Huge List of Business Ideas in the Philippines

Putting up a business in the Philippines where you can start earning money is a very critical task to be done. You might end up losing your money if you do not take precautions in investing your capital for a business.

For that matter, Biznews comes up a list of ideas where you can start and grow your own business:

1. Web Development and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) - Online marketing and web development has just recently sprouted across the country. However, in just a short period of time, the competition for this field has become vigorous that there are hundreds to thousands of companies offering such services.

The good side of it is that the capital isn't too big and the Return on Investment (ROI) comes shortly depending on how big the projects are and the number of clients. The competition is stiff, but the chance to become rich in this kind of business is higher.

2. Online Selling - As part of no. 1, online selling can also be a good business in Philippines. This is quite different to the first one though because you can sell even your handmade products or you can start an online buy and sell. Another thing is that there are lots of online buy and sell platforms that you can see like for almost all kinds of products and for gadgets and gaming consoles. No need to have a big capital.

3. Food Cart - F&B industry in the Philippines is one of the most competitive fields when it comes to business. Giants like Jollibee, Mcdonalds, KFC, and other big food and beverages companies emerged and have been dominating the food industry for a long time.

Good news for those who want to start with a small capital is that they can start with a food cart business. You can even start your food cart business with a capital of P20,000. Or if you want a good one, higher capital should be invested.

The return takes quite a long time. But if you can handle your income and roll it the way it should be, this kind of business could become a money generating monster for you.

4. Free Range Farming - I've read one entrepreneur story from a business magazine some time ago about free range farming and it became very intriguing to me as I have perceived that it is one of the easiest ways to raise livestock within just your backyard.

It is one method of raising chickens, without making them pent inside a cage. It means that you will raise them freely. This will make your chickens healthier and less stressed leading you to sell them easily at the right price.

5. Sari-sari Store - For those who have only a small capital, having a mini store or sari-sari store is good to start with. There are Filipino entrepreneurs who started earning money through this and actually become one of the most popular entrepreneurs in the country.

6. Garage Sale - Don't have any capital to start your own business? Try selling stuffs from your garage. It could be a start of something good depending on the quality of items that you are about to sale in your garage. If you have a bunch of unused valuable things in your house, you can sell it and earn money.

7. T-shirt Design/Printing - I mostly see this in malls around Metro Manila and I would say that this business can be a lucrative one. If you have the skills to design personalize T-shirts and the right tools, you can start this kind of business and earn a decent amount of money.

8. Bakeshop - Check this successful story of Julie's Bakeshop and you will surely encourage to have your own bakeshop.

9. Catering - This is a business that will surely fit to the Filipino people. Why? Celebration has become part of our traditions. Fiestas, birthdays, weddings, etc. However, we don't want to be stressed in preparing foods for our guests. That's when the catering services take place.

10. Natural Beauty Products Selling - Beauty products made of organic and natural ingredients have become more and more popular nowadays. You can start selling these kinds of products to your neighborhoods and colleagues with only a small capital required. If you have the marketing talent in selling, you can grow this business and become rich. One good example is the Zenutrients that started as a small beauty products seller and now one of the biggest in the Philippines.

11. Giveaways, Souvenirs and Invitations - If you are artistic enough to make these kinds of accessories, then you have a chance to earn money from it. These kinds of things are so in-demand especially for those artistic people. You can even do this at your home. And if you've got the talent to market it you can earn lots of money from it. Visit this premium gifts solutions company for a great reference.

12. Franchising - Have you noticed those franchised stores like Ministop, 7-Eleven, Wendys, and many more. This kind of business is practiced in the Philippines for a long time until now. And there are already thousands or millions of franchisees have become wealthy because of franchising.

If budget is enough, you can start your own franchising business. You don't have to worry about the competition because no matter how stiff it is, conducting an in-depth surveillance where you can put up your business will be your key.

13. Outsourcing - Philippines is one of the most popular countries when it comes to Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO). In just a short period of time, there are hundreds of thousands of BPO companies that compete in the country. This is a good indication that investing in this kind of business will surely bring wealth to you.

