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Top 10 Business Ideas to Start in Bali

Bali Business Ideas

If you want to live in Bali, often starting a business is the only way to support yourself, as jobs for foreigners are few and far between. Most foreigners new to Bali only seem to start hospitality type businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and bars. And yes, I know I am guilty of this myself! If however, you spend more time here, it doesn’t take long to come up with potential business ideas. So if you are interested in starting a business in Bali, here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

1. Professional Cleaning Company

Most foreigners living in Bali have a pembantu or housekeeper to keep their house clean. While they are good at general sweeping and tidying a house, they are might not be so good at doing a really deep, thorough clean. I think a professional cleaning company that had commercial cleaning equipment and products would be in demand in Bali.

2. Hotel and Villa Supplier

It is often said that during the gold rushes in the 1800’s, the people who made money were the ones which supplied the miners with the equipment, like picks and axes. I think you could apply the same analogy to hotels in Bali. The hotel and villa owners being the gold miners and but the real money is in supplying all of the products and equipment to run the hotel. You could pick just a few products or offer a full range. Some of the required products include:

  • Kitchen equipment and supplies
  • Bakery equipment and supplies
  • Refrigeration equipment and maintenance
  • Electricity generators and maintenance
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Housekeeping supplies
  • Laundry equipment
  • Luggage trolleys
  • Towels and bed linen
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Internet and telecommunication’s equipment
  • Hotel security
  • Gym, spa and health equipment and supplies
  • Furniture
  • Decorations
  • Tableware

3. Tradesman’s Agency/Booking Service

Everything in Bali needs constant repairs and maintenance. Often when you find a good plumber/electrician/repair person, they either move or change their mobile number. It is ongoing process of trying to find someone reliable. My idea is to have a kind of agency with one point of contact that sends out a qualified (as qualified as one an be in Bali) and vetted repair person. The agency would also handle billing so you don’t have to pay directly to the repair person and prices would be fixed and transparent.

4. Catering Business

Not a very original idea and of course there are companies already doing this, but pricing seems to be everywhere and nothing seems to clear as to what you get for your money. With the number of foreigners coming here to get married and celebrate birthdays and such I think there is a good market for such a company.

5. Food Production

Since imported food is so expensive in Bali, I think you could make a near equivalent product to an imported one, it would be popular in the expat community. You would be able to sell it cheaper as you wouldn’t be paying import taxes. Cheese and cured meats comes to mind.

6. Clothing/factory agent

I have lost count of the number of people, mostly from Australia who are looking for a clothing manufacturer in Bali. There must be potential for someone to act as an agent between buyers and manufacturers, also for someone to oversee production, quality control and arrange payment/shipping.

7. IT/Computer repairs

Many times you hear about people taking their computer in for repair and it comes back unrepaired and minus internal parts. I think there would be a good market for an honest and reliable computer repair business. Helping people with their internet connections would be good too.

8. Marketing Consultancy

How many times do you go to a business and when you go back a few months later, it has already shutdown ? I know it is difficult to start a small business anywhere in the world, let alone Bali, but it seems like many companies here have no idea about marketing.

9. Professional Security Company

Security guards are a dime a dozen in Bali, few however had professional training and some are even criticized for running away at the first sign of any trouble.

10. Wholesale Food Supplier to Hotels, Restaurants and Villas

I belong to a food and beverage suppliers group on Facebook and it seems like finding reliable suppliers who offer genuine wholesale prices is fairly hit and miss.



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6 Responses to Top 10 Business Ideas to Start in Bali

  1. Jeff Mcneill June 1, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Most of these apply to Thailand as well, though the IT/Computer repair is much less of a problem, as there are some great technical people (just have to find them). Also the Hotel/Villa suppliers are well outfitted in Thailand, easy to find and reasonable prices.

    For agents/booking the business model is not really there, even though there is obviously a need. Any of the middleman positions usually have high marketing overhead, but what they can charge is not much as they have to take a cut of someone else’s money. It just doesn’t work out well unless they can get another revenue stream, such as selling a book, or conducting seminars.

    The ideas around high quality cleaning services, high quality (and locally sourced) food service, especially competing with imports, and professional security make a lot of sense.

    For marketing consulting, the biggest problem is that there is a fundamental ignorance in the marketplace. It is a bit of a chicken and egg, insofar as the value placed on marketing consulting and how it can help are not valued, hence they are not employed, hence companies go out of business. Unfortunately there is not much of a learning curve, because that would require at least some level of understanding of marketing to begin with.

    Great thoughts and I always look forward to your newsletter.

  2. Craig June 1, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Thanks for this interesting list.

    Definite food for thought.

  3. V Dhillon April 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi Mike

    What’s the best way to contact you
    Looking for some advise reg investment in Bali


  4. Rosh October 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm #


    I am a South African woman, considering relocating to Bali, however, looking for advise and information as I would like to start a kindergarten / daycare center in Bali. I would like to also not only offer this service but extend this to less fortunate children in the area.

    I am planning to visit Bali mid November and was hoping that I could meet and connect with like minded individuals.

    I would appreciate all feedback and comments

    Have a wonderful day,


    • Kabilab December 25, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      Hai me too interested in starting a preschool in bali., out of curiousity i visited the bali green school this december. It was nice but not very impressive. Anywayshare your thoughts. My mail

  5. Tia Ratapu July 18, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi Mike looking at opening a bakery in Bali been to Bali several times food for thought

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