As an example of Puerto Rican entrepreneurship’s great potential, we created the first Idea Store. A group of business leaders, young entrepreneurs, and scholars identified several business ideas that were “ready to wear”, or ready to launch.
We then created 28 unique t-shirts; each one illustrated a different potential business idea. Use them for inspiration or as a reference point for your next entrepreneurial project.
With the arrival of Lufthansa-Technik and other aerospace companies to Puerto Rico, there are new business opportunities around this niche. From manufacturing, tourism, repairs, and many other services, this industry needs small businesses that cater to its needs.
A family wants to go camping and they don’t even own a tent? No problem. You rent them all they need. If they want to kayak, you have them covered. If they rather go fishing, problem solved. Start by acquiring basic equipment and keep adding as you grow.
Arts and crafts
Puerto Rican hands have always been talented. They create high quality crafts, jewelry and clothing. In there modern world, there are many opportunities for business who start local and then export their creations to the world. Online markets, innovation with local materials, participation in art markets, and high fashion are all opportunity areas. The same creativity that helps you craft beautiful pieces can guide you to turn them into a business.
Items for pets
In Puerto Rico, we love and pamper our pets. This is a great business opportunity! You can bake pet treats with unique flavors. You can also sell products for dogs and cats, such as beds, bandannas, shirts, and even toys.
Articles made with used tires
Do you know all you can create with used tires? Swings, furniture, dog beds, sculptures, belts, purses, briefcases… the list goes on. Get creative!
Services for our aging population
Our elders have many needs, from help running their errands to offering entertainment. You can deliver their medications, coordinate their medical appointments, even take them on walks or tours. They need you! Remember to add your own creative touch to the services you offer.
From authorized existing books to original material, audiobook production and sales may be an alternative for you. There are book markets for children, teenagers, and adults.
Puerto Rican candy
Imagine the flavor of a “quenepa” lollipop, or a “grosella” chew, or a “tamarindo” cane. Take the wonderful flavors of our tropical fruits to the world of candy.
From growing coffee to opening up your own coffee shop, you can do it. There are many other coffee-related businesses you can start. Remember to always add your own creative touch.
Puerto Rican baby food
Bring traditional Puerto Rican flavors to baby food: local tubers, tropical fruit, rice and beans. Throw some creativity in the mix!
Ranching and fishing
With some adequate land, you can consider raising cattle or pigs. Only 10% of the meat consumed in Puerto Rico is locally produced, so there’s plenty of demand. And only 4% of the fish we eat is caught from Puerto Rican waters. So if you’re a fishing enthusiast, maybe you can turn your hobby into a business. There are also good opportunities in meat and seafood distribution.
Hydroponic farming is very viable and efficient. There’s lots of produce that grows well in water: lettuce, tomato, cilantro. And they all sell well. You can start in your backyard and grow your business from there.
We are in the digital era and many are looking to downsize and store important documents. But not everyone has time to digitalize old photos and documents. What if you offer them that service?
A well-designed fabric or print can inspire many articles. Bedding, bath curtains, dresses, blouses, shirts… The sky is the limit.
Furniture design and construction
Whether for a home or for commercial use, a piece of furniture designed and built in Puerto Rico is a valuable item and could be a good business opportunity for you. If you have the creativity and the skill, you can build a business.
From food to medication, office supplies, and movies, there are many items that can be quickly delivered. You can create a website so that people can purchase and wait for the products you will deliver at their home, office or even at the beach.
Food trucks have always been around, but recently the industry has enjoyed a creative renaissance that is full of opportunities. A food truck can represent your personal style and culinary interests. Innovate with local flavors, work together with local farmers or event planners, set up a food truck park, organize weekend routes, and use technology and social media to market your business.
If you have photography skills and you can make anything look great, you can become a digital photographer for properties and articles for sale. Offer your service to realtors and to the general public.
Rent out rooms in your home or other properties. Add additional services like breakfast, tour guides, and travel arrangements. Be creative!
Growing what we eat at home is in. Take advantage of this! Offer gardening services. Build and prepare seedbeds. Train people and sell them the products they need.
Murals for homes and businesses
If you can paint, there will always be people who need your talent. Paint murals for children’s rooms and stores.
Technology training for the aging population
Our elderly have not lost their spark. They still want to be connected. Offer them individual or group classes to teach them how to make their lives easier and, most importantly, safer. Teach them to use their mobile phones and other gadgets. Show them how to use the Internet and social media.
Puerto Rican party
Puerto Ricans know how to throw a great party. That is a good business opportunity, considering there’s a great market among Puerto Ricans who live away from our island. Create a Puerto Rican party kit with hats, cups, dominoes, rum, music… Imagine Puerto Rican costumes for carnivals or Halloween.
Imagine the taste of guanábana (soursop) in a jam, or its scent in a perfume bottle. Soursop grows very well in Puerto Rico. It’s also delicious and believed to contain many medicinal properties. Grow it, process it and add your own creative touch.
Handyman services and repairs
Busy people have very little time to fix cracks and leaks around the house. This is an opportunity for handy people who can repair and fix anything. Be creative, especially when you advertise your services online and on social media.
Destination weddings in exotic places are part of a growing industry, and Puerto Rico is among the preferred locations for couples around the world. If you have organizational and people skills, there are many opportunities here. Create tour and entertainment packages for wedding parties, plan events in our beaches and mountains, prepare specialized caterings. Use your creativity to give our visitors an unforgettable experience in this important moment.
There are great opportunities to offer tourists culinary experiences around the island. From taking them on a farm tour to learn about our local produce, to taking them to the restaurants us locals love but tourists rarely visit. Teach them how to cook authentic Puerto Rican food!
Puerto Rican vitamins and supplements
Extract medicinal properties out of Puerto Rico’s herbs and fruits to offer them as supplement capsules or tea.
Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones # CEE-SA-16-5636