30 Profitable business ideas with low investment

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Quote I: "Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure you do things differently from everyone else." (Sara Blakely, Founder of Spandex)

Quote II: "When you're following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first" (Kelly Cutrone. Author, Fashion publicist and Television Personality)

Quote III: "Once you believe you are infallible, that success will automatically lead to more success, and that you have ‘got it made,’ reality will be sure to give you a rude wake-up call. Believing your own bullsh** is always a perilous activity, but never more fatal than for the owner of a start-up venture."

Quote IV: "Option A is not available. So let's kick the sh** out of option B." (Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook Inc.)


You should start with a business that is not too complicated and with time steadily build that business based on your vision and beliefs with the aim of learning from your experiences in the business.

 I managed to excerpt the following cool business ideas from 30 Surefire Home Based Businesses You Can Start from Under $5000 by Entrepreneur Press and Cheryl Kimball (2009).

1. The Business Plan Service:

Provide a business plan, including market research business financial statements and the business plan narrative.

 Your fees should be planned around the client’s needs and providing others as add-on services.

Prepare for the digital or electronic files and allow them to take it from them, or you can keep the business plan on file and offer the service of twerking it whenever required.

 Always have business plan samples to show clients and ensure to include your own.

2. The Cleaning Service:

There are many directions you can take this business.  If you want to work during hours when no one else does, you can focus on office clients. You can focus on retail businesses and keep your customers clumped into one or two blocks.

 Restaurants are in great need of daily thorough cleaning and can be a great source of steady clients.

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Perhaps you would be more interested in house cleaning.

Many times with cleaning services you don't have to spend lots of money on advertising or marketing because your customers will come by word of mouth.

3. Moving Service:

Lots of people who are moving want to hire someone to do the heavy lifting for them.

You can leave the large-scale, long-distance moving to the big moving companies.

 Your work can be the local, moving-across-town or to the town-next-door jobs.

  These are the ones that people start off thinking perhaps they could do themselves, and it will be your job to convince them otherwise.

Your signs around town will tempt them to let you take care of that part of the move, while they are busy taking care of those other 500 items on their list.

4. Consultant: Has expansion possibilities

To be a consultant, you need to have an expertise in something so you can market yourself as an advisor to others looking to work in that area.

Perhaps you managed several large warehouses in your career with a drugstore company, you did all the marketing for many years for a large shoe manufacturer or you set up a chain of beauty supply shops or take-out restaurants.

 You can use this experience to help others do similar things without making the same mistakes that you made along the way.


5. Editorial Services: 
Has expansion possibilities


Here are some of the editorial services you can provide from the quiet of your own home:

Copy editing. This is where fact checking takes place, and where grammatical, stylistic and typographical errors are caught.

Proofreading. This is the last stop for a "finished" piece. The proofreader makes sure the copy editing changes have been properly made and no new errors are created in the process.

Indexing. There are indexing courses available and you can get indexing software.

Developmental editing. A developmental editor works with a manuscript on big-picture things like organization and content issues.

Book doctoring. This is an editorial service provided for manuscripts written by experts.

They create a manuscript as best they can and then a book doctor puts it into publishable shape.

Ghost Writing. As a ghost writer, you actually do the research and write the book and someone else's name is attached as the author.

Copy writing. Also known as business writing, this is writing that promotes a product or a service.

Book writing. Do you have an expertise in something professional, such as accounting or interior decorating?

Or personally, like knitting? Why not write a book about it?

Magazine article writing. Magazines and newspapers are a great way to get your writing published before tackling the daunting task of writing a whole book.

Web page content provider. Providing content for a web site is a good way to make some money writing.

6. Freelance Graphic Designer: 
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Despite the proliferation of the internet, print media is here to stay for the foreseeable future!

Fliers, newsletters, magazines, information sheets, letters and advertisements are just a few of the types of print media that business hire freelancers to create for them.

Websites and online advertising need graphic design services as well.


 Even if your expertise is only in design, offer the works for potential clients, including the editorial creation and the printing and even mailing of the final piece.

You can line up regular freelancers for those parts of the job you can't do.

7. Event Planning: 
 Has expansion possibilities

One of the first things you need to do is visit every potential event location with which you plan to work.

 Work with the marketing manager to tour each site and learn what is available at each location.

 Start a database that will allow you to sort venues by varying features--the number of people each site holds, if there is AV equipment available on site, will you need to arrange for rental chairs, etc.


 Then when you are beginning to plan an event with a client, you can find out what the key parameters are for the event and easily pull up the three or four sites that meet the basic criteria. and engagement parties, etc.


8. Photographer:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Making money as a photographer can be done in a number of different ways.
You can specialize in one area, the most common being weddings.

