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Startup Businesses That Will Bring in Good Money Quickly

Updated on July 12, 2017
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If you are strapped for money, there are a number of low overhead businesses available that you can run as a self-employed person.

These cost little or nothing to start, allow you to set your own schedule and bring money in quickly.

People who are willing to be creative and work hard can make enough money to supplement their incomes or tide them over until they find work.

The best way for them to do so is to find needs that must be filled, and then fill them!

One example of this is a man I met who had an advanced college degree and lost his high paying job. He bought some basic supplies for very little money, threw an ad onto Craigslist and ended up making $600 per day detailing large motor homes!

He works hard for his money, but he has very little stress, doesn’t have to worry about being fired and is able to save for his future.

There are many low cost start up businesses that people can work at  part-time and start earning with immediately.
There are many low cost start up businesses that people can work at part-time and start earning with immediately. | Source


The smartest way to get started is to see whether a license is required for the work you want to do. If so, you need to get one. Beyond that, depending on what you plan to do, you may also need to be bonded and insured.

Even though your job will be part-time, having a license keeps you legal and also gives you credibility with clients. You can purchase a license at your local court house.


The next thing you need to do is let people know you are available.

This means buying and distributing business cards, hanging flyers on doors, posting information on public bulletin boards or advertising on sites such as Craigslist.

Once you have done these things, you can buy any materials you need so that you’ll be ready when people start calling.

You’re now ready to start earning!

Businesses That Work

There are all sorts of opportunities for business startups, but those that are successful are run by people who base what they do on what they know or have specific and marketable skill sets.

Those who have never owned a business before should take the time to read Small Businesses for Dummies so they can learn the details that are involved in small, start up businesses.

I've owned several of these businesses over the year, and this book has helped me to get started and also understand their legalities and requirements.

Below are some ideas for businesses that that won’t cost a fortune in startup money and will allow you to earn quickly.

Small Business For Dummies
Small Business For Dummies

A perfect book for people who have never owned or run a business before. Easy to read and understand, too.


Baby Sitter

Watching people’s children for them while they must be away from home can be a great way to earn side money.

There is no legal paperwork required for this type of work except that you will need to create a resume and also have written referrals to hand to clients.

Business cards are nice, but are not necessary.

Depending on your location, you can earn anywhere from $11.00 and hour to $16.65 an hour, and the work is fairly easy.

House Cleaning

The money for this business is very good and the startup costs are minimal.

You can easily make upwards of $100 per day using nothing but your ability to clean and your energy.

Many people do this job part-time to supplement their regular income, but some do it full time, hire employees and do extremely well.

As with other types of jobs where you are working in people’s homes, you will need to be licensed, bonded and insured.


Many senior citizens are lonely or need help with daily chores and are willing to pay well for it.

You, of course, will need references and will also need to become licensed, but you can make up to $20 per hour doing light housework, cooking meals and running errands for your customers.

You can set your own hours based on the needs of your clients, but if you are careful with your arrangements, you may be able to combine this job with another one!

Street Beggar

Believe it or not, this business is a money making machine.

It’s hard on the ego, but it’s an all cash business. It has virtually no startup fees and only requires some raggedy clothes and a cup.

Depending on the location you choose, you might need a license but other than that, you’ll have no overhead for the jobs you take on.

Just make sure you have permission to beg from your city before you get started!


If you are good at working with tools and fixing things, you can make a good deal of money working as a handyman.

People who do this type of work charge an average of $77 per hour for simple jobs, and flat rates that go into the hundreds of dollars for those that are more complicated.

For this type of work you will need to be licensed, bonded and insured and, of course, have the tools and equipment you need in order to make home repairs.

You can work only on weekends if you like, but may want to do some evening work if people need help immediately.

Handymen make very good money and can work as often as they please.
Handymen make very good money and can work as often as they please. | Source

Eldercare Worker

According to, under the right circumstances people caring for those eligible for Medicaid can receive cash payments directly from the government for the work they do. This applies to family members as well as other people.

Some states don’t even require Medicaid in order to pay a caretaker.

Keep the business legal and formal, and you’ll earn about $20 per hour.

If people don’t qualify for Medicaid, you can still run your own caretaker business. In this situation, individuals will pay you instead of the government.

Product Advertiser

The money for this one can be lucrative if you are industrious and have good sales abilities.

I read about one fellow who makes $80,000 a year doing this by wearing T shirts that have company logos imprinted on them.

Companies will pay well also if you’ll let them place ads on your car.

It won’t cost you much to get started, but you’ll have to”sell” companies on your idea.

What’s nice about this business is that you can do it at the same time you are working on a job or running a second business, and you can charge whatever the market will bear!

Vehicle Detailer

This is another small business that you can do as time permits.

You will need to be licensed, bonded and insured, and you'll also need appropriate tools and equipment, but the income is good and can be immediate.

Prices depend on the job, and can range anywhere from $50 for a car all the way up to hundreds of dollars for an RV. Most who detail RVs charge by the foot as well as by the work they actually do.

Detailing is hard physically, but also allows you to earn good money in a very short amount of time.

The Bottom Line

If you are concerned about surviving financially, it’s time to get to work.

Whether you need immediate income or only want to supplement what you already are earning, these are jobs you can do yourself and that can bring money in quickly.

Those mentioned are just some of the ones that are available, so if you don’t like them, start thinking about what you’d like to do and then do it!

The money is out there waiting for you, so get busy!

Do you think you would be willing to do any of the jobs listed to earn supplemental income?

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