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24 Small Business Ideas for Small Towns, Villages and Rural Areas

1. Production of Organic Produce
Most rural areas have large arable land.Farming of food crops, fruits or rearing of animals devoid of artificial feed can provide substantial income to a would-be farmer.The farmer can use branding and good packaging to increase the revenue of the produce.If your produce is well promoted, people from within and outside your locality will buy from yo since people are looking for avenues to obtain food which is fertilizer free.
Resources
Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook
The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff – and Making a Profit
2. Production of Organic Manure
Organic manure is another business one can tap into. People in the cities who need flowers, or who grow their own vegetable in their small garden are potential customers.Organic manure is actually a lucrative market.To get started, however, you need to have the needed skills to produce high-quality organic manure.
3. Furniture Industry
Setting up a furniture business can be a potential money spinner if you have the required skill. A higher profit margin is possible if the furniture company is located close to a lumbering company. This is because the source of raw materials can be procured at a cheap price.
Resources
How to Start Your Own Home Decor & Furniture Line
4. Beauty Shop
The number of beauty shops in the city is on a high side.This leads to more competition and pressure to provide innovative service to differentiate yourself from the crowd.While there are also beauty salons in rural areas, the number of competition is lower, this gives you the opportunity to easily differentiate yourself in the community.
Resources
How to Open a Salon or Day Spa
5. Selling Fresh Eggs
Fresh egg is a good source of protein as it contains most of the Essential Amino Acids needed by man. It’s in high demand since it is can be eaten with bread and it’s a necessary ingredient in cake making. The huge need makes it a lucrative business to venture into.
6. Photography Business
People love memories and what better way to capture them than through a camera, or video.
If you are a person who loves to capture memories- then photography is a good bet for you. If you are however unskilled, you need to get yourself polished before picking a camera
Resources
Best Sellers in Digital Point & Shoot Cameras
30 Things you Should Know to Help you Start a Photography
7.Plumbing Shop
I don’t know if you are an exception, but I know that most home needs plumbing maintenance, at least once a year. While this job requires skills for you to get started, you can get of to a great start if you learn how to improve your communication skill. When you do this you will be able to get repeat customers and referrals.
8. Moringa Farming
Moringa is a simple tree that can be refined into several products. It is high in vitamins and can also be used to purify water. Hence, it is lucrative. You need to find out if your soil type is good for growing this awesome crop.
Resources
Growing and processing Moringa leaves
9. Florist
If you live in the western world where flowers are appreciated, you can offer your service as a florist to those who want to get married-to those who need to beautify their homes- and to those who need it as a form of therapy.
10. Fashion Designer
People living in small communities love to distinguish themselves with their traditional styles of fashion. For this reason, you may have a hard time selling outlandish clothing. But if you dance to the tune of the people by making their kind of clothes, you will make lots of profit. You don’t have to be the maker. You can find one or two tailors in the community and negotiate with them. They produce, and you sell.
11. Vegetable garden farm
Vegetables are needed all year round as they are good sources of vitamins and other important minerals. It can be used in preparing rice and in the making of salad. So it has a good earning potential.
12. Chili pepper Farming
For those with good farming skills, setting up a chilli-farm can get you good revenue as chilli is one of world most important spices.
13. Freelance Writer
If you know how to turn words into life, you can provide writing services to those who need to write adverts in your small town. You can also teach others how to do this, from the comfort of your home, while charging a fee.
14. Become a local goods Retailer
You can start retailing merchandise in rural environment . Retailing local sourced merchandise can serve as an attractive and encouraging shopping experience for tourists who visit in rural areas.
15. Interior Decoration
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People living in small town are also interested in getting their home furnished. If you have the requisite skills -then- interior decoration can be a good source of income.
Resources
How to Become an Interior Decorator
List of Free Online Interior Design Courses & Learning Materials
16. Sell Clothing Online.
From the comfort of your home, you can sell catalogue of your design online. You can also source for materials from China, and, sell them for handsome profit.
17. Waste Disposal Services
Do you live in an area with inefficient waste disposal service? If your answer is yes- it’s time to register with the relevant authority and invest in a pick-up truck which can be used to ferry dirt daily, weekly or monthly as per the agreement.
18. Local jewelry
If you know how to use beads to create captivating design, then being a local jewelry maker is a good source of income. However, you also need to take great pictures which requires skills. So below are resources that can help you succeed in the business.
Resources
How to Photograph Your Jewelry DVD
Wire work spirals and FREE tutorials
19. Be A Consultant.
You can build a business by giving advice. If you know how to increase the yield of a farm, you can provide this advice and make lots of profit.

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