Ideas Under $2000 – R to Z (10898 words)
If you love music, are confident, outgoing and have an eye for trends, set up a DJ business with a distinct and marketable style. Record some good mix sets and promote your work via Soundcloud, social media and free gigs to build experience and contacts.
Find out more below.
Recreational Diving Instructor
Although it sounds like the dream job, getting the right certifications and insurances to teach requires you to be an open water, advanced and rescue diver. Unlike the myth of sunny days living in paradise, the reality is lots of responsibility for humans and the marine world, hard work and long hours. But it provides a sense of freedom and wonder like no other business.
Dive into the details below.
Environmental laws now require most homeowners to separate recyclable waste like paper, glass and plastic from the rest of the garbage. Provide a service (charging per item or a flat fee plus travel) to pick up and recycle residential items like batteries, televisions, cooking appliances, old laptops and cellphones.
Pick up the best way to start a recycling business in the links below.
If you have the skills, experience and training in this specialist area, start an online and/or offline relationship coaching business where you teach your patients/customers how to deal with conflict, build trust and learn to communicate to reconnect and build a future.
Learn more about starting a relationship advice business below.
Renewables energy sales
As eco friendly, green living becomes more popular (and cheaper) than standard energy types, start a business selling renewable energy products and services either directly or as an affiliate.
Determine the type of renewable energy program you want to develop and check out the business licences, permits and education / certifications you require.
Research, Data Analytics and Summaries
Customer information is becoming increasingly critical to the entire customer journey and almost every business has large amounts of data that could significantly improve business performance.
If you’re a numbers person, a researcher or just someone who’s able to use IT to mine and process large amounts of data, start a research and data analytics business to help businesses predict future trends or improve personalization to improve customer experiences.
Residential and Commercial Cleaning
The residential and commercial cleaning industry is very large and competitive but there are still opportunities if you can find a unique market or point of difference in your service, for example, a 24/7 service, guaranteed services, event cleanups or new housing developments.
Clean up by researching the opportunities below.
Surprisingly, there are still hundreds of thousands of people who don’t know how to create impactful, unique, colourful CVs or resumes that really stand out or how to write compelling cover letters to apply for their dream jobs.
Use your editing, copywriting and design skills to start a resume (CV) writing business that really helps candidates get interviews because of stunning CVs and cover letters. Market your services through your own website or through companies such as Freelancer, Upwork or 99Designs. Learn more below.
Retail Carts and Kiosks
Rather than invest tens of thousands of dollars in a traditional retail location with high costs, start by renting or buying your own upmarket retail cart or kiosk in a shopping mall, entertainment or sports venue, tourist destination or a central square in a major city or town.
Startup costs vary depending on the merchandise you’re selling but you can start with as little as $2,000. Depending on your location and product, you may need permits and insurance.
Based on your investment, you can sell anything from expensive perfume and beauty treatments to hot dogs and the only things you need to be successful is to have an extrovert personality to engage passers by and the ability to create eye catching displays.
Find out more about starting a retail cart or kiosk business below.
Whether its’ old school mates or alumni groups for companies, universities or organizations, use your organizing skills to project manage reunions.
You’ll be involved in creating and agreeing the agendas, coordinating all the events, activities and entertainment, catering and invitations to make sure the event is successful and you’re invited back to do the next one.
Find out how to set up a reunion organizer business below.
Robotics and Drone repair / service
The latest technologies in robotics and drones have created one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with commercial and private drones and robots being used for a huge variety of applications.
And everyone has a crash sooner or later. Assuming you have the engineering, mechanical, software and hardware skills, setting up a repair service ought to be easy!
Sales Consultant (Independent)
Any company has very little to lose by hiring an independent sales consultant who can become the highest earners. Depending on the type of company, rather than investing in salaries, employers will pay commissions on sales which could be upto 50% of the sales value.
It’s a low risk for employers because you would provide all the transport, equipment and bear the cost of generating leads. After you’ve had the training, the company would assign you a territory, product range and services and the rest is up to you.
