Everyone dreams of one day being their own boss.
Sure, having your own small business isn’t always easy, but investing in yourself, and putting all that hard work into something that will only benefit you, has many advantages. But the one thing about starting a new business is the sheer cost.
But there are a lot of business ideas out there that are really cheap to get up and running, plus they can be very profitable if you put in the time and effort. So here are 13 businesses you can start with less than $100!
Small Batch Gourmet Food Creator
If you are legendary at a particular dish, make the best chocolate bars in the world or have a cheesecake that your Mother would sell you for, then consider becoming a Small Batch Gourmet Food Creator! Take a sample of your wares to various cafe’s and restaurants to show them what you’ve got!
I know of one lady that just makes her legendary Red Velvet Cupcakes here in Gympie, they are soooo good!
Some ideas for gourmet small batch food ideas include:
- Macarons in various flavours in a nice box
- Unique chocolate bars
- Make your own version of Kombucha
- Sourdough Bread from scratch
- Delivery Donut Boxes
How to Advertise for Clients:
- Take small morsels around to the local cafes and restaurants
- Advertise on your local Business Facebook Pages
- Approach gift shops and home decor stores to sell your items (with commission) on their shop counter.
Flat Lay Instagram Photography
If you already have a good camera, and a good eye for colours and style, consider becoming a flat lay Instagram photographer! Offer your services to Instagram and Facebook businesses that need pretty photographs of their stock. Grab unique backdrops from your local flooring centre (see if you can buy cut-offs in many different colours and styles). Photograph from overhead, light it perfectly and edit – and you have a beautiful Instagram Flat You that you could charge money for. Images could be styled and sold from $100 plus!
Even easier than that – find a Graphic Artist online and pay them an hourly rate for doing all the styling and photographs themselves. You then become the ‘Manager’ and can sell multiple photographs to multiple buyers – and even list those photographs for sale on various stock photograph sites. As you grow, you can employ more graphic artists or have them for more hours. It is a very scalable business!
What you Can Expect to Charge Your Clients
Up to $100.00 per image – that is fully styled and edited and the image emailed to your client.
Where to Advertise for Clients:
- Advertise via Instagram – showing clients your skills and tagging them in the images
- Advertise on local Business Facebook Groups
- You could even run a course on how to do flatlay photography!
Plus you can also sell your images! I’ve seen them for sale on Etsy and for stock photography sites!
Home Holiday Decorator
I adore Christmas, but don’t particularly like putting up the Christmas decorations – or taking them down for that matter! If you adore doing this kind of job, and can create the perfect Christmas Tree, why not work during the holidays doing this kind of work. But when you think about it, it isn’t just households that put up Christmas Decorations, approach local commercial businesses and shopping centres to see if you can tender for their holiday work.
You can also have a ‘Take Down’ service for after Christmas (for an additional cost – of course!).
Work isn’t just limited to Christmas. Other ideas include:
- Kids Birthday Party Decorators
- Making the Home Suitable for Sale (House Styler)
- Commercial functions like balls or dances
- Wedding Stylist
How to Advertise for Clients:
- Advertise on local Business Pages in your area, showing them images of your work
- Ask one of your more ‘high-profile’ clients to share it with their friends and family
- Approach your local home decor stores and ask if you can leave a leaflet at their counter!
Some clients might even get you to purchase the decorations for the job! Grab them wholesale from the following retailers:
Small Business Marketing
You don’t need a degree in Marketing to do some small scale work for local businesses in your area. If you have loads of contacts, nifty ways on promoting a business and loads of get up and go – you can become a Small Business Marketer.
What You Will Need:
If you have a computer, a diary, a phone and ideally a vehicle – that’s it. And most people have those already so there isn’t really any outlay at all!
How to Get Clients:
Approach small businesses with your rates and a business card. Look at places like pubs, small corner shops, bowling alleys or skating rinks. Think about what is the best way to promote their business and put together a one-page marketing plan on how you would go about it.
If your filing cabinet is a work of art and you can sort other peoples pantries or wardrobe’s, perhaps consider becoming a Home Organiser! Word of mouth is the key here! Plus Instagramming images of your perfect finished job will soon create a cult following!
Advertise on local job boards, hand out flyers to the local daycare centres and schools, and talk to other Mum’s that are too busy to do the job themselves!
How to Advertise for Clients:
- Approach local accountants who could possibly have clients that would need your services.
- Instagram your finished work and tag people that would you love to work with.