 There are niches you can explore for photography: portraits of people and their pets, families, and homes; photographs of holiday events, birthday parties or Christmas cards; the possibilities are endless.

9. Hair Stylist:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Hairstyling is a popular business that can be quite lucrative.

Generally a home based hairstylist business is likely to be started by someone who has already has a cosmetology career and wants a change.

If you already have your cosmetology training and license, and loads of experience under your belt working in a hairstyling salon, you probably have a following that will follow you right home without any hesitation.

10. Website Developer:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Many courses exist (many of which, logically, are offered online) where you can learn the language of website creation and can learn about the details, like how to set up shopping cart systems, security concerns, etc.

 You will, of course, need to learn about each company you design for. What is the atmosphere of the company that you need to reflect in the website design--is it wild and contemporary, meaning brilliant colors and fun graphics? Or will more classic colors like black, navy blue and maroon be more appropriate?


11. Appliance Repair:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Every household has a number of appliances, large and small.

 You can work on your own or on contract with appliance stores to cover their warranty service calls--or, best of all, you can do some of each.

 Plan to start slow and build your customer base on recommendations and referrals based on work well done.

 Consider developing relationships with contractors to be the go-to person to install appliances in newly constructed houses.



12. Used Book Sales:

Almost everyone has a few boxes of books stashed away in the house somewhere.

 Why not make a business out of them? In order to gain customers--especially repeat customers--you will need to have some regular shop hours.

Make your shop known for something-a specific category (or two) of books, having some first editions for sale, all paperbacks a dollar and all hardcovers two bucks, and/or a swap program.

 Maps, illustrations, postcards, greeting cards and magazines are good sidelines to include in your shop.

13. Bed And Breakfast:

Do you have a room that has its own bathroom and is private from the rest of the living space?

 Are you near attractions such as a tourist area, sports stadium or venue for a large annual event?

Or is your home in the country with spring peepers, summer crickets and crisp fall nights that could give a city-dweller a weekend of peaceful living?

 Say you can rent the room for $150 a night for Friday and Saturday nights 48 weeks a year--that's $14,400 in revenue!
 Utilize what you have and create a unique experience.

14. Personal Concierge:

This business is for someone who is supremely efficient and has the ability to make things happen.

 People who hire you will expect things when they want them and you need to be able to come through with not only what they want, but with a personal touch and a smile on your face.

 The most likely clients for a personal concierge service are top executives who find themselves at the office by 7 a.m. and are there most nights until 9 p.m., leaving them very little time to do all those things that often need to be done during those very hours.

15. Household Organizer:
Has expansion possibilities

You can choose either to do the organizing work or to come in to a home and consult on the things the homeowner could do to better organize.

 Have a portfolio of different organizational scenarios in different rooms in the home and talk with the homeowner about the style he or she likes.

 Create checklists and questionnaires to understand how the family uses the home.
 Are the kids wildly busy with after-school activities?

 Or are they usually home after school and want access to their toys?
 Do they share rooms? All of these things will help you tailor an organizing plan and become the family hero.

16. Home Inspection:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

In order to be successful, you will want to establish contacts with real estate agents who can recommend your services to customers.

 The home inspection field is one where you will need to do constant updating of your education and knowledge.

New products are constantly coming out on the market--if you only know about decks made of wood, you will not know how to inspect and assess the new materials on the market, such as composites that are made to look like real wood.

 Also keep apprised of all safety updates of materials and issues with things like off-gassing, carbon monoxide production, and other chemical precautions.

17. Import/Export Specialist:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

If you don't already have work experience with importing and/or exporting, you will have a longer learning curve.

You can start by learning the basics and hosting educational sessions to teach others what they need to know to get started in import/export. That alone would probably gain you your first couple of clients.

 If you keep going with educational seminars and expand your reach to outside your immediate region, you could probably develop a sufficient and ongoing customer base very quickly, but be careful not to outpace your learning curve!

18. Personal Trainer:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Advertise your services in places where everyone goes, like restaurants and grocery stores.  Having a website is a good idea--people want some privacy in their decision-making when it comes to getting fit.

 They can go to your website and determine if your approach to personal training is an approach that would work for them. It is important to emphasize the safety aspect of using a personal trainer.

 You can help clients get fit and avoid injury.

19. Interior Decorator:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Market your talents to building contractors.
 People purchasing new homes can often be overwhelmed with the choices and possibilities in home decorating.

Design some questionnaires for each major element and each major room in the house.
 Find out how the homeowner will use the home--are there children? Pets?

 Does the woman of the house wear high heels?

