Updated: 21st February 2019
I know you are tired looking for the most profitable business ideas in India. Don’t worry, in this post, I have compiled a list of 35 trending business ideas with (high scope in the near future) you can start today.
Innovation and Execution, along with Strategy, plays a very important role in deciding how your business will go in the future. I do not prefer Strategy if your Execution power is not up to the mark. If you do not have such power, then how will you be able to implement strategies in your company.
I can give 100’s and 1000’s of ideas on the spot. But nothing is gonna happen if you do not implement those.
Right now I’m focussing much on my business, on my company rather than implementing these ideas. I don’t have enough time to start a business based on this. So I felt sharing with you all so that you can be benefitted from these.
Don’t Care a Damn of Others…
You will come across a lot of people who will try to interfere with your work. They will say, “It is not right to start a Business. It’s very risky”. This is a common saying by most of your relatives, your friends and even your parents.
Just let them say this. When they will see you in future achieving success, they will be very proud of you.
One thing to tell: You will require at least 1 year to earn some good money. This is a very short period of time compared to your all degrees and schooling life, which actually intended for you to be successful in the future. But this is not so. Seeing the conditions of Jobs in India, you will definitely regret.
Now many people say that starting a business requires a lot of money. Well, that’s not so. You can start any type of business without spending any money. There are many examples in front of you, like that of Amazon, Flipkart, Subway, etc.
Now if you have developed a mindset, and have the courage to start, then here are 100 creative and small business ideas which you can start today with little or no money.
1. Application Development
Do you know how much Application Developer makes? Lakhs of Rupees!! Yes, I’m serious. The apps have a lot of potential for getting viral. I have seen a lot of people starting building their apps and earning a substantial income. MX Player, just like this only, got viral.
Initially, you have to spend around Rs 2000 to publish your app on Google Play Store, if you want to. You can earn on an application through Google Adsense, this is the major source of income on any app. You have to remember one thing, provide the best possible value to your users. This way you will h an authority and reputation in the industry. There are a lot of videos present out there on YouTube, which will help you make your first application, publish it on Play Store and market it.
2. Logo Designer
There are a lot of companies and websites which are looking forward to hiring someone who can design a logo for them. If you are passionate about designing and creating different visuals, then why not start to cash checks from your talent. You can get many clients, from India as well as from other countries. But I recommend you to provide services to people from other countries for the higher pay.
There are many freelancing websites where you can find your clients. Some of these are:
…and much more. I have also worked as a logo designer on Freelancer.com and earned a few hundred bucks a month. If you are interested in this type of online work but you are not having skills to do it, then I recommend you is to first read some courses online out there on logo designing.
3. SEO Service Provider
If you are a professional at Search Engine Optimization and you have worked a lot of years building websites and optimizing them for the search engine, then you can do is that provide SEO services to other companies having websites. On Freelancing websites, you can find a lot of potential customers.
You can charge them modest fees depending on the type of site they have. (E-Commerce or Blogging website).
4. Infographics Marketing
Infographic making is one part and marketing is different. People find it very difficult to market their Infographics and posters to people so that they link to them and get loads of traffic. If you are an expert in marketing and you have the ability to do successful outreach through E-Mail, through LinkedIn or any other social media platform, then I would recommend just give it a shot.
My friend, Aditya, did a successful outreach of a highly established website, which earned a good number of backlinks for them and he got Rs 7000 in hand. By just marketing one Infographic, he got this much money. That’s amazing.
5. Yoga Classes
If you are fond of proper health and want other people to follow your guidance, and make money out of your hobby, then organizing Yoga Classes every weekend can make you a substantial income. In my city, when I go to parks in the morning, I see a lot of mentors and their students doing Yoga. You can also start with this. I once asked them what they charge per person every month. He said that they charge Rs 5000 per person!!
I was very surprised when I listened that they were charging such a hefty amount and people were ready to pay. I recommend you to start it as soon as possible. Initially, keep less amount and after some months you can charge more.
