In this post, I’m going to give you a list of small business ideas for men. Many of the ideas on this list came from successful business owners that I interviewed personally.
Statistics show that 70 percent of small business owners are male. To start a business, you need a viable idea. This post will give you 40.
Best Side Business Ideas for Men
Maybe you’re a full-time working dad, but you want to supplement your income. That’s why you need a side business with a reasonable return.
But it’s tough to find that perfect idea with serious income potential (more on that shortly).
I’m a big supporter of keeping your day job and starting a small business on the side. No matter how rewarding your full-time job is, it’s never a bad idea to start and run a business of your own.
Working for yourself gives you a sense of accomplishment. Other perks include financial independence, job security, and tax benefits.
Profitable Small Business Ideas for Men
A profitable business is one that generates enough revenue to cover all the expenses, costs, and taxes, and leaves some to feed your pockets.
Ready for a career change? Starting your own business is everyone’s dream. Who doesn’t love the idea of being one’s own boss and not having to answer to anyone?
But as fate would have it, many budding entrepreneurs fail to realize their dreams due to a lack of startup capital.
Here’s the good news: you don’t need to spend a fortune to start a business. There are several small business ideas with low investment and high profit.
If you possess some special skills, a bit of courage and a lot of dedication, you can start and grow your own successful business.
In no particular order, here are 40 proven and practical business ideas for men.
Chosen from across a variety of industries, they will stimulate your creativity, spark your imagination, and set you on the path to success.
Some of them are so much fun; they won’t even seem like work.
1. Sell Storage Sheds
Everyone needs storage space these days; it’s hard to find a backyard that doesn’t have a storage shed. Space is hard to come by, and you can capitalize on that.
Storage sheds come in a variety of designs and sizes. If you love building stuff, this can be a great way to engage your creative energies while building a part-time or full-time business.
You don’t need formal training to do this type of business. If you don’t have time to build your own sheds, you can become a dealer.
Research companies that make sheds and inquire about selling their sheds. A friend of mine sells sheds and he didn’t have to buy any of his display models or sheds that he sells.
He owns a small amount of property on a busy road and he displays the sheds there. His phone number is displayed on the sheds and customers contact him to make a purchase.
When he makes a sale, he contacts the manufacturer and they deliver the sheds to the customer and he makes a commission from each sale.
2. Pressure Washing Business
Ever tried pressure washing? How did it go? If you liked it, the pressure washing business ranks high among the most profitable small business ideas for men.
You don’t really need training in this. I included a pressure washing business on this list because it doesn’t require huge capital to start, and it won’t chain you to a desk.
Create a flier or website outlining your services. Contact businesses in your area, such as car dealerships, to see if you can get a long term contract to pressure wash the vehicles on their lot.
3. Painting Contractor Business
The house painting business is a billion-dollar industry, and the average pay for a painting contractor is $41k per year.
If you’re a hands-on, DIY type of guy, it can be gratifying to start your own contracting business. Since painting is time and labor-intensive, many homeowners are looking to outsource the job to a professional painter.
Painting contractor business offers minimal financing to start up, and the job is easy to learn. You just need brushes, paints and cleaning solutions.
While it’s not as simple as, hey, let’s go paint, you might want to seek an apprenticeship or a vocational painting course. A good painting job requires precision, practice, and patience.
The hardest part of being a painting contractor is giving clients an estimate of how much the job will cost before you start, but you can use websites and software to help you estimate a job.
4. Home Inspector
Becoming a home inspector might not have been up on your list of small business ideas for men, but it is also a profitable business idea. It can give you the pay and flexibility you’ve always dreamed of having.
A lot of people need a property inspected before they decide whether or not to rent or buy it. It’s not just about looking around people’s homes, you also need to leave your clients with a comprehensive report.
You will need to stay updated with legislation and network with local real estate agents to succeed. Some states require licensing, so be sure to check the requirements for your area.
5. Sell Scrap Metal
Selling scrap metals is one of the most overlooked small business ideas for men. You probably know the value of recycling and reusing items like plastic bottles.
