10 businesses ideas you can start with $0 capitaI
Everyone wants to be their own boss, but it can be easier (and cheaper!) than you might think. We’ve done a bit of research and rounded up 10 businesses that you can start for $0, so what are you waiting for?
- Professional DIYer
Websites like Etsy are perfect if you have a bit of a creative streak and are good with your hands. If you’re a DIY pro, you’ll likely already have all the materials you need hanging around the house. Starting up a business on Etsy is a great way to sell your crafts, be they candles or novelty pins.
- Dog Walker
No one said starting your own business would be glamorous, and sometimes it can get messy, but dog walking can still be pretty lucrative. You’ll need to get your name out somehow, so look to social media to spread awareness, or just drop a slip of paper into the mailboxes of dog owners in your neighbourhood and you’ll be on your way.
- Cleaning Services
Again, it’s not glamorous, but it is a great way to make some extra cash. As people spend more time at work, their houses might be neglected and if you have the time and the equipment, you might be able to save the day. Offer your services to family and friends and, if you’ve got a mop in hand, you’ll be on your way to your own business in no time at all. There’s plenty of room for expansion with this one, and the chance to start a huge business with high level commercial contracts.
- Personal Concierge
It sounds a bit fancier than being someone’s assistant, and being a personal concierge can be a great way of earning extra money. You would be responsible for everything from grocery shopping to dry cleaning, with your main clients likely to be top-level executives who just don’t have time for the day-to-day. And whilst it might not seem impressive to begin with, if you’re business savvy enough, there’s room to expand into a whole service.
- Event Planner
Do you love organising parties? Have a folder full of caterers? Know the perfect place to go for all things festive? Ask around and if anyone you know has a birthday coming up, offer to arrange the party for them. It might not be totally lucrative at first, but if you know what you’re doing and people start having a good time, you could get a very profitable business going.
You probably thought that taxidermy would die out at some stage, but there has actually been quite a resurgence in the art form. This is another business you can start up through an Etsy page or a simple blog, using social media to get your message out, and if you have no idea how to do it, then turn to the Internet for all the tutorials your heart desires.
Is your place full of clutter? Can you spot a bargain at a garage sale or op-shop? People love to buy secondhand (or pre-loved) items, and if you know what you are doing, you can certainly turn a profit. Start up an eBay profile or go old-school with your own stall at a local flea market, and you could be on your way to starting an even bigger business.
If you have a bit of a green thumb and don’t mind getting dirt under your nails, consider a small gardening service. Not everyone wants to spend their weekends mowing the lawn, and you can make a tidy profit weeding the flower beds and planting veggies.
This one can go hand in hand with event planning, as long as you know your way around a kitchen. Starting on a small scale and making cakes for children’s birthday parties can be a great way to hone your skill and build up your customer base, developing a profit before you have to start spending yourself.
Any list like this should include blogging as a business, because it can cover so many different areas. From food to fashion to design, if you’re willing to work hard and invest a bit of time, blogging can become a major business through sponsors and other lucrative avenues.