How to Run a Business for Next to Nothing: Low Cost Business Ideas You can Run from Your Home
Teaching a Skill Online
Do you cook, bake, paint, crochet, knit or design stuff? Then teaching people these skills can be turned in to a business. All you have to do to begin with is set up a free or paid blog (in the latter case you would have to buy a domain name and register for hosting) or set up a website and link to videos that you can post to You Tube. Giving music or language lessons on Skype is a great way to go too.
Sell Designs and Patterns
I am a crochet enthusiast and recently I was looking for patterns for kids booties and I came across a range of beautiful patterns on Etsy. Not only can you make products and sell from the comfort of your home, you can sell patterns that youâ€™ve created and earn from all the hard work you put in to creating them. What a great idea!
Work for the Publishing Industry
With the number of people taking the route to self-publishing and the burgeoning growth of e-books I think designing book covers and even helping people decide on titles for books or editing content are career routes you can take and work via email.
Knowing a foreign language is an added advantage and you can get several translation jobs online or get translation gigs by setting up a free Facebook page. You can even sign up on Elance for freelance job opportunities of every type.
If you have a flair for language and love writing then there are always people who cannot write and are looking for people to write on their behalf. If you donâ€™t mind other people taking credit for your writing then ghostwriting is just the thing to try.
Creating a Platform for Others to Network or Do Business
Providing a platform for people who want to network or do business is another option worth exploring. Setting up a service like Shopo which is a market place for all things Indian, Afday another online venture dedicated to selling handpicked goods or something like GyaanExchange, a place on the web for people to list classes and enroll for classes in a variety of skills are all options worth exploring.