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How To Start A Business On A Budget!

Updated on August 7, 2015

Years ago I decided that since I was a stay-at-home mom that I would start a business that I could do from home. I researched, bought books, watched videos just to find out that a lot of the home based business opportunities that claim to be available for people are really just some form of pyramid scam. I was amazed to see just how many of them that I inquired about wanted at least two hundred dollars to start something that I only wondered if it would work out anyway. I wondered if there were any real ways that I could start a business without any upfront or low start-up cost. I tried several things and with some luck was able to find business opportunities that do actually work with little or no money. I would like to share How to Start a Business on a Budget. Learn how I used free or low cost services to start my businesses.

Do you need business cards:

Purchase your business cards free at vistaprint.com. The only thing you will need to pay for is the cost of shipping. When receiving your business cards free Vista Print will use the back of your business cards to advertise their business but who cares, they're free.

What about a website for your business:

At webs.com you can create a website absolutely free with a free webstore where you can sell up to five products at a time. You can add up to five pages but if you want to sell additional web store items or add more pages you will need to upgrade your site and utilize paid services.

Business with low or no start-up money involved:

Avon Business

Avon being the oldest cosmetic company, over hundred and twenty five years old is the only cosmetic company that will allow you to start your business with the very low start-up cost of fifteen dollars. The products are very nice, and they self sell because the company has been around so long. Most people have purchased something in their lifetime from Avon. A person that sells can have their own online store absolutely free. I've been selling for them for them fourteen years now and I make a pretty decent living from home. Try not to think of it as selling because I don't do any door-to-door selling or bugging people to buy from me. I do a lot of vendor tables at various locations in my city. I pay no more than ten to twenty dollars a day for a vendor space. I simply pass out brochures and if people want to buy they will. If you would like to become a representative for them visit their official site.

www.startavon.com

Start an Ebay Business

Create an Ebay account and sale things you have sitting around the house or yard sale finds. Creating an account is at no cost to you and you owe Ebay nothing if your items do not sale. You have the option of listing fifty free items on their free auction or having your own Ebay store. The biggest thing with Ebay is to take a look at the auction and see what is selling. The items that you don't see people bidding on you know not to list on Ebay. Your money is paid to you through paypal so you will need to open a free paypal account at paypal.com. There is no out-of-pocket money unless you want to purchase items that you want to resale. Create your account and start selling today.

www.ebay.com

Affiliate Marketing Business

What is an affiliate marketer? An affiliate is simply a person that sells products for a company usually online and promotes their products on their blog or website or both. If products sell the affiliate marketer gets a percentage. There are some affiliate programs that will pay you if people click on the ads even if no sells are made. In other words you get paid for exposing their business. You simply place ads on your website or blog and make sure you have quality content because if you have no traffic to your site or blog then chances are you won't make any sales. You can create a free blog at blogger.com and use your free website at www.webs.com The Google Adsense program is a great program for getting paid per click. Amazon and Ebay are two great places that you can become an affiliate and promote their products and get paid a commission.

Here are the links you will need to go to in order to sign-up for their program.

www.google.com/adsense/apply

http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/affiliate-program.html

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/promo/affiliate-programs.html

Sale On Craigslist

Craigslist is another great place to earn a living with no start-up cost. You simply post ads and you can just about sell anything on Craigslist from furniture to cars and household items. Just a simple warning. Whenever you are selling on Craigslist if you are able to try to meet potential buyers at a McDonald's parking lot or Walmart parking lot in the middle of the day. If you can meet a person on the inside of a McDonald's or Walmart to sell small items that would be even safer. I would recommend taking cash only. To create an account with Craigslist visit their site at craigslist.com.

Free Lance Writing Business

Starting a free lance writing business is not very hard at all. If you are a person that writes well you can get paid from selling ebooks that you write from your area of expertise or from your hobbies like cooking or how to books. You can create recipe ebooks, or if you are a carpenter you can create a book on how to refinish furniture. Ebooks do not have to be long. Some are as short as twenty pages or they can be as long as hundreds of pages. If your book is very short then you won't be able to get more than a buck or two for the book. Once you have created the book make sure it is properly edited and changed into a PDF file. You will need to promote your ebook on your blog, website, or social media networks. You could also sell your ebook on Amazon as a Kindle.

You can also get paid to write articles online for HubPages, Triond. Ezine, and many other online sources. The best thing you should know is that you need quality content. Your content should be original, and something that is different. You can get paid from ads that are placed on your articles if those ads are clicked on and if purchases are paid from those ads. To create an account visit their site.

ezine.com

triond.com

hubpages.com

Online Consignment Store

Creating your very own online consignment store is a very exciting and rewarding way to start a business. You can do this from your personal website or from a Facebook account. I know people that have consignment stores from their free Facebook account. A free page can be created for your business and clients can pay you by using their paypal account. You will need to update the site or Facebook page often by adding new items and removing any items that have been sold. This is a great way to sell any items that do not sell on Ebay. Let the people who are viewing your page know that they can pay with their credit or debit cards through paypal adding a paypal link on the description of your page. So think of a name for your new consignment store. Sell other people's items on commission if you like and watch your consignment business grow. To create a website visit godaddy.com or vistaprint.com .

There are many ways a person can generate money with low or no start up cost. A person must be creative and professional enough to understand how to capitalize on what he or she already has and be able to utilize free or lost cost resources that are available. Not everyone has a business since but anyone is capable of learning. Not all businesses can be started with little or no money but many can. Do your research and find out the cost of starting up the business that you are interested in. Visit this site for free information on how to start up a business. http://www.moneyunder30.com/10-businesses-you-can-start-with-almost-no-money

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    • VictoriaSheffield profile image
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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      I strongly agree! Thanks for commenting!

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      Dana Tate 4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I really enjoyed hearing about all the interesting ways to make money from home. I have been thinking about Avon or Mary kay, but you are right, I think Avon would be good for someone with a small budget.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great! I am always glad to share!

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      writerjj 4 years ago

      Hi Victoria!

      Thanks a lot for this very informational hub. Am particularly interested on the online consignment store using FB and making an eBook. Have some experience as a freelance writer on both elance and odesk but the idea of making an eBook never crossed my mind. Would definitely look into this starting with your provided info / tips :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      thanks so much!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Victoria, this is a great hub, especially for stay at home moms looking to earn a little extra income. This is voted up and pinned!