Start a window washing business.
A bucket, some detergent, and a long handled squeegee and you’re in business. Market your service to homeowners and businesses – after all – everyone hates doing windows!
Do you have a computer and a printer?
Put together a weekly or monthly newsletter for your area, and sell advertising space in it to local businesses.
Garden service businesses always work well.
And are cheap to start if you already have a lawnmower and other tools.
Start a company that services and maintains pools in your area.
Most people will already have most of the equipment you need, like nets, vacuums and other items, so your only real outlay will be chemicals and test kits.
Offer a design and print service for calendars, postcards and other marketing materials for small businesses.
With print on demand companies now offering printing of just about any quantity, you can start this business with nothing more than a computer and some desk top publishing software.
Start a personal shopping service.
Plenty of people are too busy to shop for themselves, so do it for them!
Research affiliate marketing.
And start marketing other people’s products online.
If you’re good at sewing...
Offer a repair and alteration service in your community.
Collect a few of your favorite easy recipes and create a recipe booklet, or even self publish your book, and sell it.
People’s cars always need washing.
Offer a car wash service at people’s homes.
If you like woodwork...
You can start a cheap and eco friendly business to turn old wooden pallets into household items, or even furniture.
If you’re really great with computers...
Hire yourself out as a freelance IT technician. People will always need someone to help them with computer related things, and if you’re good at it, why not get paid?
Collect old clothes together and cut them up.
Use the remnants to create patchwork cushions or other household items.
Start an ironing service.
No one likes ironing, so they’re sure to pay you to do it!
If you live in a large city, offer your services as a freelance messenger.
Use a moped to deliver packages and documents quickly in traffic, and to make parking easier!
Start a sandwich delivery business.
Which services all the office blocks in your area.
Offer a packing service.
People are always moving home, and many rent their own trucks to save money. No one likes packing though, so offer them a cheaper alternative to professional movers.
If you have a vacuum cleaner, cleaning products, mops and brooms...
You can start a cleaning service for local businesses.
If you’re good at selling...
Why not offer your services to local businesses as a freelance sales representative.
Start a dating service or singles club in your community.
There are plenty of people out there who would love to meet new people, but have no idea where to start.
If you’re passionate about something, whether it’s fishing or dog training, start a blog.
Run Adsense and sell a few products through your site.
Buy and sell second hand or vintage clothing.
You may need to clean or repair older pieces, but vintage clothes are big news!
If you love photography, and it’s your hobby...
Offer your services as a special occasion or family portrait photographer.
Find magazines that cater to your interests.
And write and sell articles to them.
Start a business cleaning computers.
Computers that gather dust tend not to last, and most businesses have plenty that could do with a good cleaning.
Start a business that offers children’s party planning and catering.
Create a few fun themes, and charge a setup fee, and a fee per head.
Start a dog grooming service, where you pick up and collect.
Start off with bathing, clipping nails and flea treatments, and progress to haircuts and other services when you’ve built up the capital.
Offer your services as a professional house sitter.
Taking care of houses whose owners are away.
Make and sell wooden children’s toys.
These could be as simple as off cuts of wood turned into blocks and painted in bright colors.
Source cheap computer accessories.
Like flash drives, CD’s and DVD’s and other small items, and sell them door to door in your local business district.
Make and sell hand crafted beaded jewelry.
If you're really creative.
Start a catering company that uses your client’s own kitchens to prepare special occasion meals.
Market it to single guys or busy moms, and you’re sure to find plenty of business!
Start a typing or data capturing service.
And offer it to local law firms and medical practitioners.