Almost everyday for at least a month straight I’d walk into the office and immediately after my good mornings I’d complain about how dirty the door (which is glass) and windows were. I finally got sick and tired of it so I went to the store on my lunch break one day to buy a window cleaning kit. When I got back the office manager had a flyer on her desk and said that a young man had come by asking if we needed our windows cleaned. How ironic, right?! She had no idea that I’d just purchased a window cleaning kit. When I pulled it out of the bag she asked me how much did it cost and I told her, she giggled then told me that the gentleman gave her a quote that was less than the products I’d just purchased. Ha! Needless to say I had her to call him back and within an hour he was at the office and we’re now on his schedule for bi-weekly services.
After speaking with the gentleman I learned that like many, he found himself unemployed and was having a difficult time finding suitable employment. Instead of getting complacent, he spent some time figuring out what he could do to earn income and not have to spend a fortune doing so. #Swoon! I absolutely love that go-getter spirit.
Mr. Window Cleaner got me to thinking and immediately I thought of 5 businesses that can be started with a $50 investment or less.
1. Online Consignment Store. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Declutter and make a profit! Many of us have the tools already necessary to start this business, (a) a camera, (b) internet access, (3) old and/or unused items around our homes and (4) family or friends with unused items that they don’t use. No to low cost online reseller options such as craigslist and ebay make entry into this business easy peasy.
2. E-commerce or Virtual Store. If you’re the artsy type … you sew, knit, crochet, etc, or have a hobby … photography, painting, jewelry design, candle making, etc., or you’re one of those people who can always find an awesome deal on clothing, open a virtual store. The tools needed to start this business are similar to the items needed in #1. Look to etsy as an online option for handmade goods & supplies, or if you want a little more sizzle to your virtual store, you may want to look at a site like shopify.
3. Social Media Manager. Seriously, there wasn’t even a need for this type of service 5 years ago but social media is a daily part of our lives now. Whether it’s a fad or the new way that we connect with friends, family, clients, associates, whomever, it’s here today. Many small companies do not have the budget to hire a full-time marketing staff, but they do have the need for someone to assist with their social media program. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Blogs, Google +, Website updates … there is definitely a need. A computer, your time, and a marketable way to get your service out there will get you started.
4. Window Cleaning. Hey, I can tell you that it’s working for at least one gentleman, and he can’t do all of the windows so why not get a piece of the pie. Not only can you offer this service to businesses, but you can also offer it to homeowners. I used to have home cleaning service by one of the national brands and window cleaning was not a part of the package. They did offer the service for an added fee, but it was a bit expensive to me, something like $10 per window, and I couldn’t see paying an additional $100+ for a one time window cleaning.
5. Vlogging. Have you heard of youtube (rhetorical question)? Well uhm yeah, it may take you some time to build up subscribers but there are people who make a decent amount of money off of their videos. If you have a decent camera or smartphone that records quality videos, access to the internet and a computer, you’re in business. There are tons of videos on how to make quality youtube videos, how to become a youtube partner, and anything else you may need to know. I’m personally a youtube junkie. Youtube is the new google, almost anything I want to know, I search for a youtube video. Find your niche and start making your videos!