If you’re determined, self motivated and have an engaging personality, this could be a low cost way of earning large revenues depending on the industry you choose.
Start an independent sales consultant business from the resources below.
Sales Lead Generator
If you don’t want the responsibility for finding and closing sales deals but enjoy dealing with people, provide a service identifying prospects and creating good sales leads for salespeople who will then close the deals.
If you’ve had experience of working for a sales lead generation company, you’ll be familiar with creating phone, email or customer contact leads using software. You can buy a cloud based software to get started.
If you’ve had practical experience in using different types of scanning equipment to do things like document scanning, digital archiving, photo image scanning or document indexing and retrieval, then this would be an ideal business for you.
Depending on which area you wanted to focus on, you will need formal training to understand how document scanning, indexing and retrieval works, the latest technology functionality and cost and the types of customers who use these services.
Scan the links below to find out how to start a scanning service.
Seamstress or Tailor
A niche business that works really well for expensive, delicately designed clothes or designs that require highly crafted, detailed alterations, new creations and resizing.
Create your seamstress or tailoring business from the resources below.
Sell homemade products online
In a world of commercialized, standard offerings, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could produce unique, personalized, made to order, value added items?
You could design, produce and sell anything for the home such as uplighters, clocks, picture frames, art installations, furniture and home accessories.
Find out how below.
Sell and buy websites
There are many reasons that individuals and businesses don’t want to continue with their websites even though they may have active lists, customers and sales.
You can earn commissions on selling websites and place bids on others that you can improve and resell.
Check out the links below to discover how to do this.
Senior Care Provider
As the baby boomers and generation Xer’s start aging, the senior care market is expanding across many variations, from in home care to senior residences requiring assistance.
You could provide a variety of services ranging from catering, cleaning, collection and deliveries, driving and entertainment / companionship.
Find out more about starting a senior care business below.
Session musicians provide backing music to support other artists on live or recorded performances. You are paid per track or per performance and your work will involve travelling on tour, practicing with the artists and performing when required.
You don’t need a degree in design to be a shoe designer, just a real passion for design in footwear based on inspiration, a deep understanding of techniques you can learn on design courses and perseverance.
Once you’ve found a mentor, mastered Adobe Illustrator and built a portfolio, you’re ready to start out on your own and stun the fashion world with your innovative designs.
Find out more below.
Shoe Repair and Shine
A simple business to create an operate, the shoe repair business can be started as a home business or a franchise in a busy mall. In a market with decreasing prices, the shoe repair business works for luxury and uniquely designed footwear that requires tender loving care.
Brush up below on what’s required.
(Silk) Flower Arranger
Each year, millions of flowers are purchased for a variety of events and your new flower arranging business could specialize in silk or real arrangements for wedding and event planners, designers and interior decorators. Specialize in unique designs for events and groq your business from there.
Learn more below.
Singer / Songwriter
Writing lyrics and tunes for hit songs, either alone or in collaboration with other songwriters. Build your network while you write, promote and play your songs. It’s important to keep practicing and publishing.
Small Engines Repairer
Small engines are everywhere! From lawn mowers to pumps, go karts and refrigeration, there are myriads of small engines that need to be repaired. If you’ve got advanced engineering skills and the necessary skills and experience, specialize in providing unique services such as custom work, additional services such as drilling, inspections and welding.
Powersports such as ATVs, jetskis and go karts are profitable niches.
Motor down to the research below to fine tune your repair startup.
Smartphone and tablet repair specialist
The ubiquitous smartphone is almost surgically attached to our hands but try having one fixed at short notice. Finding a repair shop is the first hurdle, followed by expensive repair bills.
If you have the skills to repair smartphones and tablets, differentiate your service by creating a retail cart or kiosk, do house calls, collection and delivery and maybe even a 24/7 service.
I’ve added a large list of resources below for the various smartphone repair startup options.
