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.
French president tells Boris Johnson he must present concrete proposals for UK exit
Emmanuel Macron has described the Irish backstop as âindispensableâ to a Brexit deal and urged Boris Johnson to set out his proposed alternatives as soon as possible, as he met the British prime minister in Paris on Thursday.
The fiance of Aras Amiri, a British Council employee imprisoned in Iran on spying charges, has accused the UK government of being âutterly blind to their responsibilityâ to try to secure her release.
Financier created fund in new will two days before suicide
Experts say prying open fund will be difficult for accusers
The will that disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577m in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages.
Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open the trust and dividing up the financierâs riches is not going to be easy and could take years.
Allegation directed at employee of consulate in Hong Kong is often used by Bejing authorities to smear critics
Chinese state media has accused a worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong who is detained in mainland China of visiting prostitutes â an accusation often used by the authorities to smear the reputation of government critics.
Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer for Scottish Development International, travelled to Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, on 8 August. He sent messages to his girlfriend as he was about to cross back over the border at about 10pm and has not been heard from since.
âIt would not have happened to a white kid,â Angela Washington said after staff used a marker pen on Juelz Triceâs banned haircut
Juelz Trice came home from school earlier this year with permanent marker ink scribbled on his scalp, but it was not a prank played by one of his fellow seventh-graders. It was a punishment enacted by some of the staff.
The boyâs parents filed a federal civil rights lawsuit this week and have told the Guardian they believe the act, a hapless attempt to hide a âfadeâ haircut with a design that violated the school districtâs dress code, was rooted in racism and left him humiliated.
Richard Braine accused of stoking tensions after also saying there are no âmoderate Muslimsâ
Richard Braine, the new Ukip leader, has been accused of whipping up religious tensions and anti-Muslim prejudice after leaked emails showed he argued that people should no more want Muslims to settle in their country than Nazis.
Braine, who won the leadership after a campaign in which he expressed anti-Islam views, also suggested that non-Muslims needed to help Muslims to âcast out their demonâ and argued there was no such thing as âmoderate Muslimsâ.
Democratic presidential hopefulâs 10-year plan warns of devastating economic consequences if crisis is not addressed
Bernie Sanders has laid out an ambitious 10-year, $16.3tn national mobilization to avert climate catastrophe, warning that the US risks losing $34.5tn in economic productivity by the end of the century if it does not respond with the urgency the threat demands.
The Vermont senator has long spoken of the climate crisis as a existential danger to the US and the world, and he has previously endorsed a Green New Deal, which he put forward with the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Exclusive: accidental release of intelligence officerâs name in Annastacia Palaszczukâs diaries blamed on âadministrative errorâ
The Queensland premierâs office has mistakenly published the name of a secret intelligence operative in an extraordinary national security breach potentially punishable by up to 10 yearsâ imprisonment.
The name of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) officer was accidentally published during the routine public release of Annastacia Palaszczukâs diaries, a practice designed to boost government transparency.
From power cuts to infrastructure failure, the impact of climate change on US cities will be huge â but many are already innovating to adapt
Between record heat and rain, this summerâs weather patterns have indicated, once again, that the climate is changing.
US cities, where more than 80% of the nationâs population lives, are disproportionately hit by these changes, not only because of their huge populations but because of their existing â often inadequate â infrastructure.
In the Netherlands, where there are more bikes than people, serious money is being spent encouraging even more people to get on their bikes
In a nation with more bikes than people, finding a space to park can be a problem. The Dutch city of Utrecht is unveiling an answer at its railway station on Monday morning: the worldâs largest multistorey parking area for bicycles.
The concrete-and-glass structure holds three floors of gleaming double-decker racks with space for 12,500 bikes, from cargo bikes that hold a family to public transport bikes for rent.
To protect itself from destructive flooding, the city has built a park designed to store and recycle rainwater
In Alicante it never rains but it pours. The city in southeast Spain goes without rain for months on end, but when it comes itâs torrential, bringing destructive and sometimes fatal flooding.
Or at least, it used to. In San Juan, a low-lying area of the city, authorities have built a new park with a twist. Called La Marjal, it serves as a typical recreation area and a nature reserve â but its primary purpose is to store, and then recycle, rainwater.
As a swipe at Scooter Braun, the singer will recreate her first six albums from scratch. But her plan ignores one of musicâs vital truths
Letâs assume it can be done, even though we donât know. Letâs take Taylor Swiftâs word for it when she says she is going to rerecord the six albums she recorded for the Big Machine label before signing to Republic/Universal last autumn. Letâs presume her contract with Big Machine did not contain clauses preventing soundalike re-recordings, or prevent her from taking new runs at old tracks until a certain time period had elapsed.
