What business idea is right for you? The best business for you is one you love and to which you are prepared to make a major commitment.
Many small-business owners describe starting a new business as more demanding than having a new baby – you have to be prepared to give it your full energy, time, and attention at any time of the day or night.
If you are thinking about any of the following business ideas, you’re not alone. These are some of the most frequently searched on Bplans.com. Each section below includes sample business plans, business-planning tools, startup kits, and other online resources that are specific to each business idea.
Restaurant Business Ideas
From cafes to kiosks to fast food to takeout to full-service eateries, business ideas on how to start a business involving food are our most frequently searched startup category. The following resources can help you turn your idea into a reality:
- Sample Restaurant Business Plans
We have over 40 different restaurant-style sample plans, and 20 of these restaurant plans can be read in full online. See the full list of restaurant sample plans.
- Start a Restaurant Resource Page
Our start-a-restaurant page contains a variety of resources and other tools that will help you effectively write a restaurant business plan and get your business cooking.
- Other Restaurant Articles
This article on marketing your business includes an example about obtaining statistical research on restaurants in your area, as well as suggested agencies to contact for more up-to-date information.
Clothing Business Ideas
Coming in a close second are requests for business ideas involving clothing. And when you think of it, food, clothing and shelter are essential elements of survival, so it makes sense.
- Sample Clothing Business Plans
Check out list of clothing-related sample business plans for inspiration and ideas, including traditional retail as well as online businesses.
- Clothing-Related Planning Articles
Tim Berry, business-planning expert, includes a couple of examples of entrepreneurs creating a new business idea by helping people who hate to shop. Check out his “elevator pitch” article series and see for yourself.
Photography Business Ideas
Some people have a natural eye for capturing images on film. If your business idea involves photography, review the sample business plans for photography businesses. Also, since many budding photographers start out working from home, you should also review the following resources on home-based businesses. And the photograph studio resource page gives additional tools and kits that may be just the right fit for you.
- Sample Photography Business Plans
Check out the variety of photograph-related sample business plans available, including pet photography.
- Start a Photography Studio Resource Page
Our start-a-photography page contains a variety of resources and other tools that will help you effectively write a photograph business plan and get your business in focus.
- Start a Home-Based Business Resource Page
If you are thinking of starting a photography businesses from a home office, this resource page includes additional sample plans from a variety of home-based businesses, including photography, as well as information on startup kits and articles specifically tailored for home-based businesses.
Salon Business Ideas
The hair and beauty salon industry has expanded dramatically from the early days of barber shops, beauty shops and nail salons. Check out the different salon-oriented business ideas in these sample business plans, for inspiration. And the start a salon resource page includes tools and kits that can help you get your salon business up and running.
- Salon Sample Business Plans
Check out the variety of salon-related sample business plans available, including day spas, hair and beauty salons, and tanning salons.
- Start a Salon Resource Page
If you are thinking about starting a beauty salon or spa business, this resource page includes additional sample plans as well as information on start-up kits and articles specifically tailored for this business type.
Business Start-up Articles
No matter which direction you are thinking about pursuing, the following articles give you general tips and strategies to help you get started with your business idea.
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