Launching an AI startup can seem daunting when the same AI business ideas get recycled everywhere. But there are still creative opportunities out there if you think differently.
In this article, I will share 21 fresh AI startup ideas that you can realistically launch right now.
Don’t have a big team? No problem. Most ideas can be executed as a solo entrepreneur. Some may even work as side hustles. And you can leverage existing AIs with (no coding required) to launch your startup.
Let’s dive in.
What Are Best AI Business Ideas?
Here are my top picks for AI powered business ideas:
1. AI Personalized Marketing Outreach
Offer a service to generate customized outreach emails for clients. Use AI to generate personalized messages on your end.
For example, bloggers wanting to guest post for high profile tech magazines could provide their bio, company info, and target publication details to you. You can feed these into an AI system.
The AI would then generate a personalized pitch email tailored to that publication’s focus and the individual writer’s background. This allows you to scale personalized outreach that yields better response rates than generic messages.
- Allows a solo marketer to offer high-quality customized marketing typically only done by big agencies and brands.
- Small business clients get cost-effective, personalized marketing that deeply engages each customer.
- AI handles personalization at scale, freeing the marketer to focus on client needs rather than content creation.
- Continuous analysis of customer data by the AI optimizes and tailors marketing over time.
- Marketer can charge premium prices compared to generic digital marketing services.
- Leverages cutting-edge AI technology to achieve results not possible manually.
- Requires an upfront investment of around $100-$200/month for AI chatbots, mass email service, and email finder services, etc.
- AI still requires human supervision to check for errors and fill strategic gaps.
- Clients must be comfortable providing access to personal data required by the AI.
2. AI Voice-Overs
Provide voice over work for commercials, audiobooks, training videos and more at a lower cost than human voice actors.
You can buy subscription of high-quality AI voice software tools like Lovo or Playht.
Each tool may have a subscription cost of $100-$200 per month for premium usage tiers. Instead of buying these tools themselves, clients can simply pay you a fixed rate per voice over project – for example $10 for a 1-minute commercial voice-over.
If you take on client projects totaling, say 120 minutes of voice-over per month, charging $10/min each, you will end up making $1200 in revenue. This allows you to cover the monthly AI subscription costs of $200 and make a nice profit of $1000.
From the client’s perspective, they get professional voice-over work done for just $10 instead of paying hundreds for a human voice actor. And they don’t have to purchase the AI tools themselves for a one-time project.
You benefit by amortizing their AI subscription costs over many small projects. The more clients you can take on, the more value you get out of the AI tools. This lets you profit while keeping costs low for clients.
- Clients may prefer real human voice actors.
- Must carefully edit AI audio for best results.
3. AI Enhanced Virtual Real Estate Tours
Offer 3D virtual tours of real estate properties enhanced by AI features. Allow potential buyers to digitally tour homes and see AI-generated visualizations of remodeling, staging, and property over time. Integrate chatbots to answer custom questions.
- Allows buyers to virtually stage, remodel and visualize a property optimized to their taste.
- On-demand access anytime, without needing to visit properties in person.
- AI assistants provide interactive information specific to each buyer.
- Reduces the hassle of in-person tours and makes remote buying easier.
- Scalable to cover large real estate inventories.
- Requires large training data sets of property images and buyer data.
- Potentially large upfront development costs for advanced AI system.
- Buyers may be hesitant to use an unproven VR technology for large purchase. Can be used as warm up tool.
4. AI Video-Creation/Editing
Here’s a neat business idea – offer video creation and editing services powered by AI! You could use tools like Runway to generate custom video content for clients. And leverage services like Descript to edit videos by speech, automatically transcribe, add captions, etc. This allows you to scale high-quality video production.
Clients could provide raw footage, scripts, brand guidelines – then you handle the AI video magic! Things like automatically generating social media promos, lead gen videos, animated explainers…you name it. The AI does the heavy lifting so you can crank out polished videos fast.
