January 21, 2019 | By Mason Roberts

When starting any type of small business, it is easy to get caught up in the money aspect of it all, which may discourage the aspiring business owners pretty quickly. Here are some helpful tips and ideas that can make your business take off.

 


Small Business Ideas to Get You Started

First, to ensure you make the best choices in your business endeavors, you need to determine which of your skills are most likely to further your career in your small business.

 

In doing this, you must really stay true to yourself and recognize what skills you possess that can help your small business become a huge success. The best way to do this is to begin to write a list, including your previous work experience, skills, education, and talents. From there, you can determine which skills are the most reliable foundation for building your small business.


Take a look below to find some affordable small business ideas and funding tips that may just inspire you enough to start your own someday.

Freelance Writer

Whether you are young or old, freelance writing can be a great option for you. If you have any writing skills at all, either from your education level or picking up on some writing tactics from reading a lot, this could be a great fit for you. You can start by being a freelance writer to another company and build from there.

 

By offering your services to a business that is related to this field, you can secure some connections and build relationships with people. From there, you can open your own writing business, whether it be an article-based website, a small, minor magazine, or something else writing-based. If writing is something that you really enjoy, your passion for it can evolve your business into something amazing.


Child Care Service

If you love kids, this can be the perfect fit for you. A child care service can be a fairly easy business to start.

 

If it allows, you can even host the care service out of your home, so you can be in the place where you are most comfortable and can keep a very good eye on the kids. This is also a job that relies on your personality and responsibility, which can be good for people trying to break into (or back into) the workforce.


You may have friends or family members who already trust you with their children, which will give you your first couple of clients immediately. The rest of the babysitting business is pretty straight forward. This is the kind of small business that gets successful from a satisfied customers referral. So, if you are good at your job and keep the children and parents happy, there should not be a problem with adding new clients here and there, putting a couple of more dollars in your pocket.


Pet Sitter

This is a job for the animal lover. If being around animals makes you happy like nothing else, then turn it into a business! You can begin to promote this type of business on social media and freelance job websites, advertising that you are a responsible, caring animal person and would love to pet sit whenever needed, whether it is at the client's home or your own.

 

From there, you should be able to grow a pet sitter business with some very loyal customers. This is the kind of business that relies on your reputation. If you are an incomparable pet sitter, it will get around fast, and your client list will grow, as will your business.

 


Yoga Instructor

If you love yoga, it can be a practical small business idea for you. Why not do something that you love every day? You can take your knowledge of yoga and create something exciting.

 

First, you will need to become a certified yoga instructor, which, if you enjoy it, should be a piece of cake. The next step is to put your business plan into motion to begin your small yoga business. You can start the process of opening your own yoga studio while promoting every day.


This may be the kind of business that seems to bring in business slowly, but you may need to hire more instructors to account for your new clientele before you know it.


Tutoring

If you are an educated person who wants to share your wisdom with people who may struggle a bit in certain subjects, creating a small tutoring business may be a smart strategy for you. There are people all over that need help on an academic level, old or young.


This is a business that can be from house to house, which makes it more affordable in the beginning months or years of business venture. Also, you can rack in some great money, charging by the hour and maybe even a little extra to compensate for your travels.


This is the kind of business that doesn’t plan on slowing anytime soon. There is always a person who wants to further their education a little more, even if they are not in traditional school anymore. If your dedication and determination shine through in your tutoring sessions, you will create a great list of students in no time.


Funding Your Small Business Ideas

Coming up with the money to begin said small business seems to always be the most discouraging part of starting your journey. You may be wondering if you can use a small business loan to fund your dream business.


Well, there are some steps that you should take in deciding if this is the best option for you. First, decide what you need the money for, and decide what business you are aspiring to build. Second, choose which business loan is most appropriate for you.

 


Unfortunately, start-up businesses almost never receive a business loan in their first year because they do not have any revenue coming in yet, so they must rely on things like business credit cards and personal business loans.


Next, depending on what type of money you need for your small business, you need to determine what the best lender is for your business. This is decided by comparing the cost and terms from different lenders, and determining which is the right fit for you.
Lastly, if you qualify for the loan you have ultimately chosen, you need to gather the necessary documents and begin to apply.


Overall, this may seem like a stressful process, but it can be fairly easy. Remember, you can come out of this with your dream of a small business and a happy career. What is better than that?