There’s no secret to making money in retail. Studies suggest that the most profitable businesses offer the lowest prices, while the “best” stores offer the widest assortment of products and services. However, what’s true in retail is no less true in the world of small business.

Here are some of the most profitable small businesses:

  • Consulting

Consulting is a broad term that includes all sorts of business services, including but not limited to business management, marketing, accounting, finance, and strategy. Consulting, when done right, can be an excellent business. Many people start out their own consulting business simply to earn some extra money. But it turns out that being your own boss and sharing your expert knowledge with people is a great way to earn a living and have fun doing it. Plus, you can make a real difference to other people, and their businesses, and watch them grow as a result of your advice, so it can be really rewarding.

  • Personal wellness

Personal wellness is a big deal these days—but how much do you know about this growing trend? With the rising popularity of personal wellness, more and more people are getting involved with how they can be the best version of themselves possible. Personal wellness is about more than just maintaining your weight or fitness level; it’s also about stress management and overall health. If you want to tap into physical wellness, you could look into creating something like a supplement to help people maintain their health, or the next must-have fitness accessory. For those wanting to focus more on the mental health aspect of wellness, you could create guided meditations, as well as products like candles, aromatherapy oils, or even bath products, that people can use to relax at the end of a long day.

  • Social media management

Social media management is back in the news, and for a good reason. As more and more people find their work and personal lives intersecting online, the role of social media managers has grown in importance. So, if you have experience managing a social media account, especially a business one, and know your way around hashtags, algorithms, etc., you could potentially make money doing this for others. According to Business News Daily, there are a number of different ways that social media managers can earn a living. How much they make will depend on the size and complexity of the company whose social media they are managing, whether they have other responsibilities, and how they operate.

  • Academics courses

It’s no secret that people love academics. So why can’t these people make a living out of it? You could work for an academic firm, but you’d have to pay your own way and work long hours. Plus, academics don’t get paid very well. It’s no secret that some of the top-grossing small businesses are those that offer academic courses. From the viewpoint of a business owner, it can be a very attractive option. For one, you have access to a pool of (hopefully) eager students, many of whom would be willing to pay for your classes as long as they can earn course credit. You also get to work around your own schedule without the pressure of sitting in a class for a couple of hours marking work on top of the other perks of teaching a course.

  • Bookkeeping and accounting

Bookkeeping and accounting are jobs that the business owner often holds, but an outside specialist can sometimes help. A bookkeeper or accountant is a professional who helps the owner of the business keep track of the books, which are the business’s financial records. An accountant oversees the business’s money and helps ensure that the owner is in compliance with the tax laws, which are financial laws that require people and businesses to pay a certain amount of taxes to the government. Business owners will want to make sure that the goals of their business are accomplished in a smooth way and, should they feel like they need help with bookkeeping and accounting, it makes sense to bring a professional in to keep track of accounts so that the business can be run smartly.

Every small business starts out as an idea that transforms into a profitable small business concept over time. If you are considering becoming your own boss, it is important to consider all aspects of what goes into running a business, no matter what type of business you are thinking of starting, and make sure that you will be able to handle this, or know where you will need to bring people in to make up your lack of expertise. Once you have your team assembled, you can launch and, hopefully, watch your business grow and succeed.