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Eshita Porwal Date - 18/2/2018

Want to start a business but can't spend much. Here are the 20 businesses you can start with low investments.

1. Fruit Delivery Services

Falhari Fruit Delivery Services

It is not at all obvious for students, hostellers, young working professionals to buy dozens and variety of fruits for themselves on a weekly basis. Pomegranate-Melon-Kiwi are once in a blue moon feast for taste buds and so usually people end up buying a forever happy pair of apples and bananas, nothing more than that. Why not think of delivering something in this regard?

One such startup called Falhari is revolutionizing snacking habit by providing the best organic farm picked fruits at office desks and at home. They have roots from Hindu mythology and believe that Karma is above all. Falhari was established in year 2014 by Gulshan Sharma & Shantanu Singh. More than 1.5 Lakhs people have adopted a healthy habit through Falhari.

A service like Falhari not only keeps you healthy but is also a delight to tongue. Hygienically packed and delivery of fruit boxes at the doorstep can turn to be an apple for one’s eye.

Definitely major segment of customers will be among office professionals, hostellers and students. Surely you will have to find for supply of packaging boxes, some cardboard containers and fresh fruit supplier in your city. Just a minimum investment, even college students can start this venture and scale it profitably.

2. Tea Shop

Tea Shop

Just think of the most visited hangout places with your friends. We bet, a famous tea joint of your locality will definitely be there in your list. After all, every gossip takes the best form there.

Chai & More, a popular tea cafe in Bhopal suits perfectly under this category. A place crafted to recharge yourself with hot tea, light snacks and a small library for all the bibliophiles. It's foundation was laid by Amit Vasudev Adnani in 2015 and presently offers their services to 100-150 customers everyday. They promise to offer a perfect cup of tea every single time. Amit's idea to create a calming and engaging ambiance at Chai & more definitely makes it a place for all.

All the way from tea gardens to our cups served with hot tea, the tea industry has done exceptionally well over the decades. The small tea shop owners have come over a long way and have transformed themselves with the culture and trend. Besides a basic budget for renting a small room for space, the only other investment you need to make is on purchasing makeshift benches & tables and creating a soothing ambiance.

But what new can you add to it? Go for flavoured tea options/ Kulhaad chai and club it up with masala Maggi or some sandwiches or fries. You will surely meet attraction of passers-by. This business requires up to 60,000- 90,000 from renting up space (on a small scale), set up, buying necessities and hiring staff & workers.

Moreover, some light music like some striking guitar chords can entirely revamp the space.

3. Home Based Baking Business

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Love baking? Then there are a whole lot of people out there who love baked items! So why not profit from the love of baked goods by baking and selling yummy treats from the comfort of your home! There has been an increase in the baked goods business over the last few years and rightly so. It addresses your passion and helps you make money out of it with less investment.

Before you start, make sure that you have the right skills, knowledge about the ingredients, recipes, the supply of ingredients, storage, etc. Be open to learn and improve your skills. Trust us, there's scope for improvement always! 

Come up with a business plan, list out the baked goods you will sell initially, packaging and delivery details along with an initial marketing strategy. You can even start a food blog to promote your treats and can eventually earn out of that. 

So, go ahead, turn your love for baking into a home business!

Check out DazzlingDivi's Creations by Divya Bhatia and get to know from her more about home baking and order away your favourite yummy treats! 

4. Beauty Salons

Beauty Salons

Beauty parlours are one of the most apt examples for businesses with low investment. They have now become essential, even in semi-urban and rural areas. This is because it is needed by women/girls for their personal beauty care.

A beauty parlour can be started by a housewife/college going women for side business. The initial investment for a beauty parlour that is started at home requires about 50,000 for equipment’s and other essentials. But if it is started at a separate physical location, then rent charges count as extra.

For a low budget beauty parlour, the following equipment’s are an absolute necessity:

  • Furniture
  • Mirror
  • Makeup essentials
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair Accessories
  • Special requirement kit (for bridal, party makeup)
  • Towels, tissues and miscellaneous

If you don’t have knowledge of grooming, then getting a hired professional may be an extra investment that you have to make.

Another option available is to take a franchise of any established and well-known brands. In this case, your investment will be high but your profit margin is eventually rise due to reputation and goodwill.

5. Game Store

Game Stores

Game Stores or Gaming Zones are one of the hottest and trending businesses right now. The average range of consoles (PS4, XBOX) comes around 30,000 – 40,000 and an average price of a video game DVD is around 1500 – 6000. So, instead of spending huge money buying them, most people prefer spending 30 – 60 per hour for their entertainment.

