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100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

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There are many obstacles to starting your own business, but money isn’t always one of them.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

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Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? What’s holding you back?

If the answer is not having enough money to get started, then here’s some excellent news: You can start countless businesses with less than $100.

People do many odd jobs to pay the bills, and no matter what your skills are, there are ways to put them to work. It doesn’t matter if you’re a handyman or an online marketing expert — you can still make extra money on the side.

Here are 100 business ideas to get you started. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Direct sales representative

Direct sales representative

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Being a local sales representative for companies like Avon, Mary Kay, and Pampered Chef requires you to spread the word about their products by hosting a party or selling them online. Most starter kits cost around $100 and provide you with everything you need to become a sales rep.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Consulting

Consulting

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If you already have the knowledge or experience in a specific area, such as providing legal advice or showing business how to become more eco-friendly, then you can easily start your own consulting agency. The main costs involved are marketing your business and networking, so invest in a website and business cards. Here is an example consulting guide.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Senior home companion

Senior home companion

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In 2016, there were more than 49 million people in the U.S. alone aged 65 years or older. That figure is expected to grow to around 98 million in 2060. That means that there are lot of seniors who looking for someone to keep them company or families looking for advice on how to care for their loved ones.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Tutor

Tutor

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There are a lot of students who need assistance in every subject, ranging from elementary school to college. If you have this knowledge, then starting your own tutoring service can be an appealing business idea that requires almost no capital. After all, the students already have the learning materials with them.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Freelancing

Freelancing

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Whether you’re a writer or web developer, freelancing can be a lucrative business idea that pretty much requires nothing more than your talent, laptop and internet connection. Thanks to the numerous websites that post freelance gigs, you should have no problem starting out. Here is a freelancer guide that will help you every step of the way.

Related: The 15 Best Freelance Websites to Find Jobs

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Vlog with YouTube

Vlog with YouTube

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Since every laptop, tablet, and smartphone comes equipped with a built-in camera, anyone can start creating videos and posting them to YouTube. If you have knowledge you want to share, or are just incredibly charismatic, then you can start profiting from your vlog through ads.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Auto repair/detailing

Auto repair/detailing

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If you have a garage, tools and knowledge, then why not start your own auto repair shop? Even if you don’t have a garage, you could start a mobile auto repair business where you go to the broken-down vehicle.

If you like the idea of working with vehicles but you aren’t a mechanic, then consider washing and detailing cars. (I had a former colleague who did this on the side, and eventually, he was able to make this into a full-time gig through word-of-mouth recommendations at work.)

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Sharing economy rentals

Sharing economy rentals

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Thanks to the “sharing economy,” more and more people are opting to rent items instead of purchasing them. You can rent out things ranging from your parking space to your furniture. Try starting with a niche and slowly working your way up. For example, you could start renting out yard equipment like rakes, shovels or leaf blowers. If you don’t already own them, you can purchase them for less than $100.

Related: Airbnb and Uber Are Just the Beginning. What’s Next for the Sharing Economy.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Managing web design

Managing web design

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There are countless sites out there that teach you basic web design. Learn a new skill today. Even if you aren’t a web designer, you could find a designer affordably and still charge less than professional web design firms. They key here is managing the process — most businesses don’t want to do this and are willing to pay.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Handyman

Handyman

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If you’re able to make minor household repairs, like switching out a broken electrical outlet or sealing a pipe under the kitchen sink, then this is another in-demand business that doesn’t cost much to launch. You could even consider starting out on TaskRabbit, a marketplace platform for small jobs. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Menu planning

Menu planning

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Plenty of people are indecisive when it comes to their food. That’s why they’re willing to hire someone to help them plan out their meals. This is a low-cost idea for anyone who enjoys working with food but doesn’t have the resources to prepare and serve it.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

House-sitter/pet-sitter

House-sitter/pet-sitter

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This idea essentially requires no initial investment. You can start asking your family, friends and neighbors if they need someone to watch their home or pet when they go out of town.

