You have this awesome idea you want to make a reality, but there's just one problem: you don't have the money to fund it. You could always have a lemonade stand, but let's be real: 50-cent glasses of lemonade aren't going to raise enough money to cover the costs. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of 10 simple business ideas that you can start today. In addition to these ideas, check out our free Fundraising Resource Guide for more resources.
Are you really good at reading? Math? Think about tutoring kids in the grades below you. There's always people looking for help with homework, so this would be a great opportunity to make a few extra dollars. You could even work with your school to help publicize your service.
2. SELLING ARTWORK
Have your talents make money for you! Think outside-the-box. People are looking for photography, paintings, drawings, jewelry, and so many other art mediums. Pick something that you're good at and enjoy doing.
3. SELLING HANDMADE GREETING CARDS
Similar to artwork, people love handmade thank-you notes, holiday cards, and simple "thinking of you" cards. Add some original artwork to the front to make them even more personalized and sell them in packs of multiples.
4. DESIGN T-SHIRTS
Selling t-shirts is a great way to raise money and promote your idea. This service helps you design a t-shirt, calculate how many you need to sell to make a profit, and will even take care of payment and shipping for you!
5. DESIGN POSTERS, STICKERS, OR BUTTONS
Again, selling posters, stickers, or buttons is a great way to make money while promoting your idea. Poster My Wall will help you create a customized poster using their beautiful templates. You can make custom buttons for very little money using Wacky Buttons, and Sticker You is a service that allows you to make your own stickers.
6. START A DOG WALKING SERVICE
This is a pretty typical business opportunity shown in lots of shows and movies, but if you get enough clients, you can actually start to make a decent amount of money. Plus, dog walking is not very time-consuming and easily fits into a busy schedule.
Parents are always looking for fun, trustworthy individuals to play with their kids for a few hours. This also can fit into a busy schedule, and most parents are willing to pay a lot of money to make sure that their children are safe.
8. HOLD A CAR WASH
Starting a car wash is easy, all you need is soap, water, buckets, and some sponges. Car washes can easily be done as many times as you want, whether that's just once or a few times over the course of a few weeks. Many businesses are willing to let you use their parking lot during non-operating hours, too, so ask around and see if you can use a space that's more public.
9. HOLD A GARAGE SALE
This might require some parental supervision, but selling items that are no longer of use to you is a great way to make some quick money. Even better, ask friends and family for donations to create more inventory.
10. START A GIFT WRAPPING SERVICE
Around the holidays especially, people love to procrastinate on wrapping gifts. Turn that procrastination into a way to make money by offering to wrap gifts for a price. They will be glad that there's one less chore to do and you'll have a few extra dollars in your pocket.
There are many ways to fund your ideas, and these are only a few. Check out our free fundraising and marketing resources for even more ways to promote and execute your ideas.