It all starts with an idea. Inspire yourself with something you enjoy? Or Try This:
Handyman or Contractor
IT and Computer Services
Pet Store, Grooming, and Boarding
Salon or Barbershop
Antique or Thrift Store
Fitness Studio or Gym
Ice Cream Shop
Bed and Breakfast
Gardening and Landscaping
Nail Salon and Spa
Brewery or Winery
Event Venue and Planner
Tattoo and Piercing Shop
Big business can happen in Walkerton. Small towns offer a unique opportunity of a concentrated market—as well as the challenge of a limited population. Finding good business ideas that will stick is all about meeting a current demand with a great product or service.
Downtown Walkerton Commercial District. Rainbow Photo by Kim Giese
In order to start a business that works, you’ll need to perform background research into the local market, as well as the specific geography of the physical location. In a small town, you’re much more dependent on a smaller group for business, so choosing the right location is crucial to optimize store traffic. Even if your business plan is service-based, it’s still a good idea to have a firm grasp on how big your market is.
Once you have an idea of the consumer marketplace, you can lay the groundwork for different business ideas—ultimately deciding on the one that you think will work best. Once you find out more about the resources available and other businesses in your area, you can talk to other business owners, and finally, evaluate the costs and requirements of starting a business in a small town.
With inspiration from "Fundera", we’ve gathered this list of 30 small town business ideas that every community needs. You can use this list as a starting point for research, or perhaps, find just the right idea for a business in town. Be sure to check out the "Fundera" website to learn more: