3 Small Town Business Ideas

Lots of people arrive here looking for rural business ideas. That’s why I keep coming up with more and more ideas you can use to start your own small town business. Here are three new ones to spur your thinking.

1941 Kerr canning manual
My grandmother’s
1941 Kerr canning manual

Teach canning classes
If you learned to can from your grandmother, and you can quote the Ball Blue Book from memory, then you could be teaching people. I heard from @SlowMoneyFarm that canning classes go as high as $150 apiece.

This one is just weird
A food truck for pets. I have no clue why this popped into my mind, but there it is. Someone is probably already doing it, but you could adapt it for small town festivals and fairs.

Bring outside retailers in
Few small towns have a perfect retail system. We all have holes. Take a look at what folks can’t get locally, and then set up a delivery service. I read about people bringing in IKEA furniture or Costco discount items from Inspired Livelihood. Think of it as any other group buying service. People put in orders, and you deliver the items. And for the sake of your hometown, try not to duplicate your existing merchants.

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About Becky McCray

Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband own a retail liquor store in Alva, Oklahoma, and a small cattle ranch nearby. Becky is an international speaker on small business.

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  1. says

    :) I got a good smile out of the food truck for pets idea! Now that’s creative! My mother-in-law recently started teaching craft classes (weaving, pottery, decorative gord art – yes, GORD ART!). She gets about 5-10 people together for each class and has these “parties” at someone’s home.

    She charges about $25-30 a person per class and she does them a couple times a month. It’s gotten her name out – her ultimate goal is to do art and color consulting in retail with small businesses. She is well on her way!

    Just thought I’d share.