Finding enough capital to start your own business may seem like a daunting task, but depending on your interests, these 7 affordable businesses that you can start with little or no money may be exactly what you are looking for.
Though it is seasonal work, landscapers are always in demand. Sometimes mowing and yard work are included under the umbrella of landscaping, but if you want to stick to actual landscape and design, you will find businesses and homeowners that need your work. Word of mouth referrals are the gold standard for landscaping, though other marketing avenues can be just as simple. Place a well-made, professional sign at every job, and the calls will start coming in. Startup costs are low, especially if you already have your own equipment.
2. Handyman services
From leaky faucets to wiring, from broken windows to storm damage, everyone needs a good, reliable handyman to help them keep up their homes and businesses. Marketing your services may be as simple as few well placed ads, flyers, and word of mouth. Startup costs are low if you have your own tools and transportation.
3. Consumer convenience services
Consumer convenience services are forever popular (think auto detailing, house cleaning, office cleaning, etc.,) and in demand. It’s these types of affordable conveniences that consumers look for to help make their lives easier. Startup costs are low if you have your own cleaning tools.
4. Pet Care
Pet owners spend billions every year on pet supplies, pet care, and pet services. Pet sitters, pet walkers and pet groomers are businesses that just continue to grow. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association owners spent more than $55.72 billion on their pets in 2013, and over $4 billion was on grooming and care. Startup costs include your initial marketing costs, and tools if you don’t already have them.
5. Specialty food services
As consumers become more health aware, and food allergies and intolerances become more prevalent, home-based specialty food businesses are becoming more popular. Check into your state’s requirements for licensing and inspection before you startup. Initial costs include supplies and advertising.
6. Child Care/Tutoring/Products
Children are big business, and there is always room for someone who has something of value to offer. Operating home-based day care can be very fulfilling as can tutoring. How much you make is only limited by the number of children you want to care for. If you want to have a child products business, your only limitations are the ones you set for yourself. Startup costs may be higher for child care services then some of the other businesses because you will need toys and childproofing/safety devices.
7. Internet business
You don’t need very much money at all to open an web-based business. Service businesses like SEO consulting, social media expert, professional writing, graphic design, and web development cost nothing to start. You only real startup cost is the price of your domain and website.