110 Small Business Ideas With Low Investment Capital

Pop – Corn Production

Pop Corn production business will thrive where there are heavy foot traffic such as markets, fairs, sport events centre or busy community gathering place. You need to learn the business before you can run it profitably. Pop corn is one of the low cost small business ideas with high profits. Equipment required to start pop corn business include production machine, popcorn kernels, high quality oil, salt/sugar,  butter, packaging materials, sealing machine and box/tray to display your gourmet popcorn.


If you have space in your yard, you can go into poultry. Rearing of chickens, turkeys and pigs are good small business ideas. You may choose to rear chickens as it has short payback period. You can quickly make your money from the sales of eggs. You can also decide to sell off matured chickens if you want to run out of cash flow. To run a poultry, you have to set adequate amount aside as working capital especially for feeding. One thing you have to take serious is the health of your chickens. If one is infected, it can affect the whole of the other chickens. This can result to a big loss. Even if you have the capital to start in a big scale, it is always advisable to start the business small. We classify poultry business as small scale business. I have just started poultry as a side business. Though I am still experimenting, so far so good, I can say that the business can be rewarding.

Private Library Service

If you have ever visited some of the public libraries or the libraries we have in some of our public institutions, you will feel disappointed. Libraries which suppose to be storehouses of knowledge are more or less becoming like museums because of lack of adequate funding. This makes the provision of private library service a good business idea. You will need to research the information needs of your environment before you embark on this type of project. For instance, locating a private library very close to a higher institution where there is no functional library can be a good investment. Students, lecturers and researchers needs books and journals which some of them may not want to buy on their own. Therefore, private libraries will be their resource centres. The quietness and serenity the private library provides is another side attraction. How do you make your money? You can run the private library based membership subscription. Some people may prefer to pay per visit. Therefore, your charges should be flexible enough to accommodate many people. You also make money by lending books.

Project Management

Project management skill is in high demand but it requires certification. Project management ranges from deployment of IT to provision of strategic coaching, strategic business planning and implementation and leadership development. The scope of project management is very wide. Therefore, you need to identify your area of core competence and ensure you develop yourself in such area. As a project management consultant, you can work for the government, large corporations, small businesses, other professional firms and individuals. However, you need to focus on the group you have resources to support. As a new startup business, you may begin by targeting individuals. As you are growing and gathering experience, you can later extend your services to larger groups. Project management is a business idea with high profits potential. Nevertheless, it is important that you only accept jobs you can executive successfully. If you do your jobs very well, getting customers will not be a problem. You can be sure of enjoying referrals from satisfied clients.

Proofreading and Editing

If you are looking for small business ideas with low capital or little investment, proofreading and editing fall into this category. It is a startup business you can run either as a full time or a part time home business. The service covers proofreading and editing of books, literature, website contents, articles, speeches etc. It is not only publishers that require the services of proofreaders. Your prospective clients include corporate bodies and students alike. Proofreading is becoming more competitive as a result of many freelancers that have flooded the market. For this, you need to be flexible enough in term of pricing. You may not have a fixed rate. Your rate will depend largely on your customer type. For instance, a student may not afford to pay what a corporate client will pay. You need to assess whether a particular job will worth the efforts before accepting the job. As a proofreader, you should have a good command of English. This startup business idea is good for someone looking for a side business.

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.

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    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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