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Best small businesses you should start in London in 2021

by John Saunders
8th Oct 20 3:34 pm

London is one of the most interesting cities in Europe and one of the best-known in the world. There are 8.92 million people here meaning, this is a great place to start a new business. The only question is, which business to start? There are countless options, but we were able to find the most profitable ideas for those looking to start a small business.

Car detailing

You probably have heard that the car washing business is blooming in the United Kingdom, especially London. After all, there are over 2.6 million cars (registered) in London only. This business already has potential. But, car detailing is even more appealing. First and foremost, there is not a lot of competition in this city. It is a simple job and it is affordable to start. You will need a garage or space where to work (you can even work by going to the clients and detail their car there) and basic supplies.

Car detailing is on the increase as we speak. Your job will be to clean the exterior, the interior, and to polish the paint job on a vehicle. You may have to polish headlamps as well, but for all of these, you need water, sandpaper, and polishing compounds. One cordless drill with accessories and a pressure washer are needed as well.

Start an internet business

Starting an internet business is very desirable. It has huge potential and countless possibilities. You can start a website, a blog, an online store, or even an online casino which is a bit more advanced. If you want something that is even easier, become a freelance writer. Your task will be to write web pages, blogs etc. Because you are a native English speaker, you can get high rates per word and your work will be appreciated. There are tons of options to explore here.

Gardening business

As you may know already, there are a lot of gardens on private properties in London. Many people have lawns and want to keep them in pristine order. You can start a small business in this realm as well. You need a lawnmower, a few basic tools, and a van or a pickup truck. You can even use an estate car.

Once again, we can see the obvious advantage. With a bit of luck, you can develop a business in which you are a boss and you have employees going around the city and taking care of gardens and lawns. Promoting this business is mandatory and it should be done online and offline. Using flyers and ads is probably a more successful method because usually, seniors will need your services.

Courier business

This is the simplest and probably the most affordable business to start right now. The guide on how you can start the business is simple as well. Basically, you need a van and contacts with large courier companies such as DHL, FedEx, and similar. Then, you can deliver parcels across London and generate income.

This business is appealing due to one particular reason. More and more people shop online, especially during the pandemic. This means that you, as a courier will have a lot of work and therefore generate high income. The next advantage is the fact you can develop your business, hire new couriers, and grow exponentially every single year.

Cleaning business

The cleaning business is one of the oldest businesses in London and has been growing as long as we can remember. Should you start one? The answer is yes, definitely. You need basic supplies and ink for your printer. Print the flyers and spread them across the city. Ideally, you will have a large car or a van, but you can begin with any vehicle. Cleaning is simple and if you are doing a decent job expect to find new clients easily. Your current clients will recommend you more likely than in other businesses.

You can add a laundry service as well. This is slightly more complex and more expensive to begin, but definitely worthy.

Mobile sandwich business

Perhaps it sounds funny but this business is excellent. There are several reasons why it is so successful. First of all, people in this city love sandwiches and it is considered as the number one meal during lunchtime. Secondly, it is very easy to start a sandwich business of this kind. The funds you need in order to start it are minimal. The potential for success is high. You have very promising odds of making your new business even more profitable in the near future.


These businesses have been very successful and very profitable for a few years. Chances are high that they will remain and they will grow in popularity and become more profitable in the near future. Pick the one you like the most and the one that looks interesting to you and begin. They are all extremely simple businesses that need time and basic skills.

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