With 2 or 3 ideas for small businesses that I would like to start (my first business), how can I effectively research whether my area is in need for these types of businesses, or that my idea has a good niche that I can fill, or whether my area is already too saturated with ideas like mine?
I have plenty of small ideas that I'd like to start so that I can make myself some money that I can later invest, or sell said business for capital to invest elsewhere.
A couple of the ideas:
"Trendy" food cart / Mobile Food station
T-Shirt printing company
Mobile auto detail
I have some startup money, and a family member said they would be willing to help me if I need some more, so I would like to find something smaller like this that I can network and grow with and potentially move on to bigger things.
I have recently moved from one state to a completely different area and don't know A LOT about it but have plenty of family here and have spent some time here prior to moving.
Check to see if those business have (or do) exist within 20 miles of where you are. If they were- and are not- try to reach the founders (should be listed on a DBA or incorporation) and talk with them. (Remember- Hillary Clinton still doesn't take responsibility for her terrible performance....)
If they are still in business- go visit and see what you can do better.
Facebook is emerging as an incredibly effective market research tool. I think with a few hundred dollars of ad spend and some expertise on the platform, you could generate enough data to confidently identify the best product and market fit.
Here's a link to another CFL thread where I break down how it can be done.