15 easy businesses

15 Easiest Businesses to Start with No Money

easy businesses to startStarting a business usually requires thousands right at the beginning. Not these businesses. You do not need to have a ton of money to begin with these business ideas.

When you are an entrepreneur, you need be smart with your money. How do you know if your business will take off after the initial investment of $10,000 or $20,000?

The truth is you do not. It is much better to start a business from scratch with no money, earn some revenue, then invest more funds into your business when you are sure it is going to be earning profits.

Are you looking to break away from your job or start your own business on the side? I can show you how.

All of these businesses are legitimate and will only require your hard work and dedication. All businesses will require money invested into them at some point to grow to the next level. But for now, here is 15 easy business to start with no money…


1.) Affiliate Marketing

All you need to have to be an affiliate marketer is a website. You can build a website for free online and it’s incredibly simple. As an affiliate marketer all you need to do is find products online, get a special link from the merchandiser and when someone clicks your special link, you will receive a commission.

Learn more about Affiliate Marketing.

If a product is being sold online, you can be an affiliate for that product and make money off of it.

Let’s say you are into fitness. You would build your website around fitness related topics. All you need to do is recommend fitness supplements and fitness equipment on your website. From there, all you need to do is add your “special” link from the merchandiser and be paid every time someone buys that product through you!

There are no costs to becoming an affiliate online. Companies will not charge you a fee to promote their products on your website. There is some learning that will need to go into this, but no money is required. This is a platform that can teach you how to affiliate market.


2.) Wholesale Real Estate

You probably thought the real estate business required lots of cash. Well, you would be wrong. Wholesaling real estate requires no money to begin. You do not actually purchase the property. All you do is is get a property under contract for X amount of dollars and sell that contract to an investor for Y amount of dollars.

There are some costs that will go into doing this, but they are very small fees to begin. If you want to begin wholesaling real estate, you should read the book FLIP by Nick Ruiz.

FLIP will teach you the process of how you will find the real estate investors to sell the contract to and will teach you how to find properties to get under contract. All of your questions will be answered in the book FLIP and it is only about 100 pages.


3.) Become a Taxi Service

If you have a car, you could be making money off of your car. With ride share apps such as UBER and LYFT, you will be making money as your own taxi service.

You already have a car, there are no costs to starting your own business with a rideshare app. All you need to do is register your car, turn on the app and begin picking people up.

The amount of money you make as a taxi service will depend on the area you live in. Highly populated areas are better for starting a taxi service.


4.) eBay

You can become an eBay seller for less than $100.

You should start by selling your old belongings around the house. Once, you are making money off of your old goods that you do not want. Then, begin to buy more products new or used to sell on eBay.

You can buy items in bulk from various websites online or head down to your local Costco and buy items from there. You can then sell each item individually on eBay.


5.) Scrap Metal Recycling

This one is pretty simple and will not require any money! I’m sure you have old metal junk in your garage or around your house. All you have to do is bring this metal down to your local scrap yard and get paid.

Once you have done that, there are so many other people with junk metal that they want to get rid of. Be creative and find ways to reach out to homeowners to relieve them of their scrap metals.

Copper and Aluminum are the most valuable scrap metals. After you make your first sale, begin to find ways to find more supplies of scrap metal.


6.) Used Books

Start by attending yard sales in your area, when you see a textbook or book look it up on www.bookscouter.com.

Find out how much people are buying that particular book for. Offer half or less of that price to purchase that book. Bigger margins can be obtained in textbooks, but you can still make money with any used book.

You can also retail all the books you have or have bought through Amazon. This is a great way to start with no money.

To scale this business you will want to invest in large quantities of books which you can find used on eBay or Craigslist.


7.) Make Something

You can make your own homemade goods. There will be some costs in buying materials, but the margins when you sell will cover all this and much more. You can make anything you want and sell them online on different platforms such as:

  • Ab’s Market – Mostly natural and organic goods such as soaps, lotion, and candles.
  • Etsy – Largest homemade market online. Good vary from jewelry, toys, all the way to custom wood designs
  • Bonanza – This site is very similar to Etsy and is growing in visitors.
  • eBay –  Online auction site and you can sell anything you make on here too.