Bonus: Along with this work, you can also start teaching Yoga on YouTube too. Once your videos get enough views and subscribers, you start to monetize your channel with Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates.
6. Buy and Sell on OLX
It’s simply buying and selling of products. You just have to sell your old products which are now unusable. On OLX you are able to connect directly with your buyer and sell your products simply. I have sold a lot of things on OLX to other people.
Now the question comes that how you are going to make a business out of OLX?
Now follow my way. First, you will have to check out the products on OLX which are being sold at a reasonable price. Then confirm with the dealer about the final price and tell him that you will call after some time.
Now, publish a similar ad on OLX with the modified description about the same product for a higher price (don’t increase the price too much).
Now you have to wait for the customers messaging you to roll in and buy your product. Once your buyer is confirmed, then call the original seller of the product that I would like to buy this. And now sell this product to your customer with the higher price you had set up previously. The amount between buying and selling the product will be your profit.
Say, I saw a laptop which was worth Rs32000 being sold on OLX. I contact the dealer and confirm it. Now I publish an ad of the laptop on my OLX account for the price of Rs37000 and I sell it. My profit will be Rs5000 in short.
7. Become a City Guide & Make Huge Profits
It’s been a long time you are living in a particular city or you visit that city very often, then you can set up a foundation for this too. This will be a company which will provide guided city tours and other information about the city. This requires some moderate amount to set up. And if you are looking at this business as a side income purpose, then you can do this individually too, but it will require more power and time.
You can start this with your friends or your other partners and turn it ultimately to a great business earning you loads of money. You can refer to Vivek Bindra’s YouTube channel for setting up your business.
8. Open Photography Services
This might be an unusual thing to see in a country like India, but in reality, this is very common in other countries. If you visit a country like the United Kingdom or the US, you will see a lot of photographers in open parks and gardens where many people visit every day. They pay these photographers to click and develop their photographs.
In India, this will earn you even much more. People will definitely like to get their photos clicked and show it to others. You can charge anywhere between Rs 50 and Rs 100 per photograph depending upon the place. In many hill stations in India, you will see this trend to continue.
Two years ago, I went to Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh where I saw a lot of people getting their photos clicked. Here is the photo of my son we got clicked from those photographers:
9. Sell Handi-Crafts
This idea is for all those who are engaged in craft and artwork. You can sell any type of handicrafts made by you, like showpieces, baskets, trays, and much more. Many people have the interest to keep handmade crafts in their house as they make their houses more beautiful.
There are many online marketplaces in India where you can sell your handmade products. Some of these are:
- The Indian Craft House
This is my most favorite and my main source of earning right now which is keeping me alive on this planet. Blogging is an established online business. I started with my first blog back in September 2017, when I did not know anything about blogging.
And the website which I started was an absolute failure. I did not work on it anymore. Then for around 9 months I just learned about blogging, all about SEO stuff, Affiliate Marketing, Google Algorithms, and much more.
And on 17 May 2018, I started with my website Milyin.com, which is going well according to me and is making me earn a few hundred bucks a month because I did it the right way.
Now mentioning TaskDream, I started this personal finance blog in September 2018 and felt that I should let it grow organically when Google will trust me. I’m bringing no traffic from Milyin.
Now I want you to start with blogging. I know it takes time, just like any other business to establish, but it open doors for you to make passive income online.
I just focussed on improving my capabilities to write the best article present out there and still, I’m working on it. I do not call myself a perfectionist in this criteria because I’m still learning.
Follow this Guide step-by-step on CashOverFlow to get started with your Blogging Business in Under 60 minutes.
11. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is the constituent part of blogging for me. But in general,
When you refer someone products of other individuals or companies and they buy it from your recommendation, you earn some commission. This is Affiliate Marketing.
Affiliate Marketing is just like running a retail shop. You buy a product from your supplier and sell them further to the consumers. You earn some commission. It’s that simple.
If you are starting a blog and you are looking for a way to monetize it, then Affiliate Marketing is the best way you can earn money. But I would not recommend you to start with Affiliate Marketing before 6 months of a blog. Once it starts getting enough traffic, you can easily sell their products.
