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April 29, 2020

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For all of the visionaries and entrepreneurs with their sights set on owning a profitable retail business, I applaud you. You already know that owning your own business requires a solid business plan, capital, and commitment.

What you don’t know is what retail businesses are the most profitable? After hours of meticulous research, I have compiled a list of suggestions that are reputed to be the most popular and conceivably the most lucrative.

Culinary Aspirations

Everything from a morning cup of joe to fine dining alternatives. No matter the state of the economy, people enjoy spending money on indigestible items. One consideration when choosing to open a food or beverage establishment is the option to franchise. 

Listed below are viable opportunities compartmentalized into the choice of becoming a franchisee or an independent. Startup costs and estimations on profit (ROI) have been taken into consideration. The goal is to assist you in determining which-if any-of these retail business suggestions appeal to you.

1. COFFEE BAR

It’s all about location. You need to establish in a high-traffic avenue if you hope to make money. There are several things to consider when opening a coffee bar. 

  • Will this be a sit-down location or a cart/kiosk setup? 

  • Do you wish to franchise? 

  • How much are you willing to spend on equipment and supplies?

Non franchised coffee bars average $200,000-$350,000+.  

Drive-thru options equivocate to $80,000-$200,000

Franchised enterprises equate to $700,000

Non-negotiable costs like espresso machines ($20,000), bean roasters ($10,000) equipment, rent, staffing, and fixed costs are dependent on your location. 

Understand the ergonomics of this business model to capitalize on your success. Here is an article outlining specific details for designing and implementing a business plan if you are considering this suggestion.

While the substantial coffee shops-multiple locations and franchises generate around 15-70%, small independent shops and kiosks will only etch out about 2.5%.

2. TEA ROOM

Tea is becoming increasingly trendy and there is a market for tea rooms if you do your research. Know the types of tea and accompanying foods-think ‘high-tea’ with scones and clotted cream. Opening a tea room can cost upwards of $100,000, however, you could launch a kiosk for only several thousand. 

Equipment and fixed costs are factors to also consider. Adding a retail section will generate some additional capital, but the reality is your ROI will depend primarily on your menu, sales, and final numbers. 


Reports indicate profit margins of 400%, but truthfully it is more like 40%.  breaks down how to start a tea room and considerations in order to make it profitable. This article offers additional information.

3. JUICE BAR

Americans are making a concerted effort to be healthier. This health-conscious trend has created a market for juice bars that has risen 4-8% in the last decade. The craze does not appear to be slowing down so now is an ideal time if considering owning a juice bar. 

Juice bars cost $47,000-$400,000 to open depending on franchise and overhead costs, but this billion-dollar industry has the capacity to generate an average revenue of $100,000-$600,000+. This post is a great starting point for anyone considering this business start-up.

4. SMOOTHIES

Considered a ‘luxury item’ you will need to conduct market research to ensure your geographical location is in proximity to an economically viable consumer base. If you plan to charge $5-$10/smoothie you need to think up-scale populace.

With an estimated ROI of $700,000+, this is a profitable retail business.Even if you opt for the franchise after the first year you will be able to carve out a lucrative business for yourself. Check out this informative article for more details.

Franchises such as Jamba Juice cost around $600,000+ to open, however, independent options will run you around $10,000+.

5. BUBBLE TEA STAND

This Asian-infused concoction is not only super easy to make but is becoming increasingly popular for American consumers. A unique retail business, there is definitely not as much competition as a traditional coffee shop.

The key is in the making and ingredients of your bubble tea so be sure to educate yourself on best practices for preparation.

Franchise options such as Gong Cha are a ten year and 4.5% annual sales fee and cost $180,000-$345,000 which you can review here.

Should you opt for the independent option and are able to minimize costs with used equipment and decent rent, you are looking at a start-up of around $15,000+. 

Markups on bubble tea average 350% generating you a profit margin of 60-80%. If you are interested in starting a profitable bubble tea stand, take a look at this insightful publication.

6. MICROBREWERY

Craft beer is where it’s at. Granted you will always have the die-hard ‘silver bullet’ fans, but more and more people are interested in expanding their palates and exposing themselves to a new experience.

This is not an inexpensive undertaking however, as costs can run upwards of $100, 000 to over $1.5 million before you even brew your first batch. There are franchise options available which are outlined in this post.

By purchasing used equipment and starting small you can minimize your overhead, but be prepared for some long hours and a lot of hard work. This article, albeit somewhat dated, offers additional insight on how to make this endeavor equate to the highest possible ROI. Average profit margins are approximately 20-50%. For more information of how to get started read through this article

7. WINE BAR

It is feasible to open a wine bar on a budget of around $50,000, however, to set yourself up for success you should plan to invest at least $130,000. Wine bars are rapidly gaining in popularity.

The key is to keep it simple. No need for a haute couture menu. Cheese and charcuterie boards are more than acceptable. Allow the wine to be the star and cut down on food costs. 

There are a number of franchise options available averaging $200,000-$600,000 which you can check out here. While there is a tremendous mark-up option on wine, sales will dictate your ROI, but you can expect between 5-30%.

8. ICE CREAM SHOP

Everybody loves ice cream! Despite the threat of seasonality, this retail business startup has the potential to generate an impressive ROI. Gone are the days of the dollar cone unless you’re hitting up the McDonalds drive-thru on a hot summer day.

It is imperative that you not only know your product inside and out but know the tastes and preferences of your potential customers.

Plan on investing between $10,000-$50,000 for a shop, less for a truck and similar for franchise options. Your profit margin will depend on your costs and sales but expect to generate 20-50+%

9. DONUT SHOP

Dunkin Donuts requires $250,000+ to own a franchise, and there are numerous other franchise options you can read about here. It is possible to create your own sugary concoctions for approximately $3000-$10,000. Investigate used and rental options to cut down on equipment costs.

This insanely popular option has the capacity to generate a profit margin from 0-75%. It all comes down to sales, how you market your dough and knowing your niche/target market.

A concrete business plan will go a long way in making this a profitable venture. There is no denying Americans love their donuts and the demand is not likely to decrease in the foreseeable future. This article was published in 2018 but has some excellent tips and suggestions.

10. GOURMET POPCORN STAND

Investing in these aromatic salty morsels may be simpler than you think. You can open a popcorn stand on virtually any street corner-especially one with lots of kids. If you are just opening a stand or farmer’s market type venue you can virtually start with under $10,000

Franchise options such as Doc Popcorn and Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn require $39, 000-$340,000. Obviously brick and mortar locales will also be a higher investment. The cost of equipment can be broken down to under a few thousand dollars. 

This article provides some insight into starting out with gourmet popcorn, but if funds are tight and you are looking for a business idea, this one is definitely worth consideration.

11. CHOCOLATE BOUTIQUE

This is a bit of a catch 22. If you opt for the smaller more ‘boutiquey’ style chocolatier option your profit margin stands to be between 55-70% BUT you will be on the hook for branding, marketing and promoting your wares-and you still have to make the chocolate.

The flip side is investing $50,000-$200,000+ for storefront or franchise alternatives. 

Substantial volume companies who choose to utilize less expensive products generate around 10% ROI so it really comes down to your niche and ideal target market. Check out this article on how to start a chocolate business.

12. SANDWICH SHOP/DELI

If you have purchased a sandwich you know what I’m referring to when I say mark up-yikes! Clearly there is money to be made in sandwiches. The commonality of any sandwich shop/deli is the culture. 

You need to create an atmosphere of community and secure loyal customers. Independent ventures can run anywhere from $100,000-$300,000+. 

There are the usual suspects in terms of franchises which you can read more about here. Expect to shell out around $155,000-$250,000+ for a franchise with a profit margin of approximately 20%.

13. NOODLE BAR

I’m not talking about the .22 pre-packaged noodles with the sodium infused packets of flavoring. Ramen noodles, when made in the traditional Japanese style, are not only a delicious but relatively low-cost items to prepare.