To setup a good gaming store, you will need the following equipment’s:

  • Play Station 4 (PS4) – min 1 console
  • PS4 controllers – min 2 controllers for each console
  • XBOX ONE – min 1 console
  • XBOX ONE controllers - min 2 controllers for each console
  • Old Versions of PS and XBOX, which can include XBOX 360, XBOX, PS2, etc.
  • A wide range of new and old video games collection.
  • Minimum 3 HD televisions/monitors

You can set up your game store at your home or find a decent place in your city or town. Setting up snacks and cold drinks corner inside your store may increase customers as usually gamers like to eat and play. Adding a power backup to your store will be a huge plus.

It can take an initial investment of 1,00,000 – 2,00,000 for setting up your gaming store and you can earn around 300 - 500/hour on weekdays and 500 – 2000/hour on weekends.

6. Graphic Designer

Game Stores

Have you ever been fantasized by illustrations, designs or art? Or are you a hybrid between Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci? If yes, then this is the role you can kickass at. There so many things that can come out of being a graphic designer.

Let’s talk about you starting your own graphic designer business. The very first thing you need to look at is what area you enjoy the most. Is it illustration, photography or layout design? There are many niches to concentrate on, like –

  • Sales page/Magazine design
  • Business card /Brochure design
  • Illustrator
  • Art/Logo designer
  • Minimalist art designer

As a firm starting on small scale, it might be easier for you to specialize in one or two niches. A mandatory before creating clients is to build a profile. You can even upload it on Behance.

The amount needed to start this is minimal, as two major things needed are a computer system that can meet the requirements and a design software like Adobe illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop. Additionally you can add overhead and operation cost depending on the scale targeted.

7. Web Designer

Web Designer

In the same vein as a graphic designer, if you know how to design websites then you have a potentially broad client base including web developers (many of whom can build website but not design them).

If you’ve got an eye for design but no formal web design training, you can still break into the industry with little informal education from internet, full-fledged plan and a good portfolio. In fact, your portfolio is going to be everything – not your degree! Some tips are –

  • Gain recognition by building interesting projects and post them online or you can consider freelancing too in initial days
  • Also you can buy yourself a domain name for portfolio
  • Invest in SEO
  • Create social presence for yourself and follow the web trends
  • Send some emails to people that you think might need a redesign and attach your portfolio link with it.
  • Guest write at some web magazines, clients will be more prone to trust you.

This lucrative business can be started from 6,000- 7,000 onwards.

8. Foreign Language Trainer

Foreign Language Trainer

Indeed, the world has become a smaller place with the growing cyber ventures. Starting a cyber venture or offline classes that teaches languages is a new business opportunity. From ‘Namaste’ to ‘Au revoir’, being bilingual or multilingual can also help you to be more effective in career. Some essentials to pursue career in it requires –

  • Certification and good command over foreign language.
  • Medium of opening business – either online or offline

If one considers beginning online tutoring, then proper platform or an app could be created like Duolingo, which should be user friendly. Practically speaking you can earn anywhere between  200-1000 per hour of teaching but for offline mode one has to take a decent space to open classes.

Rent can vary from 10,000-20,000. Some teaching prerequisites – board, furniture, utilities, facilities, books, study material, library etc. which can cost up to 90,000-1,00,000. Also, some extras have to go for promotion and marketing. A must keep in mind – to provide a certified course to the students taught. One can also collaborate with foreign language institutes /universities in India.

9. Arts/Handmade gifts

Arts/Handmade gifts

Don’t you agree with us that we haven’t been noting those Archie’s cards making rounds anymore?

It is so because handmade card-making businesses have begun to spring up all over the country, with manufacturers making these cards at nominal rates. People are turning to handmade crafts for invitations, greeting cards, wall art and more, despite availability of machine printed cards. The lost love for handcrafted goodies and accessories have been regained!

Creative hands are starting their own home-based businesses. Many options of handmade diaries, envelopes, greeting cards, clay art pieces etc. are the latest trends.

You need to possess some samples beforehand and create publicity to attract customers. Also build a website or social media account that displays your work to gain credibility. Investment is required to purchase raw materials, presentation of packed items and in choosing delivery options.

Do get wonderful ideas from Ria Banerjee's Criar a 100% Handmade Cards and Paper crafts startup.

