Okay. You want to start a small business but you don't want to have to take out a loan or mortgage your house. And you don't want to spend months or years going to school before you can get your new small business up and running.
Here are some small scale business ideas that (just about anybody) could do:
1) Senior Renovations
Home renovations have long been a booming business opportunity to the extent that anyone who can pick up a hammer has tried to muscle their way into the market.
How do you distinguish yourself from all the renovation wannabes? Focus on a niche market.
Seniors needing renovations to make their lives easier and stay in their own homes longer is a niche waiting to be colonized. Ramps and specialized bath fittings are just the beginning.
Learn How to Find and Master a Niche Market.)
2) Pet Sitting Business Idea
Pet sitting make the top of my pet business ideas list because:
- a) there's an almost universal need for it and
- b) it's a very flexible business.
For instance, if you live in a suitable place out of town, you can run a pet sitting business as a kennel operation with people bringing their pets to you and dropping them off.
But that doesn't have to be the case; you can also operate a pet sitting business where you go to people's homes and look after their pets' needs. Or, you can combine a pet sitting business with a house sitting business and look after people's homes as well when they're away.
See 18 Pet Business Ideas for more if working with animals interests you.
3) Downsizing/Placement Assistance
The bulging senior demographic means that a whole lot more people are downsizing and moving, some by their own choice and others because they need medical and care services they can't get at home.
As a Downsizing Assistant you would have two potential markets; the people moving and/or going into care and people with aging parents looking for help finding appropriate accommodation and care services for them. Your services could range from finding suitable placements for people through physically helping people pack up and move.
More ideas for working with seniors: The Best Business Opportunities of 2013.
4) eBay selling.
eBay's popularity continues to explode. I personally know very few people who haven't bought or sold something on eBay.
But did you know that eBay is also a solid business idea? If you have a product that there's a demand for and that is suitable for being sold online and shipped to the purchaser, eBay may be the way to go.
It can be a more inexpensive option than setting up your own online store and eBay offers all kinds of information to help you sell successfully - including eBay seminars.
For more information on selling on eBay successfully, see 7 Tips for Selling on eBay.
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