12+ Niche Business Ideas from Our Small Business Database

The Trends SMB Database offers a snapshot of the financials, insights, and lessons learned by 200+ founders across a range of industries. We ask business owners and operators a number of questions, including:

How did you get your first customer?

This question is designed to show the broad range of ways that businesses make that all-important first dollar. It doesn’t matter whether you’re first starting out or celebrating your millionth customer — there are ideas in here you can mine for your own use.

The database draws from both budding upstarts and large, established businesses alike, with more than a handful of multimillion dollar companies. Indeed, Pearl Valley Cheese (profiled below) is nearly 100 years old and has revenues of $25m per year.