The 7 Profitable Small Business Ideas in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has shown a lot of chracter in revamping its struggling economy post the end of civil war in May 2009. Tourist numbers grew into millions and new avenues of work, and business opportunities were created.

Are you thinking of starting a business in Sri Lanka? Here are 7 of the best we have come up for aspiring Sri Lankan entrepreneurs who want to develop further their country’s economy.

1. Airport shuttle service

More than 1 million international tourists are being received by Sri Lanka annually through airplanes. These tourists require transport to be able to move from airports to their holiday destinations and vice versa. Keeping this need of tourists in mind, interested persons can open a shuttle service business in Sri Lanka.

An airport shuttle service business doesn’t demand you more than a vehicle in good condition, driving skills and of course a driving license. This business can be operated on a part-time basis as well.

2. Allergy translation cards

Those who look for work in Sri Lanka’s growing tourism industry but are on a budget may consider an allergy translation card making business. Allergy translation cards tackle away language barriers. These cards are used by allergy sensitive tourists to convey the restaurant staff to avoid the use of food that causes allergy to them in their native language.

3. Eco-Tourism business

There are a lot of destinations like Sinharaja Rain Forest, Buttala, Knuckles Mountains, etc that are being passionately explored by tourists for adventure travels. If you live up near any such place that offers the great prospect for such travels, then you could consider starting an ecotourism business to educate visitors about the place, community, and environment and hence get paid.

4. Tea production

Sri Lankan tea enjoys the great demand in overseas markets particularly in Iran, Pakistan, the United States, etc. However, the local tea production capacity hasn’t yet reached its full potential.

Prospective entrepreneurs can bring in export revenue into the country while exploiting the easy availability of ideal geographical and climatic requirements for tea production in Sri Lanka to the fullest.

5. Tobacco production

Even though people whether those who live in Sri Lanka or anywhere else in the world know the fact that tobacco kills, yet they smoke.

Domestic demand for tobacco in Sri Lanka is so stupendous that even thousands of suppliers can’t match it. More tobacco production units are thus required in the country.

Aspiring entrepreneurs benefit from the availability of land which is supportive for tobacco production and cheap skilled labor in Sri Lanka.

6. Coconut production

Sri Lanka ranks fifth in the production of coconut commodity in the world. There are many commercial uses of coconut such as deodorants, toothpaste, body lotion, and many other products.

The coconut cultivation has the potential to become a significant catalyst in the growth of Sri Lankan economy as the demand for coconut and its value-added products are high internationally. But, unfortunately, due to drought conditions, the local supply is struggling to meet this great international demand.

Sri Lankan government needs to search for ways to avoid the poor effect of drought on coconut cultivation. That would ensure the control on local prices as well as the avoidance of losses incurred when a ban is imposed on coconut export.

7. Value-added textile products

The textile industry has been the cornerstone of Sri Lankan economy over the past four decades. However, the involvement of local entrepreneurs in the textile value chain is very low. There are many value-added textile products such as buttons, zippers, hook and loop fasteners, embroidery works, etc that hold great promise for advancing the economic status of many people in Sri-Lanka.

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