10. Independent Financial Advisor

Independent Financial Advisor

If you’re seeking to move out of your regular job or a rookie just out of college, then the dream of starting your own financial services firm is probably an aspiration of worth. Money, autonomy, convenient office hours; they all come as part of the package. You can also start this as a part time business. Issues to consider –

  • 1. Licensing /Training -
    Earn a professional designation such as certified financial planner (via NISM) and obtain necessary licenses. Exams cost – Investment Advisor ( 2000 onwards) and financial planner ( 13,000)
  • 2. Costs -
    If one seeks to open a cabin then entail costs for furniture, rent, utilities and others.
  • 3. Business model -
    You can choose between sales based approaches or making recommendations while being at home. Business model decides the type of license required.
  • 4. Partners -
    Establish professional relationships with asset management companies in your city to create contacts.
  • 5. Risks and liabilities -
    Understand client’s financial appetite properly. Guide them well; rather than just being a policy seller.

11. Web Hosting Services

Web Hosting Services

This is a big opportunity in itself, though not many succeed in deciphering this simple secret. The easiest way to start is by becoming a white label reseller, without investing a fortune and without much prior expertise. Many white label reselling services like GoDaddy, ResellerClub allows you to create your own hosting business.

You need website, domain name, reseller hosting, payment gateway and billing software.

  • Website - 1,000-2,000
  • Domain - .com 750 per year
  • Reseller hosting - 600 per year
  • Payment gateway - FREE
  • Billing software - Avail it for 800-900 per year

Within a minimum of 5000 you can get everything up and running. Also, additionally, do some Pay -Per-Click marketing, drive traffic through SEO and promote it on web smartly to beat the competition.

So, go ahead and give it a go; maybe you will be able generate a lot more money than your 9-6 job, working as a hosting reseller.

12. T-shirt printing

T-shirt printing

Wearing a t-shirt that quotes catchy phrase like that of F.R.I.E.N.D.S ‘Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you’ or Harry Potter’s ‘Avada Kedavra’ is what today we fascinate for. Believe us t-shirt printing is the coolest growing business. People also use customized t-shirt in college feasts, NGO events and others.

To begin, firstly investigate the market and choose the printing method. For large orders screen printing is cost effective. In general heat-transfer and digital ink-jet printing methods are opted, best for small quantity order.

T shirt printing operations do not require a lot of space and can be run from home or in a spare room. Your business success depends on adequate preparation, whether you are running it online, at home or from a commercial location. You need to calculate machinery cost, manpower cost, raw material and promotional cost in majors. Financing options are -

  • Money from your savings
  • Funding from family
  • Friends
  • Angel investors
  • Loan from bank

You got to do this business the hippogriff style!

13. Trash Management services

Trash Management services

‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’ It’s an excellent idea to go for that is incredibly profitable. In the midst of all so-called big revenue startups, this is sure to achieve optimum benefits with social responsibility – Swachh Bharat. Again, some essentials are-

  • First decide the sector targeted like recycling of plastic bottles, E-waste, Commercial waste etc.
  • Cost depends upon the scale of operation and also the equipment’s used.
  • Location and accessibility plays a vital role.
  • Estimate the project and link it with present market value.

Revenue can be generated from the sale of scrap to recyclers and sale of recycled products in the market. Last but not the least spread words of wisdom ‘segregate trash at home’.

Also, you can partner with small contractors for logistics and collections of particular trash items. Launch some initiatives with the help of children or colony-campaigns to gain involvement of people. GEM ENVIRO , one such trash management service, is eyeing a 10-cr turnover.

14. Get the Book

Get the Book

Haven’t we come across many people who wish to sell their novels, college books, refreshers etc. or many of those who need semester books at last moment. Many a times college/school seniors look for juniors to sell to them their old books. Mostly we give books to someone in our contacts without charging them.

Again, here too, create an easiest platform for selling and purchasing of books where the seller and the buyer should both on a balance and certain commission comes in your hand. People can contact you to giveaway their collections and course books, maintain a stock and later on sell to those who need it. Even you can go to the market, purchase the required book for the customer and deliver at their home.

Before entering into this, have a good idea of how reselling costs are recovered. Make sure to plan it effectively.

15. Youtuber

If you have the spark to create entertaining and useful content through videos then undoubtedly this idea can pay you. Ever observed those funny cat or meme videos which go viral within a fraction of time? Yes! That’s the power of a Youtube.

The concept of video promotion is blooming every day and so opportunity of making business through it is ripe. All startups and enterprises are creating a lot of videos nowadays for market capture. Every promotion today goes for a small video clip; be it social media marketing or digital advertisements on Youtube /Facebook. You really don’t need to have big budget for pro video production. Focus on good lighting, audio tracks and titling. Do editing that is dynamic and interesting to watch.

