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Planning to start a business? If you’ve read the first part of our startup life series and are stuck on the first step to a successful startup – the idea generation, let us inspire you with the following compilation of the 11 most lucrative, trending and profitable small business ventures, that are currently on the rise. These ideas for small business are not just money-making but also captivating at the same time. Some of these ideas may be more profitable while others may give you a stable earning. There are business ideas that are potentially much more profitable than they seem to be.

1. Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services

This industry is constantly a top performer on the most profitable list. Everyone needs an accountant or related services. Accounting agencies also have repeat and long-lasting clients so it’s kind of a “sure thing” if you choose this path. Be careful tough, there are a LOT of accountants already.

2. Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

Some types of businesses that fall under this category are businesses that provide either management or consulting on a range of expertise, including human resources, marketing and environmental issues.

3. Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing

On-demand economy is currently on the rise, people may, therefore, lease or rent more cars. Be on the look-out for on-demand services that people really need or want, maybe you’ll get lucky.

4. Children’s App Designing

Children are our future. Or at least the future of your customer-base. So start to work for them right now. Children are starting to use smartphones and tablets at much younger age, so aiming your ideas and development towards them can really pay off.

5. Software Training

With modern technology penetrating more and more of our everyday lives, people who know how to work software are highly in demand. As are those who TEACH software skills. So try to start a small software teaching company. Tutorials and workshops for individuals or whole groups(a lot of companies offer their employees further education this way).

6. Food Trucks

For cooking experts, this is a great opportunity. All you need is a small truck with a functional kitchen, a good recipe and a safe driver. The failure rate for a food truck is 40% less than restaurants. This mobile restaurant can drive your way to success within months.

7. Freelancing

Now, we know that freelancing isn’t a specific business opportunity. We are not saying you should become a freelancer, rather start a whole agency, which OFFERS freelancers to other companies. More and more companies are shifting to contract workers for content writing, data entry, web marketing, social media marketing and many others.

8. Translator

Those having expertise in linguistics can start their small business as translators. As the global market has expanded throughout the world the need for cross-cultural communication has increased. According to research the rate of hiring interpreters and translators can grow up to 46% within ten years. This rate is much higher than average growth rate of any other occupation.

9. Livestock feed supply

Livestock feed supply is an important field that caters to the ever-growing need for dairy products. This business makes the list because of simple reason – its intense need in public. If you have the basic knowledge of feed supply, this business can be the perfect thing for you.

10. App Testing Business

Although on the bottom of the list, this one belongs to the top. Almost every company or business has its own app or website and these need testing. It is often neglected, which leads to negative customer feedback. An app tester is in high demand these days as the competition among business groups is becoming tougher.

Has something caught your eye and got those creative juices flowing with a spark of inspiration? Do not wait. Do not hesitate nor doubt yourself and what you can achieve with the right set of mind. Step out of your comfort zone and accomplish something. Maybe start with calculating profitability ratios for your business. You have as much of a chance to succeed than anyone.

Spring is slowly here and our developers have spent all the cold days dutifully developing, improving and debugging your favorite invoicing app! We have a lot to show you in this month’s news and updates – both the web version as well as the mobile versions of Billdu have been pimped out with several new features big and small. Read on, for a breakdown of all that is new and what lies in wake for Billdu this year.

Modules for online stores

This time, let’s not keep the best for last, shall we? After the long wait and many times our users have shown their interest, Billdu now shares its API. It is now even more convenient to generate professional invoices and to manage and ship orders automatically. All orders are automatically transferred to Billdu where you can easily edit them and change their status. All documents can be sent directly to your accounting.

Billdu supports Opencart 1.5, OpenCart 2.0 and Prestashop modules for now, but soon there will be support added for Shopify, Magento, Woocomerce and hopefully others. You will find the links to modules on our website with more detailed information. All modules are free to download and require no additional charges to use:
direct link: https://www.billdu.com/online-store-invoices.php

Web version

Expense duplication

We’ve added the duplication feature you know from our invoices section into the expenses section, to make duplication possible for all documents you create and store. Now you can track your business expenses and manage your expense section more easily.

Enhanced search function

Furthermore, the client and items sections now have a search function for all you big players with endless lists of clients and customers to sort through.

Mobile iOS version

Received orders

As per usual, our version for iPhones and iPads was not left behind out of the newest update from our developer’s workshop. You can now create and manage your received invoices in your smartphone or tablet as well.

Change language

Additionally, we’ve added the option to choose the language and currency on your invoice, directly while creating it. You can always change the language later in invoice Details.

Improved filters

The statistics section has been also dusted off as it has the filters. We’ve added more filter options (Last year, This month, Today and Yesterday) and ironed out a few bugs that caused the statistics section problems when synchronizing across different devices.

Automatic inapps

As a special treat for our iOS users we’ve updated the subscription section, which now lets you opt in for the automatic prolonging of your monthly or yearly subscription through your App Store account (from which you can opt out at any time, of course).