NOW the question comes, which products you are going to sell?
In India, Amazon and Flipkart Affiliate are best affiliate programs which can make you sell products even online. My biggest source of earning is Affiliate Marketing.
Best Affiliate Networks present out there are:
- Amazon Affiliate
- Flipkart (only for India)
Here is my earning of TaskDream for last 30 days. I know it is less, but in the starting days of a website like that of TaskDream, it will take at least 8 months to earn a good income above Rs 100000 a month. My target is $1000 for 50000 pageviews a month.
I recommend you to read Neil Patel’s Affiliate Marketing Guide.
12. Domain Flipping
Many people around the world are making their full-time income by just selling the domain names which they bought. You buy a domain and keep it with you for some time and then list it out for sale on various site, someone purchases it from you and you get the money.
Pardeep Goyal, from CashOverFlow, bought a domain and sold it for freaking $15,000. I was really very surprised when I listened to this. The price of the domain depends upon the history of the domain, it’s age and of course the name of the domain. I cannot guarantee that you will get a definite amount every month you sell, but one thing you can do is buy a domain from another person. If he is selling it for very less price, say $1500, then buy it.
You after purchasing the domain, list it for $4000, if someone purchases it, you get a direct profit of $2500.
Some of the best websites where you can sell your domains are:
- GoDaddy Domain Listing
13. Website Flipping
You have bought a domain, built a website on it and you have written a good number of quality articles there, and you get good traffic each month, then I would recommend you to sell that entire website. If I’m getting 30000 visitors and earn $1000 each month from it, then I would sell the website for at least $30000.
This will be a very good deal if you do it the right way. You can mention your websites on the same sites which I told you in the section above.
14. Stock Photos
If you want a business idea for a beginner like you, then what can be better than selling photos clicked by you. I have not sold any photograph yet, but this idea is good to be mentioned for all those who have a decent camera (the mobile camera will work), have basic photography skills and surely has the courage to start.
Some of the best sites where you can sell your photos are:
…much more are present there.
15. Event Blogging
There are a lot of opportunities waiting for you in this online world. Event Blogging is the one. Can you guess how many festivals are celebrated all over India, all over the world each year? Even I cannot guess.
When you start a blog only for a particular topic, like that of a festival, an event or anything else, which lasts for a very short period of time, then we can say that you are doing Event Blogging.
The earning potential in Event Blogging is endless. You can start a blog on any upcoming event you want. Also, the competition in these types of blogs is very less. But one thing you have to do is that start a blog 3-4 months prior to the event.
This increases your chance of ranking on Google. My friend, last year, started an Event Blog on Independence Day in the month of May, 3 months prior to the event, and he got good rankings in Google. And on the day of the event, the earned freaking $4000 from Google Adsense only.
You can look for an upcoming event now and start a blog for it.
16. Home Tutions
This business is most likely to be started by many beginners. This business is simple to do and does not require any special arrangement. You can start teaching children (up to the class for which you are comfortable) by going to their home in the evenings and earn money.
If you attend even 5 Tutions every month and take at least Rs 5000 per student, you will be easily earning Rs 25000. That’s a good amount for starting.
Bonus: As I told you before, you can start with a YouTube channel. If you work consistently on the channel by uploading videos, then you can grab even more money.
If you are looking for a way which can make you passive income for the years to come, then I would definitely recommend you to start creating your own E-Books and publish it on different sites. In my case, if I publish an E-Book on Amazon then my target is to sell at least 3 E-Books in the first month.
This marks a great starting. You can publish and sell any type of book you want It’s absolutely free to publish an E-Book. If I was to sell one, then I would sell it on Amazon and E-Bay both. These are great websites with a huge market trust.
18. Make Posters and Cards for Other Companies
If you have a good link with other good and reputable companies, then outreach them by asking if they want to have their posters and cards to be made.
