When choosing a what business you want to pursue, there are not only many different kinds of businesses you can run, but there are also a wide variety of business models that you should consider when deciding what is the right business for you.

A good overview of all the kinds of businesses you could start can be found by looking at how the federal government classifies businesses. All federal data are now collected using the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) of Businesses. This system identifies 1170 industries each of which include a number of specific types of businesses. The 1170 industries are grouped into general categories: construction, education and health services, financial activities, government, information, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, natural resources and mining, other services, professional and business services, transportaion and utilities, and wholesale and retail trade.

Click on the industry links to find out more about the economic outlook of each of the industries. Highlighted businesses describe more about running that particular business. This list is also available with the businesses listed in Alphabetical Order.

Construction

Air Conditioning and Heating Company
Commercial Building Construction
Drywall Contractors
Electrical Contractors
Flooring Contractors
Framing Contractors
Glass and Glazing Contractors
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Land Subdivision Construction
Masonry Contractors
New Housing Construction
Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction
Painting Contractors
Plumbing Contractors
Poured Concrete Foundation
Power and Communication Line Construction
Residential Remodelers
Roofing Contractors
Siding Contractors
Structural Steel Contractors
Water and Sewer Line Construction

Education and Health Services

Adoption Agencies
Aircraft Rental Instruction
Alternative Health Website
Ambulance Services
Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers
Apprenticeship Training
Art School Gallery
Automobile Driving Schools
Blood and Organ Banks
Business Schools
Child and Youth Services
Chiropractor Offices
College Planning Consultant
Colleges
Community Food Services
Computer Training
Cosmetology and Barber Schools
Dance Studios
Day Care Services
Dentist Offices
Diagnostic Imaging Centers
Educational Support Services
Elementary Schools
Emergency and Other Relief Services
Exam Preparation
Family Planning Centers
Fine Arts Schools
Flight Training
HMO Medical Centers
Home Health Care Services
Hospitals
Junior Colleges
Kidney Dialysis Centers
Language Schools
Management Development Training
Medical Laboratories
Mental Health Practitioner Offices
Nursing Care Facilities
Occupational Therapist Offices
Optometrist Offices
Outpatient Mental Health Centers
Physical Therapist Offices
Physician Offices
Podiatrist Offices
Professional Schools
Residential Mental Health Facilities
Residential Mental Retardation Facilities
Secondary Schools
Secretarial Schools
Senior Care Services
Speech Therapist Offices
Sports and Recreation Instruction
Tutoring
Substance Abuse Facilities
Temporary Shelters
Universities
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Financial Activities

Aircraft Rental and Leasing
Appliance Rental
Auto Insurance Claims
Claims Adjusting
Commercial Banking
Consumer Electronics Rental
Consumer Lending
Credit Card Issuing
Credit Unions
Direct Health and Medical Insurance
Direct Life Insurance
Direct Property and Casualty Insurance
Direct Title Insurance Carriers
Equipment Rental and Leasing
Financial Planner
Formal Wear and Costume Rental
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Investment Advice
General Rental Centers
Home Health Equipment Rental
Investment Banking
Lessors of Real Estate Property
Mortgage Loan Brokers
Nonmortgage Loan Brokers
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
Pension Funds
Portfolio Management
Property Manager
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Appraisers
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Sales Financing
Savings Institutions
Securities and Commodity Exchanges
Securities Dealing
Trust, Fiduciary, and Custody Activities
Vehicle Rental and Leasing
Video Tape and Disc Rental

Government

Administration of Public Programs
American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Governments
Correctional Institutions
Courts
Electric, Gas, and Other Utilities
Executive Offices
Fire Protection
International Affairs
Counsel and Prosecution
Legislative Bodies
National Security
Parole Offices and Probation Offices
Police Protection
Public Finance Activities
Regulation of Agricultural Marketing and Commodities
Space Research and Technology

