13 Businesses You Can Start with Less Than $100
Everyone dreams of one day being their own boss. Sure, having your own small business isn’t always easy, but investing in yourself, and putting all that hard work into something that will only benefit you, has many advantages. But the one thing about starting a new business is the sheer cost.
But there are a lot of business ideas out there that are really cheap to get up and running, plus they can be very profitable if you put in the time and effort. So here are 13 businesses you can start with less than $100!
1. Small Batch Gourmet Food Creator
If you are legendary at a particular dish, make the best chocolate bars in the world or have a cheesecake that your Mother would sell you for, then consider becoming a Small Batch Gourmet Food Creator! Take a sample of your wares to various cafe’s and restaurants to show them what you’ve got!
I know of one lady that just makes her legendary Red Velvet Cupcakes here in Gympie, they are soooo good!
Some ideas for gourmet small batch food ideas include:
- Macarons in various flavours in a nice box
- Unique chocolate bars
- Delivery Donut Boxes
2. Flat Lay Instagram Photography
If you already have a good camera, and a good eye for colours and style, consider becoming a flat lay Instagram photographer! Offer your services to Instagram and Facebook businesses that need pretty photographs of their stock. Grab unique backdrops from your local flooring centre (see if you can buy cut-offs in many different colours and styles). Photograph from overhead, light it perfectly and edit – and you have a beautiful Instagram Flat You that you could charge money for. Images could be styled and sold from $100 plus!
Even easier than that – find a Graphic Artist online and pay them an hourly rate for doing all the styling and photographs themselves. You then become the ‘Manager’ and can sell multiple photographs to multiple buyers – and even list those photographs for sale on various stock photograph sites. As you grow, you can employ more graphic artists or have them for more hours. It is a very scaleable business!
3. Home Holiday Decorator
I adore Christmas, but don’t particularly like putting up the Christmas decorations – or taking them down for that matter! If you adore doing this kind of job, and can create the perfect Christmas Tree, why not work during the holidays doing this kind of work. But when you think about it, it isn’t just households that put up Christmas Decorations, approach local commercial businesses and shopping centres to see if you can tender for their holiday work.
Work isn’t just limited to Christmas. Other ideas include:
- Kids Birthday Party Decorators
- Making the Home Suitable for Sale (House Styler)
- Commercial functions like balls or dances
- Wedding Stylist
4. Home Organiser
If your filing cabinet is a work of art and you can sort other peoples pantries or wardrobe’s, perhaps consider becoming a Home Organiser! Word of mouth is the key here! Plus Instagramming images of your perfect finished job will soon create a cult following!
Advertise on local job boards, hand out flyers to the local daycare centres and schools, and talk to other Mums that are too busy to do the job themselves!
5. Morning School Run Coordinator
Got a large vehicle? Are you always reliable, good with kids and available? Then perhaps consider becoming a morning school run coordinator! Loads of Mums have to work – and they have to leave for work before they can get the kids to school – and if the kids are in late primary and high school – and you are going in that direction – perhaps approach Mums to do the pickup and drop off in the mornings. Even consider doing school lunches for the kids too to ‘Up-sell’ your business.
Of course, you will require a Blue Card and appropriate car seats in your vehicle.
6. Freelance Writer for Blogs and Websites
There are millions of blogs and websites out there now… and they are all screaming for good quality content. So if you can write about a particular topic, have access to a computer and the internet – perhaps start approaching various blogs to see if you can become a guest writer. Expect to be paid anywhere from $20 – $200 per article, depending on quality and style!
Places to start writing:
7. Pet Daycare
We all love our pets. And we want them to be happy. If you have a lovely fenced yard and lots of love and cuddles to give, consider becoming a pet daycare Mum. Have your clients drop off their furbabies in the morning, and give them loads of love and attention during the day. Send your client update photo’s about the pets day, and give start a Facebook Page showing how much fun your guest pets will have at your place!
You can expect to charge from $20 per day per animal.
8. Cooking Classes
If you can make spaghetti from scratch that people rave over, or cakes and tarts that you’d sell your Grandmother for, what about teaching others how to make your dishes! If you have a nice and functional kitchen and small classes, you can do this at home! Prepare a list of laminated recipes and ingredients to give each client for each lesson. Provide the ingredients and get cooking – at the end, sit down to all enjoy the fruits of your labour together!
Cooking class ideas include:
- Pasta Making
- Basic Cooking for Beginners
9. Become an Uber Driver During School Hours
If you have a nice reliable car, and time during the day, and know your way around the city – maybe drive for Uber for a few hours for a living. Your car will need to be immaculate, and you will need to sign up to Uber (and perhaps invest in a good dash cam for safety). There is always need for people to get around the city and cabs can be expensive and public transport isn’t always reliable – you can offer your services and take as many jobs as you can fit in!
10. House Cleaning
If you have a reliable car, some basic cleaning products and a lot of getting up and go, house cleaning is one of the easiest businesses to start. Advertise your services on noticeboards and by word of mouth (tell your local hairdresser!) – and get cleaning.
Happy clients are usually willing to pay $30/hour.
11. Sell Your Photographs on Stock Photography Websites
Even if you are an amateur photographer, stock photography websites are always looking for new images. It could be of any topic you love! Once your photo is uploaded to one of the many photography websites, you can sell the same image again and again and again! If one goes viral, you could make a LOT of money!
Stock photography you could sell your images to include:
- Getty Images
12. Start a Local Website or Newspaper
Do you know what is going on in your community? Perhaps start a Facebook Page about all the things happening, activities for kids, new businesses and functions, and keep the community involved. Once it is up and running, you could start charging advertising space on either a website or start a basic newspaper that you can distribute to local businesses.
13. Make Unique Gift Baskets
Gift baskets make a wonderful gift for new Mums or business people as they can be totally personalised. If you are good at putting together beautiful gift baskets and photographing them, maybe sell them online and offer your services to other locals who may also enjoy your gift baskets. Other items that you could do include Nappy Cakes and Chocolate Bouquets.
You can even start selling your gift baskets on Etsy!
14. Unique Tea Blend Creator
Tea is so hot right now. If you have a good palette for flavoured tea’s, why not look at creating your very own blend of tea and selling it for a profit. For under $100 you could purchase a few teas to blend and keep the packaging extremely simple. I’ve even seen tea blends sold in test tube containers which are super adorable. You could sell your new tea blend at a local market, on Etsy or just start up your very own Facebook Page. Have influencers try your tea.
These are really popular ideas for wedding favours too!
If you are passionate about becoming your own boss, just take the step and do it! Many of these business ideas are perfect to start on the side, and you can work your way up as you get busier and busier!
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