One more thing you can do is that publish your ads everywhere in the city if you plan to do it at the local level. And if you want to do it online, then you can start on Freelancing sites like that of Freelancer, UpWork and much more. You just have to build a good profile there. Punctuality + Quality will pay you off.
You can design various visuals and small address cards for them. If you are a beginner in this criterion of designing, then I would recommend you to first learn everything in a course for better output and higher pay.
There are a lot of courses present online with a very nominal amount and everything explained with understanding and in detail. You can also watch videos on YouTube which explain to you the same thing.
19. Visa Agent
This type of business idea is for those people who have a very good knowledge of other country’s political system in terms of Visa applications for Indians.
This business can be turned into a very profitable one. But, nowadays I see many agents are just fake and are stealing the money of people who come to them for applying for the Visa. If you want to be successful in this type of business, you need to be legit.
And if you promise your applicants that you will apply Visa for them, then you should not regret it. First, you need to have a landing page.
Then you have to attract people to the page who want to apply for the Visa of a particular country. You have to provide them the best value. Earning potential in this type of business is maximum.
20. Fruit Juice Kiosk
Who does not want to splash their thirst in hot splintering summers? There are many people who are looking for these types of Kiosks on a hot summer day. But this type of business is seasonal. You will dip your sales in winters but in summers, your sale will be 100 times more than that of winters.
For starting this type of business, you have to first take permission from the local authority of a crowded place in your city to put up your Fruit Juice Kiosk. If you get the permission, then don’t wait for anyone else to occupy that.
You have to set up an attractive Fruit Juice corner which intends to attract a lot of people to buy from you. I recommend you do not keep the prices of your Juices less. If you go to a crowded place, the most attractive stall will have the most expensive products compared to others.
I live in the city of Chandigarh. When I visited the Sector-17 market, I saw an attractive ice-cream corner set up. It was selling the most expensive Ice-Creams there with most customers.
Also, I recommend you to have a variety of fruit juices.
21. Arrange trips for Other Institutes
Organizing trips for educational and other institutes can be the best way by which you can make money easily. But you will require a spending amount of Rs 20,000 initially.
You can approach different institutes in your city and ask them if they want to take their students on a trip to a different place, out of the city. You can say to them that you will organize the whole trip for all the students, including transport, accommodation, sightseeing.
You can take advice from the school where they want to take the children. Or you can make a pre-plan, of places which can be visited, on a website registered with your company’s name.
If 60 students go from a school, and you charge Rs 10,000 per student with a commission Rs 1000 included, then you can easily make Rs60000 from one school. It depends on the place you are taking them. You have a high potential of earning from this type of business.
22. Rent out your Vehicles
If you have a four-wheeler or a two-wheeler kept in your house and no one is using it, then why not rent out your vehicles? Many people visiting your city as tourists and many people going out of the city occasionally look forward to renting vehicles for better comfort than public transport.
You can rent out your vehicles and earn some good amount of money to complete your monthly expenses. I would not regard this as a business initially, especially if you are starting out individually. This can be turned into a great business earning huge loads of money if you have proper management and a big team.
This lucrative line of work can be considered as one of the best business ideas to make money.
23. Make Models and Projects for Others
You must have seen a lot of children getting their models and projects made by someone else. Actually, they get their models made by the people who provide service for such kind of things in return for money.
Most popular among these types of work are making Science Models and Projects. In fact, I got my son’s model of Solar System made by someone else by paying him.
If you are willing to start this kind of work, then I would recommend you to make your portfolio on a website and use Google AdWords and My Business to rank at 1st if someone in your city searches for, “Science Model Making Shops near me”, or anything similar to it.
24. Event Planner
Whether it is a Wedding or small event like that of Birthday Party, in India people celebrate the most out of it. Do you know in India, the most expensive weddings are celebrated in the world?
And each year, particularly in the winter months, there are many people looking for wedding planners in their city at a minimal cost and best output. But a major con in this type of business is that it requires a huge capital to be invested so that you can buy materials to decorate and pay to the employees working with you.
But it also pays you very much. In Northern India, the minimal cost of paying wedding planners is Rs10 lakhs. That’s a huge amount of money for your buck.