Information

Almanac Publishers (except Exclusive Internet Publishing)
Archives
Book Publishers
Art Film Theater
Atlas Publishers
Cable and Other Program Distribution
Cable Programming
Cellular Telecommunications
Data Processing
Directory Publishers
Greeting Card Publishers
Internet Publishing
Internet Service Providers
Libraries
Mailing List Publishers
Motion Picture Production and Distribution
Motion Picture Theaters
Music Publishers
News Syndicates
Newspaper Publishers
Online Business
Paging
Periodical Publishers
Radio Networks
Radio Stations
Recording Studio
Satellite Telecommunications
Software Publishers
Sound Recording Studios
Teleproduction Services
Television Broadcasting
Video Production and Distribution
Web Hosting
Web Search Portals
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Leisure and Hospitality

Actors, Independent
Advertising Copywriter
Aerobic Dance and Exercise Centers
Agents and Managers
Amateur Sports Teams, Recreational
Amusement and Theme Parks
Amusement Arcades
Animal Exhibits, Live
Animal Safari Parks
Animated Cartoon Artists, Independent
Announcers, Independent Radio and Television
Aquariums
Arboretums
Archery Range
Art Film Theater
Art Gallery
Art Restorers, Independent
Art School Museum
Artists, Independent
Athletes, Amateur, Independent
Athletic Club Facilities, Physical Fitness
Automobile Racing Teams
Aviaries
Aviation Clubs, Recreational
Bar/Club Business
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns
Botanical Gardens
Bowling Centers
Campgrounds
Casinos
Caterers
Country Clubs
Dance Companies
Dinner Theaters
Fitness Centers
Golf Courses
Historical Sites
Hotels
Independent Artists
Independent Performers
Marinas
Museums
Musical Groups and Artists
Nature Parks
Promoters
Racetracks
Recreational Sports Centers
Restaurant and Food Business
RV Parks
Skiing Facilities
Sports Recreation Guides
Sports Teams and Clubs
Sports Trainers
Theater Companies
Writers
Zoos

Manufacturing

Aircraft Equipment Maker
Aircraft Manufacturing
Animal Food Manufacturing
Apparel Manufacturing
Arts and Crafts
Banner-Making
Breweries
Canvas Work
Cement Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Clay Product Manufacturing
Commercial Bakeries
Commercial Printing
Computer Equipment Manufacturing
Crocheting
Cross Stitch
Distilleries
Electronic Manufacturing
Embroidery
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Foundries
Furniture Manufacturing
Glass Product Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills
Jewelry Manufacturing
Knitting
Lace Making
Lucet
Machine Shops
Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing
Macrame
Metal Manufacturing
Metalworking
Mineral Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Needlepoint
Paper Product Manufacturing
Patchwork
Petroleum Refineries
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Pottery
Quilting
Retail Bakeries
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Rug Making
Sawmills
Sculpture
Sewing
Spinning
Tapestry
Textile Product Milling
Tobacco Product Manufacturing
Tradebinding
Weaving
Wineries
Wood Preservation
Wood Product Manufacturing

Natural Resources and Mining

Agriculture Farm Business
Agriculture Fruit Farm Business
Agriculture Produce Farm Business
Apiculture
Apple Orchards
Coal Mining
Farming
Fishing
Logging
Metal Mining
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining
Nursery / Greenhouse
Oil and Gas Operations
Ranching
Support Activities for Mining
Timber Tract Operations

Other Services

Animal Daycare
Appliance Repair and Maintenance
Aquarium Services
Astrology Tarot Card Business
Auto Body, Paint, and Interior Repair and Maintenance
Auto Decal Business
Automobile Detailing Business
Automobile Inspection Business
Automobile Restoration
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops
Automotive Oil Change and Lubrication Shops
Automotive Repair
Business Associations
Car Wash Business
Cemeteries and Crematories
Civic and Social Organizations
Coin-Op Laundry
Conservation Organizations
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers
Electronics Repair and Maintenance
Environment Organizations
Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Funeral Homes
Grantmaking Foundations
Hair Salon & Day Spa
Household Goods Repair and Maintenance
Human Rights Organizations
Labor Unions and Organizations
Laundries and Drycleaners
Linen Supply
Machinery Repair and Maintenance
Parking Lots and Garages
Personal Concierge / Shopper
Pet Business
Photofinishing Laboratories
Political Organizations
Private Households
Professional Organizations
Religious Organizations
Social Advocacy Organizations
Voluntary Health Organizations
Wedding Consultant
Wildlife Organizations