- Faster and cheaper video production than human-only services
- AI can create diverse, personalized video content at scale
- You can take on more clients and projects
- Lets you focus on client needs rather than grunt work
- AI generated video will only get better over time
- Upfront cost of licensing AI services
- AI still requires human guidance and quality control
- Potential issues with fake-looking video content
5. AI Content Repurposing Service
You could take clients’ existing blogs, articles, social posts, etc. and use tools like PictoryAI to transform them into new content formats.
For example, a client gives you their popular blog post. You run it through the AI system to generate a video script, social media posts, infographics, and more based on that original content. This saves clients tons of time reinventing the wheel. And you can crank out repurposed content at scale!
6. AI-Powered News and Content Curation for Niche Markets
This business would create AI tools to curate and summarize news and content for specific niche industries and audiences. Basically, you want to use AI for aggregating content across the web automatically. Python can be used to scrape the web data and pass it to your AI model like GPT.
For example, an AI-driven platform could be customized to serve:
- Biotech researchers – Tailored discovery of the latest research papers, clinical trial results, patent filings, and key developments in biomedicine.
- Home builders – Curated industry news about zoning changes, lumber prices, construction tech, housing trends, etc.
- AI enthusiasts – Collect trending posts in AI Subreddits.
The AI would scour industry publications, news sites, forums, social media, and other sources. It then filters and summarizes the most relevant updates for each niche into personalized briefings.
Customers get condensed, actionable news catered to their niche without wasting time searching themselves. (This could work well as an AI newsletter on sites like substack or beehiiv).
7. AI Resume Writing Service
You could use tools like ChatGPT to generate customized, engaging resumes tailored to each client’s background, skills, and target roles. This allows you to scale high-quality resume writing services.
Clients simply provide their work history, skills, achievements, etc. You feed this into cutting-edge AI resume builders. The AI handles structuring the information, choosing ideal wording, customizing for each role, and more. This saves you hours of manual resume drafting. You just review, polish and send super personalized resumes to the client.
8. AI Powered Recruitment Agency
This business would offer an advanced AI recruitment tool to automate and enhance hiring for clients. This tool can call GPT APIs at backend.
For example, a retail chain looking to hire store managers could use the platform to:
- Screen all applicants by having the AI review resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, interview responses, etc. It would score each candidate on relevant qualifications and skills for the role using natural language processing.
- Ask screening questions via a chatbot that interacts with applicants to gather key details through conversational responses. The AI evaluates things like work ethic, customer service mindset, management style based on keyword analysis.
- Generate customized interview questions tailored to each applicant’s background and experience to deeply evaluate their fit.
This level of automated screening and matching with the ideal candidates is not possible manually.
9. AI-Generated Art and Music In Single Platform
What if you could automate music video creation completely – from background music to vocals to album art and video?
For example, say a video producer needs a custom ambient track for a nature documentary. They could just specify “soothing piano and strings, 5 minutes long, relaxing mood.” Bam! The AI generates a 100% unique soundtrack fitting those directions in mere seconds. It is already possible with Google’s music LM.
Or an indie band wants a crazy, psychedelic cover for their next album. The AI could instantly cook up tons of trippy designs for them to choose from. Already possible with Stable diffusion.
The possibilities are endless. The AI could make custom concert posters, produce sound effects, design t-shirt graphics, or even generate virtual paintings to hang on your virtual reality walls! Anything you can dream up, this intelligent creative assistant could design on demand. We only need to integrate the tools that already exist.
Let’s move onto AI “Startup” Ideas
The ideas so far mostly involve using AI tools that already exist. At most, you will need to use no-code tools to execute them or to integrate multiple AIs.
But the ideas I am sharing below require more upfront investment, some programming knowledge, and can turn into actual tech startups. I am sharing these for the more ambitious readers who need some ideas to get their creative juices flowing.
