11 businesses you can start up with less than $10,000

Not all startups are glossy tech companies. At some point, every business was starting up.

Sometimes startups are computer-based, and sometimes they center on hands-on, manual labor.

Following are some businesses that you can launch yourself — even without much money — and expect to turn a decent profit.

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1. Landscaping

Landscaping laborers earn a median hourly wage of $10.18, according to PayScale. But landscape contractors make twice as much.

You’ll need some basic yard tools and a lawn mower to start out, as well as a way to transport them around. Other costs may include those associated with getting licensed, bonded or insured — check the requirements of the municipalities and state where you wish to operate.

As is the case for many businesses on this list, you don’t need a brick-and-mortar office or other dedicated facility. 

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2. Pool servicing

Just cleaning a swimming pool can net you $50 to $60 an hour, but doing minor maintenance and repairs on pool equipment can lift you into the $150 to $200 range, according to SpringBoard Pool Route Brokers.

Expenses include insurance, transportation costs like gas and, of course, pool chemicals. 

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3. Pressure washing

You need little more than a pressure washer and insurance. And the pressure washer should pay for itself after day one.

You can buy one for as little as $150, while the average pressure washing job pays more than $300, according to Angie’s List.

To get a better idea of how much pressure cleaning businesses — or various other types of businesses — in your particular area charge, check out Thumbtack. It’s a website and app that connects local professionals with people in need of their services. 

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4. Photography

Photography equipment can run you a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. But as long as you’ve got a good eye for detail, you can rake in cash.

If there is a major celebration happening, chances are people will want professional photography to remember the event. 

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5. Tutoring

Many teachers already tutor for extra cash, but others can jump in to tutoring as well. If you are experienced in something, whether it’s Microsoft Excel or chemistry, you can teach others for profit.

According to Care.com — a website that can connect you with potential clients — tutors charge anywhere from $30 to $85 an hour. 

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6. Transcription

From speeches to medical records and audio files, transcription services are needed. If you’re a fast typist, you can make as much as $25 an hour, according to PayScale.

If you already have a computer with the right software, your start-up costs should be negligible. 

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7. Translation

Translators and interpreters pull in as much as $40 an hour. You can earn even more if you’re fluent in certain languages, including sign language and Arabic.

And, provided you’ve got the necessary skills, your business costs should include little more than perhaps some advertising.

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8. Dog walking

You can charge $20 a walk or $20 a week, as long as you’ve got the time and an easy relationship with canines. If you’ve got 10 clients and you’re walking each of them daily at $20 a walk, that’s $1,400 a week.

Again, your costs should include little more than some marketing. The website and app Rover can also connect you with potential clients. 

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9. Child care

Child care is a booming business. And, as with tutoring, the more specialties and availability you have, the more you can charge.

After-school sitters alone can bring in well over $200 per child per week, all while working only 15 hours a week, according to Care.com

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10. Alterations

Some call this being a seamstress or a tailor, but if you’re handy with sewing, you can make $17 an hour altering someone’s clothes.

Aside from a sewing machine and thread, your startup costs should be negligible. 

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11. Home cleaning

If you know enough people who don’t like to clean their homes, you could start a housekeeping business. Workers earn a median hourly wage of about $10 an hour.

If you’ve got a car and your own supplies, you won’t have that many expenses to start this kind of job. 

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