Most people think that there’s only money to be made in big cities. After all, this is why New York City is so populous. However, with more people comes more competition, which is harder for the small home based business. If you live in a small town, you can take advantage of the closeness and community it has to offer. Here are a few simple business ideas that are great for starting in a small town.
1. Farmer’s market. This is at the top of the list because it may be the easiest way to start a home based business when you’re living in a small town. Small towns have very few stores and if they do they’re usually quite far from the town, itself. I remember living in a small town in Pennsylvania that had only one or two retail stores in the thirty mile radius. This is where the home business comes in. Whether you produce locally grown foods, hand make items or want to sell used wares, small towns are very profitable because you lose a lot of competition.
2. Home services. In a small town, there may only be one mechanic or one repairman. He may not even live within the town. When I moved from a big city to a small town in Pennsylvania, my family tried hard to find a locksmith. If you’re skilled in an area, you can easily provide your services to the community where there may be few servicemen.
3. Lessons. Everyone wants to learn something new. The problem private teachers have in big cities is the amount of resources available to students. Well resourced libraries, heavily funded schools and flourishing recreation centers can make them useless in a big city. However, small towns don’t always have access to these resources. A child who wants to learn how to play piano may not have a recreation center in his town and his school may not have the resources to fund a program. Parents in small towns, often, have to rely on private lessons to support their children’s education.
4. Landscaping and lawn care. This is a unique one because most people don’t think of this. Big cities are known for housing developments and large communities. These communities often have corporate landscaping companies that do this work for them. There is no room for the small landscaper to compete. However, in a small town, everyone normally owns their own home and large housing communities and associations don’t exist. As a result, everyone has to be responsible for their own lawns. This makes the small landscaper more easily able to offer their services to individual homes rather than compete with large companies in big cities.
5. Catering. Most people who want to start a catering business will often have to compete with large grocery stores that offer these services. In small towns, caterers are often needed. There is much more community in a small town that allows for more frequent events. There may not be large stores or catering services near by to help with these services.