February 1


Freelance Business Ideas

By Patrick Millerd

February 1, 2023

business ideas

There are many options depending on your skills and interests. The important objective is to find a service or product that someone (target market) wants (a pain point or desire) and is prepared to pay for.

Starting out it's best to look for a narrow segment of a market that is not being well serviced.


Technical writing

Copywriting and editing

Project management

Strategic / management consulting

Business writing (business plans, grants, white papers, proposals)

Public relations


Transcription / scoping services

Human resources / payroll services

Event planning / promotion

Affiliate marketing

Data entry


Create an online fashion boutique

Start a drop shipping business.

Create a membership program

Join an affiliate marketing program
Start an online coffee shop
Sell your photography
Phone accessories
Invest in vending machines

Investigate vendor financed business opportunities

Start a beauty business (nails, hair, makeup)


Video production / editing

Design (brochures, business cards, logos, newsletters)

Web design

User interface & user experience (UI/UX)

Audio production


Presentation design (PowerPoint, etc.)

Marketing and Sales


Internet marketing consulting

Search engine optimization (SEO)

Pay-per-click advertising (PPC)

Google Analytics

E-commerce consulting

Lead generation

Community management / promotion

Blogging / blog consulting

Small business marketing

Marketing local businesses

Become a social media management consultant

Social media specialist

Information Technology

IT Security

Developing apps

Testing games

Build websites

Computer networking

Database administration


Building WordPress web sites

General computer help / training

Create digital products or online courses

Test app development

Tutoring and coaching

Education (College/SAT prep, Math and English, Language, LSAT prep)

Productivity coaching

Sports / Personal Training

Business training

Martial arts instruction

Dance / choreography

Dating / social skills



Accounting / bookkeeping

Tax and financial planning

Manufacturing and Repairs

3-D Manufacturing

Craft making (soap/candles/knitting/jewelry)

Food products (preserves/precooked meals/sauces/biscuits/cakes)

Cake decoration



Recycling waste products


Furniture repairs

Bicycle repairs

Automobile / Motorcycle repair

Design and sell print-on-demand T-shirts.

Sell print-on-demand posters, greeting cards, and prints

Sell handcrafted and homemade goods

Home Services

Cooking / personal chef

Precooked meals

Pet services (grooming, walking, sitting, etc.)

Home maintenance / organizing


Gardening services

Swimming pool maintenance

Start a landscaping business

Become a handyman


Other Services

Travel Planning

Personal / virtual assistant

Courier services

Career help (finding work, optimizing resumes, cover letters, interviews)

Fashion / image consulting

Physical therapy

Public speaking outreach

Launch your own book

Start a charitable business

Virtual event planner

Patrick Millerd

About the author

I support small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners to drive profitability and cash flow, managing the financial health of their business through understanding and using their numbers.
Helping them build a complete management system that puts them in control.

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