Select Small Business Ideas
Based on Estimated Startup Costs

(Last updated: April 8, 2010)

Use this page to select small business ideas based on estimated startup costs that will be paid before starting business operations. (However, you may decide to delay some of these startup costs.)

Items included in these costs are shown under the Types of startup costs topic at the bottom of this page.

Here are the categories of estimated startup costs:

Estimated costs of $400 to under $500
Estimated costs of $500 to under $700
Estimated costs of $700 to under $900

Other pages in this section use different criteria to select small business ideas.


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Estimated costs of $400 to under $500

Following are the small business ideas available for this category:

Being a Telephone Companion
Building Concrete Doorsteps
Building Concrete Sidewalks
Fixing Damaged Doors
Fixing Roof Leaks
Freeing Stuck Double Hung Windows
Helping People Reduce Their Debts
Installing Anti-Burglar Devices
Installing Insulation
Installing Storage Organizers
Providing Telephone Services
Replacing Broken Window Glass

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Estimated costs of $500 to under $700

Following are the small business ideas available for this category:

Advising Small Business Startups
Cleaning Homes and Apartments
Clearing Out Basements and Garages
Hauling Trash
Preparing Business Plans
Washing Windows

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Estimated costs of $700 to under $900

Following are the small business ideas available for this category:

Doing Seasonal Jobs
Working as a Slave for a Day

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Types of startup costs

The estimated startup costs shown for the various small business ideas on this website consist of the following (except where noted otherwise):

Advertising and promotion (1 month)
Business insurance (1 month)
Computer programs (if applicable*)
Computer supplies (if applicable*)
Governmental requirements (fees and licenses)
Job equipment (if applicable*)
Job supplies (if applicable*)
Office equipment
Office supplies
Other operating expense (1 month)
Protective gear (if applicable*)
Reference books

*Note: Some business ideas do not require computer programs, computer supplies, job equipment, job supplies, or protective gear. Other business ideas presume that you already have the required job equipment and protective gear.

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