The Most Popular Startups During the Pandemic

popular pandemic startup businesses

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed many small businesses and closed them down for good. It has also created opportunities for bold entrepreneurs to strike out and capitalize on unknown territories.

Accommodation and food services are among the favorite business types to start right now. As is a retail trade and arts, entertainment, and recreation.

With startups on the rise, what type of businesses are proving the most popular to start during the pandemic?

In a new report, JustBusiness unveils the top industries entrepreneurs are opening businesses in. JustBusiness’s research involved asking 428 entrepreneurs about their business plans.

Most Popular Pandemic Startup Businesses

Check out the top ten business types entrepreneurs are venturing into.

Accommodation and Food Services

Almost 17% of entrepreneurs surveyed say they plan to open a business in the accommodation and food services industry.

Retail Trade

The retail trade is the second most popular industry for entrepreneurs right now with 12% wanting to open a retail venture.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

10% of entrepreneurs plan to start a business in arts, entertainment, and recreations.

Real Estate and Rental/Leasing

The real estate and rental leasing sector is popular, attracting more than 8% of entrepreneurs looking to start a new business.

Healthcare and Social Assistance

The pandemic has also created an opening for healthcare and social assistance services. 6.5% of the survey’s participants say they plan to open a healthcare or social assistance business.

Transportation and Warehousing

Transportation and warehousing services are in high demand at present. Recognizing this demand is 6% of participants who say they want to start a venture in this niche.

Educational Services

Another leading industry for startup ventures is educational services. Just over 5% of entrepreneurs plan to start a business in this field.

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

4% of those surveyed, plan to open a business in the professional, scientific, and technical services.


Just less than 4% of entrepreneurs recognize the benefits of starting up in agriculture


The same number want to start a business in manufacturing.


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Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead is a staff writer for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 7 years. She is based in the United Kingdom and since 2006, Gabrielle has been writing articles, blogs and news pieces for a diverse range of publications and sites. You can read "Gabrielle’s blog here.".