Small businesses around the world make the world go round.
In the United States alone, there are nearly 27 million small businesses, and they generate about 50% of our GDP, according to the Small Business Administration. They also create jobs, drive innovation, and provide women and minorities with opportunities for financial success and independence.
Globally, small and medium-sized enterprises account for around 90% of businesses and more than 50% of jobs, according to the World Bank, and in emerging economies they contribute up to 40% of GDP. The figures do not even include small informal enterprises.
What kind of businesses do people want to start? In the United States, many people want to start a cleaning business, according to an analysis of Google search terms by ZenBusiness, an online platform that provides legal and compliance services to small start-up businesses. And that’s not a bad idea – a cleaning company has low overhead and reliable demand and you can start small.
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To find the type of business people most want to start in each country, ZenBusiness used a search engine optimization tool to find the frequency of certain search terms in each country. They searched for the term “start a business” or its equivalent in each country’s most widely spoken language, then identified the relevant keywords with the highest search volume. Relevant terms, for example, might include “how to start a cleaning business” versus “how to start a cleaning business in Australia” for Australian results. Cleaning was the third most popular search in the world.
The results are inspiring and vary from country to country depending on factors such as infrastructure, business climate, economy and culture. Search related to startups in nearly a third of all countries was either for clothing, real estate or cleaning, with clothing being the most popular globally.
In North and Central America, the most common question about starting a business was the retail and e-commerce space in nearly half of the countries.
In Europe, where the top search was real estate, entrepreneurs in 16% of countries were looking to capitalize on the booming real estate market.
The diversity and variety of business aspirations around the world span sectors ranging from cosmetics and apparel to spices and software. Here are the top 10 types of businesses people most want to start:
Clothing-related businesses are most searched in 22 countries, including Peru, shown here. The other countries where the clothes were most sought after are Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, Australia and Tanzania.
2. Real Estate
In 19 countries, real estate was the most popular start-up search. These included Iceland, pictured here, as well as Germany, Croatia, Greece, India and Ethiopia.
Cleaning-related businesses attracted the most searches in 13 countries, including the US, Turkey, UK, France, Ireland and Japan.
The term “recycling” was the fourth most popular search along with “starting a business” globally, coming out on top in seven countries, including Mali, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Serbia and Haiti. . In Haiti, recycling entrepreneurs earn an average of $3,000 a year collecting plastic and trading it with the Plastic Bank, an international company that offers cash and other benefits in exchange for waste, according to the United Nations.
It was the most popular search for start-ups in six countries, including Saudi Arabia, Chad, Egypt and Tunisia.
The search for cafes was most frequent in five countries: Kazakhstan, Romania, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Moldova.
7. Food trade
It was the most popular startup search in five countries: Israel, Uruguay, Guyana, Cuba and Costa Rica.
“Restaurant” was the most searched in five countries, including Bulgaria, the Bahamas and Cambodia. Above The cook prepares a traditional Bahamian conch salad at Harbor Island, Bahamas.
In Taiwan, Palestine, Libya and Oman, “software” was searched the most along with “starting a business”.
Transportation was the 10th most searched for business start-up globally, coming in the most in four countries, Switzerland, Afghanistan, Poland and Belgium.
Here are some of the best business ideas that attract entrepreneurs the most in various countries:
Home cooking in Honduras and El Salvador
Investment activity in Sweden
It was also the most sought-after type of business in Norway.
A laundry company in Spain
A bakery in Venezuela
These tasty treats are tequeños, a typical Venezuelan snack made from fried dough.
A metal recovery company in Italy
A confectionery startup in Brazil
A seller sells brigadeirosa traditional Brazilian sweet, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
A fast food company in Chile
A security company in Suriname
Private security companies are common in the former Dutch colony.
A travel agency in Mongolia
Spices in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, where peelers harvest the rare Ceylon cinnamon from evergreen Sri Lankan trees, “spice” is the most sought-after type of business.
Social Media Marketing in South Korea
A lawn mowing business in New Zealand
New Zealand is very green and more entrepreneurs are looking for information on starting a lawn mowing service than any other business.
A craft business in Angola
Interior design in Mauritius
A jewelry store in Cape Verde
A freight company in Morocco
An alcohol company in Nepal
A vacation rental in Laos
An offshore company in Liechtenstein
A pig farm in the Solomon Islands
A tourist guide in Armenia
The most sought after in neighboring Georgia was “tourism”.
A fashion company in Finland
Other searches for popular business ideas around the world include: advertising in Kuwait, commodities in Kyrgyzstan, dropshipping in Azerbaijan, lip gloss in Jamaica, hotel in Macedonia, cosmetics in Hungary, sewing in Latvia and soap production in Uzbekistan.
Data was not available for some countries, including China, Iran, Yemen and Syria.
Check out the maps and learn the methodology of this list at Zen Business.com