Profitable Business Ideas for 2017

With the list of Free Software to power them.

All you need to do is Book a Domain & employ one of the following Profitable online Business ideas for 2017. Also provided are links to Software and Apps which you can download for FREE!

- Local Taxi Dispatch business:

There is always a demand for local transport. All you need to do is roam around your city and signup 20 to 30 Taxis. On the other hand you can deploy a simple software for people to book rides. Now, you will need to just connect the passengers with the Drivers and earn a commission on all rides. The business is simple & straight forward.

Software: You can get it for free HERE
Time to profitability: less than 4 months
Investment: less than $3000 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )

- Niche Classifieds site:

Yes, there is always an evergreen market for Niche Classifieds site. As long as there people who would like to give away used goods ( & make some money ) there is a market for this business. When starting a Classifieds site, start it for a particular interesting niche. Just go out and ask anyone “How many classifieds site do you know?” ….for sure they would not be able to tell more than a few names ( Craigslist, Angieslist, Gumtree etc. ). Do a bit of research on which particular category or Niche people are willing to sell used goods on & choose that category as your niche. Also have your niche classifieds as a mobile app, as it makes the job more easy & its the trend.

Tip: Use a new upcoming category or one that is recently legalized etc.

Software: You can get one with mobile apps for free HERE
Time to profitability: less than 3 months
Investment: less than $1000 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )

- Niche Services Marketplace

One thing that is always required by people across the world is services of various kind ( ex: Maids, Massage, Drivers, Cooks, Cleaning service etc. ). And we know for a fact that people re ready & happy to pay for a good service of any kind that they desire. How about starting a good service based marketplace for your locality, for a particular niche ( ex: for delivery related, for household related, for Tuition services related etc. ). This concept is also offlate gaining a lot of traction under the name UBER for X ie. An UBER like app for various other service categories. Experts say that starting a niche service marketplace can be one of the most profitable online Business ideas in 2017. So, go on select a locality, select a niche service category and start a Marketplace for it. Be sure to verify each and every service provider you add in your marketplace, as your customers satisfaction is your success.

Software: You can get one with mobile apps for free HERE
Time to profitability: less than 2 months
Investment: less than $1000 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )

- A Digital Products Marketplace

Everything around us is becoming digital. From Books, photos to currency, Gift cards, wedding invitations etc. So there is a Big market for a niche Digital products marketplace. There are many advantages in starting a marketplace that is very specific for Digital downloads only. One of the biggest advantage is that you dont need to worry about the nuisance of physical delivery, Inventory etc. When someone buys a product on your portal, it gets instantly delivered to him over email. He just needs to download it. From source code, Themes, eBooks, Pictures, gifts, Money etc. there are a wide variety of items that you can ask your sellers to sell on your marketplace & take a commission on each sale -or- you can ask your sellers to pay a subscription to use your platform. This is can be one of the most lucrative & easy to implement Online Business ideas in 2017

Software: You can get one with mobile apps for free HERE
Time to profitability: less than 1 months
Investment: less than $700 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )
Designed by Freepik

- Niche Dating business

We all know that dating is an evergreen niche. With the popularity of Mobile apps in the past few years, dating has become a common phenomenon over the mobile. With Apps like Tinder, CMB etc. finding a date is a breeze. But off late this area has stagnated with no new interesting app or website coming up. Here is where we smell opportunity. As we all know people always like to engage in new and innovative ways to find their date. So why not a niche dating site or app with an interesting twist? I would personally vouch for dating as a solid online Business idea in 2017, as people badly need a change. For sure there will be a new entrant this year. Why cant it be you? Here is a hint: How about applying an innovative gamification twist to the concept of location based dating idea? ( like how Pokemon merged Treasure hunting with gaming ) -or- Combining an offline idea with proximity based dating idea.

