Start a Business on the Cheap: 10 Growth Industries

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Environmental Consulting
Projected five-year annual growth rate: 6.8%
More companies are looking for ways to comply with environmental regulations. As a result, the $21 billion environmental consulting industry is primed for scrappy bootstrappers. While many environmental start-ups focus on helping companies comply with green regulations, there are a variety of other opportunities as well, including green marketing and packaging, says IBIS industry analyst Andrew Krabedtetcharat. "A lot of big companies want to promote a green image, but that requires an entirely new strategy," he adds.