Scrap metal recycling is just as important, but not as popular. By recycling metals like iron, copper, steel, brass, and aluminum, we decrease the amount of ore mining.
You can start scrap metal business in your garage. If you have easy access to large amounts of scrap metal, you’re off to a good start.
Millions of tons of scrap are sitting unused in people’s basements and garages. Scrap yards get the majority of their metal from the trade industry, but they also accept scrap metals from individuals.
You can sell scrap things such as
- aluminum cans,
- ceiling fan motors,
- desktop towers, etc.
Their price fluctuates with supply and demand and can change daily. It helps to know your metals.
6. Open A Laundromat
People need their clothes washed, and not everyone can afford a washer and dryer. Offering home-based laundry services is another way to make money without investing much money or learning new skills.
You don’t require any previous work experience to manage coin-operated laundry machines. Depending on your location, you may or may not need licensing to start this business.
Your location will determine how fast your business becomes successful. Places near residential apartments, colleges, and busy offices are the best targets.
In many cases, it may be better to purchase an existing laundromat as opposed to opening a new one.
7. Professional Organizer
Yet another business idea for men that doesn’t require capital or office to start and run.
As a professional organizer, you can either do the organizing or consult on the things that the property owner could change to get organized.
Talk to the client about his or her preferred style. Engaging the customer will help you provide the best services.
Always have with you a portfolio of different organizational scenarios in various rooms. A questionnaire or checklist will help you understand how the homeowner uses the area that needs organizing.
8. Moving Business
People move to different locations all the time, and they need help when moving.
You need a van or truck, moving equipment, insurance, and the correct permits to start a moving business.
Leave long-distance, large-scale moving to established moving companies. Start small and work your way up.
Advertise your moving business in places where everyone goes, like grocery stores and restaurants, and put an ad on your moving van.
9. Dog Groomer
If you are good with dogs, you can start a dog grooming business. You will need clippers, shears, bathtubs, shampoos, conditioners, blowers and dryers.
In 2019, the United States pet industry boasted a total revenue of $9 billion. Many American households own at least one pet. With dogs being man’s best friend, owners spend a generous amount of money on their grooming, daycare, boarding, etc.
In the dog grooming business, convenience, and distance matter, no pet owner wants to drive for hours just to drop their dog off for a trim.
Provide full-service grooming by visiting dogs at their homes. You can also opt for a mobile dog grooming van service.
I have a friend with a grooming business and they can groom up to forty pets a day and they make about $30 per pet, not including tips, but they have a couple of employees as well.
10. Car Detailing Business
If you love cars, why not give them that new-car look and feel at a price?
Unlike a drive-through car wash, a car detailing business provides thorough cleaning, inside and out, of a vehicle. This includes waxing, tire shine, vacuuming, window cleaning, and any extras the client requests.
Start-up costs can range from $3,000 to $10,000. Typical charges for a full detail range from $100 to $150. You can start sending customers your way by creating a Facebook page for your business.
11. Drop Shipper
Dropshipping allows you to start your own e-commerce business without stocking any product or making any significant investment.
In other words, without stock and inventory, your risk factor is zero!
Products on your online store can be delivered directly from the supplier to the buyer, and you will receive a cut at the end. Your customers won’t have any idea that you are not the producer or retailer for the merchandise you’re selling.
Before you start this business, you first need to find the right products and a reliable dropship supplier. Next, create an e-commerce site with products you want to sell from your chosen supplier.
You can use Shopify to create a beautiful online store and promote your site via online marketing channels.
So how much can you make? Your profit will be the margin between your selling price and the supplier price.
12. Web Designer
We live in a digital world. Every business, big or small, needs an online presence. Even if it’s a one-page website.
Hence creative and quality web designers remain in high demand; this is one industry that will never die.
Web design involves mastering the art of using websites to create an eye-catching, value-driven experience. Online resources like WordPress and Squarespace can take you a long way.
