Starting a business with little to no money, using your existing assets and passions, is easier thanks to technology. This also provides a low-risk way to experiment with different career paths and interests. Want to take a trial run with becoming a hotelier, chef, chauffeur, or animal care professional? Here’s how to do it!
Interested in the hospitality industry? Gain experience in hotel management by starting first with renting out your whole apartment/house (or just a room) through Airbnb. When you become a host, you set the price and availability. Airbnb will ensure your listing is optimized to attract interested guests. It’s a great way to make money off of extra space or an apartment/house that doesn’t get used year-round and otherwise incurs costs instead of covering them.
To get the most out of this learning experience, follow these tips to be a good Airbnb host. Consider all of the different angles of running a great micro hotel: hosting, cleaning, customer service and any random issues that must be addressed during a stay.
Love to cook and have dreams of owning a restaurant? EatWith considers itself “the future of dining,” and it is easy to see why! Create a menu based on your unique culinary talents, and set a price and availability for guests to join you in your home for a meal. What better way to test out restaurante dreams than making your home into one?
By becoming a frequent participant with EatWith, you will learn what works and what does not, and if that is a career worth pursuing for you.
- Work hard to become an influencer chef with a following.
- Loyal fans and customers will help you reach new people through word of mouth and social media.
This can also help you to secure a chef job if you are ready to get involved with a local restaurant – or start your own! Follow this link to become a host and begin your career as a restaurateur.
Uber and Lyft
Intrigued by the idea of setting your own hours? Becoming an Uber or Lyft driver may be the perfect way for you to use technology to start a business with little to no money. It makes the perfect complement to a day or odd-hours job. There are many incentives and bonuses for driving during busy weekends in big cities, or during bad weather, so flexibility is a must for making the most possible money. Make your car work for you when you drive for Uber (or Lyft), instead of letting it sit around only to accrue insurance, parking and ticket costs.
Do you consider yourself the next Cesar Millan, and are great with dogs? DogVacay connects dog parents with dog sitters – a match made in heaven for both parties. When you sign up to be a sitter, you set your own price and become more popular with members by getting positive reviews and by becoming verified with a background check. The best part? You can host dogs in your own home – no additional space is required!
Less interested in overnight dog sitting and more interested in short-term dog walking? Many big cities use technology to match dog parents with dog walkers, such as Wag!. Providers vary by city, so search and sign up to be a dog walker accordingly.
Using technology to start a business with little to no money is becoming easier, and more relevant to individual’s unique talents and interests.
What other ways have you seen that work for using technology to start a business with little to no money? What’s worked for you? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!
Bio: Maddy Osman is a freelance SEO copywriter with a penchant for the thrifty. If you’re looking for a good deal and need some help finding the best price, get in touch on Twitter: @MaddyOsman