary skills.  

14.- Personal Shopper

Do you often get praised for your eye for fashion trends? Are you someone whose friends and family come to for clothing advice? Personal shopping can be a business that builds on those skills. Personal shoppers find clothing items for clients who are struggling to find their personal style. 

Duties involve evaluating your client’s wardrobe, visiting websites, and picking items that will suit them. There are all sorts of products on all kinds of online clothing boutiques, so you don’t necessarily have to shop offline to get this business started. Plus, you don’t need to hold any special certification or degree to become a personal shopper. If your interests lie in business ideas with low investment, personal shopping might be the ideal route to consider. 

15.- Virtual Dance Studio (I love this one)

The upsides to a virtual dance studio are pretty obvious: you don’t need to rent a big space and it’s convenient to record, publish, and share the choreography at your own discretion. Plus, there’s no limit to the number of students you can enroll in your class. 

To start a virtual dance studio, you’ll need to invest in video conferencing software such as Zoom. You’ll also need high-speed internet to ensure there are no lags or buffering during the live stream. Make sure to arrange enough classes per month so that your students learn their routines fast.

 If you have a passion for creating your own unique choreography, you may also find opportunities to partner with dance schools to give their students access to your content on a membership basis.  

16.- Video production

With increased consumption of online video content, there’s certainly a need for people who can record, edit, cut, and publish videos. Starting a video production company, therefore, might turn out to be a lucrative business idea for you. The initial investment in this business is a basic lighting set, wireless microphones, one to two cameras (and lenses), and editing software like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro

See if you can find second-hand varieties for some of this equipment in order to reduce startup costs. You can offer to produce video content for companies’ YouTube channels, manage graduation and wedding videography, and more. While there’s no restriction to the types of projects you can do, specializing in a niche makes it easy to stand out in a busy marketplace.  

17.- Blogging (I like this too, obviously)

Blogging is alive and thriving in 2021. It’s still free to get started, but be patient: it will take a while to get exposure and grow your audience. 

These days, the competition is fierce. There are over a billion websites and blogs, and over 200 million are active. Good knowledge of SEO is essential, as is creating excellent content.

Top bloggers can earn high six figures despite working only 20 or so hours every week.

18.- Handmade goods

If you are a crafty person, you should take a look at Etsy, the largest online market for homemade and vintage goods.

You will find an amazing mix of leather wallets, lamps made from river wood, unique hand-printed t-shirts, jewelry, organic soup, and countless other things. Top sellers often expand beyond the platform, creating their own brands and opening stores across the globe.

 Also, look at platforms like Shopify and BigCommerce. And realize you can sell your products on more than one site.

19.- Makeup artist

This profession is one of the few that you can start working on in your bedroom and end up on the set of a Hollywood movie just a few years down the road.

What’s more, makeup artists can take advantage of platforms such as YouTube and make their content visible to billions of people from all over the world.

20.- Image consultant

You are probably wondering who needs an image consultant. Many companies and individuals rely on their image, making it worthwhile to hire someone to manage it.

The best image consultants are people with a proven track record of success and inside knowledge of the particular industry.

21.- Cold Calling Company

Are you outgoing and enjoy doing sales over the phone or in-person? If so, this could be a wildly profitable home-based company. 

The cold calling company would work with other businesses and make cold calls to potential clients on their behalf. For every call or for every client that signs up with that business, you would get a commission. 

In the beginning, it is a lot of selling. Not only do you have to convince clients to use your services, but you also have to convince others to use your client’s services too. 

But if you have a nice environment at home, this could be a great business to start.

and dessert…

Web design

Web designers are incredibly valuable for technology companies—which is why becoming a freelance web designer is a top side business idea today. 

Web design is all about mastering the art of creating a beautiful, value-driven experience for the people using a website or app. There are always new websites popping up in need of professional web design, and foundational books like HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites by acclaimed web designer Jon Duckett and Don’t Make Me Think by user experience legend Steve Krug will get you started down the right path to quickly determining whether or not becoming a web designer is one of the most viable side business ideas for you. 

Graphic design

This business idea is great for creative types.

While having a formal background in graphic design is absolutely going to be helpful, it’s also relatively easy to learn the foundations of graphic design on your own. 

An increasingly easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator and even more easily accessible tools like Stencil and Visme are making it so that just about anyone with two opposable thumbs, a bit of creativity, and motivation can earn a side income doing things like designing (and selling) images like these motivational quotes that can be printed onto posters and sold on platforms like Etsy. 

Or you can find a local startup, small business owner, or photographer who could benefit from some extra help designing or altering images.

Affiliates sales and marketing

If you already have a website that’s driving in targeted traffic, a great way to make passive income from the content you’re already creating as an easy side business idea is through affiliate marketing (and joining the right affiliate programs). 

ShareASale, Rakuten, Clickbank, and Skimlinks are a few of the best affiliate networks and tools that can help you make money from the content you already produce, thus amplifying your side business idea income.  

Check this idea, find the one you feel more passionate about, and start working on it!


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