13. Resume Writer Service
Regardless of the experience, there are very few folks who are good at or enjoy writing their own resume.
People pay good money to have their qualifications, milestones, and personal statements put in writing.
If you have an eye for detail and can write succinctly, put your skills to good use by helping job-seekers perfect their resumes and cover letters.
If you have developed a valuable set of skills within your industry over the years, put them to use by offering consulting services to those in need.
Many people and local businesses are willing to pay hefty amounts for your knowledge and expertise within your industry. They want you to give them professional advice and help them solve problems.
Before you become a consultant, first evaluate what you currently excel at doing. Next, determine whether it would make a successful consulting business.
As an independent consultant, you can serve on a board of advisors, give a speech at industry conferences, or help shape the strategy of an existing business.
Consulting can apply to every small business listed in this post. Consultants attend to wide-ranging fields, including personal finance, public relations, IT, health and fitness, and more.
15. Online Teacher
Do you love teaching? Would you like to do it for some money? If you excelled at a particular subject in school, know multiple languages, or are great at explaining concepts, consider becoming an online teacher.
Online education has grown to become a booming small business industry. People who are to busy to attend full-time classes prefer taking online courses. There are different reasons for pushing people to learn more in all stages of life.
Depending on your skillset, you can specialize in a particular area, such as math, languages, paper writing, or test preparation.
Companies like QKids, Chegg, Tutor, and Brainfuse will help you pursue a work from home career as an online teacher. You can hold on to your full-time job as you build your clientele, teaching what you love.
16. Graphic Designer
Apple. Coca Cola. Walmart. KFC. What do these companies have in common? They’re all top brands. You can identify these companies just by looking at their logos.
As the number of brands fighting for the attention of consumers grows, companies are always searching for branding that will tell their story.
Almost every business needs some amount of graphic design work. Print media is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
To be a graphic designer, you need a laptop, apps (such as Adobe Photoshop, Canva, InDesign, and Illustrator), a bit of creativity, and the will to succeed.
Learning the foundations of graphic design on your own is relatively easy. You can create awesome marketing graphics on magazines, newsletters, flyers, logos, letters, advertisements, and informational sheets.
17. Virtual Assistant
Many busy professionals prefer having an assistant who can update their calendars, check and answer work emails, organize task lists, and perform other administrative tasks.
If you have already been a personal assistant in an office, you have an added advantage. If you haven’t, worry not. It’s easier than you think.
The digital version gives you more freedom. You get to work from home, choose your clients, and set your own hours.
You just need an internet connection and access to a computer to get started.
Being a virtual assistant might be a good fit for you if you are excellent at getting stuff done efficiently in an organized manner. You can earn even more if you have specific skills.
Start with bloggers. Many bloggers struggle with tech at some point. If you address their concerns and do a good job, they will recommend you to other bloggers.
18. Cleaning Business
It’s a fact that many people don’t enjoy cleaning their homes but are willing to pay someone to do the work for them. Cleaning is a service that is always in demand.
Investment required for opening a cleaning business is very minimal. Cleaning business is one of the exciting small ideas for women, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t do it.
A cleaning business is easy to start and requires no training or certification. All you need is some floor cleaner, a vacuum cleaner, and preferably a car to get you around.
You can get more bang for your buck by cleaning offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants, or hotels at different times of the day.
And get this, you can hire cleaners, so you don’t have to clean yourself!
If you have a great eye for lighting, composition, taking great shots and documenting special moments, convert this hobby to commercial purpose.
Photography is a great business to start with a small investment. You only need a professional camera, photography equipment, and your skills to turn your creative outlet into a money-making venture!
Camera gear is affordable, and the availability of free and decently priced photo editing software will help you give your shots a professional look.
You can take pictures at public parks, events, or the residence of the client. If the need arises, rent a studio by the hour. You can also make money from your shots on photo selling websites like Shutterstock, Foap, Stockimo, ScoopShot, and Snapwire.
Competition is pretty stiff, so do smart marketing to promote your services. Consider opening an Instagram and Facebook page to showcase some of your best work.
