50 ideas on How to Start a Business at Home With Little or No Money

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Do you want to start a business from scratch? If YES,  we encourage you to read our previous post on "Excellent ideas and success tips on how to start a business from home with no money and no experience".

The list below is a suggestion of Businesses you may consider if you are  planing to start a business from home with little or no capital.

You may also consider your environment, skills and resources to find out which is most appropriate for you.

It is important you remember that every business or activity that yields income (whether you are employed or self-employed) requires commitment, diligence and dedication.

 

  1. Start a Football Jersey Customizing Business

    Staying at home without money is not an excuse to deprive you from joining the league of entrepreneurs. Hence, if you are a stay at home person without money who is looking towards starting a business from home, one of your options is to start a football jersey customizing business. Of course, you would have to learn the trade, but trust me it is not a trade that is too difficult to learn and you can learn it within 24 hours especially if you already have keen interest.

  2. Ice Block Making and Sale Business

    A good business that a stay at home person without money can successfully start is ice block business. Ice block making and sales business is one of the retailing businesses that is easy to start and manage, it is a business that won’t take your time and money. With an effective ice block making machine, all you need to do is source for customers who make use of ice blocks on a regular basis. So, if you are looking towards starting a retailing business that won’t take most of your time; a business that will allow you to socialize and start another business, then you should look towards going into the ice block making and sales business.

  3. Freelance Writing Jobs

    Freelance writing is an easy to launch business that any stay at home person can successfully run from the comfort of their house without startup capital. If you are a creative writer and you have enough time at your disposal, then you can earn good income from the freelance writing business. There are loads of websites that you can secure high paying writing jobs. Some of the sites where you can bid for freelance writing jobs are freelancer.com, upwork.com, guru.com and elance.com. From these websites, you can get writing jobs that can comfortably pay your bills and even save up for a project or business.

  4. Offer Graphics Services

    If you are good with graphics, then one of the businesses you should consider starting as a stay at home person is the graphic designing business. It is a business you can start with what you already have or have access to. There are loads of people and organizations that are looking for graphic artists to contract their graphics jobs to. You just have to be proactive and aggressive in marketing your services. One good thing about offering graphics services is that you can sign a long – term business deal with just one client especially if you are good at what you do.

  5. Standup Comedy

    Another interesting and easy to start business that can be successfully commenced without much stress and need to register a business name is the stand-up comedy business or even become a clown at children’s parties. Of course, it is not everybody that can become a stand-up comedian or a clown, but if you know that you are gifted in that regard, then you should think towards making money out of it instead of staying at home without any source of income.

  6. Start a Crowdfunding Website

    If you are a social entrepreneur who has ICT skills and you want to become your own boss but you don’t have startup capital, one of the thriving and profitable social enterprises that you can launch is a crowdfunding website. Crowdfunding websites are a funding method where common people can raise funds to fund personal, charity or business projects with money raised from different people from all over the world via the cyberspace.

  7. Forex Trading

    Another profitable business that a stay at home person without money can successfully start is forex trading, and you can start with trading forex for your family members or friends since you don’t have startup capital. Also, you can practice with a free demo so you don’t run at a loss. This is so because trading currencies online can be a very risky venture but it is indeed a very rewarding online business. If you have good analytical skills and you have sound knowledge of cash flow and the exchange market, then you can do well as a forex trader. You can Google forex trading platforms and tutorials to learn how to become a professional forex trader. I advice you to master it well before you invest into it.

  8. Sell Videos Online

    It is now pretty much easy for people to produce armature videos, and as a stay at home person without money, you can consider producing and selling educative videos. YouTube and other video publishing sites online are some of the internet platforms you can leverage on to sell your videos. You can produce videos to teach people how to cook different delicacies or you can produce videos to teach people how to do stuffs for themselves, and put them online; you will be amazed at the rate people will be placing demand from all over the world for the videos.

  9. Digital Marketing Services

    Another internet based business that a stay at home person with very minimal cash can start is digital marketing services. The world has gone digital and will not stop being digital. So, if you are looking to do business in the digital industry, then you have to look towards the digital marketing services niche. Digital marketing in its simplest term is the process of leveraging on modern digital technology to market goods or services, or the process of pulling traffic to a website. This can be achieved by creating content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it across their social network platforms.