Related: An Animal Lover Finds the Perfect Franchise — and Financial Security

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Lawn care

Lawn care

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If you have a green thumb, enjoy being outside and have the tools to get started — like a lawnmower, weed-whacker or chainsaw — then this is a no-brainer of a business idea. The only main cost is advertising and marketing your business.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Homemade gourmet foods

Homemade gourmet foods

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Whether if it’s soup mixes, jellies or chocolates, people love gourmet food products. And since you probably already have a kitchen, you just need cooking supplies, packaging and basic marketing materials to get started.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Professional organizer

Professional organizer

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We live in a materialistic world, and it’s easy to start getting overwhelmed by all the stuff that’s consuming our homes. Just look at the rising popularity of Marie Kondo. Professional organizers can help people get their homes back in order for no more than $20 or so on classified ads.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Green cleaning service

Green cleaning service

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Cleaning services are a dime a dozen. You can stand out from the competition by offering a green cleaning service that uses eco-friendly and natural products. You may even be able to make some of them yourself and sell them for extra cash. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Grocery delivery

Grocery delivery

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Some major grocery stores offer delivery services, but not all of them do. There’s a chance your local supermarket doesn’t, either. That’s when you can charge customers to have you go to the store for them and then deliver groceries to their homes.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Personal concierge

Personal concierge

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A personal concierge takes care of everything from taking clients to the airport, bringing the dog to the vet or managing schedules. It’s essentially being someone’s personal assistant.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Creating information products

Creating information products

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If you have experience with a specific niche, then you can start selling your knowledge by creating products like eBooks or instructional videos. The cost is usually no more than your time, domain name and web hosting.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Blogging

Blogging

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If you’re familiar with a specific topic, then you can launch a blog where you share your knowledge. You can earn money by selling ad space, becoming an affiliate or starting a subscription service. Here’s a resource to getting started with blogging. (I followed its tips and was able to personally create a solid four-figure income within around 12 months.)

Related: 10 Keys to Make Millions Blogging

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Window-cleaning

Window-cleaning

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Window-cleaning is many people’s least favorite household chore, and a window-cleaning service doesn’t require much capital to become profitable.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Interior designer

Interior designer

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Both homeowners and business owners are looking for people to design comfortable, organized and productive spaces. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Flier distribution

Flier distribution

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Local businesses still hire people companies to hand out fliers or place them under windshield wipers. You essentially just need to make a lot of copies, and that’s not a major investment. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Programming

Programming

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Learning how to program or code, such as with the object-oriented dynamic programming language known as Ruby, is one of the most lucrative business out there. Here’s a guide to starting a developer business to help get you started.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Virtual assistant

Virtual assistant

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This job is similar to being a personal assistant — answering phone calls, responding to emails and keeping your client’s schedule. The difference? You do this remotely.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Social-media consultant

Social-media consultant

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Businesses and individuals are always on the lookout for people to manage and maintain their social channels for them, and many businesses will pay $500 or more a month for these services.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Project management

Project management

Believe it or not, not all businesses have in-house project managers, which means that projects can quickly get off-track. Companies are often willing to hire outside project managers to keep their teams focused.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Secretarial services

Secretarial services

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There are a lot of small businesses and individuals who need services like typing, transcribing and proofreading. As long as you’ve got a computer, a printer and the necessary skills, your business should be good to go. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Catering

Catering

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If you’re an outstanding cook but don’t want to invest in a restaurant, then you can start your own catering business directly from your own kitchen.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Mobile repair

Mobile repair

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Want to put your own spin on a repair service? Start one that involves you going to the client. Whether if it’s fixing a mobile phone, a computer or a piece of furniture, this idea doesn’t require more than a vehicle, marketing and your own expertise.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Resume-writing service

Resume-writing service

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A lot of people have difficulty writing amazing resumes, and that may cause them to lose out on a job they’ve been eyeing. If you have knack for composing resumes, it can become a profitable business. (I personally have paid $100 several times for people to get my resume in shape.) 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Holiday decorator

Holiday decorator

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Everyone wants their home or office to look festive for an upcoming holiday, but not everyone can make that happen. If you can pull off that holiday cheer, then this is another business that doesn’t require much capital.

Related: Spreading Holiday Cheer as a Christmas Decor Franchisee

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Domain name-buying

Domain name-buying

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You can buy a domain on the cheap — sometimes for less than $1. If a business comes along and needs that domain, sometimes they’ll be willing to pay top-dollar for it.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Flipping websites

Flipping websites

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Using a site like Flippa, you can purchase a website, build it up and sell it. You can turn this into a lucrative business. (I personally have been able to make around $25,000 to $30,000 flipping websites each year.)