You can also create your own website to increase your reach and grow your client base. Make your business available to potential customers, even while you sleep.
You can start your business by taking your family and friends as your first clients. Once business booms, develop a specialty(such as wedding photography, pet photography, or family portraits) and charge premium rates.
You can also earn income, teaching what you know to others.
20. Event Planner
Putting on a fashion show, family reunion, conference, or industry event is not a day’s work. If you’re uber-organized, detail-oriented, and something like a well-planned itinerary excites you, maybe it’s time to get into the event planning business.
Event planning doesn’t require strict education or training. The secret is good leadership, constant energy, and making connections with the right people.
Even though event planning can be done remotely, offering your services near where you live is more effective. There are many types of event planners out there.
You can specialize in large corporate events or social functions. Start with smaller local events and gradually scale up.
Americans love to party. Whether it’s a graduation ceremony, birthday party, bachelor party, or any other special occasion, you can offer party services and get paid for it.
Offer attractive package deals to rise above the competition. Visit all potential event locations within your area and learn what’s available at each site.
21. Landscaping Business
Not everyone is born with a green thumb. Landscaping for homeowners and rental properties can be a lucrative small business.
Knowledge is a very crucial factor in this business. If trimming trees (and hedges), planting flowers, seasonal décor, and mowing lawns is something you enjoy, people are glad to pay for such services.
Not many folks are big fans of the labor associated with landscaping. You will need to invest in some landscaping equipment to design and implement unique and elaborate landscape changes.
In time, you might want to expand to designing walkways, decks, and patios.
22. Social Media
Almost everyone has a Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram account these days. These sites have unlimited potential with a customer base that can span millions.
What’s even great is that new sites are released every year. So, it’s unlikely that this trend will die soon.
If you have a knowledge of computers and some creativity, social media is a great place to start your business. You can make money as a social media influencer, specialist, or affiliate marketer.
Every business needs a social media presence; it’s the new way to generate leads and drive more sales. Customers expect businesses to have a social media presence and responsive customer service.
If you live your life on Instagram, are continually pinning on Pinterest, active on Twitter, and know LinkedIn like the back of your hand, turn your social media expertise into a business venture.
23. Real Estate
Real estate is broad. You can become a property manager, and make sure your clients’ properties run smoothly.
From managing improvements and repairs to collecting rental checks, you can make a decent income with relatively little work on your part.
Being a real estate agent is another way you can start a small business. Whether people prefer renting or buying a place to live or run a business, your services will come in handy.
With time, you can grow to invest in rental property. I did it, and you can do it too.
You will need a down payment of 10-20 percent of the property’s value from your own pockets and use a bank or private lender to finance the rest.
Consider using equity from a previous purchase to decrease your down payment even more. Rent collected will help pay down the remainder of the loan.
Consider being mentored to learn the ropes and lessen the learning curve.
24. Data Entry
Got a thing for typing? There are many companies offering data entry jobs.
You can start this home-based business idea on a part-time or full-time basis. There is no investment at all to start: just a laptop, internet connection, and basic typing or data entry skills.
You can easily make $10 to $50 depending on the company hiring you and the type of data entry work you’re doing.
25. Sell Online Courses
Proficient in a second language? Worked as a teacher before? You’ll be happy to know that information products like online courses are very useful when it comes to sharing your knowledge with others.
There is an audience of people online willing to pay for your courses. Whatever field you specialize in, your knowledge becomes educational material for sale.
Blogging is another excellent opportunity if you enjoy writing and are looking for a low-investment business idea. For over two decades, bloggers (including yours truly) have been creating valuable content on a myriad of topics.
Are you an expert in a particular field? Sports, fashion, health and wellness, travel, cooking, technology, or DIY?
If you have experience in a specific area, why not share with the world through a blog? You can then turn your blog into a business. It will take hard work and patience before you start earning a decent income.
Blog hosting is cheap, and you can earn income by offering advertising space, selling products and services directly to your audience, and doing affiliate marketing on your blog.