The news came in a preview for her interview on Good Morning America, scheduled to air this Sunday, in which Tracy Smith asked if she was planning to make new versions of all her masters. âOh yeah,â Swift replied. âThatâs a plan?â Smith asked. âYeah, absolutely.â She has said that recording will commence in November 2020. âIâm going to be busy,â she told Smith.
Exclusive: Director general heading up sections at centre of Windrush scandal to step down next March
The head of two of the Home Office sections at the centre of the Windrush scandal has told staff he will be stepping down next year.
Mark Thomson, the director general of HM Passport Office (HMPO) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), will be replaced in March and then take on a number of advisory roles and non-executive directorships.
My colleague Jessica Elgot has more on the meeting that Jeremy Corbyn is holding next week with MPs from other parties to discuss efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit.
Corbyn meeting latest - Boles will not attend and says focus must be on legislation - and avoiding no deal election - Spelman says no in any circs - Grieve open to dialogue in principle, cannot make meeting - Soubry to attend but also emphasise legislation https://t.co/VauTgU37Ug
Several sources familiar with Tory rebels thinking say that, frankly, they believe they already have the necessary backchannels to the Labour leadership and that immediate efforts to pass legislation stopping no deal are best led by backbenchers to ensure maximum support https://t.co/F1dELSGbyW
This is from the Financial Timesâ Sebastian Payne.
In case we weren't sure about Merkel's 30 days remark, a senior German official gets in touch to say she was being "polite". Those with knowledge of the Chancellor's thinking say she's concluded âthe train has already left the stationâ and itâs almost impossible to stop no deal.
Demonstrators say they will persist until military-backed government is replaced by civilian democracy
Six months after a wave of protests began in Algeria, people are still demonstrating and the military-backed government appears determined to keep its grip on power.
The demonstrations have gained a familiar rhythm since tens of thousands of Algerians first took to the streets on 22 February. Thousands of students turn out on Tuesdays and there are larger protests each Friday.
Trumpâs vision of a great Greenland Purchase was perhaps doomed from the start but that hasnât stopped Republicans from embracing the idea.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the campaign arm of House Republicans is offering donors who contribute more than $25 a limited edition t-shirt that depicts Greenland as a 51st US state.
The @NRCC is fundraising with a t-shirt of a US map that includes Greenland: "Support President Trump and his efforts to help America grow!" pic.twitter.com/v1k0hjB5e5
Donald Trump has had several press secretaries since taking office in 2017.
His first, Sean Spicer that he will be a competitor on the next season of ABCâs Dancing with the Stars. Spicer was followed Anthony Scaramucci, whose latest feud with the president has lasted longer than his employment as White House press secretary.
Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit
The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism.
Videos of Ricardo Salles being booed by demonstrators as he took to the stage at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in the north-eastern city of Salvador circulated widely in Brazil. An opposition senator is planning to seek his impeachment at Brazilâs supreme court.
We members of the G7âs Gender Equality Advisory Council are urging countries to ditch archaic and discriminatory laws and promote empowerment
The sheer tenacity of women raising their voices and organising for fundamental change has been, and will continue to be, the driving force for achieving womenâs rights and a gender-equal world. Yet we cannot ignore the fundamental role that governments can play in either promoting or thwarting change.
That is why the four of us accepted French president Emmanuel Macronâs invitation to join 32 colleagues to form a G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council. On Sunday, we will present the culmination of our work; a package of recommended laws focused on ending gender-based violence; ensuring inclusive, equitable, and quality health and education; promoting the economic empowerment of women; and combating discrimination, ensuring full gender equality in policies and public life. In each area we point to laws from around the world that illustrate the type of action countries should take.
Nigeria marks three years without a wild polio case, meaning Africa could be declared free of the disease in 2020
Africa is on the verge of being declared polio free, after three years without any recorded cases of the disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Nigeria marked three years without a wild polio case onWednesday, a âmajor milestoneâ. If no more incidences emerge in the next few months, Africa could officially be declared polio free in 2020. The last case was recorded in Borno state in August 2016.
Corruption watchdog accused of promoting âtoxicâ workplace culture that silenced critical voices
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has been accused of promoting a âtoxicâ internal environment of bullying and harassment, making it the latest high-profile charity to come under fire over its workplace culture.