Software: You can get web script + mobile apps for free HERE
Time to profitability: less than 3 months
Investment: less than $900 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )
Designed by Freepik

- Equipment rental business

The US economy is changing as we speak. There is a new type of marketplace getting created. On one side of it, too many items and products have been purchased by people ( Many of them they may not even need ). On the other hand, people dont want to purchase things until they would need it for long. They are more than happy to just rent out equipment's for temporary usage and return it ( or maybe purchase it after using it ad checking out the need of the equipment or item). So yes, this is what we call the rental economy. All you need to do is find a way to connect these two sections of people & bingo you have an amazing & profitable business model ready. People have a wide variety of item they would like to borrow or rent out on daily, weekly or monthly basis. It can range from unused gaming consoles to Cameras, Party equipment's, Trekking gear etc. This rental economy plan can be one of the most innovative online Business ideas of 2017. Go for it :)

Software: You can get web script + mobile apps HERE
Time to profitability: less than 2 months
Investment: less than $1500 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )
Image Source: Red . Org . uk

- Mobile phone cases and covers

This may sound small & boring, but we cant deny the fact that there is a huge market worldwide for this. Experts say the number of mobile phones sold will triple globally in 2017! Selling Mobile phone covers and cases could be one of the most solid business ideas in 2017.

When we speak about physical goods, it is not required for you to manufacture them ( though you can choose to in future ). All you need to do is search for required covers on Alibaba and you can find a good provider who can supply it to you for a very low cost. Get it shipped to your country and start selling it for good profit on portals like Amazon, eBay etc. One other beauty of this model is, you can always get to know the upcoming models in each mobile phone brand & you can estimate the number of sales that is bound to happen for that particular model. All you need to do is pre-plan, get your stocks ready ( it can be as low as just 1000 pieces ). You would need to get small quantities of stock of various models to find the most selling model for you.

Software: You can sell it online on Amazon, Etsy etc.
Time to profitability: instant
Investment: less than $1300 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )
Image Source: Macworld

- 3D Printing

One of the most promising & exciting business area to be in 2017 is 3D printing. The total world is going towards instant and creative 3D printing. Many new innovations are pouring in this sector as we think about it. This vertical which seemed to be budding a year back, is now in full swing with a lot many things happening everyday. One of the areas people are expecting magic to happen in 3D printing is the creation of human body parts instantly ( already 3D printed limbs are becoming a norm ). A lot of research is happening on Food 3D printing sectors ie. companies are working on creating 3D printed burgers and even Chicken!

One can choose to take up any small area inside this vast space, it can be as simple as just creating templates for 3D printing, so anyone can download a template online and get it printed instantly on their printer. So yes, the ideas related to 3D printing can also be done as an offline business in your locality -or- it can also be done in an online manner. Consider this as one of the hottest online business ideas of 2017.

Software: You can do it Offline & Online.
Time to profitability: instant
Investment: less than $2300 ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )

- Driver Less Cars

The future is here. Its a known act that by 2018, we will see a lot many Automotive self driving cars on the roads ( atleast in the US ). All multi billion dollar corporations have already jumped into the self driving business wagon. With Google & Tesla being the pioneers, the entire automotive industry is taking dive into this future concept. Already popular services like UBER, Tesla etc. have started road testing their Driver-less cars in the USA. So when so many big corporations are getting into this space, it means there are countless opportunities begging to be explored. So figure out a very specific & small niche in this ocean of an opportunity & stay focused. For sure it will turnout to become a fortune in near future ( it can be as simple as starting an informative blog in this sector -or- preparing a small app that engages passengers during the ride -or- a sensor of some sort ). And yes, it will be one of the most innovative & disruptive Internet Business ideas of 2017.

Software: It is for you to develop
Time to profitability: in near future but BIG
Investment: less than $10K ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )
Image Source: Tesla

- Internet of Things

We can call this era as the internet of things era. There is so much happening in this space. Never before in history has so much inventions & innovation happened (Just take a look at the amount of IOT projects getting funded in Kickstarter & Indiegogo). With the latest boom in the IOT sector, the software and electronics worlds are merging like never before.

