What kinds of businesses can be started with only a $100 investment?

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  1. thranax profile image71
    thranaxposted 13 years ago

    What kinds of businesses can be started with only a $100 investment?

  2. Article Magick profile image61
    Article Magickposted 13 years ago

    Few that will last is the short answer. Although many will tell you otherwise online, the truth is that starting a business takes investment. If all you have is $100 to invest then my advice would be to work part time, maintain your income while building a second income slowly. Cashflow is King!

  3. treven65 profile image61
    treven65posted 13 years ago


    $100 is not a lot of money.If you mean online business you can buy some books and guides and inplement different techniques and approches.Hard work required but do not be scared it pays off.


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    Helpful Hannaposted 13 years ago

    What about selling things on ebay?  Many people make a living off of ebay and you can start out small.  Good luck!

  5. lesterd2009 profile image59
    lesterd2009posted 13 years ago

    Actually, you have a lot of choices, Its all about having the right info and doing the proper research, when I first started working online 3 years ago the first business I started online cost me $25, but there are some that are even lower than that.

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    Butch Newsposted 13 years ago

    Aside from a lemonade stand, not much.

    BUT... for $100 you can obtain a domain name and server space to start your own website.  You should learn how to write html so you can control the page yourself... get an html for dummies book.  It's actually easy to learn.

    Now that you have a website you can use that to set up affiliate programs which will allow you to put ads on your website.

    Now you need to generate friends on facebook and twitter, reddit, digg, hubpages, and anywhere else you can think of and try to promote yourself.  It can take a long time to develop traffic and you need something interesting on your web site... that is the big challenge.  Making an interesting web site.

    But people love animals and how to videos, so also sign up for youtube and make videos about your cat, your dog, or how to videos.  You can embed them on your website and if the videos are good, youtube will offer you adsense and if you get enough traffic by posting weekly videos you may become a partner.

    It's all work.  You have to dedicate yourself to the project and work.

    For $100 you can become a dogwalker, lawn and garder person, house/apartment cleaner or painter... and use the $100 for initial advertising costs.

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    reeltaulkposted 13 years ago

    any business that you want really, how bad do you want to succeed is my question to you.  Hard work, sacrifice, maybe even greed.  Call it what you like

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    amit kumar tanejaposted 13 years ago

    toy bussiness, because at everywhere is in chidren and there parents buy this toys ,sothe profit is also good

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    Teddy Fanposted 13 years ago

    I know someone that buys bulk lots of books from clearance houses or charity shops and sells them on Amazon and eBay. They get around 400 books for £50 ($75) and make a good profit every time.

    Its a start.

    I agree though with Article Magick, keep working a second job till you can afford to focus on your online business. It takes some pressure off you if you have a quiet few weeks.

    Final tip...hard work. No-one likes to hear it, but its a must to be successful.

  10. Wayne Orvisburg profile image62
    Wayne Orvisburgposted 13 years ago

    If you're good with FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc, you can start a social media management company. This is where you find businesses to pay you for keeping up their social media profiles.

    With $100 you could buy a book to help teach you more, get a website, and buy some business cards.

    It's a tough cookie to crack though.

  11. sarahbarret profile image61
    sarahbarretposted 13 years ago

    You can start the Lease Options Property Business; Sarah Started this business by investing £9.99 mobile phone. Now she is with a property portfolio of £18.3 million. Think about it before starting the business. To know in detail check out : http://www.propertyinvestment4u.co.uk/i … /about-us/

  12. toknowinfo profile image70
    toknowinfoposted 13 years ago

    Whatever you start, your success will come from finding out what people need and filling that need.

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    ukmasterposted 13 years ago

    To add to all the other answers provided, I would emphasise that minimum investment and time are inversely correlated. Sorry for the big word, but what I mean is if you have less money, you have to spend more time on researching. The same is true the other way, becuase you can pay for lot of research and engage other people to do the work.

    It does not matter whether you are investing $100 or $10,000. every penny counts and you dont want anything to be wasted.   

    The other thing is you need to ask yourself, what is your passion, as most of the time people make money on the things they love, especially entrepreneurs.   For example, if you are not the kind of person who love writing, making money via hub pages is not the best idea.

    List the 10 things that you absolutely love to do.  If you won't be able to start a business with your top 3, you can defnitely  start something with your top5.

    Sorry, my answer is not straightforward as others.  But you have to love what you are doing, else there is no point in starting a business.

    Good Luck.

  14. Mavis Nong profile image61
    Mavis Nongposted 13 years ago

    Although starting an online business doesn't require a substantial initial capital, I do think $100 will not cut it. You can get the basics set up such as domain and hosting and then you need more money to move forward.

