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10 Low Capital Startup Ideas for a Beginner

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People are excited when starting a new business venture. Besides allowing you to turn your dream into reality, you become your own boss.

Sadly 80% of startups fail in the first year, making it the highest rate in the world of business. The reason for such a huge failure is because of choosing the wrong business idea. Being successful in business goes beyond having a passion for entrepreneurship. That means your idea should be unique, and your business should solve a specific problem in the market.

The following are some of the low capital startup ideas for a beginner. These ideas can help you begin your entrepreneurial journey with little capital.

1.   Print-on-demand T-shirts

You can customize t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tote bags, skirts, or phone cases, sell to your customer and print them through a third-party supplier. Start by analyzing your community, think of a witty slogan for developers, local football team, or any other business, and then design something original for them.

What if you’re not a designer? That shouldn’t be a barrier to your t-shirt business because you can work with freelance sites such as 99Designs, Dribble, Upwork, and Fiverr.

Further, you can work with print-on-demand platforms and integrated them with your Shopify store. In this case, you can request a sample of your product to ascertain that your supplier understands your custom products before printing in bulk.

2.   Dropshipping Business

This is a low capital startup idea for beginners because a third-party business stores, packs, and ships goods to customers on your behalf. Therefore, you don’t need to handle the products because you pass orders to the suppliers after making sales, and they complete the process on your behalf. So as you can see, it’s a hands-off type of business and with low overheads.

If you choose to focus on a single niche, such as yoga enthusiasts or swimming gear, then you can curate products from one or multiple suppliers into your online store. Next, send the order to your supplier when a customer buys an item from your store, and they will fulfill it on your behalf.

With dropshipping, a beginner is only responsible for marketing and customer service of their business as the third-party supplier ships the products to the buyers. Since you can work with local or overseas suppliers, you must choose trustworthy and reliable ones because they can mess with your brand. Further, you can also order a product to test their reliability and the quality of products you are selling to your customers.

3.   Digital Products

These are intangible products such as courses, instrumental beats, stock photos, and templates. Online products don’t have manufacturing or shipping costs, thus high margins.

Do you have a talent or a skill that you can turn into a business? Some of these are cooking, drawing, photography, writing, graphic design, a foreign language or writing music beats, and more. These can be your new income streams if you can package them well and offer digital products in your online store.

You can, for instance, write and sell different types of recipes, meal planners, cooking classes or take photos with your smartphone or camera.


4.   Freelance Writer

Having good writing skills can earn you money. You can start a writing business and work on a freelance basis. You can write about women’s issues, how beginners can start their own businesses with low capital, how to file tax returns, and more.

Alternatively, you can start your own blog and generate content about your expertise or experience.

5.   Child Care Services

In some situations, a person may not have a specific skill that they can turn into an online business. However, they can turn whatever talent they have into business. For instance, a kid person can start a child care business at their home or go into people’s homes to offer babysitting services. Instead of capital, this kind of business requires qualities such as patience, mildness, empathy, and others.

6.   Social Media Influencer

Do you have many followers on your social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and others? If so, you can use these numbers as your stepping stone to influencer marketing.

Partner with companies to market their brand, products, and promotions on your social media account. Today buyers search for recommendations and reviews online before purchasing a product; thus, your platform can be one place where buyers visit to find suggestions and products to buy.

Being a sociable person can help you to earn some income in the comfort of your home.

7.   Handcrafted and Homemade Goods

Are you a maker of pottery, candles, DIY soap, sauces, and more? Then you can start a business whose product development and procurement processes lies with you.

Unlike the first five business ideas, handcrafted goods have a shipping and inventory component to take care of. However, you can begin with smaller requests until you can fulfill huge orders and generate consistent sales.

8.   Ice-cream Stand

You may think of a simple fixed or mobile ice-cream kiosk or stand you can start with low capital. This can be an excellent option when cooking is one of your strengths. However, you can still outsource from those who know how to make different flavors.

Use your social media pages to spread the word, announce new flavors and special offers or accept orders from your friends and their friends. You can even begin to offer delivery services as the sales grow.

9.   Bookkeeping Services

Turn your bookkeeping skills and accounting into a small business by helping clients prepare tax returns, process payrolls, manage their income and expenses.

Most startups or small businesses don’t have the time and money to set up their bookkeeping systems; as a result, they opt to outsource these services. If you’re a seasoned professional and can be trusted with their sensitive information, then you can earn a good amount of money from accounting and bookkeeping services.

10. Event planning

Are you an extremely organized and detail-oriented person?  If so, then you have the needed personality to become an event planner. Based on your skills and experience, you can choose to specialize in one event, such as birthday parties, weddings, or corporate meetings, among others.

Starting an event planning company will help you get repeat customers and referrals if they love your work. Also, they can pay some percentage in advance, so you will not have financial challenges when paying your suppliers.


The list of low capital startup ideas for a beginner is endless, but the choice of the business to start depends on factors such as your skills, passion, goals, location, and more.

Getting a high-profit yielding startup can be tricky, so choose your passion, do your homework, turn it into reality and grow it into a successful business. Remember, these are low capital businesses, so keep your investment low.

Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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