Business Ideas From A Phone Book


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Please do not consider this an all inclusive resource.  Please make sure you are abiding by all accounting, legal, Federal, State and local regulations before commencing business operations.


Before the internet, the phonebook was the way to find information on where, what and any contact info for a business in a given county or area.  Although websites have taken over the responsibility, phonebooks are still around and can give entrepreneurs insight into what market niches exist.

Please look at this list and really know what opportunities are available to you, and I hope you find something of interest or relevance.  Please read about these existing businesses, and consider your interests or skills to assess ideas for your efforts if exactly similar or close alike any on this list.

Good business ideas come from creative thinking, and the best ideas are relevant to you.  Keep your mind open, do your homework and be passionate in whatever you do.


  • Apparel – sell clothes
  • Airsoft Arena – admission to closed area, use of plastic pellet guns and protective gear.
  • Animal Clinic – healthcare and emergency services for animals and pets
  • Asthma Specialty – doctors office special practice in asthmatic care or respiratory care, or certified inhaler retailer.
  • Authorized Dealer – obtain special rights from a manufacturer or wholesaler for rights to distribute in a given area.
  • AC, Plumbing and Heating Service – Work at peoples homes to install or repair plumbing, AC, And Heating Systems
  • Accounting Office – provide accounting services such as: bookkeeping and compliance with tax and recordkeeping regulations for an organization or small business.
  • Alterations – cut and sew garments for patrons
  • Auto-Alteration and Exchange
  • Auto Care Service – provide diagnostic and maintenance services for patron’s vehicles.
  • Auto Body Shop – provide diagnostic, maintenance, and repair services for body and paint of vehicles
  • Auto-Glass repair and replacement – replace or repair windshields
  • Auto Tint Service – provide tinting services for different vehicles
  • Auto Stereo Service – design, install, repair,or sell stereos in cars
  • Auto Lube Service  
  • Auto Sales and Leasing – lease, or sell new or used cars
  • Auto Smog Check and Repair Service – check, certify, or repair Exhaust systems in cars.
  • Auto Rentals
  • Auto dismantling
  • Auto Haling
  • Auto Repair
  • Adoption Agency
  • Alloy
  • Appliance Repair
  • Art Gallery
  • Air Quality
  • Accident Legal Services and Representation
  • Appraisals
  • Acupuncture
  • Administrative Services


  • Ballet Lessons
  • Bakery
  • Barber Shop
  • Barbecue
  • Bathing Systems Retail and Service – custom built bathtubs for seniors, or patrons
  • Beauty Salon
  • Beef Packer
  • Bridal Shop and Supply
  • Building and Remodeling – Kitchen, Room, Patio and other accessory room builds and remodeling projects


  • Carpet Cleaning, Showroom – rent and sell carpet cleaning equipment, or just carpet
  • Check Cashing
  • Chinese Food Restaurant
  • Church
  • Crane Maintenance and Rental
  • Cosmetic Retailer, Professional – professional makeup service for special events, filming, or recreation.  Beauty-Product sales
  • Consultant Service – for businesses within a certain industry, trade, or practice.
  • Crop Processor (like Corn, wheat, barley, etc)
  • Computer Sales and Repair
  • Chocolatier – professional chocolate sevices
  • Chiropractic Service
  • Chemical Company, Production and Supply
  • Copy Shop – specialty copying, small or large scale printing, and faxing services
  • Concrete Supply
  • Counter-top Retailer and Service
  • Cleaners
  • Caskets
  • Custom Cabinetry
  • Coin Car Wash


  • Daycare for Kids
  • Data Systems and Analytical Report Services
  • Deli Restaurant
  • Dental Services
  • Debt Consolidation and Management Service – help individuals manage and learn to control payments and liability of debt, reach out to debtors to buy debt at a discount and consolidate debt.
  • Detox Centers
  • Driving School Certification, Lessons and Training
  • Doughnuts Restaurant
  • Drywall Services


  • Electronic Repair Service
  • Electrician Services
  • Embroidery
  • Engineering Firm, Group
  • Evictions Service – assist landlords and tenants during eviction process
  • Eyebrow Threading Shop


  • Fashion Designer / Consultant
  • Fabric Retail and Supply
  • Financial Services
  • Fish Pet Retail and Supply
  • Fiberglass Services and Repair
  • Flight Training Lessons and Equipment
  • Flooring Service
  • Flowers and Plants Shop
  • Furniture
  • Furnace Services
  • Funding
  • Fire Protection
  • Framing and Portrait Services


  • Garage Door Repair
  • General Construction and contractor
  • Glass Window Repair, Making Service
  • Gold and other Precious Metal Retailer
  • Assistance or Guard Dog Training