This is one of the most profitable business ideas on my list.
And the same is for any other event. Now the question comes, how you will let others know that you provide this type of service?
Here, Google AdWords is the Goldmine.
There are a lot of people who will be searching for, “wedding planners near me” in your city. So you can optimize your website according to that on Google My Business too.
One more way you can tell other people that you are doing this type of business is by Facebook Ads. It gets you, even more, reach than Google AdWords but the major flaw is that you don’t reach out to the targeted customers.
Google lets you identify your customer and reach out to him. This is why I love Google.
25. Promote Other Companies through Influencers
If you are working as a freelancer, then this type of business is true for you. If you are not a freelancer, even then you can start with this type of business.
Now let me explain this idea briefly for which I researched a lot.
You find different companies bidding to promote their products. You become a source telling them that you can promote their product or service very marginally to increase their sales. You actually do it by contacting big influencers who have a very large audience to promote any type of product. You add some extra amount to the amount what Influencers said, and then tell the final amount to the companies which they will spend to promote the product.
The extra added amount will be your profit. Say, I asked an influencer to promote a product of a company. The influencer told that he will charge Rs5000 promote it. You add an extra amount of Rs3000, telling companies that you will promote their product for Rs8000. You get a direct profit of Rs3000.
This is a great online business idea on which you can consider to start working in 2018.
26. Job Consultant
There will be many people confused about selecting their career in Job after their graduation and degrees. You can guide them on recruiting jobs.
For this, you need to be updated about the job options available in your city so that you can guide people on preferring them jobs according to their degrees.
You can always be updated by reading daily newspapers, especially the jobs section, and read the weekly magazine. Also, you can read articles on different websites for your city. You can make a website and tell people to go to that website and list their criteria so that you can find the best job options available.
Now the question comes, how can you make money from this?
You can make money by completing their documents and other necessary details for the recruitment in the company.
27. Home Interior Designer
You necessarily don’t require a degree for starting this type of business. Anyone can start with this if you have good experience and skills to properly design the interiors of the homes.
For starting Home Interior Designing, you need to first have a collection of designs which you can simply make on numerously available software like:
- Home Stratospheres’ Interior Design
- Home Hardware Design Centre
…many more are available out there.
Now you have to show these designs to your customers for their satisfaction. You can reach out to people making use of Google AdWords. Initially, you will require an investment of only Rs10,000 for marketing your business on Google and Facebook too.
28. Put Up Book Stalls
Books can make you a lot of money. One of my ways is to put book stalls in a crowded place. People will definitely come here and read books. But the main thing in this process is to take the permission of the local authority to put up the stalls.
If you are allowed to put up stalls, then this will be a golden chance for you. But you have to remember to put up stalls in a much happening place in the city. When people will come to read books, you try to sell them.
If you want this business to be more successful, then what you can do is that provide a supplementary product along with the book. If the book is of Rs300 and you provide a product of Rs30 for free, this way you will end gaining more visitors to your stall and hence, more sales.
There can be many ways by which you can earn money from this type of business.
If you have a product which you are selling in high amounts and you want to make more money using the same product, then you can sell additionally a cheaper product related to it. This way you can increase your sales as well as profit.
Suppose, you are selling Mobile Phone and you are successful in selling that product to your customer, then along with that you can oblige the customer to buy a Cover and Screen Protector for the mobile phone. These both things are related to the Mobile Phone, so the customer will definitely buy them.
In the case of GoDaddy, you must have noticed, when you go on buying a domain, you will come across various other things to buy along with the domain. This is upselling. One Product is promoting another product.
This cannot be considered a business idea, but it can be considered as a business tactic to increase sales and ultimately profit.
30. Open Hostel
I’m not here referring to the hostels for the children. Here it is referred to those budget travelers who are looking for a budget stay in your city. All you have to do is that make dormitory type of room with multiple numbers of beds for the travelers.
You should make every facility available first, like that of WIFI, charging stations, clean bathrooms, clean rooms, food options, and other mandatory services.