  15. Darknlovely3436 profile image70
    Darknlovely3436posted 13 years ago

    $100 investment, only thing I can think of is flee market ....especially if you are good at finding the right items,
    then turn them into making a good profit, like old antiques ladies perfumes bottles.

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    ck_accposted 13 years ago

    It all depends on your qualities and skills ... Do you plan on focusing your effort towards a business that requires a specific skill which you need to learn first or not? Since you haven't provided much information to go on this is hard to judge. But from my personal experience I'd say that in fact any IT business can be started up with $100, at times even with less...

    As for the domain space and a website ...
    Although now I am sort of undermining my position as a person responsible for creating and managing websites I would argue, that it is not necessary to have one, at least not yet. In the beginning one can find Social Networks to be a greater source of customers than a website, especially when you don't have the muscle to finance some heavy advertisement campaign.

    But since I've got business experience only in IT area I can't judge others. If you've got further questions don't hesitate and ask wink.

  17. JMattingly profile image37
    JMattinglyposted 13 years ago

    What's your definition of a business?  In some states, just claiming your business a business by means of a business license will be over your $100 budget. 

    Now, if you want to make some money and get started, there's a ton of things you can do to get going, you've just got to get creative and use your resources.  Resources such as time, knowing the right people to get deals or "ins", or already having a skillset you can apply, will be very helpful when starting with this minimal of a budget.

    Remember it goes the other way too.  You can have all the money in the world and fail.  Say you have $100k and want to start a hobby shop in a high rent area, next to Walmart, expect high margins, don't have anything unique to offer, and have poor customer service.  Think you'll make it?  In the same respect, you've got guys out on the street performing banging on drums and dancing, and they're doing what they like, and getting by in their "business". I'm sure their drum sticks and budgets were well under $100.

    Just be patient, work hard, get creative, and don't give up, and I think you can make that $100 work for you.  There's been stories of people starting with $0 and made a lot of out themselves.  I'd say you've got a good start on those people, but it's up to you to make it.  Start shaking hands, kissing babies, buy low, and sell high, and you can make it...

  18. girimybf profile image61
    girimybfposted 13 years ago

    with 100$ you could bye some cleaning suplyes and start you own cleaning bisnes. and once you get enough moneny you can hier people ex
    but you cant do much

  19. Mithan415 profile image61
    Mithan415posted 13 years ago

    You could start a marketing company that focuses on Helium Balloons in front of stores (Pawn Stores, Used Car Dealerships). Your start up cost:

    Reusable Helium tank: $40
    Helium Gas: $15
    Balloons 250 (Printed with Company message ex. We Buy Gold. Car Sale). $25
    Rope for balloons: $10
    Flyers for marketing service: $10 (200 flyers)

    You charge 50 cents per inflated, printed balloon (With 10 balloon minimum per client. $5). You should make your money back with 20 clients who buy the minimum. I think most stores would consider a minimum $5 investment in marketing to be nothing compared to what they pay for flyers, direct mail, signs, newspaper ads, radio ads, banner ads. 

    Market to small independent store owners of Pawn Shops, Car repair shops, auto dealerships, ethnic stores, barber shops, beauty shops. Your flyer should have sample photos that show a store front with no balloons and a color photo of the same shop with balloons. Play up the $5 so you can get the client to try out the service and the you can market to them for repeat, weekly service.

  20. Kobus Hughes profile image41
    Kobus Hughesposted 13 years ago

    I think it all depends on what your interest is. Many paople have started businesses from scratch without having any money to invest. All you need to do is to make sure you have something that you are passionate about and that you have done all the research neccesary and you will succeed. Remember that success in any business is not cash, it is your mindset. Follow your heart and things will work out.

  21. 123chri123 profile image40
    123chri123posted 13 years ago

    When God asked Abraham to ask for anything,that will he get;it was a blank cheque handed to him.What did he ask for ?Knowledge.Go for wealth creation books,is,a goldmine.

  22. itech profile image64
    itechposted 13 years ago

    I'm running my websites without a single dollar of investment except internet usage charge and Can only say... You'll only gain enough knowledge but will end up finally in search for a  job as per your skills you gained.
    And all your social contacts will get ruined in these period...

    So, My suggestion is that take proper steps while doing anything... and may win the fight.