  10. Dog Training (Grooming) Business

    There are several business opportunities that a stay at home person without money and who loves pets can start. The business of dog training or dog grooming as it is called in most quarters is such that have and would continue to prosper for a long time to come. It is one industry that has continued to yield profits because of the lucrative nature of the business. Becoming a dog trainer isn’t so much of a huge task as it does not require that you get a certification. All that is required of you is the love of animals, as well as having the skills to train dogs in various skill sets. It is very enjoyable to start a dog training business because it establishes a relationship between you and the dog, and in the long run you smile to the bank. So, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the dog training business is a clear case of getting paid for what you love doing without investing your money.

  11. Face Painting Business

    Face painting business is yet another easy to start business that a stay at home person without startup capital can successfully start without raising any business loan. This type of business is not capital intensive and you can start the business from your savings. If you are hardworking and have the right network in place, you can generate your start-up capital from one business deal. Usually party or carnival face painters charge based on their discretion but on the average, they charge about $100 per hour. One good thing about this type of business is that you can combine it with other businesses without over working yourself.

  12. Grocery Home Delivery Business

    If you haven’t got money and you are looking for a business to start in your neighborhood, one of the businesses you can start is to help grocery stores deliver groceries to their clients. A grocery home delivery business involves helping your clients shop groceries and get it delivered to them in their homes or offices or any location they want it delivered and you will get paid for such services. With this type of business, you can choose to own a grocery store if you have the financial capacity to, or you can choose to operate without a grocery store. The bottom line is that you should know how to source for groceries and how to get them delivered to your customers.

  13. Sell eBooks

    Another easy way you can make money as a stay at home person without money is to sell eBooks. There are countless subjects that you can write about and of course there will be ready market for such subjects. One of the easiest ways to generate money from selling eBooks is to start writing self – help books or books on ‘How To’. For example, if you are good with graphics, you can write a book on ‘How to create your own logo’. There are loads of people out there that will be willing to pay for such book. It is indeed a way of generating money to your bills. The truth is that eBooks are cheap and easy to make, and from one eBook you can continue to generate income as long as the information that it contains is still pretty valid and useful. eBooks (electronic books) are books in soft copies and they can be downloaded online from any part of the world.

  14. Buying and Sell On eBay

    As a stay at home person without money who is looking towards making money from home, you should consider buying and selling different goods on eBay. Of course you can start with selling stuffs that you no longer need that are just lying fallow in your wardrobe or yard. It could be electronic gadgets, it could be a bicycle, a mower, mobile phones and computers and it could be virtually anything as long as it is in a good and working shape. eBay is an internet platform that you can sell your stuffs on. All you need to do is sign up for their services, play by their rules in listing/selling your products and be extra careful when dealing with your clients.

  15. House Keeping Business

    Another thriving and profitable business venture that a stay at home person without money can start is housekeeping business. Housekeeping is basically about the management of daily duties and chores involved in the running of a household/home. Daily activities and chores such as cleaning, lawn mowing, cooking, home maintenance, shopping, laundry, washing dishes, taking out trash after dinner and bill paying are carried out by housekeepers.  Housekeeping services business is one of the businesses that an entrepreneur can successfully start small and perhaps with a functional home office without breaking the bank for cash.

  16. Sale of Artworks

    The fact that you are a stay at home person without money does not mean you can go into the sale of art works. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to be the one making the art works. All you have to do is look for someone (an artist) who has artworks for sale and partner with him to sell some of his artworks on a commission or percentage arrangement. The truth is that if you are active online and you have robust social media friends (contacts), all you have to do is to post the artworks that are put up for sale on your social media page or broadcast in any group that you belong to and ask people to help you re – broadcast. You will be so surprised on how viral it can go and the number of sales you can make.

