6 Low-Cost Ideas to Start your own Business


If you identify as an introvert and are interested in your own low-cost startup, you could be an ideal candidate for starting your own business.

Introverts are powerful in their own right. They are productive thinkers with strong opinions who can achieve great lengths. Despite what the media says -- often stereotyping them as “shy” or “socially awkward” -- introverts can make great business leaders and entrepreneurs. In fact, many successful business leaders are introverts, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett.

Here’s a list of 6 low-cost business ideas under $1,000 to get you on your way.

# Coder


Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer, training courses

Becoming a coder is a cumulative process that builds up your skills day after day and year after year, and coding can be fun and rewarding (mentally, spiritually and financially). Detail-oriented and meticulous, introverts make excellent coders. The combination of patience and focus makes coding a great option for an introvert seeking self-employment. Because coding is such a niche skillset, there is high demand for freelance coders, and much of the work can be done from the comfort of your home.

  1. Learn Database (MySQL, Paradox, Fox Pro, DB V, MS Access)
  2. What kind of coder you want to be (Web, Desktop Application, Distributed Application, Library/platform/framework/core, System or coding scientist)
  3. Learn the technologies and coding languages related to your coding field - List with all coding languages
  4. Make a simple "test" Website to improve your coding skills
  5. Make your own portfolio
  6. Support non-profit companies with there website to improve your coding skills even more (get connection)
  7. Join a technology community to get even more connection
  8. Start reaching out to your target customers - Which Social Media Should I Use For Business
  9. Good luck ;)

# Graphic designer


Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer, design software

For highly creative and visual introverts, freelance graphic design can be a great way to make a living. With digital businesses on the rise, demand is higher than ever. The approach to the design world is something almost natural. Many graphic designers express their creativity since they were children. The changeover from felt-tip to Photoshop is physiological.

  1. Learn how to draw - Just learn some basics so you can be comfortable sketching with a pen
  2. Learn graphic design theory - color, typography, and designing
  3. Get basics in user experience
  4. Learn Illustrator/Photoshop
  5. Learn something special - Logo, App, and Web design
  6. Built your portfolio - ideas for t-shirts, redesign a poor website, Phone app (mock it up)
  7. Find a local nonprofit and offer to design for free
  8. Join a graphic design community
  9. Start reaching out to your target customers - Which Social Media Should I Use For Business
  10. Good luck ;)

# Instagram consultant


Startup costs: $100 to $800
Equipment: smartphone, good camera

Social media doesn’t necessarily mean “social.” Many businesses today have abandoned traditional marketing methods and taken to social media networks such as the ever-popular Instagram to promote their products and services. A majority of companies may not be well-versed in this new marketing technique, which is why outsourcing an Instagram consultant is often a great option.

  1. Get familiar with instagram
  2. Learn how to take pictures
  3. Know all filter on instagram
  4. Built your portfolio - pictures of friends/family, animals or events
  5. Join a social media community
  6. Start reaching out to your target customers
  7. Good luck ;)

# Writer/copy writer


Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer

You don’t need to be a best-selling author to craft a compelling narrative. If you’ve got the drive, copywriting is a great option for many introverts. Although freelance writing doesn’t require a formal education, it does require a certain level of motivation.

  1. If you don't know how to write "good" take classes
  2. Which type of writer - Agency, Corporate or Freelancer
  3. Portfolio - your best writing
  4. Web presence - own website, social media, blogs
  5. Join a writing community
  6. Start reaching out to your target customers
  7. Good luck ;)

# Photographer


Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: high-quality digital camera

Photography takes focus and observation, qualities many introverts naturally embody. Opportunities for a photographer can be enormous, and there’s immense room for learning. There are a number of ways to generate income from being a photographer: shooting for websites or publications, selling prints or usage rights of your images or, if you’re skilled enough, offering classes to other aspiring photographers.

  1. Develop your photography skills - there is no right way or wrong way
  2. Obtain the appropriate equipment - camera(s) + lenses
  3. Know your camera
  4. Research camera technology and photography tips - books, blogs or magazines
  5. Learn how to use editing software
  6. Built a portfolio - pictures of friends, family or events
  7. Join a photographer community
  8. Start reaching out to your target customers
  9. Good luck ;)

# Youtuber


Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer, digital camera

YouTubers are people who believe in the power of Do It Yourself! They create their own YouTube channels, vlog (video blog) regularly and build subscribers over time. The more traffic their channel gets, the more opportunities they have for percentage-based advertising revenue, freebies for review purposes, promotions and partnerships.

  1. Decide what sort of YouTube account you'll have - music, funny, tutorials, comedian or story videos
  2. Learn how to use video software
  3. Create your channel
  4. Show your talents
  5. Join a Youtube community
  6. Start reaching out to your target customers
  7. Good luck ;)

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