You need to be prepared to put in some LONG hours and a lot of hard work to succeed. With the option to open a restaurant or kiosk-style you should plan on investing a minimum of $100,000. 

Franchise options such as those listed in this article require an investment of $370, 000+ but are reported to have an average sales to investment ratio of at least 2:1 making this an extremely lucrative expenditure.

14. ORGANIC FOOD STORE

As people become more cognizant about where their food comes from, more and more consumers are opting for organic options. In order to generate success with this business idea, you need to connect with local producers. Here is an article worth reading for more information.

Embedding yourself and your brand into the community not only achieves greater awareness but substantially increases your potential client base. Create a shopping experience that is above and beyond customer expectations and aligns with their healthy lifestyle.

Like any storefront, you will need capital, an ideal location and a clear understanding of our target market. Organic food stores generate a profit via sales and average a 2-3% ROI. Consider adding a hot station or food to go option and you may be able to increase your profit margin to 5-10%.

15. CATERING COMPANY

Pick your niche and then downsize. The more specific your target market, the better your chance of achieving success. You have the ability to start a catering company from your own home which drastically reduces start-up costs.

Plan to invest between $10,000-$50,000 and you should be able to see a profit margin of 15%+. A few tips to consider before jumping in head first:

  • What is your specific niche? 

  • Where will you cook and prepare the food?

  • What permits and licenses are required to cater from your home?

  • Will you serve the food or just deliver?

  • What equipment will you need?

  • How will you market yourself and your brand?

This article offers some excellent advice and suggestions for those interested in pursuing this business venture.

16. MEAL PREP AND DELIVERY SERVICE

Everyone and their brother have heard of the boxed food delivery services like ‘Hello Fresh’ and Blue Apron but people appreciate local and if you choose your target market wisely, you have the potential to earn 15%+ ROI. A few of the more popular choice for meal prep and delivery currently are:

  • KETO and PALEO

  • Gluten-Free

  • Dairy-Free

  • High Protein

  • Diabetic

  • Seniors Menu

You need a user-friendly website with an online order platform and a solid plan on how to create traffic. Determine price points and potential overhead. By starting out of your home you can cut costs but should still budget around $10,000+. This article offers some great insight on how to make this a profitable operation.

17. FOOD TRUCK

Owning a food truck or food cart is conceivably a much more cost-effective option to owing a restaurant. The reality is you can kit your truck or cart for around $30,000-$100,000.

It is imperative that you choose your cuisine with a location and target market in mind. Secure the required equipment and wholesalers and be prepared to market your business like crazy. 

Food trucks have become increasingly popular. With the luxury of moving location in accordance with foot traffic, you stand to generate a decent profit margin if you perform your due diligence and devise a business strategy before starting. 


Read this post for the inside scoop on owning a food truck. Typically food trucks earn a profit margin of approximately 6-10%, surpassing the average 5% of restaurateurs.

Beauty Considerations

The beauty industry is reported to be worth over $530 billion dollars in the USA alone. People enjoy taking care of themselves and are willing to pay for quality products. This is an ideal time to take a slice of the pie. 


There are a number of profitable retail business ideas. Here are a few of the top contenders generating a better than average return on investment to consider.

18. COSMETICS

An extremely lucrative business there will always be a demand for cosmetics. There are two trains of thought with this suggestion. Sell established products, or create and market your own. Regardless, you need to adhere to a few guidelines in order to be prosperous:

  • Understand and Adhere to FDA Regulations
  • Locale-where will you sell your cosmetics? Storefront-online-in home?
  • Niche-who is your target market?
  • Online Presence-create a website and social media accounts
  • Publicity-get the word out EVERYWHERE!
  • Brand Awareness-why should people buy your cosmetics?
  • Marketing-how will you sell and generate interest in your products?

Clearly there is a ton of money to be made in cosmetics, but it is your responsibility to put yourself on your map. Whether you opt to sell your own or connect with a franchise or MLM this article lends some valuable recommendations to maximize your earning potential.

19. BEARD OIL

Let’s not forget about the gentlemen. Beard oil has been around for over a decade but has really started to gain traction in the last five years. Granted this retail business suggestion is geared more towards online sales, but don’t be too quick to shrug it off as a profitable endeavor. 

This market generates nearly 6 billion in annual sales. All you need is an e-commerce website and the ability to generate a study influx of online traffic. 


It is a competitive market so do your research. Add some additional toiletries and items and you have the potential to own a valuable passive income stream. Check out this informative article for details.

20. PERFUME/FRAGRANCES

This virtually untapped market has huge scalability potential. Fragrances essentially sell themselves so whether you choose to make and sell your own products or become a reseller and utilize wholesale products there is money on the table.

The mark up on perfume is around 90% making this a very compelling idea. 

With storefront, home or online options, there is no limit to marketability with perfume. Fragrances are popular household items. This article is quite insightful and has some good tips for success.

21. SKINCARE

Given that our skin is the largest organ on our body, it goes without saying that there is a tremendous market for skincare products. Choose your niche with care.

Whether you opt to produce and sell your own skincare merchandise, purchase resale from a wholesaler, or align with an established company, it is imperative that you choose hot ticket products. Think anti-aging, acne, organic. What is selling NOW? 

Price to sell, but don’t undercut your profits. There is the potential for an ROI of 33%-80% in sales generated by skincare. This is a fantastic article suggesting how to best sell skincare. 

22. BATH BOMBS

Who doesn’t love bath bombs? Kids and adults alike enjoy these fizzy, fun and unique commodities. The wonderful thing about bath bombs is they are ridiculously cheap to make.

You can manufacture and package your homemade products with minimal start-up fees or equipment. If you’re not crafty, don’t panic as there are numerous wholesale options available. 

The challenge is where and how to sell them. Consider these suggestions to establish a profitable enterprise:

  • Research potential wholesalers or ingredient suppliers-be sure not to overspend but don’t skimp on quality

  • How will you sell-online, consignment, store, from home?

  • Determine your price point

  • Who is your target market?

  • What types of bath bombs will you sell?

This publication offers diversified options on how to create and sell in order to generate the best possible ROI.

23. SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

This retail business suggestion offers the flexibility and luxury of being performed from home. A low-cost investment startup you can sell your subscription boxes both online and in your local market. Popular subscription box ideas include:

  • Jewelry
  • Kids Toys and Educational Products
  • Food and Confectionery
  • Beauty Products
  • Athletic and Sportswear
  • Gardening
  • Pet Products
  • Books
  • Crafts

Choose your target market and price point. Determine where you will purchase your inventory and how you will handle shipping and order details. This article breaks down how to start and become successful with subscription boxes.

24. SPRAY TANS

Who doesn’t look better with a tan? When you look good you feel good, but with all of the warnings and cautionary publications around harmful UV rays and the ozone layer no one is risking the au natural these day.

Hence a demand for spray tans. Advancements to products now deliver a natural glow as opposed to the obscene orange of the ‘80s. It is dirt cheap to become certified as a spray tan technician. The equipment costs are minimal and you can literally launch a mobile business for under $2000.

 A competitive industry, how you market yourself and your brand will be your calling card for generating a hefty ROI with this enterprise. Check out this article to learn more about how to institute a profitable mobile spray tan business.

25. TEETH WHITENING

Similar to mobile tanning there is a ton of potential to generate an impressive return on your investment. It is worth noting that the real money is made in the training courses.

If you can obtain accreditation to train others in this skill set, you will increase your ROI astronomically. 

Online training typically costs around $500-$2000 and there is a large demographic in which to obtain clientele. This post offers some suggestions and inspiration on how to start and become prosperous offering a teeth whitening service.

26. NAIL SALON

The average nail salon owner brings home between $40,000-$75,000/year. That being said this is not a get rich quick scheme. A lot of hard work and a solid business plan need to be in place before you decide to launch this retail business.

