Small Business Ideas For Men: Our Top 22

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Below we share 22 of the best small business ideas for men and how you may get started.

Our hope is that you take action.

Here’s what we’ve come up with. If you enjoy the list, be sure to share!

Small Business Ideas For Men

You may be looking for ways to earn or replace a full-time income, a side hustle, or just need something to do in your downtime.

Whatever it is, nothing’s more productive than starting your own small business.

Below are some flexible, affordable, and engaging options when it comes to accomplishing this.

You see something you like or that interests you, really dig in to learn more.

Who knows where it will lead you.

Starting A Small Online Business

Online business, marketing, and nifty ways to earn from home is what we do.

And while we only share a few options here regarding online business – you can find some of our favorite (honestly the best) work from home businesses that you can start here.

We go into detail on how and where you can begin building each.

Here are other options…

1. Freelance Graphic Designer

From website design to blog graphics to logos and designing apps, freelance graphic designers are always in demand.

Your job here is to help clients convey a message about their business to the right audience using text, symbols, color, and imagery. (On postcards, websites, brochures, etc.)

Tools you need mainly include: access to a computer, software such as AdobeCreative Cloud Program, a scanner and a printer.

If interested in making this a career, I think you may find this beginner guide to becoming a freelance graphic designer helpful.

2. eCommerce Store Owner

There are many business models which fall under the “eCommerce store” umbrella.

online shopping carts on laptop

Some you may be familiar with are wholesaling or drop shipping.

With drop shipping, for example, you can purchase a stockpile of goods, brand these goods, and then sell them online for profit.

All the stocking, shipping, handling can be done by a third-party so that you are not forced to store the items or deal with deliveries yourself.

Once familiar with how eCommerce stores operate, the work is pretty straightforward. Succeeding at this takes a bit more strategy which is why we recommend following a more thorough guide, like this one which teaches drop shipping. If you want to learn more about Shopify, I have written a detailed article on it – How Does Shopify Work. If you are already aware of the benefits and ease of opening a store through Shopify you can join Shopify here.

3. Blogging

Blogging is such a grind but so lucrative when done right. People are using blogging as a way to create businesses.

For less than $100, you can equip yourself with OK hosting and a domain name which is really all you need for your first year of blogging.

The tricky part is learning who to blog to and how to make money (we are talking business here) from that blog.

Well, there are several ways for blog owners to make money including display ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored articles/posts, or even selling your own digital product.

You don’t need to be a skilled writer to build a business with, nor do you need to have technical skills. If this interests you, then consider working one on one with me as we get you going with your own blog.

4. Web Developer

Web development or building websites from scratch could bring in five to six figures annually depending on the job and your skill level.

You could work with brands, companies, or individuals alike who either don’t have the time or skill set in web development.

5. Local SEO

Another small business idea we really like is known as local SEO.

Your role here is to help clients receive more traffic to their business by increasing their presence in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

In short, your helping companies or perhaps even other small business owners to get their business online.

You can begin learning the ins and outs of Local SEO in this brilliant training.

6. Programmer

According to Due, programmers earn on average $63 to $180/hr. They also put together an extensive guide to help those interested in programming to get started.

Definitely worth looking checking out the guide if this is a business model that interests you.

7. Photographer/Videographer

Whether you’re a novice or advanced, there are stock photography sites that may purchase your images. Sites like Foap, Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, and Getty Images to name a few.

This potential small business path requires that you invest in expensive equipment upfront. This is what also makes your services valuable.
camera with lenses in background

Best practices are to build up portfolio overtime to share or create a website with several selections of your work for potential customers.

Shopify has a great article on selling your images online.

Hands-On Business’

8. Gym Owner

A passion for fitness could also be turned into a small business and a chance to boost a community. Think kickboxing or CrossFit gym or even a yoga studio.

9. Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor

As a licensed personal trainer you can work one on one with clients in a private setting (in your own home or clients’ homes), at a local gym, or even lead entire group sessions.