  • HVAC Systems Repair, Retail and Service
  • Hardware Retail and Services
  • Hair Design, Studio
  • Hair Removal (Laser, Wax, Electrolysis, or other method)
  • Hearing Aid Center, Retail and Service
  • Home Care-person Service
  • Hypnosis Services
  • Hydraulic Systems Repair or Service


  • Insullation Installation
  • Ice Cream Specialty or Shop
  • Income Tax Services
  • Industrial Machine Seller, and Repair
  • Insurance Services
  • Interior Decorators
  • Investment Services
  • Investigation Services – private eye, research, private detective services


  • Janitorial Service
  • Japanese Restaurant
  • Jewlery Production or Shop


  • Key Copy and Locksmith Services


  • Landscape Supply and Services
  • Laundry and Linen Service
  • Laser Sales
  • Law Office
  • Loan Center
  • Lebanonese Restaurant
  • Luggage Retailer; rental, and repair service
  • Leather-shop, construction and repair service
  • Liquor Store
  • Limousine Service / Repair
  • Lock and Safe
  • Locksmith


  • Maintenance Service
  • Marketing Service
  • Manufacturing Services
  • Mattress Retail
  • Mail Center, Distribution 3rd Party
  • Medical Supplies Retail
  • Metal Products Retail and Services
  • Metal Supply
  • Ministry
  • Mirror
  • Molding Service
  • Mortgage
  • Music Shop and Lessons
  • Multilingual Call Center


  • Nails and Spa
  • Neuropsychologist Office
  • Notary Service
  • Nutrition


  • Office Supplies
  • Optical Retail, Services, and Supply


  • Packaging And Distribution Service
  • Paper Products
  • Paintball Arena
  • Playtime Service – establishes playtime between enrolled children with games much like a day care, but with a focus on play.
  • Pawnshop
  • Pest Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Photography
  • Plastics Supply, Service, and Retail
  • Payment Processing Services
  • Pool Cleaning, and Maintenance Service
  • Power Service
  • Plumbing Supply or Repair Service
  • Property Management
  • Psychologist Office
  • Publishing Service
  • Portable Restroom Retailer, Rental, and Service
  • 3D Printer Services
  • Propane Services, and Retail


  • Radiology
  • Refrigeration Service
  • Remodeling – design, supply and labor for remodeling projects
  • Recycling Material or specialty
  • Reptile and Pet Retail and Supply
  • Roofing Service, Supply and Repair
  • Real Estate Management, Sales, or Research


  • Safety Training Service
  • Sand Blasting Service
  • Sawing Service – professional sawing services for metal, plastic, and wood materials
  • Sheet Metal Supplier
  • Security Personnel or Guard Service
  • Security System Service
  • Shaved Ice Cart
  • Sleep Diagnostics Services
  • Sprinkler Repair Service
  • Storage Facility
  • Strip Club
  • Sports Cards Shop
  • Sports
  • Shirt Graphic, Printer Shop
  • Sign Making Shop
  • Solar Energy Retailer and Service
  • Softball Cages and Lessons
  • Staffing Agency


  • Tea Specialty Restaurant
  • Test Labs
  • Training Services
  • Taco Restaurant
  • Termite Management
  • Tool Retailer, Service, and Supply
  • Traffic Data Collection
  • Transport by Sedan, Van Service – have a van or sedan you can drive people around on a night out.
  • Transport Equipment Services
  • Tree Service
  • Tile and Stone Removal, Supply and Installation
  • Television Repair Service
  • Tire Repair, Service, or Supply
  • Transmissions Repair, Service, And Supply
  • Travel Agency – assemble travel packages, programs and sell admission.
  • Towing Service
  • Toner Retailer and Service – supply for large scale and home printers.
  • Tuxedo Rentals


  • Uniform Bulk Cleaning and Retail Service
  • Upholstery Services – upholstery old and new specialty furniture to make it like new.


  • Vapor Shop
  • Vitamin retailer
  • Vending Service – distributor for a manufacturer, owner of vending machines


  • Warehousing and Distribution Service* – store products at a warehouse and provide a system to distribute to key areas.
  • Welding Services or equipment retailer
  • Waterjet Rental, Retailer, and Service
  • Wireless Phone Repair and Services
  • Weed Control and Management Services
  • Wood Supply and Equipment retailer

We start from modest beginnings but continue to identify, develop, and research opportunity and strategy for entrepreneurs, to better develop business ideas.


  1. Deovolente says:

    Quite a good detailed of the best I have ever read, it covers each an every ideas in all the sectors.


    1. Thank you for reading and I am glad you enjoyed the article. All my posts will receive updates when applicable.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. What an inclusive and informative post! Was great….most importantly the modest beginnings. It is how you scale that matters


  3. Deovolente says:

    Thank you so much.


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