It’s the dawn of the side hustle and almost everyone has one these days. But what about launching a real business? One that can take you from 0 to 6 figures in no time? And what if you have no money to invest?
It’s your lucky day because we have narrowed down the best and cheapest business ideas you can launch today for CHEAP or FREE.
1. Resume Writer
It’s a task pretty much everyone hates and a rare few are good at. Even if you think your resume is far from great, chances are someone out there will pay you to don there’s. As you get better and quicker your resume charging power will grow.
You could charge anywhere between $20-$100 dollars an hour, or a flat fee. Getting started is free and easy on sites like fiverr.com and upwork.com. Or, launch your own website and keep the money all for yourself! Advertise on Reddit, Instagram, your friends and family! Word of mouth spreads quickly. This is also a good side hustle and that you can launch while working your day gig and then build up into a full time income quick.
2. Meal Planning Service
Everyone loves food. Which means the target market for a Meal Planning service company is HUGE. Like our appetite!
It’s super simple to create a free website and start advertising yourself and your meal planning services. You can create a subscription based service where you provide a new meal plan each week (complete with a shopping list for extra value) or create a package of pre made meal plans for a variety of dietary preferences. Once you have these packages made it’s just a matter of advertising and then you have got yourself a nice little passive income stream that could turn into some big mullah.
3. Referral Services
Are you the person who your friends and family constantly call when they want to know a good restaurant, a decent house sitter, or a honest lawyer? Even if you have trouble referring that last one (oxymoron, we know) you could still make a decent paycheck if you made your expertise into a legitimate business. Here’s how we see it working:
- Start a list of business’s in your area that you want on your referal list.
- Reach out to the businesses and sell the benefits of being on your list
- Place ads on Facebook (local city groups are great for free publicity) and to your friends and family that you have this service.
- Soon enough you will have businesses reaching out to you to be on your list and willing to pay good money!
5. Extensive Travel Planning
While many may think that the “travel agencies” of the past are long done for, you may want to think again. Brick and mortar travel agencies may have a hard time surviving but digital nomad experts have a niche skill that those strapped with no time are still waiting to pay big bucks for.
The ‘wanderlust” influence of the internet is apparent everywhere you look on social media (yes we all want to be in Bali…). Young and old professionals alike are saving up their PTO to take extended out of country trips. The thing is, they often don’t have the time to plan an itinerary for a three week backpacking trip through Asia. But if it’s your business and you have the travel savvy you can make a killing planning these trips for them!
6. Child Proofing Services
Every family with a newborn baby or small child wants to provide a safe home for them. There are so many areas of a home that can be dangerous, from sharp corners to stairs. A childproofing business is very cheap to start up, but you may be required to follow certain state regulations, depending on your location. However, if you can get down a quick and easy system, you could easily take on staff that could do the dirty work for you. Or you could put together an Ebook instruction manual for new parents.
7. Tour Guide
Live in a happening city? Offer tours or sell guide packages. Set yourself apart by offering tours that speak to a specific niche of your community’s history. Some tour guides offer historical walking tours of their town’s most haunted spots while others curate guided foodie tours for guests to get a true taste of the city.
8. Product/Business Reviewer
Startups or individuals usually look for people who can write reviews for their products or services to encourage the audience to make a purchase. If you love to write and looking for online business ideas, then this can be a great option. You can either get started with a profile on freelancing websites or contact companies directly.
You can write reviews for them in exchange for a monetary reward by becoming an influencer. Even better, if you have your own website or a blog, you can write a post about their products. Its highly recommended to read some studies, guides & blogs before trying your hand in product/business reviewing.
We hope one of these ideas has ignited some inspiration in you to start something of your own! If you have never ran a business before or you think you may need to brush up on some existing skills before going global then check out the Willamette MBA program.
Or maybe not… Here’s a list of reasons why you SHOULDNT get an MBA.. h