All you need to do is come up with a cool business idea in IOT, get a nice video done for it along with good design concepts. Once done for a fund raising campaign in Kickstarter or Indiegogo. If you are funded, you already have buyers ready ( who have paid you upfront ). With the funds, you can get any IOT product done instantly from China at a very economical cost.

We consider this are one of the smartest internet business ideas of 2017 :)

Software: First crowd fund, then develop using the funds
Time to profitability: Your Pre-orders are there already via. crowdfunding.
Investment: less than $20K ( on Marketing, Sales etc. )
Image source: Freshome . com

Ok, lets next look at a list of cash business ideas in 2017.

By definition, any business that generates cash from day 1 is called a cash business. Usually a cash business is something related to providing tangible services, wherein any action you do is rewarded with cash on a timely manner. People love cash business ideas, as the wait time to profitability is less. But on the flip side, you need to remember that most cash business ideas only provide a stream of steady income & is not much scalable. Here are a few ideas:

Tax Preparation : We all know that everyone earning money in any manner need to file their returns once a year, and that is a solid opportunity. Especially during the Tax filing season ( as we call it ), the demand for auditors and domain expert accountants goes very high. There are many simple weekend Tax filing & audit courses you can take up to get certified. You can easily charge upto $200 per hour for this professional work.

Day Care: Its a busy world. Everyone are either working -or- looking out for a job. In this busy world, parents want a safe and good place to leave their babies. And this is a huge & scattered market. The beauty of day care business model is, it can be started right away in your locality right from your house. And yes, every street has potential customers for you. You start by doing a door-to-door marketing & getting a few customers. As you get more business, you can rent houses in streets nearby & employ people and expand. Add an interesting twist to the day care business model & it can easily become a innovative cash business idea of 2017 :)

Home assistant: There is a fine difference between a maid & a home assistant. Now image a working husband and a working wife with kids going to school. Everyday everyone are busy. Taking care of the daily needs for the home is problem in such a situation ie. like getting the plumber to fix leakages, fixing the not working TV, doing the grocery shopping, Taking out cloths to the laundry, Paying the bills etc. Believe me this is a huge market. How do you get the customers? You can directly approach busy homes and offer your services -or- even better there are services like Task Rabbit etc. where you can become a taker and you will get offers flooding your inbox in no time. In 2017, there many more such service marketplaces that will be opening in various countries. So search for the best service marketplace in your locality and register yourself.

Logo Design: Ok, this is a skill & can be done in 2 different ways. If you are a creative artist, you can choose to sketch creative logo’s based on the customers requirement. Or, if you are a technical person with skills in Photoshop, Illustrator etc. you can directly choose to design the concepts digitally and submit it. However, this is one of the easiest Cash business ideas for 2017. Every business needs a logo & thus the market is huge. Also there are plenty of online marketplaces where people outsource Logo designing work ( Eg: Freelancer, 99 Designs etc. ).

Creative content: This is one area which is of high demand & also a cash business idea for 2017 that can be done with a lot of joy and fulfillment. In content there are 2 types: Normal content & Creative content. The way in which publication houses define creative content is: “Content that adds so much value to a reader that there is a 95% probability he will share it on social media once its read”. If you are a person who can write such creative content, then you are of high demand. Publications are ready to pay up-to $500 for a 600+ words of creative content. And yes, if you are a person who can write such high quality creative content, just contact me & I can myself refer some ready customers to you :)

Photography: Last but not the least in our list of cash business ideas for 2017 is photography. You may wonder how Photography can be listed under this category. Well, stock photos sell like crazy online. Even as you read this article there might have been thousands of photos that might have been purchased online by website creators, Designers, Graphic artists etc. All you need is a camera and a little creativity. Start clicking shots of different situations & caption them. Once yo have a huge collection, start uploading them on sites like shutter stock etc. and they will take care of the rest. Many people make big money online by selling such photos.


