Many people have the dream of working for themselves and running their own business. But too many people stop themselves because of one big reason: money.
There is a misconception that you need a large sum of money to start your own business. For some industries, this might be true. But it’s not a hard and fast rule for every business. Many people bootstrap businesses starting with close to nothing in the bank and you can too. For some inspiration, take a look at these businesses you can start with less than $100.
You can easily and quickly start a blog with some creativity, a computer and a free blogging website!
2. Etsy store
If you are crafty, why not try your hand at an Etsy store? Etsy is one of the most popular marketplaces for selling handmade items, clothing, jewelry and apparel.
3. Professional organizer
If you are an organized person and have a knack for straightening, tidying and organizing, stat a professional organizing business! Businesses and individuals across the world hire professional organizers to help keep their lives together. Usually you can start with just the cost of some supplies, gas and a little bit of marketing.
4. Social media manager
Dreaming of starting an online marketing agency? A great way to get started is by offering freelance social media managing services. You can sign up for a website like UpWork or Freelancer and start attracting clients right away!
5. Homemade foods
If you fancy yourself a chef and have a knack for baking or cooking, you can start selling homemade foods. Many women have started cookie, cupcake or cake business. You can get started by spreading the word or use a social media website like Instagram to attract attention!
6. Interior designer
Interior design is another great business that you can start with some talent and a social media page. Offer your services friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances and then take before and after photos and promote them on your social media pages to attract new clients.
7. Virtual assistant
A virtual assistant requires technology skills, time and a working computer and internet connection. Individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners and many others hire virtual assistants to handle tasks like website management, email, social media and other organizational tasks.
8. Holiday decorator
Consider yourself the queen of holiday decorating? Then turn your love for the holidays into a seasonal gig. This is another low cost service that you can easily promote through social media and referral marketing.
9. Pet grooming
This is a perfect business for a pet lover who has some space in or near their homes to pamper pooches! You can get started with just the cost of cleaning supplies!
10. Event planner
Event planning is another perfect women focused start up that requires little capital. You can usually get started with word of mouth and some low-cost marketing investment like business cards, a website and social media ads.
If you have photography skills, you can put them to use by opening a photography business. You can create a schedule that works with your lifestyle and schedule sessions or shoots when it fits. Many photographers use Instagram and blogs to advertise the marketing at a low cost!
12. Crafts seller
There are hundreds of ways to sell your homemade crafts. Whether you knit, sew, paint or do woodworking, you mostly need time and the cost of supplies to get started selling!
13. At-home daycare
If you love children, you can start an at-home daycare. The biggest expenses for this start up include a child care license and insurance. You also might need to invest in supplies, toys and home goods, as well.
14. Make up artist
Many make up artists have kicked off their careers and businesses by using social media! You can create a blog or YouTube channel to highlight their skills and attract customers.
Many calligraphers promote their businesses through referral marketing by connecting with wedding planners or event planners. You can also use an Instagram page to highlight your skills and get hired to write calligraphy!
16. Graphic designer
If you are already a graphic designer and have the necessary tools such as Photoshop, then you can get started immediately with you graphic design business! You can even design your own business card for free!
17. Freelance writing
Writers have a plethora of business options that they can start straight from their home with a computer and internet connection. You can start a resume writing service, website copywriting service, online profile writing service and many, many more!
18. Information products
Selling information products can be a highly lucrative business if you have a specific niche. For example, if you are a skilled photographer, you can sell photography tutorials. Or if you are a skilled graphic designer, then use your skills to create and sell Photoshop guides and lessons. Again this usually takes some marketing money and time!
Tutoring is the perfect low-cost business for teachers or instructors. You can get started with an inexpensive website and quickly spread the word though referral marketing or Google Adwords.
20. Direct sales
Companies like Avon, Mary Kay and Pampered ship use direct sales representatives to sell their products by hosting parties or selling them online. Starter kits often start around $100 and provide you with everything you need to get started selling!
For most of these ideas, the biggest investment is time and the cost of marketing your small business. If you didn’t see something you love, remember this is just a small number of women-focused startup ideas. If you get creative you can think of many more startups you can launch for less than $100.