Supplementary address line

It is also worth mentioning, that our developers added another input field for both the client and the supplier (you or your company), which is the “Street 2” input. You can either add a secondary address, if the delivery address differs from the invoicing address, or to simply fill out more details, like the contact person or floor and apartment number.

In the upcoming weeks we will be working hard to bring you another batch of tasty news and updates as soon as possible, in the meantime, leave your wishes and needs for the Billdu app in the comments because you never know, what might stick.

In the last issue of our Startup series, we discussed the issue of idea generation, naming, domain names, hosting and the ever-important market research. In our second part, we will focus on less “preparatory” steps and more on actual doing of stuff. Intrigued? Read on for the next 5 steps on your personal startup path and some tools that can help you along the way.

1. Forms & Surveys

How to get that valuable feedback from your clients and/or customers? Surveys of course! Nothing simpler than making a smart survey and posting it on your website, Facebook page or even sending it via a newsletter to your subscribers. So do it. Here’s how:

SurveyMonkey is the world’s largest survey company, helping customers collect over 2+ million online survey responses every day. Create a survey of your choice with a few simple clicks, then share it with your target audience.

Typeform is a cloud-based application that is reinventing the way users create and respond to surveys and other types of forms, by making the process more user-friendly and engaging for both creators and end users. Being the first device-agnostic form solution, Typeform provides creators with peace of mind that their forms will have the same great look and feel on any smartphone, tablet or web browser.

2. Mockups & Wireframing

Whether you’re building a website, webapp or mobile app or just project overviews, do it simply and visually stimulating. Adding “clickable” links and buttons can go a long way in pre-testing your ideas. The following tools can assist you in this process:

Lucidchart is a flow chart maker & online diagram software. It’s an online application built on open web standards, so you never have to worry about compatibility. Now you can quickly create technical charts like network diagrams and UML diagrams, then share with your team. Use Lucidchart to make wireframes, mind maps, flowcharts, org charts, and other diagrams in the cloud. Also, web developers can use Lucidchart’s wireframe tool for static wireframes to rapid prototypes.

Concept.ly is a collaboration and prototyping platform that let’s you create fully interactive prototypes that look and work exactly like your app. Let users point anywhere on the screen, mark areas and provide comments, this makes it lot easier to get feedback. Make mockups and present your prototypes directly on the web and mobile devices. Concept.ly let’s you share, annotate and get feedback faster.

3. Design

On of the big ones(not that the other ones are unimportant of course). Design is in everything. Not just visually, as in, how we see anything, but also how it works and how we interact with it. Design can make or break any grand idea because let’s admit it – we all love things that work AND look good. Using design, you can make use of the effect which certain colors and shapes have on people. The layout of all elements and even the typography have this effect too, so make good use of it. Try these for quick inspiration:

Crayon is the most comprehensive collection of marketing designs on the web. It’s the new way for you to get great ideas about what to build. Crayon is a search engine on top of the biggest collection of real marketing designs on the web.

Sketch is a professional vector graphics app with a beautiful interface and powerful tools. They set out to build a better app for graphic designers. Not to copy, but rather to improve. Sketch has won the Apple Design Award at the Mac Developer Showcase 2012 and has been featured in many publications, mentioning it’s great features.

4. Development

Already reached the development stage? Everything planned out? Company name? Domain name? Design? Well, get to work! Or – in the case that your not the “developer type”, hire someone who is and hope they will fulfill your vision. Just make sure you’re using the right tools:

Codefresh offers a complete development environment in the cloud, that accelerates the time required to build great cloud apps. It’s accessible from any device and browser, and allows teams to collaborate on their code, deploy and monitor apps – all from a single, intuitive and fresh interface.

DevDocs aims to make reading and searching reference documentation fast, easy and enjoyable. It’s a free and open source, the app’s main goals are to: keep boot and load times as short as possible; improve the quality, speed, and order of search results; maximize the use of caching and other performance optimizations; maintain a clean, readable user interface.

5. Deployment

This one goes hand in hand with the previous step – while you’re developing and of course after you’re done, you have to deploy your code. Sure, you can do it manually using any FTP software, but why not make it easier and deploy straight out of your development environment. How? With these:

The GitHub platform is widely known by the coder community, provides powerful collaboration and is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over seven million people use GitHub to build amazing things together. With the collaborative features of GitHub.com, their desktop apps, and GitHub Enterprise, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write better code, faster.

Deploy your websites or apps directly from your repository to servers or the cloud.

Deploy code from GitHub, Codebase & BitBucket in minutes with Deploy! Just let Deploy know where your repository is and how they can access it. Deploy will test all the connections and if everything is in order, you can make your first deployment.

And that is all for today’s startup advice. Share your own views and tips in the comments below and stay tuned for the next part of our Startup series, in which we will shed some light on social tools, early users and beta-testing, presentations and more. And do not forget, we at Billdu are all about invoicing. Make sure you check out our article about the looks of a professional invoice template.

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