27. Become an SEO Expert
Many sites get most of their traffic from search engine results, and this has given rise to a demand for SEO specialists. Unfortunately for businesses and fortunately for you, most individuals that operate in this market have no idea what they’re doing.
SEO does involve a certain level of background knowledge. Companies are almost always hiring SEO experts to help with content.
You can improve their SEO with the right titles, meta descriptions, tags and categories, keyword density, relevant images with alt tags and SEO captions, etc.
If you are not familiar with SEO, you can enroll in an online course to gain adequate knowledge and tools.
28. Create Videos
Videos are taking over. Think about it, when was the last time you used YouTube? You probably have a YouTube tab on your browser right now.
Take a minute to scroll through your Facebook timeline, and you will see how prevalent online videos have become. Tutorials, animations, how-to videos, funny videos.
The ability to create video content is a skill that is in high demand. There are various ways you can use videography to create your own small business.
Video creation requires pricey equipment, but that’s also what makes the service in demand. Many creators want to become YouTubers but lack the skills and equipment to shoot, edit, and upload high-quality videos.
With the right video equipment and time, you can monetize your efforts. Alternatively, you can start your own channel and build an audience through subscriptions.
It just takes a few minutes to do it. Pick a niche you know very well. With your own channel, you can earn a portion of the ad revenue that your video content brings in.
29. Sell On Etsy
If you have a crafty side, you can sell your handmade art, jewelry, vintage collectibles, and custom creations.
Selling on Etsy is one of my favorite small business ideas for men. One thing I love about Etsy is that the selling costs are surprisingly low.
Take good photos and come up with good descriptions. You can build a following by dealing with a related line of crafts.
30. Catering Business
Hungry for profits? If you love to cook, monetizing your culinary skills can be a fun and profitable way to earn a living.
Opening a restaurant is a good idea, but it takes a lot of time and costs lots of money. It’s worth mentioning that restaurants have some of the highest failure rates of any small business. I don’t say this to discourage you; I want you to know what to expect.
Forget the restaurant business! Serving meals at special events is a fun way of capitalizing on a hobby. You don’t need to rent expensive premises to run your catering business, you just need a kitchen.
You can start with meal service, and operate your service from home to keep overhead to a minimum. Here, you can prepare fresh, wholesome meals and deliver them to homes and offices.
If you’re trying to build a catering business for men outside of regular working hours, you can plan well, so it fits into weekends.
31. Personal Trainer
Becoming a personal trainer is one of the best small business ideas for men on this list. America is obsessed with weight and fitness. Many people want fitness coaches to help them get back into shape.
If you’re a fitness buff with the right blend of business sense and charisma, monetize your skill. You can conduct fitness sessions at the client’s home gym or group classes at a community center.
While at it, you can try selling fitness journals, supplements, and other similar products online.
Once you build a client base and reputation for yourself, you can easily turn it into a fulltime thing. Instagram is an excellent place to build your brand.
Opening a barbershop is lucrative and self-rewarding if you have a knack for grooming and cutting hair. People need haircuts all the time, so there’s a ready market waiting for you.
As a male owner, it would be more sensible to your customers when you specialize in men’s grooming. Men are becoming less shy about personal grooming.
You can start with men and kids, and with time you can expand to include the entire family. Ensure you comply with all your state’s requirements for opening a barbershop.
While there is a fair amount of regulation you will need to abide by and permits you will need to obtain, there is no shortage of customers.
33. Smartphone Repair/Accessories
To say that people are obsessed with smartphones would be a bit of an understatement. Over 77 percent of the US population has a smartphone. As more brands enter the market, this figure will continue to grow.
This widespread smartphone addiction means that when users encounter a problem, they want help as soon as possible. The demand for persons and outlets who offer repair services is vast.
Apple stores and other smartphone retailers have come under fire for keeping their customers waiting. You can learn how to repair smartphones and start with fixing casing and replacing broken screens.
