10 Small Business Ideas for 2014

By Brooke Tajer on

Thinking about starting a small business this year? recently shared their 10 Small Business Ideas for 2014. We thought they had some good ones so we decided to pass them along to you:

1.) Tutoring

This field no longer only caters to struggling children or those with learning disabilities - ultra-competitive parents are flocking to tutors to help their children get into the best colleges. The tutoring industry has also seen a boost from the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires government-funded schools that have fallen short of performance goals three years in a row to offer federally financed tutoring.

2.) Business Coaching

In a tough economy, businesses need all the help they can get. As a business coach, you can empower individuals to improve their work performance through personal change. However, you'll need plenty of experience in the business world, along with specialized expertise (e.g., marketing, finance, or sales).

3.) Consulting

Business consultants analyze businesses, identify problems and implement solutions. To be competitive, you'll need to be an expert in a special subject. Think human resources, IT, inventory management - the possibilities are endless.

4.) Web Design

In today's tech-savvy world, more and more businesses are realizing that DIY websites just won't cut it. And with mobile Internet usage set to overtake desktop usage by 2014, the do-it-yourselfers are going to have a hard time designing websites that are smartphone compatible. If you've got what it takes, web design can make for a satisfying career.

5.) Photography

While royalty-free stock photo websites are taking a bite out of some photographers' profits, assignment photography is still big business. If you're skilled with a camera and have a mind for business, you can make serious money as a portrait, event, or wedding photographer.

7.) Bakery

Americans' love affair with desserts seems to have kicked in to overdrive. If you've got a knack for making delectable desserts, consider starting a home-based bakery. New cottage food laws passed and pending in many states are making it easier than ever to do so.

8.) Wedding Planner

If the rising number of guilty-pleasure wedding TV shows clogging cable channels is any indication, our nation's obsession with tying the knot is on the rise. If your organizational skills are top notch, you thrive under pressure, and you have a flair for putting together beautiful events, think about becoming a wedding planner.

9.) Dog Walking

Consider this in-demand service if you enjoy working with dogs, know how to handle them, and are ready for an outdoor occupation. As with many businesses, it'll take some time to build a solid clientele and earn a steady income. Fortunately, dog walking requires little startup capital. Some of your biggest expenses will be legal advice and insurance.

10.) Craft Business

Last but not the least in our list of small business ideas for 2014, is the Craft Business. In a world of mass-produced junk, shoppers feel good about buying handmade, one-of-a-kind items. Turn your creativity and talent into a business by selling jewelry, ceramics, unique decor, purses, metalwork - the sky's the limit! You can sell your crafts on your own website or on sites such as Etsy, and at craft fairs and local events.

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