110 Small Business Ideas With Low Investment Capital

Computer Programmer

This requires some technical knowledge and skills. If you have the skill, then it is a good business opportunity. While this startup business idea does not necessarily require a certification, a degree in computer related course will be helpful. However, we have stories of college drop outs who later became successful computer programmer. So, lack of university should not be a barrier to starting a programming business. However, it will be good if you first work in an IT company that specialises in your area of interest. Programming is essentially skill based business idea. To succeed in this stratup business, you need to constantly update your skill. If you want to start a programming business, you may need to specialise in a particular field. For example, gaming and entertainment software enjoy much patronage. You can easily penetrate market in these areas. If you want to go into a specialised software, it may be difficult for you competing with well established brands. The best you can do in this instance is to approach them if certain areas of their businesses can be outsourced to you. You may not need to open office so that you can keep your cost low. You can run the small business as a home based business. It is ‘high profit low investment business’ small business idea. Computer programming is one of the fast growing small business ideas in India. Indians are generally good in software development.

Computer Repairs

Individuals and small businesses including large corporation use computers. Repair of computers, both desktops and laptops, is a good small business idea you can start with little capital. If you want to serve corporate market, you need relevant certification. Though this is not compulsory, not having a computer related will make people look at you as an amateur. So, if you want your startup business to serve companies, you may need to enrol possibly in a part time programme where you can obtain the certification. Another alternative is for you to partner with somebody who has required certification. But I need to tell you that this is not a good option.

On the other hand, you may choose to offer your services to individuals. this option is the best business idea to start for someone with no certification. Individuals are only concerned with quality services. If you can offer solutions to their computer problem, you will remain their service provider. You can combine sales of computer accessories with your computer repair business. You can operate your startup business as a home based business but if you want to combine it with the sales of computer accessories, you may need to open a shop. Opening a shop close to where they sell used computers and laptops will bring you close to your potential customers.

Cooking Gas Sales

If you live in an estate-like environment where there are clusters of residential building in one place, sales of cooking gas is among small business ideas that can bring regular income for you. However, you need to carry out market research of the class of people living there. Sales of cooking gas will only be a good business idea if the the group of people living is such area are middle class. Low income earners may not be able to afford cooking gas. To start a cooking gas business, you can start the business in a small scale by investing in cylinders. You can sell gas-filled cylinders to your customers as well as empty cylinders. Let your customers have options for buying their gas. Some customers will like to drop their empty cylinder and just pick a filled one without having to wait for re-fill. Some may want to ensure that they go back with their own cylinder. Such people will usually come for a re-fill. For people that will like to drop their cylinders, you need to be sure that the cylinders are not leaking before accepting it. You must ensure you have fire extinguisher in place to forestall any fire outbreak. If your service is good, you will enjoy repeat customers. Therefore, sales of cooking gas is a good home based business idea that can guarantee regular flow of income.

Data Entry Service

Information technology provides many small business opportunities that you can do without leaving the comfort of your home. If you are computer literate and can type with relatively high speed, data entry service is among online business ideas you can do to earn extra income.You may need to constantly search the internet for data entry job opportunities. Data entry jobs present good small business ideas for college students, stay at home moms and people looking for side business to start. Good places you can get data entry jobs include Freelancer and Elance. If you are looking for this online job opportunity, you need to beware of scammers. Internet is filled with all sorts of adverts promoting data entry jobs. Some of them will even request that you need to pay initial registration fee. Don’t fall victim. Don’t disclose your sensitive personal information on any website you don’t trust. If any offer is too good for you to believe, this may be a red flag that it is a scam.

Dating/Match Making

There are small business ideas you might not think about some years back. Dating and match making is one of such relatively new small business ideas. There are singles, divorcee, widows and widowers looking for a perfect match. If you can provide a platform for these people to meet or interact and be engaged successfully in a relationship, they will be willing to pay you. This can be done both on-line and off line. To start a dating and matchmaking business, you need to define your target market as you cannot serve everyone. Your target market should be the group you can easily relate with. Once you have determine how you are going to charge your customers. Do you need to charge initial registration fee or you will charge for every successfully established relationship? Whatever your pricing model, the type of platform you will create should be able to support it. It is easier to measure the success rate of one on one appointment than when you organise parties for people to meet. However, if you charge your clients upfront, organising parties as a platform for people to meet one another will be more effective. The amount you will need to actualise this entrepreneurial business idea depends on whether you want to operate it as off line or online business. If you want to have online dating platform, the cost of constructing the website will be your main initial cost.

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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