110 Small Business Ideas With Low Investment Capital


In cities, it is not unlikely that you will find situations where the husband and wife work in corporate settings. They hardly have time to do any house chores. You will wonder how they handle their laundries. Of course, some people do that for them. This is a business opportunity for someone that have access to clean water. This startup business idea can be started as a small scale business. I know of two or three people that started their laundry business with almost nothing. They started by hand washing clothes for their customers. Before you knew what was happening, they were able to save enough to buy washing machine. But one essential equipment you must have is pressing iron. In most cases, every household has one. Therefore, laundry is one of the small business ideas you can start with no capital. You just need to leverage on your existing facilities. As your business continues to grow, you can then invest in equipment that will make your work faster and more professional.

Magazine Publication

Magazine publication is still relevant despite the fact that things have gone digital. This is even an advantage to magazine publication companies. They can have both print and online versions of their publication. To succeed in magazine publication, you need to create a niche for yourself. The niche should target audience that are large enough that will warrant the publication in economic quantity. You should have a good arrangement in place for the circulation of the magazine. Magazines are usually sold through direct sales and by subscription. The more people you have on your subscription list, the more predictable your income. If your magazine is rich in content coupled with the use of quality print materials, you will make money from this startup business idea. Your income will come from sale of the magazine, sponsorship and advertisement.

Maid Services

I mentioned that some corporate individuals are so busy that they don’t have time to do house chores. Such people need somebody to assist them at home. They are not just looking for someone who will come and go. They are looking for someone who can stay with them so that he or she can be available at all times. But there is a risk involved. There have been incidents where maids cart away the personal effects of their employers. Therefore, people are being careful about hiring a maid. If you are trusted within your community and you can get trusted individuals to hire as maids, you can set up a business that provides maid services. But you need to ensure that you obtain permits and work within the dictates of the laws and regulations.

Make-up Artistry

Make-up artistry is another home based business idea. If you are a good make-up artist, you don’t need to look further for small business ideas that can earn you extra income.   In cities, several weddings occur every weekend. Of course, every bride wants to look good on their wedding day. They need professional make-up artist to do this job. This service is not limited to the bride only, it can be extended to the members of the bridal party. If you really wanted to maximize your income potential, you can suggest that the bride book a trial so that she can see how she will look on the wedding day. Most brides will welcome this idea and this will attract additional fee. You don’t need tons of cash to start this startup business ideas. In fact, this is one of the small business ideas you can start with low investment. What you need most is the make-up kit. You can recoup the costs of your make-up kit within the first two weddings. Although you can decide to open a shop but the business can be operated from home. The market is mainly dominated by female gender. Therefore we group this among small business ideas for women. It is really a good side business idea to earn extra income.

Market Research

Experts usually advise that people should carry out market research before they invest in any business or venture.The market research can be primary research or secondary research. The truth is that many people don’t know how to conduct market research. The few that understand the process may not have time to do this. With many people starting small businesses today, the potential for market research business is very high. If you can offer a variety of business intelligence solutions to solve small businesses challenges, this can be a good business idea for you. Small business owners are seeking for individuals who can help them research their industry and competitors. They like to determine the size of their target market and want to know their customers. You may not need to wait for any client before you start this business idea. You can conduct extensive research on a particular industry and then sell the report to interested people such as small business owners and consultants. What you need the most is the skill and experience to conduct the market research. You will need a website for this type of business. Nevertheless, we still categorise this startup business idea among small business ideas one can start with little capital.

42 thoughts on “110 Small Business Ideas With Low Investment Capital

  1. Dear all,
    I want to start a business at Madurai.
    Please suggest me what kind of business to be starting the same.

    M. Thangapandian

    • Hi Thangapandian,

      Thanks for visiting our website. It is difficult for me to suggest any particular business idea to you. For us to meet the needs of various people, we needed to come with this long list of small business ideas. I believe there should be one that will suits your situation.

    • Hi, kindly read through the small business ideas listed and choose anyone you are comfortable with.

  2. Brilliant ideas, love your concepts but I can’t seem to wrap my head on the best concept to start off a small business with a growth potential in a campus setting in Kenya please advise if possible.

    Yours truly
    Richard Njogu

  3. I m in Gurgaon I want to satart business so suggested me which kind of business i start.i have a shop 10 square yards. plzzz suggest me.

    • I have already suggested some small business ideas in the article. Read through and see which one can suit you.

    • I will suggest you keep reading our articles and perhaps other articles from other websites. You can get an idea that appeals to you.

  4. Search engine optimisation has become a tainted business, because the work is technical it is best done by
    people who have studied the business and have experience, this can be quite rare with modern marketers though

  5. Sir.. i want to start a new network marketing company . Is it illegal..??.
    And another doubt is what kind of products can i sell.. Plz give an example.
    With regards.

  6. I’ve completed Bsc.computer science and im looking forward to start a business with low investment. Give me so ideas

    • I can only suggest small business ideas but you have the responsibility to decide on the ones that suit you.

  7. Good options provided, which helps viewers to understand the things around and understand their interest which can be transformed to be revenue generating idea — Keep it up …!!!

    • Thank you Jaffery. I hope you were able to locate a suitable one from the list of the small business ideas in the article

    • The amount of capital needed to start your chips business will depend on some factors such as the location of your business and the scale at which you want to start. However, some of the small business ideas covered in this post can be started with between $1,000 and $10,000

  8. hi, im sudheesh, from india, and im a finished my graduate this year. now im thinking about starting a own business with a low capital budget. i would like to perform within marketting and financial areas. give me some suggessions and ideas about my wish.

    • Hi Sudheesh,

      Starting your own business is a good decision. It is also good to note that you can identify your areas of interest. Meanwhile, I want to advise that you don’t need to wait till the time you’ve graduated before you start working on your business ideas. You can use this period to conduct both primary and secondary researches about your business ideas. This will enable to decide whether the ideas are worthwhile. School is also a good place to network and also acquire some skills which can help you in the future. Your friends and colleagues may be your first customers when you eventually start your business.

  9. Wow, I wonder how you found so many business ideas 🙂
    apart from buying and selling on ecommerce, there is one more thing called b2b web portal. Since all the services are free of cost, you can either buy, sell or trade offline via online listing information provided there on. Happy Business

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