Next, lets take a look a list of small business ideas for women.
  • Blogging: Yup, this is one business that employs millions from their home and a perfect fit for women who want to earn right from their computer inside their home. There are many portals online that outsource content & blogging work. All you need to do is setup your profile and start bidding on orders. The more creative you write, the more you can charge for your content. You can easily charge anywhere between $20 to $99 per article. Blogging is and has always been one the favorite small business ideas for women. 2017 will see a lot more orders come up online as more and more businesses depend on online branding.
  • Recipes: Yet another favorite. Everybody likes cooking. Cooking something that is delicious is an art & a skill. Millions of people search for good recipes online. If you are interested in cooking, you can easily make a business out of it. All you need to do is document those interesting recipes & provide it to people looking for it. You can either choose to create an ebook out of it and sell it online marketplaces -or- you can make a video out of it and create your own recipe channel in Youtube and earn via., advertisements. A niche Recipes idea can contribute to make one of the best small business ideas for women in 2017.
  • Fashion: This is something that women excel in. Fashion, Design are best when done by women. Starting a niche fashion store is one o the best small business ideas for women in 2017. A small store in an apartments is a good any to start this business. You will have ready customers from the neighborhood itself. As you design more unique styles, you can also start selling them via. online marketplaces like Amazon, eBay etc. ( there are also plenty of niche fashion oriented marketplaces as well ).
  • Women fitness: Fitness is something everyone are interested in and especially women. Being a woman, there are all the more possibilities of success for you as you have the advantage of knowing what exactly women want in this category. Fitness is one of the fail-proof small business ideas for women entrepreneurs in 2017. There are various areas you can concentrate in this niche: Fitness Consultant, Dietitian, Yoga teacher, Gym director etc,. The beauty of this business model is that you can also do it online -or- write blogs / ebook’s on Women fitness and either give it in a freemium model or sell at a nominal cost. If you plan to give ebooks for free, you can plan to add affiliate links to fitness products that earn you a commission for each sale.
  • Music: If you are good at this music, this is an awesome business model for you. Be it any kind of music there is always an audience for it ( either to listen to it -or- learn it ). So yes, you can choose to distribute your music via. iTunes, Spotify etc. -or- you can choose to teach music to people willing to learn online & you can charge a god fee for it. Music and related categories always prove to be some of he best business ideas in 2017 for women.
  • Online Tutoring: You are good at something? Teach it to someone & they will be more than glad to pay you for the knowledge. There are tons of online tutoring sites like UDEMY, LYNDA etc. where you can enrol as an expert or teacher and offer your tutoring services. You can get access to a worldwide market and teach students from various countries sitting in your home in front of your laptop. If you do not wish to offer your services on other sites, you can choose to setup a simple website explaining your courses. And you can use online streaming services like Skype, Zoom etc. to teach online and collect payments via. PayPal, Stripe etc. Online tutoring is considered one of the most exciting and satisfactory small business ideas in 2017 for women.
  • Virtual Assistant: Its a busy world. Gone are the times that only C level executives need an assistant. In the present world anyone who is busy and runs things in parallel need more help. Most of the times trying to have a full time assistant can prove to be way out of the budget & hence the popularity of the rising concept of virtual assistants. This can be one of the most beneficiary business ideas of 2017 for women. Being a virtual assistant has 2 advantages: You get to work from your home right from your computer, You can be a virtual assistant for more than 1 person and charge based hourly, You also get to know new people who’s contacts matter. You can offer your services on a variety of online marketplaces like Fiverr, Upwork etc.
  • Bridal store: A bridal store is an evergreen business. Every religion in the world has the common practice of marriage. And marriage comes with traditional / modern outfits for both the bride & bridegroom. That is marriage is an occasion where everyone are ready to spend. So it makes perfect sense to setup a business around this occasion. A bridal store can have anything related to weddings for sale ( from apparels, utensils to honeymoon packages ). You can choose to have an offline store and also sell the products online via. your own online store or on marketplaces like eBay, Etsy etc. For sure a bridal store is one of the evergreen business ideas of 2017 for women.
Next: Family business ideas for couples

Writer Duo: This is considered one of the best business ideas for couples. Since you both understand each other very well, streaming a line of thought as either a blog or a story etc. is very easy. There are many blogs that facilitate writer duo coverage. Writing anything in this fashion helps to get work done quick with a lot more quality and speed. You can charge a god premium for your services or you can earn by writing interesting topics online and having Ads.

