The business of online shoe sales might seem a bit random, but consider the success of Zappos, for instance.
"Fragmented industries with a low level of capital intensity often present excellent opportunities for startups," analysts Kevin Boyland and Eben Jose write in the February report. "During the past decade, the key trend creating the majority of these opportunities has been the shift toward providing services online.">>>Under-the-Radar Hot Industries For Small Business Profits >>>8 Ways to Boost Your eBay and Online Sales Start-up prospects are most prevalent in the retail and service industries, with e-commerce presenting the biggest opportunity, particularly with the likes of Amazon, eBay (EBAY - Get Report) and Etsy or platforms like Shopify taking away the challenges presented by technology for entrepreneurs. Nowadays, a small online business can sell its wares through one of these portals, which eliminates the hassle, time and resources needed to create an online store. "All of these factors have made starting an online business easier than ever," the report says. To be competitive, though, start-ups will have to "keep pace with the high level of technological change that has transformed their respective industries. Additionally, access to capital via investments or loans will play a critical role in determining the speed at which firms can grow the scale and scope of their operations," the analysts caution. Given their low barriers to entry, high level of technological change and strong revenue growth expectations, there are eight industries that present prime opportunities for startups in 2013, according to IBISWorld. >>>5 Best Franchise Opportunities for 2013 >>>7 Biggest Small-Business Trends in 2013 1. Social Gaming The social gaming industry has exploded at an average annual rate of 184% during the past five years, driven by surging Internet traffic and the widespread prominence of social networks, particularly Facebook (FB - Get Report), the analysts write. As mobile devices proliferate, consumers have increasingly been able to access their social networks anywhere, at any time.