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The cheapest start-up businesses you can run from home, requiring few equipment and supplies. If you think that might not leave you many options, think again. With a little creativity, starting a business on the cheap is not only possible, but it can even give you an opportunity to do work you love.
While many are interested in saving energy, recycling or otherwise doing their part to improve the environment, they may not know where to begin. Do a little research on how to create a greener lifestyle at home or work and offer your advice for a fee. Make home or business visits where you offer recommendations on how to live greener. If you’re the handy type, you could even offer to caulk windows, install fluorescent light bulbs or plant trees.
If you are an animal lover, pet sitting and walking are great ways to earn extra cash. If you’re gifted in training animals, you could offer in-home lessons as part of your services. Advertise in your local newspaper or online.
People frequently want to get rid of large pieces of furniture or other unused items that have accumulated in the basement over the years. The problem arises when they don’t have a vehicle large enough to haul it or the garbage collector won’t pick it up. If you have a truck and a willing friend to help with heavy lifting, starting a hauling business can bring in profits. Expand your business by offering to pick up furniture and other large purchases for a flat fee. If you come across any particularly good finds, auction them on eBay.
If you have a hobby or a passion that requires special skills, whether rock climbing, quilting or writing poetry, there are probably others who will pay you to teach them what you know. Advertise lessons in your newspaper or contract with a home school group or community organization to come to their site and teach students.
Hometown Tour Guide
If you live someplace interesting, or even somewhere with considerable local history you are familiar with, offering tours to residents and visitors is a great way to teach about your hometown while making money. Create a website and advertise on local business sites as a resident expert. This business will cost you only as much as a good pair of walking shoes and a batch of business cards.
All you need to start this business is a video camera and a willingness to sit through a lot of weddings or other events. Digital video cameras come with easy-to-use editing software so you can make your work look professional and make clients happy. Check out websites of other videographers in your area to get a sense of the going hourly rate.