27 Businesses You Can Start with LITTLE INVESTMENT

It’s a myth that starting a business takes years and you need to invest huge amount of money to start and then keep it running.

There are businesses, that you can start in less than a year and spend ‘almost nothing’ to get started.

But you just need to simply dare to take calculated risk. Starting a business is not easy. It takes a lot of work, but if you take it seriously, the rest of the world will too.

Ask yourself – what’s my passion.

People want to control their careers, so starting a low-cost business gives them a chance to do tests before ‘throwing themselves in the ring’ altogether.

If you’re looking to start your own business, here are some ideas to get you started:


If you have the ability to teach, use it. You can conduct regular classes at home or at your students’ homes.

Dog Walker

Do you love pets and exercise? Dog walking is a simple business idea that you can start after school or working for your family and friends’ dogs.

Professionally Organized

If you have the ability to transform chaos into cleanliness, you can start a business that helps others get rid of things piled up in their homes.

Fashion Stylist

You can start by stylizing some friends before a party so they can tell others about your services. Soon you will have a fashion business that can help you gain experience for other ventures.


Bilingual entrepreneurs, this business is for you. You can take projects from individuals looking for freelancers on the internet, approach companies or startups, make connections abroad or contacting publishing houses. There are many opportunities to undertake translation services.


If you’re a stay-at-home parent with a good knack of photography skills, you can create semi-professional portraits of the events in your neighborhood. The trick to this business idea is that you’ll probably have to invest in a good camera, tripod and equipment. However, this can be a great investment for a bigger business in the future.

Service Provider

Many people do not have the time to complete their daily tasks (such as going to the bank, shopping, taking clothes to the dry cleaner). Starting a business professionally by taking care of other’s tasks can be interesting.


There is a lot of information that needs to be transcribed, from audio and video interviews to speeches. If you are a good typist with a few extra hours and a computer, you can offer such a service.

Freelance Writer

Content companies and websites need good content in large quantities. Consider starting a business as a freelance writer. These content creators are typically paid per project or per word, so your earnings may vary.

Jewelry maker

These people make money for projects, not for long hours of work. There are platforms like Etsy where you can sell your creations for a very good price.

Direct Marketer

Independent sales reps don’t have to worry about creating a brand, product or business structure. If you like to talk to people, this social business could be for you. Profits vary depending on the company you join and the amount of sales you close.

Makeup Artist

If you have experience in this area, you can start your own business by preparing people for important appointments. Consider investing in a class or certification program, if you are not an expert.

Virtual Assistant

Young entrepreneurs can start their own business by doing all that is required of an assistant, only via the internet or by phone.

Personal Chef

Roll up your sleeves and pull out the spices. A personal culinary business where you are the private party cook can be a good source of experience before trying a more structured food company.

Personal Shopper

If you love to shop and like fashion, this business idea is perfect for you. You can do the shopping for busy people and even give style tips. 

Graphic Designer 

The graphic parts of a business can be frustrating for people who don’t do it. There are free design tools on the web, but they do not contain an expert opinion. That’s where your experience comes in. 

UI / UX Designer

This is a little-known area that is beginning to gain great traction. Designers of interfaces and user experience (UI / UX) make sure that a website or application is attractive and easy to use. You can offer your services to other entrepreneurs. 

Social Media Manager

Many small companies and other entrepreneurs cannot afford a full-time community manager to run their social networks. Starting a company where you can support these businesses part-time can be a very good business. 


If you already have a successful business, you can expand it by helping other smaller companies in your sector to generate contacts, understand the market and in general, offering your advice. 

Public Relations

Do you have experience in a sector? Have you recently retired? Most likely you have a great knowledge of the environment and a long list of contacts. PR experts work with media, government, agencies and advertisers to disseminate relevant sector information. 

Wedding Planner

If you like details and decoration (and you know how to handle the stress of last-minute changes), the business of living can give you a great opportunity to undertake. 

Event Planner

Weddings aren’t the only events that need planning. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baptisms, etc., are some of the other moments that require people capable of organizing different aspects. 

Property Manager

Experts say this work is replacing what we knew as butlers and housekeepers. A property manager makes sure everything works properly in one location: he receives the mail, washes the clothes, keeps the refrigerator full, works with professionals such as gardeners and cleaning assistants. It’s especially useful for people who own multiple properties and don’t have the time to take care of them all. 


A professional chef can cater to small groups, caterers must prepare meals for large events. If you are a good cook and know how to plan well, you can start a business in this area. 

Professional Trainer

If you like to exercise, you can use your passion to help others improve their physical condition. Just remember that for this business you will need insurance and certification.


If you are a accountant, you can open an office that serves small clients and/or entrepreneurs. 

Copy Editor

Business brochures, publication in corporate blogs and advertisements must have good spelling and grammar. Why not take advantage of your ability with letters by offering your services to review these contents?

Author Bio:

Hi, I am Nikesh Mehta owner and writer of this site.

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