  17. Nanny Agency Business

    Nanny agency business is yet another thriving and profitable business that a stay at home person without money can start. Starting a nanny agency business is one sure way an aspiring entrepreneur who has the required skills and qualifications can earn cool cash in the United States of America and of course in most developed countries of the world.   The truth is that nanny agency services business is one of the businesses that an entrepreneur can successfully start small and perhaps with a functional home office without breaking the bank for cash. All you need to do is ensure you supply reliable and hardworking nannies when you get request from clients. You can actually run this type of business with just phone calls and the internet.

  18. Become a Social Media Expert and Manager

    As a stay at home person without money, if you have enough time and you are good with various social media platforms, then you can start an online business by managing social media handles for several busy business executives, politicians, government officials, pastors, celebrities and public figures. Of course, you must display some level of professionalism and expertise before you can be hired to manage social media pages and social media handles for people, but the truth remains that you can make pretty cool cash from this type of online business without investing startup capital.

  19. Video Editing Services

    Video editing is yet another thriving and profitable business that a stay at home person without money can launch. Although it is easier for people to post armature videos on social media platforms these days and still get several likes, but if you are in the business of selling resource video materials, then you must endeavor to be professional with the videos you put up for sale.                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you live in Toronto, Canada, you don’t have to travel through the street of Toronto in search of a video editor; from the comfort of your office, you can contract the editing of your videos to an expert somewhere in Tokyo, Japan and they will get the job done for you in record time. So as a stay at home person who has video editing skills, you can list your business on the internet and you can as well source for clients from the online community.

  20. Sale of Tickets for Sports Events

    Selling of tickets for sports events is another easy and profitable business that a stay at home person without money can successfully start. People usually purchase tickets in order to watch live sports events, attend shows and for other events. You can start a business that is involved in selling tickets for different sports events. You can engage in the sale of tickets for football matches, boxing matches, athletics events, rugby events or any event as longs as people are ready to pay to watch such events. This type of business is based on commission; the amount you are expected to make is dependent on the number of tickets you sell.

  21. Sales of Cakes and Cupcakes

    Making and selling cakes is yet another easy to start food retailing business that a stay at home person without money can successfully start. Although, you may have to raise little capital to purchase flour and other cake making ingredients, but trust me, it is not going to be stressful on you if you know who to talk to. Besides most people will pay initial deposit for you to get started. If you know how to bake cake, then you should consider starting a business that deals in cakes and cupcakes. Asides from the fact that you can retail your cakes and cupcakes yourself, you can also source for weddings, birthdays and special anniversaries to market your cake. There is indeed a large market for cakes and cupcakes and if you are hardworking, you can reap a fortune from this type of business.

  22. Handyman Services

    Handy man business is yet another business that someone without startup capital can successfully start. A handyman business is one that provides a wide range of services needed for the maintenance of buildings and properties. The services provided by a handyman include plumbing, electrical works, carpentry, painting, heating and cooling services and other building, property maintenance and repair works. To set up your handyman business, you need to be familiar with different kinds of trades as this is an important factor that can enable you get jobs. To succeed in the business, you should try as much as possible not to reject jobs from clients as some jobs might be seen as too small for you to accept. Doing the small jobs is what often opens the way for you as a handyman with your clients. When they have bigger jobs, they will remember you and call you to handle their bigger projects for them.

  23. Interior Decoration

    Interior decoration is yet another business that a stay at home person without money can start and make good money from. When we talk about interior design or interior decoration, we are talking about the art or process of designing the interior and in some cases the exterior of a facility; it could be a room or building. An interior designer is a person whose job is to coordinate, manage and execute such projects.

  24. Event Planning

    Event planning is another cool way of making money without committing any cash. Event planning is all about helping corporate organizations, government, groups and individuals plan and execute their events from start to finish. An event planner ensures that they work with the stipulated budget of the organization or individual and ensure that they deliver a successful event as agreed. In some cases, it is the responsibility of the event planner to draw up a budget for the organizer of the event once they get a brief of the nature of the event.