Location is KEY. This factor cannot be stressed enough.

You can choose the brick and mortar option or offer a mobile service, but no matter which avenue you choose, in order to be profitable you need a substantial client base. Plan to invest $75,000-$100,000-less if you opt for the mobile route. Check out this post for an a-z analysis on how to start a nail salon business.

27. HAIR SALON

Choose your business model. Owning a hair salon has the potential to be a very lucrative business opportunity. It is essential that you understand market analytics, determine your brand and choose your locale with care. 

You have the option to provide in-home services, start from scratch, purchase an existing business or partner with franchise establishments. Realistically you are looking at startup costs between $100,000-$500,000+ with a potential ROI between 8-17%.

There is the opportunity to rent out chairs that have become increasingly popular with stylists and would help alleviate overhead costs. This article offers some helpful suggestions on how to generate the highest rate of return on investment if you opt to enter this retail market.

28. BARBERSHOP

There’s nothing like an old-fashioned barbershop. By offering trims, close shaves, facials, and design haircuts you not only set yourself apart from your competitors but keep up with market trends and current styles. Consider adding a retail section and the opportunity for a hefty profit margin escalates.

You should plan to invest $150,000-$200,000-add another $25,000 if you choose to own a franchise. Read through this publication for specific details on how to start a successful barbershop. Profit margins are reported to equate to around 10-30%+.

29. MICROBLADING

Microblading is one of the newer crazes in the beauty industry. The quest for the perfect eyebrow consumes the minds of many women. Technological advancements have made this process a popular option.

Plan to invest around $4000 for certification, but this cost-effective enterprise can be facilitated out of your home, considerably reducing costs. Should you choose to open a salon, plan on spending around $25,000+.

Here is an article offering further insight regarding opening a salon. Either way, there is money to be made in this industry. With a potential profit margin of 30-50%+, this is one of the hottest retail business ventures of the decade. 

30. EYELASHES

Lifts-tints-extensions-everything EYELASHES. People are more willing than ever to pay for quality eyelashes. The eyelash industry is expected to be worth over 1.6 billion dollars by 2025, making this an ideal time to launch this scaleable profit-provoking venture. In-home, mobile, salon and franchise options will equate to their own cost structures. 

You can invest as little as $1000 to over $100,000 depending on your business model. Looking at a rate of return on investment of 30-50%+, this article offers valuable insight on how to start and become successful in the growing world of eyelashes.

31. MEDISPA

While it’s true that you will need capital of $100,000+ to start a medispa, consider these statistics:

  • Medispas generate on average $1 million annually
  • 38% gross profit margin
  • When offering a retail section your client retention has the potential to increase by 60-90%
  • Potential for growth outside of core demographics
  • Add these services to your location to generate an even more substantial revenue

Location, product line, services, and employees are vital components for launching a successful medispa. Check out the suggestions in this article for additional information.

32. MASSAGE

Consider the massage business as a profitable retail opportunity. As more insurance providers willingly cover massage therapy, the demand for this service has increased exponentially. You could potentially start a massage business out of your home for as little as $6000. 

If you choose to expand into a brick and mortar location, you are looking at an investment of around $100,000-$500,000. There are also a host of franchise opportunities, but most require liquid capital of $100,000 and an investment of $500, 000+. 

The average ROI for massage owners is approximated at 10-15%+, but as the appeal for massages continues to grow theoretically so will your profit margin. Here is an article on things to consider if you are interested in starting a massage business.

Kids Biz Ideas

The market for child geared products and services is a probable cash cow in terms of profitable retail business ideas to consider. Kids always want or need something. They grow fast and can be extremely persistent. 

Bear in mind that anything child-related will come with a competitive market. That being said, there is money to be made in this industry. Here are a few advantageous suggestions for you to analyze.

33. TUTORING

The key to being successful with this enterprise is to niche down. Don’t be a ‘math tutor’-offer your tutoring skills specifically for calculus or algebra. It may sound crazy, but this article offers an interesting perspective on how this method actually increases your profit margin. 

You can start out of your home or travel to client residences equating to virtually no startup costs. Obviously, should you choose to open a brick and mortar establishment or enter into a franchise arrangement you will be looking at an investment of $100, 000+. 

Your profit margin will be dictated by how many hours you work, what you charge and the option you choose to pursue. Tutors vary significantly with regards to hourly rate-anywhere from $10-$100/hour.

34. COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES

As the Pokemon craze rages on there will always be an interest in comic books, collectibles, and trading cards. The largest portion of your investment will go towards merchandise.

You need to stock your shelves with unique and one of a kind treasures that can be costly. Plan on investing between $10,000-$25,000 on product alone. To alleviate costs, look for a high traffic area locale with decent rent. 

Markups on comics and collectible range between 30-50% so clearly the more you sell the more money you will make. You have the option to utilize online sales in addition to your physical sales which will generate more revenue. This article offers some suggestions on how to start a comic book store.

35. VIDEO GAMES & DEVICES-NEW AND USED

If you know a gamer you understand just how addictive video games can be. The reality is that they are expensive, so many people, but particularly children, opt for second-hand selections.

Your biggest challenge will be the onslaught of options to buy online. Consider adding an ecommerce platform to capitalize on both avenues.

This business idea won’t make you millions, but there will always be retro gamers and kids looking to save a few bucks who enjoy the physical location not only for the selection but for the experience.

Your most significant investment will be your product, however, by implementing a buy-sell program and loyalty cards you can generate additional profit. If you’re interested in learning more check out this article for inspiration.

36. CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

Children are costly. The cost of clothing and equipment can be astronomical for parents resulting in many purchasing second hand items. A brick and mortar store will run you $2000-$40,000+, or you can opt for franchise models that require around  $200,000+.

By selling on consignment you won’t spend as much on your product but may face turnaround issues. Typically consignment takes 60% of the profit but your ROI will more than likely be between 3-5%. 

Worthy of consideration is that consignment stores are reputed to be ‘recession-proof’ suggesting that there is less risk associated with this business model. This publication takes some of the guesswork out of owning a consignment store.

37. INDOOR PLAY GYM

Obesity in children has become somewhat of an epidemic in the USA. More parents have become conscious of their children’s health, and are willing to spend money on opportunities to engage them in physical activity.

Indoor play gym’s cost between $10,00-$200,000+ to open, but there are a few things to consider before you launch this endeavor:

  • The number of children in your community between the ages of 1-12 years

  • Demographics and disposable income for your geographical location

  • Location and size of the physical space

  • How will your playground be unique from that of your competitors?

  • How large do you want your play structure to be?

  • Color-theme and design

  • Toys and activities

  • Brand and marketing

Successful entrepreneurs are able to recoup their investment in as little as 6-12 months and reports indicate an ROI of 70-100%. Whether you choose to launch your own brand or be affiliated with a franchise, this is an extremely lucrative opportunity to consider.

38. DAYCARE

A competitive and high-demand industry, while there is potential for significant earning, this is definitely not one of the most advantageous investments.

With options to run a daycare facility out of your home, you will minimize start-up costs  ($5000-$10,000+) but are limited to the number of children you can care for. 

Opening a daycare facility will equate to $100,000-$750,000 depending on scalability. This article provides an excellent overview of the costs and effort affiliated with opening a daycare facility.

Fashion Focused

People will always spend money on fashion. Keeping up with the latest styles and trends is consumerism at its finest. This 1.5 trillion dollar industry is not abating so why not consider investing in this enterprise? Offering diversity and the capacity to generate substantial capital there is enough business to go around. 

Insanely competitive, however, you need to conduct thorough brand research and be prepared to invest time and money into this endeavor. Listed below are the hottest sellers’ deserving consideration.

39. SUNGLASSES/EYEGLASSES

Predicted to grow by $40 billion dollars in the next 2-3 years, I would suggest giving serious thought to opening an eye wear establishment. With a reported profit margin of 10-40%, there is a significant opportunity to generate a healthy income stream from this proposition.

