When you think about starting a business, one of the first obstacles you run into is funding. Buying equipment, renting a building, paying for marketing, hiring employees: it all adds up, sometimes to thousands or millions of dollars.
That's why most startups have to get funding from venture capitalists, which involves business plans, travel and lots of presentations. It's no wonder more people don't start their own business.
However, it doesn't have to be like that. In fact, you can start your dream business for less than $100. No really.
Here are some ideas you should check out to make some extra money, or even launch a new career. Just remember that to succeed you'll need persistence. And for many of these ideas, you'll also want business cards. Here's how to get some for free or low cost.
OK, now let's get on with the businesses you can start for less than $100.
1. Tour Guide
Do you know lots of interesting places and facts about your town? You could be a paid tour guide through a site like Vayable.
It hooks you up with people who want an insider's look at your area. You can take them on a tour of trendy restaurants, unique works of art, places related to famous people, or locations where movie scenes were shot or literature was written about. Whatever you can come up with, you can probably find someone interested.