  25. Yard Sales (Consignment Store)

    Yard sales or better still consignment store is yet another business opportunity open to someone without startup capital. A consignment shop is simply a shop where fairly used goods are sold at giveaway prices. It could be clothes, shoes and other fashion accessories, sport wares, automobiles, electronics, furniture, toys, books, tools, musical instrument, office equipment, machines and a host of other stuffs.  You can start this business without money because you would only be required to collect goods from people who are cleaning and clearing their wardrobes, houses, offices or garages at no cost at all and you can use your yard or garage as your shop. In other words, you would be automatically helping them get rid of the items they do not want and in turn make your profit.

  26. Homemade Chocolate Business

    Making and retailing homemade chocolate is yet another business that a stay at home person with little money can successfully start. Homemade chocolates are made from home and not in a factory of some sort where mass production of chocolates is done in a short period of time. Those who are into homemade chocolate retail business ensure that they target locations where they can easily attract children because children are the major consumers of products such as homemade chocolates and candies et al.

  27. Vehicle Licensing Brokerage Services

    A stay at home person without money who is interested in making money can venture into vehicle licensing brokerage services. Vehicle license and other relevant vehicle documents usually expire annually, hence there is room for renewal at least once in a year; it is a crime to drive a vehicle whose documents have expired. Starting a vehicle licensing brokerage service involves helping individuals and corporate organizations do all the work relating to vehicle license renewal et al. You can start this type of business without any formal skill and without money.

  28. Car Advertising Business

    Another cool way of making money from the automotive industry as someone without startup capital is through the car advertising business. If you have a car and you love driving around town, you can turn this hobby of yours into a money-making venture. There are loads of advertising agencies looking for cars that can serve as their moving billboards and they are willing to pay pretty well for that. The innovation in the advertising industry is evolving and new windows for both conventional and unconventional style of advertising are opening up. Advertisers will do all they can to catch up with their target market and branding cars is one of such option.

  29. Dry Cleaning Services (Laundry Business)

    If you know how to wash and iron clothes, then you have no business being idle and lamenting of not having money to pay your bills. You can successfully start a dry-cleaning business from the comfort of your home and make cool cash. You can start by washing and ironing for your family members and friends.

  30. Offer Voiceover Services

    As a stay at home person without business startup capital, your good voice and excellent diction is an asset; with it you can generate extra income as long as you are willing to work. It is simple, all you need to do is Google voiceover outsourcing jobs and you will see loads of them. Ensure that you read through the source for the ones you feel you can handle. As a voiceover artist, you can sign up with an advertising company and they will help secure voiceover jobs for you.

  31. Sell Software

    As a stay at home person and you are interested in making money, one of your options is to start selling software; there is a large market for software. All you need to do is to look for a task in the IT world and then build a software to help simplify the task. For example, you can develop a software that will help people manage their clientele base (CRM software), you can develop software that will help people manage their payrolls, accounts, and online files etc. It is important to state that you will have to learn how to develop software apps if you don’t have the skill already.

  32. Start Your Own Social Networking Site

    The now famous Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook started Facebook as a student and perhaps without startup capital. The fact that there are several big – time networking websites does not in any way stop you from starting your own social networking site. It may take time before you start making money from the site, but with diligence, dedication and hard work, you will sure start generating income from it. Part of what you need to do is choose a niche or concentrate on a target audience that can make it easier for you to attract people to you social networking site. For example, you can start a social networking site to connect doctors and nurses together; you can start a social networking site that connects people of same ethnic groups or people with similar interest etc.

  33. Sale of Customized Greeting Cards and Flowers (Bouquet)

    As a stay at home person without money, one of the suitable businesses that you should consider starting is to go into the sale of customized greeting cards and flowers (bouquet). You can start the business either as someone who is making these greeting cards and flower bouquet or you can start by selling for someone on a commission or percentage arrangement. During valentine, customized crediting cards and bouquets are always in high demand and you can leverage on such celebrations to sell your customized greeting cards and flowers. Besides people celebrate birthdays on daily basis hence there will always be a market for customized greeting cards and bouquet (flowers).