By adding an online option to your storefront, you increase your sales by connecting with more customers.  

This success story is both interesting and informative and gives a first-hand analysis of how to become prosperous. Open your own optical shop or opt to franchise, but plan to invest around $20,000-$85,000+ as reported within this publication.

40. HANDBAGS

You won’t need a large space, but you will need a location that is not only popular but in close proximity to women (and men) who have money and are fashion conscious. Selling high-end purses, luggage, and wallets can generate a substantial income if you play your cards right. 

Research, research, research. Understand your target market. By adding online options you increase your capital. Quality pieces generate a higher ROI so connect with established brands for resale. This informative article offers recommendations on how to initiate a profitable handbag/purse store.

41. SHOES & ACCESSORIES

Shoe stores are one of the most profitable consumer goods to sell. Generating a profit margin of around 40% this retail business idea offers a substantial return on your investment. Plan to spend $200,000+ to launch an independent facility, however, there are numerous franchise options available which you can learn about here.


Location and an understanding of your target market are key considerations. Determine your brand-will you opt for a mid-range price point or high-end fashion? If opening a shoe store is of interest to you, check out this article on how to begin.

42. JEWELRY

Jewelry is a versatile market, but one thing is guaranteed, people will always buy jewelry. The key is to develop your brand, create your niche, and understand the spending habits and styles of your target market. Consider the following:

  • What type of jewelry will you sell-costume, custom made, haute couture?
  • Who is your target market?
  • Where will you purchase your jewelry?
  • Will you offer additional services-ring sizing, stone cutting, etc?

Create a business plan and budget for an investment of $10,000-$250,000+. With options to sell jewelry out of your home or online the amount, you need for startup costs varies as considerably as the styles of jewelry available for resale. This article may be of assistance in breaking down cost analysis..

43. PLUS SIZE CLOTHING

TLC's 'My Big Fat Fabulous Life' has brought to the forefront of the importance of inclusion. The fashion industry has grabbed this bull by the horns, increasing its offerings of plus-sized clothing.

If you niche down and concentrate solely on this retail sector, you have identified your target market, which will allow you to 'fine-tune' your marketing strategy.

Options to open a storefront, digital asset, or a combination of both will dictate your initial startup costs. The opportunity to generate a substantial return on your investment is limitless. A word to the wise when marketing-don't call your products 'plus-size'. 

Size remains a touchy subject, and people prefer curvy, bodacious-anything, but PLUS. Check out this UK based article for additional information and suggestions that also apply to an American run establishment.

44. BIG & TALL MEN’S CLOTHING

If you are a ‘big guy’ the struggle is real when it comes to finding quality clothing that fits well. The need for big and tall men’s clothing in the USA is no joke.

This market caters to a specific client base so half the battle is won in determining your niche and marketing strategy. Stores offering this selection of clothing can also have an online option which will increase sales. 

Like any brick and mortar, the investment will be upwards of $200,000+. Here is a great article confirming the need for this industry. With an optimal location and a solid business plan you stand to earn a significant return on your investment.

45. THRIFT STORE

The most crucial factor when deciding to open a thrift store is whether to make it for or not for profit. While it is infinitely easier to get donations for nonprofit establishments, there is a ton of red tape and you are on the hook for donations. Profit thrift stores are easier to launch, but you may run into issues acquiring saleable goods. 

The reality is that it takes a tremendous amount of legwork and a decent investment to run a successful thrift store. If you make your thrift store an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) you not only save yourself a shite load of tax but don’t have the added stress of worrying about personal liability from your store. 

Obviously online thrift stores are cheaper to set up and maintain thereby increasing your profit margin substantially, but don't underestimate the attraction of a brick and mortar establishment. This article may help you make a more qualified decision. 

46. STREET WEAR

Estimated at 300 billion dollars, this retail business idea remains virtually untapped. Becoming increasingly popular with men and millennial's, there is the potential to generate an impressive return on your investment with street wear.  

Options include brick and mortar establishments requiring $100,000+ capital, online platforms with minimal startup costs, or a combination of the two. 

Because this trend is most popular with millennial's, you must utilize their favorite means of communication to market your wares. Think Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter-lots of pictures, and word of mouth will go a long way in generating a buzz and producing a steady stream of potential customers.  


If you plan to have an actual storefront, consider a location with a college or secondary school nearby. This publication reaffirms how lucrative this industry is becoming and why you should take advantage of this business venture.

74. ATHLEISUREWEAR

This retail business idea is more suited to online and social media platforms. Not saying that an actual brick and mortar store selling athleisurewear would not generate an income, but studies indicate this suggestion is more popular with online shoppers.

Reported to be worth $215 billion by 2022, the athleisurewear trend is taking the country by storm.

Popular and profitable, your best bet is to connect with influencer marketing. Social media-especially Instagram and Facebook Ads-will generate a steady stream of clientele

Minimal startup costs would include a dependable e-commerce site, capital to invest in paid advertising, and a comprehensive understanding of your target market. 

Connect with reputable companies or create your own line, but there is definitely money to be made with this venture. Check out this article on how to create a successful athleisurewear business.

48. WORK WEAR

This retail business idea will be most profitable if you again niche down. Consider the following:

  • Who is your target market?
  • Is there a demand for your product?
  • What is your competition selling?
  • Who will be your supplier?
  • Storefront-digital asset or a combination of the two?
  • How will you market your brand?
This insightful article may be of interest to you before you consider investing in thisbusiness model. 

49. COMPRESSION CLOTHING

Compression and posture improving clothing are rapidly gaining in popularity. This market has not been exploited, making now the perfect time to consider this retail business idea. 


No need to engage in medical proclamations. People use compression and posture improving clothing to reduce swelling and 'hurt.' It is common knowledge that it is only an aid, so market accordingly. 

Online options would be my suggestion, but you could open a store and combine the two. Understand your client base. Who are you catering to and how you advertise your products will go a long way in generating not only sales but your bottom line.  


It was challenging to find information on this subject so I encourage you to 'spy' on sites like Tommie Copper and Adrenalease to get an idea on price point and the best strategy to generate substantial profits with this undertaking.

Technology Devises And Accessories

The advancement of technology has provided a plethora of opportunities for the sale of goods and services in this industry. While there is the option to open a physical location, consider virtual opportunities such as drop shipping and affiliate marketing to generate a profit. I have listed some of the top contenders and currently trending options.

50. SMART DEVICE

Not only the wave of the future but a simplistic and cost-effective way for homeowners to manage their property with ease, smart devices are becoming part of the norm.

Elevated sales are not diminishing, making now the ideal time to engage in this profitable retail business idea. Read more about the most popular devices currently on the market in this publication

How you sell and determining your target market is imperative, but with proper planning and advertising-be it through PPC or banner ads, etc.-done correctly, you stand to capitalize on a minimal to no startup cost endeavor

51. DASHCAM

Everyone has seen crazy videos on YouTube and Facebook of cameras catching outrageous incidents on film. These handy little cameras are better known as Dash Cams.

Similar to the GoPro, DashCams are situated on a vehicle's dashboard. Their acclaim is skyrocketing, making a resale venture a profitable business opportunity

The industry is on the rise, which you can read more about here. Serious consideration should be given to either adding this item to your retail storefront or utilizing online methods to generate a healthy profit from sales.

52. POWERBANK

People not only love their devices, but most also depend on them for constant communication throughout the day. The issue with any device is power. Battery's die, and without a backup plan, could potentially leave someone stranded. Enter the power bank.

Power banks are mobile chargers that allow you to charge a device in advance to use later.  This market is climbing the ranks in quick succession and is estimated to be worth over 17 billion dollars by 2024


Ecommerce is your best bet for the topmost ROI. This article offers some fantastic strategies and suggestions on how to create and maintain a successful online business.