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Cleaning dryer ducts

Cleaning dryer ducts

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Dryers get jammed with lint, and if too much builds up, you could have a house fire on your hands. Since this is an area that’s often overlooked, you can start a dryer duct-cleaning business with just a vacuum and some basic marketing.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Tour guide

Tour guide

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If you know your area like the back of your hand, then you can start charging tourists for a personalized tour of your hometown.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing

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If you have a blog with a significant amount of followers, then you can become an affiliate. Essentially, this means that whenever you recommend ther people’s products or services, you can use your own special affiliate link that you’ve requested from the company (or a marketplace like Amazon). Whenever a visitor clicks on that link and makes a purchase, you’ll receive a commission.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Dropshipping

Dropshipping

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Dropshipping is selling products for companies on sites like eBay. Whenever the product is sold, the company handles everything else, such as shipping.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Snow removal

Snow removal

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If you have snow shovels and maybe even a plow, then this business idea can make you serious cash. However, it’s completely dependent on the weather. (When I lived in Utah, I paid a neighbor $25 every time it snowed to shovel my driveway and walkway, and it only took him half an hour.)

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Pet grooming

Pet grooming

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If you enjoy being around pets and can bathe them, cut their nails and give them a decent haircut, then this can be a serious money-maker without much of an investment.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Pooper scooper

Pooper scooper

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It’s definitely not the most glamorous job, but you’d be doing something that most people dread so much that they’d pay someone else to do it for them.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Event or party planner

Event or party planner

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If you’re organized and a planner, then taking care of the arrangements for birthdays, retirements or weddings can be a profitable business.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Computer repair and maintenance provider

Computer repair and maintenance provider

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Think of all the computers out there that crash or need updates. Do you think that each owner has the technical knowledge to handle any troubleshooting problems? Consider starting your own service. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Life coach or mentor

Life coach or mentor

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Many people hire coaches or mentors to help them with things like losing weight or finding happiness. (I’ve found that most life coaches charge $50 to $250 an hour.)

Related: The 10 Best Cities For Starting a Life-Coaching Practice

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper

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It’s important for both businesses and individuals to keep their files neat and tidy, but not all of them have the time to do so. That’s when they hire someone to keep their books in order for them. (I pay my bookkeeper $30 an hour, and I found her on a local website with a classified listing that she paid $50 per month for.)

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Tax preparation

Tax preparation

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Preparing taxes is another necessity, but most of us don’t have the time or knowledge to take care of this task. If you’re up-to-date on the latest tax regulations and enjoy crunching numbers, this can be a lucrative business during tax season.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Book-writing

Book-writing

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Did you know that both Amazon and Apple have book-publishing arms? Whether you write an instructional book, cookbook or sci-fi adventure, you can now publish it at almost no cost.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Flooring business

Flooring business

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Installing your own flooring may sound easy, but it can get tricky. That’s when you can save the day by installing floors for others. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about inventory — you’d only be focused on installation.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Painting addresses on curbs

Painting addresses on curbs

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Many office and residential customers would gladly pay you to spray-paint their address on the curb. You’d just need some spray paint and an address kit to get started.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Parking lot striping

Parking lot striping

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There are plenty of parking lots that need new stripes. You can start off with a straightedge tool and spray paint. As you earn more money, you can purchase professional equipment.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Business planning

Business planning

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If you’ve already created a successful business, then you can actually turn that knowledge and experience into a new business. New business owners will pay for someone to help guide them in developing their own successful business plan.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Homemade natural soaps and beauty products

Homemade natural soaps and beauty products

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Selling natural products is a thriving business. Even if you don’t feel comfortable making your own natural soaps and beauty products, you can dropship for companies that do.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Logo design

Logo design

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If you’re a creative individual, then designing logos is a relatively easy business to start. You can do anything from designing unique logos to customizing ideas from templates. Here’s a guide to starting a design business that should help you every step of the way.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Translator

Translator

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Businesses are desperately in need of individuals who can speak the language of whatever market they’re entering.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Restore/upcycle furniture

Restore/upcycle furniture

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If you’re handy and spot a used piece of furniture that needs some TLC, you could make the repairs and resell. That’s pretty much all profit.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

eBay seller

eBay seller

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People have been making a living for years off of eBay by selling their old junk, reselling items and dropshipping.