  34. Dog Breeding Business

    Dogs breeding business is yet another profitable business that a stay at home person can successfully start. Amongst all domestic animals, dogs are considered to be one of the closest companions to humans. Dog breeding business is a lucrative business especially in countries where people value dogs. Dogs are used for hunting, for security as pets, for games and in some climes as a major source of protein. In essence, there is a global market for dogs, but howbeit different breeds of dogs are used for different purposes. If you are looking towards setting up your kennel, ensure that you source for dog breeds that are highly marketable in your area. It is important to state that it is easier to sell puppies than to sell adult dogs.

  35. Start a Book Club

    A book club is yet another easy to start business in the education industry that a stay at home person without money can conveniently start from home. A book club is basically a group of people coming together to discuss a book or books that they have read or the books they are currently reading. It is cheap to start and run a book club, but you have to be creative if you want to make money out of your book club. Asides from the membership fee you will collect from people who want to join your book club and the fee for renting books and other educative materials, you would have to design strategies on how to generate income from members of your book club and from other related areas. If you want to make money from your book club, then you should consider starting a sales book club; with a sales book club, you will be able to sell books at discount price to your members and of course your members will be the first set of people to get newly released books from your stable.

  36. Become a Translator

    As a stay at home person without money, if you can speak and write two or more languages whether foreign or local languages, then you can comfortably list your services online as a translator. There are many authors of books and producers of films who wouldn’t mind translating their books to local dialects or other foreign languages once they can get someone to do it for them at an affordable fee. You can visit elance.com, freelancer.com, oDesk.com and other freelance sites to source for translating jobs. You can indeed make good money from this line of business without committing any serious cash to it.

  37. Landscaping and Lawn Care Business

    Landscaping and lawn care business are businesses a stay at home person without money can start; it is an avenue to generate income especially if you already have a lawn mower and other tools, and landscaping skills. Any entrepreneur who intends starting his or her own landscaping and lawn care business and making huge profits from it must be very creative and must be ready to go the extra mile to convince clients that he or she can deliver an excellent job and he or she must prove beyond every reasonable doubt that they are competent.

  38. Real Estate Agency Business

    As a stay at home person without money who wants to start a business, one of the ways of making money is to work as a real estate broker. The real estate industry involves buying, selling or renting of land, buildings or housing facilities et al. A real estate agency or a real estate agent (broker) is a person who acts as a middleman between the sellers and buyers of real estate/real property. They are involved in searching for sellers who sell properties and buyers who want to buy properties.

  39. Educational Consultancy Business

    Educational consultancy service is yet another business you can start without money and from your home. Being an educational consultant means that you will help your clients handle all their educational concerns. You can also help your clients (international students) obtain work permits in their new country of residence/studies and get paid for such services.

  40. Offer Web Designing Services

    Another thriving and profitable business that a stay at home person without money can start from the comfort of their house is to offer web designing services. Statistics has it that there are well over 350 million active websites on the internet and it is not enough to meet the demand of people visiting the internet; there are still pretty much to learn from the internet hence people are opening new websites on a regular basis. If you know how to design websites, you should not restrict the marketing of your website design services to people you can see. There is a large market within the online community waiting to be tapped. All you need to do is to list your services online and if you are good, you will attract clients from all over the world.

  41. Ghost Writing Job

    If you are creative writer, then you can start your own online business as a ghost writer. There are countless people out there who are overdue to author at least one book but they can’t due to their very busy schedule. All you need to do is to collect their thoughts together and help them put them into a book. You can indeed write a book on their behalf. Although your name might not appear in the book, but you are sure of being rewarded adequately for your services. It could be a pay off or on percentage, based on the number of copies of the book that gets sold within a certain period of time. All the same, it is a good way of making cool cash from the connection you can make with people online and without spending any of your money.

  42. Taxi/Cab Services

    Tax business is yet another business someone without money can successfully start as long as you know how to drive, you have a valid driver’s license and you know the road network in your city. When it comes to starting a transportation related business, one of the easy to start businesses that readily comes to mind is taxi services. Even if you don’t have a car of your own, you can source for someone who has a car and wants to put it for taxi or you can register with Uber taxi and other similar services. It is a cool way of making money without subjecting yourself to sourcing for startup capital.