53. ACCESSORIES

The list of options is basically endless. From computers to ipads, android and cellphones, accessories are a limitless field of opportunity. The key factor in generating a solid profit margin is determining what you will sell. Market research and understanding your target market are key components. 

Because there are so many options, it is wise to narrow down your niche. With knock off or high-end quality merchandise available you will need to ascertain what your ultimate goal is-aside form making come killer coin obviously. This article focuses on cellphone accessories but provides some insight on how to best begin.

54. SMARTWATCHES

Everybody wants one! Smartwatches are insanely fashionable. If you don't have one you're considering it, making selling this item a brilliant suggestion.  People use their smartwatches for everything, from tracking steps to booking appointments and, of course, telling time. 

Online-specifically dropshipping- is the way to go. Boost your sales with blog posts, ads, social media platforms, virtually everywhere you can put yourself in the online space. 


There are so many styles and brands to choose from, as you can see here . The decision will be narrowing down your niche to streamline your clientele and your sales margin. There is money to be made, and you can check out this article to learn more.

55. WIRELESS HEADPHONES

Wireless headphones are not only uber convenient but are rapidly growing in popularity. Reported to grow to $15.8 billion by 2025 resale of wireless headphones is a suggestion to consider.

Bluetooth and WiFi are making these technological sensations more affordable and super easy to package and ship. 

The best course of action for the highest rate of return would be online. Dropshipping or Affiliate Marketing strategies would gel perfectly with this niche and minimize start-up costs. The crux will be your brand and marketing blueprint. Take a look at this post for more information.

56. ELECTRONICS

There are as many ways to sell as there are items accessible for sale. How and what you sell should be determined by a few considerations:

  • Who is your target market?

  • How do you plan to sell your products? Ecommerce-location-fulfillment-dropshipping?

  • Where will you purchase your wholesale items?
  • What is your projected profit margin? Determine how you will price your products accordingly.
  • Consider your sales channels-how will you market yourself and your products?

This extensive article offers some fantastic suggestions on not only where, why and how to sell electronics, but options for purchasing wholesale and other useful information.

For You And Your Home

Owning a home is an ongoing expenditure. There is always something needed to make a home or your life simpler. Be it products for daily use and convenience, or items to enhance the ambiance, people spend money on modern-day conveniences and luxury items.

Listed below are some of the top sellers and profitable retail business suggestions worthy of consideration.

57. VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Healthy living and physical well being are becoming increasingly important in today's society. It is no longer just die-hard fitness fanatics utilizing vitamins and supplements to enhance their overall health.

The elderly, individuals with physical ailments, and people looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle are turning to vitamins and supplements making this a lucrative business opportunity. There are several options if this suggestion appeals to you. 

Physical establishments will run about a $100,000-$200,000 investment, and there are also franchise options available. Online sales clearly have lower startup costs, but a good bet is to combine the two.

Vitamins and supplements generate around a 38% profit margin, but it always comes down to sales. Be careful not to overcharge if you want to create success and maintain a consistent client base.

58. BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES

People are becoming increasingly eco-friendly and environmentally aware. There has been a dramatic shift in mindset regarding plastic, waste, and everything green. Enter the bamboo toothbrush. A popular alternative to its plastic counterparts, bamboo is rapidly gaining searches in the ranks making now an ideal time to sell this product. 

Whether you choose to open a dental care store-bamboo shop or add this product to an existing establishment, there is money to be made in bamboo toothbrushes. 


Online options-specially Facebook Ads-will do wonders to promote sales and generate a steady stream of traffic to your website or storefront. How you package, price, and market your product will be deciding factors with regards to your profit margin.

59. REUSABLE BAGS

People are becoming increasingly socially conscious and are making changes to their lifestyle and the daily items they choose to use. This shift has created an increasing demand for reusable bags.

Whether you decide to add this product to an existing grocery store or home item based establishment, now would be an excellent time to stock up on this product. 

Online sales are on the rise, as demonstrated in this article  An e-commerce site or coupling of brick and mortar and online presence will surely generate cash flow. 

You could take this idea one step further and create and sell your own brand of reusable bags, which should equate to around a 30% ROI.

60. AIR SOFA BEDS

Air sofa beds aren't just convenient; they're super fun. Used for comfort while camping, lounging, extra sleeping space for overnight guests, the list is limitless, and people are buying with a steady incline in sales

This product could be implemented into your exiting camping, household items, or novelty store, launched online, or a merger of the two. You could also institute affiliate marketing or drop shipping to capitalize on this pursuit.

61. WATER REFILL STATION

Numerous concerns regarding the quality of tap water and its drinkability, many people have turned to water refill stations as a solution for their water consumption.

More cost-effective and environmentally conscious than plastic water bottles, there is an increasing demand for these retail businesses to service either residential, commercial, or a combination of the two. 

The market is competitive, so there are a few things worthy of consideration before committing to this suggestion:

  • Who will be your target market?

  • What will be your price point? Competitive enough to generate consistent clientele but still generate a healthy ROI.

  • Who will be your supplier? 

  • How will you test and market the quality of your water?

Here is a comprehensive guide to starting a water refill station. There will always be a demand for water. How you brand and market your business will be the catalyst in your overall success.

62. HOME SECURITY SYSTEM

Home burglary is at an all-time high. More and more homeowners are investing in their safety and installing home security devices. A broad-brush term applying to cameras, alarms, windows, and a host of other options.  You may need to consider 'old school' solutions to profit from this idea.


Door to door and cold calling are a sizeable element in generating sales for this industry. You do have the option to franchise, which you can check out here. An online presence will definitely assist you in producing a higher revenue. 


Social platforms are virtually useless here as there are stringent regulations around advertising. You can always try, but my bet would be on the website/ecommerce platform. The increased demand reflects that there is a need for home security.

63. BABY ADORNMENTS

The baby industry is a no brainer when it comes to determining your target market. The best retail business ideas typically have a definitive target market making the sale of anything and everything baby-related a smart decision. 

While the list is endless on items to sell related to infants and newborns, you would be better off dialing into one or two selections unless you intend to invest in a physical location. 

The flip side is the online, affiliate marketing, or drop shipping options. Here it is advisable to pick one or two features until you gain some traction online. This article offers a list of the top-selling baby products to consider for resale.

64. TRAVEL BAGS

The travel and tourism industry is a noteworthy market for sales. A lucrative business opportunity, dialing down on your exact niche (product item), should be considered when first starting in this commerce. Travel bags are proving to be a significant seller hitting all-time records in Google searches

Online volume is steadily increasing, making now an opportune time to add this to your existing inventory in a travel-based business or launching a website to connect with virtual shoppers. 

This article provides a list of the most popular travel bags along with pricing guidelines, but do your research and understand your target market to ensure the highest rate of return on your investment.

65. MIRRORLESS CAMERA

They're new-they're trendy, and that makes now a superb time to consider selling mirrorless cameras. Whether you choose to add this product to an existing camera store or develop and maintain a prosperous online business, there is currently money to be made with this product suggestion.

Providing the power of a DSLR without the 'bulk,' you want to cater to photographers and enthusiasts. You need to convince them that they cannot live without this product.

Google and Facebook Ads to generate publicity and potential sales should be strongly considered. There is a specific target market-get inside their head-determine what motivates them to buy and why they should buy from you.  An insanely competitive market, you will need to secure your brand and marketing techniques early in the game if you hope to finish on top. 

66. THROW PILLOWS & HOME DECOR

There is no denying that people love to decorate their homes. Cute accent pieces and unique items transform their abode from a house to a home. The call for stylish and one of a kind throw pillows has been steadily increasing, however, if you are considering owning an actual storefront, why not consider a home-related product business? 

With options to connect with franchises, own independently, or have an e-commerce site, there is definitely potential to carve out a nice profit margin for yourself. 

