Business you can start with little to no money
Most of us have dreams to start our own business but are faced with a major obstacle, lack of funds. This is where most people get stopped from achieving the dream they have. You should however keep in mind that there are loans, grants, and other fundraising options available to get you what you need;
So, money should not be the reason for not starting a business, there are ways around it. And, beyond that, there are certain types of businesses you can start with almost no cash.
Babysitting, Dog Walking or House cleaning Services – These services don’t cost you any money up-front because they’re intangible goods. Home owners or those living in apartments are willing to receive and pay for help.
Handyman – using your skilled labor is another way you can go about it. You can use your skill as the main revenue driver for your business. For example, if you’re a handyman, you could cater to homeowners who don’t know much about home repairs.
Consulting – In life we can either pick up a certain skill set or go to tertiary institution to obtain a skill. Use this skill that you have developed to assist businesses. You could offer your consulting service to them as that is a key area that they may lack in. Up-and-coming professionals, or startup business owners will likely be glad to pay you for your expertise. Consulting is a service that costs only time to produce, but can be highly valuable as a career opportunity.
Blogging – If you have expertise or a passion or interest for a subject, you’re ready to start making money with a blog. With a service like Blogger (www.blogger.com), you can start up your blog totally free. You can also create your own site and secure your own hosting for a low price.
Well believe it or not, real dreamers and go-getters would be able to start up any type of business with little to no money. All you have to do is be strategic with your approach. Look around you and utilize those free opportunities, or negotiate with those that do have the means and reach an agreement with them. Excuses are not for real entrepreneurs.
The importance of brand appearance for your start-up
A lot of start-ups are usually excited about just starting and make the mistake of not taking their brand appearance serious later. This is a horrible mistake that can prove costly. Your brand appearance, believe it or not, increases the value of a company. It also aids your company in acquiring new customers easier. Every customer likes to associate themselves to a company that has a really good brand appearance.
Below are a few reasons why your brand appearance is very important as a start-up
Trust – Good branding appearance builds credibility and trust. People are more likely to purchase from a business that appears clean, neat and polished. A good appearance can create a good impression or reaction, and to human’s reactions are not forgotten.
New Customers – People usually refer other clients to you. So, take it seriously! Words are very powerful in business, good words by your clients can build you, bad words about your business by your clients to other potential clients can break you. Make sure you always looking and doing good.
Recognition – One of major components of your brand is your logo. As the “face” of a company, logo design is critical because that simple graphic will be on every piece of correspondence and advertising. A professional logo design is simple enough to be memorable, but powerful enough to give the desired impression of your company.
Remember that your brand appearance should be consistent, it makes it easier for people to recognize or affiliate to. If your color is red, try placing a red touch to whatever you put out into the public. Also remember that your brand appearance should correlate in a way to the service you are rendering so you should:
Ask yourself – Does your brand relate to your target audience? Will they instantly “get it” without too much thought? Does your brand share the uniqueness of what you offer and why it’s important? Does it reflect the brand promise that you are making to who you are targeting as well as to your internal audience? Does your brand reflect the values that you want to represent as a customer?