Snow and Ice Removal Service
Clearly a seasonal business but depending on where you live, this could be a high demand business during winter. Commercial and residential properties require a speedy, efficient and optimized service that reduces disruption and improves safety. You can start with very little equipment if you don’t already own a snow plough!
Learn how below.
Soap and Spa Products Manufacturer / Distributor
Handmade, quality, organic soaps and spa products are a market worth $6 billion in the USA alone and if you can produce and sell personalized products into your niche, you’ll soon build a thriving business.
Choose your niche, research the products and test the market by taking part in local trade fairs and retail malls to determine interest and feedback.
Use natural and plant oils, packaging for environmental reasons as well as higher margins.
Find out more through the links below.
Social Media Consultant
If you’re one of those gen Y kids who’s really good at navigating around the social media network and want to set up on your own, then follow the guidelines below to set up a successful social media consulting business:
- Do the first few assignments for free to learn how their customer funnels are set up and where the opportunities are.
- Make a note of what’s working and not working and how long tasks take
- Set up a metrics dashboard to track your results (the only way to get paid!)
- Test different elements until you know the routines
- Set up your own business website and social media campaign to build authority, credibility and learning.
- Build a network of other social media consultants to refer business, learn and build expertise and contacts. They are not competitors.
Get more information on starting a social media consulting business below.
Becoming a sommelier creates opportunities ranging from advising individuals and restaurants on selecting and stocking the optimum wine labels to teaching, organizing and running specialist wine tastings on behalf of premium wine makers.
This business depends on you obtaining the necessary certifications and experience before you qualify for a sommelier’s certificate, so be prepared to spend at least 2-3 years learning.
More details below.
If you’ve got a lot to say and can say it well, start promoting yourself as a speech writer.
There aren’t many formal courses, so choose your niche, prepare a few speeches for your portfolio including recordings of people in your network presenting your speeches (for free) and write for publications to build your brand.
Discover the opportunities available below.
Sports Coach / Instructor
Define your niche and level that you want to coach at, whether it’s boxing, skiing, football, cricket or baseball. Be clear about what services you’ll provide.
Stewards, Entry Security and Door Supervision
With concerns about security and terrorism on the rise, public events, businesses and entertainment organizations are all beefing up their security both with technology and human protection.
Most countries require you to be licensed and insured before you can start trading.
In addition to being physically fit, confident and having the ability to remain calm in difficult situations, you need to be alert in your responsibility for entry and security inside your building or event.
Open a Security and Door Supervision Business by using the resources below.
Stress Management Counselor
Despite rapid technology advances, increased workloads, anxiety and life complications have resulted in increases in stress related health issues at varying levels right across the modern world.
Start a stress management practice aimed at individuals or corporate clients and build on the personal or class training by creating programs that you can sell digitally.
Learn how to become a stress management counselor below.
Surveys and Questionnaire Consultant
If you’ve gained experience in a research or PR business in assessing needs and designing surveys, carrying out research and analyzing results, this could be an excellent business to start.
Select an industry or niche and refine your offering to cover data gathering, customer opinion and satisfaction, focus groups and specific market analysis for defined projects.
You will need specialized software, MS Office products and analytical skills.
Read more below.
If you’re not worried by the counter culture stereotypes of the tattoo industry, then use your artistic tattooing skills to create genuine and dramatic impact on your customers. Literally.
The industry is estimated at nearly $2 billion in the USA but income estimates seem to be around the $50,000 a year bracket for experienced artists.
Start your own tattoo artist business by using the resources below as a guide.
Sounds gruesome but a real niche market that uses artificial as well as conventional materials for preservation. Depending on where you are based, you may need formal training, licences and certifications.
Learn more below.
Taxi Driver, Chauffeur or Uber Driver
In a highly competitive industry that competes on lowering prices because the barriers to entry are so low, create a business that stands out from the others by providing a personalized service to a defined target market, e.g. a chauffeur service for executives to and from work, the airport trip and picking up family and groceries.
Learn more below.
