The hardest thing in business is to get started.
Many people who call themselves millionaires nowadays were once nothing more than broke teenagers with big dreams.
Their success is proof that you don’t have to take up huge bank loans in order to create a thriving business.
Still, everyone needs a place to start, no matter how humble it may be.
In case you’re looking for ways to make money without investment, we’ve come up with 28 proven ways that can get you going in the right direction. Check it out!
Resell free stuff from Craigslist
People give away all kind of stuff on Craigslist and people pay ridiculously high prices for all kind of stuff on eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
Simply, go to Craigslist. In the “for sale” section, click on “free.” Go pick up all the stuff people are just giving away for free and post it on eBay and Facebook Marketplace for $10+ a piece.
Is there a better job for you animal lovers?
Don’t be surprised that this odd job is in such high demand. It might seem weird that people aren’t willing to walk their dog, but most business-minded individuals nowadays have no time left on their schedule for this fun activity.
Besides making some money, and meeting a couple of new furry friends, you will also get a chance to enjoy in some physical activity in the outdoors.
Check out Rover and get started.
Why buy new candles when you can make ones with just a tiny bit of effort?
It doesn’t take long to hone this skill either. A couple of days of trial and error, and you’ll master it in no time. Besides saving a few bucks yourself, you can then resell these homemade candles, and turn in some decent profit.
This is especially true if you educate yourself on design, thus branding your products even further.
Similar to the skill mentioned above, you can also learn how to make soap quick and easy with nothing more than a simple YouTube tutorial video.
Sell it to your friends and neighbors at discount prices, and expand your circle of customers as you gain experience.
It’s fair to say that the society is more technologically advances now than any time in the past. From the looks of things, this trend will only continue in the future.
However, the truth is that in the process, most people have completely drifted away from any handyman work, and they leave that job to the professionals.
Still, there is a middle slot there to be filled. It can be occupied by someone who has the necessary skill, but isn’t that expensive. Could that someone be you?
Provide neighborhood tech support
On the other side of the spectrum, there are tons of elderly people who just cannot seem to get used to the overwhelming technology consuming their lives.
Their computers and other gadgets never seem to work properly, and are in constant need of fixing. Most of the time, it’s a simple fix, such as installing a driver or two.
Become a neighbor that can provide a solution to all their technical difficulties and chances are you’ll never run out of work.
Dog poop scooper
It’s most definitely a very dirty job, but someone has to do it!
Hey, guys like Mike Rowe from the Discovery Channel made a whole career out of it.
If you are in desperate need of cash, and you aren’t afraid to get down and dirty, perhaps this is an option worth considering.
What do rich people do when they leave on holiday?
Do they just leave their house empty and vulnerable to getting robbed?
Nope, they usually hire a trustworthy person to take care of their possessions while they are gone.
You get a chance to sleep in their luxury home, plus get rewarded a decent amount of cash for your efforts. What’s not to like?
OK, this might not be as glamorous as the previously mentioned gig, but it’s still pretty damn awesome!
Cuddle with cute animals all day long, and take them on walks around the block.
Do not forget to feed them, and you should be alright. The only downside is that you will have to return the animals back to their owners eventually.
Do you have a lot of knowledge on any particular subject?
It would be rather selfish to keep it all to yourself. All joking aside, but tutoring is an excellent way to earn some money, while helping others in the process.
It can be a great tool for younger people to meet some new friends as well.
Do you constantly have to deal with a lack of space in your closet or living room?
You might need to get a bigger closet, but chances are that the solution can be found elsewhere. Why not simply get rid of the stuff you never get a chance to use anyway?
Not only that you’ll immediately notice the improvements in your organization skills, but if you put your stuff for sale on websites such as eBay, Poshmark or Mercury, you can turn in decent profit as well.
Oh yeah, and in case you were thinking of saving stuff for your grandchildren, don’t worry about it, they won’t be willing to use most of it anyway.
Check out: Tips to Get Top Dollar When Decluttering
Install one or both of these apps, and use them from time to time. What do I mean by that?
Well, I don’t necessarily think that this would be a good career choice, but if you manage to combine it with your work, go ahead and do it.
For instance, if you need to travel long distances to work every day, pick up some people along the way, and cover your gas expenses at the very least.
Get paid to click
Even people who aren’t at all computer savvy know how to click a mouse. If not, they will learn it in a second.
That’s all you need to know in order to earn some cash.
There are literally hundreds of websites in need of workers who will follow instructions, and click on the promoted content.
With an average pay of $0.04 per a single click, it seems like a decent option for teenagers.
This is another one of those not-so-glamorous gigs, but this one pays off big time.
All you have to do in order to get started in rent a truck from Home Depot, find a client or two, and start working!
It’s an honest way to make a living, but you have to be willing to put the time in, and sometimes work long and hard hours. Do you have what it takes?
Become a freelancer
In case you have a particular skill that others might need, or if you’re simply capable of sitting behind the computer screen doing data entry for a couple hours every day, you might want to consider becoming a freelancer.
