“You have to spend money to make money,” or at least that’s how the saying goes. When starting a business of any kind, you’ll need to put time, money, and resources into it to get the results you want. Though it goes with the territory of starting a business, coming by readily available cash presents a challenge for many. In turn, many put off their dreams of starting a business until they’ve saved up a ton of cash.
The truth, there are businesses you can start without having to wait until you’ve saved tens of thousands of dollars. Here’s a few to get your creative juices flowing:
Home Food Service
Do you enjoy cooking and believe people would pay you for your meal selections? If so, starting a home food service business does not require as much startup money as you may have thought.
What You Need: Since there’s no actual location for your customers to visit, you won’t need to invest in a brick and mortar location. Instead, you use your very own kitchen. Most of the supplies you’ll likely already have, which would include items to cook with. The only investment you’d really have to make would be on marketing, food, paper products and utensils.
Mobile Massage Therapists
If you’ve always been told you’re great at giving massages you might consider turning it into a full-time career. Unlike a starting a spa or massage therapy business where you’d need to have the funds to rent space, purchase a lot of equipment, and potentially hire staff, a mobile massage therapist travels to the customer, providing them a convenience and you a huge reduction in startup costs.
What You Need: To become a mobile massage therapist you’ll need to invest in massage equipment. You can find portable massage chairs for sale online and get a convenient device that’s comfortable to the customer and your budget. You will also need to cover initial expenses like marketing, and potential car maintenance.
Mobile Car Repair Service
Everyone at some point will need to have their car repaired, so if you happen to be good with mechanics, providing a mobile car service could be a lucrative business opportunity. Not only are you able to help with one of the most common problems a person has, but instead of them having to come to you, you are coming to them.
What You Need: Since you’ll be hauling a lot of tools and equipment to and from your customers’ houses, it is ideal to invest your money in a company van. You’ll obviously also need to cover the cost of tools, equipment, and marketing.
Moving services are always in demand. Whether it be helping a teen move into a college dorm, relocating a family, or helping someone move something like a piano or a piece of furniture, you can provide this service without spending a lot of money.
What You Need: To get started you will need to invest in a sizeable moving van or truck. You can find affordable used trucks and vans online to cut down on the initial costs. You’ll also need to invest in things like moving equipment, moving supplies for your customers, and any potential maintenance to the vehicles.
A green thumb is not something everyone has, and taking care of a lawn requires time that some aren’t willing to give up. A landscaping business is easy to start and can start bringing in cash right away.
What You Need: Outside of common business investments, like marketing, you’ll need to invest in a truck, gardening tools, landscaping equipment like weed whackers and lawn mowers, as well as other gardening supplies.
If you have an idea or the skills to run a business, don’t let something like not having enough money stop you. While there are some business ideas that can require more of an investment than others, many businesses today are scalable making it easier for you to expand your ideas as your capital increases. If you don’t quite have the funds right now to invest in these business ideas you might try a quick savings plan to generate enough capital to get started.
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