Morning School Run Coordinator
Got a large vehicle? Are you always reliable, good with kids and available? Then perhaps consider becoming a morning school run coordinator! Loads of Mums have to work – and they have to leave for work before they can get the kids to school – and if the kids are in late primary and high school – and you are going in that direction – perhaps approach Mums to do the pickup and drop off in the mornings. Even consider doing school lunches for the kids too to ‘Up-sell’ your business.
Of course, you will require a Blue Card and appropriate car seats in your vehicle.
How to Advertise for Clients:
- Advertise at your local school through the newsletter.
- If you have a larger vehicle with multiple seats, approach local childcare centres to do the pickup and drop of runs.
Mobile Spray Tanner
If you can give yourself an awesome tan at home, why not look at buying the minimum equipment and start a Mobile Spray Tanning business. You don’t need any qualifications – just to be able to travel to customers homes to give them a beautiful tan on demand!
What equipment will you need:
Pick up a small Spray Tan Kit plus some good quality tan solution. We love the Bondi Sands brand.
A tanning tent is handy too to ensure any over-spray doesn’t get all over the bathroom but you can always use a shower curtain.
How much can you charge?
A fantastic tan in the privacy of your own home, you can charge customers $50.00
Where to find customers?
Put a magnetic sign on your vehicle – this is a great free way to get local interest. Also look at including an advertisement in local school newsletters.
Become a Professional Youtuber
This is the dream of many eight year old boys, but if you have the time and dedication to plan a topic, do regular talks and build up your audience – you too can make money by being a Youtuber.
How it Works:
You build up your traffic on Youtube. Once you have over 4000 views in a one month period, Youtube will pay you an amount per month! The higher your traffic – the more you get paid. You can also get product endorsements and do speaking tours.
The hard part is building that initial traffic.
What You Will Need:
A good computer, video editing software and a big personality!
Next you need to map out what your content will be, how your Youtube episodes are laid out and flow. Watch many of the current professional You tubers for some ideas on what is current.
Consistency and listening to what your followers want is the key to success. Expect to put in huge hours for not a lot of money for the first six to 12 months.
Freelance Writer for Blogs and Websites
There are millions of blogs and websites out there now… and they are all screaming for good quality content. So if you can write about a particular topic, have access to a computer and the internet – perhaps start approaching various blogs to see if you can become a guest writer. Expect to be paid anywhere from $20 – $200 per article, depending on quality and style!
Places to start writing for cash right away:
Or we have a list of 100+ Websites that will pay you to write articles!
Ebooks are 30 – 50 page ‘snippets’ of rich information condensed into a downloadable package. The beauty of ebooks is that you can sell the same item over and over again – without depleting any stock! There are loads of places you can sell your ebook – we even have an Ebook on How to Sell Ebooks!
Pet Daycare or Pet Sitter
We all love our pets. And we want them to be happy. If you have a lovely fenced yard and lots of love and cuddles to give, consider becoming a pet daycare Mum. Have your clients drop off their fur babies in the morning, and give them loads of love and attention during the day. Send your client update photo’s about the pets day, and give start a Facebook Page showing how much fun your guest pets will have at your place!
You can expect to charge from $20 per day per animal.
How to Find Clients:
- Approach local veterinarian clinics to see if you can leave leaflets on their counter tops.
- Pet Food Stores are also a great way to advertise.
- Start a Facebook Page for your Daycare Centre and post loads of images of cuteness.
Hold Cooking Classes
If you can make spaghetti from scratch that people rave over, or cakes and tarts that you’d sell your Grandmother for, what about teaching others how to make your dishes! If you have a nice and functional kitchen and small classes, you can do this at home! Prepare a list of laminated recipes and ingredients to give each client for each lesson. Provide the ingredients and get cooking – at the end, sit down to all enjoy the fruits of your labour together!
Cooking class ideas include:
- Cheese Making Classes (or sell Cheese Making Kits)
- Fermented Food Classes
- Basic Cooking for Beginners
Make Your Own Bespoke Handmade Cosmetics
More and more people are looking for vegan, handmade lip balms, creams and moisturisers to use for themselves and their family. But did you know you can start your own line of handmade cosmetics for under $100!
If you use loads of beautiful natural ingredients that are in demand, come up with beautiful branding, you can make your own and have them for sale on Instagram or Etsy. You can pick up kits and the ingredients from reputable suppliers such as Green Living Australia
We recommend the following for people starting out on a budget!
