Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What are the most successful small businesses?
Most people equate a successful business to mean a profitable small business idea. The small businesses centered around website design and digital marketing tend to make the most sales and profit. The reason for this is due to the low startup costs, the availability of the internet, the ease of finding clients, and the steady income an internet-based business can offer.
What would be a good small business to start?
The best small business idea may be one that allows you to maximize your profit without overworking or burning out. Many of the small business ideas listed above are ideal for this work-life balance. However, keep in mind if you’re more interested in pursuing your passions, you’ll need to continue earning enough money to live while starting a fulfilling small business on the side.
How can I start my own business with no money?
One of the greatest advantages of starting your own business is you don’t typically need a large sum of money to start. The first step is to keep your current job in place while launching your small business on the side. Once your side hustle turns profitable, you may be able to transition to your own business full-time. Once this occurs, you can revisit your business plan and develop it based on your new consumer base, market, and potential challenges.
How do I start a small business from home?
A home-based business continues to grow in popularity, mainly due to the convenience and manageability aspect it offers.

A home-based business should follow the same steps as any small business idea, including writing out a business plan and securing funding. Not all great business ideas can work out of your home so be sure to thoroughly research what jobs can be performed at home only versus ones that need your onsite involvement.
What makes for a good work-from-home small business idea?

Work-from-home business ideas have numerous advantages, including:

  • Minimal inventory and supplies needed

  • Typically involves low startup costs

  • Computer-based, online work

  • Flexible schedule to allow you to work around your household schedule

  • Limited or modest interaction with others as necessary

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Sara Coleman

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Sara Coleman is a freelance writer with several years of experience covering personal finance topics such as insurance, loans, credit cards, budgeting and more. Sara's work has been published across numerous financial sites. She is also a published children's book author.

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Kal Salem

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CPA, PMP and Finance Consultant

A CPA and finance professional working with small businesses to educate owners and grow alongside their businesses. He holds a Masters in Accounting and a BS in Supply Chain Management. Owner at Salem CPA Services LLC.

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Somer G. Anderson has been working in the Accounting and Finance industries for over 20 years as a financial statement auditor, a finance manager in a large healthcare organization, and a Finance and Accounting professor at Maryville University.

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