Encourage your customers to surrender dead phones so you can use them for parts. You can also repair tablets and other electronic devices. Grow your business by selling mobile phone accessories like earphones, chargers, screen protectors, and cases.
34. Tour Guide/Translator
Are you a people person who loves exploring the outdoors and visiting popular spots? If you live in a destination with many tourist attractions and happen to know your town like the back of your hands, consider starting a local tour guide business.
Visitors want to get a first-hand feel of the places they visit, and you can make help them get an authentic taste of your city.
If you are proficient in more than one language, you can become a translator. You can help tourists mingle with locals, try local cuisines and experience sights and sounds.
35. Making Chatbots
A decade ago, every business needed a website. Five years ago, every business needed an app. Fast forward to 2020, and now every business needs to embrace messaging with chatbots and AI.
Many companies use chatbots to gather data, interact with their clients, and improve their marketing efforts.
You don’t need to code or take long courses to start your chatbot creation business. You can learn to make chatbots for free here.
36. Mobile App Developer
You have probably seen or heard the phrase “there’s an app for everything” a couple of times. There are millions of apps in the Google Play Store and App Store. Yet somehow, new apps are launched daily.
Do you have basic programming knowledge? If you have a unique idea or solution to a common problem or pain point, create your own app!
You can hire other developers to address the requirements of your clients. App development requires little to no investment.
It’s also less time consuming, meaning it won’t interfere with your other job. You can make money through digital advertising and in-app purchases.
It is no secret that app developers are some of the wealthiest people around. In this business, marketing is vital. With the right marketing strategy, your app may go viral.
Who wouldn’t love making money in their sleep? Not me.
37. Travel Planning
It’s interesting that with all the booking platforms available online, people still prefer using travel agents. Reason is simple.
There are many factors to compare, which can be overwhelming. These factors can include airfares, car rentals, hotels, and activities.
If you always plan the best vacations, have the knack for finding a great bargain, and possess excellent organizational skills, you could help travelers with planning services.
38. Baby Proofing Service
When they start crawling, it can be hard to keep an eye on babies all the time. Many safety elements need to be changed to make the houses safe.
Baby proofing is a little niche business with a market of parents who want the best for their little ones. There is no price on safety.
You can install safety coverings for electric outlets, baby gates, door locks, railings, and cabinet door catches.
39. Pool Cleaning and Maintenance
Pool cleaning and maintenance is another of the most recommended profitable small business ideas for men.
People love swimming, and that’s why you won’t miss a swimming pool in a hotel, park or fitness club. Some people have swimming pools in their compounds.
Pools require endless cleaning and regular maintenance. Folks who can afford swimming pools can afford to pay for full service to keep them in usable condition. According to IBIS, pool cleaning is a $6 billion industry.
You can offer your services to both residential and commercial customers.
Are you always fixing stuff around the house? Are you the first person neighbors call when they need a small project done?
If you know how to repair a leaky faucet or fix a broken fuse, becoming a handyman can be a great business to start. Those thankful neighbors can be your first customers.
Due to our busy lifestyle, the number of people who know how to repair stuff is quickly decreasing. Many homeowners are willing to let someone take care of the repairs, maintenance, or additions for a fee.
As a handyman, you can be occupied and won’t need to set up a physical storefront. All you need is the know-how and some equipment.
Figure out what your expertise and time are worth. Next, print some business cards with your name, contact info, and services offered.
Summary Of Small Business Ideas For Men
There you go, 40 creative small business ideas with low investment to kick start your day. I hope they inspire you to take the bold step to start your business!
By leaving your 9-5 grind to start a small business, you’re feeding your passion and giving yourself a newfound level of freedom.
Whether you’re a working or a stay-at-home dad, you can learn new skills or brush up on your skillset to start a small business easily and cheaply.
Carefully evaluate the ideas that are most likely to work for you. Each of the ideas is simple to start, and you can do most as a sole proprietorship. None of these is a get-rich-quick scheme.
Share in the comments if I missed any profitable small business ideas for men. Good luck!