Starting a business can be a rewarding experience, freeing you from the traditional working environment and allowing you to set your own business hours. If you are happy to put in the work, you can also experience the joy as you watch your company succeed.

To start a business, many people think they need a never-before-seen idea, or a huge amount of start-up capital. Fortunately, this is not necessarily true. In fact, there are loads of viable business ideas that you can start today, all on a shoe string-budget.


Private Tutoring

Perhaps you are a postgraduate university student doing a PhD, maybe you used to be a teacher, or perhaps you have some experience in a tutoring capacity. If you have knowledge, there is probably someone out there who wants to learn, so why not utilise your expertise and offer private tuition sessions? This could include GCSE, A Level or university students, as well as adult learners.

Pet Sitting

If you have experience with animals, whether with your own pets, working in a veterinary practice, or in a volunteering capacity, then you could start a pet sitting business. Pet services have seen a huge boom in recent years, with more people requiring short-term care. Plus, you can start this business without any training, although it may help to attract clients if you complete a relevant qualification.

Virtual Services

Increasingly, more businesses are being run online. This leaves a huge opportunity for virtual work, because online businesses still need to be able to offer their clients and customers professional services. So, whether you have experience as a receptionist, in customer service, or in administration, you could consider starting your own virtual service business.

Cake Decorating

Britain loves baking – in fact, we are a nation of bakers. Many people enjoy baking in our spare time and if you are one of them, then why not turn your hobby into a business? If you have the skills and the equipment, you can work out of your home, offering bespoke cakes for events and special occasions. You can also market your services for free, by using social media to build your clients.


If you enjoy being outside in all weathers, cannot stand being stuck behind a desk, and enjoy looking after your garden, then you could start your own gardening business. There are lots of people who dream of having the perfect garden, but with long working hours, lack the opportunity to get the work done. Invest in the right gardening tools and turn your passion into a business.