Top 10 Ways to Start a Business For Less Than $500
We've heard numerous success stories of Internet entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, who started Amazon.com from his garage, using cheap plywood to construct desks. There are scores of others and they never fail to make new entrepreneurs feel a little overwhelmed or dare I say, jealous. Well not every business has the moneymaking potential of some of these successful businesses but it's no reason for you not to have a profitable business of your own. After you read this article you'll never have to ask again, "I'm barely making ends meet. How can I start a business? "
Unfortunately, the bills don't stop coming in just because you've decided to start a business. In fact, they seem to increase exponentially. Your success, as budget-conscious entrepreneur, will depend on thinking and planning smart.
Below are 10 ways to start business for less than $500. You may have to make some sacrifices but that's what small business is all about, at least at first.
If you don't already own a computer, purchase a used or refurbished computer. With computer prices dropping everyday(new computers are starting at around $500), you can easily obtain an affordable, and fairly up-to-date computer for less than $200. If that's still more than you'd like to spend, remember you can always check out what local agencies offer free computer use. Start with your local library!
For a professional web site, use a template before hiring a professional. Templates can start at as little as $25 a piece. You can always hire customized design services once you grow.
Use business document templates to provide professional invoices, letters, and contracts that you can easily customize.
Submit articles like this one to various e-zines for free traffic.
Operating solely on the Internet is the best way to dramatically reduce startup costs. You can find affordable and feature packed hosting for less than $10 a month. And custom domain names can be registered for under $10 per year.
Offer your expertise on various web site forums for free self-promotion. Make sure you adhere to the submission rules of each site.
Starting a service business means you don't have to invest in any initial inventory!
Start a small pay-per-click campaign for under $200 to test your offer and bring in initial traffic.
If you have a retail business, make the initial orders on-demand, meaning you don't buy any inventory until someone makes the purchase. Make sure you include the added time frame when you estimate the expected delivery date for your customers.
The idea is to keep thinking creatively about how you will invest your dollars so you can avoid spending too much in any one area before your business has proven itself. You can redevelop your budget as you go along and feel relatively secure doing so. You never know, you could be the next big success story.
Right to life is likely to be undermined alongside the rule of law, special rapporteur says
The world is increasingly at risk of âclimate apartheidâ, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said.
Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food, and housing for hundreds of millions of people, but also democracy and the rule of law.
Minister says Islam forbids such a move as country prepares to breach nuclear deal
Iran will never pursue a nuclear weapon, its foreign minister has claimed, saying Islam prevented the country from doing so.
In July 2015, Iran and a six-nation negotiating group reached a landmark agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that ended a 12-year deadlock over Tehranâs nuclear programme. The deal, struck in Vienna after nearly two years of intensive talks, limited the Iranian programme, to reassure the rest of the world that it cannot develop nuclear weapons, in return for sanctions relief.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to say whether his campaign team passed a photograph of him and his partner to newspapers as a PR strategy during a radio interview which saw the Tory leadership frontrunner quizzed again about his personal life.
Speaking to LBC, Johnson refused at least half a dozen times to comment on the photo of himself and Carrie Symonds seemingly sitting in the garden of a pub. He would not answer when the host, Nick Ferrari, pressed: âThis is quite an old picture isnât it?â
Former ambassadors say far-right leader has cuddled up to rightwing nationalists, irked China, infuriated Middle Eastern partners, and jettisoned its position as climate crisis leader
It has long been considered one of the jewels of Latin American statecraft; a shrewd, dependable and highly trained foreign service that helped make Brazil a global climate leader and soft power heavyweight.
But six months into the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, even veteran diplomats struggle to mask their horror at the wrecking ball being taken to the countryâs nearly two century-old foreign office, known as Itamaraty after the Rio palace where it was once housed.
Foreign minister says there are âindividual incidentsâ that can be compared to UK knife crime
Pakistanâs foreign minister has sought to dismiss accusations of Christian persecution, claiming there were âindividual incidentsâ comparable to knife crime in the UK.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, speaking during a visit to Brussels, said reports of religious minorities being targeted in Pakistan did not constitute a trend and the recent claims of Christian persecution were an example of âwestern interestsâ that âwant to paint Pakistan in a particular wayâ.
New âinfluence operationsâ will openly advertise participation in debate instead of hiding it
The next wave of âinfluence operationsâ like those that Russia used to target the 2016 US election will aim to destabilise debate by making voters think bots are everywhere, Facebookâs head of cybersecurity policy has said.
