There are 28 million small businesses in the country, and they provide most of America's jobs and sales. According to the Small Business Administration, large companies have cut four million jobs since 1990, while small businesses have created eight million. Most small businesses want to become big businesses, so a new dog-walking service is probably not going to turn into the next Uber (though you never know! Dream big!).
Here are some of the top, best, most promising industries you might want to consider where businesses are growing. They are also ripe for disruption.
Drones rule, even as the FAA still nails down drone rules. The commercial drone market is predicted to grow from around $550 million in 2014 to over $1 billion by 2022, according to Grand View Research. Average annual growth is predicted to be around 17 percent, with most of the growth coming from government work, followed by agriculture, energy, as well as entertainment and "other." "Other" could be retailers such as Amazon.
Drones remain imperfect, so disrupting the industry with better machines, operating systems, hybrid power supplies and pilots could provide opportunities. And speaking of Uber (I was, earlier), a drone company we profiled last year called Skycatch leases out drones and pilots on demand, and it's just been named one of Fast Company's most innovative companies.