There are plenty of websites where you can start, but my suggestion would be the Upwork platform, as it has the largest collection of online gigs available each and every day.
Still, don’t focus on strictly one platform, at least not in the beginning. Register on Fiverr, and test your luck there as well. Stick to it long enough, and you’ll find success sooner rather than later.
Check out: Make Money on Fiverr
Yep, I’m well aware that most people hate when these annoying things pop up on a website.
However, certain survey websites will award you for your troubles, whether through cash, or most likely, Amazon gift cards. All of a sudden, doing surveys becomes a viable option, especially for younger people with plenty of time to spare.
Scan your receipt and let the app do its magic. It’s genuinely as simple as that. If you’re lucky, you will get some cash back deposited to your account!
The best thing about it is the fact that you wouldn’t have to move a finger, well, that is if you don’t count taking the photo. Still, that seems like a small price to pay, doesn’t it?
If you’ve been browsing the internet long enough, I can almost guarantee that you ran into one of the websites selling stock photography sometime in the past.
Have you ever considered making your contribution to their ever-growing collection?
If you have a decent camera, and some talent, you can climb the ladder quicker than you think. When that happens, you will start making some sweet profit off of royalties alone.
Check out Shutterstock and get started.
Sell your own videos
Don’t get me wrong, you should not buy an expensive camera and pretend to be the new Steven Spielberg.
Instead, capturing a couple cute videos of your pets and children will be a fine place to start.
If one of your videos goes viral, you’ll be laughing at the doubters all the way to the bank.
Check out: Sell videos online
Pursue your singing career
Has God gifted you with a great voice?
It would be a shame to waste such talents under a shower, or on karaoke nights. Instead, why not try to perform in a smaller pub in front of your close friends and family members, just to see if there’s something there?
With a few adult beverages, everyone is guaranteed to have a good time, and if it works out for the best, you might make a career, or at least a side hustle out of it.
Become a virtual assistant
More and more high-end executives are willing to hire remote workers.
They aren’t doing it for the kindness of their hearts, though, as this move saves a lot of dollars for companies. Still, this should not concern you in the slightest.
If anything, it gives you an opportunity to earn a lot of money with no investments necessary, provided you already have a computer and a steady internet connection.
Be careful though, this job is only for those responsible individuals. If you slack off, you won’t last too long in this business.
Watch videos and brows away as much as you’d like, and get rewarded for doing so. It’s a perfect scheme, isn’t it?
All you have to do is use their search engine, which is not too bad, and watch some commercials while you’re there.
You’ll hardly become a millionaire from doing so, but something beats nothing any day of the week, as far as I’m concerned.
Social media manager
The great thing about this job is that anyone can do it.
However, the first thing you need to do is educate yourself on the topic.
Luckily, there are tons of free and quite useful content on the topic to be found online.
Most of it comes in the form of eBooks and publications which aren’t free, but there are also some pretty good YouTube channels out there, dealing with the topic.
After the first step is complete, offer your services to local businesses, even on a trial basis, and prove your worth. They’ll quickly realize just how useful a social media manager can be to their work.
Ever wondered how some of your favorite content creators were able to make a living off of YouTube alone?
Stop wondering, and join that circle.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and even the biggest channels with millions of subscribers used to be stuck at ground zero, much like you at the moment.
Select a niche that you find fitting, and hone your craft. Subscribers will come sooner or later.
Check out: How to start a YouTube channel
These days, it seems like everyone has a blog.
Why wouldn’t they?
Ultimately, it costs close to nothing to open it, and it can be a tremendous valve for your pent up creativity.
In case you aren’t willing to invest even that tiny amount, you can always write as a ghostwriter for someone else, just to get your feet wet.
Even if it doesn’t gain much following, you will learn how to better express yourself, which will also help in your everyday life. Of course, if you make it big, you will be able to turn it into a career.
Check out: How to make a website
As the name itself suggests, these gigs encompass a whole series of smaller tasks that need to be done.
For instance, some websites are willing to reward you for promoting their content in the form of likes and shares, or they might encourage you to leave comments on their social media or blog posts.
You might also be asked to rate certain apps, or leave positive reviews that other users can see.
There are literally millions of micro jobs available every day; all you have to do is look for them.
You can design the greatest looking website in the world, but if it’s not user-friendly, you’ll get nowhere fast.
The trouble is, when you design a website, you cannot really be objective about it.
That’s why companies hire users to test their pages, and see whether or not improvements can be made.
Users are asked to leave a review or two whenever they stumble upon something that seems odd or out of place. You think you’d be able to do it?
I’ve already written a post about peer-to-peer lending, and if you’re interested in this topic, I advise you to check it out.
Still, if you want the short and sweet version, here is it. Basically, you’ll be lending money to a complete stranger from the web, and you can do so from Reddit.
Are there any guarantees?
Well, the reputation of the user is pretty much the only thing you can rely on.
Naturally, after a certain amount of time passes, you will get your money back, along with interest. It’s a bit of a risky proposition, but if everything goes according to plan, you’ll be looking at a decent profit.