You will need to determine your target market and what items you purchase for resale. Are you catering to a high-end crowd or establishing a price point viable for all consumers? This article offers some tips about the market, which you may find useful. 

67. CRAFT SUPPLIES

The most important factor when considering selling craft supplies is diversity. Whether you own an exclusive craft store or opt for online sales tactics, your target market is after the most unique products and the fairest price point they can achieve. 


This article is a little out of date. It does, however, offer some solid suggestions on how to best capitalize on this venture without breaking the bank.

68. GIFT BASKETS

Gift baskets offer a tremendous amount of room for versatility both in product and price. An insanely competitive market, it is possible to become very successful with this business if you do your due diligence and research your target market.

The real money is in corporate accounts, but you may want to start with individuals and work your way up. 

You can commence with this idea from your home for under $3000. Determine what products you will use and where you will purchase wholesale for the best price. 100% mark up on inventory is more than acceptable as per this helpful publication


Keep in mind that floral shops offer a similar service, so your competition runs twofold. The worldwide web will have to be your best friend. The more influence you can establish for yourself, your brand, and your business, the more profit you will generate.

69. ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS

There is nothing like having fresh cut flowers to add a dramatic and natural flair to your home. The problem being that not only do flowers die, but they can become quite costly. Many homeowners opt for artificial variety to enhance their living space and save on funds. 

The key to being prosperous when selling artificial flowers is to choose options that best mimic the real deal. Silk flowers-albeit a little pricier than other options-look the nicest and are closest to the freshly cut variety.

You can add artificial flowers as a selling product for home decor stores, or launch online sales. Posting on social media platforms and places like Pinterest, where people are already looking for your product, will do wonders to increase your sales and your overall profit margin. 

Create a solid monetization strategy geared towards your target market and determine your wholesaler.  Maintaining a gross profit margin of 25% or higher is not only entirely doable, as demonstrated in this article, but completely realistic.

Entertainment And Good Times

When we think retail we automatically assume goods for sale. Not so fast. There is an entire market of profitable retail business suggestions based on services.

The entertainment industry offers a host of opportunities from aside from products such as rental options and services. Here are some of the number one investment options geared to high returns for your consideration.

70 CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINER

From character impersonations to clowns and face painters, the options for children entertainers are as numerous as the opportunities. The most significant sacrifice with this business suggestion is that the majority of your working hours will be conducted on weekends and evenings.

Birthday parties, corporate events, local carnivals, and fairs are all viable employment situations. There is minimal to no startup cost, but the bottom line to your success will be gaining clientele. A website and social media presence are vital and never underestimate the power of word of mouth referrals. 

Able to pocket the majority of your price, profit margins can be as high as 90%. Your price tag will depend on your service and the affluence of your customers. Check out this article for further information.

71. POP UP PHOTO BOOTH

Granted, this industry is becoming somewhat saturated. However, there is still the potential to generate a substantial profit if you play your cards right. The beautiful thing about this opportunity is that you can use it as a side hustle until you are really raking in the coin.

Your photo booth needs to offer the diversity that your competitors are not offering. Think theme-mirrors-3-D-there are a ton of new photo booth options you can check out here.

The initial investment is under $10 000, making this a low-cost start-up option. How you market and brand your business will be the crux of acquiring new and steady clientele. Connect with other service industry providers like DJs, wedding photographers, event planners and banquet halls. 

Consider offering 'corporate deal' scenarios until you build your reputation. Utilize online and social media to market your business and generate referrals. Here is an article worth reading if owning a photo booth business is of interest to you.

72. ‘BOUNCY’ STUFF

Requiring very little overhead-under $5000 starting a bouncy castle rental business can be an extremely lucrative investment. This industry is growing and expected to surpass $5 billion dollars this year. The majority of your expenditures will go toward purchase your inflatables. 

Check out this article to a head to toe summary of how to make this retail business successful. You are looking at an ROI of at least 30-40%. Research your ideal target market and promote your business accordingly and you will reap the rewards as reaffirmed by this publication. With franchise options also available the possibilities are endless. Keep in mind that franchises will require a more substantial investment, between $166,000 and $250,000.

73. PARTY RENTAL SUPPLIES

With the option to start from home or opt into a franchise the rental industry is on the rise. The key here is to determine what it is you plan to rent. Tents-dishware-linens-all of the above? Then nail down your niche. Here are a few suggestions of profitable markets to consider:

  • Wedding Rentals

  • Birthday Party Rentals

  • Corporate Functions

  • Public Events

This is not to say you cannot cater to every niche, but if you plan on launching this idea from home, it may be more advantageous to start small and build up.  offers some helpful tips on how to become successful. Plan on investing $5000-$15,000, however, there are also accessible  but will require significantly more capital. Here is a link to several franchise options to consider.

74. PORTA-POTTY RENTALS

When you’ve gotta go you’ve gotta go. Hence the capacity for a tremendous profit with this suggestion. Consider your options. You could rent upscale vestibules for weddings and corporate functions.

The average joe potty for trail runs, public events, and construction sites. Think about it. There are dozens of possibilities where a toilet is a non-negotiable item. There are franchise options available or you can go at it alone. 

Standard potties will run you between $700-$3000 to purchase, while ‘trailer-style models sell for around $950-$3000. You can rent out each unit for $200-$500+/month and up to $150+/day.  offers some useful information on how to start. This article offers some solid tips on how to launch this business idea.

75. VENDING MACHINES

With the ability to earn a 15-30% commission on sales, location is paramount for success with this venture. You need to optimize your locale-even better if there is no competition on site. This article provides an in-depth analysis of how to start and become profitable with vending machines.

76. PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS

Business owners in every market depend on promotional products at some level as a means of advertising. You can opt to own a promo shop catering to your local industries which would require around $100 000-could be less, but let's play it safe. The bulk of your investment will be inventory based.

You need to stock up on all kinds of cool things and purchase-or rent-the necessary equipment to cast individual logos. This article offers information on how to start a storefront promo product location.

The flip-side is to get your re-sellers license-connect with a wholesaler or franchise and launch an e-commerce website. Start-up costs would be infinitely lower with an online business, which you can learn more about here. The ROI in this industry is upwards of 40%, so it is worthy of consideration.

77. RECORD STORE

Just like corduroy slacks vinyl records have made a comeback. Despite advancements in technology, people are returning to records to round out their music collections. Approximately 25% of sales are profit and you are looking at an investment of around $100,000+ to open a brick and mortar establishment

The bulk of your investment will be geared toward product and many record store owners balance this out by liquidating their own collections. This article is a fantastic resource for anyone interested.

78. VAPE SHOP

Despite the ongoing controversy around vaping, this billion-dollar industry is reported to see a growth of 20% by 2025 making now the perfect time to consider this retail business opportunity. You can opt for a storefront location, franchise or online options. 


Each will have its own unique challenges and variance in startup costs. Determine your

target market, provide stellar customer service and if a location, create a ‘smoke friendly’ environment. 

Be mindful of government regulations which are very clear and can be reviewed here. There is money to be made in this growing sector as reported in this post

79. PRINT SHOP

This industry has the potential to be very lucrative if you hone in on your specific niche and provide a service they demand. Printing can be broken down into three main components:

  • Documents

  • Graphics and Publications

  • Commercial

This blog post is dated 2018 but offers some helpful suggestions that remain pertinent in 2020. This industry is fast-paced and often extremely stressful, You need to be able to handle crisis management well and offer exceptional customer service to secure retention. 

Initial investment costs range from $146,000-$400,000+ depending on the number of printers, type of equipment and business-related expenses. To establish and manage continued growth and profitability check out this article for more information.

Service Based Institutions

There is a multitude of opportunities for profitable retail businesses in the service sector. Offering assistance with home improvement, maintenance, and repair or wellness and self-care you can operate an establishment or mobile business to best capitalize on this profitable sector. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions worthy of consideration.

