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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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                      How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

                      How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

                      We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

                      It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

                      How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

                      1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

                      So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

                      Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

                      This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

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                      2. Become Goal-Orientated

                      It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

                      Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

                      Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

                      Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

                      You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

                      If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

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                      If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

                      Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

                      3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

                      The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

                      Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

                      Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

                      There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

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                      4. Never Stop Learning

                      The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

                      Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

                      Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

                      Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

                      Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

                      Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

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                      5. Think Big

                      While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

                      There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

                      Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

                      6. Enjoy the Attention

                      To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

                      Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

                      If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

                      Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

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