Nathaniel Gleicher, who runs the companyâs response to politically motivated malfeasance on its platform, said groups such as Russiaâs Internet Research Agency (IRA) were increasingly trying to manipulate public perception of themselves. âNot running a large network of fake accounts but just playing on the fact that everyone thinks there are large networks of fake accounts out there,â he said.
Delegation leaves Council of Europe assembly in protest at readmission of Russian MPs
The Ukrainian delegation at the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe has walked out in protest after Russian MPs were allowed to return to the human rights body five years after the annexation of Crimea.
The assembly backed Russiaâs return by 118 votes to 62, in one of the first reversals of the penalties imposed on Moscow after its military entered Ukraine in 2014.
UK ambassador says Berlin is willing to hear fresh ideas for Irish border problem
Germany will fight to the last hour to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal and is willing to hear any fresh ideas for the Irish border backstop, the countryâs ambassador to the UK has said.
Speaking at a car manufacturersâ summit in London, Peter Wittig said Germany cherished its relationship with the UK and was ready to talk about solutions the new prime minister might have for the Irish border problem.
Supreme court clears way for Dmytro Firtash to face trial on bribery charges
Austriaâs supreme court has upheld a decision granting a US request to extradite the Ukrainian tycoon Dmytro Firtash, paving the way for him to face trial in the United States over bribery allegations.
Firtash, who denies any wrongdoing, is a former business partner of Donald Trumpâs ex-campaign chairman and convicted felon Paul Manafort. He is also a former supporter of Ukraineâs ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich. Firtash made a fortune selling Russian gas to the Kyiv government.
Hereâs some more of E Jean Carrollâs comments on CNN last night. The advice columnist was appearing on Anderson Cooperâs show after Trump doubled down on his denial of her allegations earlier in the day.
In an interview with The Hill, Trump said: âIâll say it with great respect: Number one, sheâs not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?â
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of politics today in the US. Hereâs whatâs coming up.
In 2013 the Irish capital was ranked among the worldâs top 20 bike-friendly cities, but only a small part of the promised cycle network was ever built
One sunny May afternoon in Dublin, as the Spice Girls prepared to kick off their Spice World 2019 tour at Croke Park stadium, the coaches bringing their fans unwittingly sparked another reunion â the cityâs cycle activists.
It had been two years since the direct action group I Bike Dublin had mobilised to protect cycle tracks from car parking â uniting around twice a week under the hashtag #freethecyclelane â but as police officers directed coach drivers to park in the bike lane by Dublin Bay, blocking the track, the protesters were back.
Chongqingâs population is estimated at just below 10 million but that rises to more than 31 million if the built-up surroundings are included. Belgian photographer Kris Provoost finds that in a city so large, individuals can get lost
High unemployment and living costs are driving people from the metropolis â but some rural residents arenât happy about the new arrivals
Su Ava has been up since 5am. There have been new lambs to check on, goats, cats and dogs to feed, beehives to inspect, orders to fill, and she has also made a visit to her under-construction workshop.
Her current life making and selling cheese, honey and tahini in Turkeyâs beautiful Ăanakkale region could not be more different to her old one in Istanbul. The work can be exhausting but, Ava says, she would not give it up for anything.
Political, security and cultural complications â not least a refusal to believe that Ebola exists â have thwarted efforts to overcome DRCâs deadly outbreak
Moise Kitsakihu-Mbira has lost his brother, his grandson and 11 other family members to Ebola. When he himself fell sick he sought treatment in secret. His family donât believe the virus exists and think a man in their village poisoned them.
Refusal to believe in the existence of Ebola is one difficulty for doctors who say the current outbreak of the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the âmost complex public health emergency in historyâ and warn it could drag on for months.
James Marape says foreign contractors should not be doing work that locals can do
Papua New Guineaâs newly appointed prime minister wants Australia to cancel its controversial contract with Paladin to deliver services on Manus Island.
James Marape, who became prime minister after the resignation of Peter OâNeill last month, told PNGâs parliament on Tuesday he would summon Australiaâs diplomatic head of mission âto provide an explanationâ.
State education minister James Merlino announces move aimed at reducing classroom distraction and cyberbullying
Students at Victorian public schools will be banned from using their phones from next year.
In an effort to reduce distractions and cyber bullying, and hopefully improve education outcomes, students will have to switch off their phones and store them in lockers during school hours until the final bell, Education Minister James Merlino has announced.
