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 , updated on August 15, 2023
Small business is generally defined as a venture with less than 50 employees. Running a small business requires a business model that allows you to thrive in markets that may be crowded with competition, including much larger firms. The following are industries where small businesses tend to do well.

Retail

Specialty, niche and local retail.

Ecommerce

Online retail, reselling, dropshipping, subscription boxes, auctions and digital markets.

Restaurants

Restaurants, cafes, tea houses, food trucks and takeout.

Night Economy

Bars, pubs, clubs, dinner theater and other nightlife.

Food

Food retail, products, services and catering.

Agriculture

Farming, farmer’s markets and agritourism.

Hospitality

Bed & breakfasts, inns, hostels, resorts and vacation rentals.

Travel

Travel agents, tour operators, activities and lodging.

Transportation

Car services, ride-sharing, couriers, delivery services, trucking, freight and moving companies.

Recreation

Recreation facilities, activities and tours.

Sports

Sports products, services, events and activities.

Rentals

Vehicle, bicycle, boat, equipment, machine and tool rentals.

Events

Event production, management, planning and support services.

Outdoors

Campgrounds, nature resorts, eco-tourism, outdoor gear rentals and nature tours.

Professional Services

Offering professional services such as accounting or law offices.

Technology

IT consulting, cybersecurity consulting, IT support services, mobile apps, software, games and other technology products and services.

Business Services

Administration, accounting, legal, IT, advertising, training and management services and outsourcing.

Human Resources

Recruiters, staffing agencies, remote work and other workforce related services.

Freelancing

Design, coding, marketing, media and other types of freelancing.

Design

Graphic design, user experience, interior design and industrial design.

Media

Vlogging, podcasting, mobile apps, social media management and influencer marketing.

Marketing

Digital marketing, digital advertising, direct marketing, marketing design services, public relations and branding services.

Entertainment

Movie theaters, comedy clubs, escape rooms, karaoke and other entertainment related businesses.

Film Industry

Talent agents, film production services, film related rentals and creative services such as screenwriting.

Music

Musicians, concerts, concert venues, merchandise, music management and other music related businesses.

Culture

Artists, art galleries, craftspeople, cultural tours, cultural attractions and events.

Fashion

Fashion brands, fashion ecommerce, boutique retail and other fashion related businesses.

Collectibles

Antique shops, comics, toys, coins, stamps, records, books, ephemera goods, sports memorabilia and other collectibles.

Hobbies

Art supplies, craft supplies, hobby shops and hobby related retail, events and activities.

Parties & Holidays

Party supplies, costume shops and holiday related retail.

Training & Education

Tutoring, online training, language schools, music schools, dance studios, workshops, professional development and other training services.

Fitness

Gyms, fitness studios, fitness classes, coaching and training services.

Beauty & Grooming

Salons, barber shops and beauty services.

Personal Services

Spas, massage therapy, wellness services, nutrition, life coaching and other personal services.

Home Services

Housekeeping, cleaning, maintenance, repair, lawn care and landscaping.

Energy

Solar power, battery systems, energy systems and energy efficiency related sales, management, installation, maintenance and repair.

Trades

General contractors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople.

Childcare

Daycare, childcare services, camps, activities, babysitting and schools.

Pets

Pet products and services such as training, grooming and boarding.

Security

Private investigators, security guards, security system installations and other security related services.

Concessions

Hotel, airport, facility and event concessions.

Good Business

Socially and environmentally responsible products and services.
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