There are different types of outsourcing services that are well known in the country. One of them is the finance and accounting outsourcing services.

14. Money Remittance Business - Some businessmen said that this kind of business is the best if you want your money to work for you. Though it requires quite big capital, the chance of getting ROI is big.

15. Real Estate Buy and Sell - This is one of the most challenging business that you can try. It requires lots of marketing skills and perseverance if you want to succeed. Though, the competition is really stiff, it could still boost your financial status dramatically if you manage to succeed. You can be a real estate agent, broker, or a landlord/lady. Check this little group from Camella Homes if you want to become a real estate retailer.

Here in the Philippines, real estate industry is really booming where you can have lots of options where to live. From a simple house to a high rise condo.

16. Event Planning and Organizing - Start facilitating events like wedding, birthday parties, and other small and big celebrations. For better exposure, you can start making your own event listing website.

17. Pawnshop - This is another good source of income. This is where you take advantage of small money borrowers and those who are in a rush of finding money and can't afford to get loans from big lending companies. With medium to big capital, you can start your own pawnshop.

18. Warehouse and Office Equipment Business - Here in the Philippines, there is a robust growth when it comes to selling and leasing of offices and warehouses. Products such as caster wheels, screws, and racking system can be a big necessity in these kinds of industries. Taking advantage of it by providing such products is indeed a good source of money.

19. Online Trading/Auction - This is some sort of online buy and sell business. But it differs in a way that if you have something to sell, you won't need to set a fixed price. You will make users offer you the price they want until the highest possible price rate is reached. I found this good Online auction website and you might want to visit this for some references.

20. Micro-Lending Company - Have you ever tried to lend money to your friend? You can make such good earnings from it. You don't really have to build a company for a start. You just need to have enough capital to lend money to those small businesses with little interest.

The logic of this business is to get as much clients as possible with little interest on every amount of money that they lend. If this climb into a good number, you will surely generate huge money from it.

21. Water Refilling Station - If you haven't seen any water refilling station in your community, that means that you have the opportunity to start one. This is one of the most in-demand community businesses that could grow fast especially if you have no competitors in your town.

22. Flower Shop - One of the toughest businesses to grow, starting a flower shop could be a tough task but actually delivers good amount of money if handled properly.

23. Fishing Business - If you are located in a rural area or province, you can start this kind of business. With proper knowledge, money, manpower, and location, you can start delivering fresh water fish in urban areas and earn good amount of money.

24. Meat Shop - These types of businesses are common in wet markets. However, others prefer to set up a meat shop business away from wet markets to avoid the competition. Managing to have this business running without any competition will likely to bring lots of money to you.

25. Laundry shop - set up a laundry shop near your community if you haven't seen one. You will not only help others in washing and drying their clothes, but you will earn money as well.

26. Rice Retailing - I've seen lots of entrepreneurs in who started as a rice retailer in their community. You try this one too especially if you think there is no competition.

27. Home Made Accessories - Accessories have become more interesting as the years go by, and today's fashion is not complete without accessories. This can be a good opportunity to start a small business through home made accessories. It only requires small capital but has the potential to generate lots of money. For reference, This blog gave a good example of making accessories.

28. Vegetable Stand - Other than meat shops, you can also set up a business in a wet and dry market in a form of Vegetable Stand. Offer fresh and healthy vegetables. You are not only earning money, you also offer a healthy diet to your customers.

29. Small Eatery or Canteen - If you have the talent to cook delicious meals and have a good budget, you can opt in opening a small canteen. This business is quite good especially if you have a good location and less competitors.

