15 Easy Businesses to Start


Want to start a business but don’t have a lot of startup money or time to invest in developing specialized skills? Then you’ll want to have a look at this list of ideas for easy businesses to start.

Each is a business that you can start inexpensively; some can be started for nothing if you already have the equipment. Every one of these suggestions will let you start a business quickly—in some cases, almost instantly. And all can be operated as home-based businesses.

Be warned though; these types of businesses are not suitable for a “get rich quick” plan. What these inexpensive, easy businesses offer to the person prepared to work at them is a good living and, of course, the satisfaction of being your own boss.

  1. Pet Sitting
  2. Residential Cleaning Services
  3. Delivery Services
  4. Grass Cutting and Snow Removal Services
  5. Scrap booking
  6. Hauling Services
  7. ​etsy or eBay Selling
  8. Gutter and Siding Cleaning
  9. Event Planning
  10. Gardening and Landscaping Services
  11. DJing
  12. Painting
  13. Yoga Instruction
  14. Local Tour Guide
  15. Tutoring

There is also a steady demand for teaching people who aren’t native speakers of English how to speak and write English (English as a Second Language, aka ESL). Influxes of immigrants from West Asian companies means people who can speak and read Arabic will find there’s no shortage of work available.

Requirements: In-depth knowledge of your particular subject and an ability to teach it.

Variations on the theme: The demand for translators is also on the rise, especially for people who can translate Arabic and Chinese (Mandarin) languages.

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