No Boss Required: Crush Life with These Small Business Ideas for Men


Tired of the 9 to 5? Become your own boss with these small business ideas for men.

Are you tired of being managed by someone else, and are looking to be your own boss?

Many men feel this way, but few do anything to change their situation.

Whether you’re a father wanting more money for your family, or a young millennial man just looking for something new, there’s a small business idea out there that suits your skill set.

So, which one should you capitalize on?

To decide what’s best for you, read on to learn about the top small business ideas for men.

1. Blogging

Blogging is one of the best small businesses you can start at home.

Many men don’t consider trying out blogging, as they see it as a female-dominated sphere that they wouldn’t excel in.

But, there are many successful male bloggers out there who make large incomes solely from blogging.

The great thing about blogging is that there are very little start-up costs. You’ll need to purchase a domain name and a web hosting platform, as well as spend some money on plugins and marketing, but this is pennies compared to the cost of starting other types of businesses.

Also, blogging is a business you can build slowly and still make good money. If you want a side hustle that could potentially convert into a full-time business in a year or two, then blogging is for you.

2. Online T-Shirt Store

A t-shirt business is one business that will never go out of style.

Different trends will come and go, but people will always need t-shirts! And, people are getting more and more into buying niche t-shirts, which means there’s lots of room in the market for more t-shirt businesses.

For example, if you’re a big TV buff, your t-shirt store could focus solely on making t-shirts that have famous TV show logos on them or quotes from the show.

To get started with an online t-shirt business, you’ll need to set up an e-commerce store.

You’ll also need to invest in a screen printing machine, as well as materials for shipping the t-shirts, such as boxes, packing paper, and certified mail labels.

3. Tailoring Business

Do you love finding that perfect fitting suit? Why not start a business that helps others do the same?

A small tailoring business may not seem that lucrative, but trust us, it definitely is.

The great thing about a tailoring business is that there aren’t that many costs to running one.

You’ll need the proper sewing equipment to tailor the clothes, but beyond that, you won’t need much more, as you aren’t selling any products.

In fact, if you’re good at marketing and have a lot of connections in your city, you could even start an at-home tailoring business.

If your clients know and trust you, they’ll have no problem coming to your house for their tailoring needs.

4. Photography Business

Many men take photos as a fun hobby. However, very few think about converting their photography skills into a full-time business.

Like blogging, a photography business is another one where you don’t have to go all in right away. You can build slowly until you get to the point where you’re comfortable quitting your day job so you can run your photography business full-time.

That’s because there are so many weekend gigs available in the photography business. From photographing weddings to photographing engagement photos to photographing corporate events, there’s a lot of room in the photography industry to make a name for your self.

5. Translating Business

Are you bilingual?

If so, that’s really all it takes to start your own translating business.

A translating business can take on many forms. For example, if you want to work from home,  you can create one that strictly caters to people who need documents translated.

Or, you can translate the spoken language, offering your services on a contract basis.

With the ever-increasing globalization of our world, translators are in extremely high-demand now.

Also, if the second language you know isn’t commonly spoken, that actually increases your chances of getting a job. So don’t think translating jobs are only for those who speak Chinese or Russian.

6. Resume Writing Service

Do friends always come to you for advice on how to improve their resume or cover letter?

Well, guess what, you can make a full-time business out of this skill.

Even the most intelligent people in the world can be terrible at writing resumes. Therefore, someone who is a good resume writer is highly sought after.

Plus, most people know the difference a killer resume can make when applying for a job. So even if you’re just starting out, you can still set your prices fairly high.

7. Skin Care Products Business

Most skin care products and treatments are aimed at women.

But, men want young looking skin just as badly as women do!

Better yet, there currently aren’t a lot of skin care businesses out there that are catered to men.

Plus, you don’t need to be a dermatologist to start a skin care business. All you need to do is learn the basics about skin care ingredients, and you’ll be ready to create your own products and start selling them.

8. Online Coach or Consultant

Have you been working in your industry for a while? Do you feel like you’re an industry expert?

If so, you may want to start an online coaching or consulting business.

Whether you’re an expert on fitness, accounting, or marketing, you can start a profitable coaching or consulting business.

As a coach or consultant, you will help people who also work in your industry become successful.

Many men love the industry they work in but hate not being their own boss.

As a coach or consultant, you can drop the boss, yet still stay in your field of expertise.

9. Data Entry Business

If you’re a newcomer and are looking for a business you can start without any specific expertise, then a data entry business is for you.

Seriously, all you need to start this business is the ability to type on a computer.

You can start by picking up freelance gigs from different websites, and once you get some reviews, you can move into starting your own business.

The great thing about a data entry business is that, if you do a good job, you can get a lot of repeat clients.

Eventually, you can get to the point where you no longer have to market your services, and instead, you can just work for your regular clients.

10. Event Planning Business

Are you a huge planner? Do you think about every little detail before executing a plan?

If your friends always joke about your insane organizational habits, why not put them to use and start an event planning business?

The great thing about an event planning business is that you will absolutely never get bored.

From weddings to corporate parties to networking mixers, there are all kinds of events that need to be planned!

11. Condiment Making Business

These days, more and more people are straying from big brands and instead are looking to purchase from small local businesses.

Yes, even when it comes to condiments.

People are no longer happy with plain old hot sauce, instead, they want hot sauce infused with notes of garlic and lime.

If you have a knack for figuring out what ingredients and flavors go well together, there may be a spot for you in the condiment making business.

As a condiment maker, there are all kinds of opportunities to sell your products. You can sell your products online, at farmer markets, or to local restaurants and cafes.

14. Become an Airbnb Host

Some people scoff at the idea that Airbnb hosts are business owners. But, those people probably don’t know how much you can make as an Airbnb host.

Plus, as an Airbnb host, you can do a lot more than just rent out your spare room in the basement.

There are many people who go on Airbnb to find unique accommodation options. For example, some people love the idea of spending a night in a tiny house, a treehouse, or even just a van on the beach.

So, if you have the means to build some sort of unique accommodation, you can make big bucks as an Airbnb host by renting out these properties.

On top of that, you can also offer your services by offering an Airbnb experience.

Airbnb now allows their hosts to sell experiences to their guests, such as hikes, cooking classes, historical city tours, bar hops, and more.

15. Proofreading Business  

Nearly every piece of writing is looked at by a proofreader before going to print.

If you are a huge grammar nerd, a proofreading business may be right for you.

You can proofread anything from books to court transcripts to web content to newspapers.

No one wants their company to be that company who makes an embarrassing grammatical error, so proofreaders are always in high-demand.

Plus, you usually don’t need specific industry expertise to become a proofreader, as most of it is grammar-focused.

Ready to Hit the Ground Running With One of These Business Ideas for Men?

So, there you have it, a big list of business ideas for men that covers many expertise and skill levels.

The biggest hurdle with a small business is always making the move to start. There is never an exact right time to start a small business, and you’re never going to feel totally ready.

You’ve just got to go for it and figure it out as you go!

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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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