If you have the necessary skills, you could also start a business where you offer house painting services to local homeowners.
Skilled trades like plumbing are also in high demand no matter where you live. So that could be another potentially successful business idea.
You could also start a more general handyman business where you provide a variety of different home repair and maintenance services.
Computer repair is another area where consumers might need help, no matter what type of market you set up shop in.
Or you could set up a location-independent business where you offer IT support to businesses and other clients over the phone or online.
Home Restoration Service
If you live in an area where there are a lot of historic homes and buildings, you could specialize in providing restoration and repair services for those buildings.
Small towns and rural areas offer a lot of great scenery that can lend itself to great landscape photography.
You could also offer your services to local clients as an event planner, especially if your small town has an active business community.
Or you could set up a hair salon or barbershop to provide beauty services to local consumers.
Dogs also need grooming services, regardless of location. So you could open up your own grooming business in a small town or rural area.
Microbrewing has become a huge industry with customers tiring of big brands and seeking a more unique alternative. If you’re in a small town, you could be able to secure a large enough location at a reasonable price to brew your own beer.
You could then either sell it locally — especially if your small community has a sizable tourist influx — or seek distribution in larger markets where consumers are hungry for more variety.
Or you could ferment or sell your own wine products, though this is likely to require even more space and specialized equipment.
Christmas Tree Farm
If you have a lot of outdoor space, you could also start a seasonal business where you grow and sell Christmas trees to consumers who are willing to go a bit out of their way for real trees.
Here’s another seasonal business idea. You could use your outdoor space to create a corn maze and then charge admission during the fall months each year.
Or if you have animals on your farm, you could charge admission for consumers who want to come and pet or visit with the animals.
You could also write books or ebooks from basically any type of location. And small towns or rural areas can sometimes be great for writers looking to get inspired.
Online Course Creator
If you have specific skills to share, you could create and sell your own online courses. Again, this can be done from anywhere given adequate internet access.
Or if your small town has an interesting or unique history, you could start your own museum dedicated to the area.
This again would be most effective if you live in a small town with a considerable tourist industry or if you could adequately promote it outside the area making it a tourist destination in its own right.
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