 Do the home's residents neglect to remove shoes? How will each room be used?

 Where might task lighting and ambient lighting be most appropriate?

20. Marketing Copy Writer:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed


If you can write copy that gets people excited about purchasing what your client has to sell, you can make good money in this business.

Unless you are highly experienced from working in the copywriting field, take a course.

 There are online courses or classes at community colleges and universities that can give you a leg up in getting savvy at writing copy for brochures, catalogs, advertising and, of course, marketing copy for the web.


21. Massage Therapist:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

You will want to become certified in massage therapy to be able to effectively market your services.

Courses that lead to certification include not only information on human anatomy and physiology and the effects that massage has on both, but also on how to make a business out of the field of massage.

 You could do either a certification program or an associate's degree and stay within the $5,000 scope of this book.


22. Home Energy Auditor:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed


All homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to save on their utility bills. You can come to their aid by providing them with an audit of their house and giving them a breakdown of how they could accomplish real savings in heating, cooling and electrical use.

You can go one step further and do the implementation and installation of some of your suggestions in their home yourself.

Do a complete appliance audit, with efficiency ratings and calculations based on the age of the appliance.
 And don't forget the water heater!

23. Property Management:

Your job, in the case of rental units, will be to make sure the property is running smoothly.

For seasonal properties, you will most likely spend your management time making sure the property is ready for seasonal visits and well-maintained when no one is around.

If the owners go away for six weeks in the winter, the property manager makes regular checks on the property.

 You will be the contact number if the security system operator needs to contact someone about a breach in security.


24. Upholstering:

If you have a knack for sewing, upholstery repair might be a perfect business for you.

One of the best ways to learn how to upholster is to get some discarded upholstered furniture and start tearing it apart.

 Many books and some videos are available to help you learn this trade. Often furniture ready for upholstering will also need repairs.

Have a list available of furniture repair people you can recommend to your customers.

Or you can take the piece in, have repair people you work with do this work for you, and add it to the overall cost.

 You can also learn to do this work, especially minor repairs, yourself.

25. Wedding Planner:

You will need to be up-to-date on wedding trends and fads, dress styles, color trends--almost everything under the sun!

Offer your customers an ala carte menu of services, from helping pick flowers, the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses to picking the venue and hiring the caterer.

 Before you open your business, shop at all the wedding shops, and even pretend you are a bride-to-be to see what kinds of services the wedding gown shop provides and how they treat potential customers.

 You need to know every detail of the business to give the accurate impression that you are the go-to person for anyone planning a wedding.

26. Computer Trainer:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed Has  expansion possibilities


If you are proficient in both Macintosh and PC, you should offer training in both types of computers.

You could probably make a living helping seniors learn how to use the internet and e-mail to keep in touch with their loved ones, who are now commonly spread around the country.

Err on the side of caution in this business.
 People do not want to know all the details about what makes a computer work.

 If you overload them with information from the beginning by explaining bits, bytes, and mega-pixels, they will stick to their paper and pencil forever.

27. Fence Installations:

Fences are everywhere. And they don't last forever, so they need to be repaired and replaced with a certain amount of frequency.

The most common fence material is wood. However, vinyl has become a popular fence choice due to its longevity and relative freedom from maintenance.

Wrought rought iron is another common fencing, especially in urban environments. You can have fun shopping for vintage wrought iron fencing at salvage yards.


28. Day Care:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Perhaps you love children. Perhaps you have children of your own and the idea of taking care of a few more for part of the day appeals to you.

Child-care needs continue to soar in the United States. Many people prefer the option of their child being cared for in a home environment while they are at work, opposed to a more institutional-like setting.

These things mean that a home-based childcare business can get off and running immediately.


29. Landscaper:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

If you have a knack for this type of work, a degree won't be necessary.

 Most people want their yards tidied up in the spring, their lawns mowed in the summer, their leaves removed in the fall, and their shrubs and driveways ready for winter snow.

 You will also want to offer garden work such as spring planting of annuals and perennials; vegetable garden preparation, planting and fall cleanup; pest control and watering.

You can offer tree care service.

There is plenty to do in the yard that has nothing to do with plants: stone wall restoration, fencing, irrigation system installation.


30. Computer Repair:
Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Study the main types of software that system users will want--word processing, photo manipulation software, mail merge, spreadsheet, design and especially security software.

Investigate all the components--monitor types in all their varieties; keyboards, from wired to ergonomic to wireless; mouse types; as well as peripheral components like printers and scanners.

 Become completely familiar with all the ISPs (internet service providers) available in the market area you plan to cover.

 Establish yourself as the guru who can meet the needs of the personal computer user, the small business or a larger corporation.


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