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One Person Business Ideas For Aspiring Founders

Looking to get your feet wet with your own business?

There are tons of things you can do all by yourself– without the help of a college professor, coach, or business partner. These tried-and-true one person business ideas are perfect for aspiring founders looking to drop the 9-5 and try something new.

There’s hope for the world’s want-rapreneurs. Here are some time-tested one person business ideas:

Dog Businesses Such as Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

Pet sitting is a great business model for those that already have a love for animals. While people are away on vacation or at work, you can take care of their pets, either in your home, theirs, or at a separate facility. Get your pet CPR and first aid certification so that people know you’re trustworthy. It won’t hurt if you have a few healthy animals of your own to show off. Begin by taking care of friends and family’s pets. Usually dog walkers charge about $20 per hour, but that depends on location. Check out websites like and DogVacay to find jobs.

Requires: a love for animals, a safe and large space or the ability to travel, potentially pet sitting certifications

Residential Cleaning Services

Cleaning people’s homes is a lucrative business! Many are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars (depending on the size of their space) for a house that’s spic-and-span. It’s hard work, but doesn’t cost much to start. As you grow and take on more clients, you can begin to hire people you trust to help, expanding your operation. You’ll need an arsenal of cleaning products and the world’s best vacuum, but you won’t need an office space.

Requires: a really decent vacuum, a mode of transportation to get you to client homes

eBay, Scrap Metal, or Craiglist Selling

What if there was someone in your neighborhood willing to take all your old clothes, furniture, and other junky stuff? We might not pay them to take it off our hands, but we’d be more than happy to unload it. If you start a business that cleans up after yard sales and sells it on eBay or Craigslist, you can make a decent living.

Requires: a large-sized vehicle to move stuff around, the internet

Health and/or Beauty Experts

There’s a wide array of business options for those that love health and beauty. From wellness coaches to spray tan artists, to massage therapists and makeup artists, there’s plenty to do. You just need a little know-how, some certifications, and a client-base. Before you dive head first into an idea, read some books to see what interests you.

Requires: Certifications, depending on what you want to go for

Food Trucks

Food trucks have taken large American cities by storm. Many drive around selling things like fancy grilled cheese, Vietnamese sandwiches, and even creative takes on ice cream. If you have a crazy idea for a food that everyone loves, a food truck is a great way to go. You might have to hire staff if things get cooking, but you can start out with just ‘lil old you.

Requires: A great food idea, a truck (usually costs about $50,000)

Gluten-free and Allergy-Proof Food Products and Restaurants

Many people are discovering an allergy to gluten, so many restauraunts and supermarkets have begun carrying gluten-free and other allergy-proof items. Jump on the trend and create a gluten-free dessert that makes everyone smile.

Requires: Cooking skills, an interest in food

Home Care Services

Elderly people are often cared for in their own home by an expert, who is usually known as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Provider. Offering home care services is a good business venture for someone who has a kind heart, a lot of compassion, and a calming demeanor. Depending on where you live, you will need to complete a short program to become eligible.

Requires: Nursing certifications depending on state

Ecommerce Shops (Yep, Your Very Own T-Shirt Shop!)

It’s really easy to start an ecommerce shop these days. You don’t even need to be able to code a website. You can sell t-shirts, knicks-and-knacks, jewelry, or any other item using Shopify or Storenvy. You can even begin selling your wares on Etsy.

Requires: Ability to print t-shirts or create other items

College Counselor

It’s a fight to get into college, so why not help high school students make the decision that’s right for them? Partner with local schools, offer your services to parents, and help get students into the college of their dreams. You can help students pick out a list of schools, write college essays, and eas

Requires: A college degree, some knowledge of college applications, writing and editing abilities

Niche One Person Business Ideas

Some of the most lucrative businesses are oddball, niche businesses you’d never even think of. When you’re out and about, notice the small details and see if you can figure out who sells them. Here are a few crazy niche businesses that are run by one person: selling mannequins, repairing dolls, selling goggles for pets, chicken rentals (yes, that’s really a thing), personal jellyfish tanks, and parking lot striping.

Requires: Creativity, an ability to see a need in an unexpected place

You’re One Great Person, So Start a Business!

Your Turn: Do you have any ideas for a one person business? Please share with us!

  • Michael LaRocca

    Proofreading and editing, which is something all the above solopreneurs should be outsourcing. (I might be biased…)

    • Emma Siemasko

      So true, Michael! As the person who wrote this blog post, I’m biased too. An editorial shop that includes writing, proofreading, and editing is highly valued, especially when large brands and small businesses alike are looking to get a leg up online.