The ten best startup ideas for under 10, 000 you can launch today
Here, Business Advice reveals ten of the best startup ideas that can be launched almost immediately within a modest investment of under 10, 000.
While around half of the UK population admit to holding entrepreneurial aspirations, research has shown that insufficient funding remains far and away the greatest deterrent to starting a company. However, it might cost less than you think to build the foundations of a new business.
To help kick-start a wave of entrepreneurial activity, weve brought together the best startup ideas under 10, 000 that could represent a viable business opportunity at a realistic investment.
The UK’s drone industry has expanded rapidly in recent years, with over 1, 700 trained and qualified pilots in Britain. While as many as 5, 000 unqualified and uninsured pilots are predicted to be operating illegally, commercial opportunities are growing. For newly-qualified drone pilots, the going daily rate appears to sit between 350 and 500.
The training process for new drone pilots costs around 1, 200 and involves an exam and flight test. The drone itself will retail from around 1, 000.
Insurance also costs in the thousands, and supplies and additional equipment is costly drone batteries are notoriously short-lived.
Drone: 1, 000 20, 000
Training: 1, 200
Insurance: 1, 000 2, 000
Street food vendor
Britain’s taste for street food is growing, opening business opportunities to both cookery novices and chefs seeking a change of scenery. Setting up as a street food vendor could even represent a low-risk option the budget for a new market stall or gazebo set-up can be around 5, 000.
We met some of the rising stars of Britain’s street food scene
Early starts and poor British weather are some of the physical challenges of a street food entrepreneur, and reaching profitability could also take some time. The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) is an essential resource for new entrants to the street food scene.
Stall/gazebo/van: ~£5, 000 to 10, 000
Daily rents: 30 100, plus a percentage of takings per day?
Social media platforms have given photographers new mediums to demonstrate their work and skills. But, running a fully-fledged photography business is a lot more complicated than keeping up an impressive personal Instagram page.
For those serious about making a career out of taking photos, the London School of Photography is one of many institutions offering professional training courses. Nikon and Canon both offer digital SLR cameras, now popular amongst sport and wildlife photographers and capable of professional work, for entry level budgets.
Camera: 1, 000 3, 000
Training course: 3, 495 (part-time six-month course)?
In-bound tourism is now worth at least 24bn to the UK economy, according to VisitBritain research, putting it as Britain’s seventh biggest export sector. Becoming a tour guide has become a viable business opportunity for many wannabe local historians, and varying levels of entry are available.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.