Everyone from stay-at-home moms, retirees interested in generating supplemental income and even busy professionals who need some extra money are looking for great ideas for home businesses. However, many who want to start a new business lack a considerable amount of cash available to move forward with most businesses. The good news is that there are some businesses that individuals can start from home that may require $100 or less to move forward with.
1. Pet Sitting Services
Those who love animals and who know how to care for them may find pet sitting to be an enjoyable option for home businesses. There are variations of this that can be considered. For example, daytime pet sitting for those who work long shifts at work, or dog walking services in the middle of the day. Overnight or extended pet sitting services are another option for clients who are traveling.
2. Childcare Services
Many people are looking for affordable, reliable and caring childcare services. This may be for full-time care in their home or in a different setting. It may be for after-school care or as needed on the evenings and weekends. Care provided in another person's home may not require any start-up purchases, such as toys or books. CPR classes may be needed or preferred in some cases.
3. Travel Planning Services
For those who have traveled extensively and who have some experience with regards to trip planning, travel agency services may be suitable. This can include scheduling hotel reservations, booking airlines tickets, providing assistance with tour booking and more. Researching the options and educating clients about the different options may be required as well. Word of mouth marketing and social media marketing are great ways to get this type of business started.
4. Housekeeping Service
Chances are that most people have all of the basic housecleaning products and equipment needed to start this business. Therefore the initial $100 investment could be used to develop a website and for a gorilla marketing campaign to generate a few initial customers. This is a great option for those who enjoy cleaning and who want the benefit of recurring income from regular customers.
5. Social Media Marketing
For those who consider themselves social media experts, these services may be in high demand by businesses. Consultancy services may be offered on an as-needed or recurring basis so that social media marketing campaigns can be created, or consultants can educate others about how to use their accounts more fully based on their own experiences.
6. Grocery Delivery Service
Many people dislike going to the grocery store, and others may not have the time or ability to drive to the store on their own. Through word of mouth and perhaps a do-it-yourself website combined with social media marketing efforts, it may be possible to get started with a grocery delivery service. Clients can email a grocery list, or it can be picked up on the way to the store. Payment could be made in person or via a payment site, such as Paypal or others.
7. Landscaping Service
For those who are skilled at mowing, trimming, edging, mulching, raking and more, a landscaping service may be a suitable option. This often is recurring work, but there may be some one-time projects. The start-up expenses for this type of business will only be less than $100 if existing lawn maintenance equipment is available, and many people do have a lawn mower, a rake and other required items in their possession. To start this business, it may be as easy as posting on social media that services are available or asking friends and neighbors if they are interested in services.
8. Eldercare Assistance
The elderly often need special care and assistance from time to time. This may be for everything from companionship to getting groceries, preparing meals, light housekeeping and more. Each elderly person may have different needs, and these needs can change over time. This can be a rewarding job with the opportunity for on-going work with even just a single client.
9. Event Planning Service
Those who have great organizational skills and a creative edge may enjoy event planning services. This may be for everything from hosting dinner parties and children's birthday parties to planning weddings and more. Word of mouth is a great way to market for this type of business.
Home businesses are increasingly popular, and with modern technology, there are numerous options available for starting and running a business from home. These are only a few ideas to consider. It is wise for those interested in starting a business to consider their skills and interests as well as the needs of their friends, family members and neighbors. By focusing on local needs close to home as well as skills and interests, it will be easier to decide which home businesses may be more successful than others.
By Andre Bradley