10 Small Businesses You Can Start Today With Little To No Money


It’s no secret that when you don’t have a ton of capital on hand or an existing source of employment from which you might transition to full-time freelancing, starting a business is tough.

That’s only if you choose the wrong type of business.

The truth of the matter is, it is easily achievable if you do it right.

What does this mean? You can succeed right now by starting a low cost, part-time, home-based business.


None of the ideas listed below are intended to be get rich quick plans, but they can help you earn some extra funds immediately and possibly even more later. These are some freelance businesses that can be started right now without a lot of time or money:

1. Deliveries / Driver:
Businesses of all industries, especially in bigger cities, need stuff delivered every day. Print up some flyers, charge less, and you’re on your way! Additionally, companies like Uber and Lyft, facilitate the ability for you to become your own cab driver of sorts through their rideshare programs.

2. eBay sales:
We knew of a woman who spent every weekend antiquing and at garage sales buying items which she in turn sold on eBay. She made several thousand dollars a month. If you are great at finding deals and negotiating prices, this business could be the one for you. Search for what you know and resell it on eBay. Buy low, sell high.

3. Residential and commercial cleaning:
House cleaning is a tried and true freelance-based business, and it can lead to more lucrative commercial and public sector contracts. The cost to get into this sort of business is almost zero, beyond the cost of cleaning supplies of course.

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4. Transcription:
Doctors and lawyers especially contract out transcription services.

5. Window washing, spa and pool cleaning, snow removal, etc:
Simple service businesses like these can be started with very little time and money and require nothing but some elbow grease. Especially in this economy, the secret is to provide competitive pricing, as in cheaper than the competition, without compromising quality or customer service.

6. Pet-sitting and house-sitting:
No, you won’t make a ton of money, but these sorts of businesses can be a nice source of extra income. Remember that strength is always in numbers.

7. Hauling:
With a truck and a Craigslist ad, you can have a business removing junk for people and businesses.

8. Independent sales representative or manufacturer’s rep:
Thousands of companies hire independent salespeople to get their products into stores and handle their product lines. This job could possibly take you on the road for long stretches. Consider handling the products of several different companies.

9. Gardener / Landscaping:
If you have a green thumb this might be the right business for you but of course it tends to be seasonal. Most of the work will come in the spring and summertime along with some leaf cleanup in the fall. Many of these companies transition to snow and ice removal operations during the winter months.

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10. Childcare:
This is a business that requires extra responsibility and due care, but it can also be very rewarding and can be started with little money.

This list is just a sample to get you thinking. If you have specialized skills such as automotive repair, professional writing, graphic design, or the ability to speak more than one language, you could utilize them to get your business started today


Please ensure that you check with your city, county, and state, to ensure that you fulfill any licensing or certification requirements needed to operate your home-based business.

Utilize free resources to advertise and market your business. Craiglist and Backpage are great sources to spread the word of your business, as well as social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

As always, CMG Business Group is here to assist you making your great ideas a reality. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any of your needs. Be it business legalities, writing a business plan, finding solutions to a problem your business is facing or even personal advice. Let CMG foster your growth!

If you have any experiences in a home-based or small business, please share by commenting. Be it a success story or a cautionary tale, we would love for you to provide your invaluable insight.

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