In the early hours of a Saturday morning in the city of Nadi, on the west coast of Fijiâs main island, Isaiah* is sitting in a Burger King drinking Fanta through a straw and explaining how he became a drug dealer.
He started five years ago, aged 13, selling cigarettes and marijuana. Now he sells cocaine and methamphetamines.
Visa decision overturned for British resident Nina Saleh, 48 hours after Guardian and others published her story
A woman who was refused a visa to return to London after travelling to Pakistan to adopt a baby has been told she can come home.
Nina Saleh has a Norwegian passport but full UK residency rights after living in London for 20 years. She was refused a visa to return home with baby Sofia three times, despite going through a stringent and lengthy adoption process in the UK with British authoritiesâ involvement.
From Colombia to Zimbabwe, members of a global network of rape survivors are demanding an end to the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war
All photographs by Raegan Hodge of the Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation
Carmen was raped by armed guerrilla forces in Colombia. Ekhlas was kidnapped by Isis in Iraq and forced into sexual slavery. Grace was taken by rebels from her classroom in Uganda, âgivenâ to a soldier and impregnated twice before finally fleeing to safety.
Today, these women are all members of the Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Rape, known as Sema, which translates to âspeak outâ in Swahili. The network represents roughly 2,000 rape survivors and 90 yearsâ worth of conflict across 21 countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East and Europe.
Plastics are among the most ubiquitous materials in our economy, our lives, and our environment. They are also among the most pervasive and persistent pollutants on Earth.
In recent years, stark images of beaches, waterways, and wildlife filled with plastic have spurred demands for action to address plastic pollution. These calls are coupled with growing concern that plastic and its toxic additives pose serious risks to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle. Far less attention has been paid to the impacts of this same lifecycle on the earthâs climate. This is a dangerous oversight.
Did you ever decide to get off a jammed freeway and take the backroads even though deep down you knew that it wouldnât be any faster? Are you constantly switching to the faster lane on a busy freeway even though you notice that cars sticking to their lanes keep catching up with you?
Both are examples of action bias, the phenomenon in which people prefer doing something over doing nothing, even if the likely outcome of the action is worse than the outcome of inaction. Research has shown that actively managed portfolios tend to do worse than passive investments. And one study found that soccer goalkeepers prefer to jump left or right during a penalty-kick, even though the best thing would be to stay put in the middle.
In 2016, the insurgent Republican hammered home his message on jobs, judges, immigration and more. Has he delivered?
Verdict: failure. As of last month, no new wall had been erected in places where there was not already a barrier at the border. Trump has awarded contracts for 247 miles of wall construction but this has been challenged in court. Even if he prevails, all but 17 miles would merely be replacement for existing barriers, not new construction. Expect to hear a lot more about the wall in 2020.
The US president has signed an executive order placing âhard-hittingâ new sanctions on Tehran amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran. Trump said the measures were a âstrong and proportionate response to Iranâs increasingly provocative actionsâ after a US drone was shot down last week
The Stonewall rebellion in 1969 started a revolution in LGBT rights in the US. Ed Pilkington revisits the story 50 years on with those who were there. Plus: Lucy Siegle on the rise of fast fashion
On the evening of 27 June 1969, gay men and their trans and lesbian peers gathered as usual at a bar called the Stonewall Inn. What followed would change the course of LGBT rights in the US and the wider world. A police raid on the bar in the early hours of the following day descended into violence as supporters came out on to the streets and stayed there defiantly.
The Guardianâs Ed Pilkington has tracked down some of those who took part in the rebellion and joins Anushka Asthana to discuss what happened and the growing recognition of LGBT rights in the decades that followed.
Soap, toothbrushes and blankets are some of the items migrant children detained in the US do not need, a Trump administration official has claimed. Sarah Fabian, a lawyer for the US Department of Justice, argued at the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit that such children do not always require certain sanitary products
A bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch called Scamp the Tramp took top honours on Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest. Scamp beat 18 other contestants at the event, held in Northern California. Organisers say the contest is about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs.
Donald Trump has said the US air force was 'cocked and loaded' to attack three Iranian targets, but he withdrew the order with 10 minutes to spare after being told the airstrikes might kill as many as 150 people. The strikes were planned in retaliation for Iran shooting down an unmanned US surveillance drone
The European council president, Donald Tusk, and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, raised some laughs after the leaders of the member states failed to reach agreement on who should take the bloc's top jobs. 'I note with some pleasure that it is not easy to replace me,' Juncker told a press conference. He will step down as commission chief in October
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