50 Family Small Business Ideas

Family businesses account for 64 percent of U.S. gross domestic product and generate 62 percent of the country’s employment, according to the Conway Center for Family Business. So starting a family business can be a popular way to make a living. If you’re interested in starting your own family business, take a look at the potential list of family business opportunities below.

Family Business Ideas

Family Restaurant

50 Family Business Ideas - Family Restaurant

Starting a restaurant as a family can be a great business opportunity, since it’s a business that requires multiple people and different skill sets. And family restaurants can really appeal to people in the local community.

Family Band

If the members of your family are musically inclined, you can start a band together and play at local venues or events or even go on tours.

Family Blog

Blogging is a great business opportunity for people in all kinds of different niches. So you can start a blog with your family about different family activities or other things that interest you.

Local Newspaper

Or you could start a newspaper or other print publication aimed at people in your local area that all the members of your family can contribute to.

Niche Website

You can also start a website in a specific niche that offers information or provides a forum for people to communicate with one another. And you can charge a membership fee or make money through ads or affiliate links.


50 Family Business Ideas - Farm

If you have access to land and other resources, family farming can be a very viable business opportunity.

Contracting Business

You can also start a general contracting business where you do home repairs and remodeling projects with family members. Or you can even have some family members run the business side while others focus on the actual contracting work.

Home Rental Business

If you have a few different homes or properties, or the resources to purchase them, you can start a family business by renting out those homes to others.


For those who want to start a food based business, catering can also be a viable business opportunity that requires many different skills so each member of the family can contribute in their own way.


Or you can start a bakery where you sell individual baked goods or even do custom desserts for clients or special events.

Landscaping Business

For those who enjoy spending time outside, you can start a family business where you provide landscaping design or maintenance services to people in your community.

Lawn Care Service

Or you could choose to keep it simply and just start a lawn care service where you mow lawns weekly or on a regular basis in exchange for a regular fee.

Local Store

50 Family Business Ideas - Local Store

You can also start a retail store in your local community where you can sell anything from electronics to clothing.

Cleaning Business

Cleaning is another potential business opportunity for families. You can offer your services on a weekly or monthly basis to homeowners or business owners in your area.

Event Planning Business

Event planning can also be a good family business idea. Each member of your family can focus on different events or each person could have different areas of expertise so you can collaborate on each event together.

Web Design Service

If you have some web savvy family members, you can start a web design business where you help business clients create designs they love.

Child Care Service

You could also start an in-home day care business with members of your family where you provide child care services for clients.

Portrait Photography Business

If at least one member of your family is a skilled photographer, you can start a portrait studio where you take family photos, senior pictures or even pet photos. And other members of the family can focus on the other aspects of running the business.

Pet Grooming Business

For those families who love spending time with furry friends, pet grooming can be a great business opportunity that the whole family can help with.

Dog Walking Business

50 Family Business Ideas - Dog Walking

You can also start a dog walking business where each member of your family can build up their own client base or some family members can focus on running the business while others actually provide the dog walking services.

Animal Training Business

Or you could start a training school where people can bring their dogs or other pets to learn tricks or correct behavioral issues.

Book Publishing Business

There are so many authors out there looking to get their work published. So you can start a family publishing business where you choose books and bring them to market for independent authors.

eBook Writing Business

Or you could write your own book as a family and publish it yourselves as an ebook.

App Development Business

For tech savvy families, app development can be a great way to start a business together. You can come up with your own idea for an app or work on creating apps for clients.

Online Course Business

You could also start a business selling online courses about specific topics where you have some expertise.

Tour Guide Services

If your local community is popular with tourists, you could offer tour guide services to visitors looking to explore and learn more about the area.

Bed and Breakfast

50 Family Business Ideas - Bed and Breakfast

You could also start a bed and breakfast if you have a large home or the resources to procure a suitable location for guests.


For those who love working with flowers, you can start a florist business with the members of your family.

Plant Nursery

You could also focus on growing and selling other types of plants by opening your own plant nursery business.

Christmas Tree Farm

Or if you have a lot of room to work with, you can even grow your own evergreen trees and start a Christmas tree farm that people can get trees from over the holidays.

Petting Zoo

Families with farm land can also set up a petting zoo that people can visit to pet various farm animals.

Apple Orchard

Apple orchards can also be a fun place for people to visit. So you can start a family apple orchard business that charges admission or sells a variety of different apple products.