Did you know that the search for business funding has for long acted as the entrepreneur’s single bane of existence? Many entrepreneurs choose to ignore their dreams to innovate, create, and build when faced with the difficult struggle associated with raising funds.
What many do not realize is that all one needs to get started is a good business idea. With time, the idea will start to pull in resources as soon as it secures its place in the economy.
The one thing to note here is that the idea you develop will help bring you business. The business will, in the long run, bring you the clients. Ultimately, the clients will bring you the finances.
Below are ten businesses you can start with a low investment:
- Pet Sitting
Pet owners are increasingly looking for people who can help them look after their companions when they are unable to do so. Often, these are pet owners who are not comfortable with the idea of leaving their pets in a kennel all day.
A professional pet sitter will normally go to a client’s home to take care of the pet until the owner comes back. The tasks entail playing, walking, and feeding the pets. If you truly have a passion for pets and are well-versed with their needs, why not try pet-sitting?
According to NAPPS (the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters), this business continues to attract new entrants each day, making it one of the fastest growing in America.
Requirements: Good time management skills and knowledge of a wide variety of pets.
- Residential Cleaning Services
Times are changing, and the rich are not the only people looking for residential cleaning services. To start this business, all you have to do is gather some basic home cleaning supplies. The fact that more and more people are becoming busy in both their professional and personal lives means that more individuals are more than willing to pay for this service.
Residential cleaning services are provided once-a-week or once-a-month depending on your agreement with the homeowner. To build a good clientele for the business, you will need to have some organizational skills. Requirements: Thorough knowledge of cleaning procedures and products. Strong organizational and scheduling abilities are a must have as well.
- Landscaping/Gardening Services
For the last twenty or so years, landscaping has continued to occupy the top spot when it comes to popular hobbies in Canada and the United States. More people are gaining an interest in this hobby as they seek to ensure that their families get to eat high-quality meals at all times.
However, you should note that gardening is not a simple hobby. It takes time for you to make your garden start to flourish. Professionals lack time to take care of their gardens. This is where you come in, as you can help them with basic services such as spreading mulch and weeing. Landscaping is one industry where there are lots of business activities for willing individuals.
Requirements: Knowledge of design principles, gardening techniques, and physical fitness.
- Event Planning
Are you organized and good at meeting deadlines? Do you possess strong interpersonal skills and can handle crises extremely well?
If so, event planning is the right business idea for you. Event planners get tasked with planning events. You need to have a good scope of all potential possibilities.
Government organizations, municipalities, hotels, and corporations all need the services provided by these professionals. You may choose to specialize in a certain type of event, e.g., planning weddings or festivals.
The good news is that you do not need a degree to join this profession.
Requirements: An eye for detail and strong communication, planning, and organizational skills.
- Delivery Services
This is one of the easiest businesses you can set your sights on starting. All you need is a good driving record and a vehicle.
Just because most of the people you interact with, use the familiar and well-established company names does not mean that you should not try your luck. If you can deliver items efficiently and swiftly in your locality, then this is a business you should consider starting.
Requirements: Good driving skills and a clean driving record.
- Snow Removal/ Grass Cutting Services
Not everyone removes their snow and mows their lawn. Some people would rather pay someone else to ensure that their lawn remains immaculate all-year-round.
For someone looking to start this business, the one factor to take note of is that one can easily combine snow removal and lawn care services. It is a great way to ensure that you will have a good business at all times of the year.
Requirements: Professional equipment, e.g., power mowers.
- Siding and Gutter Cleaning
A great way to earn good money is to prepare yourself to take on tasks that others are not willing to tackle. Many property owners, for instance, do not like the idea of cleaning their siding or gutters.
Apart from the fact that these tasks are extremely messy, there is also the danger element that comes with these tasks. This idea is not only inexpensive, but it also provides you with an opportunity to create a good clientele list.
The tasks involved will require repetition. As such, you get to generate a regular flow of cash.
Requirements: Appropriate safety gear and cleaning essentials like buckets, hoses, and ladders.
- eBay Selling
The popularity of eBay continues to rise with each passing day. The reality is that there are very few people who have not made a purchase or sale on this platform.
But do you know that you should take eBay as a very solid business idea? If you already have a product with a ready market, selling on eBay may help get you started.
eBay selling is inexpensive compared to opening an e-commerce store and is also easy to start.
Requirements: A computer, knowledge of how to sell online and ship items, and a worthy product.
- Hauling Services
Ever tried to fit a block of wood into a saloon or compact vehicle? The process is not only cumbersome, but the wood may not even fit in the vehicle at all.
This helps explain why the demand for hauling services continues to increase each year. In addition to the size issue, you will notice that there are things that people will ordinarily object to hauling in their cars.
Generally, such items will include loads of compost for use on the lawn or yard waste. The items that vehicle owners do not want to haul can help you place some money in your wallet.
Requirements: A clean driving license and a suitable vehicle. A strong back will also come in handy if you are the one to load the items.
Painting whether interior or exterior is another job that many people are unwilling to do. It makes for a perfect business opportunity for someone who is not afraid to get their hands dirty.
The great thing about this business idea is that it is not only inexpensive to start, but that it is also available all year round. You can paint the interior of a building at any time of the year.
Another thing to consider is that the business is quite scalable. When you build your clientele, you can hire other people to help you complete the painting tasks. This will leave you with ample time to concentrate on other tasks. You could even choose to manage the painting crews to ensure that they are doing it right.
Requirements: Painting equipment, e.g., buckets, drop sheets, and brushes. Physical ability and painting skill.
Charles is an entrepreneur and influencer & content marketing expert. He is the CEO of Citywide Services Ltd which currently trade as Citywide Cleaning Company, Amity Care UK, Citywide Jobs and Flexlearn. You can contact him @charles_alabi