8 Small Businesses That Will Bring in Good Money Fast

Updated on August 25, 2017
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If you are unemployed or are looking to supplement your income, you may want to consider starting a small business.

Those listed here will cost little or nothing to start and will start earning money for you quickly.

They will also allow you to set your own schedule so that you can either work full or part-time.

The underlying concept here is to create a business that fills a need, which is exactly what the businesses listed here will do.

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.

You can do the same if you are willing to work to earn.

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

Legal Requirements

To begin, you need to find out whether the business you wish to start requires insurance, licensing or bonding. Some do, and others do not. Much depends on where you live because regulations vary from town to town.

Meeting these requirements keeps you legal and also gives you credibility with clients. People feel much more secure and are more likely to use your services or buy your products if they know you are doing things the right way.

A call to your local courthouse will let you know what you need to have, and the money you spend to get "legal" will be worth every penny.


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 one or more of these things, you can buy any materials you need so that you’ll be ready when people start calling.

Businesses That Work

There are all sorts of opportunities for small 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 small businesses over the year, and this book has helped me tremendously.

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 Care.com, 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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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • How can I increase the sales of a small business?

    Advertise with business cards, brochures and through social networking sites.

© 2017 Sondra Rochelle


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