  43. Editing and Proof Reading Business

    Editing and proof reading is yet another easy to start business in the education industry that a stay at home person without money can start; it requires little or no start – up capital to launch this type of business. The nature of this type of business makes it easy to work from home. If you are a good editor and you have eyes for details, then you should consider visiting freelancer.com, elance.com, oDesk.com  to enroll and become a member. From such platforms, you can get enough editing and proof reading jobs that you can make good money from, pay your bills and perhaps save up for another project.

  44. Home Tutor Services

    An additional easy to start, and profitable business in the education sector that requires little or no start – up capital that a stay at home person without money can start is home tutor services. Any educated person with a flair for teaching can conveniently start home tutor services during his or her holidays. Parents engage teachers to teach their children at home hence there is need for the services of home teachers. So, if you are good at teaching, then you should consider starting home tutor services during your holidays.

  45. Animation Studio

    If you have advanced graphics skills and you want to start earning money, you can start a animation studio in your home. An animation studio is a business that is involved in the production of animated media. Such companies conceive of products to produce, own the physical equipment for production, employ operators for that equipment, and hold a major stake in the sale or rental of their animation works.  This type of business is not capital intensive and you can start the business from your savings and from your home office. If you are hardworking and you have the right network in place, you can generate your start-up capital from one business deal. One good thing about this type of business is that you can combine it with other businesses without over working yourself.

  46. Used Cars Dealership

    Used car dealership is yet another good way of making money if indeed you want to start a business of your own. Used car dealership business as the name implies is all about selling used cars to willing buyers. Aside from the fact that the owners of used car dealership shops are known for selling used cars, they also go out of their way to source for sellers who want to sell their cars. They buy used cars at a favorable price and then re – sell at a good price that guarantees profit for them. In a nutshell, they are in the business of buying and selling used cars.

  47. Vegetable Farming

    Starting a vegetable garden is one of the businesses that a stay at home person without money can successfully start in his or her backyard. Spinach, lettuce, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers and cucumber etc are all vegetables that are consumed in every part of the globe and can also be cultivated in every part of the world. This goes to show that there is a very large market for vegetables. So, if you are looking towards starting an agricultural crop cultivation business, then one of your options is to go into vegetable farming howbeit on a small scale with your kitchen waste. Just like most agriculture produce, vegetables are perishable crops hence proper arrangement must be put in place to ensure that they are sold as soon as possible after harvest. Usually, farmers ensure that they make arrangement with buyers before harvesting their crops; it is safer and cost effective.

  48. Fumigation Services

    A typical agro-allied related services business that a stay at home person without money should consider starting is to offer fumigation services. Fumigation is done to eliminate unwanted insects and weeds et al. It is a highly thriving and profitable business venture that is easy to set up and manage. If you are looking towards starting a fumigation services business, then you need to apply to the appropriate authority in your country to secure the required chemical handling permits and license. One good thing about this type of business is that you can get the initial deposit from your customers before going to fumigate their houses. With such money, you can easily purchase the required chemicals and supplies needed to carry out the job.

  49. Staffing Agency

    If you are a HR person and you don’t have a job, one of the businesses you can start from your home and without breaking the bank is a staffing agency. Staffing agencies are responsible for helping organizations recruit staff to fill vacant positions in their organizations and also help applicants/those in between jobs secure employment. Some staffing agencies offer services beyond just recruiting employees for clients but they also help in training and preparing the employees to fit into the role that they are being recruited for. Usually such staffing agencies charge more than those that just recruit employees for their clients.

  50. Party Planning Business

    Lastly, another business that a stay at home person without start-up capital can start is a party planning business. Party planning just like event planning is all about helping corporate organizations, government, groups and individuals plan and execute their parties whether formal or informal from start to finish. A party planner ensures that they work with the stipulated budget of the organization or individual they are to work for and ensure that they deliver a successful party as agreed. In some cases, it is the responsibility of the party planner to draw up a budget for the host of the party once they get a brief of the nature of the party; it could be a wedding party, birthday party, end of year party or baby shower.  People hire party planners simply because of their expertise and for them to concentrate on other stuffs.

 

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