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    foreignpressposted 13 years ago

    Much depends on expectations, but it is possible. eBay has already been mentioned and it's a good idea. For example I specialize in selling vintage Banana Republic stuff I find in thrift stores. Good money in that. Craigslist is another idea. Go to the "Free" section and see what's available then sell it on eBay or CL. The idea is to slowly build until the income is stable and worthwhile. Obviously minimize your daily outlay of cash.
       Furthering  that idea, rent space in a boutique and sell your vintage clothing thrift store finds. Rent space (or share space) in an antique store and display your stuff. It has also been suggested to have several varied sources of income. For example, while selling on eBay also write hubs. For some reason, recently arrived immigrants have a better success rate at achieving low-investment success. It's probably because they see opportunities that the rest of us don't see.

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    humorloverposted 13 years ago

    You can start a website or you can purchase some item to resell.

  25. Information Ninja profile image59
    Information Ninjaposted 13 years ago

    Lots of service type businesses.  The list for those is endless.  You could also easily start an online business for $100 or less.

  26. Curtis Aron profile image69
    Curtis Aronposted 13 years ago

    I would say that depending on your technical know-how, a website or blog can be started with that amount of money.  I think that a lot of costs related to starting a blog or website can be reduced due to the money that you would save if you have the ability to do you own web design and such.

  27. vicky4227 profile image53
    vicky4227posted 13 years ago

    Online forex with some sites. You can also use it to host a personal site of yours for online business. Starting a personal blog site too. Promoting your affiliate links.

  28. truebluewriter profile image59
    truebluewriterposted 13 years ago

    Buy-and-sell would be something to look at.... It will probably be a bit slow considering your capital but it really isnt that difficult. Just find cheap items, ebay or amazon sales for example, buy them and resell them at their normal price....

  29. patdmania profile image61
    patdmaniaposted 13 years ago

    I started up a small pet store for 500.  Its a little more than your 100.  You can start any business you would like.  Buy from wholesalers and sell on ebay!  It takes awhile to build up enough money because you have to keep putting it back into the business to make it grow.

  30. profile image51
    jirehco1posted 13 years ago

    I will save you your $100's and then you can check out our blog it is free and it is fun.

    Enjoy it, it is free and you're more than welcome to visit our blog @ http://www.secrettoultimatesuccess.com

  31. Guy Collins profile image60
    Guy Collinsposted 13 years ago

    You can become an affiliate and sell other people's products online.

    - There are sites that offer free blogs.
    - There are free classified ad sites
    - There are free webmaster forums

    I would research my choices. Find something I feel comfortable selling - and then promote the product.

    As far as the $100 dollars - I would use that to promote my site, researching the techniques that offer the best bang for the buck.

  32. tinaweha profile image59
    tinawehaposted 13 years ago

    shoeshine boy or internet writing...which pays about 20 cents an hour.

  33. wereview4u profile image78
    wereview4uposted 13 years ago

    An ebay starter job is what you need to make money off 100 dollars, trust me i started with ebay, go on wholesales joblot....

  34. VivianClouatre profile image60
    VivianClouatreposted 13 years ago

    a cleaning business could be started with under than $100

  35. Right On Time profile image59
    Right On Timeposted 13 years ago

    self-help/motivational service

  36. homeincome profile image60
    homeincomeposted 13 years ago

    You can most definitely acquire valuable knowledge about internet marketing for less than $100

    In fact far less than $50 if you know how to go about it and where to look and make use of valuable free resources
    http://smallbusinessblogging.com/fast-o … ome-review

    Knowledge is the key not programs - Wisdom!!!!!

  37. kimbles profile image39
    kimblesposted 13 years ago

    Find yourself a decent ebook with resale rights, get yourself a domain name for $10 and web hosting for around $8 a month and resell your ebook.

    Go on ebay and search for used socks... Yes it is disgusting but there is a big fetish market for worn sweaty socks. Buy yourself a pack wear them while you are working on your ebook and then make yourself a few extra dollars.

  38. nthdimension profile image60
    nthdimensionposted 13 years ago

    Internet marketing can be started with less and $100. Let's assume you started with $69 to spend on training. Then you would need the remaining 30 for three months hosting. The $69 should be spent on the right SEO training to be most effective, since everything else can be learned for free online.

  39. profile image50
    shanewarnerposted 13 years ago

    If you have IT knowledge  than you can work on International internet marketing you have to spend only $50 To $70 for this business

    http://www.cellhub.com/t-mobile-cell-ph … black.html
    Motorola DEFY

  40. profile image0
    srambsposted 13 years ago

    Well I will go with the answer given by 'Butch News'.

    But there is also one more option instead of learning html code from books or internet. There are also many website who can let you design a free website using their free templates.

    I just came to encounter like one a fee days ago, named Weebly (www.weebly.com). I found it very easy to make a basic and good looking website.

  41. kennynext profile image76
    kennynextposted 12 years ago

    You could start an in-town delivery service using a bicycle.


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