Living in a small town, there are often many small businesses owned by local individuals. Because these small towns are not often serviced by larger chain stores, the small businesses can thrive in such an environment. There is almost always a need for a new type of business or service to be provided.
You can start a successful business in a small town setting by getting a feel for the people. Ask what type of business they would like to see, what type of service they need provided, or what type of business they inevitably have to travel for to buy their products. This should give you many ideas to choose from.
From this list you should pick a business idea that you are really interested in and can become passionate about. The more you love the business you are working in, the more successful you will be.
Once you start your small business, celebrate your unique localness. You can do this by using local products in your business, really getting to know your customer, or sell products that you could only purchase in your business in your small town.
Creating a local feel in your business will invite customers to return and by using local products in your business, other businesses may look to you to help them provide their services or products as well.
Small businesses can thrive in small towns if you listen to what people want, enjoy what you are doing, and create a welcoming atmosphere. If you have these key items, success should be inevitable for your business.