Tax Preparation Service
The ideal business to start if you have a solid and deep understanding of the tax system in your country. You need to have formal training and qualifications, adhere to rigorous and extensive compliance and tax legislation in order to obtain a practicing certificate.
When you’ve overcome the legal and compliance hurdles, you will also need the required software and meet the requirements of the tax authorities in order to become an authorized provider of tax statements.
Pull out as much information as you can about starting a tax preparation service from the links below.
Telephone airtime network sales
This is a low margin, high volume business that requires a lot of business development and customer service. There are still plenty of people who don’t have fixed or mobile contracts and want the convenience of having flexible airtime. You can sell airtime through your laptop, vouchers or even vending machines!
Learn more about an airtime network business startup below.
Telemarketing and telephone answering service
All you need is a telephone, excellent telephone personality and communication skills to provide a personalized customer support or telemarketing service.
Your services could cover a number of areas such as telephone answering, call forwarding, after hours customer support, dealing with both inbound and outbound sales calls and covering for personnel.
Research indicates that on average, a client will pay $150-$200 per month so you only need a dozen clients to begin to earn a reasonable income.
Explore the options below.
If being a ticket broker is legal in your area, then start a business buying and selling tickets for shows, events and seminars either directly or as a reseller.
According to Wiki How, a trademark agent is a person who is qualified to act in matters involving trademark law and practice and provide legal advice on trade mark and design matters (Wiki How).
Open a practice dedicated to processing trademark applications for businesses and organizations who can’t afford the premium rates charged by large, specialist firms.
Discover more about starting a trademark application business below.
Translation Service Provider
If you’re good at languages, start a foreign translation service for presentations, corporate documents, recordings and user manuals as a small example of the opportunities available.
Learn more below.
Create an income stream by teaching your specialist skills in a number of different ways – in formal classes, home based or digitally. Establish your business by charging reasonable rates and increase them as you achieve success through your students’ achievements.
You may require insurance and security checks if you’re working with children. Learn more about setting up a tutoring business below.
USED AND SPECIALIST BOOK SALES
Set up a collection service for buying and selling used, new and rare editions of books in specialist categories. You can include other related items for sale such as old maps, cheaply priced books and rare collections.
Read more below.
Used Equipment sales and rentals
To avoid being left with expensive inventory, before you start a used equipment sales and rental business, be clear about your customers’ requirements, how much they’re prepared to pay and whether you have the working capital to fund purchases.
Create partnerships with local companies to take on items that you can resell, either on an affiliate or purchase basis. Learn more below.
User testing service
Hundreds of companies launch new software products every day and testing to iron out all the errors and bugs is one of the biggest challenges they face. Setting yourself up as a tester is a lucrative way of earning income as there is frequent and ongoing demand as new versions and updates are rolled out.
Test your knowledge of setting up a user testing business below.
Utility Auditing Service
Utility costs for businesses are consistently overcharged by the gas, electricity, phone and water companies who make mistakes on tariffs and usage. If you have a great eye and mind for small details, start a business as an Utility auditor.
You’ll spend your time reviewing contracts, usage patterns, bills and potential for discounts and savings. It’s a low risk service for your clients as they’ll typically only pay you on results.
This type of service can also be applied to medical insurance too and is largely recession proof. A calculator is a must!
It’s a myth that you require travel agency experience or training to start a travel agency business. I know because I started one without either and it went on to make $3.6 million in 24 months.
However, you do need to understand the systems and have destination knowledge for your target customers. Specialize in specific types of holidays and resist the urge to sell everything – it doesn’t work and wastes your time.
Build a proposition around the destinations, insider tips, excursions, restaurants and sight seeing excursions that make customers feel is personalized to them.
As you build your customer base and networks, expand your offering to related markets such as corporate, incentive and business travel.
Learn more about this exhilarating business below.
Vacation Rentals Broker
If you’re lucky enough to live in, or near, a tourist destination, explore the opportunities for starting a vacation rentals business based on owners who rent out properties but don’t want to use services like airbnb.
