20 Easy Micro Business Ideas

Micro businesses are small, one-person operations frequently started on a part time basis from home. Here are 20 business ideas that work great for a micro business.

  1. Tutoring in math, reading, study skills, etc

  2. Childcare

  3. Music lessons especially piano and guitar

  4. House cleaning and decluttering

  5. Web design

  6. Bookkeeping

  7. Event planner

  8. Elder care assistant

  9. Writer/Author

  10. Baker

  11. Cake decorating

  12. Car washing and detailing

  13. Blog set up and instruction

  14. Crafts (knitting, card making, soap, etc.)

  15. Computer tutor

  16. Photography especially senior pictures

  17. Fine arts (painting, sculpture, etc.)

  18. Sewing/Dressmaker

  19. Foreign language tutor

  20. Art lessons for children

Most of these businesses are quick and easy to start with what you already have on hand such as your brains, a skill, a computer, or a piano.

For more ideas visit my Pinterest board Follow Me on Pinterest

or the Micro Business for Teens blog

or buy Starting a Micro Business (print or ebook)  here You can read part of Chapter Two: Getting an Idea for free)

Carol Topp, CPA


  1. Hello, I was wondering if you knew how to make a blog, is it easy? Like, something I can learn how to do? Thanks for your time! 😀

  2. Carol Topp, CPA says:

    I think making a blog is easy. My first blog was at HomeschoolBlogger. It is free and was pretty easy to learn. A lot of homeschooled teenagers create blogs there. Visit their Library to get started.

    Then I learned WordPress and now have several blogs there. It’s free and if you Google “WordPress tutorials,” you can learn a lot. There are even several YouTube videos to show you how.

    Have fun blogging!

  3. **~ I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information ~’*

  4. praveen sharma says:

    i want to set up own business so plz give me some idea which one is best for me

  5. Carol Topp, CPA says:

    Praveen, Since I don’t know you, I cannot tell tou which ideas are best for you!
    Consider your skills, talents and interests. Then look around and see a need that you can meet.
    My book Starting a Micro Business and the Micro Business for Teens Workbook both have helpful information is brainstorming and finding an idea that works for you.

  6. Joshua says:

    I am an amature knife maker and blacksmith. I was wondering if you think i should charge by the hour or a set rate. And if i should charge by the hour, how much?

  7. Good question Joshua! I think if you are producing a product (like a custom knife), you should charge a set price. If you are doing a job for someone (like black smithing), you should charge by the hour and give the customer an idea of how long the project will take, such as 2-4 hours and then warn them if it takes longer than you estimated.
    Also check out your competition and see what they charge for a job or per hour. Be bold and ask them. Most small business owners will tell you their prices.
    Hope that helps!

    Carol Topp, CPA

  8. Joshua says:

    Thank you very much for your imput, Mrs. Topp.

  9. How would I go about finding a way to start a photography business. I don’t have a big special camera, I just have a small samsung one. Would that still work?
    Thanks for your time. 🙂

  10. Carol Topp, CPA says:

    My daughter didn’t start getting serious about her photography business until she had a decent (like $700) Cannon camera. You could start by offering to do a few free shoots for friends with your small camera and get some good testimonials that way.