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Startup Saturday: 10 Businesses You Can Start For $100 Or Less

[ 0 ] Aug. 31, 2013 | SBO Editor

We’ve rounded up 10 businesses you can start for $100 or less. With a home-based launch, you’ll save on overhead. We present these small business concepts as food for thought. Conduct your own due diligence research to determine if the enterprise could work in your region. Charge what your market will bear. You don’t need a lot of money to start your own business.

  1. Apartment/House Cleaning—O.K. it doesn’t sound new or very different, but it works. It seems that no matter how many cleaning services pop up, there are always customers to jump on your bandwagon. Once you develop good word of mouth, customers will be calling you.

2.          2. Holiday Decorating—If you’re handy with decorations, arrange some setups and take photos. Start a     website promoting your holiday service to commercial and residential customers or make appointments to show them your photo portfolio.

3.     3. Move-In Service—If you’ve ever moved, you know how tough it is to move in and clean up in just a couple of days. You can start a business offering to do the cleaning before folks move in; see if you can tie-in with a couple of moving companies who would help you promote this business.

4.     4. Assembly Service—Many people love to shop but hate to cart things home that aren’t already assembled. You start the business and ask local businesses to distribute your business cards. Hey, it will help the stores sell goods.

5.     5. Delivery Service—There are many stores ranging from supermarkets to nurseries that don’t offer delivery service. They are losing customers by not providing this. You come in and offer to do the job with your own delivery service.

6.    6.  Meal Delivery—Plenty of people would pay to have the local fast food place, the local hero place or restaurant deliver a lunch or dinner. You can do it. Investigate food heaters and/or coolers to be state of the art or pack the meals in insulated bags.

7.     7. Inventory Service—How many times have you or a friend said, “Wow, I have to make a list of what’s in my home/apartment for insurance purposes in case there is ever a fire or robbery.” Who has the time to do it? Start your inventory service and market it to residential and commercial customers. A laptop would be a big help and a digital camera, but start small and build your business.

8.     8. Boat/Car Detailing: Car owners are fanatics about their vehicles and so are boat and plane owners. Investigate the products and start your own detailing biz. Check out Bill Rancic’s book, “You’re Hired” and read how he started his own boat detailing business.

9.     9. Small Biz Vacation Fill-In Employee: There are so many small business owners who can never take a vacation because there is no one to fill in for them. Many don’t need someone to run the entire venture, just be a body to answer a phone and be available if an emergency comes up. You can be that person and roam from business to business filling in for the boss while he or she is away.

1       10. Errand Service—If you’re organized and detail oriented, start an errand service helping small businesses, biz owners, harried single parents and just about anyone else get things done.

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