The Best Industries For Starting a Business Right Now

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Handmade and Vintage Goods Online

Forget Main Street: This industry is comprised of retailers with no physical retail presence. Instead, they sell solely online – and are especially thriving in the areas of quality handmade jewelry and vintage clothing. After Web retail saw revenue fall as the recession decimated 2009 sales, expectations are high this year. The industry has a remarkably low barrier to entry (have something to sell? Get a PayPal account and you're set). Online sales of independent merchants – mostly via sites such as Etsy, eBay, RubyLane, and Supermarket – grew at an annual 6.6. percent over the past five years, according to IBISWorld.