Related: Why It’s Nearly Impossible To Stop This Amazon and eBay Scheme

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

App developer

App developer

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With the mobile revolution in full swing, the demand for apps has never been higher. Even if you don’t have programming skills, you can still hire someone to make your app a reality.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Personal chef

Personal chef

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Unlike catering, which may only keep you busy a couple of days per week, personal chefs are responsible for cooking breakfast, lunch and/or dinner for clients. However, you can spend most of your time preparing meals that just need to be reheated. That allows you to take on more clients.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Personal trainer

Personal trainer

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Even though health is a priority for most of us, it can be challenge to not only stay on track but also make sure that you exercise correctly without injuring yourself. By becoming a personal trainer, you can motivate and monitor people while they exercise.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Beautify products

Beautify products

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If you don’t have the tools or skills to build something from scratch, you can always modify or beautify an existing product. Take mosquito nets, for example — they’re bland, but you could decorate them with ribbon or beads to create a unique product.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Photographer

Photographer

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There’s always a demand for photographers at special events like weddings. Here’s a guide to starting a photography business to get you started.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Framing

Framing

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After procuring tools like a sander, a matte-cutter, a glass-cutter, tape, clamps, saws, miter boxes, picture-hangers, a stapler and glue, all you need for this business is marketing. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Flea market-vending

Flea market-vending

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Flea markets are still thriving, and you can usually rent out a spot for the day for just $20. You can sell anything from the junk laying around your house to the produce you grew in your backyard to handmade crafts. In many areas, there are multiple flea markets taking place throughout any given week, so this can easily become a frequent gig. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Online content producer

Online content producer

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Businesses need lots of content today. If they don’t have an in-house team to create and produce content, they often hire talented outside individuals to do it for them. (There are businesses that pay $50 per blog post, such as mine — here’s my own content marketing guide to help you in your journey.) 

Related: 4 Things Editors Are Looking When They Read Your Pitch

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Website developer

Website developer

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Everyone should have a website these days, and for the people who don’t have the time or knowledge, you can develop their website for them. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Selling plants online

Selling plants online

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If you have a green thumb and the space, then you can sell plants online. It’s actually a growing niche since people are becoming more concerned about where their plants originated from, and you can probably charge less the big box stores.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Calligrapher

Calligrapher

If you’ve got above-average penmanship, then you can charge people to create handwritten invitations.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Selling crafts

Selling crafts

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If you can make handmade crafts, like jewelry and furniture, then you can sell those products on sites like Etsy.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Home daycare

Home daycare

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You’ll definitely need to get the proper licenses and permits, but this is a business that you can start at home. In some areas, daycare costs around $15 an hour, so this can be a very lucrative business.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Cleaning out foreclosed homes

Cleaning out foreclosed homes

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Whenever a bank forecloses on a home, they have to hire someone to clean the place out. If you don’t mind getting a little dirty, you don’t need much to start this kind of business. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Recycling scrap metal

Recycling scrap metal

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Some people drive around and take junk, such as broken dryers, off of people’s hands full-time. Why? Because they can scrap that metal. Just keep in mind that the more valuable metals are aluminum and copper.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Internet security consultant

Internet security consultant

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Security is a major concern for businesses and individuals. Besides expertise and some marketing, it doesn’t cost much to start a business protecting others’ hardware and software.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Freelance bartender

Freelance bartender

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If you can make a mean Manhattan, Cosmopolitan and other oft-ordered drinks, try marketing yourself as a freelance bartender for private parties and events.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Training dogs

Training dogs

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Consider yourself to be the next Cesar Millan? This is another low-cost business idea with the potential for high profits. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Referral service

Referral service

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Whether a new business or family just moved into town, you can can refer them to the right vendors, babysitters or restaurants. Your only cost would be networking and marketing yourself to the community.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Packing service

Packing service

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No one likes the hassle of packing up for a move. That’s why they’ll hire other people to pack and load their belongings up. You really don’t need to purchase anything without reimbursement, since boxes and tape will be included in your final price. You’ll probably still be a cheaper option than professional movers.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Writing and/or recording a song