Catering: I wouldn't call it an Online business idea ( but you can always attach the online component to it ). When it comes to family the word that gets automatically tagged is food. Everybody loves home made food & there is a separate market for it. This factor makes catering one of the perfect business ideas for couples in 2017. If you love food or love cooking, team up with your better half to make it into a successful business. Start small by making dishes you are really good at and supply it to your neighbors. Get regular feedback from them & improve on it. Next start supplying food packages to nearby hotels. As you start getting more orders go ahead and start selling it online on Food delivery services. Remember Food is a very profitable area and always has an evergreen market to it. The more niche you become ( eg: Vegan food, food for children, Seafood etc. ) there is always a specialty market awaiting to pay and taste your dishes. If someone is happy with your taste, they will for sure recommend it to their friends.

Tuition Services: As grown ups one thing we all acquire through time is knowledge. The knowledge comes to us via. various means( the two means being experience & education ). Imagine the amount of knowledge you and your life partner might have acquired all your life. Yes, there is a huge market awaiting to pay you to share your knowledge. One of the best and self satisfactory business ideas in 2017 is to start a Tuition service. Evaluate and find the areas in which your expertise lies in. Post in local forums, classifieds etc. about your offering. For sure there will be a lot of students ready to pay for your service. You can also choose to teach on online tutoring services like Udemy, Vedantu who have the students waiting ready for you.

Dog Walking: Its a busy world out there. Everyone in every home rush out for work, school etc. in the morning and return late in the night. Many also work on weekends to make some extra cash. If they find some free time on Weekends and holidays they take rest. In this busy life people have no time for their pets. This is an opportunity by itself. Being a couple, you can offer your services to walk your neighbors pets ( Dog, Cat etc. ). Dog Walking is already a hot business model in busy cities like Los Angeles, New York etc. ( with even niche mobile app marketplaces for it ). So yes, Pet walking is one of the healthy and niche business ideas in 2017.

Bed & Breakfast: This is a fast catching business model among house wife’s and stay at home partners / couples. As the world of tourism improve rapidly there are travelers from different parts of the world travelling at will across the globe. Many prefer a home stay than a hotel. You can start small by renting a portion of your home to guests. As the business gains momentum, you can rent houses nearby and keep renting it. There are many famous online marketplaces where you can list your stay / home ( Ex: Airbnb ). People are ready to pay a good sum for your hospitality. B&B is for sure one of the most stable and steady business ideas in 2017.

Next: One man business ideas

Drop Shipping: For sure this can be called as the perfect era of Drop Shipping. With the internet penetration in all countries and increased usage, everything is accessible everywhere across the globe. All you need to do is analyze the demand of products across countries and find where on earth you can find these products for cheap ( with quality ). Once you find the best place you can source these products from, all you need to do is connect the demand with the supply. You can start by putting up the product for sale on online marketplaces like Amazon, Ebay etc. Once an order is placed, ship the product directly from the source to the destination. Via. Drop shipping you can sell thousands of products across the globe by just sitting in front of your computer. Drop shipping is for sure one of the best one man business ideas for 2017.

Errands: This is an evergreen one. In fact this has been there for ages. Everyone wants someone to run an errand for them. Be it fetching their laundry, Shopping groceries, Getting some stationary etc. there is always some errand that someone wants to get done. Being an errand runner in your neighborhood can always keep you in business. Thanks to the web, there are also spectacular daily errand marketplaces like Task Rabbit etc. where you can register. Once you register and mention your specialty, you get notifications of errands wanted in your location. You can also slowly scale up to start an errand providing company with a fleet of errand runners in your team.

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