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10 Businesses You Can Start with under 100 Dollars

10 Businesses You Can Start with under 100 Dollars

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives in the areas of management, communication, business, or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What is one type of business that an aspiring entrepreneur could create with just $100 in their pocket?

1. Teaching

Shaun King

    What are you really good at? What do you love to do? For $100 or less, you could easily start a business teaching people how to excel at your greatest passion. I find that most of us are much better at one or two things than we ever give ourselves credit for. What we lack is the confidence to start a business based on our passions, but most great businesses start that way!

    Shaun King, HopeMob

    2. Freelancing

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    Elizabeth Saunders

      Without even having a website, you can find freelance work through companies like Elance.com. If you have skills in programming, writing, design, or editing, you can make money with little to no initial financial investment.

      Elizabeth Saunders, Real Life E®

      3. Consulting

      Andrew Schrage

        Choose an industry in which you’re well-versed and start a consulting business with a blog. You can purchase a domain name for as little as $10. Get some inexpensive business cards printed up and open free accounts on social media websites. Post relevant content on your blog and social media accounts, network with other professionals via Meetup.com, and watch your business grow.

        Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

        4. Managing Web Design

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        Matt Wilson

          You don’t have to be a web designer to have a web design business. Find people who want websites built and then find someone who will design them for cheaper than you’ve quoted your client. You make a margin for connecting the clients with the designers or managing the projects.

          Matt Wilson, Under30Media

          5. Vlogging on YouTube

          Erin Blaskie

            Now that you don’t need to be a partner to earn ad revenue on YouTube, anyone can start a channel, make videos regularly, and profit from them for a very limited investment. Don’t assume you need an expensive camera, either. Vlogging can easily be done using your computer’s built-in camera or a smartphone camera. Start vlogging regularly and see profits in your account.

            Erin Blaskie, BSETC

            6. Creating Information Products

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            Thursday-Bram 2

              If you’ve got expertise in a given niche, you can create an information product, like an eBook, with minimal cash. It will take plenty of time, of course, but you can technically create a whole business without expenses if you set up a free website. Personally, I’d spring for a domain name and hosting, along with a little graphic design work.

              Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting

              7. Blogging

              Robert-J.-Moore

                Some bloggers make a great living by writing strong content and selling ads. For well under $100, you can start your own blog online and build a reader base.

                Robert J. Moore, RJMetrics

                8. Programming

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                Abby Ross

                  Invest in a Udemy class to learn how to program. I recommend “Become a Web Developer from Scratch” – with a Facebook Offers coupon, it’s only $99. From there, the options are endless.

                  Abby Ross, Blueye Creative

                  9. Domain Name Buying

                  Aaron Pitman

                    An entrepreneur could start buying generic domain names for $10 and sell them to companies that could benefit from them. I started out this way, with 10 names at $10 each. This turned into a multimillion-dollar company that now develops domain names into living, breathing companies.

                    Aaron Pitman, API Domain Investments

                    10. Flipping Websites

                    Matt Mickiewicz

                      With a little bit of technical knowledge or some WordPress skills, it’s possible to build niche content blogs for a few dollars, and then “flip” them to a buyer for a quick, tidy profit. Blogs that generate a few dollars in revenue through something like Google AdSense or Commission Junction are particularly easy to sell through online marketplaces and forums.

                      Matt Mickiewicz, Flippa and 99designs

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                      Published on September 17, 2018

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                      With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                      So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                      1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                      It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                      You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                      So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                      2. When you want something big, wait

                      Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                      It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                      We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                      A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                      So, you get the itch.

                      You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                      Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                      Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                      Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                      It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                      The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                      3. Live smaller than you can afford

                      You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                      You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                      That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                      Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                      Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                      The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                      But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                      4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                      Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                      But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                      Create a grocery budget

                      Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                      Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                      I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                      Make a list… and never deviate

                      Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                      You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                      These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                      Eat before going grocery shopping

                      It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                      If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                      After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                      Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                      However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                      This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                      5. Cancel your gym membership

                      Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                      The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                      Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                      I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                      Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                      Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                      For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                      Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                      There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                      It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                      I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                      Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                      The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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