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Ten Low-Cost Home Businesses to Start Right Now

Owning your own home business is not as difficult as one may imagine. Especially with the Internet and high-speed services becoming ever-present, there are more opportunities than ever before. There are many things you can do from home to earn money, but each of these can become real businesses that have low barriers to entry. As such, you can start right now with just a few basic skills and very little money to start.

Consider the following:

1. Virtual Assistant – A VA provides administrative or customer service skills to their clients from the comfort of their home office, using the internet and their computer. You can learn more at Virtual Assistant Forum.

2. EBook Author – Ever wanted to write the great American novel? What about writing simple and short “how to” books? You can do that today by writing books that you sell in PDF format on your website, or by uploading on the Kindle Publishing platform or multiple platforms using a service like Smashwords.

3. Graphic Designer – If you already have these skills, getting started is a no-brainer. Graphic designers are in demand and you can do it all from your own comfortable office, or with your laptop and easy chair. It’s up to you. You can get inexpensive monthly cloud-based software like Adobe Creative Cloud, so there is no big up-front expensive software to purchase.

4. Day Care Operator – You don’t need technology to provide childcare services, but you do need to check the rules and regulations for licensure in your state, city and county. It varies so widely that it’s impossible to know what you need to do to get started. Just do a search for your city and you’re sure to find some information. You can learn more at ChildCare Aware.
5. Social Media Marketing Manager – As a social media marketing manager, you’ll handle your client’s social media marketing activities. You may post updates, answer questions and more. You may or may not be responsible for designing graphics, and finding interesting things to share with the audience. You can learn more from Social Media Manager School.

6. Content Writer – There are many jobs for people who can write well. If you can write at an 8th grade level, you can find positions as a content writer online. A content writer writes for other people, and usually doesn’t keep their name on the work. Instead, they write the work, then sell it to someone else who claims authorship to it. You can get started learning about writing for money in a group like WriterHelpWanted.

7. Niche Blogger – Do you like to create recipes and share them with your friends and family? Why not take that one step further and start a blog? It doesn’t really have to be about food, but food blogs are especially popular. You can learn more about food blogging profitably at Foodaplenty.com.

8. Lawn Manager – OK, really you’re just mowing lawns, but this is a needed service for many. Many elderly people, as well as two-income families, just don’t have time to take care of their lawn. This is an expandable business too. You can start with just your own yard tools and then work up to managing gardens and more.

9. Amazon or EBay Seller – You may not realize it, but a lot of average people are buying and selling on Amazon through their FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon plan) or on eBay and making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. You can get started with the used stuff you have laying around your house. Learn more on Udemy.

10. Dog Walking – Like exercise, or love animals? You can turn this into a lucrative income opportunity. Dog walkers can earn plenty of money, starting at $25 to $35 per walk. You can charge more than that if you offer specialized services such as individual instead of group dog walks. It also depends on the area you live in. You can learn more from DogWalkers.com.

Before you start, write down the skills you have now plus how much money you can spend getting started. Then go for it. Don’t delay. The only difference between you and someone who has been successful is the taking action.

Thank you for reading this post, if it has helped you in any way, you learned something new, or have something to add, please be sure to leave a comment below.

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