Writing and/or recording a song

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If you have the musical chops, you can make a career out of writing your own music. And it doesn’t have to be the latest Taylor Swift single — you could write jingles for podcasts or local businesses. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Concert and show promotion

Concert and show promotion

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If you have some experience in marketing and are passionate about spreading the word about upcoming events, then you can start working with artists, venues and labels to generate buzz with essentially no investment on your part. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Tester or reviewer

Tester or reviewer

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Companies are often looking for individuals to test and review their products. You can also start your own blog where you review products in a certain niche.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Fashion design

Fashion design

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Sites like Etsy now make it accessible for you to sell your unique fashion designs. Even if you’re not into high fashion, you can start creating your own T-shirts and produce through sites like CafePress.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Importing products

Importing products

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You can purchase products from overseas in bulk and start selling them at a markup. That’s how Pura Vida started.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Makeup artist

Makeup artist

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Whether if it’s for a special occasion like a wedding or for Halloween, people often pay a significant amount for someone to do their makeup.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Hairstylist

Hairstylist

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If you’re up-to-date on the current styles and can cut hair, then you can start your own salon from your home.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Selling snacks and drinks

Selling snacks and drinks

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Have you ever left a sporting event or concert thirsty and starving? We’ve all been there. That’s why you see people selling bottles of water and hot dogs after an event. Unlike investing in a food truck or cart, you can start off with just a cooler.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Voice-over artist

Voice-over artist

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Now that businesses are creating their own content, such as videos and podcasts, they’re looking for golden voices. If that’s something that you possess, then you could turn it into a lucrative career. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Brewer

Brewer

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You can buy a beer kit for less than $100 and start tinkering around with brewing your own beer. (I have a family friend who did this with friends and now has his own microbrewery.)

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Winemaking

Winemaking

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You don’t need a vineyard to start making wine. You can start by growing some of your own grapes or purchasing juice. If your small batch of wine turns out well and you start making some cash, you could eventually start your own vineyard or winery.

Related: How Craft Brewing Inspired This Denver Winemaker

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Selling eggs

Selling eggs

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Farm-fresh eggs are a big business right now. You can get in on the action by purchasing a couple of hens and building your own chicken coop.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Baking bread

Baking bread

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The size of the market for home-baked bread might surprise you. (I know woman who makes her own bread by working just a couple of days a week, and people line up to purchase it.) 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Creating customized care packages

Creating customized care packages

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Many people enjoy customized care packages that they can give out as gifts. To begin, you need to find a niche, like holiday packages, and start filling baskets with goodies.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Instructor

Instructor

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You can sell lessons teaching people to play an instrument, cook a meal or even work out. You essentially just need your own knowledge and marketing to get started.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Airbnb host

Airbnb host

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If you have an extra room or home, consider renting it out on Airbnb instead of letting it sit there vacant. (I personally was able to make around $3,000 a month last year renting out a section of my home.)

Related: Learn From These 3 Ways Airbnb Won the Trust It Needed to Succeed

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Property management

Property management

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Landlords can’t always check in on their properties or maintain them via cleaning and mowing. A property management company takes care of these tasks for busy landlords.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Laundry/ironing service

Laundry/ironing service

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Almost everyone has clothes that need to be cleaned or ironed, and oftentimes they don’t have the patience or time to handle these chores on our own. That’s why many people pay others to do it for them. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Clothing alteration service

Clothing alteration service

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If you know how to sew or replace buttons or zippers, then you’ve got a new business idea for people who can’t part with their favorite pieces of clothing. It’s also inexpensive to launch this type of business. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Online dating consultant

Online dating consultant

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More and more people are turning to online dating to find a match, but it can be overwhelming when just starting out. If you have experience in the area, then some people are willing to pay for advice.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Sourcing service

Sourcing service

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You can find products or services for local businesses and resell them at a markup.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Travel agency

Travel agency

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Even though there are hundreds of travel websites out there, most people don’t have the time or patience to compare the prices on flights and hotel rates. That’s why there’s still a need for people to do the legwork for them.

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Toy-making

Toy-making

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Whether it’s carving a doll out of wood or making use of a 3D printer, making toys can be a lucrative business idea. 

100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Food-delivery service

Food-delivery service

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Some people feel they can’t leave the office to pick up food, and others would rather not leave their homes. That’s when they’ll contact you to pick up and deliver food to their doors.