Whatever you decide to make, you should sell it on multiple platforms. The more places your homemade good is listed the more money you can make!


8.) Social Media Mangement

Companies need to have someone manage their social media accounts. Social media can become a full-time job and companies are willing to have someone do this for them.

You probably already know how to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can learn more about social media management through Youtube videos and other tutorials.

Once you have learned what you need to do to manage companies’ social media, start to contact all the local businesses and people you know and offer your services. Being able to scale their business is exactly what small businesses want. Sell them on what you can do!

You will at some point need to hire people. The only way to scale this business is to hire more employees to manage the accounts you have.


9.) Cleaning Service

You probably already have all the cleaning materials you need to start this business. If you don’t the costs to buy everything will be under $100.

Start by cleaning homes in your area and as you make more money invest in more equipment to scale further.

When your business takes off you can hire more employees to clean even more homes!


10.) Personal Trainer

There is going to be some small costs for this. You can be certified as a personal trainer in 1 weekend. It costs between $50-100 depending on where you go.

A good way to gather clients is to market yourself at your gym or online. Use social media to offer your services.

You can stand out from the competition by offering to be an in home personal trainer. Traveling to your clients home to personal train people is a great way to make money. You will need to buy some simple training equipment to bring with you.

The best marketing for personal trainers in word of mouth. Help your clients reach their goals and they will spread the word of your services for you.


11.) Drop Shipping

How would you like to sell products you don’t own? You create an online store that sells other companies merchandise. When an order is placed through your website, you then purchase the inventory from the vendor and they ship it to your buyer!

You are a middleman online. All you need to do to begin is find companies online that will let you drop ship their products. There are many companies online that will allow you to do this.

You will need a website in order to drop ship products.

Learn how to build a website for free.

There are almost no costs in drop shipping since you do not need to spend money buying inventory at the start.


12.) Sports or Activities

Were you an athlete in high school or college?  Do you know how to play an instrument? Do you have a hobby you can teach others?

Parents are allows looking to have their children pick up sports or a new activity. Start a training or tutoring program for your sport or activity.

Parents are willing to pay big bucks for someone to teach their kids a new skill.


13.) Property Manager

You can help small and medium sized landlords take care of their rental properties. Landlords are always looking to hire a property manager to handle most of the tasks.

You will be doing things such as maintenance and landscaping yourself when capable. Taking calls from tenants and even collecting rent.

You should have some maintenance skills prior to being a property manager as that is the big selling point for being hired to take care of the property.


14.) Mobile Auto Detailing

You mostly already have everything you need to start a mobile auto detailing service. All you need to do is offer to come to people’s home or work to clean their cars.

Professional shops will charge over $100 to clean an interior. You can stand out by offering less and coming to your client.

Car cleaning supplies are cheap and you will be able to make them last. As you begin to grow your business invest in new cleaning equipment to become more professional.


15.) Blogging

Do you already have an interest or hobby you are passionate about? Well, there is a ton of other people who have the same interest as you and are searching for it now.

Creating a blog is a great way to make money online. You can sell ad space on your blog to companies. You can even affiliate market products that would help your readers.

You will need a website.

You can Join Wealthy Affiliate which is teaching people how to turn their blog into revenue online.

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The costs to starting a blog are very small. You just need to build a website and start adding content for people to find you!



These are the 15 easiest businesses to start with no money. Some do have small costs but those are all manageable.

No matter what business you start, you need to work hard at it and stay focused in order to scale it up.

Just because you do not have the capital to start a gigantic business does not mean you cannot grow a business into a market dominator.

If you have any questions on these businesses please leave them below!



  1. Thank you for great ideas. I didn’t realize that there are so many though I did a cleaning service when I was younger we also sold sdrap metal but later we went into the construction and retail and even $20,000 investment wasn’t enough. With all businesses you should wait min. 3-5 years to see the development and if you need to pay the expensive tools and rent place than it grows and grows :). You also need to pay for advertising so to learn about building a web-site for free would be great for almost everybody.starting a business. After you know it you can delegate it.

    1. Radka,

      That is a very good point about waiting a certain number of years. Large investments will be needed at some point, though, you as the business owner need to determine when the right time is. There are other great ways to market besides a website.

