105 Service Businesses to Start Today

105 Service Businesses to Start Today
At your service: Convenience-craving consumers are always looking for a way to do things better, faster and cheaper. Often, that means turning to a specialty-services entrepreneur who knows how to get the job done right. Here, we provide some inspiration for aspiring service providers-from adventure-tour leaders to window washers. With 105 ideas to choose from, you have no excuse not to get started today with your own service business.

Once you’ve scrolled through our ideas and gotten a taste of what’s out there, read “How to Start a Service Business” to learn how to get started.

Personal Services
Mobile Pet Grooming
Snip, clip and brush your way to success as a mobile pet groomer. Fido and his owner will both appreciate the convenience of a “doorstep” doggie-grooming service. With the proper training and experience, a van and some grooming tools, start barking up the right tree by marketing your business in your neighborhood and others.

Collectibles Search
Collectibles searchers, who carefully canvas swap meets, thrift stores and garage sales, can collect a bundle locating objets d’art for clients. Once you’ve found your niche–be it antique lunch boxes, dolls or grandfather clocks–advertise your services in hobbyist publications, at collectibles stores, in specialty forums on the internet, or on eBay. Soon you’ll be taking up a collection of your own.

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Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you have saved locally to your computer.

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Chobani Founder: ‘Elevate Yourself’ Above Common Sense

How did Hamdi Ulukaya go from being the owner of a decrepit yogurt plant in upstate New York to the CEO of billion-dollar behemoth Chobani?

Here’s a hint: Sometimes, Ulukaya said, common sense is no help. “You have to find a way to elevate yourself to be above common sense,” he said, speaking to an audience of entrepreneurs at the Inc. 5000 conference in Phoenix on Friday. “We cannot do what we have done through the mirrors and lenses of common sense. We have to think something different.”

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7 Film Biographies to Inspire Every Entrepreneur

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Movies are a great source of inspiration, and while there is no dearth of good fictional movies, what really inspires me are biographies. Fiction requires a powerful imagination and have strengths of their own, but true stories are the ones that make the real kill.

It is an awe-inspiring feeling to know what I am seeing did ‘actually’ happen, with real people, in the real world. So, with enormous difficulty, I am listing down a few among the many great bio-pics that I would recommend every entrepreneur to watch and learn from:

1. Tucker: The Man and His Dream

It recounts the life story of Preston Tucker, the automotive genius behind ‘Tucker 48’, a car which was way ahead of its time. In fact, many of the safety features that you see in contemporary cars were inherited from original Tucker 48 sedan.

Many of you might not have heard of this powerful biography, but some of its scenes are worth watching at least a few times. As young startups try to stand tall against incumbents, Tucker stood against all major automobile manufacturers to fight for this dream.

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Virtual Fitting Room Startup Metail Raises Further $12M — Shunning UK VC Money Along The Way

“To be brutally honest, I’m not enamored with the UK VC scene and don’t rate it very much if at all from a technology business success perspective,” says Tom Adeyoola, co-founder and CEO of Metail. “The big UK tech business successes weren’t founded on VC money.”

His company, which offers virtual fitting room tech to major clothes retailers so that customers can ‘try on’ clothes online, has just closed a further $12 million in funding, adding to the previous $8 million raised since being founded in 2008.

Whilst I know money has poured into funds this year, I still don’t see the operational partner talent

— Tom Adeyoola

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How YouTube’s Biggest Star Got His Start

Felix Kjellberg, better known by his online gaming alias “PewDiePie,” has one of the fastest-growing channels on YouTube–a sign of some serious entrepreneurial juice.

PewDiePie posts videos of himself playing video games, along with humorous commentary for viewers. The gamer hit an impressive 30 million followers in September, making his channel the most subscribed and the most viewed on YouTube for the month. His videos also have caused spikes in sales of games he’s featured, such as Slender, Goat Simulator, and Flappy Birds, showing an influence he himself describes as “scary.” But how did he get to where he is today?

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