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A babysitting business can be started for no money. If you are a reliable person who is good with kids, then word will travel quickly among potential customers and you could find yourself with a thriving childcare business in no time. If you start by providing your babysitting services in other people’s homes, you become more convenient for them, plus you avoid having to pay licensing fees that most states require for in-home childcare services.
This business is pretty straightforward, and while it is a high-responsibility business that requires a very specific type of individual, if you have the right stuff, you can become successful without investing any startup costs.
You might already have a set of skills, experience and knowledge that can really help other businesses. Becoming a consultant might sound intimidating, but really it’s all about leveraging your existing skill set and expertise to help others.
The key expenses to set out as a consultant are just a computer and a phone. If you already have those, then you can start your consulting business with $0 right now.
Remote schooling and school closings due to the pandemic have created a demand for tutors as students continue to struggle to catch up. As a tutor, you have the ability to meet with students in the home (yours or theirs) or at a public place such as a library.
If you have an education background and some school supplies, then this could be the perfect small business for you to start for $0.
17. Print-on-Demand Business Owner
There are some print-on-demand businesses that started for $0 and are making incredible profits today. All they really needed was a great idea, like a funny saying or a unique take on a popular meme.
After you have your great design, you partner with a printer that can make your product. Some printers, like Canva, have a free option to get you started. Or you might be charged per item sold by the printer.
18. Social Media Manager
Many companies choose to hire independent contractors to help run their social media accounts. If you are social media savvy, this cheap business venture will allow you to take your expertise and help businesses build content, drive interactions and increase followers to drive up profits.
Being a social media manager is more time and knowledge-heavy than cost-intensive. All you need to do to get started is to introduce yourself to customers — and social media savvy entrepreneurs can surely find a free way to do so!
19. Freelance Writer/Editor
If you are a great writer or a detail-oriented editor, freelancing could be a great small business option for you. The type of writing you will do can be almost anything — from writing video scripts or training manuals to writing email newsletters or blog posts.
If you already have a laptop and an Internet connection, the investment in this business will be nothing. All you need to do is start writing an email, a blog or some social media posts to let potential customers know that you are taking on assignments.
20. Published Author
You don’t need an agent or a contract with a big publishing house to earn passive income off of a book idea. Now, with the help of Amazon, you can write a book and then upload it directly to the Amazon Kindle Publishing platform — for free.
Then you sit back and collect the proceeds every time your book is downloaded. Amazon takes a percentage, but you have a source of passive income with no money upfront.
21. Professional Organizer
Decluttering is de rigueur, but many people are too busy to clean out their own closets. If you love to tidy spaces and have a knack for organization, then you might consider starting a business as a professional organizer. To start a business as a professional organizer, you will need $0 upfront. Your clients will pay for the supplies needed to organize their homes, so all you need to bring to your appointments is the plan!
Does one of these business ideas spark excitement for you? Incfile can get your new business started for $0 + state fee, so you can get going for less than $500. And once you’re up and running, we’ve got the resources to help you keep your business growing.