Low Cost Business Ideas You Can Start Today

Do you dream of being your own boss? Do you fancy the idea of working from home to a schedule that suits you not your boss? If so, you are probably ready to become an entrepreneur, but unless you are burdened with lots of cash, a lack of available start-up capital might cause you to shelve the idea.

Starting a business can be really expensive, but it can also be very cheap – it all depends on the type of business you elect to create. Luckily there are lots of great ideas out there for anyone operating on a shoestring budget. So try a few of these on for size and see if any of them appeal.

Online e-Seller

Selling products online requires very little money when you start off small with a view to expanding the business if things work out. Online marketplaces such as eBay and Etsy are perfect for budding entrepreneurs. All you have to do is find a niche you want to sell in, buy or make some products, figure out your profit margin, and start selling.

Life Coach

Are you a good listener? Do you have a great sense of empathy? Are you good at problem solving? If you can answer “yes” to all three questions, you could try being a life coach. It costs nothing to sort out other people’s lives, so get cracking and see where it takes you.

Pet Sitter

You have to like animals to be a pet sitter, but it can be a very rewarding career for animal lovers. Look after pets in their own home, or take them into yours. As a pet sitter you are free to manage your time to suit other commitments and you get to enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Business Consultant

Do you have many years’ experience in the corporate world? If so, you could set yourself up as a business consultant and tell others how to better run their businesses. This is a very lucrative sector for someone with the right experience and connections.

Website Designer

Designing websites is a low-cost venture for anyone who has a flair for coding and design. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Start your business from home and work it around your main job until you build up a client base.

Personal Carer

Becoming a personal carer for the elderly is a rewarding job if you enjoy helping people. Alternatively, you can elect to provide childcare or work with people with disabilities.

Landscape Gardener

Green-fingered types can start a business working their magic on other people’s gardens. Advertise locally and if you have a talent, word of mouth recommendations will soon generate new business in the local area.

All of these business ideas require very little money to get off the ground, but if you need some start-up capital, perhaps to buy a vehicle or some tools for your new business, click here for more information about different finance options.


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