Generally, the prices range from 500 for a 60-second video if the client gives the concept (storyboarding), images and text otherwise from 2,000 for a 60-second video if you do everything yourself.

Execute the idea well; you can go viral with thousands of projects in your hand. Don’t compromise on the quality.

16. Advertising Campaign Developer

Advertising Campaign Developer

Ever observed how creatively the Amul girl features in all the latest political headlines and cultural preferences. That is invariably cute and appeals to the love of puns. Even the fascinating ads of Coca Cola have set a dynamic level through its digital campaigns.

We are now living in a world that is surrounded by phenomenal digital marketing solutions. Most corporate firms are outsourcing their campaign developments to break conventional patterns and bring in the new perspectives. As a result, advertising campaign developers are in high demand in the market today. Here are the Do’s in the Advertising

  • 1. Highlight what can make you stand out from what is already being offered by your competitor.
  • 2. Make your brand by digital advertising and do marketing of such a kind that customers select you from the competitors.
  • 3. One must be extremely familiar with the market trends for establishing business in this domain.

If you’re looking to step in here, be prepared to invest your time and money in running an active website.

17. Pet Daycare

Pet Daycare

Every time people face dilemma especially they have to go for a work-trip or a vacation leaving their pet behind. Hundreds of questions pop in their minds – who will make sure that it isn’t lonely, who will take proper care of them, who will feed their pet on time and so on.

The pet market is widening gradually and there is a dearth of good pet motels and day care facilities. There are a lot of people out there who consider their pet to be a part of their family and are in need of good caretakers for them.

You could start on a small scale by catering to friends and neighbourhood. This is an extremely lucrative and to an extent still largely unexplored field in our country. Begin by deciding what type of pet business you want – pet grooming, pet product store, pet day care facilities etc. The main costs for this would be in creating identity and having area or space to keep pets and look after them.

All of these options will require you to contribute significant time and effort while keeping investment to a minimum. In the long run, however, the pay-outs are bound to increase.

Your love for the furry creatures can work wonders!

18. Social Media Strategist

Pet Daycare

Many people believe that their knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram is at a high enough level through which they can make money. Sure!

Social media marketing is a lot of work; a work that takes time, patience and innovation. Corporate firms, startups and other ventures are working to increase their presence on it. Thus, firms hire social media managers to handle their social presence.

Here are some things you should do when formulating your strategy –

  • 1. Establish your target audience
  • 2. Choosing right channel- for example hashtag campaigns are best suited for Twitter and Instagram while professional and business posts are better on LinkedIn.
  • 3. Integrate your social media persona with your brand persona- If your brand is funny and engaging, then the content you post can be as well. Your posts should evoke sentiments that must align with the brand image.
  • 4. Schedule your content
  • 5. Promote your less followed profiles with your other popular ones.
  • 6. Use social media monitoring tools.
  • 7. Also set up alerts to never miss a chance help to out a client.

Overall, your social media strategy should have a clear goal with a clear audience in mind.

19. Tour/Adventure guide

Are you the one who is struck by wander-list when it comes to travel planning? Do you spend hours scouting internet for best offers on tour packages, searching cheapest ticket combinations, making itinerary, checking out best cafes and hotels on Zomato and also possess a craze for knowing history of heritage sites?

AMAZING!! You should look into opening up a tour-guide business, where groups of travellers (school-trips, college-trips, tourist-travels) can ask you to not only make all the arrangements for the trip but also guide them. Moreover, you can plan to make adventure trips to Bir Billing, Kedarkantha trek, Camping etc.

This entire business can be carried through the web while being at home; there is no other starting cost that you need to worry about other than maintaining a travel-guide website for your potential clients.

Build travel plans and customize some adventure trips, visit places to know to rates of accommodation and services and include memorable fun activities in trips. Approximate cost can be Rs. 40,000 - 50,000.

Check out the official page of Baawre Musafir, a similar adventure cum travel agency in Bhopal.

20. Software trainer

Software trainer

If you possess skills in a highly specialized software, you can earn money by passing your knowledge to amateurs who are looking to expand their skill sets. People really look forward to learn such animation, Realflow and designing software by opting for various courses in cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and Pune.

Technical manuals are available for programs like Quickbook, Adobe Flash, Final Cut Pro etc but these are often expensive and difficult for the average user to get through. You can start training students by being a software trainer. Moreover, you can also appear for certified examinations of Adobe and Google. Schedule small group workshops or private sessions and you earn handsome money. In addition, you can develop a Youtube channel for online tutorials.

This might be a good option to test your skills and get your feet wet before venturing out something bigger.




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