Monday, February 6, 2012

Hottest Start-Ups For 2012

Below are the top 10 I have observed as "Hot" recently on the small business airwaves....

**On line administrative assistant

** Services to the elderly- transportation, errands etc

** Pet Care and Training Services

** Federal government contracting to tap stimulus funding coming through 128 federal agencies in almost every field of endeavor

** "GREEN " Environmental initiatives in almost every venue

** Maintenance, Repair and upkeep of foreclosed properties

** Non-profit organizations for community development chasing grants

** Self-Help Guides for Business

** Training on all aspects of small business Management

** On-line Books

These are the buzzwords for a VC startup for 2012:

1. avoid 'cloud'. Too overused

2. Mobile apps are still hot - smartphone customers are expected to spend $6.2 billion on more than 4.5 million downloads

3. Social apps - Facebook and LinkedIn are still hot

4. sharing, bartering, lending, renting and gifting--of goods, skills, money, space or services. This is what Entrepreneur magazine also said.

5. games - in any form

6. still the same-old niches - health, fitness, wellnes and environment

Successful small businesses are developing enterprises in these fields through market research and business plans to deliver unique products and services - then pricing them and comparing them to the existing market, the competition and client demographics to determine feasibility before applying for financing and launching an enterprise.