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Small Business Tips \ AUG 25th 2015

12 Low-Cost Businesses You Can Start Today

It’s a common problem: you want to venture out on your own, but honing in on the perfect business idea isn’t coming to you. Turns out, there is such a thing as entrepreneur’s block. 

The easy part is getting your business online with a stunning website. The hard part is coming up with the idea for your business. We’re here to help with both:

12 Low-Cost Businesses You Can Start Today

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Baked Goods with a Twist

Do friends always tell you they’d pay you top dollar for your amazing cookies? Do your family members clamor to get to your homecooked muffins before everyone eats them all up? If you’re skilled with a spatula, you could be sitting on a sweet business idea. But if you really want to corner the market, the way to go is niche. Providing sweet treats that serve the gluten-free, vegan, or paleo following audience will show even better results in your profits.

Ready to start your oven? Find your sweet website template here.

Web Design

Before you skip over to the next idea because you think you don’t have the necessary skills, let us change your mind. Meet WixEd, our very own education program for Wix users who’d like to start their own website design business. WixEd is entirely free – the only tuition required is your commitment and creative talent. Not only does WixEd teach you how to create beautiful websites people will want to pay for, it includes a rewards program as you grow your customer base. No experience needed, this program is a real win-win!

Here’s a great option for your online portfolio.

Vintage Furniture Restoration

Have a knack for making old things look shiny and new? If you get a kick out of the art of restoring furniture to a higher state, starting your own restoration business requires little start-up investment. A great way to begin is by acquiring some pieces that need some TLC, and then posting the before and after shots on social channels (read: Pinterest) and your website. With a little promotion, people will want their old arm chair to be your next impressive before and after story.

Once you have your before and after pics, add them to this stunning website template.

Birth Doula

Have a passion for helping others? Love the miracle that is new life? If you said ‘yes’ with enthusiasm, you might make a great doula. Granted, there’s more to it than just that – but it starts with these two principles. Getting certified as a doula requires commitment, but the payoff can be beyond rewarding. Note: if you aren’t ready to be on-call 24/7, this path isn’t for you. 

Here’s a lovely website template made just for doulas.

Pet Photography

There are plenty of people out there who see their pet as a member of the family. These same people would likely love to have some great photos of their furry friend, and may even be looking for this service as we speak. If you’re good with a camera and love animals, this can be a great direction to take. Get yourself some quality equipment and a few good photoshoot ideas and you will be in business.

Want to get started? Add your photos to this photography website template.

Custom Sneaker Art

The custom anything trend has taken off, and sneakers are high on the list. If you’re an artist, this can be a great way to see your talents take a step forward. With some practice and the right tools, you can offer a service that will ensure that someone’s prized kicks are one of a kind, while turning a nice profit.

Here’s the perfect website template for your new biz, just waiting for you to make it your own.

Bicycle Repair

If you’re at all handy, chances are it won’t take you more than a week to master the art of repairing bicycles. While some may argue this is a seasonal business, even if you live in the colder regions of our fair planet there are ways to ensure you stay profitable, all year ‘round. Connecting with competitive cyclists is your ticket to keeping your business going, even when it’s snowing outside. Be sure to read up on where the next cycling event will be so you can offer your services, and a nice discount for first time customers.

All you need to do is customize this website template’s text and images, and you’ll look like a pro.

Lawn care

If you think lawn mowing is a job for a 14 year old, think again. Lawn care goes past simply cutting the grass in the summer. As a professional, you can offer your services throughout the seasons – shoveling snow in the winter, mowing and fertilizing in the spring and summer, and raking leaves in the fall. People need these tasks taken care of by trustworthy adults and are willing to pay to make it happen.

Get your business online today with this website template.

Personalized Gift Baskets

Every time there’s a birthday, anniversary, engagement or other celebration, people are anxious about finding the perfect gift. Put their stress to rest by offering a service that not only provides them with a gift when they need it, but caters to the specific preferences and personality of the giftee. With some organization and online research, you can turn a nice profit by assembling a basket that might look like one hundred bucks, but didn’t cost half that. Start by displaying a few different starter baskets, and let people know that they can be customized to suit their needs.

Here’s a great website template you can easily customize with your own images and text.

Affordable Interior Design

People living in small spaces don’t usually choose them because they’re millionaires in disguise. Small apartments are usually the most in need of a designer’s touch, but they often don’t get it because interior design often comes with a large price tag. That’s why putting your eye for design to use in small spaces can pay off big time, if you’re willing to drop your prices to match the square footage. Quick Tip: Great before and after shots will go a long way in this industry, too.

Show the world what you can do by making this website template your own.

Personal Shopper/ Stylist

It’s not just about making people look good, it’s about providing a service for people who either don’t have time to shop, or simply dread the mall. If you’re an all-star shopper, you can make their lives easier, and they’ll be happy to pay you for doing so. 

Think you’re the right fit? Try this website template on for size.

Small Scale Moving Service

With a truck and a strong back, you’d be surprised how many people you can save the day for. When thinking of moving companies, most people think large scale – but what about when someone needs to move the washing machine they just bought on craigslist? Or when someone needs to get their grandmother’s extra mattress to their new apartment? Providing quick and quality service with a smile is a large part of it, but testimonials and referrals are also hugely important. Be sure to ask your customers to write a review of your service on your website or social channels. It’ll go a long way.

Here’s just the website template to get your business moving in the right direction.

 

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