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15 Best Business Ideas for 2015

Each new year, there are a plethora of websites that list the top new ideas and/or trends for the coming year. People often look for opportunities - what industries and or new markets should be pursued? For the entrepreneur, this is a great list. For the person looking for a next role, these are business areas to look into.

This list is from Business News Daily  by Nicole Fallon.  I always look for a fresh list to start the year . . . . this was published on January 1, 2015 - you can't get much fresher than that.

15 Best Business Ideas for 2015 

  1. Kid-Friendly Apps:  three-quarters of kids have access to a mobile device
  2. Recycling Pickup:  we have bins for standard recycling, nothing for electronics and batteries
  3. Software Trainer:  technical manuals are available, but they are often difficult for the average user; offer group workshops or private sessions
  4. Healthcare Consulting:  offer data management and analysis for hospitals, labs and therapists offices (based on the rapidly changing climate surrounding the Affordable Care Act)
  5. Food Truck:  restaurant failure rate – 60% to 90%; food truck failure rate – 10% to 20% (this industry is expected to be at $2.7 billion by 2017)
  6. Freelancing:  companies are increasingly turning to freelance and contract workers to fill skill gaps (see
  7. Mobile Consulting:  research from the 60-Second Marketer – more people on the planet own a mobile device than own a toothbrush
  8. Translator:  according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the hiring of interpreters and translators is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations
  9. Employee-Monitoring Services:  there are approximately 1.3 billion workers that are now mobile; employers need help to manage the data for payroll and billing
  10. Traveling Salon:  think services for seniors 
  11. Vending Machine Business:  health conscious and time strapped Americans are looking for food on the go that is NOT a soda or chips
  12. Smartphone Repair:  these services are just starting to pop up – but the market is still new and undeveloped for this service
  13. Contracting:  many left the field during the recession; there is a shortage at this time (plumbers, electricians, etc.)
  14. Testing Business:  apps, websites and e-commerce – they do NOT work, but are critical for business today; businesses do not have the time to test their websites for actual users
  15. Business Services:  staff was cut during the recession – there is opportunity for people in marketing, HR, healthcare management, etc. 

Continuing to wish you the best for 2015!