Seven current and former staff members said the organisation had âfailed in its duty of careâ to staff. They accused managing director Patricia Moreira of promoting a culture that enabled âbullyingâ, silenced critical voices, and used âgagging ordersâ â confidentiality clauses in termination agreements. Leaked internal emails and documents including a staff survey corroborate their accounts.
Bombing believed to be linked to Timothy Mtamboâs role at forefront of mass protests over alleged rigging of elections
The home of a leading human rights activist in Malawi has been petrol bombed in what is believed to be a targeted move to stop mass demonstrations planned for next week.
Three bombs were thrown at the car and home of Timothy Mtambo, the chairman of Malawiâs Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), and the executive director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRC).
Climate emergency and population growth blamed for deteriorating water quality, with âcocktail of chemicalsâ changing as countries become richer
The planet is facing a mounting and âinvisibleâ water pollution crisis, according to a hard-hitting World Bank report, which claims the issue is responsible for a one-third reduction in potential economic growth in the most heavily affected areas.
The study, which assembled the worldâs largest database of water pollution, assesses how a combination of bacteria, sewage, chemicals and plastics suck oxygen from water supplies and transform water into poison for people and ecosystems.
President outdoes himself in new press conference as he attacks the Danish prime minister, Jewish Democrats and the press
Donald Trump started off precisely on-message.
Strolling to the end of a White House driveway on Wednesday ahead of his departure for a veterans event in Kentucky, the president began speaking while still walking toward a crowd of waiting reporters. âSo the economy is doing very, very well,â he said.
Family of New York man insists âweâre not finishedâ after dismissal of Daniel Pantaleo, who put Garner in a banned chokehold
One thousand, eight hundred and sixty days after Eric Garner was killed on the streets of Staten Island, New York, his family finally received a sliver of justice.
On Monday, the New York police department (NYPD) commissioner, James OâNeill, announced the NYPD would fire Daniel Pantaleo, who, on that hot summerâs day in July 2014, placed the unarmed 43-year-old in a banned chokehold that contributed to Garnerâs death.
By cancelling his state visit to Denmark, the US president has again showed his thin skin
Donald Trumpâs abrupt decision to cancel his state visit to Denmark after it rejected his unsolicited offer to buy Greenland at a knockdown price took most people by surprise, not least his own ambassador.
âDenmark is ready âŠ Partner, ally, friendâ, tweeted Carla Sands, the neophyte US envoy to Copenhagen who was previously an actor and chiropractor. Hours later, it was off.
President could call snap election, seek new coalition or install caretaker government
âThis government ends here,â said Giuseppe Conte, as he announced his resignation as Italyâs prime minister on Tuesday. After almost two weeks of twists and turns, what happens next is far from clear.
The president, Sergio Mattarella, is now calling the shots in a crisis triggered when Matteo Salvini pulled the plug on the Leagueâs tenuous relationship with the Five Star Movement (M5S) in an attempt to capitalise on his popularity and become PM.
The US president said his life would be easier if he had not mounted a trade war with China but went on to say âI am the chosen oneâ to take on Beijing. Donald Trump said the US would probably make a deal with China
Large demonstrations and violent protests have taken place across the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. On Wednesday, Jakarta said it was sending a further 1,000 security personnel to tackle the unrest, sparked by the arrest of Papuan students in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. Indonesiaâs communications ministry cut the internet to its most eastern province on Wednesday âuntil the atmosphere of Papua returns to being conducive and normalâ. Jakarta has battled an independence insurgency in the region since it was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a widely discredited UN-sponsored ballot
The US president has renewed his attack on four Democratic congresswomen who have been critical of Israel, and reiterated a longstanding antisemitic trope implying that American Jews had divided loyalty to America and to Israel. Over almost 24 hours he has repeatedly described Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats as showing 'either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty'
The US president has said his administration is looking at ending the right of citizenship for US-born children of non-citizens and people who entered the country illegally. 'We're looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby â congratulations, the baby is now a US citizen ... It's frankly ridiculous,' Donald Trump told reporters
The Brazilian president has said NGOs could be burning down the Amazon rainforest to embarrass his government after he cut their funding. Bolsonaro had no evidence but said 'everything indicates' that NGOs are going to the Amazon to set fire to the forest
The Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, says she is 'disappointed and surprised' by the US president's decision to cancel his state visit after she dismissed suggestions of selling Greenland as 'absurd'. Here's a look back at what drew the US president to want to make the âlarge real estate dealâ and the strong reaction to his suggestion
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