Personalized nutrition, exercise regimens, or even community boot camps could be another angle for building your brand as a personal trainer or fitness instructor.

Many have become personal trainers as a full-time career, side gig, or for personal development.

The first action to getting started is to get your CPT certification which you can learn more by following the link above.

10. Personal Chef

Speaking of nutrition, if you enjoy cooking healthy, appetizing meals for others, you may want to consider becoming a personal chef.

Not everyone has the time or know-how when it comes to feeding themselves a delicious meal.

To get started, we recommend advertising to family members, neighbors, and even local businesses. Social media can be quite powerful to show of your cooking talents as well.

11. Food Truck Owner

A more cost-friendly way of testing out food concepts and selling your own food would be starting a food truck.

food truck

As opposed to investing in a brick-and-mortar location.

It’s a great way to see what people like or dislike. It also gives you a chance to familiarize yourself with state food regulations.

12. Craft Brewery

As of 2018, there were 7,000 breweries operating in the U.S. while the vast majority of them are independently owned.

You can learn more about starting a craft brewery here.

13. Moving Company

One of the more ‘physical’ small business ideas for men on the list is starting your own moving company.

This, of course, is most suitable for those who are in good health and don’t mind heavy lifting.

14. Handyman

To become a handyman, you can learn a certain trade such as plumbing, locksmith, HVAC, or electrical work.

These each require their own certifications and licensing before accepting clients. I guess the goal would be to establish a clientele and to hire a team of handymen to work with you.

You can learn more about becoming certified at Explore The Trades.

15. Woodworker

If you enjoy crafting furniture or other home goods using wood, there is opportunity in that as well.

You can sell your pieces using websites like Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, or even Craigslist. You could even build a website allowing you to receive custom orders.

16. Car Repair

When it comes to vehicle repairs, their’s all types of services from tires, oil changes, bodywork, engine repair, and more.

As with most small businesses, it’s best to focus on specializing at just one area in most cases as opposed to becoming a one stop shop – when just starting out at least.

Also, as with a handful of these businesses, it’s best to stay on top of state licensing and/or insurance requirements to comply with local laws.

17. Car-Detailing Specialist

Similar to car repair services, car-detailing is another niche to consider.

One thing that I learned while researching car detailing is that brands that travel to clients are in high demand. You could offer your services while your clients are at work or perhaps offer services within neighborhoods.

This would obviously require having the right, flexible equipment and the ability to transport all the equipment needed.

18. Event Planner

If you’re the kind of person who loves organizing and coordinating every aspect of a party, event planner may be a potential path for you

There’s weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, and more in which you could offer your services.

19. Tour Guide

Believe it or not, you can start a small business as a tour guide or offering guide services.

It would be important to know the history and even attractions if considering this position.

You could specify your tour even more by offering “foodie” tours, bayside tours, or walking or biking tours.

This is a great idea for those who enjoy the local history of their city or state and enjoy exploring the outdoors.

20. Landscape Services

Another great option would be to start your own landscape service. You can expect to plant flowers, design landscape plans for communities or offices, mow lawns, and more.

You would, of course, need to acquire all of the right equipment before beginning.

21. Pet Grooming

If you’re good with animals and don’t mind suds, then consider owning your own pet grooming facility or mobile service where you can groom pets for clients at the home.

22. Online Dating Consultant

Dating consultants help people create attractive online dating profiles to help set them up with the most suitable matches. If friends often look to you for relationship advice this might be the right business for you.

The Bottom Line On Business Ideas For Men

By now, you are ready to take action on at least one of the ideas shared above or at very least, you have some new ideas floating around.

Can you think of any more business ideas that we might have missed? Feel free to share in the comments below so that we can get them added to our list.

Here at Extra Paycheck Online, our main focus is on helping people learn where and how to begin making money online, without all of the bs and confusion.

From starting your own profitable website, to exploring the best business models for starting an internet business, we’ve got you covered.


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