How to Start a Small Business at Home for Free

By Cayden Conor

  • Overview

    Starting a small business at home for free is doable if you start a services-only business. There are plenty of services one can provide for the public, including resume writing, content writing, astrological services and more. Think of what you know how to do---others may not know how to do what you may consider something simple. Keep in mind that nothing is totally free---you will need a way to get your services in front of the public. If you already have Internet access, you can use that, and while it doesn't cost you any extra, you are still paying for monthly Internet access. There are many places, such as craigslist.com and other sites where you can advertise your services for free.
    • Step 1

      Decide what services you are going to offer to the public. Once you decide on the services, think of a company name. Eventually, you will need to register your business with the state and get an EIN, should you want to expand or get credit or a bank account in the business name.
    • Step 2

      Find hosting to create a web presence. There are many places in which you can get free hosting (see Resources below). With some of these, you will have to amend your name to their name as a sub account, (myservices.free-webhosts.com), but when you start making money, you can get your own name and pay for individual web hosting.


    • Step 3

      Design a webpage for the services being offered. Most free hosting sites offer templates you can use. You do not have to have any webpage programming experience to use templates.
    • Step 4

      Open a free blog account at one of the free blog hosting sites, such as blogspot.com. Blog about your services and link the blog to your webpage. Submit both the blog and the webpage to search engines such as google.com and yahoo.com. Advertise on free ad services such as craigslist.com and kijiji.com.
    • Step 5

      Start free accounts at websites such as twitter, myspace, reddit and other free networking sites. Once you open accounts, search for people who have the same interests as you. Do not spam them---join forums and conversations, making sure to put your web address in your signature on each forum you join. Put your website in your signature on your email.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy

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