30. Yoga Class - If you have Yoga fundamentals, you can start to open your own Yoga class studio. This is a good business and actually earn a good amount of money since yoga class is quite expensive on a student's end

31. Architectural Firm - Though this kind of business is quite competitive and requires quite a big budget, the demand for architectural services in the Philippines is rapidly growing because of many infrastructure projects that emerge. This brings a lot of money if one can manage to have several big clients. If you think you have the skills and capability to run this kind of business, you have a better chance of earning lots of money. One example of a good architectural service firm in the Philippines is the Arollado and Partners Inc.,

32. Law Firm - Having a law firm doesn't require high budget. All you need is a team of lawyers that can give advise and help clients with their legal issues. This usually comes from different field of lawyering. If you want to maximize the profit, a dynamic lawyering service would be a great idea since you can deal with all types of legal issues. Divina Law, a law firm that is based in Manila would be a great example of a dynamic lawyering firm.

33. Air Charter Services - This comes in the form of Private Plane and Helicopter sales & rentals. This is a type of business that needs huge budget since you will be using planes and helicopters. The costs of maintenance and fuel is staggering. But if you manage to succeed in this business, you will surely earn huge amount of money. In the Philippines, Lion Air is the leading Private Jet and Helicopter rental and sales company.

34. Hotel Supplies - Hotels and Condominiums are rapidly rising within the Philippine urban areas especially in Manila. And becoming a hotel supplier is a good way to take advantage of the country's growing infrastructure industry.

35. Wine Depot/Liquor Shop - This type of small business requires a high capital especially if you are going to sell expensive wines. There are only a handful of wine stores set up across Manila. You can take advantage of the competition and launch your own wine store.

36. Wedding Planner - A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client's wedding. Weddings are significant events in people's lives and as such, couples are often willing to spend considerable amount of money to ensure that their weddings are well-organized.[1] Wedding planners are often used by couples who work long hours and have little spare time available for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers.

37. Video Producing - Be it wedding, party, corporate, etc., If you have the right equipment and skills in video production, this could be your opportunity to earn money while enjoying your talent.

38. Candle Making - Candle making is a great little craft to learn. You can often easily sell the candles at local shops and also through websites like, eBay and more.

39. Candy Making - If you think making a homemade candy is hard to learn, you might be mistaken. There are lots of ways that can be found in the internet on how to make candies. They are in fact quite popular nowadays and only requires low capital. You can easily sell them at a price that anyone can afford. For more information on how to make homemade candies you might want to check this out.

40. Card Making and Designs - Are you a creative person who wants to put up a business but don't have enough capital? Try to leverage your creativity by making cards with good designs and sell them.

41. Scrapbook Making - There are lots of people that are eager to have their very own scrapbook but are unable to make for themselves. This is a good opportunity to use your creativity and help them to make one for them. Of course with the right price.

42. Pet Grooming - Filipinos are pet lovers. However, majority of pet owners don't have time or are not keen on grooming their pets. This is when pet groomers make the job easier for these owners. You don't need a store to offer your services. All you need is the right fundamentals on pet grooming.

43. Landscaping Services - Filipinos love garden. But most of them don't know how to maintain them. This is a good opportunity to offer landscaping services especially if you are the type of person who are willing to mow lawns and trim bushes and trees.

44. Ebook Selling - Amazon offers an affiliate marketing program that focuses on selling Ebooks. This is one of the hottest trends in online book selling nowadays.

45. Tarpaulin Printing Business - Tarpaulins are very in demand in many ways. You can offer tarpaulin printing services to other businesses, parties, during elections, and many more.

46. Restaurant Business - Filipinos have a deep passion over food. We love to eat. Be it on the street, cheap eatery, or expensive restaurant. Most of us love to eat almost everything on the table. And this habit brings wealth to some who choose to put up a restaurant business. Food industry in the Philippines is very stiff in terms of competition. But there's always the opportunity to earn without even competing with the big brands.

47. Barber shop/Beauty Salon - This is one of the most common small businesses in the Philippines. You can find barber shop or beauty salon in almost everywhere. The good thing about starting this business is that Filipinos are hair conscious and they want to have their hair cut once a month or two. Although the competition is quite stiff, it is still one of the necessities and people will always want to go to a barber shop or beauty salon.

48. Cell Phone Loading Business - With only a small capital, you can start selling cell phone load to your neighbors. Check out Vmobile Technologies load E extreme they are the most popular in the Philippines when it comes to loading business.

