The best small town business ideas

Updated March 23, 2017

Running a business in a small town can be a successful venture if you find the right opportunity. The key to finding that opportunity is to know what your town needs. While small towns may provide a smaller market, they can also offer a loyal market, making the right small town business venture the perfect opportunity for success.

Speciality Food Business

It can be difficult making a food business succeed. Living in a small town may offer you the opportunity to make a food business work better than it would in a larger city. Check out the types of food establishments in your small town. Perhaps it lacks a gourmet coffee shop or a specific ethnic food. Big cities often have a variety of options, making it hard to compete. But a small town with limited options can provide a niche market in which you can succeed.

Flower Shop

A flower shop can be successful in a small town. If your town doesn't have one, consider filling this need. People order flowers for many occasions. A local flower shop, particularly if it is the only one, might be the type of business you could turn into a success.

Locally Slanted Crafts

If your small town attracts tourists and you have an artistic ability, take advantage of both and consider making quality crafts, coffee mugs, T-shirts and hats with locally slanted themes. Visit other local business owners and discuss having them carry your products. Tourist-targeted craft items can benefit you and other area business owners.

Taxi Service

Big cities have taxi services, but few small towns do. Consider starting a small taxi service. It's a good bet yours will be the only such service in town. Visit pubs and contract your services to drive home patrons who have had too much to drink. Advertise in the local paper. A single taxi service in a small town could be useful to the community and could be the successful small-town business you're looking for.

Tax and Accounting Services

If you have tax preparation and accounting skills, open a small office to service local business owners and individuals with their tax and business accounting needs. A small community can allow you to build a steady customer base, which can lead to a profitable small-town venture for you.

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Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.