80. CAR WASH

If you own a vehicle, chances are high that you frequent the car wash on a reasonably consistent basis. Owning a car wash is like a fight or flight situation. There is definitely the potential for a significant profit, however, you must do your market research. 

To minimize startup costs, it would be an excellent plan to scout out existing car washes currently for sale before handing over a $700,000+ investment to building a new one. The other consideration is a self-wash bay or full service. Each has its pros and cons and will differentiate the overall profit margin.

 This article delves into specific details on how to start a car wash, further considerations, and some number crunching, which is incredibly helpful in ascertaining if this business suggestion is a viable option for your current situation.

81. AUTO REPAIR

There will always be a need for auto repair. As long as people have somewhere to go, they will need to ensure their vehicle receives regularly scheduled maintenance and any required repairs. It is easier to retain clients than find new customers, so it is paramount that you provide not only exceptional customer service but reliable work. 

Plan on investing at least $50,000+ to start your auto repair shop. This article gives a good overview of key suggestions on how to begin. 


Profit margins will vary depending on demographics,price points, the size of your establishment and any specialty services you offer-think high-end vehicle maintenance and repair. This publication offers some interesting tips on how to increase your profitability and earn a substantial income from this endeavor.

82. FITNESS BOUTIQUE

The fitness industry is a fast-paced, competitive, and trendy market with fads that change as quickly as Hollywood relationships. Fitness boutiques set themselves apart from box gym incumbents by offering high-end, specialized classes that cater to a decidedly definitive clientele.

Knowing how to diversify and stay one step ahead of what fitness gurus are looking for will be paramount to your success. This article is very interesting and sheds some light on this industry. 

Realistically you could spend between $0 and $1 million to open a fitness boutique-it will all come down to what it is you plan to offer. Check out this publication on considerations and how-to's for opening your own studio. 

This $30 billion industry is growing, and there is always room for a new player IF you have something to offer that is unique and caters to your identified target market. With an ROI of 5%-25%+, you can generate significant income.

83. PET GROOMING

Americans spent over $72 billion on their fur babies last year, making the pet grooming business an extremely lucrative suggestion. There are several options to consider with this business model. You can opt to operate a mobile service, an out-of your-home business, location, or franchise

Each module has its pros and cons, including start-up costs. Plan to invest between $1000-$50,000+. A highly lucrative industry with projected annual incomes reported to be upwards of $75,000. 

Be strategic with your marketing. Connect with local veterinarians, kennels, doggie daycare's, etc. and advertise your brand to stay ahead of your competition.This article offers some helpful advice on how to start a pet grooming company.

84. LAUNDROMAT

With an annual gross income estimated between $30,000 and $1 million from one location, there is potential for a significant return on your investment. Location is key. Areas with student housing, low-income, or overly populated areas are prime targets for successful laundromats. 

With flexibility, scalability, and an easy to manage cash flow, this is an extremely profitable retail business to consider. Plan to invest between $200,000-$500,000+


There are options to buy and remodel an existing laundromat, build new, or opt into franchise ventures. This article is an excellent resource for anyone considering the opportunity to own a relatively passive income based business.

85. DRY CLEANERS

Rumored to be a dying industry, the reality is that there is profitability in dry cleaning. Dry cleaners serving an active client base are incredibly profitable, but the onus will be on you to make that a reality.

The key is to cater to your clients' needs. Millennial's are your most significant target market, so consider offering services in addition to dry cleaning, which will appeal to their 'less than ambitious nature'. 

Move with the times and stay one step ahead of market trends. If you are strategic with your marketing and organized in your execution you will generate a healthy ROI.

Plan to invest between $20,000-$500,000+-more if you opt for franchise ownership or are building from the ground up. This publication offers insightful strategies on how to launch a dry cleaning business.

86. BOOKKEEPER

The accounting industry is a top contender in terms of profit margin. With an estimated ROI of 18%+, there are several methodologies to consider concerning this high demand service. A particular location will obviously require a  higher investment-anywhere from $50,000-$500,000+. However, there is the option to run your business from your home or online for little to no startup costs and minimal overhead.

As long as business owners and individuals require someone to balance their books and complete their taxes, there will be a need for your services.  offers some suggestions on how to open a bookkeeping business. This article provides valuable suggestions on how to start your own bookkeeping business.

87. HANDY-PERSON

If you have a skill set that includes home maintenance and repairs for interior and exterior jobs, considering owning a handy-person business may be a highly profitable endeavor. With minimal initial investment required (under $2000) your biggest challenge will be gaining clientele and building your reputation. Consider the following:

  • Who will be your target market?

  • Is there a demand for your services?

  • How will you market your brand and set yourself apart from your competition?

  • What will your price structure look like-hourly/by the job?

Profit margins will be enmeshed with how busy you are and the type of jobs you complete. You will need to create a website and social media following and be prepared to advertise accordingly to generate a steady stream of clientele.  

Expect to generate a profit margin of 10%-15%+This article helps outline how to plan and execute starting your own handy-person company.

88. LAWN CARE/LANDSCAPING

To be a success in this industry, the ideal profit margin is around 40%. There are numerous facets to the landscaping business, and you should consider a few critical scenarios before investing:

  • Who will be your target market? Residential-Commercial-or a combination of the two?

  • What specific services will you offer-only lawn cuts-landscape installation-garden maintenance-or the whole package?

  • Is there a demand for your services?

  • How competitive is the market in our area?

  • How will you market your brand and connect with potential clients?

Mowing and maintenance are the fastest-growing elements of this $61 billion a year commerce, but you need to do your research and create a solid business plan to generate success and a healthy ROI. This article offers helpful suggestions on how to start your business.

89. HOUSE CLEANING

Life is hectic, and many homeowners do not have the time or inclination to dedicate hours of their week to house cleaning. The residential cleaning industry is much easier to break into than commercial cleaning and can be done for little to no start-up costs ($1000-$2000+). When first starting out, consider doing the cleaning yourself or only hire a couple of people to help. 

A  competitive industry, you will need to market yourself and create an online and social media presence to best capitalize on potential customers. By offering a specialized trademark-think folded toilet paper, making beds, baseboards, whatever, set yourself apart from your competitors. 

Prices and profit margins will fluctuate based on the economics of your area. Consider customer loyalty programs, flat rates, or referral incentives to retain clients and connect with new customers. Read this article for more insight on how to start a successful house cleaning business.

90. WINDOW CLEANER

With recurring revenue and low overhead costs, there is potential to generate significant profits, but you need to be able to weather the storm. A competitive industry, it is paramount that you do your research, price fairly, and offer additional services your competition is not currently providing. This article includes helpful suggestions on how to launch a prosperous window cleaning company.

You are a window cleaning technician! This business opportunity is not the lowest in terms of start up costs-sitting in the middle with a projected investment of around $10, 000+.

Until you establish yourself, consider running this as a part-time job or side hustle out of your home, which will lower overhead costs significantly. There are a few options to consider before investing in this suggestion:

  • Who will be your target market? Commercial-Residential or a combination of the two?
  • Is there sufficient demand in your area? An influx of seniors-homeowners with a disposable income-business owners requiring your service?
  • How will you market your brand and outshine your competition?

Your profit margin will depend on the rate you charge and whether you opt for residential or commercial cleaning. There is potential to generate a steady income if you are prepared to do the legwork required to achieve it.

91. GUTTER CLEANER

Cleaning gutters is not the definition of a good time for the majority of homeowners. Not only is it dangerous, but it's kind of a pain in the ass. Hence, many-especially seniors-opt to outsource this arduous yet necessary task. 

The need continues to grow. Reports advise that the industry has risen 5% in the last year, making now an excellent time to get in on the action. 

This is a low-cost start-up suggestion that you can commence part-time from out of your home until you begin to generate a steady client base. With start-up costs between $2000-$6000 depending on the system chosen, it would be easy to recoup your initial investment with the current rates of $75-$250/home. 