49. Ukay-Ukay Business - This is selling of used clothing that are usually imported from other countries and sold here at a lower price. Sometimes the products are overrun but the quality is still good. You can find these stores around Metro Manila. Filipinos love buying these products due to cheap price.

50. Street Food Business - This is quite different to food cart business. Street food selling requires a small capital compare to a food card business and the profit usually doubles your investment. You can see a lot of these on the streets of Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines. I've seen a lot of success stories about selling street food. However, you will have to work all day on the sidewalk if you want to gain more profit.

51. Appliance Repair Business - With the latest technology and the need for appliances rises, this is the type of business that will bring a pretty good profit. The big deal is that appliances are the basic needs of every family. You can take advantage of this by investing in an appliance repair business.

52. Dance Instructor/tutorial Business - One of the hottest business choices in 2015, this type of business is best suited for dance enthusiasts. There are a handful of dance clinic/school in the Philippines and the competition is not that heavy.

53. Travel and Tours - One of the fastest growing businesses in the Philippines, 2015 has been a great start for travel and tours businesses as tourists flock to see the country's best tourist destinations. The number might grow exponentially as summer approaches. This is a great opportunity for those who want to have a travel and tour business.

54. Money Exchange Business - As more Filipinos going abroad to work, remittances will double as well because they will keep sending money to their families. This is also a good way to make money work for you. Though it may require a quite huge capital, it can still deliver a good amount of profit once established.

55. Fitness Coach - Filipinos are now becoming more and more conscious about health, especially with the weight. In fact, fitness coaches have seen a big demand for fitness programs from 2014 to 2015. So if you have a knowledge in fitness coaching, this might be the best opportunity for you.

56. Cold Food and Beverages Selling - Perfect every summer. There are lots of cold drinks and food to sell even if not in summer season. A variety of options such as ice cream, cold bottles of water, soda drinks and a lot more. With just a small capital, you can start selling these stuffs right in front of your house.

57. Manpower / Recruitment Agency - This is not a small-capital type of business that anyone can try. However, as the industry continuous to grow, the need for professionals is getting bigger and bigger. This is where Employment Services fits in to place. You can find professionals to fill in the vacancy of other businesses of the industry of your choice.

58. Wedding Photography & Videography - Telling stories of couples through great photos and videos, this kind of business requires sharp creativity. Every year there are thousands of couples that are getting married and taking advantage of it by providing photography and videography services for weddings can bring a lot of money. One good inspiration of this is Mayad Studios, their services will make you think of launching your own wedding photography business.

59. App Development - Venturing in to mobile app development business is a tricky one and needs a lot of funding and skilled people. The competition is also a major factor in this kind of business. However, there are very few in the Philippines that offer app development services and if you have the skill, you can start as a freelancer and eventually grow your business when you got the money.

60. Launch a Hotel in Boracay - Did you know that Boracay is the world's top beach destination in 2016? Yes that's right. That is also the reason why there are lots of hotels and resorts sprouting within the island. Though this business requires lots of funding, you are very well ensured that what you have invested will return in just a few years.

61. French Fries - Making it from scratch will cut your business cost at nearly half. Of course, the effort should be there. This is one of those businesses that needs low capital with high return. If you don't see anyone in your neighborhood selling this salted carbohydrate, you can take advantage of it by offering your home made french fries.

62. Hamburger Stall - If you have enough money to franchise one, then go get it. If not, you can make your own version from scratch. This is considered as street food in the Philippines and you can find lots of them on the roadside.

63. Fried Chicken Stall - They're everywhere. And that makes it look easy to start. You can see stalls selling friend chickens. This type of small business requires a small capital at around P3,000 to P5,000 for chicken and stall. The return is quite good as well since there are households that sometimes choose to buy cooked food for dinner.

64. Ice Cream - This is a type of food that you can store if there's leftovers and sell it the other day as long as it is stored properly. The good thing about selling ice cream is that, there's no lean season. You can always sell this kind of food anytime of the year and earn a good amount of money.