The Best Industries For Starting a Business Right Now

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Self-Published Video Games

While the price tags of blockbuster video game titles have been steadily rising, the barriers to entry for small game developers have never been lower. Self-publishing through Apple’s iTunes app store as well as through Microsoft’s Xbox Live allows entrepreneurs and code geeks with a solid idea to elbow their way into this highly competitive field. "This is the best time to be a small garage shop, or a mom-and-pop shop of just a few developers," says David Riley, who specializes in video games and entertainment at the market-research firm NDP Group. "They don’t need to sit down in front of a venture capitalist and sweat blood" anymore. The $44 billion market has also been thriving due to the influx of non-traditional gamers such as baby boomers, women, and young children.