This kit makes beautiful mineral makeup that is suitable for use on sensitive skin including children and people with allergies. The kit makes Mineral Makeup Power, Liquid Foundation, Contour Sticks, Concealer, Blush and Bronzer.
Hmmm cocoa butter is such a delicious ingredient, especially for the lips!
If you have a reliable car, some basic cleaning products and a lot of getting up and go, house cleaning is one of the easiest businesses to start. Advertise your services on noticeboards and by word of mouth (tell your local hairdresser!) – and get cleaning.
Happy clients are usually willing to pay $30/hour. You could charge more if you choose to have natural products or go vegan, or naked.
This is great seasonal work coming up to Christmas. Many people don’t have the time (or energy) to do a full house clean before their home is full of visitors.
Where to Advertise for Clients:
- Local Facebook Pages
- Approach local cleaning companies that may want additional staff over the Christmas Season.
How to Stand Out From the Crowd:
Offer Green Cleaning options with all environmentally friendly cleaning products!
Take and Sell Your Photographs on Stock Photography Websites
Even if you are an amateur photographer, stock photography websites are always looking for new images. It could be of any topic you love! Once your photo is uploaded to one of the many photography websites, you can sell the same image again and again and again! If one goes viral, you could make a LOT of money!
Stock photography you could sell your images to include:
- Getty Images
- Adobe Stock
How to Stand Out from the Crowd:
Stick to a niche market – and stick with what you love. Ideas for niches include:
- Baking Photo’s
- Little Things
Start a Local Website or Newspaper
Do you know what is going on in your community? Perhaps start a Facebook Page about all the things happening, activities for kids, new businesses and functions, and keep the community involved. Once it is up and running, you could start charging advertising space on either a website or start a basic newspaper that you can distribute to local businesses.
You can include local stories, promote events happening in your area or even keep people up to date during a disaster.
Where to Find Advertisers:
You will need to build up your audience first, but have an ‘Advertising Page’ that can list all the services you can do such as sponsored stories, website banners or promotion of an event.
Make Unique Gift Baskets
Gift baskets make a wonderful gift for new Mums or business people as they can be totally personalised. If you are good at putting together beautiful gift baskets and photographing them, maybe sell them online and offer your services to other locals who may also enjoy your gift baskets. Other items that you could do include Nappy Cakes and Chocolate Bouquets.
You can even start selling your gift baskets on Etsy!
Unique Tea Blend Creator
Tea is so hot right now. If you have a good palette for flavoured tea’s, why not look at creating your very own blend of tea and selling it for a profit. For under $100 you could purchase a few teas to blend and keep the packaging extremely simple. I’ve even seen tea blends sold in test tube containers which are super adorable. You could sell your new tea blend at a local market, on Etsy or just start up your very own Facebook Page. Have influencers try your tea.
These are really popular ideas for wedding favours too!
You can purchase tea from reputable sellers (you must have top quality!) such as:
- T2 Tea has teas and tools and also offers Afterpay.
- Kusmi Tea is a luxury tea supplier based in Paris.
You can pick up clear test tubes with stoppers from:
- In the Clear is an Etsy Store that sells 6 tubes for AU $6.90
- Elves N Fairies has plastic test tubes with a metal screw top.
Wrap them in bubble-wrap to post with a little twine tie and label – and you are set!
If you are passionate about becoming your own boss, just take the step and do it! Many of these business ideas are perfect to start on the side, and you can work your way up as you get busier and busier!
Make Second Hand Furniture Fabulous!
Look at purchasing a few pieces of furniture from Ebay or local Buy, Swap and Sell Pages. Then buy a few pots of Chalk Paint – this paint is brilliant as you don’t need to sand the furniture first, just give it a coat, sand, then add a waxy coat over the top – and your furniture goes from drab to fab! You can purchase chalk paint from most hardware stores.
Even better if you are handy with a sewing machine and can re-upholder old chair seats etc.
Furniture is always fairly high-demand and by making it look great, you could easily double or triple your money!
Where to Buy Second Hand Furniture:
There are actually loads of great places to look such as:
- Local Facebook Buy Swap and Sell Pages
- Trading Post
- Advertise in local newspapers
- Thrift Stores
- Garage Sales
Where to Sell Your Furniture:
You can look at selling your furniture at local markets, Etsy, Ebay, Gumtree, advertise in your local newsletters or even approach furniture stores in your area to see if they will sell your products on commission!