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By Nick Bell

What are the best businesses to buy into right now? Trending business ideas of 2021


What are the top trending business ideas of 2021? Starting something profitable and attaining financial freedom is now more possible than ever before. Don’t for a moment think that it’s too expensive to start a business from scratch. In today’s age, people have started empires with less than $500 to their name.

It’s 2021 and there are many trending business ideas out in plain sight. The real question is: which one are you best suited for? Let’s take a look at the top 20:

Content Writing

Are you good at writing? If so, there is a healthy demand for content writers. You can write everything from product descriptions, blog posts, social media posts, and so on. You could start out on your own or take on some gigs through a freelancing site.


With millions of people shopping online, ecommerce is progressing faster than ever. When it comes to dropshipping, your business receives the order but doesn’t do any of the heavy lifting. Simply send it on to your product supplier who will ship the order directly to your customer. There are some dropshipping courses you can take to get started if you want to get a better understanding of how it all works.

Print on Demand

Are you creative? Consider doing a print on demand business. This involves creating custom designs from scratch and printing them on mugs, t-shirts, phone cases, etc. You create the design and your suppliers will handle the rest (following a similar model to dropshipping). These days, anything related to on-demand is trending, popular and profitable.

Subscription/Membership sites

If you are offering premium content or products, why not offer them for a subscription? You can get members to enrol and get what they need every month. If there was one thing you could offer every month to a paying customer, what would it be? Membership or subscription models have long been one of the top trending business ideas.

Online tutoring

What subject were you good at in school? Right now, there is a child that may need extra help in it. That’s where an online tutor comes in. The more complex the subject, the higher you set your price. If you are looking for a business idea that requires your know-how, why not give tutoring a shot.

Graphic design

If you are good at visual arts, consider graphic design. This can include logos, stationary design, a website etc. Even better if you are experienced with design software like Photoshop or Figma.

Virtual assistant

There are lots of business people that need others to perform simple tasks that they themselves do not have the time to do. A virtual assistant can book travel, place orders, respond to emails and do whatever is needed.

Stock photography

Do you have a good eye for photography? If so, take random pictures that can be used as stock photos for a website or brochure. You then get paid for the purchase of your photos.


These days, consulting can take on many forms. You can do social media marketing consulting, business consulting, or (insert what you’re knowledgeable in) consulting. The list goes on and people will be willing to pay for your expertise.

Video production

This can be for advertisements, capturing someone’s big day, or whatever requires you to shoot and edit videos. The tools you need for a video production business include editing software, microphones, lighting equipment and a camera.

Software education

Not everyone will be proficient in every piece of software that exists which creates an opportunity for you to train others. One idea is to create a series of video courses explaining how to use certain types of software.

Virtual classes

If there’s one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it’s that virtual classes are popular and convenient. Why teach something like dance in a physical space when you don’t have to? If it’s a skill building class, it can be done virtually and live.

App development

Are you good at coding? Are you familiar with app building software? If so, you can build apps for PC, Android or iOS phones and tablets.


SEO or search engine optimization is becoming more necessary everyday. With Google becoming smarter at providing top quality content for certain keywords, someone just might pay you top dollar to increase their ranking.

Website design

Most businesses need a functioning website for information purposes and to make things convenient for their customers. As a freelancer, you can offer your services and get paid to build custom-designed websites for businesses.


Know how to put together a good meal? Know someone who might not have the time to cook? If the answer is yes, a ‘meals-to-go’ business might be the best option. You can provide a menu of what you can cook and people can order. You can make it fresh or package it for delivery for faster convenience.

Personal shopper

A personal shopper will be useful if you are someone that knows style. A personal shopper is someone who helps others shop by giving advice and providing suggestions. This can be done either online or offline.

Website flipping

If you are looking for a quick way to make profit, website flipping is the way to go. You can purchase websites that are making money, improve them by way of design or content, and then sell them for a greater profit when the time is right.

Online bookkeeping

Business owners sure have a demanding schedule. If you are skilled with software such as Quickbooks, you can help them keep track of their income and expenses as an online bookkeeper.

Digital marketing

A lot of people find marketing their business intimidating and are not able to navigate socials as well as their competition. Whether it’s with paid ads or social media, you can put a strategy in place for them to increase engagement, sales and profit.

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