Now the question comes, how can you make people live in your hostel?
You can do that by listing your hostel on every travel website, like that of Booking.com, MakeMyTrip, Skyscanner, etc. Also, you have to keep the prices for a dormitory bed very reasonable. If I was to start with this kind of business, I would keep the amount of Rs500 per day for one person.
Again, it depends on the location where your hostel is situated. Prices will vary accordingly. If in a month you receive at least 50 people, you can directly make a profit of Rs 25,000. This Business can make you tons of money if you do it the right way.
31. Info Products: The Most Profitable Business Idea in the List
If you have a site up and running, and you have gathered a very good amount of visitors to your site, then I would recommend you to sell your own products to these targeted customers.
If you have a website on Blogging, then rather just writing articles and providing free education, you can start to provide your own special course at a very reasonable price. Your product can be of any type, whether it is a digital product or a physical one, it does not matter.
For your WordPress website, you can use the plugin WooCommerce for selling your products and receiving the amount. One thing to tell, selling info products is the major source of income for any blog or website.
If you receive at least 30000 visitors to your site each month, and around 100 people buy a $50 product, you will directly make a profit of $5000, which is equivalent to Rs 3,50,000.
That’s a hell lot of money!! You can make much more profit if you sell your digital products comparative to physical ones.
32. Nail Art Business
I picked this legitimate business idea from one of Sandeep Maheshwari’s session. This type of business has a very nominal cost to start, you can even put out a stall in a crowded place, and has a very high earning potential.
Actually, I don’t know much of this business, but with an idea from his session, I can explain. You will be surprised to know that to polish one nail, people charge as high as Rs 500. That’s an insanely high price.
It also depends on the location where you put the stall and what type of customers you will receive. It would be better if you take the permission to put a stall in a Mall.
If people get there 10 nails polished on both the hands, you can charge them Rs 5000. And if you receive 20 people a month, you will earn an estimated amount of Rs 100000.
33. Cameras on Rent
If you are a camera freak and have a lot of cameras which are spare and no one using them, then I would recommend you to start providing them on rent. The better the camera you have, the rent cost will be accordingly high.
You can start to provide your cameras on rent through publishing ads on Facebook and Google. Then you can make an OLX account only for providing cameras on rent.
Usually, for a camera which has a price of Rs 60000, you can get them on rent for Rs 1500 per day. You can make a ton of money in this industry. One of my friends provided a Camera for rent for 3 days to a couple. He costed them around Rs 5000. It was a Canon 80d.
34. Start Facebook Group and Sell your Products
You can start with a Facebook group where you can promote your products which you sell. If you have gathered a lot of audience on your YouTube channel or a blog, then you can direct them to your Facebook group. You have to build a community there in the group so that people trust you.
Expand your group evenly and introduce them with your products which are really helpful and are reasonably priced. I would recommend you to start selling products on your Facebook group once you have achieved a mark of 5000 people in there. You can sell any type of product, whether it is digital or physical.
35. Car Decoration for Weddings
One thing to be mentioned: You will see a spike in your income in winters while in summers it will be opposite.
This is a very high profit and scalable business. There are many people in your city who want to get there cars decorated for the wedding function or any other type of function at reasonable costs. You can start with this type of business for as low as Rs 50000 and make a huge profit.
If you get 30 cars a month and charge Rs 5000 per car, you will earn an amazing amount of Rs 150000. I recommend you to invest your earned money to make this type of business passive.
You can make a whole company regarding it and earn huge loads of money. But here comes the main thing, you require good skills before starting this business. You need good decorative material and good manpower for decorating the cars. You can market your business using Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and even OLX.
That’s all Folks
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I have researched these ideas watching many YouTube videos, reading lots and lots of blogs and taking some of them by contacting other Financial Bloggers. It took me 4 days to write this blog post, excluding the research and plot.
You don’t have to just waste time reading this blog post, and that’s why I have given you an index at the top of the page from where you can directly jump to your favorite business idea and implement it. You have to take an action as fast as you can.
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