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Published on January 25th, 2013 | by Pete


5 Quick Business Ideas

In January, many of us are making resolutions about our finances.

Maybe you have debts to pay off, want a better work / life balance or are looking to build a nest egg.

Whatever the reason you want more money, maybe starting your own business could provide the answer.

While that might sound crazy in a recession there are plenty of low risk options out there. And you don’t need to give up the day job either.

You could find something to work around your existing hours and if it is a success, you could move towards gradually reducing your hours working for someone else to increase your own business.

Here are five low start-up cost ideas:

Get paid to party

Do you love meeting people and going to parties? Then why not host parties and make some money? It’s a win-win!

With companies such as Partylite, Phoenix Trading and even good old Tupperware you could be enjoying yourself, making new friends and earning some money.

With most companies you receive a starter kit including selected samples of products, catalogues and all the necessary paperwork to ensure your business is a success.

Avon calling!

If getting out and about is more your sort of thing then maybe it’s time for Avon calling! Whilst Avon Ladies have been knocking on British doors since the 1950s, selling cosmetics and perfumes, it’s now the rise of the Avon man with men making up 24% of sales reps.

One of them, Stuart McLean from Glasgow, is set to make £65k this year from one of Britain’s best loved companies.

Clutter clearing

Are you naturally organised and ordered in your own home?

Many people are not and they’re calling out for your services!

All they need is someone to go in and roll up their sleeves, work with them, take away the clutter and bring peace to their homes. You’ll need to look into landfill fees, but there is money to be made too.

For example old mobile phone can be recycled for cash with companies such as Top Dollar Mobile. All you do is check online for the price you can get, order an envelope and pop the phone in the cash. Within a few days you get paid!

But I HATE doing that!

Think about the things your friends hate doing – ironing, gardening, walking the dog, household maintenance, cleaning the oven?

Do you enjoy doing any of those jobs? Are you good at them?

If so, your perfect business idea could be in the making.

Be aware there are legal implications and you’ll need to look into insurance, but you should be able to start up a small business with minimal outlay.


Are you magic at maths, a natural wordsmith or a science boff?

Many parents are looking for ways to support their children’s education and they’re looking for private tutors.

You’ll need a CRB check if you’re working with children and you can also work virtually via the internet, which means distance, and even time zones are not an issue!

Here’s an inspirational story about a man who has been offered up to £1000 AN HOUR to tutor.

What about you – have you started a business with minimal set up costs?

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