10 Profitable Business Ideas You Could Get Started On Today

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Are you tired of working for someone else, taking orders, and making money for them? Have you been dreaming of new opportunities following the post-pandemic work-from-home revolution? Or maybe you’re already based at home and looking to establish a new line of income?

Here are ten profitable business ideas you could start today with minimal capital layout. Just be aware that they do require work; these aren’t scammy get-rich-quick schemes!

1. Open a Franchise

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Okay, this one does take some capital, but if you have it, you can open a restaurant, cleaning service, hair salon, or other franchise and receive all the training you’ll need. If you’ve set up in a good market, you’ll do well after a few years as your returns start to surpass your investments.

2. Operate a Food Truck

This is another one that requires a capital layout, but again, if you choose a good market and you have a good product, you’ll do well. People love food trucks for the great food, great prices, and convenience.

3. Be a Pet Sitter

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Whether it’s working a long day, going on vacation, or something in between, people always need pet sitters. This can be as simple as walking a dog during the day or taking care of all a pet’s needs for days or even weeks. Either way, it pays well if you’re responsible, reliable, and you love animals.

4. Print T-Shirts

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If you have a knack for design, this might be for you. There is a gigantic market out there for t-shirts, and not just among casual wearers. Businesses of all types need them for their employees, and if you can provide a quality product for them, you’re golden.

5. Teach or Tutor Online

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Kids needing tutors is nothing new. Online teaching is newer, but it’s growing. Both are due to the challenges of transportation and scheduling in today’s ever-busier world. Working for a service, you can make pretty good money depending on the area, but if you’re a retired teacher with a network you can already build on, you can make really good money and have no shortage of demand.

6. Provide Day Care

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Day care is crazy-expensive for most parents, and waiting lists to get in make it worse. If you love children, providing in-home day care can be both financially lucrative and personally rewarding. You’ll probably have to go through screening and licensing, which should make perfect sense, but your lower overhead will mean that you can save parents money while not short-changing yourself.

7. Become a Virtual Personal Trainer

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Are you a fit person who’s eager to help other people get into better shape? Online training caught on during the pandemic, but it’s stayed popular because of the convenience. There’s a huge market out there for people who want to get in better shape but don’t have the time or the energy to get to the gym. That’s where you can come in.

8. Become a Freelance Writer

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A lot of people just don’t like to write. That includes everyone from people with no college degrees who work hard and are successful to highly educated lawyers whose focus is on their client’s cases, not on their websites. A freelancer will do all that and everything in between.

9. Offer Professional Consulting Services

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This is perfect for stay-at-home parents who are experts in their fields and have chosen to stay at home with their kids. Nowadays, it’s often completely remote. It’s also perfect if you have no kids, but you’re a field expert who’s just done with office life.

10. Work as a Professional Photographer

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When digital cameras and later the ability to take solo and group selfies came out, many asked if pro photographers had become obsolete. Well, if you’ve ever trusted things to a friend or a friend of a friend for wedding pictures or for any other special occasion and been burned, you know. Hire a pro.

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Karee Blunt is a nationally syndicated travel journalist, focused on discovering destinations and experiences that captivate and inspire others through her writing. She is also the founder of Our Woven Journey, a travel site focused on inspiring others to create memory-making adventures with their loved ones. Karee is passionate about encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone and live the life they dream of. She is the mother of six kids, including four through adoption, and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Karee on her about me page.