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10 Businesses You Can Start For Under $1,000

Come in we're open signIf you’ve ever considered starting a home business, and felt that you didn’t have the money, you’re not alone. The average person’s belief is that you need a lot of money to start a business. Sadly that’s not true. Anyone can start a business and start-up money should be the least of anyone’s worries.

On average, people can expect to have two and three careers during their work life. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life are thinking of what to do next. They still feel that they got in them to work, so why not work for themselves?

Starting a home based business is within the reach of anyone who wants to take some risk and work hard. And like I said money is the least bit you’ll need.

I wanted to share with you 10 business ideas that anyone can start today, and for good measure if you feel that money is holding you back, how about starting any one of these ten businesses for under $1,000? Yes, it’s totally possible.

1. Commercial Cleaning Service

One of the best benefits of starting a cleaning business is that you can work during hours when no one else does – after office hours. Focusing on retail business that need cleaning is a good start. Pharmacies, doctors offices, print shops and retail stores are some of the business establishments always in need of cleaning.

Restaurants are also a great options, because they need daily cleaning to keep the restaurant clean. Usually after the restaurant closes or early in the morning are typical times for cleaning.

When I started my cleaning business, my first two clients were local Rexall Pharmacies. Inside the pharmacies there were doctors offices, x-ray offices and even an orthopedic clinic. This gave the owner, whom I got the contract through even more incentive and need for daily cleaning to be done.

Start Up Cost: $500

What You’ll Need: Reliable car, cleaning products, business cards

2. Home Cleaning Business

Perhaps you would be more interested in house cleaning. Many times with cleaning services you don’t have to spend lots of money on advertising or marketing because your customers will come by word of mouth. You start with one home, and soon enough you’ll be getting referrals.

People are busy with careers, kids, education and family life to clean. This is where you can come in and offer to clean their homes.

Home cleaning is typically done through the day, when the clients are at work or away from home. Cleaning homes is a 9-5 job typically, unlike commercial cleaning where the cleaning is done after hours.

Start Up Cost: $500

What You’ll Need: A reliable car, cleaning products, business cards

3. Computer Repair

During my teen years I repaired computers for extra cash, and made a nice side income. I established myself as the guru who can meet the needs of the personal computer user. I chose not to get involved with small business simply due to liability of highly sensitive files.

Start Up Cost: $600

What You’ll Need: Your home office, spare computer parts, knowledge of computer software/hardware, Internet connection and some business cards

4. eBay Business

Look around your home carefully and I’m certain you’ll discover products that you could sell on eBay. Just as the saying goes; “You trash is someone’s gold”. Selling your old unwanted items will also give you the opportunity to get rid of the clutter in your home.

Figure out your asking price and decide whether to auction it or put it in your eBay store. Then decide if you want a minimum bid and how long you want the auction to last.

If you purchase from eBay regularly, I’m certain that you already have a PayPal account to use for transactions, and that you’re fairly in tune on home buying an selling works.

Start Up Cost: $0

What You’ll Need: Internet connection, PayPal account and your garage to ship/pack your sold products

5. Blogging / Editorial Services

Starting a blog and writing for your blog is a lot of work. On top of that you’ll need a lot of patience before you start seeing any money. In the mean time, you can showcase your work and offer additional services through your blog.

Ghost Writing – As a ghost writer, you actually do all research and write the article, while someone else’s name is attached as the author.

Indexing – There are indexing courses available and you can get indexing software.

SEO Consultant – If you’re really good at search engine optimization on your website/blog, you may want to offer others your service. There is a great need for solid SEO consultants.

Copy-editing. – This is where fact checking takes place, and where grammatical, stylistic and typographical errors are caught.

Start Up Cost: $200

What You’ll Need: Blog/Website, business cards, solid writing/editing skills

By Eddie Kadic