Professional and Business Services

Accounting Firm
Administrative Service Business
Advertising Agency
Advertising Consulting
Advertising Material Distribution Services
Agricultural Consultant
Architectural Engineering
Architectural Services
Armored Car Services
Art Packaging Installation
Art Shipping
Auditing Services
Automated Accounting Systems
Building Inspection Services
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services
Certified Public Accountants
Cleaning Service
Collection Agencies
Computer Related Services
Consulting Service
Convention and Trade Show Organizers
Convention and Visitors Bureaus
Copy Shops
Corporate, Subsidiary, and Regional Managing Offices
Court Reporting
Credit Bureaus
Drafting Services
Employment Agencies
Engineering Services
Environmental Consulting Services
Event Planning Service
Exterminating and Pest Control Services
Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services
Graphic Design Services
Hazardous Waste Collection
Home Design
Home Inspection Service
Industrial Design Services
Investigation Services
Janitorial Services
Landscape Architects
Lawn Care/Landscaping Business
Lawyers
Locksmiths
Marketing Consulting Services
Marketing Research
Medical Claims Billing Service
Notaries
Office Administration Services
Packaging and Labeling Services
Payroll Services
Photography Studios
Private Mail Centers
Public Opinion Polling
Public Relations Agencies
Repossession Services
Research and Development Agencies
Security Guards
Security Systems Services
Septic TankServices
Solid Waste Collection
Specialty Travel and Tours Business
Sports Tour Operators
Staffing Service Business
Stenotype Services
Surveying and Mapping Services
Tax Preparation Services
Telemarketing Bureaus
Telephone Answering Services
Temporary Services
Testing Laboratories
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices
Travel Tour Operators
Translation and Interpretation Services
Travel Agencies
Veterinary Services
Web Design

Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities

Aircraft Charter Services
Air Traffic Control
Aircraft Weighing Systems
Airport Shuttle Service
Airport Taxi
Bus Transit Systems
Charter Bus Industry
Couriers
Employee Bus Transportation
Freight Brokerage
Limousine Service
Local Delivery
Local Messengers
Marine Cargo Handling
Motor Vehicle Towing
Natural Gas Distribution
Packing and Crating
Pipeline Transportation
Port and Harbor Operations
Postal Service
Power Generation
Railroads
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
School Bus Transportation
Sewage Treatment Facilities
Special Needs Transportation
Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply
Taxi Service
Trucking
Warehousing and Storage
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems
Water Transportation

Wholesale and Retail Trade

Antiques Dealer
Art Dealers
Art Sales Custom Framing
Art Supply Store
Artificial Flowers Importers
Athletic Shoe Stores
Automobile Dealership
Automotive Parts and Accessories Store
Boat Dealers
Book Stores
Building Material Dealers
Business to Business Electronic Markets
Clothing Stores
Commercial Equipment Wholesalers
Construction Material Wholesalers
Crafts Stores
Department Stores
Durable Goods Wholesalers
eBay Business
Electronic Parts Wholesalers
Electronic Shopping
Electronics Stores
Equipment Wholesalers
Farm Product Wholesalers
Farm Supply Stores
Florists
Fuel Dealers
Garden Centers
Gasoline Stations
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Grocery Wholesalers
Hardware Wholesalers
Health and Personal Care Stores
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores
Home Centers
Home Furnishing Stores
Home Furnishing Wholesalers
Household Appliance Stores
Import/Export Business
Industrial Wholesalers
Internet Auctions
Jewelry Stores
Liquor Stores
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores
Mail-Order Houses
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers
Motor Vehicle Dealers
Motor Vehicle Wholesalers
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores
New Parts Wholesalers
News Dealers and Newsstands
Nurseries
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores
Personal Service Wholesalers
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Prerecorded Tape, Compact Disc, and Record Stores
Professional Equipment Wholesalers
Retail Store
Sewing, Needlework, and Piece Goods Stores
Sporting Goods Stores
Supermarkets
Supplies Wholesalers
Tobacco Stores
Used Merchandise Stores
Vending Machine Operators
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters
Wholesale Distribution

If you are interested in finding out what industry a business is in so you can learn more about the industry as a whole, you can search the NAICS database with a word from the business name and it will give you a variety of possibilities for businesses and where they fit in the industry classifications.

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