So you want to work for yourself? You want to set up a business so you can become independent and – if you’re lucky – perhaps a damn sight richer than if you were to stay in a regular J.O.B?
But, what you don’t want to do is spend too much money on your start up. So the following are 9 great low investment business ideas that can have you up and running as your own boss fast, and without having to front a fortune to get going.
1. Real Estate
Selling real estate can be a lucrative business to get into. There are a few hoops to jump through before you can start, such as completing your Prelicensing education and then passing the following test, but once that’s completed, you’re good to go.
People enter real estate from all walks of life, and at a variety of ages. The only pre-requisite is that you’re at least 18 years old and have legal US residency.
2. Cleaning Services
Cleaning! It can be the bane of people’s lives, but this is something that you can exploit to set up your very own low-cost business. All you need to get started is some cleaning kit, and a vehicle to get from house to house (or office). Oh – and let’s not forget your business liability insurance, something every self-employed person needs.
Many people have started out in such a way, only to end up having to employ others as their client base increases. Cleaning might well seem a menial task, but in all reality, it’s certainly recession proof, and could well have the potential to make you a very real income indeed!
3. Resume Writing
Writing resumes is a service that many are willing to pay for. And in many cases, pay handsomely. You’ll need a talent for writing persuasive words, and – it goes without saying – be able to produce resumes that are perfect in all aspects of spelling and grammar.
Joining a professional body such as the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches or The National Resume Writers Association would be a wise move, and both of these bodies offer online courses that you can take to get up to speed with your abilities.
Are you an expert (or simply an enthusiast) in a certain subject? Then blogging or vlogging can truly be a method in which you can monetize your passion.
All you need is a computer to get started. You don’t even need to purchase a domain name if you don’t want to, as platforms such as Word Press, Blogger, or Weebly will provide you with a free one. However, it is advisable to spend out the few dollars per year to purchase one that really does signify what it is that your blog offers.
5. Child Care
Child care is a tried and proven way to set up a business. Of course, there are certain hoops you need to jump through before you can legally offer such care. But once done, you have a legitimate business that can work from home or from rented premises if you prefer.
Historically, many moms find this is a great way to earn some extra income whilst looking after their own kids. And naturally, such people tend to inspire trust in other parents who are entrusting the most precious thing in their lives to another person.
6. Pet Care
If you like animals, then offering a pet care service can be truly lucrative. And the start up costs are virtually nil! But you do need to like animals – and being outside most of the time.
In today’s crazy lifestyle, many pet owners are desperate to find a trusted person who can come in and visit Fido or Fluffy. Dog walking, cat feeding, chickens, fish, ferrets… You name it, there’s animals that need looking after country wide – and if you can do this, then voila! You have a business.
7. Gardening Services
You don’t need to have a qualification in landscape gardening to make money in this manner. You could start off simply by offering to mow people’s lawns! Of course, you’ll probably need your own kit to do this, so it’s worth investing in a decent mower, and you’re going to need a vehicle big enough to transport it in.
This is the ideal business opportunity for anyone who longs to spend most of their working day outside. And another huge advantage is that it’ll keep you fit whilst working.
8. Laundry Services
Guess what? Busy people often don’t have time to keep up with their laundry. From washing clothes to ironing, mending to getting rid of stains – offering a service to do some or all of these things can be a great, virtually no-cost, start up opportunity.
All you need is a decent iron and board, a handy laundromat where you can wash large loads in super quick time, and a car to pick up and drop off to your customers. Print off some flyers, do a quick leaflet drop, perhaps put an ad in your local paper, and boom! You’re in business…
9. Social Media Manager
It might surprise you (or not) to realize that you can actually make your living by spending time on Facebook, Twitter, and the like. Because far from simply being a place for people to ‘hang out’, these social media sites offer huge earning potential for companies – both large and small.
The thing is, nurturing these takes time and effort. So companies pay folk – folk just like you – to do the job for them.