The difficulties associated with maintaining long distance properties mean that many remain empty so build a business based on a revenue sharing model and adapt that to other related services like cars, boats or holiday equipment such as jet skis.
Explore the options below.
Opportunities exist at restaurants, commercial offices, events, hotels and convention centres for professional, well groomed and insured / bonded valet parking attendants.
Explore the options to start a valet parking business below.
(Viral) video producer
Use film making techniques and a variety of equipment (smartphone, Go Pro, video) to continuously film at events, conferences and meetings then edit to create videos that go viral with built in advertising (from You Tube).
You only need one video to go viral and your reputation, bank account and marketability will skyrocket, even if you don’t win the Best Director Oscar!
Learn how to start a video business below.
Excellent virtual assistants (VAs’) are coveted as precious resources who are trusted with all the day to day tasks that busy executives, professionals or entrepreneurs struggle with.
The role tends to be remote and works well when the VAs’ are bale to build open, trustworthy relationships with their clients. Your role could include everything from sending birthday cards and presents to spouses, paying bills, billing customers or briefing design projects.
Find out more about a VA start up business below.
If you have a clear, distinctive and articulate voice, sell your services as a voice over artist for radio, digital training and education, TV and video productions. Learn more below.
As a coder and developer, you’ll already know from sites like Upwork and Guru how big the opportunity is to design websites.
Successful web designers are technical as well as creative but is also very competitive so you need to constantly be up to date, delivering projects and marketing your business all at the same time.
Website and cyber security
Imagine making a call to a large corporation that goes like this. “We found some serious malware, trojans and flaws in your website that have got through all your firewalls. We know how to fix them”. As companies and individuals scramble to get the latest online protection, a huge market has developed for products and services.
Provide affordable solutions that provide instant protection to small and mid size companies who can’t afford the latest, expensive in house systems.
A wedding planner sets up and controls the creative and organizational aspects of a wedding and requires you to know latest trends, the best venues, catering options and the miniscule details of everything leading up to the big day and the day itself.
You will have to learn every detail of the business to become the go-to person for anyone planning to get married.
Learn more about starting a wedding planner business below.
Weight Loss Consultant
Depending on your interests, skills, certifications and experience, you can start a business offering individual weight consulting or group sessions. If you don’t have all the skills needed, partner up with nutritionists, fitness experts and lifestyle coaches to offer a whole service under your brand.
Find out more below.
Whiteboard and Explainer Videos
Whiteboard and explainer videos are the latest tool in the digital marketing armoury. They are used to explain and promote a company’s range of products and services. Conversion rates increase substantially as social media moves towards video based advertising. If you have the digital skills in design, animation and can use software such as Goanimate and Powtoon, then you can really cash in on a fast growing marketing marketplace.
There’s never been a clearer future for window cleaners! Unless you’re in prison, everyone has windows and it’s just a matter of making sure you have the right equipment, aren’t afraid of heights and can provide a friendly efficient service and you’re in business!
This is one of the businesses that thrives on a combination of reputation and local advertising.
Start by learning about a window cleaning startup below.
In an increasingly stressful world, many people climbing their corporate and life ladders need help with career, fitness and nutritional goals. If you have life skills, experience and a few certificates in nutrition and general fitness under your belt, you can start a business as a wellness consultant.
Develop individualized plans for health, career goals, lifestyle and weight loss either by personal consulting or group classes.
Find out more below.
WordPress Themes Creator
It’s well known that Google values WordPress sites for their structure and security and if you’re excellent at designing and coding, then use those skills to design new WordPress themes that you can sell on digital marketplaces. Learn more below.
Becoming a writer provides a large number of opportunities ranging from fiction and non fiction, freelancing articles, ghost writing, reviews and trade publications and “how to” manuals.
It’s a business that requires very little start up investment other than a good laptop and printer.
Find out more below.
Yoga is an enduring, fast growing industry that has a bigger market than spin cycling or pilates. Not only can you earn money by improving health, fitness, muscle tone and mindfulness, you can also sell trendy yoga accessories.
Learn more below.