Top Ten Easy Business Start-Ups

by Ryan Jones; Updated September 26, 2017
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Going into business for yourself. It is a desire and a dream for many. But one of the most difficult hurdles to get over is the barrier to entry, whether real or perceived. If you are struggling in this area, consider these top ten easy business start-up opportunities.

Freelance Writing and Editing

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If you have writing skills, you can make a reasonable living doing freelance writing. As your abilities improve, the rates you are able to charge will increase proportionally. Businesses and individuals are constantly in need of someone who can help them put their thoughts into words.

Child Care

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In today's economy, families are looking to boost their household income any way they can. That often means both spouses taking full-time jobs. But the cost of a traditional day care for the kids can be prohibitive. You can win a lot of business by offering an at-home child-care service for half the price of the competition.

Computer Assistance

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We live in the computer era. But a shocking percentage of people still don't know how to troubleshoot simple problems. If you possess even a modicum of computer knowledge, you can quickly become the local go-to person for home-computer assistance.

Website Design and Set-Up

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Everybody realizes they need to be on the Internet these days in order to compete in business and have their ideas heard. But so few know how to establish an on-line presence. Buying domain names, setting up hosting accounts and uploading functional websites is a relevant way to make a living these days.

Home Repair

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Are you good with your hands? From leaky faucets to overflowing toilets to broken roof shingles, small home repairs are always needed. Market yourself locally and become the neighborhood handyman.

Dog Walking

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Walking the dog was something your father made you do when you were young. Can you really turn it into a business? The answer is yes. Many people do. Those who have pets need to have them taken care of when they are at work or when they are away on vacations or on business trips.

Home Cleaning

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It may seem like a simple thing, but everyone needs their home cleaned, though few have the time to do so themselves. A small home-cleaning service requires very little start-up cost and will be in relatively high demand.

Event Organizing

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If you relish the opportunity to plan parties, weddings or other social events, you may have the makings of a top-notch event organizer. And an event organizer who can really get the job done can demand impressive rates.

Virtual Assistant

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With today's focus on outsourcing, most have heard of the various India-based virtual assistant providers. But some people like to have their assistants, even the virtual ones, a little closer to home. With very few, if any, job skill requirements, hiring yourself out as a virtual assistant is one of the easiest ways to go into business for yourself.


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Where opening a brick-and-mortar store at the local mall or shopping center has considerable barriers to entry, launching an equivalent online store has very few. Many people are already making a living selling things on EBay.

About the Author

Ryan Jones has been a writer and journalist covering the Middle East since 2001. He also has experience in online publishing and website development, often covering topics related to new technologies, business and health.

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