10. AI Dating Service
An AI dating app could use technology in new ways to improve matchmaking. The app could analyze user conversations to understand their personalities. It could look at photos and profiles to learn about interests and values.
It could suggest matches based on how compatible two people’s personalities, interests, values and relationship goals are. Chatbots could ask better questions to set up profiles. It could give feedback to improve profiles. It could remind users to message good matches. It could prompt inactive users with new matches.
Overall, AI could help improve matching and keep users engaged in many small ways that add up. No other dating app uses AI like this yet. So there is opportunity to make something better.
- High competition from large dating apps like Tinder and Match.com
- User distrust of sharing personal data and preferences with an AI
- Negative publicity if AI recommends inappropriate or “bad” matches
11. AI Mental Health Bot
An AI mental health app could use AI avatars to chat with users and track their moods and habits. The app could analyze how users speak to detect signs of mental health issues early.
It could look at facial expressions during video chats to understand emotions. The app could spot patterns and suggest things to help like articles or relaxation videos tailored to the user.
The AI could also connect users anonymously to peer support groups for conditions like anxiety. AIcan be used to make sure the groups are positive and moderated. Doctors could monitor patients between visits through the app. It could send reminders about medications.
- Stigma against relying on an app for mental healthcare
- Humans may start preferring “AI” buddies over society; losing social touch
12. AI-Enhanced Virtual Gardening Assistant
An AI gardening app that assists users in maintaining their gardens. Users can upload images of their plants, and the AI will identify the species and provide care instructions. GPT-4 already offers vision and voice capabilities for these kind of interactions.
The app could also monitor weather conditions and send notifications to users about watering times, fertilizer recommendations, and when to bring plants indoors during extreme weather.
Users can interact with a virtual gardening avatar that guides them through gardening tasks and offers personalized advice based on the specific needs of their plants.
13. AI Digital Comic Creator
Develop an AI-powered digital comic creator that assists artists and writers in generating comic strips and graphic novels. The AI could help with panel layouts, character design, speech bubble placement, and even suggest storylines.
This tool could make comic creation more accessible to aspiring creators. Fanfics could come to life!
A lesser complicated application would be an AI that colors black and white mangas automatically.
14. AI Tax Optimization Service
Create an AI-powered tax optimization service that helps individuals and businesses minimize their tax liabilities legally. The AI could analyze financial transactions, tax codes, and regulations to identify tax-saving opportunities.
Users can receive recommendations on deductions, credits, and tax-efficient strategies.
- Competition from tax professionals and tax software providers.
- Ensuring accurate tax advice and compliance.
15. AI Virtual Fitting Room
Develop an AI-powered virtual fitting room platform that allows online shoppers to try on clothing virtually before making a purchase. The AI could analyze users’ body measurements and match them with clothing items from partner retailers.
Users can see how clothing items would fit and look on them through augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR).
16. AI Personal Fitness Journal
Create a personal fitness journal that tracks workouts, diet, and progress with AI insights, offering data-driven exercise routines and nutrition plans.
17. AI Travel Photographer Assistant
Assist travelers in finding ideal photography locations and angles, enhancing their travel photography experiences with AI-driven location scouting and composition tips.
GPT-4’s vision module can be used to scan the area and suggest photography locations.
18. AI Career Coach
Offer personalized career guidance, job search strategies, and interview preparation using AI, providing tailored career advice based on individual skills and aspirations.
19. AI Sustainable Home Energy Advisor
Help homeowners reduce energy consumption and costs with AI, recommending eco-friendly solutions and energy-efficient upgrades for sustainable living.
20. AI Virtual Historian
Get the AI to act as any historical figure and engage in conversations with it.
21. AI DIY Project Planner
Help DIY enthusiasts in planning and executing home improvement and crafting projects with step-by-step instructions and material recommendations provided by AI. GPT-4 can see “what’s happening” and help users troubleshoot faster.
So now it’s your move. Do any of these AI business concepts spark your interest? Please share in the comments.
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