Small Businesses You Can Launch for Free, Work From Home, or With Little Money
1. Pet sitting
Not everybody travels with their pets, and when they hit the road, they need someone to take care of them. While it can be somewhat sporadic, pet sitting is a viable business that allows you to serve others and fulfill your love for animals.
2. Dog walking
Similarly, a dog walking business gets you outdoors while bonding with some adorable four-legged friends. As a bonus, both options lend themselves easily to channeling your furry care taking into fun business cards, social media posts, and even custom, yet professional invoicing to help customers spread the word for you.
3. Product tester
Do you love testing out the latest and greatest products on the market and providing a thorough review? You can work with businesses to try out their latest products and give feedback, or even get your own site up and running where you offer insights into whether or not certain products are worth the price tag.
4. Personal shopper
Errands take a lot of time, and personal shoppers help to ease the burden by covering those tasks for other people—for a fee, of course. While it’s not the most traditional business idea, word-of-mouth marketing should help you establish a client base.
5. Travel planner
Are you a master at coordinating itineraries or finding those hidden gems that aren’t crawling with tourists? Put your skills to work (and fuel your wanderlust!) by helping other people plan their own vacations.
6. Tailoring and clothing repairs
Are you skilled with a needle and thread? Tailoring is frequently cited as a dying art. So, if you’re someone who can hem pants or patch holes in clothing, you’ll likely be able to find plenty of eager customers who are ready and willing to support your tailoring business.
Business opportunities if you have a product (or even just an idea)
7. Farmer’s market supplier
Maybe your garden is overflowing with more veggies than you could possibly use on your own. Or perhaps you’re ready to take your soap-making hobby up a notch. Check out what it takes to get a booth at your local farmers market, so you can start selling your wares to others in your community.
8. Etsy or eBay seller
It’s no secret that a lot of shopping happens online today, and there are tons of existing marketplaces that make it easy for people to sell their goods. Whether you create custom wedding invitations or refurbish vintage clothing, these platforms will help you get your finds and creations out into the world.
9. Amazon seller
If you have a product that isn’t quite a fit for one of those marketplaces, look into selling on Amazon. Despite the fact that it’s a retail giant, selling on Amazon is actually pretty straightforward—especially if you do Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and let them take care of storing and shipping your items.
10. E-commerce merchant
Are you a whiz at crocheting mittens or creating customized jewelry? Have you been sitting on a new product idea for years? With so many resources out there, creating your own e-commerce store is relatively straightforward and cost-effective.
(Just be sure, no matter what platform you choose, to pay special attention to things like inventory management, online sales tax, and credit-card payment processing. They’re not the most exciting parts of online retail but they can derail you fast if you’re not prepared).
If you want to run an ecommerce business—but don’t understand the ins and outs and also don’t have any room for inventory—dropshipping is a viable option. As a dropshipper, you choose a product you want to sell from a supplier and list it on your own website at a price you determine.
When a customer places an order, you then order that item (at a discounted price) from the supplier, who ships it directly to the customer. You’re essentially a middle person who’s earning a profit.
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