10 small business ideas for aspiring entrepreneurs in Australia

When the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started in 2020, many Australians proved that necessity is the mother of invention. Despite having no experience handling a business, some discovered their entrepreneurial skills and managed to compete with established businesses.

If you’re looking for small business ideas in Australia to get your entrepreneurial journey started, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll provide a list of 10 small business ideas for aspiring Australian entrepreneurs.

American dollar bills (©Alexander Mills)
American dollar bills (©Alexander Mills)

1. Natural skincare line

With more and more people becoming interested in living a healthy and eco-conscious lifestyle, becoming a natural skincare manufacturer in Australia is a great business idea for anyone with an interest in beauty and skincare. You can get started with very little upfront investment and there’s a large potential market for your products.


2. Personal shopper/stylist

Have a keen eye for fashion? Why not start your own personal shopping or styling business. This is a great business idea for Australians who love to shop and help others look their best. You can work with clients remotely or meet with them in person, whichever you prefer.


#3. Online store

Thanks to platforms like Shopify and Woocommerce, it’s easier than ever to start your own online store not only in Australia but in almost every country in the world. Whether you want to sell physical goods or digital products, there’s a huge potential market for your products or services online. The best part is you can run your business entirely from home.


#4. Freelance writing

Are you a talented writer? If so, you can start your own freelance writing business. There’s a growing market for web content and businesses are always in need of quality content. You can work with clients from all over the world and write about topics that you’re passionate about.


#5. Social media consultant

With over 3 billion people using social media worldwide, it’s no surprise that businesses are willing to pay good money for someone with social media expertise. If you consider yourself a social media expert, why not start your own social media consulting business? You can help businesses develop and implement effective social media strategies that will help them reach their target audiences. 


#6. Personal chef

Are you passionate about experimenting with Australian cuisine? If so, starting your own personal chef business might be the perfect fit for you. You can cook healthy meals for busy families or tailored menu items for people with special dietary needs. There are plenty of opportunities for personal chefs to find work. All you need is some culinary training and a bit of creativity.


#7. Home cleaning service

Have a knack for cleaning? Turn your passion into profit by starting your own home cleaning service. This type of business is perfect for Australians who love to clean and don’t mind getting their hands dirty (literally). Plus, there’s always high demand for this type of service so you’ll never be short on work.


#8. Dog walking/pet sitting

If you are an animal lover, dog walking or pet sitting is a great business for you. This type of business is for Australians who are looking for something flexible since they can typically set their own hours and rates. It’s also a very rewarding experience for animal lovers knowing that they’re taking care of someone’s furry friend while they’re away.


#9. Daycare provider

You can start your own daycare in Australia if you are extra patient and nurturing and you love working with kids. This type of business requires certification, of course, but it can be very rewarding taking care of little ones all day long. Plus, there’s always high demand for quality childcare so you’ll never be out of work.


#10. Event planner

Do you have an eye for detail and enjoy planning parties or events? Then event planning might be the perfect small business idea for you. You can specialise in planning weddings, birthday parties, corporate events or any other type of event that interests you. The best part is that no two events are ever the same so every day on the job will be different.


Any one of these 10 small business ideas would make an excellent choice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to get their entrepreneurial journey started in Australia. What are you waiting for? Get out there and start turning your dreams into reality today.

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