This article offers some insight on how to begin this business idea if you feel the potential income outweighs the 'potential danger'. 

92. PAINTER

Owning a painting company may be one of the most profitable retail businesses to start. With a minimal investment ($1000ish) and little overhead, you can generate a profit margin of 20%-30%+ with this endeavor. Check out this post on how to increase that profit margin and scale your business. 

The key will be understanding your target market and branding your business effectively. This article offers stellar suggestions on how to successfully open and operate a painting business.

93. CARPET CLEANING

A challenging industry to gain traction in, you will need to conduct thorough market research and ascertain your target market before diving into this business model. Start-up costs range between $50,000-$80,000+, depending on the size of your corporation. There are franchise options that you can check out here but expect to additional front capital for this option. 

Despite being a competitive trade, if you market your business, provide excellent service, and solidify repeat customers, you can expect to net between 10%-50%+ pre-tax profit. Here are some exemplary tips on how to start a successful enterprise.

94. HOME INSPECTION

The real estate market is booming. Sure there are highs and lows, but generally speaking, there will always be people planning to purchase a home.

With the 'buyer beware' mentality, the demand for home inspections is projected to increase by 7%-10% by 2026. Start-up costs will vary depending on your vision. Will you be a one-person operation or employ a team of trained professionals? 

At a minimum, you should plan to invest between $10,000-$30,000+ to meet all licensing and government regulation costs. Profit will vary depending on your geographical location, how busy you are, and your rate per hour.  outlines how to launch a home inspection business and considerations before you invest. Check out this informative article on tips how to get started with your home inspection business.

Online And Virtual Ventures

When you stop to consider that even ten years ago, there was no market for computer and virtual jobs, it is mildly awe-inspiring. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, and in its wake, is leaving a magnitude of profitable retail business ideas

The demand for these service-based positions will only increase as more people and business owners opt for online and virtual solutions to daily issues making this the ideal time to carve out a niche for yourself. Here a few top considerations that are currently generating significant profit margins.

95. IT SUPPORT

A highly profitable business venture, there is an increasing demand for Technical Support businesses. Should you choose to operate a one-person show, own a storefront business or connect with a franchise.

Individuals and businesses alike depend on IT support for a variety of roles, including installation, ongoing maintenance and repair, system networking, auditing and troubleshooting.  Plan to invest $12,000-$30,000+-more if you opt for the franchise option. 

Determine what and who your ideal clientele is and market accordingly. IT support generates an income of $100-$160+/hour, with minimal overhead paving the way for significant net profit. Check out this publication for more information on how to establish yourself in this industry.

96. CONSULTING

The consulting industry is currently valued at $100 billion and expected to grow about 80% in the next five years making now the time to start your own consulting firm. The sky's the limit with regards to what you can consult as long as you are the expert and can offer concrete advice and an actionable plan to resolve the issue. 

Focus on a particular field and provide a service that addresses their pain point. Here is a list of the most popular niches with a steady demand for consulting services. With the opportunity to offer your assistance online or in person, your particular style will dictate the amount of capital you need to invest. 

As per this publication, there is potential for a profit margin between 15%-80%+. This number is dependent on your particular field and level of experience. Take a read through this informative article for more suggestions on how to launch a consulting business.

97. DIGITAL MARKETING COMPANY

Throughout this post, I have repeatedly stressed the importance of marketing your business venture to achieve optimum success. Most business owners stick to what they know best, and that is their business. Either they do not have the time or the knowledge or a combination of the two. 

More business owners than ever before are taking advantage of this resource and capitalizing on others' skills to market their business. Enter you the digital marketer extraordinaire. This article offers a step by step outline on how to begin a digital marketing company from the ground up for minimal to no start-up costs. 

Net profits are estimated to be between 15%-30%+ and have the capacity to generate consistent and robust cash flows if you know what you are doing and can achieve results for your clients better than those offered by your competition. This idea has the potential to be a cash cow, but it is becoming increasingly popular, so if you are interested, I would plan on starting now.

98. VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

The potential for revenue is prodigious as more business owners turn to VAs to complete tasks that were typically performed by employees. The demand for VAs is on the rise and is estimated to see a compound annual growth rate of 26.29%, reaching over $12 billion by 2024.

Proficient VAs can charge up to $100/hour, but the average rate of pay is either by the task ($3 for 10min) or $20-$60/per hour. Therefore, your ROI will be dictated by the number of paying clients and hours you are employed.

You need to be the best as you are competing with much lower paid offshore VAs. Determine your specific niche and target market. What will be your area of specialty? This article is an excellent read for those interested in launching this low to no-cost start-up venture.

99. COPYWRITING

Copywriting is a multi-million dollar industry with the ability to connect with clients from all over the world. Should you choose to engage in online business, your initial expenses will be minimal-equivalent to the cost of your computer and high-speed internet. Brick and mortar establishments with a team of writers will cost around $100, 000+ to establish. 

Content is becoming paramount for business owners to not only generate continuous exposure to new clientele but to retain a competitive edge and create influence and authority in their field. 

Copywriters charge by the project or by the word. The more specialized or difficult the project, the higher the rate. .5-$2/word or $500-$3000/job. The demand for copywriters is on the rise-an estimated growth of 8%+. This article outlines details on commencing with this business model if interested.

100. WEB DESIGN

With a projected growth rate of 5% for 2020, there continues to be a need for web design. With online or location options, your investment will vary, but to achieve success, one thing is for sure, you need to know what you are doing.

An increasingly competitive market, this article lends some vital elements to creating and maintaining a profitable web design business. 

Typically paid per project, websites can range from several hundred dollars to upwards of $30,000. The more detailed, complex, algorithm focused, the more valuable the service provided. Here is an interesting publication with suggestions on alternate billing strategies. Web designers earn an estimated gross profit margin of around 70%

101. GRAPHIC DESIGN

There are options to work from home, freelance, or offer online logos and graphic design, but you should plan to invest between $2000-$10,000. With an average profit margin of around 20% and a projected growth of approximately 3% in the next 5-10 years, competition is getting increasingly fierce. 

There is room for fresh blood, but be prepared to work hard and market yourself strategically to gain traction and retain clients. Here is an article on how you can start a graphic design firm if you are talented, and this business idea appeals to your artistic persona.

102. SEO/SEM/CRM

The magician behind the scenes, your role is to generate online leads for business owners utilizing a high ranking and fully optimize website. With options for paid advertising, the goal is the highest conversion for the least amount of 'clicks.'

Pricing is contingent on experience and target market. This article is geared to business owners but offers some solid advice on how to reasonably price your services.  With an estimated profit margin of 18% you can lower your investment costs by providing online and in-home services as opposed to an actual location.

103. SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

By creating an actionable, results-driven campaign for business owners, it is possible to launch your social media manager business from home or online for little to no startup costs. Should you intend to establish a full-scale agency, plan on investing around $20,000-$100,000. 

Your clientele will expect results, so to edge out your competitors, you need to create a strong presence online and on social media-THE expert in your field. This article provides a breakdown of how to begin this lucrative opportunity. 

With projected profit margins of 17%-35%+, there has been a surge of growth in this industry (36% between 2013-2019), making now an ideal time to invest in this business venture.

Lead Generation

Every business owner needs and wants leads. More leads equate to the potential for more business and a higher ROI. Business owners are willing to pay for quality leads. This is the rationale behind the semi-passive and extremely lucrative business of lead generation. 

By far, the best option, in my opinion, to not only achieve a substantial return on your investment but construct a lifestyle of freedom. No more 9-5, no more working your ass off for someone else's bottom line. For all interested in this business model, you can learn more by clicking the link below.

As market trends shift, the landscape of possibilities continues to perpetuate new and innovative methodologies. The opportunities are endless, and the ones listed in this post are just the beginning. If you have an idea for a profitable retail business to start, please do not hesitate to leave it in the comments.

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