You know you want to start something for yourself. You just need to funnel your ambition and time into an idea that'll earn extra cash, make you proud and possibly lead to a full-time venture. Even better will be if you get that amazing moment when you say "I quit!" to your boss. But what great idea should you start?
From childcare, fix-it services, and party planning to business consulting, artisan manufacturing, and resume writing, there is a business for every skill level, interest and budget in our list of ideas you can start for less than $10,000. Some ideas listed here can even be started for less than $2,000!
These businesses can be started on a full- or part-time basis. Your location may be your clients' homes or businesses, a work van or truck, a small storefront, or even just a website. You'll advertise locally with fliers and coupons, cold-call potential clients, or set up shop with a website and online advertising campaign-finding customers will depend on the business idea you choose.
Each idea includes an overview of the business, a skill level recommendation needed to provide the service or create the product, ideas for marketing your business, and current average rates others are charging in this field. We've also included a list of resources for each business idea, including business associations, websites and books, which will help you continue your research should an idea spark your passion. Featuring a resource in this list of ideas is by no means an endorsement of the company or publication; it is the responsibility of every entrepreneur to make sure he or she is doing business with reputable organizations. Rather, these are the just first resources for your journey from idea to business ownership.