      Say you have a scrap business and are looking to find more scrap metal. I would place an ad with church bulletins. Some churches have between 500-2,500 families that read those. A simple ad on the back of a church bulletin that says “sell all your unwanted junk metal – Call me”. It is cheap and highly effective. Advertising in churches builds a trust very quickly with your clientel.

  2. First of all, well done with your website! Very clean and well designed. Now onto the article. These methods that you have mentioned are great ways to make money, especially affiliate marketing and blogging.

    Ebay as well! For those that don’t know, getting items from stores like Marshalls or Ross and selling them for $5 – 10 more than you bought it is the way to get it done! But with affiliate marketing, good Lord Jesus! Talk about lucrative. $10k a month from a business that cost you about $50 a month to operate… Nothing else compares. Great list! I hope people take heed to what you’re saying here.

    1. Christian,

      I never thought about selling things from large retailers for such a small margin. When you shop at a large box store, you will be buying items at a wholesale price. (of course, do not forget about the membership fee) Then you go online and sell it at the retail value or a few dollars less. People will flock to the cheaper items online. Even if they are only saving a few dollars.

      Affiliate marketing can be very lucrative. The problem people seem to have is they give up to see. It is hard to see the results right away such as with eBay, you post an item someone buys it right away. You do not make as much though. You can really take affiliate marketing anywhere once you learn how to do it correctly.

  3. Nice post. I’ve tried some of the methods that you described on this list before. Selling items on eBay can be pretty nice. I made some good money through that already. My favorite method though is Affiliate Marketing/ Blogging. What’s your personally favorite?

    Blogging can give you a great reward if you are willing to put time and effort into it. It takes a lot of time and patience though so you have to be ready to invest that into this.

    1. Affiliate marketing is by far my favorite. I get to work from anywhere and when I want too. That is a big freedom. Although, I have been very successful wholesaling real estate. That is more challenge and you need to have some personable skills to close deals. But, the amount of money you can make off a quick flip is stupid.

      I am glad to hear you have been successful with eBay sales. If you need help with blogging or affiliate marketing or have any other questions please feel free to ask!

  4. HI there,

    Great article! I would have never guessed that real estate is a low cost or no money to start. I certainly need to read over and learn from the book suggested.

    Blogging/affiliate marketing is pretty awesome when you combine them. It does cost to start though! site name, ($10 or so), hosting and of course if one wants to do it right and gear themselves up for success then the right training required.

    Why I love blogging is that it can function like real estate and bring a passive residual income in the long term. I consider my blogs as internet real estate. and like real estate you can flip (sell) the sites on!

  5. this is an awesome help to people trying to make money or just trying to make a living. There are so many out there who don’t want to work a 9-5 job and I do not blame them. Your list can help them do that. thank you for sharing.

    1. Brent,

      Working a 9-5 job is not always a bad thing. You have a steady paycheck each week. When you are working for yourself, you do not do the typical hours. You need to work longer and harder to make your business lift off the ground. As long as you are willing to work for yourself to create something, then starting one of these businesses is the best way to begin entrepreneurship.

  6. This is a great list. It is actually a list people could work through. So many of these list are just a hook to get you into a sales funnel. I do or have done most of these things. I have been self employed for 25 years, and sometimes you have to scramble to make ends meet. Thanks for the tips. I will be checking on the book scout

    1. Enid,

      I think you can tell most of these are not to funnel you into a sales pitch. These are all genuine ideas to help someone become self-employed. Of course, there are some resources that will be needed and the depends on entirely the business you decide to start. If you go with an internet business you will need a domain name, web hosting, and possibly some learning. It all depends on what type of business you are trying to start.

  7. Thanks for providing so many ideas. I have done a few of these but I am most interested in the wholesale real estate. It seems a bit too easy to be true as property is normally quite hard to get into, so I think I will check out the book. I have also had some experience in trying to do dropshipping but I found that doing affiliate marketing, even though the commission or profit would be less, is better for me as there is less work involved.

  8. Kurtis,

    I agree with all of these methods man! I’ve always been a huge proponent of pushing your own skills and abilities, being an athlete myself, that part resonated with me perfectly.

    I remember back in college I used to teach private swim lessons…Always good money! Especially to those with kids who were aspiring competitive swimmers.

    Thanks for the article!

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